Tom Beach 

Muskegon, MI

"I used to be involved in athletics while in high school and college, once I graduated I stopped working out and got busy with a career and other life activities. I figured I was in decent shape and wasn't concerned to much with fitness.

Over the ensuing years my weight slowly increased and my muscle started to disappear. Then one day I saw a picture of myself in a bathing suit. I was shocked at the way I looked. I realized that as I grew older, if I was going to maintain my health and mobility I needed to change my physical trajectory. I did some research and discovered that resistance training offered the best route to overall physical health.

Once I got started, which took a few attempts, I was amazed at how fast I felt better, more alert, more energy and endurance. I slept better and was in general in a better mood. Plus the results in the mirror became obvious. Today, in my mid 60's I feel great and all of the numbers the medical people look at are good. I am still learning more about body mechanics and trying to continuously improve.

It is fun to challenge myself to get one more rep in or learn a new technique. I recently have really started to concentrate on the nutritional aspects. Cutting out all the extra carbs and soft drinks. That combined with working out has the body fat percentage heading down.

I think the take away is that you are never too old or out of shape to start and improve. If you get your mind right, set realistic goals and pursue them with a confidence and passion, big changes can be accomplished.

I am looking forward to an active energetic life!"

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