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Community ed takes hula-hoop fitness for a spin

A Hoop It Up participant finds her rhythm last week during a District 833 Community Education class at Bailey Elementary. (Staff photo by Mike Longaecker)1 / 5
Elements of yoga were introduced as part of a hula-hoop-themed fitness class. (Staff photo by Mike Longaecker)2 / 5
Group stretching techniques were performed during the class. (Staff photo by Mike Longaecker)3 / 5
Instructor Dede Gusek teaches while she hula hoops last week at Bailey Elementary.4 / 5
Hoop It Up instructor Dede Gusek leads the group during last week’s fitness class.5 / 5

Elvis has not left the building – at least not at Bailey Elementary’s gymnasium. The rock ‘n’ roll king’s tunes greet attendees taking part in a unique fitness class that’s well suited to his swingin’ songs.

The class, held by District 833 Community Education, is called Hoop It Up, where participants use hula hoops as part of a fitness routine.

After warming up to Elvis songs, the group transitioned into a stretching phase before tackling movements incorporating Pilates and yoga.

Convention hula-hooping-related movements are later introduced at the session, where participants enjoyed the low-impact workout.

The class is offered through community education through the Homeward Bound Theatre Co., a nonprofit group that incorporates performing arts into community activities.

Homeward Bound worker Dede Gusek led the hula hoop session on Thursday, Feb. 19, at Bailey Elementary. She instructed a group of women how to incorporate hula hoop activities into fitness routines they can use at home.

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