February Participant of the Month

February Participant of the Month Teresa Barley

REFIT®, powered by Active SWV is a life-changing group fitness experience that rocks your body, heart, and soul with powerful moves and positive music, to inspire you from the inside out. Powered by human connections with our volunteer Community Captains, we turn boring, “have-to” workouts into a “can’t-miss” community fitness experience! REFIT classes propel students to their best selves through dance, toning, balance and flexibility. Our easy-to-follow formula is perfect for both beginners and fitness enthusiasts, with workouts designed for everybody and every body—regardless of age, shape, size or ability. 

We talked with a participant in the REFIT program to see what encourages her, How she adapted her personal participation during the pandemic and about any fun memories from class. Please read further to learn a little more about the Teresa’s success. 

Did you participate with Refit before the pandemic? 

I did participate before the pandemic but had quit as I got off at 5 and 6 o’clock left an hour to kill before going to class. 

If you did, what motivated you to continue through the pandemic? If you didn’t participate before the pandemic what motivated you to start during the pandemic? 

When they went to outdoor classes during the pandemic. I was able to go to those because I was working from home. I could go at 6 without killing an hour. Then we went indoors. I was a little concerned about the virus because of my age. When the numbers continued to rise, I decided I probably wouldn’t go back. Lucky for me, they went to online classes. I love the online classes, as I can do these in the convenience of my home. It still isn’t the same as being there, but I can still work out without any virus worries.

What keeps you motivated to attend the online classes? What word of encouragement would you have for other people to join the class? 

I would also encourage people to do online if you don’t want others watching you exercise, this makes it easier. 

Do you have any special or fond memories from an online class?

I do have a funny on my online memory… I am not tech savvy, I couldn’t see the leader to follow her exercises and I was messaging everyone. They are great to work with and we just laughed until we figured out what was wrong.

Check out our Community Captains page to learn more about becoming a volunteer with Active SWV. Our Active SWV website calendar has all the infomation you need this and other about physcial activity programs in your area. You can also join the Beckley REFIT group on Facebook.