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Cain Center News

Cain Center Summer Camp Helps 7-Year-Old Learn to Swim and Build Memories

Meet Skylar Sinclair. 

Skylar was one of the more than 60 kids to take part in this year's Cain Center Summer Camp, and she is taking home more than just memories, she also has a new skill.

At the start of last week, the 7-year-old from Central Elementary School couldn't swim. Now she can go from one side of the Cain Center pool to the other.

Skylar learned how to swim thanks to the Cain Center's Jake Graf and Hunter McDonald.

The best part of her new skill, according to Skylar? "You can swim where you want!"

Skylar also loved the rest of Summer Camp.

"I wish they had this all the time," she said.

Are you ready to build new skills and memories? Then visit us at the Cain Center!

(Photo: Skylar swims in the Cain Center pool with Hunter McDonald.)

Step Into Fitness at the Cain Center

Wanda Paul, 55, has found new energy and mobility thanks to her participation in the Step Class offered at the Cain Center.

"I feel so much stronger," Paul said. "I couldn't raise my arm up to shoulder level before step class, and now I can raise it over my head."

The Step Class began in January and has quickly become one of the most popular offerings at the Cain Center. Members can attend for free on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 5:30 p.m., Wednesdays at 12 p.m., or Saturdays at 8 a.m.

According to Paul, the class is accessible to individuals of all fitness levels. "You can go at your own pace and don't have to keep up with the instructor," she said. "But you can feel yourself getting stronger each time."

The class instructor has earned high praise from Paul and other attendees.

 "She's really good. She's a motivator. When you feel like you can't do it, she motivates you as you go. She's very encouraging," Paul said.

Paul said the class has helped the aches and pains that she previously experienced, particularly in her shoulders. 

"I started doing step, and, my goodness, I don't have any pains now," she said.

For anyone looking to improve their fitness and overall well-being, Paul recommends trying the Step Class. 

"Regardless of your current fitness level, you should come to be a part of the class," she said. "Sometimes we may be dragging when we get in there, but in the end, it feels so good."

Water Circuit Class

(Athens Public Information officer Michael Hannigan is sampling all the Cain Center's fitness classes and blogging about his experience. Email him at with questions or for more information.)

Meredith Jowers will help kick-start your day with her 8:30 am. Water Circuit class.

"We do a lot of jumping, and we do a lot of movements," she said. "We also work on strength, balance, and core."

In addition, I can confirm the group works in plenty of fun as Meredith dances above the pool and inspires and cajoles her charges to join her. The folks in the pool often break into spontaneous singing with the ever-present music pouring from the speaker.

Meredith is the fitness trainer who conducts water aerobics every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday at the Cain Center. Each day she teaches three classes of varying intensity.

"My whole goal with fitness is just helping people," she said. "I am not the type of trainer who will get you ready for a magazine or a competition. Instead, I'm the one that's going to help you get to a quality life that is better than what you are experiencing."

The Water Circuit is the highest intensity of the three, but while it is a workout, it isn't beyond the ability of someone who is already active.

The class includes work with aquatic dumbbells, which are very light ... until you try and move them around underwater. Meredith mixes the dumbbells with aerobics movements to create a complete body workout.

And music, music, music.

If you are looking for fun and a class designed to improve your balance and ability to move, this is the one.

To learn more about this and other classes, contact the Cain Center at 903-677-4430.