Athlete of the Month
1) How long have you been training?
I've been training since I was in high school. In my early 20's I was diagnosed with IBS and found exercise relieved flair ups, so it became more regular, first with jazzercize, and running. Then dancing all different forms of dance including hip hop and belly dance, accompanied with the occassional bike ride or run with the dog. If not everyday, it was almost everyday, a different form of exercise to keep from stress aggrivating a flair up.
2) Age? 48 years young, feeling more fit now in my fourties than ever before
3) Sports history?
Track and cross country, dance and more dance sprinkled with softball, volleyball and swimming.
4) What do you like most about training at Model A?
The diversification. No matter the mood or intention of the work-out it can get done in a proper environment. I can get my cardio done in solitude watching a movie or with friends in a class or up on the cardio deck. The weights are are always available and clean and classes keep me on my toes.
5) Body/performance changes (weight, BF%, strength gain etc)?
My strength is greatly improved. Surviving six years post Cervical Cancer, I am now able to lift, and jump as if it was before all my surgeries. But it took time to recover, and it was a slow long haul. My flexibility has also improved which is evident in all my pilates classes. Utilizing Pilates to stretch after running and biking so often was essential to getting the proper response I wanted from my body during training. The breathing techniques taught to me in yoga and pilates help me succcessfully complete all three legs of the triathlon, especially the swim in the cold early morning ocean.