Success Stories

A Turning Point in New York Times Columnist Philip Galanes Life

An Eye-Opening Observation When Philip Galanes visited his mother in the summer of 2014, she was sitting in a chair in the living room of her Vermont home. Philip quickly realized she had been sitting in that chair for weeks—literally—after she had hurt herself in a fall and was “trying to pretend the whole thing…

Sculptor Mark Mennin on the Power of Weight Training

On a typical day in Bethlehem, Connecticut, Mark Mennin can be found on his Hyster forklift, loading 200 tons of granite columns salvaged from an old bank or other demolished structure down his driveway to the outdoor studio where he works. Mark is a stone sculptor, the kind where he actually carves the stone himself….

CrossFit Success Story: Overcoming Intimidation and Feeling Powerful

Four years ago, at more than 20 pounds overweight, 30-year-old Melissa Panzer started CrossFit. “Walking in the door was the hardest part. I felt embarrassed and nervous. There were people of all ages. Everyone was strong. I was intimidated.” Melissa pushed through her initial reservations and was soon going to CrossFit six days a week….

Paralyzed Bride Rachelle Friedman Chapman Finds a New Passion

When Rachelle Friedman Chapman had had enough of the limo, the clubs and the scene at her Virginia Beach bachelorette party, her posse headed to a friend’s house for a late night swim. Rachelle hesitated going in the pool because it was chilly, even though she was a lifeguard. So a friend playfully pushed her…

Olympic Medalist Dara Torres: Age is Just a Number

Going for Gold If Olympic swimmer Dara Torres gives you advice on getting into physical shape as you age, you listen. She knows what it means to set a goal for yourself and achieve it. She’s been doing it since she started swimming at age seven in Southern California. At age 14, Torres won her…

Lynne’s Success Story: Getting Strong Got Her Back on Stage

Overweight and At Risk At 55, Lynne Jordan found herself so out of shape and overweight that she was unable to walk up stairs without losing her breath or taking a break. The Chicago singer and performer had intense knee pain that kept her from moving much. She’d let her fitness regimen drop off a…

How Weightlifting Changed This Grandmother’s Life

Growing strong with weightlifting and building strength is not really about looking fit and muscular or being able to lift heavier weights in a gym. “It’s about being able to live life to its fullest,” said Mary. Why Mary Took Up Weightlifting Despite Not Having a Weight Problem Mary, a petite Japanese American woman, was…

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