ROCKINGHAM — As the sun begins to set over Richmond County, a dozen or so women walk through the city’s downtown streets.
These women are part of Creeta’s Fit Team, a group led by instructor Creeta Grace.
In addition to walking and a little running, the team works with weights, jumps rope and does kickboxing and Zumba.
“It’s all about fitness,” Grace said. “We have fun and put in hard work.”
Grace said the team has been hitting the streets since the rent went up on the gym at the old Leak Street School.
“I don’t want them to have a lapse in their workouts,” she said. “It’ll be harder to get back in.”
She said she’s willing to do whatever it takes to keep her class motivated, even if she loses her voice.
“These ladies have seen a drastic transformation in their bodies,” she said. “The students can tell a difference in their clothes and how good they feel.”
Grace said that one of the ladies started out sitting in a chair, working at her own pace, and has now regained her mobility.
The current group has been exercising together since January. Grace said some members tend to come and go.
Although the group primarily consists of women, Grace said there are two boys who are the sons of women in the group. She said that they are both on the Richmond Senior High football team.
Grace said there are also a few mother-daughter pairs.
She said some ladies are afraid to come to class.
“I don’t like for them to feel intimidated,” she said, adding that those who do show up say they love it.
She said the students often comment on her Facebook page and that they keep in communication outside of class.
“We have that sisterly bond,” she said.
Grace has been teaching fitness for seven years. She is a certified personal trainer and group fitness instructor.
In addition to the Rockingham group, the former Wadesboro police officer teaches a fitness class at South Piedmont Community College and a water aerobics class at the FirstHealth Center for Health and Fitness.
“I’m doin’ what I enjoy doin’,” she said.
Reach reporter William R. Toler at 910-817-2675.