Teaching fitness a passion Marietta Roberts enjoys sharing with her students
June 30, 2017
Long before fitness instructor Marietta Roberts walked through the doors at the Old Town Hot Springs, just before 7 a.m. Thursday, her mind had already shifted into work mode.
"The job starts the day before, with maybe an hour and a half of preparing a class,” she said. “Then, you are preparing yourself in the car as you drive to work, and then, you have to be there 15 minutes early to greet people, and then, you have to teach the class. There are times when it can be really challenging"
But the smile on her face is evidence of just how much she loves the position.
"It can be challenging,” she said. “I have to prepare for each class — It takes me at least an hour to an hour-and-a-half to set up music. I also have to figure out what kind of class or classes I will be doing that day, I have to figure out how to accommodate your advanced people and your beginners and create a class that meets everyones needs."
On this day, Roberts was scheduled to open with a Fit-For-Life class, in which she guided a group of 10 to 15 people through a workout in the pool. That was immediately followed by a spin class. In the winter, those classes are packed to capacity, but on this summer day, there was plenty of room for the five people who showed up for the class. Either way, Roberts said she had to be prepared and that she has to bring her "A" game, even if the class is not full or if she is tired from teaching.
"A hundred-and-ten percent of your effort and energy needs to come out at every class,” she said. “I know how important it is for a member to come in through that door. They don't care if you are tired; they want the best class, and that's what I want to give to them."
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Between the two sessions, Roberts gathers the equipment used in Fit-For-Life class, which is held in the pool, then hurries to greet the people coming in for the spin class. Before beginning the workout, she visits all the students and gives instructions to any new members. These moments are important to Roberts, who has learned that, by asking the right questions, she can discover a student’s fitness level, what his or her goals are and if those goals are possible to reach.
Roberts has worked at the Hot Springs for five years and has spent the past four as fitness director. in charge of the 17 different classes offered. Classes range from Fit-For-Life to Fierce 4 and Fierce 4 Extreme. The pool also offers Barre Fusion, Breath Easy (chair yoga), BodyPump, CRB (Cardio, Resistance & Balance), Integrated Conditioning, PBS (Power-Balance-Strength), Pilates, Spin, Spins Fit, Step, TBC (Toal Body Conditions), Yoga, Yoga Sculpt, Zumba, Zumba Toning and Zumba Kids. The pool also offers Aqua Fitness Classes.
Roberts said that every day is a new day, and there are always a few twists and turns.
When not in class, Roberts oversees 32 instructors and personal trainers. She must ensure all the fitness classes at Old Town Hot Springs are covered, and if someone doesn't show up for work or calls in sick, Roberts will step in and take over the class. She still recalls a day not too long ago when she taught four classes in a row.
But she is not complaining. Fitness is more than a job for Roberts; she said it has been a way of life since she took her first class with her mother at age 12.
She was active in fitness classes as a teen, and a mentor paid for her to become certified at age 17. She has never looked back and has been involved in the fitness business in one way for another her entire life.
"I have been very lucky, and I am very blessed to say that every single club that I have worked for has been incredible." Roberts said. "I have learned so much."
But she is also humble and said her passion for fitness is shared by many of the instructors she has worked with through the years, many of whom she knows in Steamboat Springs.
"Most of what I do here every single day, I love, hands down. I do love my job," Roberts said. "Every time I come to Old Town Hot Springs, every single day is different, and it's different in a good way. Every member has a different set of goals. … You want them to reach whatever goal they want."