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Meet James. James' back pain forced him to change gears and quit racing cars. Since joining HealthSpring, James Credits the Master Swim Class for allowing him to swap medical supervised pain management with competing in marathons, triathlons and Alcatraz open water swims.
Soliat Adekanye was one of the winners of our Share your Story Contest in 2018. Watch her video above and read her HealthSpring story below:
"I found success with all of Sheila's classes (TRX,Aqua Aerobics, Zumba, Pilates, Hiit). I joined the gym 26th Mar 2018. When I joined I weighed 210lbs - as of today (July 6, 2018), I weigh 182 lbs. I don't only get exercise when I come here, but also relationships. I feel I am part of a family. The staff are also friendly. Front desk ladies always smiling when they welcome. Kid's club ladies are extraordinary, my son constantly reminds me about Kids Club, he loves coming every time. I was initially worried about leaving him, but now I am so confident. My experience here has been a blessing. I love the facility. Sheila's attitude towards the group is extraordinary. I'm motivated to come to all my classes, because she makes me feel comfortable and I definitely see results. My reason for coming here has been achieved and I will keep coming."
Tiffani DeTar was one of the winners of our Share your Story Contest in 2018. Watch her video above.
Meet Mike. On the verge of having stomach reduction surgery, he made the decision to do it the natural way. After trying every group exercise class at HealthSpring Fitness, he found his calling in Power Cycling. Instructors made a huge difference for him and became a great motivational factor in meeting his weight loss goals. After 2 years of commitment, Mike has lost over 130 pounds and now his main issue is needing to spend more money on new clothes.
We all hear that one in eight women will get breast cancer if their lifetime, and yet, we never expect it to be us. In May of 2015, following a routine mammogram, I was diagnosed with breast cancer. Now, I can say that I was fortunate, because my cancer was found early, but at that time, I was not feeling particularly fortunate.
Over the next two years I had multiple surgeries, and a few health complications along the way, but with each passing month, and with every procedure, my cancer was becoming more of a memory than a part of my current life.
In 2018 I entered the New Year with cancer behind me, but I was more than 20 pounds heavier than I had been when I was diagnosed and I was ready to reclaim my life. I started eating healthier, and at the urging of friends, I joined HealthSpring.
I had joined gyms before, but I had never really used them. However, this time things were different. I loved the facility, and everyone was so helpful and encouraging. I tried so many different classes and in each one, the instructors were so welcoming and helped modify the workout for my needs.
Over the past year, I have not only reclaimed my body, but with a lot of help and coaching, I have improved upon it. I am still a work in progress, but I have lost nearly 40 pounds, while finding some muscles I didn't know I had! I feel stronger and more fit than I have been in years, and now it's easy to celebrate all of the good fortune in my life.
Learn how you can help people like Cassie by donating to the local Solano Midnight Sun Breast Cancer Foundation.
Hope MacRae knows if you don't use it, you'll lose it. That's why, at age 87, she is a regular at NorthBay HealthSpring Fitness in Vacaville. You might see her tiny frame tossing a 4-pound medicine ball against the wall, performing squats on the TRX or lifting free weights.
Hope has made an impression with other members at the facility and many of them make it a point to say hello when they pass by. "I've had members tell me that I am their inspiration," said Hope. "They say, 'I want to be in that good of shape when I am your age!'"
The Leisure Town resident starts out every workout with 15 minutes on the treadmill. She is then met by her fitness coach, Julie Cassara, who accompanies her on the track to help guide her while completing her five laps around the track. "Hope's goal isn't just to reach for that half mile," Julie shares, "She also has me get my stopwatch and time each lap." Hope wants to get the most out of her workouts and what's better than having lots of challenges to meet her goals?
"Her goals were to get stronger and have more endurance," Julie explains. "She had this goal for herself but there was another reason for these goals - her labradoodle Autumn. It was very important for her to be able to enjoy and care for her canine companion."
The necessary guidance and assistance that Julie gives Hope during her workouts isn't because of her age. Hope deals with macular degeneration, a condition that limits her ability to be able to see. As the condition progresses, her vision will become more compromised, making daily tasks harder to perform. Julie knew Hope's visual challenges would mean having to start off slow and progress at her pace.
Hope knew she needed to stay active and would need help. She was eager and ready to train. Julie learned that Hope was not new to healthclubs but her workouts always consisted of sitting on machines to work out. Julie had something different in mind for Hope's workouts and it meant taking her out of her comfort zone. "I needed to base her program on functional exercises that would help her move better in life," Julie said. Hope was leery at first. "At the start she needed assistance from me, but not long after she was performing exercises on her own and with confidence," Julie said proudly.
Hope currently trains twice a week with Julie and also exercises at home. "HealthSpring is a wonderful place to exercise. The fitness coaches are well educated, very experienced and are experts in designing programs for people like me. I look forward to my workouts with Julie," Hope said happily.
"My goal," said Julie, "is to help my clients maintain their independence and to improve their quality of life. The reward is to see it happen."
That is just what Hope wanted and needed. "Julie's given me the confidence I needed to push myself and thanks to her I am enjoying my life. I know some people might feel they cannot accomplish their goals. I say take a chance...what have you got to lose? Well, actually? A lot!"
Once Fearful, Now Twins Dive In
When twins Cooper and Brooklyn Miller of Fairfield first started swim lessons at age 3, even standing on the first step of the pool made them anxious.
"They wouldn't put their faces in the water, they couldn't hold their breath," remembers John Zdankus, aquatics coordinator and fitness specialist at NorthBay HealthSpring Fitness.
Group lessons were intimidating because of the fear factor, he said.
Their parents, Cheryl Morales, a healthcare worker, and Jon Miller, a paramedic and firefighter, were determined that their children wouldn't be afraid of the water, so they enrolled them in private lessons.
"It made a big difference," said John. "First I taught them how to cup their hands and splash their face. We eventually worked up to submersions and breath control."
Cheryl was pleased that John could cater each lesson for each child.
"It's not one-size-fits-all," she said. "They're twins, but they have different strengths and weaknesses. John established trust right away. He didn't push their boundaries, but worked with them.
And that has paid off rather swimmingly.
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