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May 10

T O M   H E N I O N

Can you tell us about your most recent fitness accomplishment/milestone and how it felt to reach your goal?

One year ago, I weighed 295 and started my journey to get healthy and in shape.  By September 2020, I weighed 280 so it was slow going and I turned to Rouse Center for help with my goal of weighing 200 lbs. and lowering my blood pressure and being strong and active.  Carrie Murray, my personal trainer has helped me so much.  I am now at 221, feeling strong and on fewer medications.  I also walk the malls and down every isle of every store we go into.  I am confident, ready to do things and feel great.  Big Milestone was getting rid of all the huge sized pants and shirts, will not be needing them.

How did you stay active during quarantine?

I had COVID-19 and did sessions via Zoom and walked the neighborhood when we were allowed.

What kind of workout describes your personality the best?

Interval training with weights.

April 10

Y O L A N D E   Y O P E

Can you tell us about your most recent fitness accomplishment/milestone and how it felt to reach your goal?

My name is Yolande, and I am the mother of 3 beautiful children.  After my last childbirth early last year, Covid 19 began to spread, and we went into quarantine.  Suddenly I gained a lot of weight because I was not doing sports and at one point, I did not feel good about myself anymore.  I needed to play sports that’s how I motivated myself and I started on January 3, 2021 until today. I have never given up and with a lot of support from my husband, I have already lost 32 pounds and I still will not give up because I have not yet reached my goals.

How did you stay active during quarantine?

During my quarantine I did not exercise. I was new breastfeeding mom and was suddenly gaining a lot of weight.

What kind of workout describes your personality the best?

The type of training that best describes me is hard work, endurance and perseverance, having a steel mind and above all a lot of courage.

March 10

I S A B E L   D A S H T I Z A D

Can you tell us about your most recent fitness accomplishment/milestone and how it felt to reach your goal?

My most recent fitness milestone was running my first marathon at the end of last year. It was definitely tough considering it was fully virtual, but I attribute my success to having such supportive friends and family (my best friend even ran the last several miles with me!). It taught me that anything is possible if you put your mind to it and give 110% effort!

How did you stay active during quarantine?

During quarantine, I did a lot of workouts using bands and a couple pairs of dumbbells I had handy. I also started running 3-5 miles 5 times a week (runner’s high is a real thing and it’s lovely!). It was important to me to stay active amidst the pandemic because it gave me something to look forward to everyday and kept me feeling energized!

What kind of workout describes your personality the best?

Running does a great job at portraying my personality. I am by no means a fast runner, but I enjoy pushing myself and seeing improvements over time. Not only does it challenge me physically, it challenges me mentally. All the mornings that I ran, despite being tired or the weather being dreadful, forced me to develop discipline rather than relying solely on motivation.

February 10

G A R R E T T  J O N E S

Can you tell us about your most recent fitness accomplishment/milestone and how it felt to reach your goal?

I recently underwent a major surgery, so my fitness goal recently has been to remain consistent lifting weights and maintaining my cardio workouts between the row machines and the pool. I am proud that I have been able to maintain the discipline to “show up” each time. Once I make it to my workout, I am always glad I did it and feel a sense of accomplishment.

How did you stay active during quarantine?

I stay active via training at the gym and pool as well as by playing with my kids. They keep me quite busy. Lastly, I work in a big building and sit in a wheelchair.  I get a decent amount of exercise simply by using my wheelchair throughout the building.

What kind of workout describes your personality the best?

I am not sure there is one workout that describes my personality, but I’d say in the last several months it has taken a lot of self-discipline to remain consistent in the gym and pool. Of all the workouts I do, getting in the water takes the most discipline, especially in the winter! For me, remaining disciplined in my routines is the difference between living a healthy or unhealthy lifestyle.

January 10

J O S E P H,  J A K E,  &  B R O C K   M A N G A N O

Can you tell us about your most recent fitness accomplishment/milestone and how it felt to reach your goal?

Both Jake and Brock this week hit personal best in several of their lifts/workouts. Both of them were extremely excited to reach their goals. They both are seeing the impact of their hard work since the summer.

How did you stay active during quarantine?

