Several years ago I met out dear client Barbara when I was teaching a workshop at another facility. She signed up to learn about a style of training where the main focus was on listening to your body.
Following the workshop she became a client with me at that facility.
She had a variety of physical aches an pains that we needed to work around to keep her moving…
My goal was to get her moving in all the ways that she could that didn’t hurt. This included a few variations on the squat that to the untrained eye probably looked quite bizarre. In fact if you had seen her squatting you might have wondered why I let her do it “wrong”. Remember the key was she was doing the squat in a way that fit her body, at that time and was pain free.
Fast forward about a year, and she had regained several ranges of motion and was able to squat “normally”.
When I left the other facility, Barbara came and joined us here at MPower Fitness.
Boot Camp can have a stigma associated with the name:
it is tough
it is hard
it might make you throw up
a person could be too xyz for it…(insert your limiting adjective here: I’ve heard out of shape, in shape, young, old, achy etc)
But Barbara knew that our philosophy was different and that we were going to keep aiming to get her to do all the things she COULD do,
letting go of the rest.
Barbara has continued to train 3-4 times a week for the last 6 years here at our studio.
She says “I get all the senior discounts and legally a senior long past. I have been working out at FBBC since the beginning and I don’t feel like a senior. I have strength, flexibility, balance and stamina. I am and have been committed to working out 3-4 times a week at FBBC because I love the 30 minute workouts and my body loves it too”.
If you are with us for the 8:30 or 9am session you’ll likely meet Barbara. If you had to guess, you’d never know that she is one of our longest Boot Camp members nor would you know she is a few years above 65.
Doing what we can do is really all we can do.
The best part about Barbara’s journey is that she has never given up. Nor did she ever let limiting beliefs dictate what she could do.
Congratulations on all your success Barbara!
I still tell her she looks more vibrant and energetic now than she did 7.5 years ago when we met.