LiveSTRONG at the Y improved Sherry's quality of life, built friendships
Sherry started her journey with us in 2016 through the LiveSTRONG at the Y program. At her initial assessment, she felt like she couldn’t do much and couldn’t use any of the machines in the Wellness Center due to pain and mobility issues. She wasn’t able to straighten her legs on the leg press machine and wasn’t able to properly maneuver the torso rotation machine. That soon changed working through the program and with guidance from her LiveSTRONG instructor, Cindy.
New Outlook on Life
After 12 weeks, Sherry was able to do so many things that she wasn’t able to do before, including using the row machine and completing 110-pound leg presses. Sherry credits the program to her feeling like a whole new person. It helped with her back, gave her courage to learn and do new things, helped her to breathe better and trust in teamwork with her LiveSTRONG class. Sherry strongly encourages anybody who qualifies to take the program,
“LiveSTRONG is the best thing that happened to me. I feel like a whole new person. It’s such a wonderful program, and you create friendships that last after the class is done.”
Life after LiveSTRONG
Even after she completed the LiveSTRONG program, Sherry remains engaged at the Y. She not only attends Active Older Adult socials and Bingo, but has also met with Wellness Coach, Lisa Gill, to continue her wellness journey. Lisa has showed her how to use medicine balls and weights, so Sherry’s options weren’t limited to machines.
“Lisa always helps if she’s not busy with another client, and she always provides workouts to accommodate any pain or injuries.”
Sherry started in a walker, but now is able to stand up to walk and only uses a cane. She continues to improve and make progress and is still working to walk without her cane, so she can get in the pool wearing the new swimsuit her friends gave her. Sherry is determined this will be achieved with support from Y staff, her friends, and new confidence in herself.
Learn more about LiveSTRONG at the YMCA and our other chronic disease prevention programs.