TNB Fitness Member Spotlight: Lynn Bartrum

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How long have you been a member of TNBFITNESS?

Since August 2016

What attracted you to TNBFITNESS/What motivated you to join TNB?

A close friend recommended TNB to me and I decided to check it out.  I had spent the last 5+ years trying to recover from a back injury, and was frustrated by multiple setbacks.  It seemed every time I would start making progress, I’d re-injure my back and be behind where I’d begun. I was impressed that Tash took so much time with the initial consultation—not only with the physical assessment, but with getting to know my story, my physical challenges, and my goals.  I appreciated that it is a women-only environment, and that my TNB membership would help support the non-profit side, The New Beginnings Center.

How do you feel now compared to when you started training at TNB?

I feel stronger and have much more confidence in my body’s capabilities.  I no longer feel limited by past injuries to my shoulder, wrists, knee, and back.  I’m able to do more than I thought I was capable of, and would’ve been too scared to try (such as a kettle bell deadlift).  I’m always inspired by what the other ladies are able to do, and at first I wondered if I’d ever get there.  I’m excited to see that I’m making steady progress, both inside and outside the gym.  Many exercises that I once needed assistance or modifications for, I’m now able to do without assistance or modifications.  Yay!  It’s also so encouraging to see that although I may struggle when I begin a new workout, I’m doing more reps and/or heavier weights within just a couple of training sessions.  Outside of the gym, I’m walking more and more miles, and can accomplish moderate hikes.  Soon I know I’ll be able to bike again, hike strenuous trails, and even hike carrying a backpack!  A long-term goal of mine has been to hike The Camino de Santiago when my son starts college.  The Camino is a 770km route from St Jean Pied de Port in the French Pyrenees to the cathedral of Santiago de Compostela.  Before I started training at TNB, I was so discouraged I had begun to fear I would never be able to accomplish that.  Now I know that it’s not a matter of IF I’ll be able to hike the Camino but WHEN. 

How has TNB helped you reach your goals? 

TNB has provided me with the results that come from consistently showing up at the gym and following a varied, progressive training program. Most of all, the trainers at TNB are amazing!  Tash, Gabe, and Marielle are so very positive and encouraging.  I have used other trainers in the past, and did not respond well to a one-size-fits-all program or someone yelling at me to push myself.  My experience at TNB has been nothing like that!  I know without a doubt they are there to help me to safely challenge myself and to meet my goals.  They always ensure that I’m using proper form and “meet me where I am”, modifying workouts if necessary, or showing me additional stretches to do if my muscles are stiff or sore.  For example: My back seized up after a weekend of boating last fall.  When I was able to return to the gym, the trainers were great at helping me to recover by modifying my workout.  They taught me stretches and exercises to not only address my back pain, but to help me prevent it from happening again in the future.

What advice would you give to a person looking to join TNB?

Do it!! You will be so very glad you did!  When it comes to meeting health and fitness goals, nothing can compare to the knowledge, guidance, and encouragement you receive from the trainers at TNB.

Complete this sentence - TNB is encouraging, challenging, and TOTALLY WORTH IT!