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Fitness Fair: Test some fitness classes, no strings attached

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With the cooler weather settled in and the trees all bare, it's time to either take to the slopes or move our workout routines indoors. For many of us, this means saying we'll hit the gym later, but for now we'll be cozying up on the couch with some Netflix instead. That fitness class our friend invited us to sounds like fun, but the fear of embarrassing ourselves in the back of the room keeps us confined to our comfortable workout routines... or lack thereof.

Chris Cody of Cody Productions, Inc. wants to push past this fear by giving everyone the opportunity to test out a variety of classes — no strings attached — during the first annual Spokane Health & Fitness Expo. The two-day event, sponsored by Foothills Lincoln Mazda, takes place just in time to provide some needed inspiration for those New Year's resolutions, transforming the Spokane County fairgrounds into a hub of health. The Expo will not only feature classes like yoga, spin, barre and CrossFit, but also includes a climbing wall, fitness apparel sales, massage, supplements, health seminars and booths from local companies with a desire to create a healthier community. Think the Bloomsday Trade Show on steroids.

A couple of highlights from the event include a live Jiu Jitsu tournament and CrossFit competition dubbed "Fittest at the Fairgrounds." So slip on your yoga pants, strap on some spin shoes or just show up to spectate and enjoy free samples. Either way, there is bound to be something for everyone at the Expo — fitness fanatic and casual dog-walker alike.

Spokane Health & Fitness Expo • Sat, Jan. 9, from 10 am-6 pm; Sun, Jan. 10, from 10 am-4 pm • $8/adults; $5/ages 6-12, good all weekend • Spokane County Fair and Expo Center • 404 N. Havana • spokanehealthfitexpo.com

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