New coach to lead new class

Colleen Boley, an expert lifter, will lead a new class, to be offered at 9:15 a.m. on Monday and Wednesdays beginning in January. (We plan/hope to offer substitutions in each other’s classes, assuming we can sort it out.)

colleenColleen, 31, has been lifting 15 years, and regularly practices the competition lifts (the clean-and-jerk and the snatch). She recently completed the USA Weightlifting first-level training course for coaches and has helped coach weightlifting for the Lawrence High girls’ volleyball team.

“I always enjoyed weightlifting, and I really enjoy working with people,” Colleen said when asked why she wanted to coach weightlifting. She noted that she has continued to lift because “it’s really great exercise and it really has made me stronger over the years.” Plus, she added, lifting has given her the chance to work out with and get to know “a great group of people.”

Colleen also appreciates the benefits of weightlifting for people of all ages. She started lifting as a teenager on the recommendation of her aunt. Now, Colleen’s brother, mother and father all lift, and her grandmother lifted for about five years during her 80s.

“It really helped with her balance, coordination and sense of well-being,” she said.

A former competitive swimmer, Colleen teaches five water fitness classes through the Lawrence Parks & Recreation Department. She also works as media manager at First United Methodist Church and as a freelance website designer. Her academic background includes a bachelor’s degree in social justice and social change and a master’s involving media and conflict.

Colleen will operate her classes independently, but at least for her initial session she will follow the same calendar, fees etc. as Janet. If you are interested in enrolling in Colleen’s class or know someone who might be interested, please contact us.