With so much uncertainty during this time it was great to have a consistent outlet for us. As a family we like structure and consistency, and being able to come to the gym allowed us to stay in a routine as a family.

What kind of workout describes your personality the best?

Being a football family, we like to workout like we would practice. We want to go fast with very little rest or down time. We try and keep a quick/fast up tempo pace that emulates a football practice and game. We like to super set as many exercises as possible and try and keep rest periods between sets very short.

December 10

W I L L I A M   G R A H A M   S R.

Can you tell us about your most recent fitness accomplishment/milestone and how it felt to reach your goal?

My recent goal was to run beyond my normal three miles, and after joining a running group, I have increased my distance to five+ miles. Prior to my injury, I was running five miles three days a week, with an average pace of 9.40-minute miles. Currently, I am running four miles, twice a week at an average pace of 9.07-minute miles. It felt great reaching that mark as with every year it seems to get harder to keep pace with your younger self.

How did you stay active during quarantine?

Coming from a military background, I always find a routine to get into. I start to carve out days/times for physical fitness and just get into a rhythm and the rest is history. Everyone has their weekly work routines, and it just takes a little adjusting to set aside one hour in our schedules. I believe that once you get a in routine, after a couple of weeks, it will become just another part of your schedule that you will not notice. During quarantine, routine physical activity was very important. I firmly believe that the physical and mind is very much connected. It is important to have an outlet, whether it’s a walk, or a run, the event isn’t as important as getting out and doing something. If I did not daily physical activity in my life, my emotional well-being would be affected, and that could lead to other negatives in my life.

What kind of workout describes your personality the best?

I love it when I am winded, no matter what exercise it is; whether it is an early morning run on the treadmill, pressing weights, or running as hard as you can outside. Exercise is about competing against yourself and having that feeling at the end of the session that you did not let up and gave it your best effort.

November 10

R E N E   G O N Z A L E Z

Can you tell us about your most recent fitness accomplishment/milestone and how it felt to reach your goal?

I have always been into fitness and body appearance for my personal choice my whole life. It really got serious when I joined the Army back in 2004. After competing in bodybuilding for a couple years, I decided to focus more on my military career. After 16 years in the Army married with 3 kids, I still have managed to stay fit. They are my supporters in life. Fitness is a way of life for me. Going to the gym has been my outlet of my daily life and dealing with prior combat stress. Bodybuilding has always been my foundation for all my goals. I do not compete any longer compete but I still train with the same mentality. Within my bodybuilding workouts, I create short personal goals that push me and allow me to modify my workouts and never keep them the same. I am not trying to look like anybody else. I want to be my best self. It feels great knowing that my goals are been met every day. Reaching a goal is not a sprint but a marathon, consistency and dedication will get you there. Today’s soreness is tomorrows gains.

How did you stay active during quarantine?

It was really hard in the beginning because I didn’t have a choice. This was going to be the so called “new normal.”  They always say train/workout with weights and since I did not have any at home, I had to adapt and modify my workouts. I have been to many physical therapy sessions in past and I decided to integrate resistance bands in all my workout routines. I can definitely say after a couple months of using the bands definitely started noticing the benefits behind it. Got great workouts and it helped a lot to recover from prior injuries from lifting heavy weights and military deployments.

What kind of workout describes your personality the best?

For me, it has always been bodybuilding workouts. It is art to push your body to unknown limits to get results that transform your mind and body. 

October 10

G I N G E R   J A I M E

Can you tell us about your most recent fitness accomplishment/milestone and how it felt to reach your goal?

I have been in a cycle of losing and regaining 10-20 pounds for years now. Needless to say, I was tired of the roller coaster. I decided early in 2020 to give myself an entire year to reach my weight goal instead of trying to crash diet to lose it quickly only to return to my normal eating habits and gain it back – thanks to a mindset shift towards my approach to nutrition/diet from health experts via my daughter (a personal trainer). When we were all quarantined and I heard people talking about packing on the quarantine 20, something inside me clicked and I refused and made a decision to not come out of quarantine with more weight to lose than when I started. I became intentional about paying attention to what I was doing, eating and thankfully was able to come out of quarantine 20 pounds lighter and closer to my goal instead of further away. It feels amazing!! A constant internal stress that used to be there is gone!

