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Free Fitness Classes At Bogota Library Inspire Healthy Change

Patrick Teran won the Beachbody Fitness challenge after losing more than 30 pounds while recovering from shoulder surgery. Photo Credit: Patrick Teran
Patrick Teran, in red, leads a public fitness class at the Bogota Public Library. Photo Credit: Patrick Teran
Patrick Teran, left, of Bogota, and his son, David Teran, of Hackensack, teach free fitness classes at the Botoga Public Library every Saturday. Photo Credit: Patrick Teran

BOGOTA, N.J. — Borough resident Patrick Teran was inspired to get in shape in 2011 after his son, David, was hit by a truck and still pursued a fitness regimen despite his injuries.

The pair committed to at-home workouts every day. Within the year, each saw dramatic results.

The Terans have since August been teaching free fitness classes on Saturday mornings at the Bogota Public Library to show others that anything is possible — with a little bit of dedication and encouragement.

“It doesn’t matter what age or size you are,” the elder Teran said.He won $1,000 in Team Beachbody's online weight loss competition for shredding more than 30 pounds through his dedication to the program.

“No matter what level or what age you’re at, don’t doubt your abilities,” he said. “Believe you can do it -- because that’s where it starts.”

Patrick Teran found working out at gyms intimidating, so the 10:30 a.m. classes are designed to teach people how to exercise at home in less than an hour.

Each class combines yoga, Pilates and cardio. The father-son duo blend beginner and intermediate workout programs that they both had success with during their recoveries.

“We want people to feel encouraged to continue, not discouraged,” Teran said.

One man joined the fitness class for some encouragement to help him shred 100 pounds after having lost 200 on his own, the fitness instructor said.

Library Director Radwa Ali said she was motivated -- and sore -- after attending earlier this month.

"Patrick Teran is so inspiring," said Ali, who helped the Terans spearhead the program. "His own journey to good health and fitness really makes you believe in yourself."

Teran hopes to offer the class on weeknights and will soon be incorporating contests for what he called some "healthy competition."

The duo recently helped someone in their class drop 200 pounds.Patrick Teran credited the power of faith.

“This could be life-changing, and if I can be part of it,” Teran said, “I’ll feel honored.”

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