My tickets were booked and I was fully committed to flying to Madison, Wisconsin for BodyCombat instructor training when the COVID-19 pandemic lockdown was initiated. I was ready to pursue a new found love of mine after recently retiring from my professional hockey career. I’d already been practicing and studying my choreography for my evaluation that was supposed to take place when I received news that it was canceled with no resolution in sight.
I immediately messaged Jennifer Karr (JK) about the news and the uncertainty of the future of me becoming an instructor was dim. As quickly as things seemed to plummet though, there was a glimmer of hope and when Les Mills began offering virtual trainings I was first in line. Fast forward to completing my training at the end of April, I was assigned to record a video of me teaching a full-length BodyCombat class. Some may think that recording a video is an easy task when only preforming to a computer screen but without human interaction was a challenge.
I was lucky enough that JK saw this obstacle and brought it upon herself to teach my release virtually through the RVC with the rest of the class so I could continue to develop my skills and learn from her. If it wasn’t for the long FaceTime calls, countless sessions and video reviews with JK I might have not been able to do it. She was my biggest supporter, my own personal cheerleader – who held the flame at the end of the tunnel – pushing me to never give up. It only felt natural that JK was the first person that I shared my confirmation that I was a certified BodyCombat trainer because this success was just as much hers.
I continue to participate in BodyCombat classes Wednesdays and Saturdays, always thanking JK for the day but really it’s for much more than that.
Meghan Kebalka, member since 2019