‘80s-inspired fitness festival draws crowd

More than 100 people got into the groove early on Sunday morning as they took part in a flashback to the 1980s fitness fest at the Arts and Recreation Centre in Camana Bay.

The one-hour exercise jam hosted by the Lions Club of Tropical Gardens raised money for the club’s many community projects.

Local fitness instructors, working out to the beat of ‘80s music, put the 107 participants through their paces with a session of cardio, strength training, Zumba and Pilates.

“This is the first time we have done something like this and we want to make it an annual event and hopefully the word of mouth will get around,” said Rashada Clarke, an affiliated member of the Lions Club of Tropical Gardens.

According to Ms. Clarke, the event will replace the club’s previous “Walking Workout” events. The event raises money for the club’s seniors’ programs, literacy for children, diabetics awareness, education programs, sight program and promoting leadership among young people through the Leos Club.

“The event is only one hour because we recognize people have to get to church, have a family day and do whatever they have to on a Sunday,” said Ms. Clarke. “We had fun putting the music together, and all the local instructors did it out of the goodness of their hearts and put a lot of work into hosting the event,” she said.