Kick off the new year with aerobics

NEIGHBORS

December 21, 1993|By MAUREEN RICE

I sometimes wish we could donate the extra pounds we gain in the holiday season to some good cause.

Wouldn't it be wonderful?

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"Do It, Sweat It, Perfect It," reads a flier for the Freedom Area Recreation Council's aerobics classes.

Dorinda Ann Deardoff, the instructor, will do, sweat and perfect it right along with anyone else, with her aerobics schedule of four classes a week.

Unlike some aerobics instructors, Ms. Deardoff has seriously studied physical fitness. She earned her certification from the AFAA (American Fitness Association of America) in 1989.

"I had to learn energy pathways, all the muscle groups, vitamins and I had to develop an original routine and demonstrate it in front of judges," Ms. Deardoff said.

Ms. Deardoff says she started teaching aerobics in 1986 at Holiday Spas. The spark was her frustration with the cancellation of aerobics classes she tried to attend, only to find that no one else had come.

"I would drive half an hour to find that the class was canceled, so I went to the management and asked if I could teach some classes," she said. "They said yes, and I would teach the class no matter how many people didn't make it."

When the spa changed hands, the instructors all decided to obtain their certification from AFAA, one of several groups that provides certification to aerobics instructors.

"We chose AFAA's program because it asked a great deal more in order to grant a certificate," Ms. Deardoff said. "Other programs will give you a certificate if you just pass a written test -- they never test your teaching at all to see if you're actually teaching the way you should."

Because many participants in Ms. Deardoff's classes return session after session, she changes the focus of her classes from time to time to provide variety for everyone.

"I have a lot of die-hards who have been with me since I started with the recreation council."

Ms. Deardoff requires all participants bring a water bottle and an exercise mat.

"We work all of the muscle groups," she said. "We warm up from neck to ankles, go through upper-body workouts down to abdominals and stretches, in addition to the aerobics workout. You really need water in my classes."

Starting Jan. 3, Ms. Deardoff will teach co-ed aerobics at Freedom and Piney Ridge elementary schools.

"This is great for couples," she said. "The stress relief is fantastic. You come off a hard day's work and into some good exercise, and you go home just feeling good.

"It also helps you stay healthy," she said. "I almost never get sick, and when I do, I just bounce back."

In the spring, after the eight-week winter session, she will lead an "Aerobic Jamboree," her name for aerobic country line dance.

For information or to register for Ms. Deardoff's classes, call 795-2094 or 795-7702.

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Eldersburg Elementary's students are all set for the holidays, with handmade gifts for their hard-working parents.

The annual Holiday Workshop, which took place Friday, allows children to make their own gifts.

Kindergartners swished glue on baby food jars and stuck tissue paper to their hands as well as the jars to make votive candleholders for their moms. Others made holiday banners, stained trinket boxes, decorative candles, cranberry wreaths and tree decorations.

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Eldersburg's Cub Scout Pack 392 helped Neighbors in Need again this year, bringing huge piles of collected food, housewares, clothing and gifts for the pack's two "adopted" families to the annual caroling festivities Friday.

"We really collected an awful lot," said Jane Thomas, who organized the adoption of the families. "It took several trips with the truck to move all of the items we collected. There are going to be some very happy faces on Christmas because of this."

The Scouts also took handmade ornaments and other gifts to Carroll County General Hospital, where they sang Christmas carols for those who are spending their holidays in a hospital bed.

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