Sunset at Prien Lake Park

Sunset at Prien Lake Park

Wednesday, December 17, 2008


In Pittsburgh, I belonged to Bally's for many years. When I moved to Lake Charles, I was disappointed that there was only one Bally's in all of Louisiana . . . in Baton Rouge. Well, that wouldn't work. It was summer time when we first arrived. The kids were home, and I usually went outside early in the morning, before it got too hot, to either walk, roller blade, or bike ride. But once the kids started school, I set out to find a gym. There weren't a lot of options, especially here in Moss Bluff. Curves isn't my scene. LA Fitness was small, lacked energy, and offered no classes. Then a neighbor told me about Dynamic Dimensions. It was perfect. A spacious aerobic and weight room. And lots of classes. In Pa., I didn't focus much on the classes, just went in and did my own thing. But being new to the area, the classes helped me feel like a part of something and I've made friends there. The hour-long classes are fun and challenging. And I do them all; Cycling (spinning, stationary biking), Kick (kickboxing), Power (weightlifting), Centergy ( a combo of yoga, pilates, and tai chi), and Step aerobics. Except Groove. I'm not into dancing. I go most every morning, sometimes taking two classes back to back. Exercise is my sanity. Can't live without it.


Mindy Blanchard said...

Wow, I hate the classes. I feel like such a clutz - I used to go to the ones at UL but next the to size 3 teenagers I felt like an idiot. So I stopped going.

But you have the right attitude. So I may have to look into a few classes.


Maria Sondule said...

Mindy- you can still have a good time exercising even next to really fit people. Just bring along a friend to keep you company, and you'll feel right at home. Plus, exercise gives you such a good feeling that it's worth it. You'll have a lot more energy- provided you don't overwork yourself.