Referred by a friend, Sid Gordon joined 30-Minute Fitness in 2000 at the age of 73. He had never worked out at a health club before and chose 30-Minute Fitness because it was "small, comfortable, and very friendly."
According to Sid, "I wasn't really out of shape. I just wanted to maintain whatever muscle tone I had. I knew it was important, especially as we age, to exercise our muscles through strength training. 30-Minute Fitness offered the perfect program for me. Each session is just half an hour, so it's easy to fit into my everyday schedule."
Initially Sid joined to stay in shape, but as time went on, he started having problems with his knee, ultimately resulting in a total knee replacement. "I had been an avid tennis player, and the natural wear and tear on my knee eventually caught up with me. In addition, as a dentist, I was on my feet all day everyday. I simply wore out the cartilage in my knee, so bone was rubbing against bone. After three years, the pain became so unbearable I could hardly walk. I knew it was time for the surgery."
Within 12 weeks of his operation, Sid was back at 30-Minute Fitness. "I attribute my quick recovery to my workouts at this health club prior to the operation. We worked on strengthening my leg muscles without aggravating my knee. And we also continued to build my upper body strength, which definitely helped during my recovery."
Now Sid is back to his normal strength training routine. "I still do some physical therapy, but I do it at the gym, and I push much harder. My knee feels great. I still have some pain, but it's tolerable and does not interfere with my life."
Sid comes to 30-Minute Fitness regularly, two or three times each week. He supplements his weight training with cardiovascular exercise on the club's recumbent bicycle. Sid will turn 82 this July and says he has more energy than he had when he was a younger man. "I just feel great, as if I can still take on the world. And I attribute this to my workouts at 30-Minute Fitness and the staff. Everyone is extremely helpful, even providing me with exercises I can do at home on my off days. My added strength and energy allow me to easily play with my three grandchildren. I can keep up with them (to a point), and that makes it all worthwhile."
30-Minute Fitness, Inc. runs on a by-appointment-only basis combining personal training with strength training and packaging its full-body workouts into just 30 minutes. The health club, located at 552 Middle Neck Road, is open seven days a week and offers a 30-day money-back guarantee. Even people who have never worked out before find the motivation and encouragement to succeed at 30-Minute Fitness, where everyone is always entitled to one free trial workout. For more information, or to make an appointment for a free workout, call 30-Minute Fitness at 466-8410.