Couple in 70s Benefits from Apparatus Pilates

gordon_linda1If you have stopped by our clinic this summer, then you have probably seen Gordon and Linda taking a Pilates duet group class. Linda is 76, and Gordon is 77 years young! They live most of the year in Southwest Florida and spend five months in Wheaton—where they lived during their working years. It’s an inspiration to see the couple, married 55 years, demonstrating such energy and strength while using the Cadillac and Reformer machines (the duo referenced in “duet class”).

gordon_linda2But rain falls on all of us, and Linda and Gordon have not been exempt. Gordon has had two knee replacement surgeries, and Linda had heart troubles four years ago. Before that, walking was a part of their fitness routine. After the health scare they hired a traditional trainer in Florida and began using weights in their exercises.

Eventually, Linda’s doctors told her that she needed to do more to maintain her heart health while in Illinois. Linda’s and Gordon’s philosophies on exercising differed during their search. “His philosophy has been, ‘if it doesn’t hurt, it’s not doing any good,’” she says.

Then, their daughter Melissa, who is in a business networking group with Be Fit owner Mar Lou, suggested Pilates. Gordon thought Pilates was a good idea, while Linda was hesitant. She would only take Pilates classes if Gordon took them with her. They’ve been taking duet group sessions since last summer.

“I’ve found that this is reasonably painless,” Linda says. “I have found a difference,” working with Pilates Cadillac and Reformer machines. She has experienced improvements in balance and flexibility. Ditto for Gordon, who golfs three times per week. “I like the ability to feel more flexibility in my golf swing,” he says.

Gordon and Linda have gone back to Florida. Perhaps they and their energy are responsible for taking all of our warm weather! Linda would deny having such powers, though. She simply wants to maintain functional health. “At our age, this is a lot more important than being able to leap tall buildings.”

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Advice on Breast Cancer Screenings is Applicable to Overall Health

Doctors advise that you take certain tests to screen for breast cancer. Women over the age of 40 should have regular mammograms. Based upon statistics it compiled, the American Cancer Society says that mammograms reduce deaths from breast cancer by as much as 40 percent.*

In the same way that cancer screenings become a regular part of our healthcare, it’s also a good idea for us to be proactive about our total health. Physical therapists like those at Be Fit specialize in healing injuries and treating disorders such as fibromyalgia. Be Fit also offers no-cost exams for you to check out stubborn muscle and joint pain, and Pilates classes for you to maintain your fitness level.

May you be reminded this month to check in on your health, and help someone else who is not in the best of health.

*Breast Cancer Facts and Figures 2015-2016, American Cancer Society


Update: Start Date Changed

The Natural Path, with Be Fit, is offering a complete program to get you in shape for the holidays, and to give you the tools to recover after all of the festivities.

The IN.FORM introductory class offered by The Natural Path is a 12-week session. Participants learn weight management and lifestyle change strategies. Learning occurs in the company of likeminded people under the guidance of a committed, enthusiastic teacher who uses the latest technology to track your biomarkers (body fat percentage, etc.).

As part of the nutrition and fitness package, Be Fit we will be providing 10 weeks of basic fitness training to maximize your weight loss and other health benefits.

With this program you will:

  • Burn fat
  • Detoxify your gut
  • Reduce stress
  • Build and strengthen muscles
  • And more …
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Cost: $499

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IN.FORM Class (13 weeks)

  • 9/13/16 – 12/6/16
  • TBA at

5226 Main St.
Downers Grove, IL 60515

Be Fit Pilates (10 weeks)

  • 9/20/16 – 11/22/16
  • Tuesdays 6PM (45 mins.)
  • Saturdays 8AM (45mins.)

1027 Burlington Ave.
Downers Grove, IL 60515

July Patient Testimonial: Heather

valued customer heatherI was in so much pain when I started my sessions here I wasn’t very optimistic when I started. Within the first two weeks I noticed a drastic change. The stretching exercises make me feel good. I look forward to coming and getting “worked out”! I have the confidence to continue the stretches at home. I was always worried if I did the wrong thing the pain would get worse. The girls have made me do things to break that thought. I feel I have more motion and can do more physical activity.

Stop Your Aching Back and Legs: August Back Pain and Sciatica Workshop

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Heather (left, with Mary Lou Savino) couldn’t do certain activities due to her back pain, but she put off treatment because she doubted it would work. We’re glad it did.

We know back pain and sciatica can steal the joy from life because you can’t do the things you enjoy or because others have to slow down for you. But you don’t have to live with your low back pain or sciatica.

Our next Back Pain and Sciatica Workshop will be Saturday August 13, 2016, from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.

By attending this no-cost workshop, you will learn:

  • The possible causes of low back pain or sciatica
  • How to pick the right treatment for the cause of your low back pain
  • How to stop contributing to your pain

You will also have the opportunity to receive a free 30-minute assessment for your back pain. We’ve helped hundreds of people in Downers Grove and DuPage County to heal their low back pain and sciatica, including Heather. She said, “I wasn’t very optimistic when I started. Within the first two weeks I noticed a drastic change.”

Take the next step to get back to your life! Register online or by calling us at (630) 964-4008. Registrations are limited to 30 people.

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Wine and Dine Summer Fun for Your Referral

For our valued customersReferral Poster-page-002. We’re offering as a token of thanks $50 in gift cards when you refer a friend or a relative for an evaluation. To receive this reward, refer your friend or relative, and then each of you will receive a $25 gift card good at any Lettuce Entertain You restaurant if your referral comes in for an evaluation. This offer is good only during the summer.