Change your path and change your fate: This is Jeanie's Member of the Month Story

Change your path and change your fate:  This is Jeanie's Member of the Month Story

Getting stronger to avoid hip replacement:

Written By Elise Matthews.

What Elise has to say about Jeanie:

Jeanie came to us on the wonderful recommendation of two of our current members, Carol and Maggie, who are amazingly loyal and vocal KORE supporters.  Jeanie was and still is an avid tennis player but she was starting to experience some pain in a variety of areas and had a suspicion that she needed to do more in order to avoid the fate of her mother and Aunt who had both needed hip replacements.   While Jeanie was fit from tennis, years of playing a very one-sided sport had taken its toll on her body. She was experiencing neck and shoulder pain, low back pain, as well as leg pain. She needed to restore some balance to her body and in turn, that would hopefully relieve a lot of the pain she was feeling.  Jeanie is one of the most diligent and determined individuals I’ve ever met, she shows up when she says she’s going to and gets immediately to work. Over the last few years, we’ve had to navigate some different issues that required modifying her program to accommodate what was going on (wrist surgery). Jeanie has always been trusting with us that we can create programming that will allow her to continue to progress while ensuring that we don’t put her acute issues at risk.  Watching her improve her strength and regain a pain free life over the past 4 years has been a pleasure. Jeanie is a fighter, she’s got her life under control and moving in the direction of improved health, it’s a beautiful thing to see.

What Lisa has to say about Jeanie:  

My favorite thing about Jeanie is that she is always cheerful and positive, not only for her own progress, but for the progress of all the other KORE clients she has gotten to know in her semi-private sessions.  Jeanie shows up to her sessions ready to work hard; she is so diligent with her exercises and it has shown with her progress. For the first time ever this past month Jeanie was able to get her hand to touch the floor on an exercise that she has been doing on and off for the last 4 years.  That might not seem like a little thing to you, but to her and us that means that she is making significant progress with her upper back mobility (an issue that has caused her neck, shoulder, and arm pain in the past!). I also love that just by being more mindful of her quality of movement in the gym, it has translated to being more mindful of her posture in everyday life and wellness habits like drinking more water.  Jeanie has made significant strides towards creating a body that moves well, is out of pain, and will allow her to enjoy her retirement without physical limits, I am so proud of her efforts and success!

What Jeanie has to say about her journey:

How did you originally hear about KORE?

My cousins, Carol Lumpkin and Maggie Lumpkin who were already members at KORE.

What prompted you to seek us out once hearing about KORE?

A couple of reasons: 1. I played tennis but knew that I should be doing more for my body’s well being.  2. I had arthritis in many areas - hips in particular and had back problems so I was looking for something to help both of those areas.

What was your initial goal when you signed up with KORE?

To hopefully strengthen my body in weak areas and therefore maybe be able to avoid hip replacement in the future.  My Mama and Aunt both had to go through it so I felt like it was in my future as well.

What was holding you back from achieving this goal?

Finding a place that wasn’t intimidating; finding a place I could afford: and just making a CHANGE in my life - change is HARD, even if the change is good.

Has this goal changed since you joined KORE?

I think I’ve just expanded my goal to include the whole body - not just the back and hips.  I have been active my whole life, but that is not the the same thing as being “in shape”. I realized I’d lost so much flexibility, range of motion, balance, etc.  I had a sedentary job and hadn’t realized how much I had always taken for granted with my body, movements, etc.

Now that you’re working on this goal, has your view of yourself changed?

Yes, I am pleased with my efforts and it is so rewarding to see and feel positive results.  I have improved in many ways. As my confidence increases, I’ve been willing to try some things I only thought about previously, like running in a 5k!

How do you feel about your future health?

HIp and back are much improved and I have realized that I cannot stop working out.  We lose what we’ve gained so quickly if we slack off or quit.

What have you liked best about working with KORE?

The willingness of the staff to accommodate and work around / with any health issue that comes up.  And their ability to change and adapt workout programs to me and MY “issues” whatever they might be at the time.  And then I enjoy all of the trainers - helpful, kind, fun and knowledgeable. Also, I enjoy socializing with the other members!

What would you say  to someone who is struggling with the same goals?

You have to make a commitment to SHOW UP and give it your best shot while you’re at KORE.  Can’t cut corners or skimp - be persistent - good results can happen but maybe not FAST. So patience has to be important as well.

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