Boomer Fitness

Rosa and Her Many Changes

  1653309_10207912040631989_3203958630073519913_n Before Rosa decided to join Boomer Fitness, she was in the worst shape of her life. She had let herself go, was eating the wrong foods, and was drinking 3-4 glasses of wine each night. If she continued on that path, she believed she would have gotten sick with a disease that would have taken her in a downward spiral. Her clothes were always tight, she wore big blouses to cover up, and even though she smiled on the outside, she was miserable about the shape she had gotten herself into. “I wanted to lose my belly fat and tone all over my body,” Rosa explains. “I struggled with the 14-day challenge and because of stress. I didn’t come when I should have. I was so out of shape that I couldn’t keep up.” What she found at Boomer Fitness was patience and encouragement to keep going. She found that the personal trainers and supportive group setting kept her motivated. She liked the bootcamp style and all-over body workout that was intense with bursts of cardio. “The trainers are great and I love when we high-five and they yell across ...
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Letty Sees Results

IMG_5580 Before joining Boomer Fitness, Letty did work out some. She would do a little here and there with weights, she’d take some short walks on some days, and she’d even jump on the treadmill from time to time. Trying to lose weight, she did Zumba for six months and took on a low-carb diet. Despite all of these efforts, she didn’t see any results and never lost any weight. She also never connected with anyone she met along the way. But all of that changed when she joined Boomer Fitness! “At first I was scared, I didn’t know what I was getting into,” she says. “The real question was can I really do this? I have met some pretty amazing women. They are all so encouraging and such an inspiration. They keep me coming to Boomer!” While working out at Boomer Fitness, Letty met Lavonne, who became her workout buddy. They text each other to make sure they will be at class, and they encourage each other. Together, they have created a wonderful accountability system that has helped both of them stay motivated and inspired. Having arthritis, Letty also worried she ...
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The Transformation of Wendi Estrada

12795297_10208428675621864_2166759728647708696_n Many people can relate to what Wendi Estrada was going through before she made the decision to join Boomer Fitness. She was overweight, out of shape, and was feeling breathless when she would go up the stairs. She also cringed inside every time someone wanted to take a picture of her. Making the decision to join Boomer Fitness and give it her all, she did more than lose weight. She changed the way she looked at exercise in general. “My energy levels are much higher, I’ve lost 40 pounds and my mindset about exercising has really changed,” she says. “I think I’ve really been encouraged to be strong and I see a lot of benefits in that and it’s a big mental shift in how I looked at exercise.” Her mind went from thinking she had to do lots of cardio to be thin to learning how to be strong and healthy. She also learned to not value herself by the number she sees on the scale. Today she looks in the mirror to see if she likes the results she is getting from her hard work at the gym. This ...
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The Myth of the “Senior Moment”

Working with many seniors throughout the Vancouver, Washington area, I have heard many people blame things on having a “senior moment.” I have heard it be used as an excuse for many things, including for people not getting involved in exercise, sticking to their routines, and more. I think it’s time that we shatter the “senior moment” myth once and for all, so we can all move forward and become healthier! There is no such thing as someone having a “senior moment.” Let’s get that out there first and foremost. The truth is that we all have those moments from time to time, regardless of our age. Yet the research is out there backing up the idea that we can learn and get better at things as we age. Getting older is not a disease or something we need to make excuses for. It’s time for older people to stop blaming things on their age. Stop shrinking down and backing away just because of your age. Take the challenge, make the commitment, and stick to it and you will see results. Besides, if you feel like you have moments when you can’t remember things and you want to blame it ...
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Paradigm Shifts to Make When Aging with Fitness

iStock_000061409816_Medium When it comes to getting fit, you already know that there are changes you will need to make. You will have to engage in being committed to your workouts in order to get the most out of your training and see positive benefits. But there are other paradigm shifts you will need to make as well. Just picking up the weights at the gym is not going to be enough to get you from where you are to where you want to be. It’s important to make the paradigm shifts so that you can come to really embrace what you are doing and why you are doing it. Being negative about things is easy, and often comes as second nature for some people. So these shifts may take some practice for some people, but by sticking with the idea of making a shift in your thought patterns, you will find that you can achieve more and enjoy what you are doing more, too. Here are the top three paradigm shifts that you must make when aging with fitness: Re-think what old really is. Age often gets a bad rap in our ...
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Fat Loss Motivation and Exercise Tips for Women Over 40, 50, and 60

