by: SUBMITTED PHOTO:  - Earlene Beko works out with a kettlebell.

There’s a new exercise activity at the West Linn Adult Community Center, and it might be just right for you. It’s a kettlebell workout, and to hear Earlene Beko tell it, “You get a great workout in only 15 minutes.”

Earlene is a three-year veteran of the class and she waxes especially enthusiastic about the instructor, Janet Duback, an upbeat, positive physical trainer certified to conduct the classes.

“Janet is a great instructor who watches you all the time and corrects errors in posture so you don’t hurt yourself,” said Beko.

This is important when lifting the kettlebells, which are ball-shaped weights with a handle attached for easy gripping.

It’s so important that you must take a workshop class wherein you learn proper technique before attending the regular workout class held weekly on Wednesday at 9 a.m. at the WLACC.

The workout itself involves more than just lifting kettlebells. Stretching and yoga poses are part of the class warmup, and walking on all fours, forward and backward, between kettlebell lifting gets each student warmed up quickly.

To find out more about the kettlebell class, including fees and equipment, call the WLACC at the number below.

Here are the upcoming week’s activities.

Call 503-557-4704 for specific times and possible fees. Also, all lunches listed below are subject to change, but only for the better.

Friday, Nov. 1

Computer instruction (by appointment), core strength, strength and balance, Peripatetic Walkers, aerobics, painting, whist card group, pinochle, Texas Hold’em poker.

Lunch entrée is chili and cornbread.

Monday, Nov. 4

Tai chi, Peripatetic Walkers, woodcarving, aerobics, hand and foot card game, bridge, exercise for all. Lunch entrée is open-faced turkey sandwich.

Tuesday, Nov. 5

Computer instruction (by appointment), core strength, strength and balance, gentle yoga, Nia, Honoring Our Memories writing group, pinochle, Ukulele Strummers.

Wednesday, Nov. 6

Peripatetic Walkers, kettlebell exercise, chair aerobics, gardening group, line dancing, pinochle and book club. Birthday brunch will be served at noon.

Thursday, Nov. 7

Computer instruction (by appointment), foot clinic, Share Singers, core strength, strength and balance, gentle yoga, Nia, knitting/crocheting, bridge, exercise for all.

WLACC Gift Shop

Come visit the best-kept shopping secret in town: the WLACC Gift Shop. Our Halloween-themed items, including a gorgeous crystal mask, are on full display along with lots of jewelry and other treasures. A wide variety of Christmas items will be available early November, including Madame Alexander dolls, Lenox collectibles and festive holiday decorating items. One-hundred percent cashmere scarves are now available as are 100 percent silk scarves. Matching glove and hat sets are available in a medley of colors. Other gift ideas? Handmade soaps, locally made. The shop is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Cash, checks and well-behaved children are always accepted.

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