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posted: 12/7/2012 2:50 PM

Palatine Park District offers new fitness classes

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  • Fitness classes are held at Birchwood Recreation Center (pictured here), Falcon Park Recreation Center, and Community Center in Palatine.

    Fitness classes are held at Birchwood Recreation Center (pictured here), Falcon Park Recreation Center, and Community Center in Palatine.
    Palatine Park District

Palatine Park District

Palatine Park District offers a variety of fitness classes and programs throughout the year. In the next few weeks, several new classes will be added to the mix. Try one of these new classes to jump start your new year's resolutions.

For more information about fitness programs, contact Bonnie DePirro, Fitness, Health & Wellness Coordinator, at 847-496-6265 or Register online at using the codes listed below, or register by mail, fax, drop-off, or in person at Community Center, Birchwood, or Falcon Park.

Zumba Party

Get ready for the new year with a holiday Zumba Party! Ditch the workout for two hours of music, dancing and fun. Meet the Palatine Park District Zumba instructors and get a taste of their unique styles. The Zumba Party will be held on Saturday, December 29 from 10:00am to noon at Birchwood. Pre-register using code 3022-4.

Fit Start

Your road to fitness and a healthier and happier you begins with this new fitness program. While typical exercise classes can be intimidating for beginners, Fit Start has been designed to meet the specific needs of those who are new to exercise, those who have been away from fitness for a long time, and also those who are carrying excess weight. The class will consist of light, low impact cardio exercise, stretching, and toning of the upper and lower body. Taught by Janet Beata on Mondays at 7:00pm (code 3002-4) and Barbara Van Arsdale on Wednesdays at 11:45am (code 3003-4). Classes begin the week of January 7.

Belly Dance Fitness

Using the movements of belly dancing, Belly Dance Fitness combines dance, aerobic exercise, and upbeat world music. Improve coordination, balance, and posture while gaining grace and confidence. No dance experience is necessary. Taught by Oxana Ivlicheva on Mondays at noon at Birchwood beginning January 7 (code 3007-4).

Turbo KickŪ

Turbo KickŪ is a fun cardiovascular workout that combines shadow boxing, kick boxing, dance moves, and sports drills -- all choreographed to music. This class offers the ultimate cardiovascular challenge in a highly energetic atmosphere. Class is taught by Kim LaVigne on Thursdays at 8:00pm at Birchwood beginning January 10 (code 3005-4).

In addition to these new offerings, Palatine Park District continues to offer many classes for every fitness level and interest including pilates, yoga, toning, aerobics, boot camp, tai chi and more. For a complete listing of fitness class options, see pages 44 to 49 of the Winter Catalog or visit

The mission of Palatine Park District is to provide a variety of safe, enjoyable and affordable parks and recreation facilities and activities that will enhance the quality of life by promoting good health and well-being for all residents and visitors of the Palatine Park District.