Norwalk Reflector: Famous fitness instructors coming to Willard
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Famous fitness instructors coming to Willard

Stacey Hartley • Jun 18, 2019 at 10:00 PM

WILLARD — Three pals from Waco, Texas are going to crash Deb Schaffer’s fitness class Thursday.

Luckily, the “crashers” are REFIT co-founders Angela Beeler, Catherine Ballas and Emily Field.

REFIT is a cardio group-fitness experience that combines movement and music in a 55-minute workout plan. The dance-based exercise program incorporates popular moves with internal well-being.

Schaffer, who has been an instructor for almost three years, challenged her class to raise $2,000 to help finance new REFIT headquarters.

Despite the fundraising, the cost of the classes, held three times a week, is low, and shown on Schaffer’s instructor profile on the REFIT website.

“A lot of instructors charge $5 per class,” it reads. “That said, if you're short some weeks, no problem. I'd hate for someone to miss class because they gave their last $5 to their child for school lunch or put their last $5 in their gas tank.”

“You belong here, no matter what,” Schaffer added.

“She does a great job of following a REFIT model . . . of building up the heart, both physically and spiritually,” yoga instructor Janet Cok told the Reflector.

“REFIT started out as a Christian exercise program, (but has) expanded to reach and include more people. It is so non-judgemental,” said Cok, who described it as “inclusive and community-based.”

The best friends and co-founders of REFIT were featured in the June issue of Marked Ministry magazine (online), by Sarah Komisky.

In an interview with Ballas, the “self-taught” CEO of REFIT Revolution shared the program’s mission and target audience. Her brother is Mark Ballas of “Dancing with the Stars” fame.

“Our philosophy is, we’re going to focus on the inside and the outside will work itself out,” she said.

“Most of our participants would never enter the door of a gym. That’s where REFIT has been intentional in its ‘welcome home’ experience,” Catherine Ballas added. “They are celebrated for stepping foot out of their car. …  Because we get it; we’re not immune to that feeling.”  

Beeler, Ballas and Field will be at Willard Christian Alliance Church, 1609 South Conwell Ave., from 6 p.m. to 8:10 p.m. Thursday.  

REFIT Willard is holding “REFIT in the park” June 15. For more information, call Deb Schaffer at 567-224-1774 or go to https://www.facebook.com/refitwillard/ on Facebook.

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