HARRISON, N.Y. - The Ron Belmont Pool in West Harrison became a bit feistier this summer. All it took was town resident Lindsey Chiaramida and a little help from the Harrison Recreation Department to build a weekly Zumba class with an aquatic approach.
"It's a lot of fun," Chiaramida said. "I cannot express how much these ladies love it."
Chiaramida hosted a weekly hour-long aqua Zumba class at the Ron Belmont Pool for locals on Fridays at 9 a.m. The program started July 8 at $90 for residents and $110 for non-residents and included seven morning classes that will wind down this month.
The class consists of around 10 women and Chiaramida said some have become addicted to the Zumba trend. It is the closest aqua class the region has next to one that is offered in Stamford, Conn.
"When they come out of the water, they can tell how good of a workout they've had," Chiaramida said.
Zumba is a Latin-inspired dance and fitness exercise and the aqua course brings the dancers into a four-foot pool to fight the resistance of the water while moving. Chiaramida stands poolside all the while leading the moves in slow motion from the pool deck.
"What a great place to work out," she said.
Chiaramida also hosts weekly land Zumba classes at the Veterans Memorial Building on Halstead Avenue that feature basic fitness. The aqua course might also live on through the fall as plans are being discussed to bring it to indoor pools at Harrison schools, Chiaramida said.
And she isn't stopping there.
"I would love to bring this to other towns," she said. "I've been thinking about the possibility."
Those interested in learning more about Zumba can contact Chiaramida at (914) 400-7477 and or e-mail her at Lchiaramida@gmail.com .
E-mail town reporter Phil Corso at PCorso@TheDailyHarrison.com .
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