In this month’s instructor spotlight we at the Downtown Y want to honor Vivian James. She is a staple at the Downtown YMCA and an example of instructor commitment and enthusiasm. She might be small but her personality is huge! It comes as no surprise that this is why she has such a loyal following of members that has spanned decades.
Viv has been teaching for the YMCA for 26 years. She got her start in her fitness career at Scandinavian in 1986 which eventually turned in Bally’s. She came to the YMCA of Central Ohio when she and a mutual friend who worked at the Ward YMCA went to a fitness convention in California and she met Monica Turner (our featured instructor in August who is also our current Training Director). Monica found out that Viv worked downtown and she was looking for instructor help at lunch time. The rest, they say, is history!
Vivian has taught just about every type of fitness class other than Yoga/Pilates (which she says is too quiet for her—if you know Viv, this isn’t surprising!). She currently teaches Cardio Blast (Monday’s at 12:30), HIIT (Wednesday’s at 12:30), Step, BodyPump (Thursday’s at 11:30) and Muscle Conditioning. You can also find Vivian at the North Branch on Tuesday nights and Saturday mornings!
Viv loves going to fitness conventions with fellow instructors, workout out until there’s no workout left in them, then enjoying time with those friends and doing it all over again the next day! Vivian has been a part of the Downtown Y family for over the last 3 decades, and to say we are thankful for her service here is an understatement. Next time you see Viv, do us a favor and tell her how great she is!