Fitness programming is slowly coming back at the Solon Community Center, with in-person classes seeing increased attendance, Jeff Luca, program supervisor, said.

“Before the pandemic, we had over 30 classes,” Mr. Luca said, “and now we are at nine.”

Attendees are slowly returning and feeling more comfortable, he said.

The Community Center reopened to the public last June.

“When we first started doing classes in July, there was not a lot of attendance,” Mr. Luca explained. Now class sizes are increasing in the new year, he said.

“We are taking it slow and taking baby steps,” he said, “but we are going the extra mile when it comes to cleaning our fitness area.”

Currently, classes have limits on registrations, with most allowing for up to eight people.

The majority of the fitness classes are held on the second floor at the center, which boasts new offerings, including various cross- fit equipment, a TRX station and cable machines.

Classes that are in person include power pump and power sculpt, which provide strength training and toning as well as cardio, Zoomba, which is a Latin dance cardio class, as well as yoga and Pilates, among others.

Mr. Luca said although most classes are offered in the daytime, more evening classes will be added.

Fitness regimes are important for all ages, he continued, noting that the center also plans to add more classes for youth as well as weekend offerings.

“We are slowly getting back,” he said.

Also, in the new year, slogans are being developed for the fitness classes, including “taking it to the next level” and “dedicate and educate,” which targets the personal training offerings at the center.

“Everybody needs to be doing something,” Mr. Luca said, “and getting their bodies moving.”

Classes on nutrition will be offered in the new year as well as a variety of “pop up” classes as the weather gets warmer this spring.

For the last decade, Sue Reid has covered the government, business climate and residents of Solon. A Times reporter for 22 years, Ms. Reid has earned commendations from the Ohio Newspaper Association and Cleveland Press Association.

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