TORONTO - Heavenly Bodies Fitness Club, 215 N. Fourth St., is now open for business after a recent ribbon-cutting ceremony hosted by the city chamber.
"I originally started doing small classes on Feb. 3," said Carrie Shaffer, owner. "I had about 10 members at the time. Over the past six months my classes have grown bigger and I realized that it was time to consider opening my own place."
The business location is at the recently closed Gem City Youth Center.
FITNESS IN TORONTO — The Toronto Ohio Chamber of Commerce recently welcomed Heavenly Bodies Fitness Club, 215 N. Fourth St., with a ribbon-cutting ceremony. Taking part in the celebration were, front, from left, Layne Prayso and Josie Prayso; second row, Jonie Sapp, Jen Gillis, Tina McCoy, Jessica Zorne and Kelly Bickerstaff; and back, John Ratti, LuAnn Martin, Becky Latynski, Tina Nett, Cindy Freshwater, Heavenly Bodies owner Carrie Shaffer, Sage Shaffer, Jeff Nett, Barb Glessner, John Hartline, Bill Lucas, Wanda Friess and John Friess.
Shaffer is certified as a personal trainer, group fitness and boot camp instructor and focuses on group circuit training, cardio fitness and jump training.
Tuesday evenings at 6 p.m. the club offers cardio max sessions, using all the same movements of the other circuit training classes for the higher intensity boot camp-style workout, a favorite of male clients, said Shaffer.
The Little Angels classes offer 45 minutes of instruction on healthy eating habits, exercise that includes child-based cardio, such as skipping, jumping jacks and leap frog followed by a lesson on one muscle group for the day using 1-pound dumbbells. Children's class times are 9 a.m. and 10: 15 a.m. Saturdays.
"All classes can be modified for all skill levels. Beginners are encouraged to join. We do not just work out together - we are a family," said Shaffer, adding she presently is working on adding Zumba and low-impact for seniors classes.
For information, call (740) 632-6406 or log onto carrieshafferheavenlybodies.com.