My name is Susannah. I am a fifty-eight year old retired teacher. I began working with Nathan in July of 2011. My back was aching, I was having degenerated disc problems, and my hands were starting to show signs of arthritis. Luckily for me, during the registration process, Nathan just happened to walk by and the salesperson stopped him and asked him to talk to me. Nathan’s responses reminded me of talks with physical therapists when I was recovering from shoulder surgery.
Wow! He really seemed knowledgeable! I was immediately impressed, and signed up to be his client. Before I started training with Nathan, I was 5 feet 5 inches tall, I weighed around 144 pounds. I certainly didn’t look or feel my best. Sleeveless shirts were totally out! And I had no idea what to do to improve my fitness level without injuring myself. Nathan was very patient with me, and was willing to work with me over the long haul. Nathan has a way of encouraging me and ALWAYS keeping a positive attitude himself. And he encourages that same positive attitude with his clients.
He always introduces the “next level” with a big smile of encouragement, and will not let me think FOR ONE SINGLE MOMENT that I am not ready to do this. His confidence wipes away any self-doubts that I might have had about my ability to take on something harder.Nathan knew that someone in my condition needed a long-term approach to be successful. He did not take any short-cuts, and did not progress me until I was ready. He let me proceed at my own pace, which was slow but steady. However, like the tortoise in the fable, I am winning the race!
Now, I am strong enough to go all day long without needing to rest my back. Biking has become easier, too. Those pitiful little inclines are no longer a problem. I weigh 125 lbs and wear size 4 pants. People who haven’t seen me in a while ask me, “WHAT IN THE WORLD HAVE YOU DONE?” I feel great, too! My aches and pains have receded and are virtually gone. I can even wear sleeveless tops without being embarrassed. I even get comments on my arms.
~ Susannah Willms
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