I never had athletic prowess nor was I ever a fitness enthusiast. The saying goes that when you retire you need to retire to something, hopefully that interests you. So upon my retirement at age 60 from a career in the field of developmental disabilities, I chose an unexpected path….. working my neglected mind and body at the fitness center at the JCC.
It started with much trepidation. As I said, I am not exactly much of an athlete ( unless shoe shopping becomes an Olympic event).
As I began meeting many like-minded women and men in spin class (the only class I took regularly), I (and my husband) joined Kathy Whitley’s Boot Camp six week program. Through Kathy’s amazing training, knowledge and style, my body and mind took a huge positive turn. Four years later, I am still enjoying every squat, chest press and “Dirty 30”.
Well, then I was introduced to Pilates where I trained 1:1 with Anne Zbar, who is a registered physical therapist. Through Anne’s expertise and in depth teaching, I gained more strength and understanding of my body with its limitations.
Last but not least, I was somehow introduced to boxing. I began training with Chris Strachan approximately two years. I also attend his weekly boxing group class. Chris’s training style and love of boxing has given me confidence in my abilities to react quickly while still planning my next moves and those of my opponent. I get a complete body work- out during our sessions. He doesn’t let me off the hook if my hook is weak, if I can’t work out how to get in close to my opponent or if my cross is not a good enough knockout punch. No, I do not plan on entering the ring, but now I can effectively plan my moves when confronted by shoppers during a 50% off sale!