I’m a Texan who moved Maryland with my day job. When I first started in the health and fitness industry in the 1980s, I thought, “I bet I can do this into my 50′s.” Well, I turned 50 nearly a year ago and guess what? Here I am, teaching at Golds Gym. And, you know what? I revised my goal. Now, I plan to teach group exercise into my 70′s.
CPR/AED Certified? Yes
Education/Certification: American College of Sports Medicine Certified Exercise Physiologist, since 1991. Les Mills, RPM, since 2009. Les Mills, BodyPump, since 2013. Les Mills, SPRINT, since 2016. American Heart Association CPR/AED Instructor, since 1990. American Heart Association Training Center Faculty (Instructor Trainer), since 2006
How many years have been at Gold’s Gym? 7
Classes you currently teach: BodyPump, RPM, SPRINT
What led you to group fitness? I was an active child, who played high school soccer and clarinet in marching band. College slowed me down physically, so I started exercising to fight the “freshman 10” (average weight gain by college students their first year). There weren’t many group exercise classes back in the early 1980′s in Waco, Texas, but I jogged and took Jazzercise at a local church. The instructor was a college professor from the PE Department. She talked me into teaching for her company. I felt so much better after returning to an active lifestyle! More energy. More focus. More alive. As soon as I finished my business degree, I went straight for a master’s in exercise physiology. My first few jobs were in corporate fitness as a personal trainer and group exercise instructor for prison staff, including training special operations response teams. I was quickly promoted to management, but kept participating as a prison response team member and teaching group exercise after work at local gyms.
How do you spend your time outside of the gym? Family, with a new husband, two teenagers as well as a grown daughter, and two Wheaten Terriers. Working at my day job, hospital management for the Federal Bureau of Prisons. Studying Interior Design at AACC for my retirement career. Home improvement. Travel. Photography. Road cycling. Kayaking, when there is time.
Some advice for our GGX class members: Stay active to stay young…or at least to feel young as you get older. You don’t have to run a marathon. Just find a way to move a little more during your day. Go outside and play with your kids. Play with the dog. Take the stairs. Ride your bike. Park at the far end of the parking lot. Then, fuel your body like the fine, high-performance machine you want it to be. Racecars run on high octane, not sugary, fatty junk food.
Favorite Movie: Singing in the Rain
Favorite Food: TexMex
Favorite Quote: “After all, Ginger Rogers did everything that Fred Astaire did. She just did it backwards and in high heels.” Ann Richards, former Governor of Texas, who credits Linda Ellerbee for the line.
Motto: Work hard. Play hard.