For many of us, the hardest part of joining a health club is—well—joining a health club. In a fitness landscape dominated by impossibly toned and flexible 20-somethings, just showing up at the gym can be stressful and intimidating.
That's the way it was for Michelle. The 49-year-old spends her days installing billing software for hospitals across the country. And although she travels a lot, hustling through airports doesn't provide the kind of workout she needs. In fact, that's where she noticed the need to get in shape.
“Pulling my suitcase was getting to be a real burden,” she said. “I felt tired and achy and out of breath. I knew I needed to make some real improvements for my health, but couldn't face one of those clubs where everyone's super young and fit. I just couldn't compete with them.”
Then one day, while running an errand to a local jeweller, she noticed Welcyon. Conscious of her rapidly approaching 50th birthday, the idea of “fitness after 50” really resonated.
“The most important lesson I have learned at my age is the simple truth that if you don't use it you lose it.”
“Right away, I was impressed by the caring, attentive staff. The environment was so friendly and relaxed,” Michelle said. “And everyone working out there seemed kind of like me. I knew I'd fit in and be comfortable here.”
Since then, the welcoming setting has been a big motivator for sticking with her routine. She loves the computerized strength and cardio equipment, and the ease with which it guides her through her personalized fitness program.
“I have too much I want to accomplish in my second half of life, and I need a body that can keep up with those goals.”
“The workouts are fast, efficient and effective. That's important, because I don't have much time to spend going through exercises the traditional way,” Michelle noted. “The coaches are a real plus, too. They pay close attention while you're working out, and step in to give you tips and guidance when you need it. They follow up with you, too, and help you set new goals.”
Best of all, Michelle is getting results. During her first four months she improved 176% in all areas of fitness, including strength and cardio. Walking through airports is a breeze now, even with an overloaded suitcase. And stairs—which sometimes felt like the final ascent on Everest—are much easier to conquer, leaving her with plenty of breath and energy for her day.
“The most important lesson I have learned at my age is the simple truth that if you don't use it you lose it. That applies to both your mental and physical health,” she said. “I don't want to watch myself deteriorate over the next several years. I have too much I want to accomplish in my second half of life, and I need a body that can keep up with those goals. Working out at this club is the best way for me to achieve that.”