Taking on the Edge Challenge at Edge Fitness

One of the malls in my area had been torn down, leaving only two of the main stores, Sears and Boscov’s. The site is back in business now as an open-air walkable shopping promenade with a cut-through lane.
Several restaurant chains have been drawing customers in and earlier this year, I joined The Edge Fitness, which has a wide range of
amenities. Group classes (Zumba, kickboxing, spinning and more), personal training, a weight-lifting area, women’s only exercise room, a children’s exercise area and a cinema. You can use treadmills, stationary bikes or ellipticals while catching favorite big screen
hits; a different movie plays every day and each month has a new round of choices. Oh and at this gym, you’ll hear a cheerful shout-out when a new member is signed up.

Since becoming a member, I’ve tried both Zumba and kickboxing for the first time. Before learning that The Edge Fitness offered these
classes, I had been curious for a while about where to try them. Another class I’ve taken, foundations, includes 8 stations for working
out using kettle bells, dumbbells and a variety of exercises without weights. I’ve also been working with a personal trainer one day each
week. Whatever the workout, A nice treat afterward is one of the shakes offered at the cafe; there’s a flavor for everyone’s taste and
they come in low-calorie or high protein.

The challenge began on May 22 at 6 p.m., with several gym locations kicking off the 8-week event. Participants had head-to-toe before
photos taken, a weigh-in and introductions to everyone with their trainer and teammates. We all stated our goals to achieve by the end
of the challenge; mine was to lose 20 pounds and to be healthier overall. There’s even a $10,000 prize waiting for a lucky winner!

When it comes to diet, having a wrap of grilled chicken or turkey strips has been one of my favorite healthy options to eat. I add a mix
of peppers and onions, some red pepper hummus and reduced fat provolone cheese. Also, I’ve had a lot of diet soda over the years. If
I went a few days without the carbonated beverage, I felt starved for one. Lately though, I can’t drink it at all. I drink water throughout
the day now.

I’m going to post more about my experiences and results during the Edge Challenge as each upcoming week comes to a close. I got a bit
behind in these first few with a lot going on outside of gym visits. During week 2 of the challenge, I took on an outdoor Zumba class as
another exercise first toward my goals. When I signed up, I hoped it wouldn’t be too sweltering hot out for the early day in June; it was a
fairly comfortable, breezy day. At the start of week 3, I hit my lowest weight at weigh-in before my personal training session. Later
today, I’ll be going into challenge week 4 with a personal training session and I’m hoping for a new goal reached.

About caroldwyer

A freelance photographer and blogger, I'm also a non-traditional graduate of Cabrini College with a B.A. in communication, minor in English and concentration in film studies. As a student, I was a staff writer, photographer and copy editor for the Loquitur. In my final semester, I assisted in promoting campus literary events for Woodcrest Literary Magazine. I love travel, historic places, nature, wildlife and the arts. I hope to be involved in some way with one of those areas throughout my media career. Currently, I'm pursuing my M.F.A. in creative writing and publishing. Read my film blog at http://cdwyerfilminspired.wordpress.com - and my literary blog at http://cdwyerbookishgrad.wordpress.com
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