I want to express appreciation to a great team and staff at the Rush Fitness complex on Randleman Road in Greensboro, N.C. I once traveled a lot ,spent a lot of times in resort towns, and was once a member of Gold’s Gym so I have had a lot of experience with gyms in a wide variety of areas.
When I was sent to the office where I am employed, I began in a sedentary life style which included eating fast foods. I spent long hours sitting at and computer all day and my health deteriorated. I am now a 64 year old man who had some “ health issues” when I joined Rush two years ago. What prompted me to join the gym was heart beat irregularity, border sugar “issues” , borderline blood pressure and a bad chloresterol count. I discovered all this when I was referred to a heart specialist. I began to pray to God to help me. When I joined the gym here, I had so much obesity and shortness of breath that any exercise regimen was difficult. Almost immediately, I noticed that most of the staff here was genuinely concerned about my needs. Jason Choate the fitness manager and Dustin Lucas, in particular encouraged me almost every day . Jason asked me about my goals. Ron Corbett (spin instructor) actually showed me routines to try and suggested “spin,” and swimming in the pool. Other trainers suggested classes like strength and Zumba . There were tips from several about warming up and about stretching before and after the routine. I sweat a lot and more than one of the staff cautioned me to drink plenty of water. Wes Willaims , Ron Corbett, and Dustin Lucas always answered questions I had about routines, machines and muscle groups, etc.
After I began to gain some stamina, we talked about some fitness goals and my first trainer was Bethany who now teaches school. I could have chosen almost any of the trainers , as I has watched all of them work with clients. They were all well trained, friendly and professional. In addition to these traits Bethany was energetic, focused, upbeat, informed and very knowledgeable. She worked my entire body…and explained about how to trick my muscle groups by varying routines. My strength and stamina took a quantum leap during this training but I did not lose any weight. Several trainers had tried to be subtle about my diet, but Bethany discussed in detail about my eating and drinking habits.
After that session, I decided to make a lifestyle eating and drinking change and at the same time used the exercise techniques Ron Corbett , Bethany and other fitness trainers suggested. I also watched Wes Williams and Dustin Lucas train others because they were really knowledgeable and professional. All of these trainers were concerned about everyone who came into the gym and especially encouraged we” regulars”. Everyone in the gym staff was friendly, but especially Dustin Lucas, Ron Corbett, We Williams ,Jason Choate, and Rasheed Gainey. I actually noticed everyone in the gym was friendly and courteous to each other unlike my previous experiences at other gyms. I think this was contagious throughout the gym because of the staff’s examples. We “regulars” began to encourage each other and the newcomers too.
After Jason asked me about my goals again( others above had too) I told him I was focusing on a diet change and when I felt I had a good diet regimen I wanted to lose 25 pounds with another trainer. During this life style change eating change, I noticed my stamina increased even more! During this time, I received a lot of encouragement from Dustin, Jason, Ron, and Wes in particular. I think they noticed a higher gear in my training routine. I noticed they also encouraged some of my friends in the gym the same way. Whether we were in spin, water Zumba, regular Zumba, strength or any class we all received the same kind of friendly, encouraging and upbeat information from these instructors, just like the trainers I mentioned! And I might add I enjoyed all these group classes. It took me three or four months to get my eating and drinking habits changed. And I felt like God was moving me to get a trainer again.
Like I said, all the training staff were qualified to train me from my observations. I was free on Monday and Wednesday night. I talked to Jason about my schedule. I liked Dustin, Ron and Wes…and Rasheed. Rasheed seemed to be doing mostly group. I did not see Dustin, Ron and Wes every Monday and Wednesday. Bethany was teaching school now.
Suddenly a new enthusiastic, friendly and professional trainer appeared named Lori Pennala. She saw me working out and asked the same kind of questions all the others I have mentioned. These questions like …..goals, routine etc. I told her that I needed help on Monday and Wednesday. She and Jason talked. Jason and I signed up for Lori on Monday and Wednesday for 25 lessons. My goal was to lose 25 pounds…about a pound a session. She was everything Bethany was: well trained, friendly ,professional, energetic, focused, upbeat, informed and very knowledgeable. In addition to intense routines on all muscle groups, Lori gave me a modification to my diet. Actually, it was an addition of 2 snacks a day with fruits, vegetables, or small protein portions. It was a very balanced diet. Many others in the gym received the same attention I was receiving…even though our goals differed. All the trainers in the gym seemed to be adapting routines to our schedules and our individual needs. Lori’s training did not end with the 25 sessions and the encouragement from Dustin, Wes, Ron and Jason was constant as well. She would approach me on the other days I was in the gym and ask me about my routines when I was working alone.. and about how the diet was going. She would greet me every time she saw me ,even when she was not training me…but so would the others above. Quickly, my family , friends and co-workers began to notice the progress. So did my heart doctor and he said to me “This is impressive…whatever you are doing…keep at it.” . All of the following vitals were normal during this check up and they still are! My pulse went to 60 from 80-120. My blood pressure went to normal from borderline. My chloresterol was cut in half. I had been taking Lipitor and a beta blocker for my circulatory system. I am off all those medications now. I only take a baby aspirin daily with Omega fish oil twice daily! My waist went from 40 to 36. And yes, we this team , God and I lost 27 pounds! I read your goals and mission on a poster in the back of the gym. I was once a teacher 45 years ago and I give you all an A+ in achieving your mission.
God bless and thanks for helping me make a life style change
I thank my Father in heaven for bringing me to this “Rush.”