How did you stay active during quarantine?

Daily walks and resistance training with home weights and bands 5 days a week.

What kind of workout describes your personality the best?

Swimming which is also my favorite way to workout.

Swimmers are adventurous and courageous, with a bit of positive impulsiveness that can rear its head. They stand up for what they believe in and always root for the underdog. They are inwardly intense, but outwardly cool, calm, and collected…for the most part. LOL!

September 10

A J I A  J A M E S

Can you tell us about your most recent fitness accomplishment/milestone and how it felt to reach your goal?

My most recent fitness accomplishment will be working out consistently every day, two times a day. Being that we are in a pandemic, it is very easy to get off track, but I am happy to say that I pushed through to reach my goal. It feels really good to have achieved this goal because for quite some time I’ve been focusing on trying to be consistent. I will be playing Division I basketball at Saint Peter’s University in New Jersey which has also pushed me positively to stay on track to be in the best condition possible when I arrive on campus.

How did you stay active during quarantine?

During quarantine I stayed active by purchasing a membership at Jeff Rouse. Prior to the re-opening, I stayed active by working out, playing basketball, and running at home.

What kind of workout describes your personality the best?

I have a very extroverted kind of personality so a workout that would best describe my personality would be any kind of basketball group workouts and circuit workouts in the weight room with my music playing.

I also made so many friends while being a member of the Jeff Rouse Swim and Sport Center. My experience has been great! I will definitely be back during college break!

August 10

J O S H U A   P O T T S

Can you tell us about your most recent fitness accomplishment/milestone and how it felt to reach your goal?

Last summer I decided to make fitness my number one priority in order to be a better example for my 5 children. My main target for weightlifting was to be able to bench press 315 pounds. I am so excited to say I beat that goal and recently bench pressed 335 for a one-rep max and 315 for a set of 2.

How did you stay active during quarantine?

During the quarantine just like everyone, I was faced with the challenge of continuing the gains I worked super hard for. I ended up getting much stronger and leaner during that time. I did this by improvising, something I learned as an active duty Marine. I did lots of push-ups, pull-ups, farmer carries (paint buckets filled with stuff), box jumps, bodyweight squats, dips, various lifts with the few weights I have. I also did runs, both sprints and hill work. I put in about 2 hours of PT time a day no matter what.

What kind of workout describes your personality the best?

My favorite type of exercise is weightlifting. This fits my personality because I can get really intense for a set of lifts and then go back to being calm between sets. This is similar to my life and even my career. I own a real estate brokerage and things get really intense for short spurts and then I have moments in between where things are calm.

WATER EX

March 30

D O R A  M U H A M M A D

Can you tell us about your most recent fitness accomplishment/milestone and how it felt to reach your goal?

January last year, I was hit by a car and my recovery limited my mobility in ways that created more health issues. Joining the Rouse Center mid-December has been life-changing, and lifesaving. I prioritized my morning aqua fitness classes by restructuring my workday to begin at 11am which has enabled me to stay consistent and committed to exercising 3-5 days each week. I am grateful to all my class instructors and the staff who have been positive cheerleaders and coaches moving me closer every day to full recovery.

How did you stay active during quarantine?

I missed the pool when it was closed. Now, I just participate in the center’s workout program that l liked on a daily basis. It’s more than enough to make me stay active and healthy during the pandemic.

What kind of workout describes your personality the best?

Aqua Yoga or Aqua Zumba! I am deeply peaceful in my spirit no matter what I face which has made me extraordinarily resilient and overflowing with joy.  I come to life and center myself quietly at the same time whenever I’m in the water.

March 30

Y O U N G   S H E R W O O D

Can you tell us about your most recent fitness accomplishment/milestone and how it felt to reach your goal?

My recent goal was building some muscles and strengthening them since I felt that my muscles were getting weaker as I am getting older. The aqua aerobics program was perfect for me. Through the workout l achieved more energy, improved mental health, and it’s also led me to happiness everyday.

How did you stay active during quarantine?

I missed the pool when it was closed. Now, I just participate in the center’s workout program that l liked on a daily basis. It’s more than enough to make me stay active and healthy during the pandemic.

What kind of workout describes your personality the best?

