Two years ago, Lorri’s lower back was so bad that just turning at the waist caused her excruciating pain. Now, eighteen months after joining the ForeverStrong™ program, Lori raves, “Blood pressure down. Weight down. Back pain GONE! Strong at sixty…I’ve never felt so good.”
The ForeverStrong™ team is proud to announce Lorri as their July client of the month. Lorri, a piano teacher, signed up in January 2013.
Kelly Scott recalls that when Lorri started working out,
“Her back was so weak that almost every move she made, it sounded like something was breaking. Although I didn’t know then the extent that she suffered from daily back pain, I did know if she stuck with our program, we could help her.”
Lorri not only stuck with the program, she excelled at it. Following her instructors’ training, Lorri learned how to use the kettlebells to improve her strength and fitness, despite skeptics’ criticism.
“The comments I sometimes hear – that kettlebells are dangerous for women over the age of 50 – make me want to shout that kettlebells without proper training are dangerous for everybody. You can enroll at ForeverStrong with full confidence that you will learn proper form and technique first.”
Lorri began just by learning the movements minus the weights. As her strength and confidence increased, Lorri started training with weight. Now, Lorri is lifting 97 pounds up to nine times per set.
Lorri admits that before joining the ForeverStrong™ Program, “My own exercise routine – walking several times a week – just wasn’t happening.” But the results of a DEXA scan showed that Lorri was losing bone mass. Knowing that exercise in general, and strength training in particular, was critical for healthy aging, Lorri started considering kettlebells as a strength training option.
“I saw before-and-after pictures of ForeverStrong clients who looked just like me,” Lorri says. “Their success stories were inspiring.”
Lorri’s Fitness Program
Lorri’s program was focused on increasing her strength. The ForeverStrong™ program recognizes that strength is a skill, so we started Lorri with a basic program that increased in intensity as Lorri mastered basic lifts.
“What I like best is that the instructors are my partners in taking care of myself. They have created a ForeverStrong™ program just for me,” Lorri explains. “They know me, and they pay attention to my successes and my challenges.”
As Lorri’s strength increased, so did Lorri’s skill set. From just learning the movements, Lorri now routinely performs kettlebell high pulls, inverted rows on the TRX heavy deadlifts, kettlebell military presses, goblet squats, and loaded carries – all with a respectable weight.
Lorri trains consistently, working out twice per week for an hour. Lorri’s instructors vary her workouts with low and medium rep days to keep Lorri improving without overtraining. Her workouts end with 15 minutes of metabolic conditioning. This helps boost Lorri’s metabolism, burn fat, build cardiovascular endurance, and keep her heart and lungs strong.
Having now achieved a high level of conditioning, Lorri will start decreasing her rest time between sets. Lorri thrives at setting and meeting goals, so to challenge Lorri, her instructors have designed a more advanced workout for her with a test at the end. Her trainers expect that Lorri will improve her reps by 20%-30%.
“It makes a big difference to have someone besides me interested in improving my health and able to get me stronger,” Lorri says of the ForeverStrong™ staff. “Because the program allows them to work individually with every client at every workout, they were able to help me heal from a shoulder problem. They forced me to be patient, and they graded the workouts carefully, so the problem is now gone.”
When asked about her results, Lorri happily replied,
“There are so many positive results, I’ll have to make a list!” Lorri notes that her energy level has increased. “I can climb the stairs, lift cases of water bottles, and do all the daily activities that used to leave me tired and winded.”
Lorri has dropped 6 pounds of body fat. Her waist is 4 inches smaller, and she’s lost 2.5 inches from her thighs. Lorri also reports that she’s down two dress sizes.
But, Lorri is most pleased with the improvement in her medical tests.
“My doctor could not believe I was not taking any medication for any of these conditions,” Lorri says of her decreased blood pressure and pain level. “He said I was obviously taking good care of my health. I will have another DEXA scan this summer, and I look forward to seeing the results.”
“I used to think that I could achieve better health through cardio programs alone. Not true. Cardio exercises never made me stronger. Now I know that the strength training I’m doing with the excellent staff at ForeverStrong is what is making the difference in my health and in my outlook.”
“Get off the fence and come join us! No matter what shape you are in or medical problems you have. I was so worried that my lower back problems would not allow me to do the kettlebells. It simply was not true. In fact, had I not begun the program, I’m virtually certain the back pain would still be a problem for me.”
The ForeverStrong™ team at Fulton is amazed by Lorri’s success and feels honored to have shared in her transformation. Please join us in celebrating Lorri’s accomplishments.
Congratulations, Lorri! You are Forever Strong!
Lorri was inspired by the success stories of the ForeverStrong™ Program. Now, Lorri is a success story herself. Are you ready to be an inspiration to others? Take advantage of our complimentary ForeverStrong™ fitness consultation and become your own success story. Take the first step today.