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So what resolutions do

Fitness instructors have


209 staff reporter

Even fitness instructors make New Year’s resolutions.

Take Sheila Brock, for example.  The indoor cycling instructor at the University of the Pacific is planning to add the Human Improvement Project – or HIP209 – to her workload for 2016.

“Oh yeah, I also want six-pack abs,” she said.

HIP209 is still a work in progress scheduled to open soon. A positive motivator, Brock was tabbed by the owners to teach the indoor cycling classes.

Besides UOP, she has a strong following from those who have taken her classes over the years at fitness clubs in Stockton and Lodi.

Once upon a time, Brock, 29, was no different from those who use the coming of a new year to commit to losing weight, getting into better shape or even eating better.

“It wasn’t a New Year’s resolution that motivated me,” she said from the 53,000-square-foot facility with an indoor 200-meter track and padded sports turf.

Her journey into fitness began four years ago. She had weighed in at 140 pounds during the pregnancy of her second child, Eva. The former competitive cheerleader for Gym Stars Gymnastics in Stockton was consistently at 110 pounds.

Brock enjoyed eating junk food – cheeseburgers are still a weakness – and drinking sodas.

She became inspired to join a gym upon taking notice of her neighbors, who often raved about “spin” classes.

“They looked great,” recalled Brock, who soon joined her nearby In-Shape health club.

For three months, she committed into a fitness regiment consisting of running to the gym, doing indoor cycling, and a better diet.

“I was eating healthier, cleaner,” said Brock, who cut out sugar from her diet and substituted lemon water for soda.

She still had her three meals a day – breakfast consisted strictly of oatmeal mixed in with fruit (no sugar), with a turkey sandwich for lunch and fish, salad, and a hardboiled egg for dinner. “I’d have a piece of fruit or vegetable for a snack,” said Brock, who also juggled motherhood in the mix.

It was from the gym that she drew inspiration from her instructors, who urged her to become an indoor cycling teacher.

Brock was a natural when it came to the group fitness class consisting of a stationary bike and set to music. This cardiovascular workout is one of low impact on the joints and focuses on endurance, strength and intervals.

“There is no limit – you are the only limit,” she said.

Brock, who has been indoor cycling instructor for over two years, encourages folks with health-related resolution to stay focused on their goals.


“Consistency is the key to getting the results you want,” she said.