The aqua aerobics program works best for me. The instructors are so encouraging and friendly. Daily programs help me to leave the house and get motivated. The swimming pool is well maintained and the water gives me comfort.

February 28

D E B R A   R E I L Y

Can you tell us about your most recent fitness accomplishment/milestone and how it felt to reach your goal?

After my knee blew out during one of my morning jogs, I knew I had to find something else to keep active. That is when I joined the Rouse Center. My goal was simply to find something that I would enjoy as much as I did jogging, so I could remain active. Little did I know that going on 5 years later, water aerobics would become my go to. My goal is to attend 4/5 classes a week. If ‘life’ disrupts that flow, I countdown the days until I can get back on schedule.

How did you stay active during quarantine?

When the pandemic hit and changed everything, having my membership frozen was indeed a sad day. I was hesitant to power walk because of my bad knee, but because of the strength I had gained from several years of water exercises, surprisingly, I was able to. So, walking and stretching filled in my time until pandemic phases allowed the center to reopen, and believe me I was the first in line!

What kind of workout describes your personality the best?

Water Aerobics. Definitely my happy place. With encouragement from the water exercise coordinator, I have also added Move It and Zumba Gold to my weekly routine. It has helped to round out my work out and the classes are ALWAYS fun and challenging. I can honestly say that on the days when It would be so easy to just stay home, I step back and think about how great I feel afterwards and am on my way!

January 30

S U S A N   T R A H A N

Can you tell us about your most recent fitness accomplishment/milestone and how it felt to reach your goal?

I participated in the Frosty 3-Miler and Reindeer Run. I have been doing the water running class and it helped me to be strong enough to run my 1st race. With the class, I have been taught the proper running stance, breathing techniques, and stamina, while saving my body with water. I ran the whole race which is something I could not do six months ago!

How did you stay active during quarantine?

I joined the gym right before the pandemic. I had finally got my courage up to start my journey on getting physically fit and making myself a priority and the virus hit. I didn’t want to give up on my dream. I started simply by getting out and walking in my neighborhood. I also have a rambunctious grandson and we started hiking state park trails and riding bikes.

What kind of workout describes your personality the best?

My personality with fitness comes in different styles along with my different personalities, but what fits best, my quiet, inner self, water. Water yoga lets me forget about all the life’s challenges that being a wife, mother, daughter, and nana has in my daily challenges called life. Water has always been in my life and it brings me peace. 

December 30

B A R B   C A V A L I E R

Can you tell us about your most recent fitness accomplishment/milestone and how it felt to reach your goal?

Getting back to the Rouse Center has been a great accomplishment. I have reached my goal of swimming 2,500 yards 3-4 times a week, and in the last several weeks, I have enjoyed the Deep Water classes. I have also joined a few Cycle, Barre, and Yoga classes. Additionally, I finally got to try Pickleball. The multiple activities and classes keep me coming each day, and the wonderful instructors and friendly members have been a welcome gift after the Covid shutdown. I am halfway toward my goal of losing 40 pounds that I inherited thanks to Covid! 

How did you stay active during quarantine?

During quarantine, I started to walk/run the with friends. 

What kind of workout describes your personality the best?

I like the deep water workouts; fun and always moving!

November 30

K I M   E M I S O N

Can you tell us about your most recent fitness accomplishment/milestone and how it felt to reach your goal?

Completing the recent Halloween 5K benefit race hosted by the Rouse Center. I am strictly a swimmer, so participating in something out of my “comfort zone” athletically was fulfilling.

How did you stay active during quarantine?

My weekly activities included power walking 5-8 miles/day, cardio barre virtually (with Jesse!), and practicing in a Yoga class that I had been participating in daily beforehand.

What kind of workout describes your personality the best?

High intensity, energy, and cardio in the water. Tabata workouts, ladders and cardio blasts keep me motivated. The water is my “happy place.” Swimming and water exercise keep me healthy and fit.    

October 30

J O A N N   M I L L E R

Can you tell us about your most recent fitness accomplishment/milestone and how it felt to reach your goal?

