The second week of the Eighth Annual Greater Fall River Fitness Challenge  brought over 80 participants to Re-Creation on January 21st for an evening session with All Generations Fitness and to General Fitness for a Saturday morning session on January 24, 2015. Participants could choose between a spinning session led by Tony Sousa and a step aerobics session led by Rachel Rapoza. Those sessions were followed by a nutrition session led by Dr. Weed. 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, Fitness Fusion, FitWorks, General Fitness, TKO Fitness, 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. Registration is open through the end of January. Click here for a twelve-minute video of the Saturday event. Click here for photos of the first week's Saturday Challenge. Click here for photos of the January 10th Health Fair. Call CD-REC at 508-679-0922 for more information or go to

(Top row, left) Challenge participants enter General Fitness in the Durfee Union Complex on Pleasant Street in a wet snow storm. (Top row, center and right) Spinning instructor Tony Sousa adjusts one of the bikes before Walter Pomalewicz, right, and others start to peddle. (Row two, left) Dianna Gaya and Joanne Nadeau start out with an easy workout before Tony picks up the pace. (Row two, center, and rows three) Step aerobics instructor Rachel Rapoza gives instructions to keep people moving and stretching during the one-hour routine. (Row four, left and center) Nathan Laferriere and Danielle Dias do some leg lifts  and push ups under Rachel's instructions. (Bottom row, center) First year Challenge participant Kelly Silva smiles after one of the workout routines. (Bottom row, right) Jessica Grazulis of Partners holds the container while a participant pulls the winning door prize winner at the end of the Challenge.

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