Two years make a big difference. March, 2020 and 2021, OHI classes were via Zoom, Mondays and Wednesdays only. Now classes are up and running, in person at Berger Center, three days a week (except second Friday,) with or without masks. Zoom continues to be an option. (967 9942 2442; 573596.)
And the question in March, 2022: would you like to begin — again — to get back into shape? It is not too late. Ever.
Show up some Monday, Wednesday or Friday. Introduce yourself to anyone, tell that person you’re new and “won’t know the routines.” Admit “it’s been a while.” Look for an exerciser to follow.
One woman who exemplified the heart of OHI exercisers was Yukiko Lopez with her spirited energy and unwavering dedication. Marilyn Pugliese says, “Yuki looked like she was always having fun.” She definitely knew the routines. Why not, she never missed a class. Kathy Sowers adds, “She never left class without thanking JoRene.” Joan Rumrill calls Yuki “hot rod” and says “I missed her in class (today) because JoRene played the music we all love and loved to dance to.” Yuki Lopez’s recent death (pancreatic cancer) was a shock and a sorrowful reminder to live each day, kick up your heels and celebrate life! Class members will miss such a sparkler.
In honor of Yuki, you are invited to come any morning. if you’ve been away from exercising for a while, checking with your doctor is recommended. Should you feel the class is too strenuous, by all means take a smaller, less energetic class. Go easy, go your speed.
OHI classes use weights, yoga mats and other equipment. Although some members prefer to bring their own, it is not necessary. Thanks to a recent OCF grant to help cover equipment expenses, OHI has recently restocked supplies.
Support Your OHI classes
It’s through donations that OHI continues to be able to supplement basic expenses of the Free Fitness program. Tax-deductible donations are being accepted through Oakmont Community Foundation (oakmontcommunityfoundation.com) with OHI
noted as beneficiary.