Lindenhurst Health & Fitness Center's Member of the Month is Terry Colburn. The staff and members here feel that Denene is the most deserving candidate because of her enthusiasm, consistency and dedication to getting fit. Great job, Terry!
Terry has been a member since October 2016. After a checkup with her doctor where she learned she may have to start taking cholestoral medication, she drove straight to the gym, joined, and worked out for the first time! She can be found at the gym seven days a week. If she isn't there she states "it proably means I'm of town". While she has enjoyed many classes her absolute favorites are Aquatic Fitness and Pilates Reformer.
What motivates you?
So many things have provided motivation. There's the obvious—I just feel better when I show up and get active! I know that I am going to learn something new every single day and I love that feeling. I can't say enough about the staff here at the gym—and that includes everyone from the front desk to housekeeping to the instructors. The feeling of positivity and energy I get every time I walk in the front door is attributable to the entire team. I have received so much support and encouragement from the instructors—especially Pilates Reformer (Paula) and Aquatics Fitness (all of them!). Last, but certainly not least, are the members that I have the privilege to spend time with every day. They are such a pleasure and inspiration. I guess all of that could be summed up like this: The gym has become my "happy place" and I love coming in every day.
Do you have any injuries, limitations or health concerns that you would like to share with members that would help encourage them?
When I joined the gym, the arthritis in my knee from an old sports injury was really giving me grief. Walking was painful and I had begun to avoid normal activities. I knew that the typical 'land' classes would be counterproductive for me at that point. So, I got in the pool and discovered that the water makes such a difference in range of motion, flexibility, and alleviating pain and stiffness and in my ability to just move. I made quick progress and began to feel so much better that I was able to work even harder and increase my cardio efforts significantly. The great thing about Aquatic Fitness is that it can help you progress regardless of your age or any physical limitations. It is so easy to work at your own level to increase the intensity as you are ready for it. I began taking the Pilates Reformer class last summer and it quickly became very important part of the equation for me. I am very happy to report that I have very little to no knee pain today!
Do you have any exercise-related or personal accomplishments?
In the last 15 months, I have lost 20 pounds, gone down a clothing size, avoided cholesterol medication, improved my resting heart rate from 70bpm down to 60 bpm and lowered my blood pressure. In addition, I have developed such a passion for Aquatic Fitness that I set a personal goal to become a Certified Aquatic Fitness Trainer in 2018. I have recently become certified by the Arthritis Foundation as a Program Leader for both Aquatic and Exercise fitness and am currently working towards the Aquatic Fitness certification through the Aquatic Exercise Association and expect to have that completed very shortly.
As someone who played a lot of sports in my youth and grew up with brothers—competition was an integral part of life. What I've learned in the last year, is that lifelong health and fitness is a journey—not a competition. Showing up and giving what you've got on any given day is much more important in the long run. You can't beat yourself up if you can't do something as well as you'd like—just keep trying and you'll get there. There is usually a point in every day when I get frustrated by my lack of ability in some area—but when I think back to when I first started working out consistently—the difference is amazing and that helps me to stay positive, focused and to keep working towards my goals.
Congratulations, Terry! You are a true inspiration to all of us here at the health club.