GETTING TO KNOW JIM DAVIS: CLUB PRESIDENT & DEANNE DAVIS: PUBLICITY COORDINATOR [MajorKeys.org]

WEBSITE:   www.MajorKeys.org

FACEBOOK PAGE: Major Keys Square Dance Club

INSTAGRAM: majorkeyssquaredance

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IMG_2805 (2)What is Major Keys Square Dance Club?

We are a fun, friendly, non-profit social organization that has been in Whittier since 1973.  We are excited to share the love of square dancing with everyone and help continue the tradition of California’s official state folk-dance by teaching classes, holding monthly dances, doing demonstrations and special events.

Who are Jim and Deanne Davis?

Jim is the current club president for Major Keys, and Deanne is the publicity coordinator.  We have been with the club since 2010 and we want everyone to have as much fun as we do, and enjoy all the benefits of square dancing.

What are the physical benefits of square dancing?

It is great aerobic exercise, equal to hiking about 3-5 miles. It strengthens and tones muscles and loosens joints, but is low-impact with less risk of injury than other types of sports or activities.  It also improves flexibility, balance and coordination.  

What are the mental benefits of square dancing?

Recent studies show that square dancing reduces the effects of aging on your brain.  The combination of exercise with listening, learning, memory recall, quick reaction time, and social interaction uniquely stimulates the brain’s synapses and prevents the loss of white-matter better than any other type of exercise or mental activity tested.  Square dancing also reduces stress, enhances mood, induces laughter, and provides a mental challenge and satisfaction like solving a puzzle.  It helps develop listening skills, and sharpens your ability to focus and pay attention.  

What are the social benefits of square dancing?

In square dancing you develop a large circle of friends which provides an antidote to isolation or depression. You can forget your troubles as you “dance your cares away.” It develops teamwork and cooperation rather than competition.  It is an activity where family and friends of all ages can participate together. And it promotes a sense of community as people from all different cultures, backgrounds and demographics, whose paths might not otherwise cross, can interact in a fun way and build positive relationships.

What do you like about square dancing?

Jim: It’s easier for me than other types of dancing. It doesn’t matter so much where your feet go, if you start with your left or right foot, or if you are standing with your weight on your toe or your heel.  All you have to do is get your body to a certain place in the formation.  The caller tells you where to go, so you don’t have to remember the choreography.  The other dancers are really helpful too, and we all like to be goofy and have a good time.

How did you become interested in square dancing?

Deanne: When I was a little girl I remember looking over a railing to a plaza down below where a square dance was taking place. I could see the swirling colors and patterns of the ladies’ skirts as they twirled around, while the men seemed to magically float among them on a moving kaleidoscope ocean. The music was playing and everyone was laughing and clapping. I was mesmerized, and from that moment I knew I wanted to square dance.

How does someone learn to square dance?

We offer a beginner’s class on Thursdays from 7-9 pm, starting in September through Whittier Parks and Recreation.  No experience is needed, and no partner is required. It just takes practice. After 18 weeks, dancers are ready to “graduate” at the Mainstream level and will be able to attend dances locally and all over the world.  Some people choose to go on learning more advanced square dance levels.  Most are having so much fun they invite their friends and continue attending class on Thursday nights as “angels” to help a new set of dancers learn Mainstream.  Another beginner class will start in February.  If someone misses the first or second class, they can still join because the lessons are reviewed every week.

What problems do you see in society today?

Our society has become so isolated. People spend so much time connected to electronics and social media.  I wish everyone would just unplug those things once in a while and connect  to real people.  People are designed to live in community and interact with each other. We have so much to offer one another: a smile, a hug, a hand-shake, hearing someone say your name and give you affirmation.  These are simple things that we all need, yet we are starving ourselves of them, or looking in the wrong places.  Square dancing is a way to meet that need for connection in a safe, family-friendly atmosphere.

What could Whittier do to help promote square dancing?

Square dancing is so beneficial, I would love to see it offered in schools again.  It would be great as a college PE class, and a fun after-school program or activity for younger students. As a community, I would like to see square dancing taking place in parks or outdoor venues where it would be more visible and accessible to everyone, maybe at a street-fair, at concerts in the park, or at a shopping center.  I wish there was an old barn or building with a big wood floor that could be converted into a dance hall, that hundreds of folks from Whittier would be brave enough to try it and discover they love square dancing!

