Though New Year’s resolutions typically encourage people to take stock of their health, Kekoa Godfrey wants McPherson residents know that when you start doesn’t matter — just that you start.
“It can be January or July, there’s no time frame of when to start. I’m trying to promote that not only with this club but in the community as well,” Godfrey said. “I’m in this line of work because I want to inspire, coach and educate so people know no matter where you’re at in life, no matter how old, it’s never too late to become a better version of yourself.”
Godfrey started as the club manager at Genesis Health Clubs, located at 601 N. Main McPherson in McPherson, earlier this month, but already has plans to connect with residents and make a difference in their lives.
“I’m very community-driven and I’d like to make Genesis a staple of the area. I’d like to make it that when people think of Genesis, they think of a place where you can change your life for the better,” Godfrey explained. “As a community, if more people have a passion to make changes, that will be easier for the whole, but that’s also our job as a club. We as a staff want to be able to be one of the biggest influences for people. A lot of people do come in and work out on their own, but it’s also our job that we’re blessed with, no matter what job we work here, to be that extra motivation for them to keep on keeping on.”
The club also has some health-related New Year’s resolutions of their own.
“There’s so much in 2018 that we as a staff want to bring into this club. Genesis promotes a healthy lifestyle. Here in McPherson, that hasn’t been hit too hard. When people think of Genesis in McPherson, I want people to think about a healthier way of living and opportunity to change your life,” Godfrey said. “What’s so great about Genesis is that we offer classes. I believe that if someone who hates fitness regimens walks in, we can find a class to their liking. We go beyond the standard gym-style atmosphere.”
In order to further develop the community’s understanding of fitness, the staff has plans to incorporate new events and seminars at the club, in addition to daily classes.
“I want to bring in some events, like heath and nutrition seminars, and something we’re calling TGI Fridays, where we honor our members for being here at the end of the week,” Godfrey said. “We also want to get into boot camps for the community as a whole, so we can all come in and work out together, even if you’re not a member. The way we do things shouldn’t just stop with our members, we should branch out into the community as well.”
Godfrey explained that understanding proper nutrition is key to any fitness goal, so upcoming nutrition seminars will be able to supplement current plans for both club members and guests.
“Fitness and nutrition put together can be a fantastic duo. I honestly believe that we shouldn’t just be a staple in the fitness world. I think a lot of people don’t understand how much or how little of things are classified into healthy eating. Balance is huge. I don’t believe in diets. I look at it as a nutrition plan. Just because you’re trying to acquire a goal doesn’t mean you have to completely have to wipe out the finer things in life like your favorite sweets. If you can balance yourself in the way you eat things, you can still acquire those goals,” Godfrey said.
The first nutrition seminar will be held on Jan. 22 and boot camps open to the public will start in February.
Godfrey hopes that connecting with others will further encourage them to reach new heights.
“Everybody has a goal in mind when it comes to fitness — the way they want to look, feel, live. What we want to do as a club is to surpass those goals. We want to make it possible that they exceed those goals and they don’t settle with what they have in mind,” Godfrey said.
That drive to surpass set goals even applies to Godfrey’s career goals.
“It’s been a lifelong goal of mine to run a gym. Now, Genesis is not a gym by any means, so that’s why we call it a club. Gyms are limited to people working out and then they leave. At a club, we get to branch further and further into fitness,” Godfrey explained.
From Jan. 1 to 15, new members can start with zero enrollment fee, four free personal training sessions, a $200 hotel voucher and will be signed up for the rewards program, G-Perks.
For more information, visit https://www.genesishealthclubs.com/locations/mcpherson.html or call 620-245-0900
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