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By Jacob Flannick
Wednesday, Oct. 3, 2012, 9:30 p.m.

A workout routine that has turned up in thousands of fitness clubs since being created more than 20 years ago in New Zealand is a part of Cranberry's municipal wellness program.

A group of certified township instructors will lead a free demonstration of the Les Mills Bodypump exercise on Monday. Participants will try out the 60-minute choreographed routine before it is offered regularly as a class in the township's gymnasium.

The strength-based, barbell workout is seen in part by Nancy Triscuit, Cranberry's fitness program coordinator, as a way to increase participation.

She said some men, for instance, participate in the township's charity softball tournament and basketball leagues but are seldom found in the more than 15 exercise classes offered as part of township's aerobic membership program.

“Maybe Zumba doesn't grab some people, or yoga or kickboxing,” she said. “Hopefully this will get some of them interested to get themselves in better shape.”

Triscuit is one of three recreation officials who completed a required two-day certification process in August by Les Mills fitness trainers.

The program tones each major muscle group through repetitive motions using free weights.

Lunges, squats and other exercises involving muscles in the legs, back and arms are done with adjustable 10-, 5- and 2-pound weights. Instructors lead easy-to-follow choreographed maneuvers amid a set play list of upbeat music.

“When you start the class, by the time you're done you have worked every muscle in the body,” she said.

“Everything is so precise and so well thought out — it's seamless.”

Instructors are given new choreography routines and sets of music every three months, “so we're on top of the latest trends,” said Lauren McCinnon, East Coast marketing manager for Les Mills.

The class is free for members and $10 for nonmembers of the township's fitness program.

The fitness program costs $35 monthly. A reduced $25 membership is offered to students and people older than 55.

Triscuit said the Les Mills class should appeal to a range of age groups.

And its setting — a spacious gymnasium without mirrors — could appeal to people who feel self-conscious in typical gymnasium atmospheres.

“It's just really incredibly motivating,” she said. “We're all working toward the same goal: to finish the class.”

Jacob Flannick is a freelance writer.

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