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Magnolias of Lancaster gets physical to fight Alzheimer's
Burpees at Bert's Fitness Challenge supports Lancaster Chapter of Alzheimer's Association
Coming off a successful and popular debut last year, the second Burpees at Bert's will benefit the Alzheimer's Association of Lancaster. The Fitness Challenge will begin at 8 a.m. on Sept. 8 at Bert's Bottle Shops. The $10 entry fee entitles participants to an hour of fitness and a pint of beer.
Teams will see how many "Burpees" their members can perform in one hour at Bert's Bottle Shop, 369 Comet Drive in Millersville. A burpee is also known as a squat thrust, which is a full body, four-step exercise traditionally used in strength training and aerobic exercises.
"When we introduced the Burpees at Bert's Fitness Challenge last year, we hoped people would find the Challenge as a different, interesting and fun way to raise funds for such an important cause," said Robert Garvey, Director of Sales and Marketing at Magnolias of Lancaster senior living community. "It exceeded our expectations and was so popular that we wanted to bring the Challenge back."
The registration fee will raise money for the upcoming Walk to End Alzheimer's, which supports the Lancaster Chapter of the Alzheimer's Association.
"Nearly everyone throughout our Lancaster community knows at least one person who has been affected by dementia-related diseases," Garvey said. "Whether that person is a family member, close friend or other loved one, dementia takes its toll on everyone."
The four-count Burpee begins with the participant in a standing position.
· Drop into a squat position with hands on the ground (count 1).
· Kick the feet back into a plank position while keeping the arms extended (count 2).
· Return the feet to the squat position (count 3).
· Stand up from the squat position (count 4).
"Participants of all ages, abilities and fitness levels are welcome," Garvey said. "They should bring their own mat."
Robert Garvey, Director of Sales and Marketing