I read an article which indicated you lose about a percent of muscle mass annually after age 35. So I joined a small gym in the Toledo area about 6 years ago and was surprised how little I could lift … not that I could ever lift much of anything! So before going the Silver Sneakers route, I thought I would try some of the other classes. They were tough but the instructors and classmates were very encouraging (as they are at the MAC!).
Like many people, I believed this would always be the case, however when I hit my forties I discovered I was wrong. In my youth I had acquired some bad habits, smoking, poor diet etc... These bad habits caught up with me. I was getting the "love handles" and if I tried to exercise, it was difficult because I couldn't breathe due to my smoking.
- Increase Strength - Increase Endurance - Fat Loss - Increase Muscle Density - Increase Bone Density -Improve Balance - Tone - Improve Heart Function - Increase Vo2 Max - Rehab and Recovery
"The doctors and the nurses were convinced that if I was not in as good shape as I was, I would not have survived any of it. All of the weight training with machines and class workouts really paid off in the most amazing way."
"Working out isn’t a short term goal. It is a lifelong commitment. It takes time and there is no quick fix or magical pill. You just have to keep pushing yourself and set new goals. When you plateau, do something different and don’t quit. Keep it exciting, change it up, find what works for you! God gave you one body. Take care of it the best of your ability and it’ll take care of you."
"The best time to plant a tree was twenty years ago. The second-best time is now."
"I have been a single parent of two awesome girls all these years and have still found a way to train 5 to 6 days a week. I train because it makes me feel good. I believe that if you feel good about yourself, it leads to a positive attitude and in return makes you more of a pleasant person to be around."
"I was able to train for boxing and racing and ended up being successful in both. I lost 50 pounds before my crash. After I broke my neck, I used MAC to get myself back to as close to pre-crash shape as possible."
Did you know there are multiple variations of lunges? Watch Nick demonstrate in this quick video. Learn how to burn fat and build muscle!
MACtion Fitness Video - highlighting 6 variations of a push up. Think the push up is a standard simple move? You'll think twice after watching Nick's variations on the push up and add these to your next workout.
It is not easy, but anyone and everyone can make significant change in their lifestyle. Like so many things, I had to decide for myself to make a change before anybody or anything could help me. There are virtually unlimited people and resources waiting and willing to help, but it simply could not work until I made the decision to change.
Looking for a bit more challenge in the water? This class is designed to be a step above the regular water class. It is a fast paced 30 minute shallow water workout that consists of a combination of Tabata, boot camp, and interval training moves. These aerobic exercises can be modified for all ages and abilities.
When I decided to make the commitment to join MAC, it is was more about trying to extend my life by getting healthy. In 2014, I had a stroke, and afterwards I had to learn to use my left side again. On top of the stroke, I had been gaining weight over the years.
Tell us a little bit about yourself: I am 32 years old. I am originally from Tennessee. In 2012, I graduated from West Texas A&M with a M.S in Meat Science. With that degree, I have worked in food manufacturing facilities where there was always good tasting food available. I am currently working in R&D at AdvancePierre Foods in West Chester. My hobbies include hunting, fishing, and now my love for the gym and a healthier lifestyle. I am a devoted family man with a wonderful, loving wife and an 8.5 month old little girl.
I have been in this country for more than a decade and lived in various countries before settling in Milford in 2006. All of my family likes to exercise frequently and we have all been a part of Miami Athletic Club for almost ½ a decade. I love spending time outdoors and visiting places as I work from home almost all the time.
Retired from YUM! Brands, the parent company of KFC, Taco Bell and Pizza Hut, after 25 years as a Facility Manager, John joined MAC to strengthen his body and lose weight – he is down 16 pounds after one year and so MAC trainer, Tom, could help him after cancer surgery.
Travis has done a lot of work in a short amount of time. In just 5 months he has made great progress toward getting and staying fit. In fact, his excitement for fitness blossomed into a personal trainer certification.