How did this look ever die?
How did this look ever die?

To those who enjoy feeling the burn and love ‘80s music, your time has come. So, dig out a headband, your DayGlo micro shorts and a baggy crop top and channel your inner Jennifer Beals for a fun event that aims to raise money for local community projects.

Retro workouts

The Lions Club of Tropical Gardens is staging its first Fitness Fest from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m. Sunday at Camana Bay’s Arts and Recreation Centre.

The family-friendly event, with its “Flashback to the ‘80s” theme, will be a fun workout led by several of the islands’ top fitness professionals. Activities at the high-energy event will be coordinated by an instructor who will put participants through their paces in a group session of cardio, strength training, Zumba, Pilates, yoga and socarobics, with each instructor taking a turn.

Attendees are encouraged to don their finest retro workout gear as they exercise to the likes of Chic, Madonna, the Human League and Prince. The event will also feature a host of spot prizes including restaurant, salon and health club gift certificates.

Anyone who joins in can look forward to free light refreshments such as energy bars, fruit, water and juice to keep them hydrated as they burn the calories and keep to the rhythm of the beat.

After class you can just switch out your sneakers for pumps and you've got an eye-catching ensemble.
After class you can just switch out your sneakers for pumps and you’ve got an eye-catching ensemble.

“We’re hoping to attract between 250 and 300 participants,” said Lion Rashada Clarke. “The Fitness Fest is being planned as a new annual fundraiser and will replace the club’s previous ‘Walking Workout’ events,” she added.

Money raised from the event will go toward assisting the many community-focused programs that the Lions Club of Tropical Gardens offers. The club’s ongoing initiatives include “Sight” (assistance with eye glasses, eye examinations), diabetes awareness and education, “Reading is Cool” (a literacy program for children), “Geriatrics” (working with the Pines and Golden Age home assisting senior citizens; and promoting leadership in young people through the islands’ Leos clubs.

Admission on the day is $20 for adults and $10 for 12- to 18-year-olds. The entrance fee includes T-shirts or tank tops for the first 250 to register, as well as leg warmers for the first 40 to sign up. According to Lion Norma McField, to pre-register, visit the Lions’ den at Elizabethan Square on Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; World Gym between 4 p.m. and 7 p.m.; or Camana Bay, at the bottom of the Observation Tower, on Saturday between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. People can also register on the day from 7 a.m.

For more details, call 936-1739.

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