By Correne Martin
After 17 and a half years of teaching aerobics classes in Prairie du Chien, Mary Kay Lange is ready for something new. She fully intends to continue attending classes, but she retired May 24 from leading participants.
“I just knew I needed a change,” Lange said. “I will miss the socializing, but I won’t miss trying to find something new for everybody to try.”
Mary Kay moved to Prairie du Chien in 1987. She began attending aerobics classes, taught by Judy Sagedahl, at Blackhawk Junction as a way to simply meet members of the community.
“I met some wonderful people with similar interests,” she noted.
The classes moved to Hoffman Hall a few years later and Sagedahl left, so Lange decided to take over. She started watching exercise videos and TV shows, done by Denise Austin and others, and wrote down ideas from those to use in her classes. She also gleaned workout tips from fitness magazines.