Fenwick exercise boot camp heating up for summer

Summer doesn’t mean that an exercise program has go on vacation, too. There is plenty of natural light and equipment found in nature — especially on the beach!

And, just in time to keep that summer exercise routing going, Fenwick Island’s exercise boot camp, otherwise known as Hipaha, is starting up again. While the camp is still on a Monday/Friday schedule, starting June 13, classes in yoga, a beach circuit and the boot camp will be available Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays.

“New this year, we added a yoga class at 7:30 on Tuesday morning,” explained Lori Martin, owner/facilitator of the boot camp, noting that they also have apparel available (hat, shirts and stickers) and will have one special “warrior day” a month, on which participants will compete with each other in a 90-minute challenge.

According to Martin, “hipAHA” is a Native American exclamation used when having a really good time – something she says is heard frequently during her boot camps. After attending a “boot camp” in Mexico, Martin started something similar in Delaware, to take advantage of the area’s natural resources and beach.

Martin said this year’s Hipaha season started last Friday and the turnout was “great.” She said they usually get about 15 women, and many are familiar faces from year to year, but they always welcome new people. For those who have never been or who are just in the area for a vacation, there are drop-in rates available.

Another new aspect this season is that Martin will be collaborating with Coastal Kayaking (across from the state park in Fenwick Island, on Route 1).

Each Thursday morning, Hipaha members and drop-ins will be able to participate in a stand-up paddleboard fitness class, starting at 9 a.m. on Thursday, June 16.

Hipaha classes are held on the beach at the end of Atlantic Street in Fenwick Island. (There are parking restrictions, so Martin cautioned those who drive to read the signs carefully.) Participants will not need shoes for any of the beach classes but will need to bring a mat, drinking water and a beach towel.

Classes cost $10 to drop in. For discounted rates and to purchase a punch pass that can be shared, or for more information, visit www.hipAHA.com or call (302) 539-1290.