GREAT FALLS — On Sunday, cyclists at the Peak Health & Wellness Center served their community in the form of toys, sweat, and gears at the annual "Pedal For A Purpose" cycling class.
Coordinator Susan Lemelin says the Peak team wanted to help gym-goers fulfill a financial need of the community and a physical need of their own.
“As a club we want to give back in our community and we were just kind of looking to see what we could combine with fitness and giving back,” Lemelin said.
Participants had the option of bringing an unwrapped toy or donate money for Toys For Tots, or to donate money toward bus passes in our community.
Since their cycling classes are so popular, they thought a give and spin class was the way to go.
“We’re all about wellness and people staying healthy and we know the holidays get super busy and just giving them an opportunity to get in and get their workout but still do something,” Lemelin said.
Cyclist Diane Wright is opting to pedal all three hours of the event. “I’m doing all three. I brought some fruit with me, some extra water. So hopefully I can make it through the whole three hours.
Wright participated in last year’s pedal for a purpose and thought a tough spin class would help her gear up for the holidays and peak gear up to give back. “It’s a way for the community to give back it’s a way for the participants to give back this community needs the resources that we can provide,” wright said.
Wright says even if you’re new to spinning, it’s an exercise for everyone. “Spinning is for everybody. If you have bad knees like I do, it’s great for your knees, it’s great to get your cardiovascular system geared up and it’s a great workout,” Wright said.