For Susan Watkins and her two daughters, fitness isn’t just a career. It’s family.
Susan’s been on the Columbia Basin Racquet Club team for 30 years. And during that time, she taught everything from kickboxing and step to Pilates and stretch and essentially raised Audra Byrd and Tiffany Kinney at CBRC.
Audra, who is the water aerobics supervisor and aqua lite instructor, says taking her mom’s aerobics classes inspired her to study health and physical education in college. She’s been with CBRC for 17 years now and is proud to have followed in her mom’s footsteps.
With seven children of her own, Audra says her job also helps with her parenting: “Exercise makes me a better mom and wife and gives me the energy to tackle everything else I need to do in my day.”
The same holds true for Tiffany. As a personal trainer, food coach, and group fitness instructor, she thrives on the energy and accomplishments of her clients and coworkers. Knowing her mom and sister carry the same passion makes her work all that much more gratifying.
Tiffany loves that “at any moment I know I can turn around and see someone from my family smiling and waving at me. We encourage each other and support each other always. There’s nothing like the feeling of a family who constantly loves you and has your back.”
Audra and Tiffany appreciate the consistent and casual interaction they have at work and value that their children play together in Kid’s Club. Susan takes satisfaction in knowing her grandchildren are learning the same healthy habits she instilled in her daughters.
In addition to working at CBRC, these three women share a commitment to the community. They’re active in their church, volunteer at Homelink school, and participate in regular community service. As a nurse, Susan cares for children on life support. Audra supports ARC of the Tri-Cities and Tiffany mentors teen girls and coaches youth sports at the YMCA.
The same dedication they have to each other is what they bring to their teaching and training. Susan loves CBRC because she knows it has something to offer everyone and she believes “exercising makes people happier.”
Their approach to work and life is just one of the reasons why CBRC is a comfortable and supportive environment. Susan, Audra, and Tiffany know that what they do every day – both at home and at the gym – is part of a journey that creates real and lasting change in peoples’ lives.
Whether you take one of their group fitness classes, schedule a personal training session, create a nutrition plan, or simply cross paths with them at the Deli, you will immediately feel like you’re a member of the family, too.
by Jana Kay Lunstad