News from the Innisfree Fitness Program

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The Innisfree Fitness program, led by Jeanmarie Badar, aims to provide opportunities for fitness-related activities to the Innisfree community. Currently, about 25 coworkers participate in the program at some level. Specifically, the program includes:

  • The Fitness Workstation: Small groups of coworkers participate in fitness activities during the regular work day. Each coworker follows an individually designed cardio/strength workout plan with help from Jeanmarie and the fitness volunteers. Heart rate monitors help measure exertion levels, and workout records allow progress to be documented.
  • Community Classes: Open to the entire Innisfree community, this 45-minute class uses dance to improve cardiovascular function, coordination, focus, and balance. The class meets weekly for 6-week sessions and is currently on “break” for the summer.
  • Individual Sessions: some coworkers who need a more structured, one-on-one exercise program work with Jeanmarie outside of workstation hours.
  • Volunteer/Staff Classes: Jeanmarie leads a small group once a week in an intense one-hour workout using a variety of fitness modalities including weight lifting, dance, suspension straps, and circuit training.
Click here to learn about Innisfree’s Four Components of Fitness!

11011726_10205184262502192_2379714953613451101_nThe Innisfree Fitness program has BIG dreams! In the future, we hope to expand the program to make fitness accessible to everyone and a part of everyday life at Innisfree. To do this, we need to update our fitness facilities to include adaptive equipment designed specifically for special populations. We also need to grow our fitness team to allow more flexibility in scheduling and to include more fitness options (e.g., a “Fall Prevention” program, a “Fitness-at-Work” initiative, more group classes, inclusion of day coworkers, etc.). We have started raising funds by creating “Team Innisfree” for the Virginia Super Spartan Race in August. You can learn more and help by visiting: https://give.everydayhero.com/us/innisfree-village-fitness-program

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Click here to listen to a WMRA interview on Jeanmarie and Innisfree’s fitness program