I’m a journalist by trade. By my early 60s, four decades of sitting at a desk staring at a computer screen (and before that, a typewriter) had made me stiff and inflexible. It was difficultfor me to finish a squash match as I would tighten up 10 minutes into it. Ditto for a round of golf. At the suggestion of a friend, I enrolled in Josette Curry’s “stretch and strength” class at my racquet club. I was skeptical at first. Like most males, I am not keen on any physical exertion where no one is keeping score. But I was persuaded to give it a try, and I am glad I did. Josette’s classes offer a wide range of different stretching and strengthening exercises designed to keep me and others on court and on course. She is firm but not judgmental, and always has encouraging words for those of us who are trying without always succeeding. She also has an encyclopedic knowledge of the human body, so every stretch or strengthening exercise is accompanied by an explanation of what muscles are in play and why.
As a result of Josette’s instruction, I can now play a full 40-minute squash match--often against opponents one-half or even one-third my age--without feeling as if my hips are about to snap or my back is going to spasm. For the first time in my life, I also enjoyexercising regularly on my own, because I now know what muscles I am activating and why.
I think Josette deserves consideration as “presenter of the year.”
--Ian Urquhart, former editor and columnist at The Toronto Star