Get fit at Maggie Mountain Fitness

May 17, 2013
Photo by: Donated photo CHOOSE FITNESS — Pictured above in the Maggie Mountain Fitness gym are Caroline Edwards (at left) and Gabi Edwards. Below, Leah Renier instructor leads a class with Gabi Edwards, Cheryl Robinson, Perry Robinson, Dawn Edwards, Caroline Edwards and Meagan Meyer.

Maggie Mountain Fitness has opened at 2761 Soco Road, in Maggie Valley. The center offers spinning, yoga, Pilates, bones and balance, boot camp, personal training, martial arts, tanning and more. Maggie Mountain Fitness is owned and operated by Leah Renier, a nationally certified personal trainer, fitness, and spinning instructor for 20 years.

Renier’s fitness certifications include Pilates, spinning, kickboxing, prenatal yoga, boot camp, and strength training. In addition to teaching fitness classes and personal training clients, Renier has been a high school cross-country coach, anatomy and physiology instructor, and a physical education teacher for grades K to 5. She also enjoys studying martial arts and earned her Black Belt in Tae-Kwon Do in 2009. Formerly from Key West, Florida, where she opened and operated her own fitness studio, Stay Fit Studio, Renier now resides in Maggie Valley with her husband and three daughters.

The other instructors at the fitness center are Tammy Rex, teaching aerobic dance and toning classes, Rose Johnson, who teaches yoga, and Peter Denis, martial arts instructor.

For those who want to know more, Renier offered more detailed descriptions.

• Pilates —  Pilates is a system of exercises created by Joseph Pilates in the early 20th century that focuses on core strengthening, connection to the breath and proper form and alignment. Pilates will not only improve one’s body, but will also improve overall health. The exercises create long and lean muscles, a strong core, and improve posture. Practicing Pilates regularly will improve one's energy level, create strength and flexibility, reduce tension and pain and relax the mind. Each exercise is taught with three variations to allow for students of all fitness levels to be successful.

• Spinning and other classes —  Spinning is an energizing cardio class performed on a stationary bike meant to burn calories and fat. The best part about this class is that the participant decides how hard to work, although they will be challenged. Yoga and Yogalates are also available and are strength-oriented classes that promise a relaxing finish. "Bones and Balance" is a light strength training chair class for all levels and ages, and good for those with injuries, who want to gently get back into working out again.

• Mountain defense martial arts offers a mixed-martial arts class for ages 5 and up. It is derived from various Chinese and Japanese styles. Classes are at 3:45 p.m. Tuesday to Friday for 5 to 8 year-olds, at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday through Friday for 9 to 11 year-olds, and at 6 p.m. Tuesday through Friday for adults, all instructed by Denis. The center offers boxing at 1 p.m. Saturday offered at $10 a session, and there are monthly seminars.  Monthly rates are offered.

For more information, and rates on all the classes at Maggie Mountain Fitness, call 564-3639.


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