Coburg Leisure Centre member and regular BodyPump participant, Leanne, celebrated her 50th birthday with a group fitness party class that raised $2,600 for charity last month.
Dressed in a Wonder Woman costume, Leanne led the specially organised group fitness class with 68 of her friends dressed up in 80s gym gear, leg warmers and headbands in an hour long BodyPump, CXworx, and BodyStep class.
At Leanne’s request, instead of birthday presents, friends and relatives donated gifts to YMCA’s Open Doors.
“What better way to celebrate turning 50 than by sharing some of the most important things to me at this time in my life; how good exercise makes me feel!” Leanne said. “And give all of my best friends a chance to do it with me.”
Coburg Leisure Centre staff member Annie Paz and fellow BodyPump instructors Suzy and Tina worked with Leanne in the lead up to the day practicing the class choreography so she could lead the class.
“Leanne did an amazing job and the participants had so much fun, especially the people who would not normally participate in a group fitness class,” Annie said.
Annie and all Coburg Leisure Centre staff thank Leanne and her friends for their huge generosity which will go towards providing opportunities for disadvantaged people to participate in health, wellness and swimming programs that they would not otherwise have had access to.
For more information on YMCA’s Open Doors please email Chris Arena, Active Moreland Programs Director.