Sandy is one of the most inspirational people I know. She recently turned 70 and can do pushups, TRX rows, and plank it out longer then most. Her attitude about life is uplifting and her willpower is admirable. I feel lucky to have spent the past four years as Sandy’s personal trainer. She has helped me realize the true power of exercise and it’s ability to transform, strengthen, and enhance a person’s life.
Whenever I take on a new client who is scared of getting started with weights or I see the look of discouragement in their eyes when they point out how weak they are, I reference Sandy. I tell them about my 70 –year-old rock star who does Pilates with grace, lifts 24 lbs. over her chest while balancing on a stability ball, and just learned how to hold downward dog 2 years ago.
Sandy started strength training in her early 60s and never looked back. She has stuck with her commitment to a healthy lifestyle, crediting it for her strength, stamina, and wellbeing. When I first met Sandy she was nursing and would sometimes come to a session the day after a 12-hour shift. On those days we would take it easy and focus more on Pilates and stretching, and 90 percent of the time she always felt renewed after a session. She has since retired from 40 years in nursing and has kept up with her weekly long walks as well as consistently doing Pilates, strength training and some yoga.
I asked Sandy what she has to say to people who say they’re too busy to workout. “Your best investment is in your health! If you don’t take care of yourself how can you have enough energy to be there for your family? You have to make the time!” she advises. Sandy has created the habit of working out and says she wants to continue to exercise and focus on staying healthy well into her 90s. I look forward to continuing our plank challenge together to see if she can hit a new personal best, since Sandy shows me that anything is possible!