Pinkham Notch, NH- Great Glen Trails is currently offering its annual outdoor fitness program for women. Affectionately called FEWABS, the acronym stands for the physical attributes the sessions help to develop: Flexibility, Endurance, Whole body involvement, Agility, Balance and Strength. This six-week program has just begun and there are still spots available for women age 16 through adults.

Classes meet on Thursday mornings from 9:30 to 11 a.m. One of the main activities used in the class is Nordic walking, a low impact exercise that engages more muscle groups throughout the core, upper and lower body than does walking without poles. The smooth carriage road-like trails of Great Glen provide softer footing than pavement, and exceptional views. An outdoor circuit of exercises that develop strength, balance and muscle control has the Presidential Range for its backdrop. Instructor Sue Wemyss comes up with new drills for agility each year; the challenge of performing these drills taps the brain as well as the body. One of the biggest appeals for participants is exercising outside in meadow and forest settings, with fresh mountain air rather than working out in the confines of an indoor gym.

Dates for the program are September 22, 29, and October 6, 13, 20, 27, 2016. Cost is set at $59 for 6 weeks; $12 single session. Pre-registration is required and class size is limited. For more info or to register, contact Sue at Great Glen Trails: 603-466-2333; ext. 148, email sue or visit

"The fall is a beautiful time to be up in Pinkham Notch. The chance to exercise in the fresh air while looking at the mountains with a group of like-minded, supportive women is tough to beat for a fun workout experience," Wemyss notes.

Great Glen Trails Outdoor Center, in Pinkham Notch, New Hampshire, is located at the base of the Mt. Washington Auto Road. Offering an abundance of outdoor activities for all skill levels, the Center has programs and resources for adventure in every season in the White Mountains. For more information, visit

Sue Wemyss coaches F.E.W.A.B.S participants through the agility ladder on the scenic trail system at Great Glen Trails Outdoor Center.

Photo by Meghan Skidmore/Great Glen Trails photo library

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