Sources: SiLive.com | All Things Michael
STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. — If raising the arms was painful for a co-worker this week, he or she might have been at the Slim Down.
Fitness director Donny D-Fine Brandefine led a Michael Jackson Workout Party at the Bernikow Jewish Community Center for the free 10-week program’s second Fitness Surprise.
Dressed for the part in a sparkly fedora, Brandefine had the 250-plus crowd (full disclosure, we have to get better at counting) “dancing” through moves with their their ams in the air, and with a variety of squats, planks, push-ups and sit-ups.
Yes, those co-workers may have been getting in and out of the chairs slowly too.
It wasn’t only the arms. Abs, glutes, legs and back, are on also on the list of muscles that got some action.
Brandefine contributed his own “gravity defying,” ab and glute exercise, inspired by Michael Jackson’s leaning on air in “Smooth Criminal.” Let’s just say the crowd leaned back for an amazing stretch.
There was one well earned water break, but the evening wasn’t all about how much torture we could endure.
Fernie and Joan Godette got each other laughing like a pair of newlyweds. It was the Meiers Corners couple’s first Slim Down. She suggested it and he agreed.
“She didn’t think I would come, but I fooled her. I’m happy I came and got a good workout,” said Godette.
“I’m definitely gonna come back,” said Mrs. Godette.
Not everyone at the Slim Down is getting into shape. Great Kills resident Rob O’Connor is trim and muscular from working out with his girlfriend three to four times a week, but he has a good reason to come to the Fitness Surprise.
“I’m here to support my dad and help him lose weight,” said the 25-year-old. “It’s hard to go by yourself. So I’m doing the opposite of when you are a kid and your dad says, ‘I’ll hold your hand till you don’t need me.’ ”
“I taught him how to play golf; I think it’s a fair trade,” quipped his dad Charles.
Brandefine also demonstrated he is not stuck in the 80s when he produced a selfie stick and took this picture.
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