Skeptical Teacher Gets Dramatic Results with Functional Training

1-1 Functional Fitness Training at 67

George started his personal training sessions somewhat reluctantly, letting me know that he was “not a jock” and not very interested in exercise. He thought age was his problem; he was overweight and had fairly constant pain in his back and knee from arthritis. At the time he also wore a brace on one leg and took daily prescription medications for his arthritis and high cholesterol.


After getting to know George and doing a thorough assessment of his physical health, I developed an exercise plan to get him moving safely. We started with easy rides on a stationary bicycle to build his cardiovascular stamina without overloading his joints. Including some simple, floor-based exercises to activate his trunk muscles and create stability for his back also helped him move more confidently. Next, we added strengthening exercise for the major muscle groups in his upper and lower body, as well as some balance exercises.

For the first few weeks we met once or twice a week, as George’s schedule allowed, while he learned the basics. After noticing benefits almost immediately, he decided to work out on his own once or twice a week too. Meanwhile, we kept meeting once a week to review his form and technique and add new exercises to his regimen. Before long, George was exercising on his own 4 or 5 times a week, and he’s still doing it today.

Talk About Dramatic Results!

Within a year George lost about 25 lbs. More importantly he:

  • walks without pain,
  • said goodbye to the leg brace,
  • spends about 40 minutes on the elliptical machine several days a week, and
  • no longer needs drugs to treat his arthritis or cholesterol.

Every few months he contacts me to spruce up his workout with something new, or to help challenge him a little bit more.

“My results continue to surprise and amaze me. Susan showed me many exercises that would help make my knee and back stronger, and I found that I actually enjoyed the workouts. I feel better and have way more energy. The people in my life sense this, and everything we do is more fun.”

George, 67, Chevy Chase


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