Spring into Summer squad's tough workout

THE boys found aerobics tougher than they'd suspected, in week four of The Evening Star's fun fitness programme Spring Into Summer. The squad tried aerobics - with weights - at Gainsborough Sports Centre in Ipswich.

THE boys found aerobics tougher than they'd suspected, in week four of The Evening Star's fun fitness programme Spring Into Summer. The squad tried aerobics - with weights - at Gainsborough Sports Centre in Ipswich.

IT was 10am on a sunny Sunday morning - the day of an Ipswich/Norwich derby - but that didn't stop the dedicated Spring Into Summer squad turning up to discover their weekly task.

The boys' faces may have dropped somewhat when they heard it was aerobics, but their reaction afterwards was telling.

“I never realised it was so hard,” gasped Dale Robinson, 30, from Trimley St Mary, whose partner Kerri Whiting is also on the squad.

“I came here today thinking we might be doing racquet sports, maybe badminton, in which I'd beat Kerri, but it turns out she's beaten me today!”

Customs officer Nick Anthony, 46 from Grundisburgh said “I've heard of the Jane Fonda workout but now I feel like Henry Fonda - and he's been dead a few years!”

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The hour-long session started with a warm up, then interval training with sprinting, star jumps, and other exercises performed for a minute at a time.

After the squad responded to instructor Shelley Boak's enquiries about whether they were warmed up yet, she said: “I've never known such a small group make so much noise!”

Several members of the group later asked for details on the weekly classes at their local sports centres, because a variety of sessions are run by Ipswich Borough Council, including circuit training which is a popular option for men.

Jo Brown, 36, from St Leonard's Road, Ipswich, said: “I already do aqua aerobics which I love, and I might try another class during the week.”

Teresa Buckland, 46, from Woodbridge Road, Rushmere St Andrew, agreed.

“That was really really good” added Anne Lewis, 55 from Girton Way, Ipswich.

Beginners can try activities like aerobics, legs bums and tums, step, yoga and pilates, all offering the chance to improve stamina, tone muscle, help weight loss and improve all-round fitness - as well as being a great way top relax and have fun. All classes are taught by professional instructors with recognised qualifications. They can help and advise on specific needs and fitness objectives.

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The Spring Into Summer squad embarks on its next challenge on Sunday, so don't miss how they got on in next week's Star.

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