It is not easy being one of the oldest amongst mostly 40 to 50 year olds in an exercise class.
But I do it at least three times or more each week, and I would not change it for anything.
As an adult I had found it was easier to do little, but when I retired I decided it was time to take charge of myself, and this is how I have progressed.
I was over 200 lbs, beginning to get high blood pressure, cancer survivor (about 20 years) and yet un-satisified with myself. **So first, I planned to remove the weight by joining Weight Watchers starting out at well over 200 lbs with an arm girth of at least 18 1/2 inches, waist measurement of at least 43", thighs at a mere 46". **Unable to wear a shirt without loose long sleeves since I was to embarrassed to show my arms. *August 2011, I started the WW journey. During this I did a lot of walking at least 3 to 4 miles a day, and on January 2, 2013 I made lifetime after losing a 66 pounds. *Was I happy yes...I can accomplish something, the first ever in my life and I felt I came in first. *But I noticed other things still bugged me.
It was the hanging shreds of fat on my stomach, chest, arms, thighs, and I did not have a *waist...tho' the realization did not come until about 5 weeks after I started Turbulence Training. *
Yes, Catherine Gordon got me started….the exuberance which she evokes, plus the proper alignment of my body made training fun, and each session over much to soon. **
Turbulence Training was my answer.
When I first started I had a bit of balance on my right side and none on the left, but now I have much more. **When I first started doing planks I was lucky to get through 5 seconds, and never believed I could do 30 seconds. Push ups were only on the wall, and then I couldn't even do one. *I have progressed to the floor push ups in a modified position, and do as many as my younger counter parts.
Lunges and reverse lunges were not on my list, especially trying to keep a flat back...but I can do them now.
I Bodyweight Squats, Cross Crawls, and Mountain Climbers until I was blue in the face. I just wanted to do what the younger guys and gals were doing. **
Now for the Burpee's...I still have to get better at doing those so use the alternative stand still burpee. **Is is so exciting to have Catherine as a trainer for your Turbulence Training program. She never gives up on anyone, and continues to guide and direct, and all with a smile and lots of fun. **
I continue to have bouts of tears as I find something new I can now do, and have never done before. *Like actually feeling my ab muscles actually working after years of not doing anything but eat. *
I always thought my waist was where my hips were. What a surprise that was!
Thank you so much for putting your wonderful program in the hands of a capable gifted young lady, Catherine Gordon.
Oh, and did I mention the mental alertness...what a difference I can now remember some of the names of the exercises...this has been a mind and body relationship.
Just know with Catherine teaching me the basics of your Turbulence Training program I will have a body I never knew existed. *Let the rest of the seniors know that “you are never to old" and don't let the youngsters make you feel uncomfortable with their agility...you will catch up.