The Press Newspaper
For Kelly Hanner, watching her father have a heart attack was a life-changing and defining moment.
“It was about three years ago,” she recalled. “Fortunately, he survived and is up and running today, but it was definitely an eye-opener for me about the importance of living a healthy lifestyle.”
Her dad’s health scare also inspired Kelly’s to pursue an associate’s degree in nutrition from Owens Community College after graduating from Clay High School.
The Oregon woman works as a health and fitness mentor online at www.tubbytotoned.com, in conjunction with beachbody.com program.
“When I work with someone, I first take the time to learn about them – what their goals are, what they’ve tried in the past,” she said. “We then assess where they are now and work together to create a nutrition and exercise plan that will help them get where they want to be.”
Hanner notes that support is a key ingredient to success achieving health and fitness goals. “I host private Facebook groups online, which is especially beneficial for people who don’t really have a lot of support from family, friends, etc.,” she said. “It’s a great forum filled with people who are there motivating each other and holding each other accountable.”
Kelly, along with her boyfriend Kevin Weber, also host a free weekly “Tubby2Toned” fit club – workout classes which meet Saturday mornings at 10 a.m. at St. John’s United Church of Christ, 1213 Washington St., Genoa.
“This is something we feel very passionate about,” Kelly said. “We really wanted to do something that would bring community members together while at the same time inspiring them to be fit and healthy.”
“We started holding classes in our Oregon garage,” Kelly said, adding that plans to organize classes through Oregon Recreation Department didn’t come to fruition.
Then a mutual friend, Dave Miller, who is active at St. John’s, along with another church member pitched the idea to hold the classes there.
“The pastor welcomed the idea with open arms,” Kelly said.
The word quickly spread through word of mouth and social media. Currently, the free classes, which are open to anyone in the community, draw about 20 “regulars.” The sessions typically include a variety of cardio routines.
“We have men and women of all ages – my friend brought her almost 3-year-old son and he was joining in,” Kelly said. “People seem to really enjoy themselves.”
On March 17, Kelly will host a “Muscle Hustle” event from 3-5 p.m. in the Lodge at Maumee Bay State Park. The free event is open to anyone in the community.