Getting to know: Alisha Jackson
Q: What do you do here at OCCC?
A: I teach PiYo, which is a mixture of pilates and yoga. It’s a bodyweight exercise class.
Q: What’s your favorite thing about working here at OCCC?
A: The variety of people. I like working with the younger students, to the older crowd that’s just here to get up and get moving.
Q: What are some of your hobbies?
A: I’m kind of a gym junkie, so I work out a lot. I’m a personal trainer, too. I’m crafty, so I love repurposing furniture and pallets and paint. Pinterest hobbies, you know. My kids keep us busy.
Q: Are you currently involved with any sports or have you ever been?
A: I was a high-level competitive gymnast for 14 years. Then I went to cheerleading, in high school and college. I tried co-ed softball, which was my first ball sport, but it wasn’t really for me. I’m more of the fitness type.
Q: What sports do you watch? Favorite teams?
A: We follow baseball a lot, as well as NCAA wrestling. We didn’t think we’d like wrestling as much as we do. My favorite baseball team is the Cubs. Football, too. I like college football more than pro football, even though I play fantasy football. We’ve had our fantasy football group for 12 years.
Q: What’s your favorite thing about fitness?
A: You feel much younger than you really are, that’s the main thing for me. I keep it going because I don’t want to feel how old I actually am.
Q: Do you believe that people should keep up with a healthy lifestyle? Why?
A: Yeah, it’s definitely important. It keeps you out of the doctors office. Pharmacy companies hate that, because it keeps people out of the office because you can get the same benefits that you would get from a doctor by living a healthy lifestyle.