ALBANY, GA (WALB) - Residents knew when they walked through the gym doors they were about to get in some serious cardio, and what better reason to break a sweat than for breast cancer awareness.
40 participants, both men and women of all ages crammed into the Boys & Girls Club gym once used for basketball games but on Monday night it's reserved for an ab sweating, good cause.
The workout class was put on by 'the ab guru' and celebrity fitness trainer DeShaun Johnson.
"We about to work out, woo, it's crazy," said Jalin.
17-year-old Jalin definitely worked out her core, with Johnson's one hour stomach sculpting standing ab class.
And the best way to describe it.
"Intense," said Jalin.
But the class was built for everyone, even 41-year-old Sonya Carlisle.
"I like the fact that it was a standing abs workout so you won't have so much stress on your back and your lower core," said Carlisle.
To Johnson, everyone was a beginner. And he took the time to show them the proper technique.
And these twists and pushes were all to bring awareness to breast cancer.
"It was inspiring to see kids that could've been at home on a cell phone playing games, you know, you had people here in their work clothes," said Johnson.
But to many, it was more than just an hour.
For Carlisle, it was time to reflect.
"It has touched our family in so many different ways," said Carlisle.
"My grandmother she died of breast cancer three years ago," said Jalin.
Bringing high quality fitness, while raising awareness were goals that intertwined with Johnson's mission.
"Teach abdominal enthusiasts innovative ways on how to sculpt their abs with innovation and reduce belly fat and lose inches. And all they have to do is follow my lead. And no fat formed against their stomach shall prosper," said Johnson.
If that mission could all be so simple for us.
Johnson raised four hundred dollars tonight and a large portion of the proceeds will go to the American Cancer Society.
He plans to stop in other cities in the state, including Savannah and Macon.