Fitness classes available by long distance
Submitted by Roy Reiman
Members of the Netawaka Fitness Center (NFC) enrolled in its various exercise classes may soon be led by an instructor located nearly a thousand miles away.
Flora Kirwan has been a loved instructor at NFC, teaching classes in water aerobics, yoga and Tabata three mornings a week. Members say she not only keeps them healthier and in shape, but she makes the classes fun due to her engaging and uplifting personality.
Many were greatly disappointed to learn Kirwan is moving back to her home state of Florida to take care of her aging parents. She had little choice after her mother was involved in a serious car accident and needs a live-in care person.
To show their appreciation for her inspiration and commitment to the NFC, the class participants held a “Fans of Flora” going away party last Wednesday, April 11. They brought in an array of dishes and desserts, ranging from casseroles, Mexican favorites, noodle salads, cakes and confections.
The highlight of the party was an announcement by Kirwan. She had already completed plans for Skyping, which means she will be streaming her classes live from Florida, leading her devoted followers in exercises via a large video screen.
So in the midst of disappointment of her leaving, the members are now excited about having this continued “connection” with Kirwan as she teaches her fitness classes every Monday, Wednesday and Friday morning.
“This should prove as beneficial for me as for them,” Kirwan said. “It will keep me in touch with my good friends here and provide me something worthwhile and fulfilling to do in addition to caring for my parents. I’ll likely chat and compare the weather with them, too!”