Former Redwood City Mayor Georgi LaBerge, and her husband, Warren Dale, pastor at the Woodside Road United Methodist Church, share a deep love for one another and for Redwood City. They’re the perfect pair who constantly give. They give to one another and they have a long, rich history of giving back to Redwood City, the community they love and have called home for many years.
Georgi and Warren have been members at Sequoia YMCA for over 10 years. They have both been active in our EnhanceFitness class for the last year and a half. Georgi also leads the weekly power walking group on Tuesday mornings. Last month they both participated in the Huntsman World Senior Games bringing home gold medals! Georgi received gold medals in power walking in the 3K and 5K race and a silver medal in the 1500 meter race in the 80 – 84 age category. Warren received a gold medal in volleyball in the 76 and over age category and silver in the 73 and over volleyball competition. Both give credit to EnhanceFitness.
At the senior games they have health screenings for all the athletes, this year the screenings showed that Georgi’s balance was much improved. She gives credit to the class for this improvement and wants to continue to work on it this year. She plans to continue EnhanceFitness to help with her balance and overall fitness. “One of the greatest benefits of the exercises in the class is that it helps with all parts of the body including wrists ankles, neck – many of the areas you don’t think about. It really helps to loosen and strengthen all parts of my body.”
Warren describes volleyball as a sport where you are constantly moving and reacting to where the ball is, so you never know what muscles you will be using. It requires great eye-hand coordination. The class has helped him tone and strengthen almost all the muscles in the body. He has found himself able to react to the ball and set up for offensive and defensive positions. “The class also helps me maintain my defensive and offensive ‘squats’. You have to be low – the lower you can go, the better you can make the play and move the ball to the proper place, or cover someone else’s strategic move.”
For Warren he has been able to take some of the stretches and make use of them during the week of the games and particularly at tournament play. In addition, the chair exercises help him stay loose when he is helping courtside as umpire for the other volleyball games.
Impressed? Come join Georgi and learn power walking on Tuesdays at 8:00 at Woodside High track, or join them on Mondays and Wednesday at EnhanceFitness at 7:45 a.m. here at Sequoia Y. If you see them in the halls, say congrats on their medals at the Huntsman Games.