Ladies: Free fitness training helps you tone up, be stronger, build endurance

A Carbondale fitness trainer is offering other women 18 years and older an opportunity to participate in a free exercise program at Carbondale and Overbrook.

Newly retired in Osage County in 2013, Loretta Harder decided she wanted to give back to her community by offering an exercise program to encourage and support a healthier lifestyle in this area.

Harder presented her idea to the Carbondale City Council, which approved use of city hall for her iTone fitness program. Now in the third season, Harder has extended the program to Overbrook, also.

The classes include toning through use of hand-held weights and resistance bands, cardio, stretch and flex, and chair exercise. Participants are asked to bring a bottle of water, an exercise mat, and a set of lightweight hand weights.

Harder’s iTone classes meet 6-7:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays at Carbondale City Hall, and 9-10 a.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at Grace Community Church, Overbrook.

For more information, contact Harder at 785-231-4376 or [email protected] or see

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