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My accomplishments are many with improved strength and mobility, nutrition and a true zest for life. I never imagined being able to achieve multiple muscle ups, tuck planche, basic ring routines and handstand progressions at my age.
I have been an athlete my whole life, but getting back in shape post baby wasn’t as easy as it used to be, and managing a business and family added to the difficulty I was having getting my physical health back in order. Movement and Life Style Design coupled with working with a trainer was just what I needed. I started seeing results in as little as a month. I couldn’t be happier about my decision to join Co-Movement.
I have worked out at various gyms for about 30 years - in my time at Co-Movement I have found definite differences. Previously they were fairly superficial relationships where I went to get and stay in shape and after my workout I left and that was the extent of it - it served a specific purpose for a small segment of my overall lifestyle. At Co-Movement I have so much more in common with the people I’m meeting - not just about fitness it extends well beyond that. It’s about being healthy in my attitude towards all aspects of my life and not just being fit. The sense of community is strong where others want you to succeed, it helps motivate me when I get too tough on myself and successes are celebrated which also inspires me!
I am a pilot and also trainer who focuses on working with flight crews. I have been on my own wellness journey for years and have been exposed to lots of different methodologies. I have done Triathalons, Marathons, Duathalons as well as Crossfit. I realized I was fit but not healthy. Watching Josh’s coaching and his own progress made me question where general movement fit into it all. After talking with Josh and doing a bit of a gymnastics focus I decided that the route he was offering fit perfectly with my goals.
Very knowledgeable, genuine, no BS, strong community.
My personal journey with Co-Movement started when I addressed my depression with my medical doctor. Coupled with addiction issues and depression I sought to get better and be happier. The depression was complicated with losing my husband of 25 years. I had no energy and no drive whatsoever. Add my brother's complicated health problems and finding myself back in the role of caretaker.
I wasn't far enough gone that I didn't want to get better. I did. But I was terrified of joining a gym. I was 57, overweight, out of shape and depressed. Where to start...I followed a friend of mines postings about Co-Movement then reached out to ask questions. I was willing to try but wanted a private coach and as little people as possible in the gym with me. So I agreed to the early hour, forcing me to get up. Signed on for 3 days/week. I was really terrified of working out and afraid I would be asked to do one thing after another that I wouldn't be able to do. Well the workouts were tailored to me and I was coached to finish each rep. Before I knew it I was completing a few weeks. I felt better, slowly gaining confidence. My friends and immediate family were so supportive. My kids especially encouraged and teased me. I think they were afraid I wouldn't keep up with it. But it's been almost two years now!!!! They are confident I won't quit.They are happy I am happy. Jake seems to be able to read me very well, not an easy task! Pushes me appropriately. Listens to my concerns and explains the exercises over and over because I can't always remember. Jake is always always on task and committed to my sessions 100 percent. I have lost weight as a result, lots more to go though. I feel way better physically and mentally. My workouts with Jake have become a very important part of my recovery. It affects my balance, spirituality and general well being.
I have discovered muscles I didn’t know I had and learned that overtraining certain parts of your body creates imbalances which actually age you faster and break down your health. As my body develops a healthier balance, I have noticed an improved posture, stance and gait which has given me a more youthful appearance. Working with Co-Movement now for over 7 years has been a pleasure and a perfect combination of challenge and support.
I am fitter, stronger and more supple at 65 than I was at 58 and I intend to continue to improve for many more years. I wish I could convince my friends that comment that 'I am so lucky to be fit and healthy' that it is possible for everyone to improve no matter your age or the injuries one is dealing with. One of the aspects I appreciate most is that I have never felt like a 'second-tier client' at Co-Movement. Many gyms cater to the serious athlete and their trainers give the impression they are tolerating the client who can pay in order to get to working the competitive athletes that are their real interest. I feel that Co-Movement, has a genuine interest in, and commitment to, everyone they work with no matter the age/size/shape/athleticism of the client.
I contacted Co-Movement based on reading their philosophy on their website. What they were teaching clients, was what I truly have been living, with the exception of allowing myself to be coached. So I enrolled looking to break through the limits I created when we only rely on our own limited knowledge. I had more breakthroughs and personal records in the first 12 months at Co-Movement than I have had in the past 8 years training on my own “the old fashioned way.” I'm now in my 5th year training with their community.
After a period of time raising a family, I had gotten out of the habit of regular exercise, and then experienced a series of debilitating shoulder and hip injuries when I jumped back into things too fast. (A familiar story, I know.) After repeated waves of rest and re-injuring myself, I was about to throw in the towel, figuring I was just getting too old. However, several friends had recommended Co-Movement as a great place to help rebuild strength in a smart and safe manner. One friend moved out of the area but stays connected to them remotely, because she values the guidance she gets so much. When I told her I had taken her advice to join, she teased me that I would never stop. I totally know what she meant now!