Refuse to Lose!
February 15, 2017
By Michael Rueda
Class of 2017
Look no further than Violet Snipes-Azzi, an employee in UVA’s health department, for inspiration to keep moving! Violet is originally from New Jersey, and moved to Charlottesville in October 1998. Exercise was not always a part of her daily routine, but she has recently made it an important part of each day. She wisely acknowledges the inevitable deterrents, but without exercise, “Who loses? I lose, and I’m not losing.”
It all began in the Hoo's Well program when it began in 2011, and Violet has been attending Group Exercise classes at the Aquatic & Fitness Center ever since. At first, she went to two classes a week (Aqua Intervals and Cardio Dance). Now, she’s been known to take three classes on a given Tuesday (Cize Hip Hop, Stepped Up Intervals and Zumba are her favorites). Her goals to become stronger and more flexible have been met with great progress. Still she continues to work harder, with ever more enthusiasm.
Violet’s determination is an inspiration to others, leading her to stand out to Berkley Henshaw, Program Coordinator of Fitness & Instruction, “as an absolute joy to have in the classes. She respects her body and works at her own pace regardless of the class level. She is always smiling and extremely encouraging to all.” And Tim Eckert, who leads the aqua class, can count on Violet to bust out her Boot Camp Voice to effectively corral the class for the next circuit.
So what tips could we take from Violet? To make things easier, she packs her gym bag in advance and also uses Sunday nights to prepare and portion out her weekly meals. Doing both of these things saves time, which is especially helpful when schedules are packed.
There will be moments where it seems impossible to find time (or the will) for exercise, but take it from Violet: “you are worth every bit of time you devote to yourself.”