“Total Gym on the Road” Interviews GRAVITY Class Participants at Local YMCA
Our new “on the road” team recently spent some time interviewing at the local YMCA, Mission Valley, San Diego to see what members were up to and what kind of exercise classes they were taking. Anne Stocking was one member Total Gym met up with after taking a GRAVITY Healthy Joints class with Personal Trainer, Jeff Groh.
“We moved to San Diego in 2013 and a friend told me about the Y nearby with a variety of classes. I had a fairly serious cycling accident in 2012 that required multiple surgeries and a lot of time without physical activity. I was anxious to get back into some kind of shape. I began with water aerobics and then tried out Jeff Groh’s Posture Performance class. After a few months of taking his class, I realized he had a lot of experience with people who had some physical limitations and this has really helped me along the way.
As a result of Jeff’s classes, I feel more confident overall. That’s more confident with inner and outer strength. I haven’t returned to cycling and will probably never participate in risk-taking sports, yet I know that every workout matters in the short-term and pays off in the long-term.
I have to admit that the Y has really helped me make connections. I am a bit of an introvert and it’s easy to hide in a group setting, but I’ve made friends and enjoyed the camaraderie”.
We asked her what had kept her motivated to keep going back to the Y. She said,
“Wearing sleeveless dresses! Seriously, I love feeling strong and healthy and I don’t take it for granted. We make plans and think we have control over so many aspects of our lives, but in reality, there’s a lot we can’t control. For example, I fell last week and have to take a few weeks off from my normal routine. But I have the motivation to adapt to the situation and know that Jeff and other trainers at the Y will help me get back on track.
GRAVITY classes have helped me tremendously and made daily activities more enjoyable and more doable. Last year, for example, we were hiking with our daughters in the mountains of Washington and I was able to cross a short footbridge that had no railings. I don’t think I would have had the courage to do that before joining the YMCA and working with Jeff. In addition, my grip strength has become a lot better. It seems like a small thing, but I don’t have to ask my husband to help me every time I want to open a jar.”
Bert and Renee Levine chose the YMCA at Hazard Center because their daughter, Lori was teaching GRAVITY classes there. Bert who is 80 finds that he feels much better after his classes.
“I have always exercised, so I can say exercise has become part of my life style,” he told us.
“As a result of the GRAVITY classes, we are walking more and when on vacation using the gym at the facilities there now too. We really would encourage people to exercise; it makes a big difference in your well-being,” he continued. Pretty cool advice, we thought, coming from an 80 year old!
Then we found Scott, a retired Navy Seal who said “I feel fantastic and the GRAVITY program is great. I use to lift weights, but my Doctor advised me to continue swimming and workout with my own body weight. Long story short, GRAVITY has not only made me a believer in Total Gym, but a believer in myself”.
Scott attends the classes with his wife Joan. She told us, “I have been attending GRAVITY Classes for a whole year now with Cara Beltran – we love her as a Personal Trainer. I have never worked out in my life before but now I take GRAVITY classes 5 times a week. I feel very energetic and proud of myself after a GRAVITY class. I have developed muscles, something I never had before, my health is better and my neck injury will soon be history. I am 59 years old, my under arms are firm, my legs are now toned and all the cellulite has gone!”
If you are not sure what class will work for you, just go and try one. If you don’t like it, try another one, the Y makes it so easy to switch and change and with such a big variety of classes to do there’s something for everyone.
Special thanks to Cara Beltran for her contribution to this blog.