Graduates of Rockford High School were given a free hotdog and beverage before the first varsity home football game last Thursday, September 3. Families made a day of the event, which began at 5 p.m. Giveaways from area visitors, mascots, and perfect weather made the family event a great way to kickoff the football season. Families brought blankets and enjoyed the class reunion picnic organized by Rockford Community Services.
September 10 2009
EcoTrek Fitness sessions available every day in West Michigan Staying fit is like a walk in the park—a fast walk, with different sessions of total-body workouts. Terri Baumgardner is a Rockford resident who knows our parks and outdoor places well. A certified aerobics instructor, Baumgardner heard about EcoTrek Fitnesss and loved the idea. EcoTrek is a concept created by a West Michigan native that uses the great outdoors as the backdrop to a healthy, 75-minute workout. The routine is a mix of cardio, strength and stretching that takes place in parks and outdoor locations. “This is completely different than anything else,” said Baumgardner. It’s very different than going to a gym and participating in a class where there is no connection with the other people. We have a lot of fun, walking and talking, and every location is different.” Baumgardner offers her EcoTrek workouts on Monday morning and Wednesday evenings. She has brought her clients to Pickerel Lake, Townsend Park, the Cannon Trail, downtown Rockford, Rogue River Park, Memorial Park in downtown Rockford and the Cannonsburg Ski Hill. “We go to eight or nine locations, each one is different and is different seasonally as well.” The workouts are for any adult and even teens have participated. “You wouldn’t want to bring a small child along, but anyone can do this,” Baumgardner said. People need show up only with comfortable clothing and tennis shoes. Baumgardner said newbies don’t need to worry that they can’t keep up. “We do some walking and then we stop and exercise for a while,” she said. At a recent Wednesday night workout the group started at the Cannon Trail off Sunfish Lake Road and walked the trail to Townsend Park. In the woods the team stopped and did exercises in the trees using strength-training bands (which are provided). “You may notice that we were exercising and some of the people came along after a little bit,” Baumgardner said. “We do that so the slower ones can catch up and go at their own pace. We don’t leave the slow ones behind.” Cari Draft is the person who came up with the concept. She did so after attending an outdoor certification course offered for athletic trainers by Nike in Beaverton, Orgegon. After […]