Once again, Perris residents are heading to City parks to work up a sweat, burn off some calories, flex their muscles and improve their quality of life through free exercise classes.
Between now and December, the City is hosting a series of workouts at parks from one of town to the other.
Modeled after the hugely successful weekend workouts held on Saturday mornings in 2014, the twice-weekly evening workouts continue the ongoing Live Well Perris healthy eating active living initiative. Personal trainer Laura Sosa is leading the workouts.
Sosa said more than 50 people took part in the first session at Mercado Park. Earlier this week, an enthusiastic crowd participated in an hour-long workout at May Ranch Park in north Perris. The group included seniors, adults and young people.
“People love it,” said Sosa, who also teaches exercise classes to Perris seniors. “It’s great to see coming out to exercise and keep active. Everybody has a good time. We laugh and make friends.”
Sosa put her students through a grueling one-hour workout that included stretches, squats, jumping jacks, lifting dumbbells, swinging medicine balls and running around the one-third perimeter of May Ranch Park. Perris staff provided the music and set up a Live Well display that encouraged people to drink water over sugary, high-calorie soft drinks.
Esbiedy Lomeli attends the ongoing twice-weekly sessions and took part in the morning sessions. She said she feels the difference in her looks and energy level.
“I’ve lost inches and my body has a healthier tone,” Lomeli said. “I’m stronger. I feel better, I look better and I’m more confident.”
Lomeli said she can now paddleboard, an exercise impossible before taking part in the City-sponsored workouts.
“I love that our City is enabling its residents to get a good workout,” Lomeli said. “We all want to look good. We all want to stay healthy. We all want to live a long life for our kids. We’re all working toward the same goals.”
Ashley Godinez said she appreciates Perris offering the workouts at no charge. Lots of City residents cannot afford their own personal trainer.
“The City of Perris appreciates its residents,” Godinez said. “I enjoy working out with the other people who are motivating each other.”
Les and Darlene Steele attend every evening workout, are veterans of the morning-workout program and exercise regularly at the Bob Glass Gymnasium on the City campus. Darlene is mobility-impaired and takes part in the sessions using a cane. Les battle diabetes.
“The workouts have made a big difference,” Les Steele said.
The couple credited Sosa with getting the most out of the exercise regimen.
“She works us hard,” Les Steele said. “You feel the burn!”
Darlene Steele said even with her mobility restrictions, the workouts make her feel better.
“I feel stronger, more invigorated,” she said. “You feel a glow all over.”
Upcoming workouts include:
Oct. 27— 6 p.m. to 7 p.m., Foss Field Park, 138 North Perris Blvd
Oct. 29—6 p.m. to 7 p.m., Foss Field Park, 138 North Perris Blvd.
Nov. 3—6 p.m. to 7 p.m., Monument Ranch Park, 163 Monument Parkway
Nov. 5—6 p.m. to 7 p.m., Monument Ranch Park, 163 Monument Parkway
Nov. 10—6 p.m. to 7 p.m., Mercado Park, 925 South D Street
Nov. 12 —6 p.m. to 7 p.m., Mercado Park, 925 South D Street
Nov. 17—6 p.m. to 7 p.m., Frank Eaton Memorial Park, 3600 Bradley Road
Nov. 19—6 p.m. to 7 p.m., Frank Eaton Memorial Park, 3600 Bradley Road
Dec. 1—6 p.m. to 7 p.m., Monument Ranch Park, 163 Monument Parkway
Dec. 3—6 p.m. to 7 p.m., Monument Ranch Park, 163 Monument Parkway
Dec. 8—6 p.m. to 7 p.m., Mercado Park, 925 South D Street
Dec. 10—6 p.m. to 7 p.m., Mercado Park, 925 South D Street