At 92, Rancho La Puerta Spa and Golden Door Spa founder Deborah Szekely is not only going strong, but she is spearheading a new project that honors her activist roots. Entrepreneur, James Beard– nominated author, former diplomat, and organic gardening pioneer, Szekely has established Wellness Warrior, a onestop news source for updates and analysis of the latest health issues (many of which focus on food and nutrition), petitions and advocacy.
At age 67, Carol Ann knew she needed help. She longed to improve her health and fitness, but a dysfunction in her gait produced a significant roadblock. She’d made little progress with physical therapists and doctors, so she decided to try a new approach: personal training.
newsletter_teaser: At age 67, Carol Ann knew she needed help. She longed to improve her health and fitness, but a dysfunction in her gait produced a significant roadblock. She’d made little progress with physical therapists and doctors, so she decided to try a new approach: personal training.
Personal Trainer: Marc Coronel, owner of Open Mind Fitness
Location: Greenwich, Connecticut
Rewriting History. At 12 years of age, Aja was becoming one of the many overweight and obese children in the U.S. He preferred the PlayStation to playing outside, and the only movement he experienced was during physical education class at school. But that didn’t seem enough to combat his relative inactivity and fondness for sweets.
“Boundless energy,” “intense creativity” and “an enduring devotion to Pilates” are all phrases that Pilates professionals use in describing Lolita San Miguel. A first-generation master teacher, the 76-year-old San Miguel has taught and inspired Pilates teachers and students for more than 50 years.
client: Dana | personal trainer: Michael Piercy, owner, The Lab | location: West Caldwell, New Jersey
Injury. When Michael Piercy, owner of The Lab (Performance & Sports Science), first met Dana in the summer of 2008, she presented with a rare condition described by doctors as “functional movement disorder.” According to The Lancet Neurology (2012; 11 , 250–60), functional movement disorders are included in a wide spectrum of neurological disorders and are difficult to both diagnose and treat.
Within the fitness industry there is a breed of up-and-comers who are redefining the way the world views fitness. These are true innovators—mavericks poised to become the next generation of thought drivers and path pavers. IDEA Fitness Journal reached out to top names in fitness to learn who they believe are the rising stars who will push the industry toward greatness. This list is by no means exhaustive; think of it as representing the kinds of talents and ideas that will strengthen the industry in decades to come.
Not giving in. Leigh Ann loved to run. However, after completing her first half marathon in October 2010, she began to experience knee pain. A subsequent race resulted in even more pain and swelling. Leigh Ann was benched.
Finding her place. Several years ago Danielle’s dreams of becoming a police officer began to fade. She feared she’d never make the cut because she was overweight and out of shape.
Like so many people trying to lose weight, she had “tried everything” from diets to workouts—but nothing seemed to work. After a negative experience with a personal trainer, Danielle was all but convinced that her dreams would go unrealized. It was then that her best friend encouraged her to try a team-training session at Fusion Fitness Center in Newark, Delaware.
Training from a distance. Jennifer Trimmier, personal trainer and owner of Strong Body San Antonio, enjoyed success as a mobile trainer, meeting clients at their homes or training locations of choice. After word spread about those successes, more people began to take notice.