Each week, Herman Walker leads clients of his Give It Up Fitness studio at 110 Post Road East in Darien and INTENSITY of Norwalk in workouts that strengthen, reshape and beautify their muscles.

On Sunday, March 6, everyone will have the chance to experience Walker's ultra-motivating personality and challenging, body-changing fitness program.

He will lead a two-hour master class at SPINODYSSEY 2011, the fun and fitness fundraising event to benefit American Cancer Society breast cancer research. SPINODYSSEY takes place from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at INTENSITY, located at 490 Westport Avenue.

From 9 to 11 a.m., Walker will lead participants through his trademark PowerGroove kickboxing class, an intense sweat-pouring, butt-kicking, power punching workout with Flavor created for those who are not afraid to "GIVE IT UP"!

Described as a "master motivator" and "exercise innovator," Walker has created and developed his own high end fitness programs that have inspired people to make positive changes and to rediscover their best body. His sold-out master classes have attracted a devoted following of clients throughout the tri-state area who gladly wait in long lines for the chance to experience his fun and challenging workouts. This led him to launch a series of popular fitness DVDs: "Give It Up!" and "Give It Up! Airborne," which uses a trampoline for unique, effective fitness moves.

"We are privileged to have Herman Walker lead his popular 2-hour master fitness class at SPINODYSSEY 2011," SPINODYSSEY co-chairman Patty Kondub said. "This is a rare and special opportunity for SPINODYSSEY participants to experience Herman's classes and motivational style. His class is truly an exciting addition to a day devoted to generating positive energy in the fight against breast cancer, and we are grateful that he will be contributing his time and talent to this cause."

Now in its 12th year, SPINODYSSEY has raised $2.5 million for breast cancer research and breast cancer patient and family support services. In 2010 alone, the event raised more than $400,000 for the cause, and fully-funded three breast cancer researchers. The "SPINODYSSEY" concept began with Delia Thompson and Amelie Babkie, two fitness professionals in southwestern Connecticut seeking a way to celebrate the dawn of the new millennium while helping a good cause. Inspired by their students' enthusiasm for indoor Spinning, the popular group fitness indoor cycling workout, and the battle against breast cancer being waged by Delia's sister, the two hosted the first "Millennium Ride" on January 1, 2000, attracting 50 riders, and raising $5,244, all of which was donated to American Cancer Society breast cancer research.

Since 2000, SPINODYSSEY has expanded to include a wider variety of fitness activities to appeal to a larger number of participants. In 2011, SPINODYSSEY participants now have the choice to ride, Zumba, pump or play tennis for the cause.

For registration rates and more information about SPINODYSSEY events, as well as fundraising goals and suggestions, visit www.spinodyssey.org.

For questions and additional information, e-mail spin.odyssey@gmail.com or call the SPINODYSSEY hotline at 203-362-5231.

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