“I’m doing things I never thought I could do.”
— FRANCES, AGE 78
I grew up with a very different definition of strength. To me, strength was overly developed muscles—Charles Atlas, body-builder style. I did not have a fitness background. I wasn’t even interested in the topic. About my mid-60s, I started walking, which made me feel better all around. Then, I had back surgery, which made me very aware of how much my body was in decline. Medical insurance only paid for the surgery and very limited hospitalization and rehab. I soon realized that, if I wanted to maintain my lifestyle, I would have to pay for a more robust program, to keep doing the things I love like travel.
Now, after working with Schmid, I realize that you can have a strong body without looking like a body builder, and you need a strong body for feeling good. The process has made me more aware of my body, how the pieces are connected---or disconnected. Even better, you can do it do it no matter what your age. I now understand how various movements affect different parts of the body and how correct form when doing an exercise is far more important than the number of reps you do. I am in better condition now than I have ever been in my entire life. And I continue to improve. I’m doing things I never thought I could do, and every day things like walking stamina and carrying bags are vastly improved.