March 2018 Client Spotlight

                                  PAM HEISER

Pro Fitness is excited to put the spotlight on Pam Heiser this month! Congratulations from staff and friends at Pro Fitness!

August 1st, 2017, was the first time I walked in to Pro Fitness to meet Jason (My daughter took the 1st picture just before I went).  I was very nervous because I’d never been to a fitness place before.  The last time I did regular exercise was Jazzercise in the late 80s!

I’ve had back trouble all of my adult life and later a herniated disc which eventually led to 9 epidural steroid injections.  There were days I couldn’t walk much farther than my neighbor’s house or get in and out of a car.  I was also feeling the general aches and pains that come with aging and the scale kept creeping higher and higher.  The final straw was arm/shoulder pain that was hindering my work as a professional pianist.  I checked with two doctors to make sure it wasn’t serious and then after several massages with Jackie Bushner, I realized that if I could make time for these appointments, I could also make the time to exercise!  Jackie highly recommended Pro Fitness and working with a trainer.   I’m so thankful we had that conversation and I acted on her advice!

My main goal was to reduce pain and get more motion in my arm.  At the time, I couldn’t get dressed easily or turn pages at the piano without pain.  I also had no clue how to begin which is why I needed a trainer to guide me.  I was afraid I would make things worse for my body but everything has improved from head to toe and I’ve lost over 12 pounds!

  • I have more energy and improved posture.
  • I eat healthier and drink more water.
  • I don’t need to rely on coffee and ibuprofen to keep me going anymore.
  • I have not been sick since I started exercising regularly.
  • I’ve been able to go back to my full work schedule after taking a semester off to focus on rehab.
  • I can now keep up with my husband and his love for really long walks and bike rides.
  • We also want to vacation more but I need to be physically fit to enjoy that. I was pain-free during our last trip and able to stand, sit, and walk with ease and even played beach volleyball with my kids!

I feel like I’ve just started this journey.  The toughest part will be continuing to make the time in my schedule. I can easily tell when I’ve waited too many days to go back.  Core strengthening and increased balance, flexibility and muscle strength will continue to be goals.

Jason is a truly gifted teacher.  Shortly after I started training, I sent this text to a friend “He’s super nice and doesn’t make me feel stupid, old, or inept!”  He’s super attentive with how I’m doing the exercises so that I do them correctly.  He’s an expert at how muscles work and makes modifications on the spot if I’m struggling.  I could not have made these improvements on my own!

Pro Fitness is such a friendly and supportive environment.  There’s always a happy face there to greet you!  I was impressed that they knew me by name after one visit.

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