Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

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February 4, 2013

Partiers get a kick out of pre-Super Bowl game fitness at Princeton Brickhouse

PRINCETON — The folks at the Princeton Brickhouse Cardio Club know how to throw a Super Bowl party — Zumba-style. A crowd of about 40 people came out Sunday afternoon for studio’s second annual free Super Bowl party.

“We did it last year and it was well received,” Heather Goodman, an instructor at the cardio club said. “We decided to do it again this year. With the snow, we thought that several might not make it, but it looks like we have a good turnout.”

Within a matter of minutes after Abby Honaker, Princeton Brickhouse owner, started a high-energy Zumba Fitness warm-up, the windows and glass door of the studio were fogged up.

“How many here have taken a Zumba class before?” she asked before kick-off of the 2 p.m. session. Almost everyone in attendance raised his or her hand. “How many have done R.I.P.P.E.D.?” she asked. Fewer hands were raised in response to that question. The number of hands in the air dropped a little with each of her next questions about Pilates, turbo kick and piloxing.

“We’re going to have some fun today,” she said as she broke into a Zumba routine. “If you don’t like one of these styles, don’t worry. We’ll only be doing it for a couple songs before we switch to another form.”

Before the start of the Super Bowl party, Goodman, who was wearing a stylish shirt with the number 19 on it, but no team affiliation, confessed that she was not a football fan.

“But everyone will be watching the game today,” Honaker said, briefly entering the conversation. Honaker explained the reasoning behind the fitness-oriented pre-Super Bowl party: “We are going to watch it. We are women and we’re going to eat,” she said with conviction.

The Facebook message alerting the fitness faithful to the party asked that the attendees wear their favorite team jersey. Only Dorothy Morgan, of Princeton, came out in support of her team, the San Francisco 49ers.

“I know they’re on the west coast, but I’ve been a San Francisco fan since I was a little girl,” she said holding her hand out to mark her height at about four-feet. “I remember watching Joe (Montana) and Jerry (Rice) back then. They were two of the greatest players of that time.”

Along with the 49ers, Morgan said she enjoys Zumba. “I’ve been taking Zumba for two months,” she said. “The girls do a great job of teaching fitness.”

Rick Pugh joined Goodman on stage to instruct on two of the routines, and Cydney Watkins, another instructor also led the group in a couple of the routines.

As the party rolled along, the windows and door remained fog-coated as the partiers continued their pre-game fitness routines.

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