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Sweating bullets, dropping pounds

Through a recent weeklong sweatfest of benefit group fitness classes and a fundraising drive, Harbor Fitness was able to raise more than $3,500 for HeartShare Human Services’ Autism Programs.

Harbor Fitness members balanced their mind and bodies in a live drumming yoga class; sweat through 80s, Zumba dance and Disco spin classes; and sculpted their bodies through Pavarotti Pilates and Rock and Roll Boot Camp.

The weeklong fitness event culminated in a sold-out, two-hour live DJ Spinning Ride and Party in their newly renovated Spinning Studio, 191 15th Street in Park Slope, with Five Star DJ’s Entertainment Inc, Piramide Restaurant and the Lordz of Brooklyn.

Local business, including Colluccio’s, and restaurants such as Magnolia, Peppino’s, Mangia, Chadwick’s and Fushimi, provided gift certificates for the highly successful raffle sales.

Autism is a developmental disability caused by a neurological disorder that is found in children under the age of three.

Of late, New York State has seen an incredible and alarming 300 percent increase in the incidence of autism among school children, 70 percent of which are within New York City.

HeartShare, a human services agency that has been dedicated to improving the lives of those in need of special services and support, has recently launched a Brooklyn-based school that employs Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) and TEACCH therapies for school-age children with autism and an adult day program for young adults with autism-both “firsts” in the Brooklyn community.

With locations that are open 24 hours in Bay Ridge and Park Slope, Harbor Fitness offers a wide variety of group fitness classes such as spinning, kickboxing, yoga and Pilates.

Both locations offer free child care and the latest in cardio and strength training equipment.

For more, call one of their locations: Bay Ridge, 718-238-9400 or Park Slope, 718-965-6200 or visit

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