Deb Coleman has been a member at McConnell since May of 1999.
She had never really been much of an exerciser until her mid-30s but has stayed consistent since that time. She read an article
about McConnell and liked the location. The clean, spacious locker room was a big selling point, as was the professional staff
that was available for orientation and questions. Also, Deb felt
motivated to find a facility when she was at her highest weight and
started to experience knee pain, which limited her activities. She
found that exercising regularly upon joining McConnell was the best
pain relief, saying "the motion is the lotion" that helped her.
She's always felt that being healthy is the foundation in her
professional life as a Registered Nurse working in public
health. She also saw it as key to being able to do the things
that she enjoys throughout her life, which includes traveling. She
says some of the places she wanted to go could be physically
challenging. In 2010, she signed up to go on a pilgrimage to
Medjugorje, a town in Bosnia and Herzegovina. She wanted to
prepare for a lot of walking and climbing rocky hills and
mountains. She signed up for personal training and has
continued it weekly since that time. She has worked with Amy
Kleski and with every vacation, they focus on the strength and
fitness she needs for the next adventure. Last summer, she
went kayaking in the Gulf of Alaska and even though rain and rough
sea conditions set in, she was able to accomplish her goal of
kayaking in Alaska.
For Deb, maintaining her weight has been a struggle since her
teens. She has lost weight over the years she has been a McConnell member and feels that being at McConnell has helped redirect her
focus away from the scale and onto improving her fitness level and
how she feels. Part of that success she feels came from utilizing
the annual evaluations that are available to all members. She
was able to compare from year to year how she was doing and see her
progress, as well as "refresh" her workout.
Deb's advice to current members is:
- Change the routine
from time to time. Include stretching at the end of every
session, and you will be taller and younger when you leave!
- Ask for advice from the exercise physiologists — they are great at
understanding what you might need.
- Get to know other members — I enjoy seeing the friends I have made and, if I am talking when I
am doing cardio, it goes much faster!