Lucia Kennedy

Hi, I'm Lucia

What are skills or talents you have that people don’t know about you?
I enjoy making jewelry and playing word games for hours on end.
What is your “indulgent” meal?
Salmon Bruschetta at The Paddock . . .or Jumbo Lump MD Crab cakes – my mother’s were the best, having grown up in the DC/MD area.
What do you think are the best skills you bring to HHAC/Ballyhoo?
30 plus years of fitness experience, from High Impact Aerobics, and everything in-between until I started strictly teaching yoga in 1998. I have a wealth of knowledge which has allowed me to develop my own personal style of “Gentle” Yoga and I think I was ahead of the curve in the slow paced, meditative style I teach.
What is a goal you have for yourself that you want to accomplish in the next year?
Finalize some personal things in my life and downsize my home, continue to be a healthy and fit senior, and help and set the example for others in my age group.
What are you happiest doing, when you’re not working?
Enjoying my 3 Lynx point Bengal Boys. Spending time with my husband. Retail therapy
What are some causes you care about?
Animal rescue – I am involved in Kitten Rescue LA – I have friends all over the world on the Explore.org site, as well as supporting their cause and sponsoring cats and kittens. I have also rescued many cats, found home for some over the years.
What is your personal motto?
“Yesterday is history, tomorrow a mystery but today is your gift, your present.”
What inspires or motivates you?
Life, living in the moment, being kind and helping others. Over the years I have been both inspired and motivated by my students, from the early years of Impact Aerobics, step, pool, you name it I taught it. Now I see the has changed a lot over these many years and I have helped many achieve their goals to be more flexible and live their lives in the moment. What amazes me is that after all these years they still want to come. That to me is so personal and validating.
Who is your favorite sports hero?
I cannot think of any... I do admire younger instructors... I was once where they are, and I learn from them.
Do you prefer team or individual sports and why?
I am not into team sports, I enjoy Body Pump and Barre classes, as well as taking other yoga classes when possible. The younger instructors motivate me, and I feel no difference in the age factor.
What sport did you wish you knew how to play well?
I wish I as a better swimmer.
Who or what inspired you as a young athlete?
I was not a young athlete, as a teen I was heavy and didn’t like sports. It was not until my late 20s that I became involved in fitness, working out, weight training and aerobics.
Why have you chosen coaching/fitness as part of your career?
I worked and retired from WellSpan Behavioral Health (25 years), and during my tenure, continued to teach fitness classes (yoga only beginning in 1998) on Tues/Thurs mornings prior to going to work. I was able to balance both for all those years. It is amazing to me that members still want to take my class.
Who has influenced your coaching career?
The closest I have come to coaching is leading a group of wonderful members in multiple group fitness class settings.
What animal would best represent your athletic style – either as a player, instructor, or coach?
A long stretched out cat . . .being one of my Lynx Point Bengals would do.
What sports did you play growing up?
The closest I came to sports was swimming, riding my bike, roller skating and any group activities that our teachers had us do. I disliked PE.
If you could teach one professional athlete how to play your sport, who would it be and why?
I cannot think of any athlete, but I would want to help them learn to go to their Zen place.