Five days a week, Julianne Schmitt leaves her kindergarten classroom and heads to the La Vista gym. Once she's there, the 30-year-old doesn't have to worry about planning lessons or teaching the pint-sized students.
Duane Linn has been operating his own martial arts school, Chung Shin Warrior Tang Soo Do, at the Sarpy Community YMCA since 2015. He hopes to coach some of his students toward their own black belts.
“I went from literally being nauseous every day because I was so nervous about the whole thing to it basically being the place I want to be every single day,” said Gail Seaton, 53.
Janakaye Brammer has never been a gym-goer. But since January, she’s been a regular at the Charles E. Lakin YMCA in Council Bluffs. The 24-year-old hits the gym six to seven days a week.
Jen Chinn wants to stay on top of her fitness game. Trainers at Black Clover fitness hold the Omaha woman accountable to showing up for class. But Chinn has some extra motivation getting her to the gym: her January wedding.
Gregg Learned was an average athlete growing up. But as he aged, arthritis made physical activity a challenge. Thanks to encouragement from his wife, he joined Dynamix gym, where he's gradually regained strength and flexibility.
A kid-friendly fitness studio is a must for Jessicca Krell, so she has been visiting Well Mama, a fitness studio designed for moms, for nearly two years.
"As lifting started to go on and on, I could see those changes of going from a little Butterball to somebody who looks like he takes his life seriously," Vincent Huerta said.
Deb Hill, 63, has worked out at a handful of places, but it took time to find one where she felt really comfortable. Hill found the right fit at Jazzercise in Council Bluffs.
The 36-year-old La Vista woman was drawn to the fitness studio because it offered daily instruction and was something different than solo workouts at a large gym.
“I’m at an age where people start to believe they’re not going to get any better. That’s not true,” H.F. Breard said. “It might be hard at first, but anybody at any age or shape can get better.”
Jim Shaffer's been working out with a trainer at Life Time gym in west Omaha for about eight years. He's since made exercise a routine and changed up his eating habits.
Chuck Svajgl struggled to find a fitness regimen he could stick with consistently. He tried different gyms and at-home workouts. During his search for a routine, he landed at Fit Farm.
Erica Mallette has always been a runner. But an injury to a disc in her back sidelined her from the cardio activity. Looking for something low impact, the 24-year-old tried barre classes — and loved them.
About 100 pounds lighter, the 51-year-old has adopted a regular workout and routinely meets with a dietitian. They help hold him accountable.
Hilary Sehring doesn't consider herself a natural athlete, so falling into a fitness routine took some time.
Ashton Kuchera is always stressing the importance of self-love and self-care to her pediatric patients.
Although Jami Kotera has been working out for more than 15 years, she started seeing — and feeling — results within the last few years. It really has changed her body, the 59-year-old said.
Exercise was always been part of Bill Stock's life growing up. He was involved in baseball, football and wrestling.
Now she's down 20 pounds and hits the gym six days a week.
Richard "Vince" Vincent started taking exercise seriously in 1992 after an on-the-job accident left him with a serious back injury.
Going to the gym is a family affair for Shannon Dunning. While she and husband Andrew workout at Prairie Life Fitness, their three kids — ages 5, 3 and 2 — hangout in the child care area.
Julia LaHood hits the Pilates studio three to five days a week. It helps her stay fit, as well as combat aches and pains that come with a desk job. But it also gives her a break from the day-to-day routine.
Paul Stultz picked up long-distance bicycling in the late 1970s. He joined a group of friends on a ride from Omaha to Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada. He stuck with it and added in running and swimming.
Workouts are a way for Omaha firefighter Tad Badje to stay fit on the job. An added perk: it keeps him buff enough to intimidate his three daughters' future boyfriends.