Force Of Nature

Hi Friends~

If someone’s described as a force of nature, it seems like a compliment.

But it also seems to imply that the person is just naturally that way. Good genes. Fast metabolism. Highly motivated. Disciplined. I heard someone refer to me that way recently, and none of that was ever true.

I was an ADD kid before it had a name. Late, lost belongings. I spent most of my time reading, cooking, doing art. My “nature” was not forceful by any definition, unless it was that my head was naturally in the clouds.

Late bloomer.

At around 50 (20 years ago), feeling stressed (peri-menopause was a big culprit) someone advised that I start going to a gym. It was a nice, non-threatening place, and the treadmill was my comfort zone. Since I liked riding bikes I took Spin classes, and eventually it seemed like a fun idea to get a Spin certification.

Through the following years, with encouragement from kids, colleagues, and friends I began seriously road cycling, strength training, powerlifting, and rowing. Experience and knowledge, and numerous health and fitness certifications have led to this incredible, rewarding coaching business – which I NEVER imagined would be my life at 70.

Get started at any age.

You’ve probably seen this story about a 93 year old man who started exercising in his his 70s. He’s moving his body in ways he enjoys, and doing it consistently – rowing is his instrument of choice, which is a great low-impact way to generate power through legs and hips, and build cardio fitness.

He has a balance of workouts mixing percentages of low, mid, and high intensity that are appropriate for any athlete. Strength training twice a week, eating good food, focusing on protein to build and repair muscle. He’s been deemed as fit as men in their 40’s. It wasn’t his “nature” to do this, nor was it for me. It was a choice. How about you?

Not just the guys – women gain strength and fitness after 40, 50 and beyond.

In the Level Up membership (highly recommended) conversation last week, Juliet Starrett, author ofย Built To Move shared wisdom for strength and mobility for women through the process of perimenopause, and beyond.

She’s not interested in talking about longevity. Who really wants to live to 100, if the last years are spent in a care facility?

It’s about durability. The life in our years, not just the years of our lives.


Polli b w deep squat
Lift, row, get strong.


polli half keeling snatch color LF
Kettlebells for strength and power.


Polli 500m medal
I NEVER expected to win a rowing award this weekend!

Strength for every reason at any age for:

๐ŸŒŸBrain health
๐ŸŒŸSkin improvement
๐ŸŒŸProtect bones and joints
๐ŸŒŸStrength for your best life


Get strong. Learn the mechanics of lifting in small group, focused training sessions.

At Leaks Fitness, Main St., Asbury Park.

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    1. Yup ๐Ÿ˜Š I took it as a compliment from the person. But nothing about it comes naturally. It’s a choice to do the work, and so worth it. I’m training for my best old lady years!

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