Woosley gives back with a series of free exercises | News

The McLean County Cooperative Extension Office, part of the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food and Environment Cooperative Extension Service, seeks to help people prepare for the months of spring and summer.

The extension service began offering its first round of free progressive exercises this week from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. and will continue each Monday through the week of May 2 at the extension office, 335 W. Seventh St. in Calhoun.

The type of exercises range from yoga, dance, bodyweight exercises and Pilates.

Exercise classes will be led by volunteer Megan Woosley, RN, BSN, MS, PMP and an International Sports Sciences Association (ISSA) certified personal trainer.

Woosley said the program was started due to interest from other members of the community after she and a small group of women went to Myer Creek Park on Monday night last year to do some Outdoor pilates.

While Woosley said it was a success, the weather was a major hindrance.

As fall rolled around, Woosley said they were trying to find a suitable space so they could meet long term.

Woosley has a personal soft spot for the world of health and fitness after going through a life-changing event when she was diagnosed with psoriatic arthritis in her early 30s.

“The more my joints would swell and hurt, the less I would move and the more weight I would gain and the more depressed I would become…” Woosley said. “…At my lowest point, I was like, ‘Lord, just let me be able to not be in a wheelchair by the time my son graduates.’ ”

After meeting with a rheumatologist and receiving a treatment plan, Woosley made it her goal to walk with her colleagues on their lunch break and be able to keep up. At first, Woosley’s feet started to hurt after the first 15 minutes but continued to persevere.

Woosley eventually joined a gym and met a trainer who taught her that she was capable of more exercise than she thought, such as lifting weights and doing push-ups and pull-ups; something she never expected to see as “fun”.

“The only experience I ever had with exercise and fitness was the requirements we had to meet in gym class,” Woosley said. “….Nobody taught me how to exercise and this exercise could be fun if you do it right.”

Woosley continued to work hard on his fitness journey for over two years and lost over 100 pounds while finding enjoyment and appreciation for exercise by challenging himself by walking through different classes and learning about the variety of styles that can be offered, which inspired her to create the series for the community.

“…The most important thing is that you know what you love to do,” Woosley said. “When I started this program, that’s how I designed it…. Now I have confidence in myself and I’m comfortable stepping into a class of people I don’t know doing a type of class I’ve never taken in my life. It takes a lot of courage – people can’t and won’t do that.

The series will include exercises that allow beginners to progress, each week advancing cardio intensity with the end goal being for participants to have the opportunity to explore a variety of exercise techniques and figure out what each person loves and would be willing to continue to the conclusion of the series.

Woosley says people don’t have to be fitness gurus to attend.

“With this, we all start…from zero…and we start with the less important exercises and we’ll slowly progress over the weeks,” Woosley said. “…The goal is for you to say, ‘You know – I’ve never even heard of Pilates before and I really think I like Pilates. Maybe I want to keep doing it. being that I want to go to the local Y or somewhere and explore a class. That’s what it’s all about.

When choosing the exercises for the series, Woosley wanted to start with those that were more strength-based before moving towards more cardio intensity as the weeks progressed, while all of the exercises will connect in some way. ‘another one.

With this program, Woosley hopes people who may also have an illness like her don’t see it as a barrier.

“I want people to know I have psoriatic arthritis — my feet are deformed…but I can still do it,” Woosley said. “It’s about finding what works for one person doesn’t work for another. … It’s about teaching people the basic form to exercise safely and the styles they like.

At the end of the seven weeks, Woosley hopes to see if the program can morph into something else that could be on a more regular rotation depending on attendance and response.

Woosley said she notes the vital importance of having a nutrition plan as well to work in conjunction with exercise and hopes to have a future schedule where she can incorporate a nutrition focus into the mix.

Woosley notes that some people may be reluctant to come out and join the program, but assures that everyone in the class will be on the same playing field, even if it will be more individualized.

“I think one of the hesitations is when you get into something, you worry, ‘Am I capable of doing this? For example, are they going to do 50 push-ups and I can’t do three? “Finding yourself in this situation is a bit daunting not knowing what to expect,” Woosley said. “…I insist – we all start from scratch, so we start there together (and) as we go through the different poses (and) exercises, my goal is to show you the basic way to do it. do and then I’ll show you a more advanced method. We’re not all going to be doing the exact same thing at the exact same time. … My goal is to show everyone that they can find their way that will work for them.

Woosley said those interested in participating won’t have to call ahead to attend, and attendees aren’t required to come to every session of the series.

Those planning to attend are recommended to bring their own yoga mat for the first few weeks of the series, but extras will be available at the extension office.

For more information, contact Woosley at 270-499-2806 or the post office at 270-273-3690.

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