A New Normal by Emily LaRocque

Being stuck in quarantine can make you feel a bit stir crazy at times. Gyms, classes, and recreations are all shut down due to the current situation around the world. Many professional trainers, programs, and others are flocking to YouTube and Instagram to provide at home workout routines. Jenna Willis, a personal trainer for the stars, is my favorite instructor to follow. She provides ab challenges, toning workouts for brides to be, and much more! 

Monday, March 23, 2020

Jenna makes sure you get your squats, cardio and stretching in.  I usually follow every single one of her workouts at the gym, but today my living room became my work out space. 

Here is a look at how my roommates and I did by following along with her YouTube video. We struggled at first, but eventually got the hang of it.

Each of us has our own limitations as well. We plan on working out from home, going on walks and eating healthy every day, just like Jenna! These workouts aren’t just great ways to stay fit, they’re an awesome way to have fun. Follow along with her on her Instagram and YouTube @msjennawillis.

Meet the Storyteller

Emily LaRocque

Emily LaRocque is a senior studying communication at The University of Tennessee Chattanooga; she hopes to use her degree to become an Event Planner. She likes creating lasting memories for people while building a strong community. As a natural born planner, she has planned vacations, weddings, concerts, and much more. On her off days, you can find her drinking a hot cup of coffee listening to her favorite albums on vinyl. Contact her at ddz632@mocs.utc.edu.

March 22-April 1st

March 26th 2020
Northshore Village tenants making the most of COVD-19

Coronavirus but make it summer camp and 6 feet apart. The weather is in the high 80s and everyone has been ordered to stay inside and practice social distance. But just like every other antsy college kid, I couldn’t just let this beautiful weather pass me by; So, I grabbed 5 of my closest friends and decided to play some volleyball and grill out. The day consisted of making jokes, meeting new friends, and creating lasting memories during this world pandemic. The past few days have had me feeling like I am living in a sweet summer dream with a nostalgic playlist to go along with it.

    To quote High School Musical, “Do you remember in kindergarten how you’d meet a kid and know nothing about them, then 10 seconds later you’re playing like you’re best friends, because you didn’t have to be anything but yourself?”. Well the past week has felt exactly like that. Going outside during this time of quarantine has given me the opportunity to meet my neighbors, learn that half the Chattanooga Football Club live in my apartment complex, and much more. To top it all off, I met the most beautiful dog while wandering around my apartment complex. His name is Mako, and he is probably the most handsome husky I have ever met. The owner, Nathan Hawkins, a Chattanooga State student, told me about how he saved Mako from an abusive owner and that ever since that day, he hasn’t looked back. 

March 27th 2020
Nathan Hawkins with Mako

Many people see COVID-19 only as a negative impact on the world; while I agree, I do have to give thanks where it is due. Without this global virus, I would probably still be a homebody, I wouldn’t have realized how much I love smore’s, or met some pretty cool soccer players. It sounds strange to say that a deathly disease would have such a positive impact on my life, but like I said earlier, I am so thankful that it has.

Meet the Storyteller

Emily LaRocque

Emily LaRocque is a senior studying communication at The University of Tennessee Chattanooga; she hopes to use her degree to become an Event Planner. She likes creating lasting memories for people while building a strong community. As a natural born planner, she has planned vacations, weddings, concerts, and much more. On her off days, you can find her drinking a hot cup of coffee listening to her favorite albums on vinyl. Contact her at ddz632@mocs.utc.edu.

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