Library, Fitness Centers Partner to Offer 'Free Samples' | Athletic Business

Library, Fitness Centers Partner to Offer 'Free Samples'

It’s the time of year where people are considering adopting new healthy habits, but for some people looking to get in shape it can be difficult to know where to begin. 

An Oregon public library is helping its community decide on which fitness program might be right for them by partnering with local gyms to bring “free sample fitness” to the library.

Coos Bay (Ore.) Public Library is offering four separate classes throughout the month of January, including a Zumba class and a PiYo combination pilates/yoga class offered by Downtown Health & Fitness, a self-defense class by Northwest Martial Arts, and a yoga class offered by Mossy Lotus. 

“I think it is good to be able to just try it before committing to a gym,” Diana Graudin told local TV station KMTR after attending Monday’s free Zumba class. “I actually feel like I got more of a strength workout than I expected. They make it look really easy but it’s actually pretty hard on your body,” she added.

By partnering with the local library, the fitness centers get a chance to present their offerings in a low-pressure environment — and hopefully attract new users. Meanwhile, the library gets a chance to provide a worthwhile service to the public. 

Would you consider partnering with a local library, park, or recreation department to offer “free samples” of your club’s fitness offerings? Let us know by voting in our Twitter poll below.

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