Kathryn Christensen, Age 60

When I first started going to the gym and doing high intensity workouts, I would come home wiped out for the rest of the day. Now, I come home feeling great and ready for whatever the day brings whether it’s taking my grandchildren to the zoo or going mountain biking with my husband. I feel great, and I have lots of energy.

I have been training with Ted Hawkins for about 3 years. Ted was my coach as I trained for my first powerlifting meet at the age of 58, and to my surprise, I won the masters division. I continued training with Ted for my second powerlifting meet 6 months later and won both the masters division and my weight class. Since then, I have continued to work on my general strength and fitness.  I have gained muscle and lost fat resulting in confidence in how I look as well as gaining strength and balance. At the age of 60, I can say I am in the best physical condition of my life. 

Recently, Benchmark Strength and Conditioning moved to a new building. We now have access to several new pieces of equipment, and a high tech tool called MyZone. I have received information about my body and my fitness level that has been very helpful. MyZone has been extremely motivational and gives me an added layer of accountability to my training.  Ted is very knowledgeable about fitness and strength training. He programs movements to build strength and fitness and is able to scale the training to accommodate injuries or other limitations. His coaching is holistic and includes discussions and guidance about sleep, nutrition and even breathing, as well as training in the gym. I have been so excited about all the things we have been discussing and doing that, when I woke up at 2 am the other night, I had trouble going back to sleep with all the thoughts bouncing around in my head. I look forward to my time working with Ted, and I am excited about the progress I am making. My goal is to continue to improve my strength and conditioning so that I will be healthy and strong for many years to come. I plan to continue working out and lifting weights well into my 80s. I know that because of the work I am doing, my bones are strong so I don’t need to worry about osteoporosis and my balance is good so I am less likely to fall as I get older. But for now, I am enjoying my time in the gym and being able to participate in the opportunities that come my way. Last week, I did a kickboxing class. Maybe next week I’ll go Rock Climbing.