Salvation Army Kroc Center open house

Group fitness instructor Tony Gibson leads his class in dancing, squatting and sweating during the Salvation Army Kroc Center's open house event Saturday in Suisun City. (Conner Jay/Daily Republic)

Suisun City

Visitors and members enjoy free classes at Kroc Center open house

By From page A3 | January 13, 2013

SUISUN CITY — Solano County residents ready to commit to their New Year’s resolutions decided to try out fitness classes and equipment for free during the Kroc Center’s annual open house celebration.

Visitors and members took advantage of all-day free activities at the center as well as a chance to earn vouchers and wave their membership fee.

Hundreds flocked to popular classes such as Zumba, Step 360 and Hot Hula while the children enjoyed a warmed pool in the aquatics center.

Plenty of non-fitness related activities were going on as well. People interested in renting out rooms at the Kroc Center could check out “sample rooms” at the banquet hall and children’s party center.

The theater hosted two performance’s by the worship band Within Reach and Blood and Fire as well as performances by hopeful-singers during open-mic karaoke.

Visitor Danny Butte was new to town and looking for the right gym for him and his family.

“This is nice – has a lot going on,” he said.

Many members, such as Tim Aguilar, stopped by to take free classes and also to say thanks to the staff that help run the Kroc Center.

For Aguilar, who is in a wheelchair, the staff has not only been accommodating, but has gone above and beyond to give him the best and most comfortable experience possible, he said.

Aguilar was in an accident more than a year ago and paralyzed him from the waist down. Doctors and physical told him he may never move his legs or feet again. Gyms he went to told him he didn’t belong there.

But the Kroc Center, he said, has gone out of their way to make sure he can get around the gymnasium, get through doors easily and get on and off machines safely.

With the help of staff member Chris Martinez, Aguilar has ridden more than 1,200 miles on the stationary bicycle since he joined last May.

“This is a miracle place,” he said.

For more information about the Kroc Center, visit www.grokroc.org.

Reach Heather Ah San at 427-6977 or [email protected] Follow her on Twitter at www.twitter.com/HeatherMalia.

Heather Ah San

Heather Ah San

Heather Ah San covers Rio Vista, features and general news for the Daily Republic. She received her bachelors of art degree from the University of Oregon.

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