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GETTING TO KNOW JESSE MERCADO, OWNER OF CROSSFIT “B.A.M”

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WEBSITE: CROSSFITBAM.COM

FACEBOOK PAGE: https://www.facebook.com/crossfitbam14

INSTAGRAM: CROSSFIT_BAM

TWITTER: @CROSSFIT_BAM

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GETTING TO KNOW JESSE MERCADO; OWNER OF CROSSFIT “B.A.M”

What is your favorite thing about your career/company?

Seeing a member of my “BAMily”  get excited about something new they accomplished that they couldn’t do before. Also BAM stands for “BEYOND ALL MEASURE”.

What motivated you to start your company (a little history)

Both my parent’s own their own businesses and I  always wanted to do things my own way and have my own schedule.

What is your proudest accomplishment?

Seeing my members get along and become friends both inside and outside the gym.

What is the best feature or item from your company?

The atmosphere, you don’t feel left out or alone. People introduce themselves to you and make you feel like you’re part of a family.

How would your friends describe you?

Kind, Silly, Funny, Down to Earth, Geeky, Easy to get along with, Lovable, Caring, Weird.

What are your hobbies?

Reading Manga and watching Anime on Crunchyroll or on Funimation.

List two pet peeves.

People who say, “I can’t” and the chalk bucket being spilled on the floor.

Where do you see yourself in five years?

In the facility of my dreams coaching and helping Children, Teens and Adults get fitter than they currently are. Also in charge of the Physical Education program for the ABC Unified School District.

If you could go back in time to change one thing, what would it be?

Find an Olympic Lifting Coach to help fix my technique so i could’ve been even more efficient and stronger by now.

If you could share a meal with any 4 individuals, living or dead, who would they be?

Josh Bridges, Donny Garriott, Fo Dominguez, Jesus Mercado.

GETTING TO KNOW THE OWNERS OF CROSSFIT RESOLUTE

 

 

 

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Owners:
• Jesse Gallegos & Silvia Aldrete
• Michelle Nunez
• Yvette Pasillas
• Nick & Lucy Spencer
• Alex & Vivian Villanueva

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WEBSITE: www.Crossfit-Resolute.com

FACEBOOK PAGE: Crossfit Resolute

INSTAGRAM: CrossfitResoluteWhittier

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BIO: We all come from very different professional backgrounds, but have all done CrossFit for years both together and individually. We love CrossFit and wanted to bring a new facility to the area that was like no other, that promoted a healthy lifestyle, that brought together the community in a positive and supportive environment, and that inspired people of all backgrounds to challenge themselves mentally and physically.

What is your favorite thing about your company?
Our Members are number 1! We are all avid CrossFit athletes and it excites us to share its many benefits with our community, while building a member base that treats each other like family.

What motivated you to start your Cross-Fit Gym?
After years of doing CrossFit both individually and together, we all came together to start our own box because we wanted to deliver the best CrossFit experience to our community. We all come from different professional backgrounds, but our love for CrossFit unites us in a way that is truly unique. We believe our Members are number 1 and we all work hard toward providing a well-rounded health and fitness environment that is supportive and inspiring.

What is your proudest accomplishment?
Opening our doors was our very first accomplishment. It was a tough job getting the facility ready and maneuvering through the unexpected hurdles. Today, we are so proud of the community that is forming. We reached our first target membership goal in only three months, and the word is steadily spreading about our facility, coaches, programming, and community.

What is the best feature of your gym?
There really are too many to pick one, but hands down our Members are the heart and soul of our box (gym in CrossFit)! We offer an environment that promotes a healthy lifestyle, positive vibes, encouragement to reach your goals, and support when the workouts get tough. Also, our coaches are amazing! They also come from different backgrounds, but their passion for CrossFit is unrivaled. You can count on them to teach you proper technique, correct you when necessary, push you to go harder, and ensure that you get the most out of every WOD (workout of the day). Lastly, we can’t leave out our kids area which we added because we know how hard it can be to find time to work out when you have little ones. The kids love the chalkboard wall, it’s filled with fun toys, and the kids are visible at all times!

What is CrossFit?
Whether you’re a beginner or an accomplished athlete, you’ll love our workouts! CrossFit is all about constantly varied, high intensity, functional movements, which can all be scaled to your personal fitness level, while under the supervision of our experienced coaches. Gain strength, power, endurance, get in the best shape of your life, and have fun doing it! But CrossFit isn’t only about coming in and getting a great workout. Have we mentioned our community yet? It’s extremely important to us! Not only can you expect your physical fitness to reach new heights, you may also find yourself competing in CrossFit competitions or Spartan/Mud Run races with us. We also host many events throughout the year that bring our members together from holiday celebrations, beach days, bbq’s, paint n’ sip parties, and much more! At Crossfit Resolute we are family!

