If you’ve ever wanted to do bicep curls while catching a glimpse of a chicken or a goat walking by, now might be your chance.
Clinton resident Sarah Santosa is launching group fitness classes open to the public in a renovated barn on her property. Santosa and her husband, Ansel, are the owners of Ballydídean Farm Sanctuary, which is home to about 50 animals who were all rescued in some way.
Aptly titled Farm Girl Fitness, participants of the class will be led by Santosa through a series of exercises known as high-intensity interval training. The workout focuses on cardio and strength-building and, despite its intimidating-sounding name, people are allowed to go at their own pace and choose their amount of weight to lift.
“That means that all levels and abilities can do it,” Santosa said. “I always have an option to reduce impact so everyone can participate and feel comfortable.”
It’s important to Santosa to curate a body-positive space for all ages and genders. An abbreviated version of the class that she held over the summer had participants that ranged in age from 25 to 75.
“Our goal is to feel good in our bodies, not to make our bodies look good according to someone else’s rubric,” Santosa said. “I’m never going to tell someone to do a couple extra reps for bikini season — that’s horrifying. This is about having more energy, more strength, more confidence to live our lives.”
Santosa has found high-intensity interval training to be a big stress-reliever in her own life.
Santosa has been thinking about opening her fitness classes up to the public for a while — a plan that was derailed by the pandemic. This past week, she decided to officially start the classes, which run 9-10 a.m. Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Participants must be vaccinated, since masks are not required in the open-air barn.