The J is excited to welcome Priscilla Westbooks to our team as Group Exercise Manager. Priscilla will oversee the group exercise programs at both J locations. She is passionate about fitness and looks forward to bringing her passion to the J. Prior to joining our team full time, she worked as a group exercise instructor and sub at the J since 2009.
“I’m passionate about fitness because being fit simply improves your quality of life at any age. Even when you’re not in the mood to exercise, you ALWAYS feel better when you’ve completed your workout. That consistent endorphin high is the main reason I traded in my high heels for sneakers!”
A licensed Zumba instructor, Priscilla enjoys how Zumba makes a workout feel less like work and more like a party.
“I have always loved dancing. Zumba doesn’t feel like work – it feels like dance party that burns lots of calories! Zumba allows me to bring my silly personality and fitness together as one. I have been teaching one of my Zumba classes for 10 YEARS, and I still look forward to it every week.”
Priscilla believes that exercise is the key to staying young at any age. From personal training to group exercise, working out is important to your quality of life.
“I represent exercise as the fountain of youth. Most of my clients are seniors, so we focus on activities of daily living. They want to travel, play with their grandchildren, and be self-sufficient. I build trust with my clients by gently pushing them past their comfort zone, then congratulating them when they achieve a new accomplishment. It’s pretty cool to see an 80-year-old discovering something new about themselves!
Priscilla’s office is based at the Staenberg Family Complex in Creve Coeur, but she can be found at both J buildings. Have a question or suggestion about our Group Exercise program? Let her know via email or by phone, 314.442.3210.
Certificates & Degrees
- AFAA Certified Group Exercise Instructor (Athletics and Fitness Association of America)
- AFAA Certified Personal Trainer
- Zumba Licensed Instructor
- Bachelor’s Degree in Industrial Relations – Rockhurst University, Kansas City, MO