“I always remind people that that’s my personality,” Clay said. “I like to be funny and joke around.”
Those who don’t like Clay’s craze don’t come back every week.
Clay’s wife Donna, a petite woman with a pretty face, has been coming back for years now.
“I have to make every class,” Donna said. “This is what we do. We love to exercise.”
Donna grew up right next door to Clay. They have known each other since they were seven years old. They reconnected after both had been married and divorced.
Clay’s way of instructing aerobics is unusual. He has no sense of time on paper – the class is scheduled from 6 to 6:45.
“I can’t do anything in 45 minutes,” Clay said.
He makes up military style chants and comes up with nicknames for people taking the class. Skeese was nicknamed Skipper after Barbie’s little sister.
“I’m not even paying attention to him,” Donna said. “That’s just the way he is.”
“It makes people think about it being more fun than it is painful,” Clay said.
The class ends about 7:15. Clay helps everyone put up their equipment and asks if they had a good time.