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Fitness and Training Services at CaISO

Renelle Maier performing assisted pull-ups with a resistance band.

Renelle Maier performing assisted pull-ups with a resistance band.

At CaISO, California’s independent energy monitoring agency, employees work around the clock to ensure that the power needs for Californians are being met. Every five minutes, CaISO forecasts electricity demands and dispatches the lowest cost power plant to meet demand while ensuring the 26,000 circuit miles of power lines are accessible. This nonprofit public corporation safeguards the economy and well-being of 30 million customers by “keeping the lights” on 24/7.

Employees at CaISO often work 12 plus hours in order to ensure that California’s energy grid is stable. Their work is by no means a walk in the park as they are constantly faced with obstacles and challenges in meeting California’s energy demands.

One would think that the employees at CaISO would be too busy and too stressed to exercise. On the contrary, many employees turn to exercise as a form of stress release. Every Tuesday and Thursday, employees attend a Circuit Training class for one hour hosted by Kaiser Permanente’s Corporate Health Promotion department. Renelle Maier, a Senior Process and Quality Enforcement Analyst, exercises because it helps with stress and helps her feel a sense of accomplishment by pushing her to higher limits. She states that she likes the class because they are fun, exciting, and challenging. As a result of her strong passion for exercise, she feels stronger now in her late 40’s than she did when she was in her 20’s.

 

Jim McCain performing double unders with a jump rope

Jim McCain performing double unders with a jump rope

Jim McCain, another CaISO employee, also attends the Tuesday and Thursday Circuit Training class. He states that he enjoys exercise because it gives him a rush of endorphins which makes him feel good. Many CaISO employees have a sedentary workday, but Jim likes to get away from his desk and participate in exercise. After exercise, he feels that he has a boost in energy and mental focus to complete his workday. He is able to be more productive and accomplish tasks easier.Jim’s advice for individuals looking to start an exercise program is to have a positive mentality and patience. The regulars at the gyms weren’t born with a natural physique. They started off slowly and gradually took small steps to improve their health. He states that the regulars at the gym want new members to succeed, regardless of how fit or out of shape they are. Jim does not look at exercise as a chore, but rather a lifestyle that he thoroughly enjoys.

For more information on Renelle and Jim’s story or to speak with a Kaiser Representative on implementing a health and wellness program for your location, please contact Kevin Pham at kevin.n.pham@kp.org.