“I just love helping people live a healthier lifestyle,” Day, who celebrated the 10th anniversary of Studio 26.2 in 2017, said.
For both men and women, and from teens to seniors, Studio 26.2 and Fitness Complex offers group and private sessions, with a wide range of training offerings including but definitely not limited to yoga, dumbbell toning and core conditioning, kettlebell, Pilates, Zumba, cross-training, and even insanity workouts.
Day said she became interested in fitness instruction in college. Although she wasn’t taking it as a major, she decided to earn her certification to be able to be a trainer, but originally as a part-time job. That part-time job has blossomed into her own facility currently located along Route 5 in Vernon. They have actually made a few moves over that decade as Studio 26.2 outgrew its previous locations, each time moving a bit further east along Route 5 but not too far from before.
An enthusiastic group celebrates the finish of another great workout on Jan. 6, 2018 at Studio 26.2 in Vernon, NY
“Once, I had my foot in a cast and on crutches, and I was doing squats,” she said.
For Goodwin, Studio 26.2 is “all about the camaraderie.”
“It’s a great team effort,” she explained. “Everybody’s friends and we all help each other out and cheer each other on. And Barb is a great motivator.”
Pat Kerr has been with Day through several locations for some 15 years.
“I’m dedicated to her,” Kerr admitted. “This has become a way of life for me. Every single class is different, and that‘s what has kept me following her.”
Studio 26.2 and Fitness Complex enriches her life in mind, body and spirit, Kerr said, as well as offering her nutrition advice as well. She has met good friends there, and now they go out together socially. The 6 a.m. classes she attends might be a bit early for some people, but for Kerr -- who doesn’t mind saying she is 72 years old -- it’s dedication to improving her life.
“It’s all about what you want to accomplish,” Kerr assessed.
But it’s not just about the women, as men enjoy the benefits of a good workout there as well. Rob Wright said he started six years ago after receiving some bad results on blood work. He has been a regular since then, and the benefits to a good workout at Studio 26.2 are clear.
“I am in better shape now at 48 than I was at 35,” Wright said. Pilates are his personal favorite, and he recommends them especially for anyone who has had any kind of back problems. He admitted he would like to see more men take advantage of the opportunities at Studio 26.2, and also intimated he might not always seem as appreciative of the workout as he actually is.
“I complain a lot, but I keep coming back,” he quipped.
Studio 26.2 is designed as an upbeat and lively fitness facility, keeping people motivated by keeping it fun, Day promised.
“My motto is I like to keep fitness as fun as possible,” she said. “We aren’t doing the same thing all of the time. I focus on people, and improving their health and fitness.”
Studio 26.2 and Fitness Complex is located at 4929 State Route 5 in Vernon, NY. For more information, call (315) 886-6506 or visit: www.262fitnesscomplex.com
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