What do we offer?
In addition to our regular Crossfit classes, we also offer Olympic lifting technique classes, RomWod (a class designed to help you rehab and recover your sore muscles), Fit Kids classes, and nutritional guidance. Also, we are still offering our introductory rates and offer additional discounts to military, law enforcement/first responders, medical professionals, teachers, and family! Call us to find out more.

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GETTING TO KNOW JAYLENE IANNINI OF ~ ACT FITNESS ACADEMY ~ [PERSONAL TRAINER]

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FACEBOOK PAGE:  www.facebook.com/actfitnessacademy

INSTAGRAM:  @actfitnessacademy

PODCAST:  ACT Fitness Radio

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BIO:  My name is Jaylene. Before finding fitness as a passion I was already desperately in need of it. Growing up, no one talked to me about nutrition, activity, or good posture. I ate whatever we had and walked, slouched, leaned, and rested however my body felt comfortable. As a result, this led to me developing a spinal deviation condition called Scoliosis. Years of bad habits gave birth to consequences that I still have to navigate through to this day, including back pain, a lack of symmetry, and constant modifications to basic exercises to improve my condition. Fitness has helped me to not only improve my scoliosis, but I look better, I feel better, and I am now capable of doing so many amazing things like running and rock climbing that I would not have been able to do before! So now I want to help you. I overcame my obstacle, what is yours? I want to help you conquer your goals, improve your overall health, and help you realize that you too are capable of doing great things with your body. When you’re ready, lets get started!

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What is your favorite thing about your career/company?
​What is most rewarding to me as a Personal Fitness Trainer, is seeing people physically get well; seeing progress and the joy on peoples face when they no longer have pain, when they don’t have to take medication anymore and/or are able to do things they weren’t before.

What motivated you to start your company?

​Improving my spine has always been the drive in my training, many times i really wanted to give up because I felt there was no hope since I am so hindered, but Adam has really challenged me beyond that to help me see and feel that I can make progress and it is possible. Seeing the change myself drives me to keep going.

What is your proudest accomplishment?
​Training my grandmother has been my proudest accomplishment. Years ago she was in a bad car accident and broke her collar bone. Since then she has been catering to her weak side, unable and unwilling to challenge those ligaments and muscles; as a result, not being able to touch her back at all. After a short time together, she is now able to touch her back!

What is the best feature or item from your company?

​Muscles? Haha!!

How would your friends describe you?

  • ​Dependable
  • Outgoing
  • Compassionate

What are your hobbies?

  • ​Coffee
  • Netflix
  • Food

List two pet peeves.

​I really try to not have pet peeves. I’ve found that they are not beneficial to my life or my line of work. Having pet peeves weigh me down; life has enough worries in one day.

Where do you see yourself in five years?

​In 5 years, Adam and I truly desire to own our own gym!

If you could go back in time to change one thing, what would it be?

​I would change not one thing. All the things I’ve experienced, all I’ve learned, all the mistakes I’ve made have lead me to the person I am today. Thinking about what could have or should have been is another weight I’d rather not carry. 😉

If you could share a meal with any 4 individuals, living or dead, who would they be?

  • ​Jesus Christ
  • Rachel McAdams
  • Judy Garland
  • Tennessee Williams

 

GETTING TO KNOW DR. KERRY WOODS

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WEBSITE: www.woodschiropractic.com

FACEBOOK PAGE: www.facebook.com/woodschiropractic/

INSTAGRAM: Kerry Woods

TWITTER:  @drkwoods

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BIO:  Dr. Kerry Woods

Dr. Kerry Woods, Chiropractor Whittier

Dr. Kerry Woods

When I was growing up I loved my skateboard. I rode it almost every day along Whittier Blvd. past the shops, including the Chiropractor who had been there from before I was born. His office always intrigued me and I would often peek inside wondering what it would be like to be a Chiropractor.

