INSPIRED MEMBER: JACKIE KOLTZ

Tell us about yourself! Where are you from? What brought you to Milwaukee? 

I'm ancient history! I was born and raised in Davenport, Iowa and lived there until college. I went to Carthage College in Kenosha, WI. After college, I got a job in Kenosha and taught there for 6 years. When I married we moved back to Iowa where my husband went to grad school. He got a job here, in Milwaukee and we've been here since 78’. I currently work at the MATC student accommodation center.

You come almost every day, sometimes twice a day, what keeps you inspired for your workouts? Do you have a motto? 

I don’t have a motto, I just don’t have another life for the summer. When I’m not working I like to come as much as I can. I need the workout.

What made you decided to come to SPIRE and what keeps you coming back? 

I’ve tried a lot of workouts and I’ve always been fairly active. When my husband was working, I did yoga and rode bikes to keep moving. When we moved here I swam with my daughter. I originally tried a different, larger gym in town, I’m not a good "solo workout person" and the classes were so huge. Then I tried another larger-franchised gym, was not my thing. I liked the rowing machine at that gym and I wanted a place where they had rowing as a class. So I tried SPIRE and I liked it. It’s a class and I have to come if I sign up. Classes are small and I liked to be told if my form needs correcting.

What goals has SPIRE helped you to achieve?

Just to improve. I've had different medical issues through the years. I developed a ling issue in Guatemala which still flares up. A few years ago, I had a boating accident that caused a little bit of a leg issue. My lungs stated acting up again, so I needed something that would help with that.

Balance, bone density, mobility, legs--these were all things I wanted to improve. My goal is just to be a better me. I often remember a poem by Dylan Thomas, “Do not go gentle into that good night. Old age should burn and rave against the close of day Rage, rage against the dying of light.” I’m not 30 years old again, but I want to do something about it.

What is your favorite class here at SPIRE?

I like SPIRE Crew and SPIRE TRX equally. Really like the combo class, SPIRE Crew + TRX.

You’ve been coming here since February; how do feel you have improved since you started?

Well my blood pressure is down. I know no one else thinks about that, but I feel good. Sometimes I think I’m not going to live, but when I walk out I feel better. I feel good I've made it through the class.

You’re one of our more active clients, do you ever feel like you age deters you or motivates you more?

Once I got over the hump of probably being the oldest person there, I didn't feel like such a fish out of water. I just don't like to be a detriment to the class. My age is what is is; it doesn't deter or motivate me.

Has fitness always been a passion or is this a recent passion?

I've always tried to do something.  My mom had so many problems and they were all related to her weight; fact is she did it to herself. That had a huge impact on my life. She couldn’t do things with my kids; her only grandchildren. My mom was a huge motivating factor to my life to always keep doing something. I always walked.

What other fitness activities keep you active? 

As I got older, I did more to be active. I was biking until my bikes were stolen. I mostly just walk now with my three dogs. They're these mutts, kind of ugly and short looking and they act very bad; but I love them.

Tell us a fun fact about yourself. 

No. Nothing fun about me. I don’t even know what I would think about. I like to boat; I like to ski; I like to snorkel; I don’t like to scuba diving. Too claustrophobic. I don't know if any of that counts. Oh I thought of something else: I've seen "Wicked" 15 times.

What is your favorite post-workout snack or meal?

I don't really do any of that. I guess Starbucks ice tea. I visit my son at a Starbucks every Friday after TRX.

Do you have any advice for someone who is looking to start classes at SPIRE?

Just try it, ya know, and give it a decent shot. I liked it when I went for the first time, then I tried it for a month. Fall in love with the process. Everyone is so very nice, competent, friendly, welcoming, helpful. Give it a shot; you have nothing to lose. I don’t have any friends my age who live near by to recommend it to but I would.  I actually do the rowing class with my eyes close to stay focused on myself.  I always try to take my split time down and improve on that. 

What is your favorite way to relax?

Read. Read. Read. I would spend my life reading on the beach. We usually go down to the Caribbean but I just love beaches and reading.

What is one life lesson you would like to share with everyone? 

When you get older the only thing you regret is the things you haven’t tried to do.