Start a fitness regimen off on the right foot with kickboxing class

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Longtime Jazzercisers and newcomers may get a kick out of an upcoming free class offered in conjunction with a Jazzercise instructor workshop.

The Walla Walla Jazzercise operation, 23 1/2 S. Spokane St., will offer a special cardio kickboxing workout Feb. 9 at no charge.

The class will be taught by Rich Mundy, Jazzercise Northwest coordinator, and Chere vanLigten, a 29-year Jazzercise instructor and member of the Routine Taping Team. VanLigten is an Aerobics and Fitness Association of America certified personal trainer and travels as a Jazzercise presenter.

After the class will be a modified personal training segment and a stretch finale. The workout will be at the Sharpstein Elementary gym, 9 a.m.-11:30 a.m. New students should plan to arrive 20 minutes early to check in and receive a pass for one week free Jazzercise at the Walla Walla Center.

In conjunction with the workout offering, more than 35 certified Jazzercise instructors will be in Walla Walla for a Northwest Instructor Workshop that weekend. Teaching tips and techniques will be shared and practiced. “Walla Walla has been a favorite meeting place in the past for this type of workshop,” owner Janet Byerley said in an announcement.

She said visiting instructors this year will work out, taste wines and enjoy a catered dinner and concert — Raining Jane — at the Gesa Power House Theatre.

February’s special events continue the “New Year, New You” season that starts each January to help people stick to their fitness resolutions. The local operation keeps specific track of special numbers, including the number of visits each year. In 2012, 19,504 visits were made to the studio. Eighty-eight students attended more than 100 classes. The lead student attended 406 times. Each of those participants gets a T-shirt with their name and the number of visits they made. To learn more about the 27 classes taught locally by eight instructors, call 520-4872 or visit jazzercise.com.

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