Jackie Brainerd joined Get You In Shape in September of 2014. She is a CPA working as a manager of a pediatric group and has lived in Coppell for the past 12 years.
Q: Why did you decide to join the Get You In Shape program?
I had known about the program for a while and have 2 neighbors that are active in the program. Plus I love working out outside! Timing was right this past September.
Q: What was your life like before joining the Get You In Shape Program?
I’ve always been active playing softball, golfing and walking. I have done the SGK 3 Day 60 mile walk the past 9 years. 5 years ago I decided to sign up for an interval running class and have just kept running 3 times a week. I had the cardio covered but not the weight training and core work-out that is so important as we age.
Q: What was your first impression from the Get You In Shape program?
My first impression meeting with Brad was “What have I signed up for? What do you mean I need to also incorporate healthy eating?” So I thought ok let me give it a shot. Upon attending my first work-out I was hooked! I thought I might feel out of place because I was out of shape and older than so many other members. I felt just the opposite. I was welcomed and introduced to other members. I feel like I have a “personal trainer” yet the comradery of a group setting. We truly have fun.
Q: What have been some of the tools you have used that have benefited you?
Where do I begin? I was introduced to MyFitnessPal. Tracking your calories and fitness could not be easier. The recipes, exercises & words of encouragement shared on the private FB page are wonderful. Being able to post accomplishments and getting words of encouragement back is awesome. However, the individual and team contests have been my favorite tools offered by the program. All ages, all sizes and genders make these challenges open to all. I have just enough of a competitive spirit to want to be successful.
Q: How is the Get You In Shape program different from other programs you have tried before?
Without question the GYIS team. Everyone I have met takes their role seriously – we get down to business but are also very personable. Time is not wasted during each 60 minute session. All members no matter their skill level are encouraged to “push a little more”. Coaches are quick to help with correct technique. And did I mention – it is outside!
Q: What results and benefits have you experienced in the Get You In Shape Program?
I have lost 18 lbs since May 2014. GYIS helped me lose another 7 lbs and 5 more inches. However, I broke my fibula in March 2015 which interrupted my fitness program. After surgery placing a plate and 8 screws in my left ankle area I came back with a boot in just 30 days. My surgeon said he knows being active in the GYIS program helped my healing tremendously. He released me in 60 days (norm is at least 90 days) and no outside physical therapy. At 90 days out I am back in the program 100%. I have started my weight loss journey again by using MyFitnessPal and meal replacement shakes & a commitment to attend all available sessions.
All my health numbers have gradually become better since last year. I am taking less medication to maintain those numbers and have a lot more energy. I need it – since my 9 year old granddaughter is spending a few weeks with me this summer.
Q: What would you say to anyone looking at this program?
Give it a try! You can’t go wrong. When you figure the cost per sessions offered a month it can’t be beat!