nyone who’s lived through a Chicago winter knows how hard it can be to find the motivation to exercise. Those subzero temperatures can make even the most diehard fitness fanatic want to skip the gym and stay parked in front of the television instead. But now that summer is here, and the city is defrosting, it’s a great time to shed those layers, get off the couch, and find a fitness program that works for you.
interest in bodybuilding. I used to go the store, scoop up all of the fitness magazines I could get my hands on, and read them over and over again. Arnold Schwarzenegger was my childhood idol.
I got into fitness as a career by accident. I wanted to be a bodybuilder, so being a trainer was the furthest thing from my mind. But during a time that I was between jobs, a friend of mine, who managed a health club, encouraged me to come on board. And to my surprise, it felt like what I was meant to do. I started on the ground Exercise is an important part of a healthy lifestyle. But level at the Chicago Health Club in 1986. And by 1989, I for senior citizens, working out is less about looking was the head of service in the Chicago region. It didn’t good, and more about their overall quality of life – seem like work to me, because I had so much love for it. maintaining a healthy weight, building muscle mass, and maintaining strong bones. How did you begin working with senior citizens? I really didn’t target my program specifically for seniors. We spoke with Maurice Durr, a fitness trainer who I have a large following of about 70 - 100 members. My works out with a group of seriously strong seniors in 9 AM class has a number of seniors in it, and they have Forest Park, IL about how he fell in love with fitness been very successful. For example, one of my seniors and the importance of remaining active as we age. was referred to me by her doctor back in 2006. She arrived in my class weighing over 300 pounds. And in a How did you first become interested in fitness? couple of years, she got as low as 185, so she lost over I’ve been interested in fitness for as long as I can 100 pounds. My oldest client is 82 years old and has remember. When I was 10 years old, I had a real been with me for about a year and a half.