The 14th Challenge event took place at General Fitness in the Durfee-Union mill complex on March 1, 2014. Over fifty Challenge participants split into a step aerobics class with Pauline Souza or a spinning class with Wendy Rapoza. "Step aerobics was a lot more difficult than it looked at first" said Challenge participant Leonard Pittsley who was trying it for the first time. Dr. David Weed followed the work-out with a discussion of  low-carb diets. Sponsored by Greater Fall River Re-creation, Partners for a Healthier Community, Saint Anne's Hospital, Southcoast Hospitals, the Challenge includes programs provided by All Generations Fitness, the Diabetes Association, Inc., Fitness Fusion, FitWorks, General Fitness. Greater Fall River Re-creation, Striking Beauties, TKO Fitness, Wiggle Kids, and the Fall River YMCA. The Challenge offers low cost opportunities for those who live, work or attend school in the Greater Fall River Area. Click here for a  nine-minute video of the event. Click here for photos of the twelfth event. Call Annemarie at 508-679-0922 for more information or go to


(Top row, left) Second-time Challenge participant Tracy Soares signs in at General Fitness with Brittany Bertone. Top row, center and right) As participants adjust their bicycles before the start of the spinning class, General Fitness Aerobics Instructor Pauline Souza explains step aerobics to the group. (Row two) The group begins step aerobics as Pauline leads them through a series of moves to music. (Rows three and four) General Fitness Spinning Instructor Wendy Rapoza challenges the group, including Josh Hutchinson and Anna Sousa, right, to an hour-long workout. (Row five) Pauline finishes the step aerobics and then guides the group through some stretches and leg lifts on the mats. (Bottom row) Both groups finish up before Brittany pulls the winning ticket for prizes.

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