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Cardio kickboxing video debuts at JBLM's Jensen

Northwest Guardian

Published: 01:39PM July 3rd, 2014

Due to increased demand, Jensen Family Health and Fitness Center on JBLM Lewis Main held a grand viewing of a new cardio kickboxing workout video June 26, starring head instructor Sharon Morejon and some of the course’s regular patrons.

The idea of a 35-minute video first came to Morejon and Jensen’s facility manager, Minerva Hohaia, last November after receiving feedback through JBLM’s Interactive Customer Evaluation system from clients who wanted an afternoon cardio-kickboxing class.

Morejon works during the morning and leaves in the early afternoon, so the question Hohaia became, “How do we make a second Sharon?”

“And cloning is not an option right now,” Morejon said.

Since then, a lot of planning went into the choreography and technical aspects of the film. They scheduled a time to film the workout at the Training Audiovisual Support Center, now called the Enterprise Multimedia Center on Lewis Main, and gathered music for the video.

Morejon trained four students who joined her in filming the video in May, working on the routine after morning classes at Jensen.

Hohaia said it looks like a professional workout video, but with people you know and recognize from Jensen rather than celebrities.

“Now we’re not looking in the mirror,” Morejon said. “We’re the mirror image of those who are watching us.”

She said she hopes the local touch makes it more meaningful for Jensen patrons.

“It’s something people can relate to,” she said. “They’re familiar with me, the class and the people who are in it.”

One familiar face on the video is Isabel Gourdine, who used aerobic programs at Jensen like cardio kickboxing as therapy to help her survive her battle with cancer.

Gourdine said the hardest things about the filming were the lights and cameras.

“I’m a shy type of person, but being part of this is helping me get out of my shell,” Gourdine said.

The first workout using the video attracted more than 40 people, slightly more than the average of 25-40 cardio-kickboxing enthusiasts Morejon normally instructs.

The video will be available for a once-a-week class at 4:30 p.m. on Wednesdays at Jensen’s upstairs cardio room. For now, it’s the only workout video offered at Jensen.

If this workout video is as successful as expected, the Jensen staff plans to film more and making them available for use any time, allowing clients to fit workouts into their schedules at their convenience.

“We wanted to see how well it would go before we invested more into it,” Morejon said. “We discussed that if it did go well, we could do this for the other classes that don’t have instructors.”