Word Help written on a weight scale Most women who I come in contact with want to lose fat. This is especially true of the ladies who are over the age of 40. Yet many of them tell me that they don’t know exactly what to do to lose the fat or they feel as though their body is just not working with them on the mission to make it happen. Well, I’m here to tell you that it doesn’t matter what age you are, because you can absolutely lose fat! Whether you are over 40, 50, or 60, there is hope for you yet because everyone can lose fat. Nobody said it’s going to be easy though, because no matter what age you are you will still have to get off the couch and get engaged in making that fat loss happen. If you are over 40, 50, or 60 and you want to lose fat, then you have to get honest with yourself. That’s right, I said it. Get honest with yourself! This blog post is a rant about being true to your results and to your goals. Are you ...
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3 Fat loss exercise tips for women over 40

Slim girl with centimeter on gray background Although Boomer Fitness is located in Vancouver, Washington, I like to learn about what others in the field are doing. On several fitness workshops that I have gone to I have run into Shawna Kaminski, who owns a gym in Calgary and is one of that city’s top fitness trainers. One of the things I respect most about her is that she lives what she preaches. Recently, I got a chance to interview Shawna and get her take on how females can best go about staying fit over the age of 40. She was happy to share her top three recommendations for this, which include: Giving up cardio as your number one weight loss tool. Most people don’t realize it, but cardio will raise your stress levels, as well as your cortisol. This is going to keep you from reaching your weight loss goals. If you can do more interval-based cardio, including springs, jump rope, mountain climbers, and yes, even burpies, you will have a more successful time trying to lose weight. Start lifting weights. Now you may be thinking that you don’t want to ...
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Want to get healthy? Try the Paleo Ripped Challenge!

iStock_000083870169_Medium You have probably heard of the Paleo diet, even if you are not sure what that term means. It’s a popular thing that people are doing today to help them reach their health goals. The Paleo diet is a plan that aims to get you eating more like our ancestors did. Combine that with a great fitness plan and you will be well on your way to achieving the health and fitness goals that you have dreamt of. The Paleo diet gets people closer to eating like we humans did back in Paleolithic days, which will get you bypassing the processed foods and eating more wholesome options, such as lean meats, fish, vegetables and fruit. What most people don’t realize is that diet is the key component in helping you to reach your health and fitness goals. What you put into your body makes a huge difference, and today people are on average getting 60 percent of their calories from processed foods. It’s no wonder why so many people are struggling with this issue. If you are ready to learn more about eating a Paleo diet and to see how it ...
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Angela Daniels: From depressed to unstoppable

11828699_891943230887944_5438138939803882871_n   Angela Daniels is someone who has a lot in common with many people out there who want to get fit, but just don’t feel they have what it takes to do it. Before joining Boomer Fitness, she was lost, depressed, and unhappy with herself and her body. She also, like many others, had no energy and always felt tired. She was also taking several medications per day, dealing with stress, and had had knee surgery on both knees. While it may have seemed like she was down for the count, she made an important decision. Since leaving the military, where she was physically fit, she felt she had let herself go, and to add to it she was living off of an extremely poor diet. She was also someone who was always looking for a quick fix to help her lose the weight. Yet that quick fix solution never came through, so she started working out regularly. The decision that Angela made that was so important was in joining Boomer Fitness. She was ready to start working out and trying to get back closer to the condition she was once in ...
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Shania Woods: From outsider to success story

10525845_955944894476074_1427102767854544577_n Before Shania Woods joined the Boomer Fitness New Year Revolution, her life seemed difficult. She was at a point in her life where she wanted to do something to better her health and fitness, but she didn’t know what exercises she should be doing to get her body into better shape. She also found that the motivation she needed was sorely lacking at other gyms, usually leaving her to feel like an outsider in the fitness world. Coming into the Boomer Fitness New Year Revolution Plan, Shania was frustrated with her legs and stomach the most. Those were the areas she was the most self-conscious about and wanted to target to change. She felt like she couldn’t wear the clothes she wanted to wear, because she was afraid that others would judge the way she looked harshly. Making matters worse, Shania also felt hopeless, because she couldn’t seem to lose the weight she wanted to lose. She was exercising on her own, but just wasn’t seeing the results and was feeling as though she’d never be able to improve her fitness level. Her goals were something she shared with most people, ...
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