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Fitness Week Fun: Kickoff Expo at the YMCA Emma Van Riper '20

Are you looking to get back into shape? Have you heard of the many fitness places around town, but don’t know many details about them? Have you been trying to eat healthier? The kickoff event for fitness week in Westport could help you with just that.

The first-ever kickoff event for Fitness Week was held on Sunday, Nov. 3, from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m at the YMCA. The event featured a variety of booths ranging from Stretch Lab to Orange Theory to Restore Cryotherapy. Various food vendors also participated such as Embody, the Granola Bar and East Coast Kombucha Company.

The RowHouse table played a video of a sample class while owners, Rob and Dana Montefusco, answered any questions.

Dana Montefusco, the owner of the Row House Westport, shares the details behind how the rowing machines they use compare to a true rowing experience on the water.

“We use the concept two rower,” Montefusco said. “So this is the industry standard and our coaches teach the technique which is true to the sport.”

Lead instructor of Club Pilates Westport, Lisa Swanson, set up a table to promote her studio to the public and walk people through each class that they offer.

“We have pilates classes that are on all different apparatus,” Swanson said. “We have a chair over there which is one apparatus we use. The main apparatus we use is the reformer, but we also have TRX straps, jump boards and do variety classes. We also do functional interval training to get our heart rate up.”

Embody set up a table at the event which featured a sampling of overnight oats soaked in coconut milk topped with apple cinnamon compote.

Aside from just workout classes, the event had Stretch Lab Westport owner Andy Hicks to combat the tightness in people’s bodies from intense workouts in addition to stress from everyday life.

“Everybody knows that they should be stretching, but sometimes it’s hard to do it yourself,” Hicks said. “We do one on one stretching so we can actually help you through some stretches that you may not be able to do yourself. And then we also do group classes so you can stretch with your friends.”

This event at the YMCA marked the start of Fitness Week which was from Nov. 3 to Nov. 10. Fitness week is meant to mirror restaurant week in town, but to help personal health and growth. During fitness week, the vendors offered free classes to Westport citizens to show them what their business was about.

The Chamber of Commerce invited us all to offer free classes and invite the public to come into our various fitness facilities and potentially join to get healthy,” Shelly Goldman, Director of Health and Wellness at the Westport Weston YMCA, said.

(left) Steve Gaskin, owner of East Coast Kombucha Company, poses next to his tap kombucha samples which came in two different flavors. (right) East Coast Kombucha Company had coupons as well as bottles that can be refilled at the brewery.

Steve Gaskin, also a vendor at the event, opened his Kombucha brewery in South Norwalk a few years ago. “Kombucha is beneficial when you drink it, it rebalances your gut system so your body can naturally heal itself,” Gaskin said.

Becky Cerroni, the Ceo of Joy Ride Westport, was at the event to promote her indoor cycling studio. Joy Ride offers a mix of cycling classes like off-bike classes like hybrid half and half classes which include half cycling half off-bike workouts.

“You can get strength, flexibility and cardio all in one place,” Cerroni said. “We have 40 instructors and a total of five studios in Connecticut. Each instructor is highly trained in the Joy Ride method, but many of them have other certifications as well such as pilates, barre or off-bike training. They all have something different to bring to class which makes it really fun.”

Becky Cerroni, CEO of Joy Ride Westport, had a table complete with a spinner for prizes such as a pen and a free class at the studio.