MISSOULA — If you drive by the Southgate Mall on Saturdays, you may hear the sounds of a fitness class going on.
Lizzie Dolan is a personal trainer who has been teaching fitness for 10 years. Recently she partnered with the Southgate Mall to bring a social distancing fitness class called the Summer Sweat Series.
“It just started this week and will run for five weeks so we have four more weeks on Wednesdays at 9 a.m. and Saturdays at 9 a.m," said Dolan.
The classes are free to the public, and Dolan says it is a great way to get your mind off of the pandemic.
“I think it is a really great distraction. I don’t want anyone to feel like we have to be working out, that’s not the focus, but it’s a great distraction to get your mind off of all the noise going on in the world right now," said Dolan.
Dolan says her experiences as a gymnastics coach inspired her to get a start in her personal training career
“So I was coaching gymnastics, working with athletes, found group fitness, loved that adults could be active and fit too, and it was such a natural pivot from coaching to training," said Dolan.
Dolan wants to remind people how important getting out and doing something is for your self-care.
“Whether you put your headphones on and go for a run for 20 minutes or find a class to go to or find an online workout, it can just get you out of that head space and bring it back into yourself and sweat it out," said Dolan.
If you are interested in getting your sweat on you can visit LizFit Fitness on Facebook.
Dolan was a recipient of a $1,000 grant from the Movement Foundation, which is given to personal trainers impacted by COVID-19, and used that grant to start her own unique fitness format SoundStrength.
Dolan teaches this class format every Tuesday at West Side Theater and every Monday at the Lifelong Learning Center.