My most recent accomplishment was getting back to the Rouse Center on a consistent basis. I was so glad when the Rouse Center could open again on June 8th! My goal is to work out on the gym equipment 5x’s a week and attend aquatic classes 3 – 4 times a week. I work out on 7 – 8 pieces of equipment each day and increase the weights over time. At almost 70, I suffer with osteoporosis. Weightlifting is the best way to increase bone density.  Aquatics takes care of my cardio fitness, keeping my heart working and my joints flexible. Sometimes life commitments can be a time challenge, but I consider my time at the Rouse Center an important part of my life and my overall health.

How did you stay active during quarantine?

On October 22, 2019, I underwent knee replacement surgery. After almost four months of physical therapy, I was finally cleared to go back to the gym. Shortly after going back, however, the quarantine hit, and the gym closed. I continued my at-home physical therapy, tried some walking, and worked out daily in our massive yard/garden. Spring is always a very busy time. Quite honestly, I gained 5lbs during my convalescence and another 10lbs during the quarantine. I blame a lot of the weight gain on the pandemic and political stresses that so many of us are going through; however, going back to the gym has helped with the stress and stopped the weight increase. I have no doubt that the weight will come off. The most important thing is my consistent workouts are keeping me healthy!

What kind of workout describes your personality the best?

Zumba describes my personality the best. I love to dance! I love to move to music! At one time I would take 3 – 4 Zumba classes a week, supplemented by step and various fitness classes. But, then my knees started breaking down, and I turned to a combination of a weight workout and water aerobics. I hear there is a Zumba aquatics event coming soon. Can’t wait!

September 30

S T E P H A N I E   S A N D B A K K E N

Can you tell us about your most recent fitness accomplishment/milestone and how it felt to reach your goal?

My most recent milestone was to get off daily injections of insulin and to lower my A1C that was as high as 9.8 for type 2 diabetes. It took over two years to do that. I am off insulin and my A1C is at 5.2. It was like a heavy weight lifted off my shoulders not taking insulin anymore! I did that through diet and daily exercise. At first, I just counted calories, then I joined Weight Watchers, participated in Water Aerobics frequently, and walked.

How did you stay active during quarantine?

I had a hard time with the exercise.  I did try to walk and do exercise DVDs, but I missed the pool. Land exercises are hard to do every day because my hips and knees are in bad shape. That is why I love Water Aerobics because you feel weightless. I can work as hard as I can in the water without injuring my joints.  So, I was never so pleased than when the pool reopened!

What kind of workout describes your personality the best?

WATER AEROBICS!!!!!! My favorite types are H.I.I.T. and Tabata classes. I also enjoy the deep-water class. I like that you can choose day or night class and that you can fit in a class 6 days a week if you want. I often do two classes back-to-back: what a great workout! It’s a total body workout that is great for your joints. I love all of the instructors, thank you for making it fun and not feel like work.

August 30

H O L L Y   S U L L I V A N

Can you tell us about your most recent fitness accomplishment/milestone and how it felt to reach your goal?

It’s been 13 years since I was paralyzed, and I still try and do water aerobics about five times a week. It helps loosen up my back and allows me to pursue my goals as an elite athlete.

I started taking water aerobics classes seven years ago when I first moved to Florida to start rehab. I was paralyzed when I was 18 years old from the from the waist down and left with crippling nerve pain after my surgeon made a mistake during a surgery on my spinal cord. I am originally from Maryland and ended up in Florida because my family found a doctor down there who thought they could help me. We had been told for years that my situation was hopeless. That there was not anything they could do for me besides putting me on extremely high doses of powerful pain meds. I was born with a problem with my spinal cord due to my Dad being exposed to Agent Orange in Vietnam, and no one really knew how to help someone with so much damage to their spinal cord. 

My new doctor and physical therapist suggested water aerobics. I started doing water aerobics three times a week and it completely changed my life. My pain started to get better, I started getting movement back in my feet, I had more energy and strength and was able to slowly add other exercises into my daily routine. That led to more movement in my legs coming back and being able to stop taking a lot of my medications for pain. After two years I was able to walk without any assistive devices, I had originally started out in an electric wheelchair.

My most recent and biggest fitness goal that I’ve accomplished would have to be being invited and flown out to the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs by the Olympic and Paralympic Committee to train and be evaluated by the national team coaches for powerlifting. It was pretty surreal. When I moved back home from Florida in 2016, I started working with my trainer who got me into lifting. Being invited to train with some of the best coaches in the world made it feel like everything really does happen for a reason.

