When it comes to fitness, there isn’t much Sue Greaney hasn’t seen or done. An instructor for over two decades, Sue brings experience, enthusiasm and a ton of hands-on experience to every class or personal training session she offers at Elevate.
She recently took a few minutes out of her day to share a bit about her background and motivation.
Q: What was it that initially drew you to the fitness industry?
A: Three little kids! I participated in sports throughout high school. After I had my kids, I continued to work out. It always felt really good, and I jokingly told my husband that when the kids were in school, I was going to work out all day every day. At the time, however, I had no idea I’d become a fitness instructor.
But when the kids started school, I started working out at Hampshire Hills and discovered spinning. I liked it, decided to get certified to teach, and I was on my way.
Q: You’ve been teaching fitness courses for 21 years now – how do you maintain your enthusiasm and keep bringing energy to your classes year after year?
A: I never stop learning. I love going to conferences and getting certified in new things.**
It’s important to change up your routine from time to time – it keeps things interesting and helps you remain engaged. I get bored just like everyone else does, so I’m always trying new types of exercise or twists on old standbys like the BOSU and Step.
Q: What, in your opinion, is the most important thing for people to know about exercising?
A: You’ve got to do it! Consistency is key, and it’s important to find things that you love, or at least like well enough to stick with over the long haul. I always tell my students that while you may not love exercising, you’ll always love the way you feel afterwards.
It doesn’t matter how you move – dance, walk, bike, hike, run – you’ve just got to move!
Q: How would you respond to those who say, ‘I’m not athletic,’ or ‘I’m not coordinated’ or ‘I’m not a gym person’?
A: So what?! You don’t have to be coordinated or athletic to work out. You don’t have to be flexible to do yoga. You just have to be willing to try, and then find an activity you enjoy.
In my book, ‘Can’t’ is a four-letter word for ‘will not try.’
Q: If you could encourage people to do one thing for themselves, what would it be?
A: Step outside of your comfort zone – it’s the only way you’ll get fitter. If you don’t try something, you won’t know if you like it or can do it. Don’t play it safe!
Q: When it comes to gyms, what do you think makes Elevate special?
A: There’s a real family atmosphere here – everyone’s very warm and welcoming. When you join Elevate, you become part of a community that includes individuals from every fitness level.
I also like the gym’s smaller size because it enables me to get to know everyone who trains with me. This familiarity allows me to provide more personalized, and effective, instruction. For example, I know if a member has an injury and needs an exercise to be adjusted in some way.
People also cross-train more here than at any other gym I’ve worked at – our members tend to really mix it up, doing P90X one day, Spinning the next, and maybe doing yoga after that. They’re very well-rounded in their approach to fitness.
**Sue’s list of certifications reads like an exercise phone book: Group Exercise Instructor (AFAA); Personal Trainer (AFAA); Advanced Personal Trainer (Fitness Resource Associates); Les Mills BodyPump; Les Mills BodyStep; Les Mills BodyCombat; Les Mills BodyFlow; Les Mills Bodyside; Les Mills CXWorx; Thomas the Promise Kickboxing; YogaFit Level 1; YogaFit Level 2; YogaFit Level 3; YogaFit Level 4; YogaFit Level 5; YogaFit Seniors; YogaFit Pre-natal/Post-partum; YogaFit Anatomy & Alignment; 200-Hour Yoga Alliance Approved Teacher Training Cert.; YogaFit Restorative Yoga; YogaFit YogaSweat (hot yoga); Spinning Star 3 Instructor; Silver Sneakers Muscular Strength and Range of Movement; Primary Pilates (AFAA); Pilates Mapwork Specialty Certification; TRX; PiYo LIVE; INSANITY LIVE; P90X LIVE; PILOXING BARRE; CPR/AED.
written by Lori Ferguson www.writerloriferguson.com