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Posted on: June 21, 2022

For Judy, fitness is SOCIAL!

Judy H

This is her story… “For many years my daily fitness routine was time for self-care. Squeezing in my runs, hikes, swims or weight training before my sons woke up, usually before 6am. My drive was the alone time, since I had very little of it with all the demands of family and work.

Things shifted when the pandemic hit and routines changed two years ago. I had to work from home, I stopped driving around to my son’s sports and activities, I lost connections with friends, and my family were the only people I saw in person every day. Like everyone else, that timeframe was incredibly tough on my spirits.

A half year later, the fitness supervisor asked if I wanted to try a spin class outdoors. I had not participated in a class since my triathlon-training days in my pre-mom life 20 years ago. I was nervous to try again since it had been so long. Marisa, the instructor was fantastic! She put me as ease and was so supportive.

Being in my 50’s and yet still one of the youngest ones in the class, I struggled to keep up with the regulars. It did not matter. These amazing spinners were all so kind, funny and welcoming. I too became a weekly regular and the company of the other spinners became just as important if not more so than me getting a workout in. So to Marisa, Mike, George, Gail and Penny- when I see you, you have no idea how much you lift me up when I am feeling down. Thanks for always making me laugh, pushing me to cycle faster, and being so encouraging! You all make my day.”

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