AMFC Members Gary Gaspar and Julie English each nominated AMFC Personal Trainer, Mark Shane as an AMFC Fitness Hero.
From Julie, “ I have worked with Mark for over 10 years. I have used every excuse in the book not to work out and Mark has always just stood there with a smile J. Mark has:
1. Good sense of humor
2.Patience of a Saint
3. The ability to make me want to work out
4. Makes me feel guilty when I skip
5. Great listener (kind of like a psychiatrist, he just nods and smiles at everything I say)
Overall, he has taught me how to work out correctly for my body.
Says Gary, “I’ve been working with Mark for over 15 years. My initial goal was overall strength training. Mark worked with me to set some specific goals and develop a training program to achieve them. I would work with him every other Friday and he would write up all of my workouts for the days between that I do on my own. We set a bench press goal of 315lbs, which is 3 plates on each side of the bar. (I weigh 175lbs). After achieving the goal and surpassing it, I peaked at 325lbs. Almost 3 years ago, I found out that I needed open heart surgery to replace a defective aortic valve that I had since birth. Mark helped me through my rehabilitation and we set a goal of getting back to 315 on the bench prior to my 50% birthday. We have made it to 305 several times and today I attempted 315 for the first time and came within a hair of getting it. With 18 months to spare, I now know we will get there very soon!”
Nominated by Julie Vipond
Whether Tasha is teaching a class or doing personal training with me, she always give you 100%. She knows just how far to push you and bring out the BEST in you!
She is a tough trainer but so motivating, and she makes training and her classes really fun. She is very genuine and caring. Tasha leads by example on a daily basis. When times get rough in training, she is always there to lift me up. Kinds words combined with a little ‘motivational push’ makes all the difference in the world.
AMFC member, John Mollison, nominated his wife Sue as an AMFC Fitness Hero. From John, “That I am a “regular” and (according to Karen) hold the record for Fitness Assessment push-ups is wholly due to my wife’s positive influence and example!
She started me on the road to wellness 19 years ago. I made 7 minutes on an elliptical machine to her 60. However, she encouraged me to come back, ever increasing in small increments until the motivation to sustain and grow on my own accord took hold (about 3 years, by the way).
Today, her consistent effort and obvious “good shape” extends to our kids – my son actually pre-empts video games to come to AMFC and our daughter enjoys training w/Kristin. I think it’s very plain to me that Sue is a Fitness Hero to many.
Says Sue, “Life is full of distractions that can keep us from exercising consistently. Don’t let the distractions defeat you! Don’t compare yourself to other people because your story is not their story. Work for your personal best. One of the many things I love about Avera McKennan Fitness Center is the variety of exercise options they offer. Find the class or machines you enjoy and make it fun!”
Sign up at Member Services now for Karri’s Functional Fitness Training in February. Functional training provides a practical training method for benefits that extend out of the gym and into daily living. It makes the physical aspects of life easier. These classes involve resistance and core training using body weight, free weights and balance trainers. The benefits of Functional Fitness Training include:
- Stronger Core
- Increased Flexibility
- Increased Strength
- Better Balance
- Improved Agility
- Improved Cardiovascular Endurance
- Better Posture
- Stronger Joints
When: Tuesdays, February 4, 11, 18, 25
Time: 7:45 – 8:30AM
Where: Aerobic Studio
AMFC member, Shannon Peterson nominated charter member and volunteer, Sharron Castle as an AMFC Fitness Hero. From Shannon, “When I first started attending AMFC, Sharron took me under her wing and showed me the ropes. She is a faithful fitness pal, and I think she can out do lots of people ½ her age. I admire her and always look forward to seeing her smile at classes.”
Says Sharron, “It all started for me with the P.E.P. program (Positive Eating Patterns) run by Jackie Haggar-Tuschen back when the ‘fitness center’ was the Avera Hospital basement. That started a new lifestyle for me”.
Sharron walks every morning in addition to her 5-per-week workouts which can include weight training class at 5:40am on Tuesday and Thursdays with Amy and Holly or Zumba or any other group ex classes she decides to try. She chooses a variety of exercise classes to mix it up and keep things interesting. “Classes are where I get new ideas. In a class setting you’re challenged by the energy of others and that keeps you focused.”
And as much as members like Shannon Peterson appreciate Sharron’s warm, welcoming smile and conversation, Sharron loves to encourage others in their health and fitness adventure and sharing the camaraderie of exercise. “I just feel good,” Sharron says with a smile, “I can’t imagine not living this way.”