How did you stay active during quarantine?

I stayed active during quarantine by training virtually with my trainer. My husband and I have a lot of equipment in the house: Gymnastic rings, a rower, a lateral elliptical and dumbbells so we were able to do a lot. I also did Pilates and went on a ton of walks with our dog. So many that he soon got tired of them. 

What kind of workout describes your personality the best?

A workout that best describes my personality would have to be one that involves strength training and cardio. 

GROUP EX

April 20

M E L I S S A   G I B S O N

Can you tell us about your most recent fitness accomplishment/milestone and how it felt to reach your goal?

My most recent fitness accomplishment was to be able to take indoor cycle.  With the help of Jesse, I was able learn how to set up the bike correctly and get into cycle.  I used to think there is no way I could cycle.  Now I take as many cycle classes as I can and even bought my own cycle shoes.

How did you stay active during quarantine?

First, I tried to do something active every day. It did not have to be a “change clothes, go get sweaty” workout every time, just do something. Michelle H. shares a monthly challenge that has daily exercises. My family and I play a lot of disc golf. But most importantly I had friends that worked out with me or challenged me to try new things or texted me to be sure I was up at midnight on Saturday to get into classes.

What kind of workout describes your personality the best?

Mixxed Fit – not because I can dance, but because I like to mix it up with different exercises.

 March 20

J I L L   W A L L A C E

Can you tell us about your most recent fitness accomplishment/milestone and how it felt to reach your goal?

My most recent fitness accomplishment was to be able to take indoor cycle.  With the help of Jesse, I was able learn how to set up the bike correctly and get into cycle.  I used to think there is no way I could cycle.  Now I take as many cycle classes as I can and even bought my own cycle shoes.

How did you stay active during quarantine?

Staying active during quarantine was must.  I learned to focus on some me time and got outside and walked and walked.  I also added Zoom workout classes to keep me motivated.

What kind of workout describes your personality the best?

I think the work-out to best describe my personality is kettlebell.  Not quite sure what you’re going to get with a kettlebell workout!  Just like my personality.  I start off pretty shy/reserved but once I get comfortable, I’m quite the socializer!  

February 20

K A T H L E E N   W A L D V O G E L

Can you tell us about your most recent fitness accomplishment/milestone and how it felt to reach your goal?

My accomplishment has been taking Kettlebell Ampd class on Thursdays @915. For me this is big because, I have such bad sciatic pain on my left side. It still hurts when I take the class but not as bad because the instructor shows modifications.

How did you stay active during quarantine?

I walked twice a day and lifted weights and walked on the treadmill.

What kind of workout describes your personality the best?

Probably cycling. I have been doing it many years and just really like it. It is very challenging.

January 20

T A R L A  &  M I C H A E L   R I C H A R D S

Can you tell us about your most recent fitness accomplishment/milestone and how it felt to reach your goal?

T:  Losing 17lbs, getting certified in the Ampd formats, working towards my group fitness certification, and completing 100 miles in the January Pelofondo cycling marathon.

M: Completing 62 miles in the Pelofondo cycling marathon! I was very happy when it was over!! It was a challenge, but it felt great to know that I could do it.

How did you stay active during quarantine?

T: During quarantine to stay active, I joined in on a couple of zoom videos posted by Rouse instructors, performed exercise videos on YouTube, ordered a couple of cycling bikes and weights, and got back in the gym as soon as the Rouse Center opened back up!

M: During quarantine, I watched/completed a lot of YouTube videos, we purchased some cycling bikes and weights, and I tried to carve out 15-30 minutes a day to dedicate to me and working out. My wife also dragged us to every class that Jesse had when the gym reopened after lockdown.

What kind of workout describes your personality the best?

T: A lil HIIT mixed with a lil strength training mixed with a lil cycling mixed with a lil dancing!  Yep, that about sums me up…a very mixed personality!!

M: The workout that describes my personality the best is a good HIIT or traditional strength workout.

December 20

D O R O T H Y   W R I G H T

Can you tell us about your most recent fitness accomplishment/milestone and how it felt to reach your goal?

