MARK'S STORY: As a kid and all throughout school I participated in Athletics. However,as we all get older the natural tendency is to absorb yourself into your work/career while trying to raise a family. Along the way I weight trained here and there but gave it up.Then basically one day about 12 years ago I wanted to get back into weight training. I started at home and progressed from there. My basic outlook at the time is didn't want to one day look back and say to myself "What if"? "What if I stuck with it?" "What if I hadn't quit"! So basically that was the motivator with the idea of taking a long term approach and really ever since then it's a been a part of my life. I am 49 now, happily married with 7 children between the two of us ( half of which are grown) and thankful for all I have including the good health. Over the years I've had alot of days where I didn't want to train, I didn't feel like coming into the gym. but I'm sure glad I stuck with it. I would encourage everyone to find some active routine you like and incoporate thatin your lifestyle. Don't be the person that looks back and says "What if?"
BONNIE'S STORY: After retirement in May 2015, I began my wellness and fitness journey. Because of cost and proximity, I chose Green Ridge. I began by coming to GRRC four days a week using Friday as my recovery and relaxation day. I soon added Friday as well, to diversify the classes in which I participated. I arrive at 8am to utilize the machines and track.
My success includes, an increase in the size of free weights as a result of being toned, my clothes fit looser and people comment often on my weight loss. The water and chair aerobic classes have been tremendously helpful in improving my balance. As a result of my dedication five days a week in the fitness center, I have built endurance beyond what I ever expected. Routine lab work has either stayed the same or improved over the course of my wellness journey.
My overall experiences are that I have formed great and lasting friendships with staff and members while being called "Ms. Green Ridge" and becoming the BEST physical ME I can be. Having met each challenge with success, I will not look back and I will not turn back.
My workout routine is three days a week of walking/running and three days for free weights and machines. I am also a firm believer that core strength is so important and the doctor agreed. I attributed it all to starting at Green Ridge, as it is the place with the trainers that give me the help and opportunity to do both activities when the weather won’t let me go outside.Thank you Chelsea and Green Ridge!!!