Of the setbacks that Leslie has overcome with Jackie’s support, the most recent was a severe sprained ankle. She was riding her husband’s horse and had mentally noted that the stirrups were a bit short for her. She cued the horse to complete a sliding stop but the horse attempted to complete a roll back (a sliding stop followed by turning around 180 degrees). When Leslie jammed her foot into the stirrup to correct the miscommunication, she heard a loud snap. Upon getting off the horse and walking to the car she says she had a tennis ball-sized ankle! While full recovery and business as usual with her training took 6-8 months, Leslie was inspired by Jackie when after 3 weeks they started training again with a focus upon core strength. Leslie says of her reigned cow horse competition riding “It’s Fast!!! You need a strong core to stay on your horse.” Dedicated as she is, Leslie works simultaneously with two horse trainers. She shared that the one in Florida that she doesn’t work with as often, after having spent dedicated time with Jackie working on her core strength, exclaimed, “what have you been doing?” Her Florida trainer could see the slight difference in Leslie’s posture and stability on her horse. Leslie laughed saying “core strength on a horse is critical; otherwise you’re a dirt dart!”
When Leslie had her initial consultation with Jackie her goals were to improve her balance and strength. Leslie shared that in 2000 she had a brain tumor removed that had caused significant impact to her balance. I asked Leslie if she had to rate herself on a scale of 1-10 on where she is today as a result of personal training and working out at MLF, she honestly shared that she is at an 8. She says that 10 out of 10 is certainly possible but would mean doing more independently on the fitness floor. She is a regular in classes and dedicated to her personal training and shies away from solo training as she simply loves the upbeat motivation, camaraderie, and even that little bit of competitive or inspiring edge of watching others in class push themselves or take it to the next level.
Of MLF in general and the value of personal training, Leslie says she never thought she would like going to the gym…she would consider the idea of a gym and wonder “who likes it?” Today, she confidently declares “Personal training helps” and feels “it would benefit anyone.” She appreciates that Mountain Life Fitness is a unique fitness facility offering the intimacy of being small and knowing people on a personal level, she likes that we have everything from a fitness floor, a group ex room, our upstairs intimate training area, awesome locker rooms, The Blend and more.
She says, “I love it! The classes, the intimacy of the club. If I can do it you can do it too!”
We are happy to have you as a dedicated convert Leslie!