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Cyndy Youker, age 56, has been training with MM Team Fitness® for 6 weeks and has lost 5 lbs to date. In addition to Team training 3d/wk, she runs 12 – 15 miles total, spread over 3 days. Consumes between 1700 and 2000 kcal/d and does some biking on the weekends for fun. Cyndy came to me with some previous resistance training background. Her initial assessment was unremarkable and was ready to go with Team training. She’s only missed one session to coach her Lacrosse team out-of-state. She always gives 100% effort to every workout and walks through the door in the morning with her game face on. Most importantly, she created a plan, a process that addressed upfront, all the variables that would ensure success relative to her goals, and she is sticking to the plan. Below is her story, how it all began. 

This all started when I met  Dr Jackie Buell at a nutrition seminar that Ohio State hosted for endurance athletes, advertised through my FrontRunner running group.  What she had to say about nutrition and portion control, hit a chord with me and I asked her if I could make an appointment to review my eating habits. 

We met, and she evaluated my typical dietary intake and offered a more balanced approach that I've been following pretty much since then.  I'm eating smaller portions more frequently throughout the day, and my eating plan is balanced - carbs, protein, fat, and include all the food groups. 

At first I thought I'd be starving - portions seemed so small! Now I can't believe how much I was eating at each meal previously! Because I am eating more often throughout the day, I don’t ever really struggle with being hungry. 

During our meeting Jackie recommended that I also get an iDXA to assess my body fat and bone density.  Based on the results, she recommended that I work with MM Team Fitness® to improve my bone density and get me in better shape (lose fat and gain muscle). The rest is history.  

One of my goals includes running a full marathon in October and the recent VO2max test at OSU was helpful in establishing some training parameters and my pace at anaerobic threshold. 

My focus is to improve my body composition, endurance and strength (less fat and more muscle) and cardiovascular conditioning. 

I'm really happy with my progress thus far, and I like the workouts, even though they are tough, because I know they are doing me good.  Plus it's nice to be working out hard with other people who want to be fit (or are fit!). The Team training is definitely motivating.

- Cyndy Youker

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