Featured Trainer Tracy Durham

Featured Trainer at The Perfect Workout - Feb 2023

From 20 years in the corporate world and 85 pounds overweight to marathon runner in her 50s and now Personal Trainer at The Perfect Workout, this is Tracy Durham’s story…

“I was in high-powered sales for 20 years and walked away from that to start my own company with my husband. Despite the success of building a business from the ground up, I became very unhealthy in the process and ended up gaining 85 pounds.

I remember seeing a picture of myself one day and I was shocked.

Not long after, I started having chest pains and I was losing my eyesight. It totally freaked me out.

So, I went on a quest to make a change. I signed up for the Rock-n-Roll Marathon in San Diego with 8 months to train for it.

And I did it.

I completed the marathon, but not long after, I thought, ‘now what?’

A friend urged me to get into personal training because of my own physical transformation, and the fact that I was a woman in my 50s.

It really resonated with me because during my own journey I felt like I had nobody to talk to. Nobody knew how hard it was to be a working mom, to stay focused and consistently get to the gym. It would have been so great to have a trainer to do that with instead of just on my own.”

Read about other women over 50 who have lost over 50 pounds!

After getting certified as a Personal Trainer through NASM and The Perfect Workout, Tracy was selected to join the training team in Mission Valley, where she’s been making a big impact on member’s lives.

“It's been a great experience and I absolutely love it.

One of my members was in a very dangerous situation. She is severely overweight and when she first started with me, she couldn't stand at all. We eventually worked on her strength and balance to where she could stand for 30 seconds at a time. Now she can stand for 2 minutes.

She's made huge strides, and instances like that are the reason I get excited to go to work everyday.”

The difference after 2 years of doing slow motion strength training at The Perfect Workout

“Another one of my members, Bonnie, is a nurse and was convinced she just didn't have time to workout. After much soul searching she found 40 minutes a week to do The Perfect Workout. After just 4 sessions she reported to me that she was sleeping better, her anxiety was starting to fade and her depression was easing. She comes in now smiling and has started talking about dating again! She has decided to get back to who she used to be.

This is why I love coming to work!

I get up every morning with butterflies in my stomach because I’m so excited to come in.

As for me, I'm grateful to be able to do this workout after being as unhealthy as I was and working so hard to get here.

I'm not giving this up for anything. This is my 20 minutes.”

Featured Member: Melissa Furman

Image of The Perfect Workout's January Featured Member, Melissa
By Jordan Thomson | Updated 01/18/23

50 year old Melissa Furman used to wake up daily feeling achy, stiff and often was brought to tears with pain and frustration. Now, she feels stronger, pain-free, and she’s more confident in her body. Here’s her story…

For years, Melissa suffered from lower back pain due to an injury incurred at the gym. She’d always been active – riding horses for 35+ years, training in TaeKwonDo, taking various gym classes, walking the dog etc..

Imaging revealed she had a slipped disc in her spine and was told surgery would resolve it.

But Melissa didn’t want surgery.

So over the years, she tried a number of things to help her back pain…

“I did physical therapy several times, home exercises, dry needling, home gym workouts (that didn't last or work), gym workouts that were run-of-the-mill boot camp/crossfit/training programs (that were interesting and often grueling but left me sore and hurting), chiropractic care (that was painful and didn't work), chiropractic office strength workouts that left me sore and stiff, stretching (that only felt good then, but didn't have overall long-lasting benefits to my back pain), over-the-counter pain meds and even a new very expensive, fancy mattress! .

None of that ultimately helped relieve the back pain. The pain often brought me to tears. I couldn't sleep comfortably and was frequently exhausted due to not resting deeply and waking achy, barely able to turn over to get out of bed.

I was far too young and active to feel this way! So as I approached my 50th birthday, I knew I had to finally do what I've known to be necessary: strength training.

So I sought a place that would offer me quality training, with attention to form and function and could attend to my limitations – The Perfect Workout.

I finally decided the financial investment was worth it to commit to personal training. After spending a lot of money on a fancy mattress with little benefit, which was my last attempt to feel better on my own, I realized it was time to invest that kind of money in personal training that focuses on functional fitness and overall strength.

I knew I needed the accountability and skilled trainers to make the difference in my strength and comfort. I didn't like feeling sore and stiff after the typical gym workout, and I didn't have the time in my week to devote the necessary hour or two of time in the gym, so The Perfect Workout fit the bill. It's hard work, in little time. And it's effective.”

Melissa first noticed positive benefits from The Perfect Workouts in just 2 weeks…

“When I first started these workouts, I was exhausted – my body was adjusting and ramping up. This workout is taxing! But after adjusting my protein and water intake and increasing calorie amounts to help build muscle and give my body what it needs to conduct these workouts, I got over the exhaustion and started thriving.

Before, I would wake up achy and stiff and tired. Everyday tasks like laundry, picking things up off the floor, vacuuming, emptying the dishwasher, lifting heavy objects – all of it was done with pain or discomfort. Now, I'm stronger and can do those things with ease. I still have to manage some knee pain but it's far less significant.

But the biggest achievement I’ve experienced is getting rid of my back pain. It's liberating.

This relief has been such a blessing in my life. And as a midlife woman, I also am happy to see muscle definition where I didn't have it before.

The strength I've gained at The Perfect Workout supports my back and my overall ability to function in daily tasks more easily.

I'm stronger. I feel better. I’m more confident in my body and more positive about the future.”

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