A decade of progress and health at Fitness World
Making total body fitness a part of daily life can be a challenge, especially when it's been a few years since having any type of consistent exercise routine. Jerri Timothy, owner of Fitness World, has just the history and just the right space to help get anyone started on the road to a healthier life. Timothy started her aerobics career in April of 1982 at the age of 20. At the time, she was certified with Jazzworks International and taught aerobics during all three of her pregnancies until six weeks before delivery.
She was also back to teaching her classes after only six weeks, showing that while excuses can be found around every corner, aerobics are a great way to find dedication and total body health.
Check out Jerri's story and see the impact a dedicated fitness plan can have on anyone's life.
Stephen, my first son came to my classes as a baby and rolled over for the first time while I was teaching. His wife Nicole taught fitness at the gym until my grandson was born and so the gym has become a family area for us.
I have taught Jazzworks in Lake Powell, Wyoming and Laramie, Wyoming. In 1987, I became the Wyoming and Montana Audition and Workshop Supervisor, for Jazzworks. My duty was to train instructors For the program and I also held seminars and workshops about exercise physiology.
During this time I was able to meet and learn about proper stretching with Bob Anderson, who wrote the book on Stretching. During this time, I was also able to work out With Richard Simmons, when I was 5 months pregnant with my second son. After Jazzworks retired in 1992, I changed my class to Bodyworks with the instructors I had trained in Laramie.
After moving to Price, I added step aerobics in my classes in 2003 and changed my program to "Total Aerobic Fitness" using weights and bands with the step. We had great response to the program, and I started to train several instructors to help teach the classes. It was then that my husband, Randy, made my dream come true by making it possible for me to start my own gym.
We worked together on carrying out the Fitness World plan and in November, 2003 we ordered our fitness equipment and remodeled the Main Street location.
We opened on January 15, 2004. After nearly a decade, we decided to give the gym a new look. During that time, I have received the following certifications, as a Pilates Instructor through AFPA, as a Personal Fitness Trainer and a Group Fitness Instructor through IFPA in 2005.
In 2006, I went to the Last Man Standing, which was a kickboxing class, and a Balletone Sole Synthesis workshop, which was, Pilates and Yoga combined. Then in 2007, I attended a flexibility Shakti workshop and I went to a Step Reebok-Yo Step.
I went to a Billy Blanks Bootcamp to become a certified Tae Bo Fitness Instructor bringing Tae Bo to Price for the first time at Fitness World, As for the year 2009 it was a busy year, as I received a Group Exercise certification and a Kickboxing certification through Fitour. I am also now a certified instructor to teach Turbo Jam/Turbo Kick. The famous Eddie "Flash" Newman also trained some of us from the gym, focusing on self defense. The year 2009 was a special for my gym, a section of the movie "Remember I Will Always Love You" was filmed in my gym as the movie needed a locally owned gym for a scene in the movie.
I also started teaching fitness at the local college in 2009, at the time the College of Eatern Utah as a non-credit class, then in the fall semester 2010, my class changed to physical education. I also started teaching a senior fitness class, which is how I received the senior fitness certification. I have also been able to attend World Fitness Day where Jane Fonda, Richard Simmons, Denise
Austin, Debbie Allen and Billy Blanks all lead a workout for over 1500 people. In November of 2010, I was certified to teach Hip Hop Hustle and in Aug 2011, I continued my education with Zumba training.
Then in 2012, I was certified to teach Zumba toning.
I am always searching for more education and ways to make my gym better. Check back next week, for the second portion of Jerri's story.