Avera McKennan Fitness Center member Joni Reiffenberger in Xtreme Pump class.
If you are faithful to fitness regime, but feel you could stand to pump it up and bump it up to the next level, the Avera McKennan Fitness Center offers a variety of "extreme" group classes. Nancy Naeve Brown says she was exhausted after just watching one of them.
To say fitness instructor Holly Stiff runs an intense class, to me is an understatement, for the fit people in her extreme pump class it's exactly what they signed up for. The Avera McKennan Fitness Center added a number of extreme high intensity workout classes to their roster because of an increasing national trend.
Willis Vincent is a personal trainer and fitness supervisor at the Avera McKennan Fitness Center says, "Knowing we are a medically based facility with certified trainers who can get across to our members in the correct way to avoid injuries and still touch on that clientele that really want to work hard to push themselves to the limit especially in the group setting they can have other people challenge them too."
Joni Reiffenberger is one of those members.
Joni says, "We've been charger members of the Avera McKennan Fitness Center and I haven't always done intense workouts, but in the last year or two I've tried to step it up a bit and push myself a little more."
Joni works out 5 to 6 times a week and says cross-training has helped her avoid the dreaded plateau that often accompanies the same activity day in and day out. Plus, with the "Xtreme Pump Class" she is strengthening her muscles.
Willis says, "Muscle building is very important in increasing your metabolism. As you build muscle you have a higher metabolism that will end up helping burn calories throughout the day."
Joni says, "I feel more toned and have more defined muscles. I like to eat so I have to work out. (She laughs)"
Whatever works, because clearly it's working for her!
Avera McKennan Fitness Center offers about 20 extreme classes a week at various times in various areas of the gym including the pool and stationary bikes.