By: NM Huntley Fitness Staff
Member Finds Fitness and Fun in Group Exercises Classes
Jennifer never really liked working out before joining Northwestern Medicine Huntley Health & Fitness Center. She was eating very unhealthy food and was unhappy with her weight. In 2018, Jennifer decided to try one of the WERQ group fitness classes. She made the decision that if she didn’t like it, she would end her membership.
“Kate Dougherty was the instructor and was so awesome and welcoming. Because of how much I enjoyed taking her class, I decided to stay on as a member. She is my absolute favorite instructor and I try to take as many classes that she teaches as possible,” says Jennifer.
Jennifer started taking BODYPUMP™ classes in 2019 and it has helped her significantly with her balance. The class also helped her complete her first half marathon in 2020. Working out is no longer something that she puts off. She looks forward to working out. It’s usually the best part of her day. Jennifer is now eating a lot healthier and enjoying how happy working out makes her feel. Jennifer is down 2 clothing sizes and she has a lot more confidence.
“There have been many times when I have noticed how much joining the center has changed my life. One of the most memorable moments would probably be the first time I rearranged my schedule to be able to go to a workout class. It meant so much to me that I really didn’t want to miss the class (and I still feel that way). Everyone that I have come across has been helpful and welcoming.”
Jennifer loves taking group fitness classes. They help her have fun while getting a great workout –especially when Kate is teaching.
“The group fitness classes are the biggest plus for me. A lot of other places have similar workout equipment, but I haven’t found anywhere else that has the variety of classes that are offered here. I also really enjoy the various pools that are available. I met 2 of my best friends here along with many other friends. They are a big part of my life now and I’m so grateful to have met them. My best friends and I are constantly making plans to meet here for workouts and that helps keep me motivated.”
When asked if she would recommend Northwestern Medicine Huntley Health & Fitness Center, Jennifer says:
“I would tell them that they definitely should join. The center has had such a positive impact on my life and I feel like anyone could benefit from joining. I would definitely recommend the gym to others (and I have on many occasions). I even convinced my parents to join when they moved to Huntley. The group fitness classes are worth every penny of the membership cost.”
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