Occupation: Director of park operations
Family: Wife Cathy; daughter, Emily; son, Brian.
Where do you work out?
Cummins Corporate Office Building and Foundation for Youth
How many hours a week?
Briefly describe your workout routine:
Monday and Friday, yoga; Tuesday and Thursday, strength and water aerobics; Wednesday, Pilates.
What have you discovered with Pilates?
It’s kind of interesting. I didn’t think I would like it but ended up liking it a lot. You think you’re in shape, but then you find a whole new set of muscles that need work.
What inspired you to begin a regular
I played high school sports, including basketball and tennis, and felt a need to continue some form of exercise.
Why is it something you have stuck with?
It has become a habit.
How do you make time to work out?
It has become part of my daily routine.
When and why did you get serious
I have exercised most of my life.
Have you lost weight or gained muscle mass through working out? How much?
I have actually gained weight, but I feel comfortable at my current weight.
What’s your favorite exercise? Why?
Yoga. It is just a feel-good exercise. You stretch and stretch, and it feels good. One of the first things you tend to lose is flexibility. What I’ve found is you don’t necessarily lose the flexibility permanently; you can get it back.
What poses challenge you?
There are some headstands that I think create more of a psychological challenge than physical. Right now, with some of those headstands, I can feel a cold chill go down my back. I sometimes end up doing a variation instead.
Any exercises you dread but do anyway? Why?
I have run several mini-marathons, and I hate to train by myself. For someone like me, who has a hard time self-motivating, training in a group is easier.
Do you follow a special diet? If so, describe it briefly. Do you “cheat” much?
My wife shares my passion for fitness, and it carries over to the dinner table. We focus more on fruits and vegetables. We like meat, but we eat it in moderation. I have been known to cheat (a little) when we eat out.
Do you have a favorite fitness moment, for example, when you reached a tough fitness goal or overcame a plateau?
When I finished my first mini-marathon in 1998.
What do you do to motivate yourself when you just don’t want to work out?
My body has a way of telling me to get up and go exercise. It’s psychological. I feel like I have to get up and exercise, because once you get into a lifestyle change it’s hard to give it up.
What is a little-known fitness fact about you?
I’m a cancer survivor.
What advice would you give someone who wants to start working out?
When you make the commitment, make it for several months with no exceptions. It can become a habit.
— Jennifer Willhite, email@example.com
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