Meet Emily Savopoulos and the educators at
middle school in Howard County who get in a little exercise after classes.
Type of workout:
Full body workout: upper body, lower body, cardio, weight training, balance, etc.
Who's in the group:
The group varies from five die-hard participants to a full classroom. The age range varies, but the core members of the group are in their 40s and 50s.
When they do it:
Monday through Friday after classes are over for 40-60 minute sessions.
How it got started:
Many years ago, a young teacher, who also taught aerobics, started the daily in-classroom workout class. She now teaches at another school, but the workout group lives on.
Why it's a workout:
The group exercises to a collection of 25 workout DVDs. including the "Firm" series, weights and cardio, and "The Biggest Loser: The Workout" featuring Bob Harper.
Why they do it:
With their busy schedules, many of the teachers were having trouble getting to the gym. Now, once school is out, they can officially relax for the day. "We have a blast," says Savopoulos, an eighth-grade U.S. history teacher. "It's fun and we support each other." She said the sessions serve as a support system and also provide a bit of competitive peer pressure. "It is a great way to reduce stress at the end of a hectic day with hormonally raging middle-schoolers."