Dru Connolly

Longtime resident is fitness coordinator for Highlands Ranch Community Association

Posted 7/2/18

About me I was born and raised in Highlands Ranch, Colorado. I graduated from Highlands Ranch High School in 1999. I have a 10-year-old son, VJ, who loves sports and watching him grow is the most …

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Dru Connolly

Longtime resident is fitness coordinator for Highlands Ranch Community Association

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About me

I was born and raised in Highlands Ranch, Colorado. I graduated from Highlands Ranch High School in 1999. I have a 10-year-old son, VJ, who loves sports and watching him grow is the most amazing experience. After having my son, I went back to school at Arapahoe Community College and obtained my degree in human performance and exercise science.

Growing up, there was only one rec center. I used to ride my bike to Northridge when I was 8 years old. There was only one high school so for there now to be four is just crazy. In a sense, having lived here for so long, it’s still a small community to me but I’m sure to a lot of people it feels much larger. I run into people from grade school in the rec centers all the time.

My role at the HRCA

I am the fitness coordinator at the HRCA. Alongside our fitness specialist, we manage all of the fitness and personal training programs for the community.

We make sure that all things are firing on all cylinders every day. The day-to-day management could be anything from working on marketing our new programs to being out at the new facilities and experiencing the class formats.

We have 119 fitness classes a week and we make sure class attendance is good, participants are always happy, that the instructors are leading a good class. We like to try to offer continuing education opportunities for our instructors because there is always something new to learn in fitness.

A passion for fitness

My background in athletics and passion for health sciences is what led to my career in fitness. An active and healthy lifestyle was important to me growing up, and equally or more so important to share that with my child and promote healthy living.

My advice …

I would encourage everyone to try multiple disciplines of exercise to find what they love best, as well as having a diversified routine to work different health components — cardiovascular endurance, body composition, muscular strength, muscular endurance and flexibility.

Additionally, allow in moderation the indulgences in life that bring moments of joy. Your happiest you is your healthiest you. Fitness is a discipline of self-care and we must care for ourselves to give the best of ourselves to this life.

Fun fact

I’ve been a competitive figure skater most of my life. I will admit that my occasional indulgence is Coca-Cola from a fountain with light ice.

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