Meet Some Outstanding Members Who Inspire the World to Fitness®!
Member Since 1991
Mary Magee-Huth, assistant fitness coordinator for the Provena Saint Joseph Inwood Athletic Club, believes that health should be the primary focus of exercise programs. Mary has created several innovative programs to help members understand that improved fitness means more than shrinking waistlines and numbers on the scale. “I created a program for group personal training called ‘Turn Back the Clock,’” she says. “A group of five participants are tested by the Polar BodyAge™ system and then are retested after 6 weeks.” Upon completion, each participant learns “how many years they have taken off their ‘body age’ through diet and exercise.” Another program, Tackle All Sedentary Kids (T.A.S.K.), challenges younger participants to improve in areas such as balance, strength and speed.
Member Since 1986
Sylvania Reyna, self-proclaimed “dance innovator and facilitator,” and creator of FitTAP®, has been in the business for 30 years, but first found movement as a youngster. “I didn’t know that dance would open doors to so many opportunities in the fitness industry,” she recalls. “I lead, motivate and challenge by educating my students and using humor and a personal touch in all my classes. My challenge as a group fitness leader is to personalize the workout for each person to help them feel comfortable and to modify the exercises for their needs.” To keep participants moving, Sylvania often says, “Dance is not about what you look like while you’re doing it, but what you feel like.”
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