In the second of our series sharing the love of fitness that our Club Industry Show staff has, I'm introducing someone I know well: me.
I began working for Club Industry in 2002, and although I exercised some at that time, it wasn't a big part of my life. Today, as director of content for Club Industry, I have made exercise a vital part of my life. I walk, strength train, kickbox and box multiple times each week. This past spring, I began training for the Brooklyn Rock 'N' Roll Half Marathon, which means I run three times per week. I'm running the half marathon as part of the TeamQuest4ALS, which is a group of health club owners and staff running to raise money for the ALS Therapy Development Institute to find a cure for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). (Find out more about this group and how you can support it by going here.)
Even though I'm nearing 50 years old, I feel like I'm in better shape now than I've ever been. Every strength workout, boxing class and run make me feel stronger. In fact, I feel so sure of my strength and endurance that not only am I running the half marathon, but I recently completed a challenging obstacle course that included rope ladder climbing, rope swings, net climbing, a variety of walking bridges and five zip lines.
I never would have attempted this obstacle course or the half marathon in 2002, but I'm so glad I feel empowered to do both now. The obstacle course was a blast, and I am psyched to complete the half marathon.
That growing sense of strength and empowerment has followed me into my role on the Club Industry Show where two years ago, I began overseeing the conference program. Along with Jen Taylor and Jasmine Santillan, I work with our track chair people, speakers and the rest of our show staff to bring you the best education program for health club operators and their staff.
I hope you come to the Club Industry Show Oct. 12-14 at the Hyatt Regency Chicago to see the changes we made and to get up to date on the latest in wellness, retention, operations, sales, marketing, programming, leadership, personal training, studio operation and active training.
And make sure to introduce yourself to me while there to share what types of workouts you love to do.