Jenny Nelson, 48, loves to exercise, and it shows. Since resolving to make the most of her Fitness Plus membership about a year ago, she has lost 165 pounds through spinning, swimming and running nearly every day. She wasn’t always so dedicated, however. “For about five years, I went to the gym, but I never gave 100 percent,” she says. Her upcoming 50th birthday inspired her to get healthy, and the fun offerings and friendly people at Fitness Plus made it easy to stay on track. “I swam a marathon at the gym by swimming at least a mile every day. I use the running track, especially during the winter or when it’s really hot outside. I met a lot of people at the gym who really encouraged me. When I did the indoor triathlon, they stayed and cheered me on.” She plans to improve her triathlon time next year – and keep working out with her new friends in the meantime.
Joel Clendenin, 16, a three-sport athlete at Chester High School in Chester, Ill., has found the secret to athletic glory: Fitness Plus’ Athletic RepublicTM program. Seeking to improve his speed, agility and explosiveness, this football, basketball and track star signed up for two 6-week sessions of the customized training program. Almost immediately, the hour-long workouts – 20 minutes of dynamic warm-up, 20 minutes on the industrial treadmill and 20 minutes of core workout – energized and strengthened him. “I felt tired but invigorated,” says Clendenin. “I pushed myself further than any other workouts I have done and used muscles I did not typically use.” Months later, with the football season underway, he feels – and plays – better than ever. “I’m running stronger, and I’m more explosive with my sports and lifting. Athletic Republic has made me a better all-around athlete. It pushed me to work harder than the other athletes I compete against.”