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Jane Fonda has nothing on Robins' Joke Poole

ROBINS REV-UP, Friday, July 23, 1983 Page 19

By APRIL PFEIFFER

Morale Welfare and Recreation

Jane Fonda has nothing on Joke (pronounced Yoka) Poole in the area of fitness and personnel at Robins AFB are fortunate enough to have the opportunity to work out with Mrs. Poole five days a week during her classes at the old base library.
Mrs. Poole, a native of Zeist, Holland, came to the United States in 1967. She and her husband, SMSgt. Henry Poole, met while he was stationed in Holland and were married 10 months later. Mrs. Poole was finishing her second year of nurse training in Holland when her husband was transferred and she had to discontinue her training.
When asked the difference in lifestyles of Holland and the U.S., Mrs. Poole replied, "To me, the main difference is health wise. The Dutch move more - they bike and walk a lot.
Rarely does someone drive anywhere they can walk or bike."
"Also, we eat lots of fresh vegetables and fruits. Americans are bombarded by food advertisements and usually health foods aren't the subject of the ad," said Mrs. Poole.

Exercise Class

Mrs. Poole instructs in warm-ups prior to aerobic exercises.

Mrs. Poole believes nutrition and exercise go hand-in-hand to ensure proper fitness. She also feels people should start an exercise program at their own pace.
"Many beginners start from no exercise at all and need to begin easy and then build up. Overdoing at first is worse than doing nothing because the beginner becomes so sore and discouraged she discontinues the program. It's also important that students enjoy what they're doing," she said.
Mrs. Poole began

instructing the exercise classes in March 1982 and new faces are continually popping up. Amid the sound of music and sights of waving arms and legs, newcomers can expect to hear shouts of instruction from Mrs. Poole as the students exercise to the beat of the music.
Mrs. Poole, who studied under a student of Jack LaLane's in Florida, said, "I enjoy my work and that makes all the difference. It's not like a job, it's a way of helping me to stay in shape and make friends at the same time."

The five-day week class held from 6 to 7 p.m. daily is $8 per month and an early class is held on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4:45 to 5:45 p.m. A coed class is also held on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 7:15 to 8:15 p.m. Cost of the two-day week class is $5 per month.
For more information call Mrs. Poole at 922-3692.