Meet Kelly Pults, MS, CGFI, LGI, the Aquatic Manager and Group Exercise Coordinator at the Valley Health Wellness and Fitness Center in Winchester, VA. Kelly has a MS in Sports and Recreation Management and has been at Valley Health for four years. She is also the 2018 MFA Rising Star for the South East Region.
Read on to learn how Kelly finds inspiration in her work…
What do you enjoy most about your work?
Inspiration-Every day I am inspired by members who persevere and triumph through challenging health conditions. Despite intense pain and multiple set-backs, our members remain committed to attending their exercise sessions. Our clients clearly show that physical activity has the power to transform health and well-being. Amazing accomplishments occur when members work hard and have a positive attitude. It’s awesome to see a 92 year old graduate to using a walker when she had previously used a wheelchair!
The passion and dedication of our staff to serve our members is also inspirational. We love to welcome new members and form connections with members. The ability to connect with and care for people goes beyond customer service-I love that I can actively touches lives and makes people feel special!
What one piece of advice would you give to those just coming into this field of medical fitness?
Be prepared to put in the work needed to establish policies & procedures, follow safety guidelines, measure outcomes, etc. When we have new staff, I caution them that we have many policies and procedures and uphold high-expectations for safety protocol. Seeing our staff perform seamlessly during major medical emergencies drives home the importance of why we follow medical fitness guidelines. Yes, it can be time-consuming, but it is worth it!
Why did you become a member of the Medical Fitness Association?
Being a part of a high-quality and researched-based organization is important to me. I appreciate that MFA has a healthy, well-rounded approach to all dimensions of wellness and focuses on taking care of the whole person. MFA’s guidelines ensure members have a safe, effective, and positive experience with wellness.
What did your facility gain by becoming certified by the Medical Fitness Association?
Our facility is first-rate and guests can tell the difference from a commercial gym immediately. Our members feel safe and know that our staff is the highest quality. Medical providers hold us in high regard and frequently refer patients to our facility. Medical providers are active users of the facility and have a vested interest in the facility and programs.
What do you like to do outside of work?
I have ridden horses since I was 8 years old, and recently discovered the sport of Ride and Tie. Ride and Tie consists of a team of 2 humans and 1 horse. One partner begins running down the trail while the other rides the horse. The partners alternate between running and riding for distances of 20-100 miles.