A workout for everybody

A new fitness instructor is making a name for herself at the Betty J. Queen Center.

Janice Hackney has taught several fitness classes since March. She teaches five days a week, from 8 to 9 a.m. On Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, she teaches a high-impact cardio workout, while her Tuesday and Thursday class offers a low-impact session.

Both classes are open to all ages and Hackney always tries to make sure people who want to participate aren’t left out.

“No matter what kind of exercise I offer, there’s always a modification so that everyone can be included,” she said. “They might do it with a different form, but they still get the same results.” 

Beginning Sept. 9, Hackney will also teach an evening class at 6 p.m. on Mondays and Wednesdays. Titled “Let’s Get Fit,” the class offers a high-intensity cardio workout similar to the morning classes.

“We’re going to be doing strength exercises and cardio,” she said. “We’re going to make sure [people] get stronger and get what they come here for.”

All of Hackney’s classes have a boot camp-style format, with participants rotating through a series of exercises at intervals throughout the class. 

“It makes the class go by fast,” Anna Jones, one of the members of Hackney’s high-impact workout, said.

Dennis Belluomini, another of Hackney’s students, said that Hackney creates an atmosphere of commaraderie and competition among the people who come out.

“She pushes us,” he said. “[At first] I was kind of just showing up, but now I’m competing with the others to do more things. She’s got a very relaxed way of introducing us to new things.”

Hackney’s approach and encouraging attitude is a highlight for many of her students.

“She will keep you motivated,” Jones said, “and if for some reason you’re a little slow at first, or can’t pick up as much weight, she will continue to work with you and not make you feel bad about not being able to pick up a few pounds. Before you know it, she’ll make a miracle out of you.”

For more information about Hackney’s classes, call Louisa County Parks, Recreation and Tourism at (540) 967-4420 or visit https://www.louisacounty.com/346/Fitness-Exercise.