Body positivity and health coach, Emily Pendleton, has created a fitness group, Health Buddy System, that caters to all ages, experience and activity levels. These hour–long workouts are held every Saturday at McKinley Park, next to the tennis courts. Also good: they’re free.
The goal is more than getting a workout in. It’s about finding accountability partners who motivate you and help encourage you to be the best, healthiest, happiest version of yourself.
Pendleton has 10 years of experience with various types of gyms (including Olympic lifting, powerlifting, CrossFit, Strongman, Jiu-Jitsu, and Muay Thai) and knowledge on many different dietary templates. She doesn’t want just a business relationship with the people that come out, but a friendship that fosters mental and physical health and wellness, self-love and self-confidence.
“I want to help people find what they enjoy doing that’s active and focus on that, not on them being scared to try something new,” says Pendleton. “I want people to realize it’s a journey. Don’t try to lose weight quickly; let’s try to change your habits.”
The workouts for Health Buddy System are typically Tabata training, which means 30 to 40 seconds of work, with a small break between sets, for multiple rounds. She is able to adjust workouts to people’s limitations or injuries.
The next workouts will be Oct. 17, Nov. 7 and Nov. 14.