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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

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

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.