Camper Spotlight!

Camper Spotlight!

In each Core Motion Fitness (CMF) boot camp session, we talk about health and fitness goals being personal and unique. This week we are taking a moment to spotlight two boot campers, Shelley Bayard de Volo (SB) and Ronna Davis (RD), by sharing their stories with you. Thank you Shelley and Ronna for encouraging and inspiring all of us!

CMF: What is your primary wellness goal?

SB: My primary wellness goal is to increase my overall fitness, especially in terms of balance, strength and flexibility. At 55 years young, I want to continue feeling well and strong. My goals are to continue to do the things I love to do – the sport of agility with my dogs, river rafting, camping, hiking, birding and gardening!  

RD: My primary wellness goal is to stay active as I get older and enjoy life. Play! I have struggled with asthma my entire life. Exercise, medication, and taking care of yourself helps to manage it. 

CMF: What are some pivotal changes you’ve made for better health and fitness?

SB: Commitment to doing the work! At times it’s hard to be motivated to show up to class, but I tell myself it’s just an hour, “Just do it!” I have also paid much more attention to my diet, and while I know exercise increases my strength and balance, it’s what I eat that mostly affects my weight.

RD: Boot camp is definitely one! I was exercising regularly, but had a very stressful job and was putting in too many hours. A friend/coworker asked me to go to boot camp. She said I would enjoy it. I loved the games and camaraderie. 

CMF: What can you do now physically that you could not do before?

SB: My balance is much better. I can run better, and jump and even skip, which if you have not done those kinds of moves in a while, it’s surprising how you lose that coordination!

RD: The flexibility and strength have been the best things. Especially as I have gotten older and had some health challenges. 

CMF: What has been your great success since attending bootcamp?

SB: I have confidence of being able to be active without getting hurt! I sprained my ankle really bad several years ago doing agility and I really lost confidence in being able to do that activity. I am now stronger than I was before that injury and that gives me the confidence I need to perform in my sport. The added benefit is I have lost weight!  

RD: Continuing to have fun! Getting together with others makes everything better including exercise! 

CMF: What advice would you give someone who is about to start their own personal fitness journey?

SB: Set realistic and achievable goals. Don’t expect to change everything you don’t like about your “habits” all at once – that is just not sustainable. Keep it fun! Yes, it’s hard work, but it’s just an hour. And start with doing the exercise modifications. You do not need to go all out to reap the benefits. Unless you are already really fit, start out on the easier side so you can keep at it over the long run. It can become a way of life and that really is the overall goal.

RD: Do lots of exciting and new things, like boot camp! It is very fun, accommodating and the people are wonderful. You feel so good when you take care of yourself, it helps you be there for others and you are worth it! 


Now it’s your turn. Take a moment to consider your answers to our questions above. We’d love to hear from you and cheer you on in your wellness goals!

Workout/Exercise Spotlight: Core and Balance

Self shares, “A strong core is an invaluable asset. For starters, a strong and stable midsection can give you better balance and better posture, and it can even help reduce back pain.” Read more about your core and try out the twenty exercises they share in the full article here.

Add-on exercise: 1 minute plank

Our progression: 10 push-ups, 10 squats, 10 mountain climbers, 10 lunges (each leg), 10 diamond push-ups, 1 minute plank.

By Victoria Emmitt RD

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