Last month I went to Shenandoah National Park with my family. I was able to walk the trail to the highest peak. This trail was a little over 3 miles round trip, steep and rocky. I made it to the top and the view from this peak was worth the journey. Next, I walked the grounds of the place called Big Meadow, which is a large field surrounded by mountains in the distance. It was a great achievement for me that I was able to climb that mountain and walk the meadow, and I felt remarkable.

How did you stay active during quarantine?

When Rouse Center closed because of the coronavirus pandemic, I started walking in my yard and did some yard work. I finally got tired of walking in the yard, so I went to different parks in the area to walk, like Government Island, Lake Curtis, Aquia Landing, and other nearby parks.

What kind of workout describes your personality the best?

I enjoy the Move It and Yoga classes that I am participating in now, but my favorite workout was Zumba Gold, which has been suspended because of low attendance, due to COVID-19. 

November 20

J E R E M Y  J O H N S O N

Can you tell us about your most recent fitness accomplishment/milestone and how it felt to reach your goal?

My most recent fitness accomplishment/milestone was successfully completing the stationary bike event for the Army Combat Fitness Test which is 15,000km in 25 minutes. I came in at 18:57. It felt great considering I missed it the first time by 400 meters.

How did you stay active during quarantine?

I did not.

What kind of workout describes your personality the best?

Any workout that challenges me to push through my limits like boot camp or cycle/spin. Whether it’s cardio endurance or strength training, if you’re not pushing it every time, then what’s the point?

October 20

A K I K O  T A C H I B A N A

Can you tell us about your most recent fitness accomplishment/milestone and how it felt to reach your goal?

I got rid of my lower back pain. In March, I pulled a muscle and couldn’t walk for a month. Then the shutdown happened, so I did not exercise for four months. I started having a bad backache. After the gym reopening, I started taking two or three classes every week for a month. I’m feeling much better now!

How did you stay active during quarantine?

I did not.

What kind of workout describes your personality the best?

Zumba? I love having fun!

September 20

D O R O T H E E   L A C Y

Can you tell us about your most recent fitness accomplishment/milestone and how it felt to reach your goal?

I enjoy strength workouts more than cardio. I hardly had any running endurance before Covid. I was a sprinter in high school but never ran long distances. This is one area where I always wanted to improve my fitness, but never really had the drive to do so. Due to Covid & the gym being closed, I started running with my husband because it was really the only cardio option I had. (I don’t like biking or doing high intensity workouts at home by myself.) It took at least 2 weeks until I noticed improvement, and I was able to run longer distances without tiring or constantly cursing my husband out for making me run. 🤣 I’ll never run a marathon, but I’m proud that I actually do enjoy a morning run from time to time and can now last longer than 15 minutes.

How did you stay active during quarantine?

Running outside and long walks with my family. I also used fitness apps that didn’t require weights/workout equipment.  It was definitely a challenge to stay active outside the gym environment.

What kind of workout describes your personality the best?

No idea! I love cardio & strength cardio type of group workouts – AMPD, Tabata, and Cardio Barre. I’m not a Zumba or Yoga person.

August 20

L I N S E Y   G O W

Can you tell us about your most recent fitness accomplishment/milestone and how it felt to reach your goal?
I started to notice more days than not I was in a slump, both physically and mentally. I knew I wanted to change that and feel stronger. So, I dedicated myself to 4 days a week of group exercise to start. It helps me push myself being around others doing the same. Being around people, even while social distancing, has really helped lift my spirits and keep me sane during these uncertain times. I can feel myself getting stronger, and I feel so much better. I am so grateful for the Rouse Center and all their amazing instructors. A good friend shared a quote with me, “You don’t HAVE to work out, you GET to work out.” That reached my soul. I am really proud of myself for staying committed every week. 
How did you stay active during quarantine?
When everything shut down, I ran a mile 4-5 days a week through our neighborhood and walked another mile in the evenings with my family.
What kind of workout describes your personality the best?
I would say Cardio Barre describes my personality pretty well. As a military spouse and stay at home mom, I need a good amount of strength and balance to take on certain aspects of this lifestyle. Being flexible can help me bear the weight, just like in that class.