Woman proves you're never too old to begin strength training

Indianapolis

Retired teacher Linda Weddell is fealess. A former Teacher of the Year, she loves to travel, go to the beach and be with her grandchildren.

When she retired though, she was afraid she was going to lose her passion for life. So in 2007, she began strength training with Vee Ferguson at Exercise, Inc. Her hope was to keep up her energy, but she got much more.
 
"I think the first time I came in I think he started me at 170 pounds and it was like, 'Oh my gosh! This thing is not going to move,'" said Linda.

But it did!

Linda trains using the slow method. She lifts a weight in 10 seconds and then lowers it in 10 seconds. The muscles reach fatigue quickly. It also helps with osteoporosis.

"I think at my first bone density test 10 years ago I had good numbers. Five years ago still looked good," said Linda.

She said it is not only making her bones stronger, but she is gaining muscle as well.

Dr. Linda Stropes, a leading geriatrician in Indianapolis, said too many older adults don't realize they need muscles just to move.

"I see a lot of patients that have lost function in their later years. We all lose muscle mass as we age, so strength  is a way to keep up your muscle mass so you remain functional," said Dr. Stropes.

As for Linda, after starting out leg pressing 170 pounds, she is now at 357 pounds. Her goal is 400 pounds by December.
 
More about Exercise, Inc., is available online.

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