When I set out to do a series of posts on what inspires me in the area of health and wellness, I knew I would be doing a key post about Kim Rhodes Boose. Kim is the Queen of group fitness at the Asheville Racquet Club. She is my fitness guru, as well as the fitness guru of dozens, if not hundreds, of people in the area. Kim is the ass kicking fitness trainer, crazy partying partner in crime, nagging mom, sympathetic shoulder to cry on, no bullshit drill sergeant, soon to be third time grandma – all in one package.
When I arrived here in Asheville, I thought I was pretty fit. I’ve been an athlete most of my life, and have always enjoyed a good ass kicking workout. I ran, and ran, and ran, and ran. I did a couple of strength-cardio type programs including The Firm and Tapout, but I mostly ran. I met a new friend through my children’s school, who invited me to go running. She and a group of other girls ran from the Racquet Club. After running with them a time or two, I found myself inside the club, taking classes.
At first, the move to Asheville was a big adjustment. I had to be the emotional rock for my kids adjusting to a new school, and my husband adjusting to a very sharp learning curve at work. We were living in a small apartment, and all of our things were pieced together in storage lockers across Western North Carolina and Upper East Tennessee. I admit, some days I didn’t want to get up. If I could only drag my butt to Kim’s class, I left feeling like a new woman.
It was like going to a party every day. Her spin classes were mesmerizing with disco balls flashing in each corner of the room, coupled with a well thought out soundtrack that would never disappoint. Whether the theme was country, pop, Katy Perry, classic rock, Eighties Wrap, Bon Jovi, or “blonde bombshell,” each song was timed to a cadence which felt like a choreographed Beyoncé dance sequence on a bike. Her strength classes were full of jokes, laughter, and an equally strategic party blueprint. I would surprisingly wake up the next morning with a thigh and butt burn making it hard to climb stairs.
Kim also welcomed me into the group as if I was an old friend. She celebrated my strengths as well as my quirks. When she found out that I was a chef, and that I would be cooking for many of her clients, she celebrated me as if I was a James Beard award winner. She told everyone to buy into my services, before she had even tasted any of my food.
Kim Boose has taken my fitness to another plane. She’s prompted me to focus on my core strength, leaving me a well-oiled machine, rather than a tall question mark who runs up mountains. While training for my fourth marathon two years ago, she taught me the importance of being truly total body fit. In previous marathons and endurance runs, I had thought that the important training was in the miles slogged on the ground. I enjoyed that challenge of the long events, but the last couple had left me physically sick – with vomiting, or major G.I. issues for several days. The recovery from the events would be rugged as well. Several days of not feeling like doing much at all.
This time was different, however. I had hitched my car to the full steam locomotive called Kim Rhodes Boose. Instead of running 6-7 days, I ran three days. Two mid-distance runs, and one long run. The other days I would attend Kim’s spinning, weight, and cardio classes. I also tried to fit in some yoga – at least twice a week. Kim confronted me a few days before the marathon, and asked me how I felt. I told her I was apprehensive about getting sick again. Kim’s reaction was that she would hear none of that bullshit! It was going to be different this time. I was truly fit, and I was going to crush that marathon. I walked away ready to run.
Sure enough. Kim was right. I did crush that marathon with a personal best time of well under four hours. The recovery was much better as well. I was back in class, spinning away to the beat in a couple of days.
Kim has helped me take fitness to a new and different level. She has taught me that exercise should not be a chore – it should be a party every day. She is an expert in several different types of exercise training who has years of experience and a wealth of knowledge. Her classes are always different from the last, and they are always fun. I have never seen signs of burn-out in her, or for that matter, even a bad day. She is so much more than a fitness trainer. She empowers us, by celebrating us, and reminding us to always love ourselves. She remembers everyone’s birthday, and dedicates a spin class to them; again with a well-planned, appropriate soundtrack for that person. She shares lessons not only of fitness, but of life. She teaches us the most important life lessons – to celebrate each moment, take nothing for granted, and to…”stand up straight, hold your head up, shoulders back, tummy in!” …just like my Momma always told me.
To find out more about Kim’s personal and group training services, go to the Asheville Racquet Club’s website