HELP, I’M FALLING AND I CAN’T GET UP!
I am not a person naturally drawn to exercise, to say the least. In fact, I cut gym class so many times in high school, that I was in danger of not graduating in my senior year. Let’s just say you would never confuse me with someone athletic… In an effort to be a ‘healthier version’ of me, however, I developed a longstanding exercise routine for myself over the years. I have been swimming at SLC for 13+ years, and doing Pilates, Fitwalk ™, and cardio/bootcamp training with Tracey.
Last February, after a morning swim class at Sarah Lawrence College, I was walking to my car in the parking lot, after a big snowstorm the night before. The SLC lot had been plowed early that morning but I slipped on a patch of ‘black ice.’ I went flying into the air, landing flat on my back and head… OUCH!
In addition to a massive headache and concussion, an MRI soon revealed that I had fractured my sacrum (just above the tail bone), and also fractured the right side of my pelvis in 2 places… NOT FUN. I was ordered to stay in bed with a heating pad for several days, and then to take it “very easy” for the next 3+ months. You’d think I would have been relieved to miss my exercise routine, yet I surprised myself at my one-week check-up, when I begged the doctor to let me go back to swimming, at least. Initially he was reluctant, but finally said I could TRY it, but to stop if it hurt at all.
That was all I needed to hear: I was back in the SLC pool in week 2 of my recovery. Granted, I had to swim very slowly and carefully, but it actually felt therapeutic. By week 6, the doctor was pleased enough with my mobility, that he gave me permission to return, with limitations, to the fitness training I’d been taking with Tracey at SLC.
I was THRILLED, although I had to convince Tracey that I really was allowed to participate. Slowly, with a lot of direction and care from her, I was able to regain most ‘moves’ in her class over the next few weeks. (There were some things I could not attempt, such as any exercise where I had to lie flat on the floor, but it was surprising how much I could do.)
Very impressed at my 3-month check-up, the orthopedist said that my recovery was much quicker than most people suffering similar injuries. He attributed my rapid improvement to the strength and muscle I had gained in my classes with Tracey, prior to my fall, and the significant work I had put in since. He agreed that swimming was very good for soft, fluid movements of the injured areas, but that returning to strength training and other exercises with Tracey, definitely contributed to getting me back to ‘full speed’ and complete mobility in record time. Six months later, I can happily attest to the fact that I rarely feel any lingering pain from my injuries, and I am extremely grateful to Tracey for working so closely with me to help me bounce back.
I can’t recommend her classes enough, and I am always ‘singing her praises’ to anyone who will listen. Tracey is an excellent trainer who will push you to do your best, but she makes it fun and makes you WANT to work hard. As difficult as it may be to drag my lazy self to class sometimes, I ALWAYS come away feeling G-R-E-A-T. Tracey’s class, and the fun people who join them, make me smile every time.
I was hesitant to join the January challenge because I knew it would be work. After the first day, I was hooked. It is work, but Tracey makes it fun and you want to come back because the results are happening and I am feeling and looking better.
Sandy Mt. Vernon
Thank you Tracey! These training sessions have helped me lose weight, get stronger and feel really healthy. I believe my life has improved from training with you.
There's nobody like you, Tracey! Your positive energy and high stamina classes are what keep me coming back. Patty was great - I will definitely do her class again, but I'll always go to yours!
Bobbie Anne Cox
Thanks Tracey... You have no idea how much I look forward to your workouts. You have completly changed how I look at my life and healthy living. Thanks!
Quite honestly, after the holidays had passed, Andrea said, meet me at weight watchers and we will do it together. I guess I was ready to start tackling it because I went and I decided that I wanted to feel better and look better. I have always enjoyed working out but have found the time hard to carve out. I also felt that since I was working out I could pretty much eat what I wanted, but as I had kids and more stress this isnt the case. Something was getting in my way. A busy job, kids schedules, no time fir me...
When my son had a sudden onset of type 1 diabetes in September of 2009, change was thrust upon me. The first thing I did was take a leave of absence from my job to figure out his regime of medications and how to balance blood sugar. I started walking several times a week around the duck pond with a a few moms and my head began to clear. I used to see your group fit walking but I didn't have the nerve to ask about it. When Marissa started working out with you she urged me to join your class inside last winter and that's how it began but it took me a year to be ready to try to lose some weight. Now I am eating more fruits and veggies and have cut out my vice, regular soda! I am also paying attention to portion control. My kids are also eating more fruits and vegetables and like the fact that I have some physical outlet because they so enjoy playing sports. I coached my daughters basketball team this winter and felt good knowing that I could work out with them and not be overloaded. I still have trouble balancing work, home, kids activities, etc but I do make time to get to your class twice a week and supplement it with walking outside or hitting planet fitness.
I know I have a long way to go, but I try to take it one day at a time and one week at a time. Some weeks are better than others but I have to keep trying. Mostly I am thankful for the good friends I have who help me reach for my goals and to feel better. That makes all of the difference in the world. It is great to come to your classes and be with women who all encourage one another to be the best they can be. I will have Andrea take a picture of me and we'll email it to you (maybe)!
Thank you for all that you do and for encouraging me! I really appreciate
that! Sorry for the long email!!
I am one of BeFit Westchester's "success stories": I started working out with Tracey 3 months after my son was born and couldn't do more than 5 sit ups. After 3 months, I lost 3 dress sizes and have endurance, strength, and my body back!
I think Tracey's classes are unique because she blends strength training, pilates, cardio, yoga, etc so class is never boring or just "pumping weights" like I found at the gym. The small class sizes feel like you're in a personal training session, music is great, and Tracey's emails motivate me to come come to class even when I don't think I up for the challenge.
I recommend very highly for anyone in lower Westchester!
I started classes with BeFit in late February. I'm a sedentary sort of person and have never participated in an organized fitness program ever. From time to time, i'd taken yoga classes and water aerobics and even once tried Pilates but any exercise I got was by walking, which I enjoy very much. I was attracted to Tracey's program because of the fit-walk program and being able to workout outdoors. I told Tracey I had one goal – to get fit –but not to lose weight because I didn't want to go out and buy new clothes! Well, I kept to my part and attended classes pretty regularly but Tracey didn't keep hers. I went from a size 10/12 to an 8/10 and lost 12 lbs without even dieting! I'd be upset, but I look so darn good and feel even better. Thank you Tracey! Your program is perfect for people of all levels. Look forward to more FitWalks!