As I have become a more experienced trainer through the years, I have gotten to work with more and more people and, as a result, some of my preconceived notions of the body, aging, and fitness levels have changed. No longer do I believe that when a person turns 40, their fitness levels drop off, no longer do I believe that someone in their 50’s and 60’s can’t feel better than when they were in their 40’s.
It all comes down to consistent proper training and consistent nutrition.
Today, I am excited to share with you a story of one of my clients who looks MUCH better now than she did in college over 20 years ago! She has found the secret of Fit Fun Bootcamps and high intensity weight training and cardio. I want to thank her for her story and her willingness to share her message to the world. This is also a great reminder to everyone reading that just because you are getting older doesn’t mean you can’t reach peak performance.
Here is her story in her own words:
“I have been a member of Supreme Health and Fitness for at least 13 years and have been active most of my life. I was the typical athlete in high school and even played soccer at a division 3 school in college. I always thought that I was fit and I was always on the smaller size until I went to college and discovered late night pizza and beer. I gained about 15 lbs in college and had a hard time losing that weight while in college despite playing sports and leisurely working out at the school gym a couple days a weeks.
After college I joined an athletic club/gym and started taking classes and experimenting a little with weights. I noticed that I was able to turn some of the fat to muscle and started to lose some inches. I kept this regimen up for many years working out 4-5 times/week and felt good. About 7 years ago I met some people at Supreme Health and Fitness that introduced me to the idea of doing sprint triathlons. I completed my first triathlon in the summer of 2004 . It was a great accomplishment for me and I intended to do more of them, but became very hooked on cycling and that became my passion. My husband and I have been very fortunate to do a lot of cycling together and even incorporate it into vacations that are centered around cycling.
My fitness routine has always been about using a variety of exercises to keep my weight down and has been very centered around cardio. About 3 years ago I started taking the Body Pump weight classes offered at Supreme and was very excited about adding weights to my routine. I did this routine for about 2 years, 3 times/week with the addition of cycling/spinning and a little bit of running. I thought this was working. Then, last spring when I saw some fliers at Supreme advertising Dustin’s Fit Fun Boot Camp.
I had seen Dustin around our gym and was always intrigued by the exercises he was having his clients complete, so I decided to sign-up for his outdoor boot camp class at Elver park. I was very excited to try something new, but I had no idea that this class was going to be so life altering. At the start of 6 weeks we took measurements and
completed a series of push-ups, timed plank test and a timed sprint up the hill at Elver Park. It was very apparent to me that despite all that I had been doing I was not as strong as I thought I was. I did not have a lot of upper body strength and my push-up count was very poor.
At the end of the 6 weeks I decreased my run time by 25% and increased my push up count to at least 25 toe push-ups and holding the plank for 120 seconds. I couldn’t believe the difference in just 6 weeks.
Since then I have been taking Madison Fit Fun Boot Camp for a year and have become the strongest I have ever been in my life. I have turned 40 in the last year and I can do more now then I could do when I was 20. By increasing my core strength as well as my overall strength I have improved my cycling abilities. I can climb hills more quickly now and have increased by cycling cadence. I have started running in the last year and have completed 2 – 10K races for the first time in my life and just completed the Madison ½ marathon, which has been a life long goal.
I tell you this story to show that no matter what age you are it is never too late to incorporate fitness into your life. I feel stronger now and am excited to see what other great challenges I can face as I get older.”
Tracy, 41 of Madison, WI