At age 82, Sue Reversed her low bone mineral density, increased her strength, and got her balance back!
Since coming to The Perfect Workout's La Jolla studio a little over a year ago, Sue's strength has improved across the board. "When someone does it with you, you tend to do it and stick with it. It's fabulous. Older people need a little more special attention, and I'm not at all concerned about getting hurt."
Sue Marchetti used to fall quite often after tripping. Not anymore. After a year of doing The Perfect Workout, she stumbled on the curb going into Nordstrom's. With her newfound core strength, she easily steadied herself and stayed upright. It's just one of the benefits of slow motion strength training, no matter what your age. Sue knew how important weight-bearing exercise was for bone density and adding strength. In fact, she belonged to another gym that was just down the hill from where she lives. "It would have been great if I was 25 years old," says Sue. "I felt like I was intruding on these kids who were buffing up. That's not me. I'm not interested in muscles showing. I'm interested in getting stronger." And while there were trainers there, it didn't seem like there was much assistance. She'd get an answer once, but not any follow up. So when Sue heard about the one-on-one training at The Perfect Workout, she was thrilled. "When someone does it with you, you tend to do it and stick with it. It's fabulous. Older people need a little more special attention, and I'm not at all concerned about getting hurt." An added bonus? "If I pay in advance, I'm going to do it."
Since coming to The Perfect Workout's La Jolla studio a little over a year ago, Sue's numbers have improved across the board. She's had a 54% gain on the abduction machine (going from 100 to 162 pounds), 34% gain on the compound row (up to 120 pounds), leg presses 220 pounds, and crunches 85 pounds on the abdominal machine. One number that really stands out is her T-score, a measure of bone mineral density. A normal T-score is -1.0 or higher. A number between -1.0 and -2.5 is considered osteopenia, with weakened bones and a higher risk of bone breakage. Osteoporosis, more severe bone loss, is indicated by a T-score lower than -2.5. In 2011, Sue was at -3.2. Last year it improved to -0.8. Her doctor's response? "I don't know what you're doing, but keep it up!"
Besides the slow motion strength training, Sue stays young by working with young people. A Master Gardener and Native Plant Society member, she works with kids on school gardens, gives talks on "Natives for Novices," and teaches people how to plant and take care of native gardens. She also takes cares of her own two properties, including one of almost half an acre, which is much easier now that she's gotten stronger all over. "It's very calming," she says. "For relaxing, there's nothing like gardening." And for working out with personal trainer La Jolla, Sue says there's nothing like The Perfect Workout. "I feel at home here. It's the best way to maintain your physical strength."