“We are excited to announce and welcome the newest Swimandsweat Instructor of the Month Jen Thuma! “Jen is a great instructor and always has a smile on her face. She gives a great work out and it is different every time. Bethany Village has several instructors, but Jen is the best and her classes are always full. She is the reason that so many of us come to her class.” - Theresa P.
Jen Thuma is originally from Lebanon, Pennsylvania and has been a water exercise instructor for more than 15 years. She currently teaches 6 classes per week that include Aqua Aerobics, Hydro Fusion a blend of Aerobic, Strength, Yoga, Pilates at Bethany Village Retirement Community, Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania. Jen received her certification through the AEA Aquatic Group Exercise and Silver Splash.
Jen was first introduced to water exercise in college during her internship at a rehabilitation center. After the internship, she began teaching water exercise at her first job. In the beginning she was teaching one aquatics class for a short time. Once taking on the aquatic coordinator position at another retirement community, she began teaching up to 10 classes per week.
Water exercise has improved her life in many ways. “I love the opportunities that water exercise provides for all people. I love introducing younger athletes to the world of aquatic exercise beyond lap swimming I have had the opportunity to teach an aquatic wellness course at a local college! I love that individuals who cannot comfortably do land exercise have found great freedom in how they can exercise in the water and have seen beneﬁts, some more than land exercise. One of the benefits for me personally, of being an aquatic instructor Is that it has given me unique opportunities to teach while also being home with my kids.” -Jen Thuma
“I’ve appreciated water exercise/aerobics for many years. I believe that you cannot get the same type of benefit from any other type of exercise! Balance, strength, endurance, overall fitness, and improved mental health are just some of the good things that I get from Water Exercise.
When you combine the above positives with Jen’s talents as an instructor, the results are truly transforming. Jen is creative; she mixes up the routines and music. She is a born teacher, making her thoughtful lesson plans flow easily and seamlessly. Jen enthusiastically combines dance, yoga, stretching and calisthenics so that class participants are always having fun while working out!
The pandemic has prevented our classes meeting for several months now, and I am more than “missing” our workouts, I feel bereaved without them! I can’t wait till we can return to the pool and Jen’s encouraging, capable presence.”-Pat D.
I have been taking water exercises for the past 12 years (3 times a week). I have had many instructors, but none can compare to Jen Thuma, who teaches at Bethany Village in Mechanicsburg, PA. Jen teaches her classes to seniors who reside in the retirement community of Bethany Village, Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania, as well as community members who are both men and women in the senior age group. Her classes are amazingly creative and very well-choreographed. When she began teaching us, we were a varied group of capabilities. Over the 3 years I have been with Jen she has raised the fitness level of the group by challenging us with new moves and always motivating us to enjoy the classes and get a great workout. Jen always uses music that draws you into the class and her well thought out moves give our bodies a thorough workout. She is a master at giving cues for exercises and always gives options for those who need something different, whether because of physical limitations or because they want more of a challenge. The choreography of the classes varies, so we never get bored and the routines are fun! I always look forward to coming to class - even in the cold winter when it takes more effort to get ready before and after using the pool. I recently moved into another nearby retirement community with a state-of-the-art wellness center, including a saltwater pool. I made the decision to leave Jen's classes since I live in the building where the pool is located. Unfortunately, the level of instruction in my pool is nowhere near the quality that Jen offers, and so I am returning to her classes at Bethany Village. I have missed her classes and quality of instruction so much.
“Jen is so deserving of "instructor of the month" from swimandsweat. In fact, in my opinion, she is Instructor of the YEAR!” -Debbie K.
Thank you, Jen for all that you do to inspire and motivate our water exercise community!”