I joined RVC in January 2019. I was recovering from back surgery and my Physical Therapist recommended exercising in a warm pool. I made good progress with my own exercise routine and a Pool Pilates class. By late spring I was ready to try a fitness class so I went to Forever Fit with Amy Fortier at RVC. I found her ability to offer modifications during class most helpful. I had been quite deconditioned after years of back instability. Soon I was able to stumble through Cardio Dance (love the music) and build some confidence. As 2019 went by I was making progress! I rediscovered the joy of movement, especially in the Cardio Dance class. When COVID-19 came, I was at RVC the day shutdown was announced. I saw that the staff was immediately organizing the virtual component for membership. Within a few days, several instructors were broadcasting their classes on Zoom/Facebook classes from their homes. Amazing! They reorganized their homes to create a stage for teaching classes. For me, this meant I could maintain my level of fitness during isolation. It was nothing less than a lifesaver – a lifeline during scary times. Not only are live classes broadcasted and recorded on schedule, but you can access past classes at your convenience. All you need is a membership and space in your home to move. Soon there was a good variety of classes to meet many fitness needs and preferences. Thanks to Ross Dutille, who manages the entire virtual membership program.
When RVC reopened, I decided to return to class. The Club requires you to reserve a space in a class, gym, locker room, pool, etc. Masks are required at all times and screening questions are asked every check-in at the Front Desk. Classes are taught simultaneously to a reduced number of students in the room and to virtual students. Kudos to all the group exercise instructors!
A mask and social distancing are both required during class. It feels right, and it feels safer than in the grocery store.
In the early fall, I decided to add Personal Training sessions to my workout schedule. I noticed during my classes that some stretches and positions were very difficult. I needed some individual help to improve. Amy Fortier (Amazing Amy) is my trainer and I have made great progress under her guidance. All trainers allow plenty of space between clients and disinfect as they go, which is much appreciated. They also offer Virtual Personal Training.
My fitness journey during the pandemic has filled me with gratitude. I am not young (74) and I am truly enjoying this fitness journey. Frankly, I am able to do things I thought I would never do again.
Prior to my back surgery (Thank you, Dr. Magnadottir) I was unable to participate in any of these activities and had given up trying. This year, in spite of the pandemic, my personal achievements include being able to do dance moves I couldn’t do last year, improvements in flexibility and core strength, improved balance, confidence to continue the journey, and the experience of joyful exercise. I appreciate the commitment that RVC has made to keep their members safe and provide the quality of program that enables members to succeed, even in trying times.