We’re about to wrap up 2015, and we’d like to recognize a client that always puts in 110% to his workouts while keeping us entertained (see his photo for a glimpse into his sense of humour). Personal Trainer Katie Curtis says, “Over the past three years Lorne has improved so much, whether it be in fat loss, muscle toning or in completing the workouts quicker than most of our younger clients. Lorne also helps make our new clients feel welcome and is always in a great mood, even at 6am. He always makes the class that much more enjoyable for everyone.”
We spoke with Lorne about his accomplishments – and tried to find out how he’s possibly the cheeriest participant in class every morning.
PA: What was your starting point?
LM: I used to weigh 260 pounds and dropped as low as about 185. I ran a half marathon at age 52 in one hour and 45 minutes, which was my first and only half marathon. I noticed that running did not maintain my upper body muscle tone so I began with Precision’s Boot Camp in the Shaw Tower until that class was moved over here to the main location.
What are your fitness goals?
I want to maintain a high level of fitness as I get older. I noticed that by working out every day, at least once and sometimes twice, that my physical and mental wellness are greatly enhanced. My energy levels today are as high as they were when I was in my 30s and I want to continue to exercise for the rest of my life.
How long have you been working with a personal trainer and why did you decide to work with one?
At one point I weighed 260 pounds and was tired and stressed….working out with a personal trainer and the group fitness classes coupled with a healthier diet I lost 60 pounds. What inspires you to keep coming to the gym? I jumped out of bed every morning looking forward to the camaraderie of the class and the varied regimes put on by the different trainers. Every trainer has their own unique approach and I love all of them.
What have you achieved so far? And what’s next?
I love the fact that although I am the oldest person in the class I am close to keeping up to the hard-bodied young guns. In fairness I have noticed in the last couple of years that the plyo classes really tax my joints and ligaments so I am more careful to try not to push myself to the point of injury. I come five days a week and have no plans to change that.
Precision has really made a difference in my life and has helped me deal with stress in the far healthier manner than when I weighed 260 pounds and would eat and drink alcohol. I love the changes that have occurred and I love working out with my peers and the instructors.
Katie adds, “Lorne is a great example of a client who works hard and doesn’t give up on his fitness goals no matter what time of year it is. He is a great asset to have in class as he motivates everyone around him even while in the middle of doing his own workout.” Great work, Lorne!