June 2018 – Being part of the Targeted Fitness family has been transforming…
As a younger bloke, I’d participated in plenty of fitness events – running a few ½ marathons and the Canberra marathon, some local triathlons, and a few long-distance bike rides. My wife and I would also do those crazy Step Classes and Aerobic Classes that were popular back in the day.
At 53, I thought I was reasonably fit and healthy, but for my wife…She gently but persistently encouraged me to book in for a Fitness Assessment at Targeted, as she was concerned about my physical wellbeing. I had probably let a few things slide over a period of 20+ years – kids, life, commitments, that sort of thing.
That was about 12 months ago.
The Assessment highlighted a few areas that needed work; areas that were starting to affect my everyday movements. My posture was shot, abdominal strength not optimal and I had very tight leg muscles which affected my flexibility. I’d never been able to touch my toes, but during the Assessment I could barely reach my knees.
Participating in the Strongman events also highlighted a weakness that I’ve endured for over 20 years – a sharp painful elbow issue that presented itself mainly when lifting weights. Because I’m a “go hard or go home” type of bloke, I endured the pain for a few decades, but finally listened to the Trainers advice (and my wife’s) and sought help with a local physio. Surprise, surprise – after a few physio sessions, and doing the “at home” prescribed exercises, I am now pretty much pain free.
An exercise program was developed that helped me increase flexibility, strength and cardio fitness. Flexibility has been the most challenging aspect of training, but I can now touch my toes!
I’m so thankful for the hard work and dedication of Deb and Matt at Targeted Fitness, and it shows. I would also say that I’m the strongest that I’ve ever been. Not bad for a Grandad.
Going to the gym is one of the highlights of my week. My wife’s happy with the changes too, which makes me happy. You know what they say, “happy wife…”