Some of those members have been with the group for over a decade.
Sponsored by GBMC for the last 16 years, Fit for Life previously was held at several locations including Towson Town Center. Those locations ended their partnership with the program because of financial reasons, leaving the Shops at Kenilworth in Towson as the group's sole exercise space.
"This is the only free program of its kind that we know of," Knecht said. "Some of our members went to the other locations, but we're all one family now."
Who's in the group: About 30 men and women, ages 65-95.
A typical class: The group meets every Tuesday and Thursday from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m.
Following warm-ups, the group begins a fast-paced workout built on simple movements. Members side-step and circle their arms to Robert Palmer's "Simply Irresistible" and do the Grapevine while listening to Aretha Franklin's "Chain of Fools."
"I keep up with the world of fitness and try to incorporate different aerobics," Evans said. "But I stress to the group to do only what they can. It's not a competition."
To develop strength and balance, Evans has the group do a half-hour of stretching and weightlifting to finish the workout.
"It's a comprehensive routine," said Thomas Gigliotti. "It helps with flexibility, strength and form."
Some members meet for coffee after each session, and mall manager Brenda Artis usually stops by to chat.
"The retailers and myself really enjoy having the GMBC participants at the center," she said. "I enjoy all the friendly hellos in the morning, seeing them have coffee after their workout, and I love their holiday cards."
Why people like it: "I see a physical difference when I come to class and when I don't," said Marty Strumm.
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