Bruce and Traci Gilliland are a great example of how fitness can become a family activity. They both started training at Fitness Together in July 2011 and have truly embodied the lifestyle change that we strive for at FT!
Bruce: "I am a practicing optometrist specializing in low vision rehabilitation. When not in the office, I enjoy time spent with my family swimming, biking, and playing golf. My other hobby is music - I sing in the choir at church and occasionally play the piano or organ.
When I decided to train at FT, my primary goal was to lose my belly fat gained over the past 20 years of no daily physical activity. However I have come to realize that it is just not losing weight, but gaining physical endurance, strength, and most of all a mental attitude of what is necessary for better health.
Both my wife and I had tried the “usual" gym experience and failed because we had no one to push us. I found the FT idea to be a better option for us to have the "push" necessary. It provides us a way to help each other gain so much more out of each workout session.
Some of Bruce's improvements include: A drop of 3% body fat, resting heart rate has dropped from 88 to 62, improvement from 16 to 32 push-ups in one minute, increase of 70 lbs. on bench press, and a 64% improvement in hamstring and lower back flexibility*.
"Since starting, my pants don't fit any more, I sleep better, I have more physical energy, and I have muscles I never knew I had! I really can run a mile and live to tell about it, and my resting heart rate is 28 beats per minute lower*! I still want to lose more weight, and gain more strength and flexibility so I can live healthier, longer, and happier.
I have not stopped talking about my experience with people at work, church, and with my friends. I talk to my patients who are mostly seniors about the benefits of Fitness Together!
Traci: "I am a pharmacist working at a hospital. I have two children that keep me busy! Some of my "spare" time is spent helping with outreach programs/mission projects our church. I also enjoy reading and being active outside with the family.
My main goal was to lose weight that I gained over my last two pregnancies when I decided to start training at FT. My husband Bruce encouraged me to join with him - it has been the best experience to see each other getting healthier and setting and example for our kids. Since starting I have noticed an improvement in endurance, strength, and I have dropped 14 lbs. I have learned that is a process, something I have to consider every day as far as what I eat and do for exercise."
Since starting Traci has: Lost 14 lbs. and 6% body fat, increased her cardiovascular endurance by 60%, improved her flexibility by 37%, and dropped 4.25 inches from her waist alone*!
"I want to continue to lose more weight and get stronger. I want to make these lifestyle choices something that I just do naturally. I also need to take advantage of the massage that are included in my package! I have already told my co-workers how great the program is. All the trainers continually motivate and push me way harder than I would ever do to myself - thank you!