Winsted-Lester Prairie Journal, Nov. 26, 2001

Aerobics classes starting in Winsted

By Ryan Gueningsman

When aerobics instructor Tricia Stender decided to host an aerobics session at the Blue Note in Winsted, she thought she'd be lucky to have nine or 10 people show up.

She was definitely surprised when it was closer to 25 people.

"This is something I've always wanted to do," Stender said. "I took a certification test this summer, and although at most places you don't have to be certified, I wasn't sure of that, so I went ahead with the certification class anyway."

Stender passed her NDEITA exam in June, and following that, she asked around in the area if people thought there would be an interest in aerobics.

"I had a lot of questions like, 'can I do it?' and I tell people it's a high-low class. There are a lot of moves that are high, but there I also show them low moves," said Stender. "It's not a step aerobics class, and there really is no specific age group. I have some in their teens to in their 50s, it's really a wide range. The main thing I try to stress is to go at their own pace, and not to worry about what the person in front of them is doing, or even what I do. Everyone is just here to work out and have a little fun."

A typical class consists of doing five minutes of warm-up, about 35 minutes of actual aerobic activities, 10 minutes of legs, 10 minutes of abs, and then a cool-down.

"I try to run it as close to an even hour as I can because a lot of people have other things to do. I have a lot of people come in at 6:30 p.m. and want to be out of there at 7:30 p.m.," Stender said.

The first session of aerobics will end Dec. 21. There will be a second session starting Jan. 7 through May 1.

There will still be classes offered in May, however they will be on a walk-in basis only, because of the weather. Classes will still be Mondays and Wednesdays amounting to 34 days. There won't be any in June, July, or August, but Stender plans on starting again in September.

"On Wednesday, Jan. 2, I am having an open house from 6 to 6:30 p.m. here at the Blue Note, with class beginning at 6:30 p.m.," said Stender. "It is a free night for everyone, and it will be a chance for people to ask questions and sign up for the whole session. I also will be having a drawing for a free session."

Although this is her first time teaching an aerobics class, Stender also participates in other aerobics classes in Chaska and Waconia and uses ideas that she has learned for her own classes.

Heading to Chaska and Waconia may seem like a long way to go just for an aerobics class, but for Stender, Waconia used to be home.

"I grew up in Waconia and moved to Winsted about three years ago," Stender said. "My husband, Chad, and I have two kids, Samantha, 7, and Emma, 2. I work at the HLWW Public Schools with pre-schoolers."

While she is not working, or teaching aerobics, Stender uses some of her spare time to prepare for running marathons.

"I've ran three marathons so far. I ran the Twin

Cities Marathon twice, and I've also ran Grandma's Marathon in Duluth. I train for those too," said Stender. "My goal, before I'm 30, is to run the Boston Marathon, but you have to qualify for it, and I still have to cut a little off my time."

"Training for the marathons really helps for the class, too. I also do the area runs ­ the Winsted Fun Run, the Delano one, and the Waconia one, too," said Stender.

Another way for Stender to get the word out about her classes will be participating in Winsted's Winter Festival.

"I'm going to be in the winter parade, have a float, and hand out flyers. It's a really good way to get the word out. I did that in the summer parade, too, and I think it really got the word out," said Stender.

If people have any questions, or are interested in signing up, call Tricia Stender at (320) 485-4753, or simply show up at the Blue Note in the ballroom Monday or Wednesday nights.

"It's a good time. I look forward to every Monday and Wednesday," said Stender.

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