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PALM BEACH GARDENS (September 30, 2013) – The state-of-the-art Mandel JCC, which opened in late August, has introduced an extensive health and wellness program with more than 100 classes available each week. The community center offers group fitness classes, personal training, small group training, large-scale and specialty wellness programs, and healthy living lectures for adolescents to seniors.

Classes like Chair Yoga and Tai Chi are offered for those who prefer a gentle workout, while Cycle Fusion, Butts N Gutts, and Fitcamp are available for adults ready to kick it up a notch. The JCC also offers yoga, pilates, Zumba and other popular workouts. Most group classes take place in the fitness studio; however, the Mandel JCC also offers pool-based classes, such as Aqua Zumba and Aquafit, at the expansive aquatics center. Classes start most days at 7 am with offerings throughout the day including lunch time and until 8 pm.; a complete schedule is available at

“We’re immensely proud of the caliber of health, wellness and fitness classes we can now offer the community,” said Mindy Hanken, director of the Mandel JCC Palm Beach Gardens. “Rather than providing treadmills and elliptical machines like typical gyms, the JCC is focused on more contemporary, functional fitness offerings that provide an excellent workout during entertaining classes taught by highly qualified instructors.”

The Mandel JCC also offers Specialty Wellness Classes that run in sessions so participants can more deeply benefit from a focused curriculum. Specialty classes include Parent N Me Yoga, Prenatal Wellness, Ladies Fit Social Club, Couch 2 5K, Stroller Fitness, and more. There are also several specialty classes that are taught by Prime Time Sports Training (PTST). Some of these classes, like QuickFit, are designed for beginners. Others, like Miami Flex and R.I.P.P.E.D., are geared toward more advanced students and professional athletes.

Children are also encouraged to join in the fitness fun, with a variety of classes and sports leagues available for all different ages during eight to 10-week sessions. Gymnastics, soccer and many other classes are open to kids age two through fifth grade. Elementary and middle school children can choose from a number of specialty classes, including Martial Arts, Extreme Dance, and Tennis.

With the addition of this multi-faceted fitness and wellness program, Mandel JCC named Catie Fagan its Wellness Coordinator in spring 2013.  In this role, she is responsible for planning, executing, recruiting, overseeing, and maintaining all aspects of the wellness, fitness, and aquatics programs at the Mandel JCC. She also oversees the Mandel JCC’s instructors and special guests for the dozens of events planned each season.
For more information about the Mandel JCC, including its schedule of fall programs, please visit, or call 561.689.7700.
The mission of the Jewish Community Center of the Greater Palm Beaches is to help create a strong Jewish community by providing high quality programs close to where people live that connect people to Jewish Life. The JCC is a partner agency of the Jewish Federation of Palm Beach County.

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