From her corner office just off the track and exercise floor, HealthPoint Fitness Manager Amy Sutherlin, MSA, ACSM, EP-C, watches members as they walk or run the track and work out. She also sees people making positive changes, becoming more comfortable with themselves and gaining confidence. And that’s what it is all about, she believes.
“I want to make sure our members are having positive experiences with our fitness team and group exercise classes,” Amy says. “We see members of all ages and fitness stages working to have a healthier lifestyle, and that’s very fulfilling.”
Amy is no stranger to the fitness scene. She started a personal training business when she moved to the Cape/Jackson area 22 years ago. She also taught classes at a local fitness center, eventually becoming the group exercise coordinator. Because there is always more to learn, Amy earned her Master’s degree in Exercise Science and Administration at Southeast Missouri State University. When the Fitness Manager position opened up at HealthPoint Fitness, then under construction, Amy was encouraged to apply. “I instantly knew I had found my work family,” she says with a smile. “I was attracted to the position because it included group exercise and also the fitness staff. In order for a facility to be successful, these two departments must work together to ensure our members receive optimal benefits. This is the fifth fitness center I have worked at and the teamwork and connection that is here among the staff is unlike anything I’ve experienced. It truly is a family atmosphere.”
In her role as Fitness Manager, Amy oversees and provides guidance to the fitness staff and group exercise instructors and helps develop programming for HealthPoint. She also enjoys teaching classes, including RPM Indoor Cycling, BODYPUMP and BODYFLOW. Amy just earned her 200-hour Yoga certification training and will start a beginning Yoga class on January 14.
Amy’s passion for fitness comes from her belief that “fitness is a journey. It’s not a one size fits all. It’s so gratifying to see people working toward, and achieving, fitness goals. That’s what keeps all of our team excited. And that’s the best form of job satisfaction.”
Does Amy have member success stories. She does – a lot of them. “It’s hard to nail down just one or two, but when we make a difference in the quality of life for someone, that’s all that really matters.”