Name: Marian Manning
Hometown: South Yarmouth
Occupation: My husband and I own a restaurant in West Yarmouth, Captain Parker’s Pub
What are your interests, hobbies, and talents outside of MCAC?
In addition to tennis, Pilates and rowing, I enjoy kayaking, biking, skiing, sailing, boating, reading and travel.
When you’re not at MCAC, where would we find you?
Either at work or enjoying one of my hobbies, preferably with family and/or friends
What days/times are you normally at MCAC?
You can usually find me at MCAC on weekdays at 7:30 am until 9:30 or 10:30 and sometimes in the early evening.
Tell us about your sports and fitness background.
I played softball and basketball in a youth organization, sailed as a youth, started skiing in my twenties and played a little tennis becoming more serious about tennis in my late thirties by taking lessons at MCAC from Jim Leahy over the years. I have been playing five or so times a week year-round. I’ve also enjoyed group fitness classes and some personal training at MCAC.
When did you start at MCAC? How did you first get exposed to MCAC? How did your first couple of workouts go?
I was introduced to MCAC by one of our employees around 1995 or so but my membership began in 2008 when I joined to further my tennis abilities and to play year-round. The first few tennis workouts were semi-private lessons with my husband and friends and I really enjoyed them. My husband is not as much a fan of “active” sports and fitness as I am – so I continued the lessons and clinics on my own and eventually got my daughter involved in lessons and youth clinics.
What is your favorite movement/workout?
I really love the Pilates Reformer for stretching and strengthening and working with Rebecca Terkelsen has been great. Two fellow tennis players and I started years ago with Linda McDonald, then Janna for a while after Linda left. There was no instructor who could accommodate our schedule for a while until Rebecca came and we’ve been clients of hers since she started. I was looking to add an activity with a bit more cardio to my routine and recently discovered Indo Row, I love it and hope to add an additional class to my weekly schedule sometime soon.
What impact has MCAC had on your life?
I lived in Boston before moving to Orleans, it was a bit of a culture shock for me. I joined Willy’s when it was in Orleans, there were no tennis courts there, it was strictly a health club. MCAC offered much more of what I’m interested in. Fitness and MCAC have been a “sanity saver” for me as well as benefiting my overall physical health.
Do you have a favorite MCAC moment?
I can’t point to one specific moment. I have many happy memories and have met so many wonderful people, enjoyed the various tennis leagues and team tennis and the many fitness classes.
What is your advice for people just getting started or thinking about starting MCAC?
I encourage them to visit the website to get a feel for what is offered and to drop in for a tour. For those considering tennis, I encourage them to take a lesson or clinic.
What is keeping you at MCAC?
We now live in South Yarmouth, so it is very conveniently located for me. I also start my day by playing tennis every weekday morning (provided we can get a court) with a wonderful group of women. It’s a terrific way to kick off the day. We will all rejoice when the bubble replacement becomes a reality.
Rebecca’s “Becca Fit Pro” studio is an extremely important part of my week. She does a great job of varying the routines and is very cognizant of her client’s limitations due to injury, etc. and modifies the routines to accommodate. We all appreciate that she keeps current with her training and is very professional.