Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

Being Well: Monica Coby, Chesapeake Energy Corp., Oklahoma City

Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

Being Well: Monica Coby, Chesapeake Energy Corp., Oklahoma City

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For Monica Coby, the reason she continues to use Chesapeake Energy Corp.'s expansive fitness center is her motivation: her husband, Malcolm Coby Jr.

"It's better when it's two," she said from the glass-walled building. "The best part about it is having my baby working out with me."

She works as an accountant in accounts payable, and was hired in August after eight months as a contract employee.

Having her partner in life join her in the fitness center is the best gift she could ever get, she said with a smile. Malcolm said at first he was hesitant to join her because he didn't want his workouts to be inconsistent. But after watching her work out at 6 a.m. nearly every day for a month, Malcolm said he knew Monica was serious. As a project manager at a private equity firm, he has worked in corporate finance for many years. He said he has never seen a fitness center as nice as Chesapeake's, even at some country clubs.

"It dawned on me I would be really foolish not to use the facilities," he said.

With no additional cost for him, he said, there were no more excuses to avoid working out.

Now they are regulars at the 72,000-square-foot fitness center. They exercise together after work three nights a week, and often on Saturday mornings.

Employees are not permitted to use the fitness center during work hours. Family members aren't subject to time restrictions. So, in the morning Malcolm often attends strength classes that are populated mostly by women. The group jokingly named itself "The Fabulous Housewives of Chesapeake" and "adopted" Malcolm.

Monica said her initial motivation came from co-worker Gina Scott, an accountant in her group. Scott mentioned her own progress in weight loss and asked Monica if she would attend a beginners running class. Making a commitment to a co-worker made her accountable, Monica said.

Monica and Malcolm's motivation is in part spiritual.

"Our spiritual walk is very strong, and your body is a temple," Monica said.

They wanted their physical health to match their spiritual strength, as well as to be fit for their future children, she said.

Family history is another motivator: Diabetes is in their genes. …

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