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January 2023 - Members of the Month

Denise & John Pumphrey

Member of the Month

Congratulations John and Denise!!

This power couple has been members of Roots Aquatics & Fitness Center since April 2022. You can catch them several days per week crushing Jeremy's Tread n Shred class, running the track, and at Roots Cycle! Read their story below and be sure to congratulate them both if you see them around the gym! 

Nominate a member for our "Member of the Month" program & their fitness story will be featured in our Tinkle Times and on our website so that their story may inspire others, just like they inspired you! 

Monthly winners will be chosen by Roots Aquatics and Fitness Center Staff and announced at the beginning of the month. Winners will also receive an exclusive MOTM long sleeve shirt to represent their status of well-being! To be featured, member would have to agree to accept the award! The next winner might even be YOU!

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  • Denise

  • Hometown: originally from Southwick, MA currently residing in Westfield, MA

  •  What brought you to Roots Aquatics & Fitness?  We first started at Roots as parents of our 2 girls in the Roots swim School. We then took advantage of the half off first month membership sale when we enrolled the kids in the fall session of swimming. We also have many friends who take classes at the gym so that helped make the decision easier to join Roots.

  • What do you do outside of RAAFC? Outside of the gym I'm a mom to our four and a 7-year-old girls Abigail and Emilie as well as business owner and veterinarian at Westfield Animal Clinic since 2013.

  • What is something about you we might not know? I love playing soccer and play the goalie. I've been in the veterinary field working with animals since 2001. 

  • What is your favorite Winter activity? Just enjoying the outdoors such as sledding with the kids or riding our side by sides thru the trails. 

  • What’s your favorite Group Exercise/workout class? Tread and shred at the 530am slot. Great start to my day.


  • What is your greatest achievement in the gym so far? Moving up from using the rower during tread and shred to now being on a treadmill every class.

  • What is one goal you have at RAAFC and what have you been doing to work on it? My goal is to increase my jogging and running speeds during thread and shred (increase stamina and endurance). To improve I've been slowly increasing by a half a mile per hr for the jog portions and also trying to stick with that the whole class despite being tired. I'm also trying to stick with the minimum of my run being 1 mph more than my jog. I try not to decrease my speed once I pick a speed to start with.

  • What motivates or inspires you? My kids. I want to stay healthy so I can be around for them as long as possible. My husband also inspired me to be more active with the gym seeing him go and seeing how it gave him an outlet I felt I needed that too having a stressful profession. Roots gives me a place to go relieve stress and not feel judged or pressured to do more than what my body can do. 

  • What’s your best tip for new members? Don't be afraid to put yourself out there and try new things. This is a great place to do so because even if you've never taken a class they make it easy welcoming and comfortable. They help push you to do better when they know you're capable of it. 

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