Family: Wife, Marilyn; daughters, Wendy and Kristy; son, Gregory
Where do you work out?
Mill Race Center
How many hours per week?
Briefly describe your daily/weekly workout routine:
Every Monday, Wednesday and Friday, I do 20 minutes of cardio, then strength and endurance routines for arms, shoulders, abdomen, back and legs for the remaining 40 minutes.
What inspired you to begin a regular fitness routine?
I had a torn meniscus in my left knee. I went to physical therapy and then on to Mill Race Center.
Why have you stuck with it?
In three months, my knee was much better, so I was encouraged to continue. The people who run Mill Race are very personable, friendly and knowledgeable, and that encouraged me to keep going.
How do you make time to work out?
I’m retired, so I have time and I make it a priority.
Have you lost or gained muscle mass through working out? How much?
Yes, I have. I don’t know how much. I’ve lost maybe 10 pounds, but have rearranged my weight, because I’ve replaced a lot of fat with muscle.
What’s your favorite exercise?
Cardio, because I can watch TV programs while pedaling. I’m only on it for 20 minutes so I can’t watch a sitcom, but I flip between the History Channel, the Golf Channel and FOX News.
Any exercises you dread, but do anyway? Why?
It’s called the “sword” and involves the diagonal muscles across the abdomen. I’ve been doing that exercise for over a year, and it’s really hard to increase weights or repetitions.
Do you listen to music while you work out? What’s on your playlist?
No, I just watch TV while pedaling. I enjoy talking with people while I’m exercising.
Do you follow a special diet? If so, describe it briefly. Do you “cheat” much?
I rely on Marilyn to make sure we eat lots of fruit and vegetables, whole grains and very little fried foods. I don’t cheat much, but ice cream is my weakness.
Do you have a favorite fitness moment, for example, when you reached a tough fitness goal or overcame a plateau?
I have no particular favorite moment. I just enjoy seeing that I can slowly increase weights and repetitions on most routines.
What do you do to motivate yourself when you just don’t want to work out?
I’m pretty disciplined. So if it’s Monday, Wednesday or Friday, I pretty much am committed to head for Mill Race right after breakfast. And I always feel so good for the rest of the day after exercising — both mentally and physically.
What is a little-know fitness fact about you?
Between basic training in the U.S. Army and starting at Mill Race after injuring my knee (about a 45-year span), I have pretty much not been a regular at physical exercise. It just wasn’t a priority. Now that I see how it helps with my overall health, and definitely helps my golf game, I can’t imagine not doing this.
What advice would you give someone who wants to start working out?
Just try it once. Nothing about something like this is immediate. If you’re interested in a regimen of physical exercise, over a period of weeks and months it will improve several aspects of your life. You’ll sleep better, you feel better. Even if you don’t lose weight, you will rearrange it.
— Jennifer Willhite,