I never thought I really “needed care”

As the years passed, my family often went to the Chiropractor for various problems but I never really “needed care,” so I thought…

My sophomore year at La Habra High School was pivotal. That year we had the compulsory health class. The very first day my friend bet me lunch that he would get a higher score in the class. Well, I was up for the challenge since I already had a good knowledge of anatomy. After all was said and done I owed him a lunch even though we both got an A+. Now all this knowledge of human health had my wheels of excitement turning and so I finished High School with a lot of Biology under the belt.

What I really wanted was to help people without drugs and surgery

In 1983, I was accepted to Fullerton State University and declared my major to be human Biology. My next big pivotal moment came when depression over my younger sister’s untimely death was hampering my grades and a well known professor, Dr. Miles McCarthy, called me to his office to ask me what was wrong. He helped me greatly and found out that what I really wanted was to help people, but I wanted to do that naturally. I already knew I did not want to get into the sickness model of drugs and surgery. He immediately said, “How bout Chiropractic?” Something told me he was right, something inside me felt this is what I was waiting for, someone to push me down the right path.

In 1987, I was accepted to Los Angeles College of Chiropractic and my dream began to unfold before me. To say it was tough would be an understatement, but I pressed on. I quickly became interested in Radiology, Physiology, Neurology, Instrumentation and Athletic performance enhancement. I graduated in 1990 at the top of my class in clinical skills. I was the first student to complete my internship out of 170. Now I could work outside of school with other Doctors. I soon found the well known Dr. Reeves, who took me under her wing and showed me the ropes of caring for work and auto accident injuries. I quickly became well know for my ability to handle these kinds of cases and was getting great results. I loved it, but I knew something was missing.

Ongoing training and education are so important to me

In 1992, I bought the practice and took it over solo. I enrolled in many educational seminars and to this day thrive on learning and staying on the cutting edge. Since then I have been fortunate to meet and train under many very well known Doctors and the worlds best health experts. I have learned that what I do was not by accident and that health is built into each one of us. We are God’s creation and that design is to be trusted and not overlooked. Slowly I have become a Wellness expert and I love very much the privilege of helping people this way, it truly is a joy.

It is absolutely unbelievable that today I look through the window and see children skateboard past the same office I did over 30 years ago, only now I’m that Doctor.

Dr. Woods has been married to Robyn for over 28 years and they have one child, Summer, who was born at home without drugs and has never had an antibiotic or vaccination. (If that sounds interesting ask Dr. Woods to explain!)

Dr. Woods is very active and leads a very congruent life with what he teaches and believes. He is an avid oenology authority and lecturer, a gourmet cook and organic food nut. He loves playing the piano, scuba diving, playing hockey and doing triathlon

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10 QUESTIONS: GETTING TO KNOW DR. WOODS!!

When was the KEY “moment”  in your life that made you choose Chiropractic?

In 1983, I was accepted to Fullerton State University and declared my major to be human Biology. My next big pivotal moment came when depression over my younger sister’s untimely death was hampering my grades and a well known professor, Dr. Miles McCarthy, called me to his office to ask me what was wrong. He helped me greatly and found out that what I really wanted was to help people, but I wanted to do that naturally. I already knew I did not want to get into the sickness model of drugs and surgery. He immediately said, “How bout Chiropractic?” Something told me he was right, something inside me felt this is what I was waiting for, someone to push me down the right path.

In 1987, I was accepted to Los Angeles College of Chiropractic and my dream began to unfold before me.

What is your proudest accomplishment?

Being featured in the newspapers several times for accomplishments with patients and being able to represent Chiropractic.

Do you have any unique skills or services as a Doctor of Chiropractic?

Great adjuster for all ages, nutritional skills, meditation and guided imagery expert.

How would your friends describe you?  

Outgoing, motivated, tireless

What are your hobbies?

Playing Hockey, Brewing beers and collecting wines, hiking

List two pet peeves and what is your biggest complaint about your job?  

Difficulties with insurance companies & the general public perception of Chiropractic is frequently incongruent with what we really do.

What sports do you follow if any, and why?  

Hockey, its FAST, competitive and its in my genes

Where do you see yourself in five years?

 Helping many more people in several capacities and traveling the world.

If you could go back in time to change one thing, what would it be?  

Quitting ASHP. Landmark and ACN earlier

If you could share a meal with any 4 individuals, living or dead, who would they be and why?

BJ Palmer, obvious reasons , he was genius and a Disruptor!

Candace Pert, Fascinating knowledge of human emotion, her discoveries were life changing.

Elon Musk, to hear the future from a true Disruptor

Wayne Dyer, to be able to learn more peace.