Success Stories

Green Ridge Recreation Center focuses on offering healthy fun for everyone! In the Wellness Center, we're especially proud of members and guests who have achieved life-changing success through better living and exercise.
Mary Ann Julg - Green Ridge Member
When I retired four years ago, I made a decision to take care of myself. Chelsea Arner was my first trainer with Lose Big and started me on this journey. Yes, I fussed and complained.
At 50 years old, I had a bone density scan and now at 60 years old, I needed another one. I met with the doctor after and he kept apologizing for making me come for a density scan. I didn’t understand why. He told me that after comparing the scans at age 50 and 60, my bone density had increased! This is virtually unheard of. My density reserves were so good that the doctor said I would not have to worry about my bone density until I was at least 90 years old.

 My workout routine is three days a week of walking/running and three days for free weights and machines. I am also a firm believer that core strength is so important and the doctor agreed. I attributed it all to starting at Green Ridge, as it is the place with the trainers that give me the help and opportunity to do both activities when the weather won’t let me go outside.Thank you Chelsea and Green Ridge!!!


Bill Jones - Personal Training Participant

Working with a personal trainer was one of the most important decisions I made when I set out to lose weight and improve my health.  My weight had increased to nearly 350 pounds; I had high blood pressure, sleep apnea, elevated cholesterol levels, and had trouble walking up a flight of stairs without getting out of breath.  In addition, I was recovering from two knee surgeries for cartilage tears that were primarily caused by being overweight and my poor physical condition. I had not worked out in over 35 years and had no idea how to use most of the equipment in a fitness facility.  Having led a sedentary life style for most of my adult life I found our workouts to be quite challenging.  My trainer assured me that they had worked with individuals similar to me and that if I followed their workout suggestions that I would get better and improve with time. They were very encouraging and showed me the proper techniques and methods for using the fitness equipment and facilities. They varied my routine, kept me challenged, and gave me lots of encouragement and support.  By the end of my first year, I had lost over 100 pounds, no longer needed blood pressure medicine and had become addicted to working out.

Greg Dowdy - Green Ridge Member
Two months ago I weighed 250 pounds and a walk up the steps left me huffing and puffing.  If something fell on the floor, and rolled under the couch, it took a major plan to try to recover it.  All that was then.  I now weigh 213 pounds (down 37lbs) and am headed for 194.  With two training sessions a week, walking sessions a day or two more, and a serious diet, I am now a new man in mind, body, and spirit.  I spring up from the couch.  It doesn't hurt to get out of my VW.  I feel so energized.  I have put up my 2XL clothes away.  With a good trainer, and the willpower to finally make this happen, I did all this through Thanksgiving and Christmas (fattest time of the year). I am a proud member of Green Ridge Recreation Center.  I have more work to do, but together we will get there.  They have changed my life; mind, body, and spirit. Let them change yours.”


Linda Foster - Personal Training Participant
I started at the gym as a middle-aged novice after a physician's recommendation -- having not set foot in a gym or exercise class since high school 30 years before. I was over-weight, suffered from chronic knee pain, and out of shape. Over the past six months, I've lost almost 30 pounds, my knee pain is gone, I no longer need blood pressure pills, and I sleep better. Initially starting in a Lose Big class, I added a personal trainer as a way to enhance and speed-up the positive changes in my body. Working with a personal trainer has helped me become healthier, while providing individual attention to my specific problems.