Like many people, Joan Powers tried various gym options available to her. She used to go to a chain gym in Beachwood and remembers not having the best experiences. The women there were, she says, “almost model looking.” The age spread seemed narrow, too. At 61, Joan was used to not being the youngest person around, but the chain gyms seemed to be filled with intimidating muscle bros and college kids.
Her daughter found out about Health 360 through COSE. She convinced Joan to give it a shot, too. Joan was hooked.
Health 360 wasn’t like the chain gyms, she quickly realized. Instead of being filled with one group of people, all walks of life were represented.
“It’s very non-threatening,” Joan says about the environment at Health 360. Everything was going pretty well, it seemed. Then Joan was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes.
“It was devastating,” Joan says. She’d been working out since her 30s, and considered keeping up her health paramount. Her mother is 88 and has osteoporosis and Joan kept that in mind. Avoiding a family history of problems was part of what kept her going.
It’s important to work yourself hard. It’s important to push the limit.”
But, Joan didn’t let the diagnosis stop her. She works with Kelsey and Cindy, two of Health 360’s professional, highly-qualified personal trainers. They go over nutritional advice and design workouts together that are personally tailored for Joan.
“It’s not cookie cutter,” Joan says in reference to her workout routines. Instead of doing the same thing with all their clients, her trainers make sure to take the time design workouts that are right for her. “They talk the talk and walk the walk,” she says.
With Kelsey, Joan does real boxing workouts. Cindy helps her out with nutrition and fitness routines. They both make sure Joan gets everything she needs from her Health 360 visits. “It’s important to work yourself hard. It’s important to push the limit,” she says. That was made much more clear by the diabetes diagnosis.
Joan has had such great success at Health 360 that she even convinced her fitness-shy husband to come on board. He too had noticed how, at most chain gyms, the clientele was muscly dudes and model-looking women. It all felt intimidating to him, remembers Joan.
“I don’t care what people think of me,” says Joan. She goes to the gym to workout, and does not bother with hair or makeup. And the best part about Health 360, she says, is that her husband found out that nobody else cared either. He could take things at his own pace, even when professional athletes like Stipe Miocic were there working out. Joan says her husband is far more confident now and works out regularly.
Because of Health 360, Joan says she can “operate at a higher level” than many of the other women her age. She can lift heavy groceries and spend three or four hours in the mall with her daughter. The fitness advice she gets and workouts she does with Kelsey and Cindy directly impact he daily life. At Health 360, Joan says, “I never have to worry about not working hard.”