Margaret Agnew has been a fitness instructor for 34 years — the last 14 teaching SilverSneakers classes in Arvada for Apex Parks and Recreation District. He students describe her as flexible, …
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Margaret Agnew has been a fitness instructor for 34 years — the last 14 teaching SilverSneakers classes in Arvada for Apex Parks and Recreation District.
He students describe her as flexible, positive, encouraging, enthusiastic, caring and easy to identify with.
“Margaret is just one of the best instructors I have ever been to,” said Gloria Terry, who attends Agnew’s yoga and circuit classes. “And she is so caring. She’s just a great person.”
This year Agnew’s students nominated her to be the SilverSneakers Instructor of the Year.
And out of 36,000 nominations, Agnew came out on top earning the national honor.
“I’m overwhelmed,” Agnew said of the award. “But I’m also just so delighted because I love the SilverSneakers program. My people are fabulous.”
SilverSneakers is a free fitness program for seniors. In Arvada, classes are hosted at the Apex Community Recreation Center and the Apex Center. Agnew teaches nine SilverSneakers classes a week ranging from circuit to yoga and weight lifting, which reaches about 500 senior residents. She teaches a total of 15 classes a week at Apex.
“You’re touching a lot of lives Margaret and it shows here today,” Jeff Glenn, Apex board president, said June 19 at an awards ceremony. At the ceremony, held in Arvada, more than 250 SilverSneakers members attended to honor Agnew.
“The thanks today go to Margaret for representing us and contributing to our community,” Glenn said. “We are blessed to have you.”
Agnew’s dedication to the SilverSneakers community and the lasting impression on her members earned her the national award.
“You’re passionate and inspiring,” said Paul Wimer, chief experience officer at Tivity Health, which runs the SilverSneakers program. “You epitomize the energy and character that instructors in SilverSneakers want to have.”
For Agnew it’s all about being herself and doing what she loves.
“I’m a senior too, so we help each other out,” Agnew said. “My members motivate me and I love what I do. We’re in this together because if we don’t use it, we’re going to loose it.”
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