After 13 years, Jorge Rodriguez of Rockford and his wife Wendy travel with The Rockford Squire to his home town of Mendoza, Argentina to visit with family. Argentina is the land of good sun, many vineyards and charming people. They are pictured here with Jorge’s mother Alicia, who was so excited to see her son after so many years.
In celebration of National Fire Fighters Health Week–August 14-20 Grattan Township Fire Department is an all volunteer department led by Fire Chief Lou Kirkbride. The men and women volunteers give of their time freely in the call of duty. It is very important for them to be fit to serve their community and be fit for themselves. Fighting a fire demands physical strength and energy. Getting fit and remaining fit can be a challenge. 50 percent of all firefighter line of duty deaths result in heart attacks and strokes. “It’s all about being in the right place at the right time,” says Safety Officer Art Ward. Art along with his wife Ann, Deputy Chief, were concerned with their fitness and began working out with personal trainer Jorge Rodriguez, owner of International Bodyworks Fitness in Cannon Township. In conversation on the need to be physically fit and have the stamina it takes to perform in the line of duty, Jorge had a plan that would help these 26 firefighters achieve their goals, by donating to a complete circuit training gym to the department. The equipment is designed to provide a complete workout in just 20 to 30 minutes a day. On Tuesday evening, August 2, Captain George Smith III introduced Rodriguez with the statement “Safety starts with personal fitness.” Jorge gave a presentation to motivate and inspire them on the importance of health and fitness. “It is very important for them to be fit in order to serve their community and also be fit for themselves,” stated Jorge. He also gave a demonstration on how to properly use the equipment to achieve maximum results. The building that houses the fire department is owned by Grattan Township. “It is very important that people know the township allows us to use this wonderful facility,” stated Ward.
Dr. Jorge Rodriguez, Ph.D. is a personal fitness trainer, professional physical educator, and a doctor in health and physical education, with over 30 years experience. He was the personal trainer of Brad Pitt for the filming of Seven Years in Tibet. Since opening International Bodyworks Fitness eight years ago he has received immense job satisfaction in seeing satisfied customers, time and time again. At International Bodyworks Fitness you don’t just lose weight, you receive life transforming results that direct you to a healthy lifestyle accompanied with great energy. “Being a personal trainer means helping people improve their lives” Dr. Rodriguez stated. During all these years I’ve developed my own training style with a scientific foundation considering the individual differences and needs of each client.” This June Dr. Rodriguez is celebrating eight years in the Rockford community, is offering a new affordable small group personal training system and is re-opening the Rockford Yoga Center. May it be weight loss or overall fitness, join one of the best personal trainers with knowledge & experience to see a healthier you today! Dr. Rodriguez said: “I would like to recognize my wife Wendy for her help and support during these past eight years contributing to the success of our business.” There are many ways to train and exercise your body and everyone is as different as they are unique. That’s why; whatever you want to do to change your life style Dr. Jorge Rodriguez will help you get the maximum out of your exercise program. It’s the best choice for anyone who respects their body and values their time. Bodywork Fitness offers various personal training packages including a new promotion of small group personal training. Small group personal training is a unique way for people to benefit from the quality of service of a personal trainer, but in a small group setting. You can share this experience with family, friends, work colleagues or those with similar training goals or interests. Benefits includes a cost effective program for individuals while maintaining quality training. Group training is very motivational, fun, interactive between group participants, and encourages team moral and building. Dr. Rodriguez is excited about the re-opening of the Rockford Yoga Center. It is dedicated exclusively to the practice of yoga, […]
by CLIFF AND NANCY HILL The unseasonably warm weather during the days leading up to New Year’s Day morning conspired to create unbelievable conditions for the 10th annual Friends of the White Pine Trail Resolution Walk. As a result, a record crowd of well over 300 people stepped off under a bright sun and blue skies to enjoy nature and a morning of good cheer and fellowship. Greetings of “Happy New Year” were the order of the day. To add icing to the cake, the temperature was 43 degrees and the trail was totally clear of ice and snow. It was almost surreal. The geese, along with the white swans and ducks on the Rogue River and in the air, were in total agreement. Their calls and honks could be heard joyously in the background. Believe it or not, we even saw a small frog hopping across the trail! So many people participated in the walk that Dave Heyboer, chairman of the “Friends,” had to rush to the supermarket to pick up additional hot dogs that were being provided with all the trimmings, free of charge, to all in attendance. The Friends, in appreciation to their many members and the peoples and businesses of the communities through which the Fred Meijer White Pine Trail passes, host the annual walk.