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Island Health & Fitness Instructor Profile: Judy Urban

June 24, 2015

What classes do you teach at Island?  
Water Wake Up, Aqua Core and Core N More

How long have you been teaching classes?
I started teaching fitness classes 1992 at the former Ithaca Fitness Center, and moved to Island Health & Fitness September 2006.  I started teaching pool classes there around 2008.

What training or conference have you attended recently? 
Most recent training I did was a “Water Fitness” certification at Cornell University Helen Newman’s pool.

Why do you teach group fitness classes?   
I like teaching group classes because I think some people (me included) need a group of people to exercise with. It is easy when working out on your own to say “that’s enough” but when with a group you keep plugging and pushing yourself.

What is something that people might not know about you?  
I know this might be hard to believe but I used to be really shy… it’s true.

What is your regular job?  
I retired from Cornell University Veterinary Hospital, January 2008, I was a Licensed Veterinary Technician in Large Animal Surgery.

What do you do for fun?  
My husband (Gary) and I drive and show vintage cars, ride motorcycles (yes plural, I ride my own).  Living on Seneca Lake we enjoy boating and fishing.  And our newest addition to our family is Luka a golden retriever puppy (7 months).  Enjoy working in my flower beds and sitting and watching the sunsets.

What is your favorite quote?  
I have used this quote in all my classes….” If you don’t squeeze your butt, no one else will.”  

What is your best fitness advice?  
Do what you can, as best as you can, and enjoy doing it. 


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