The Hudson Times did an article about my client Lisa.
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Woman’s workout regimen lifts spirits, health
by Phil Keren / Reporter
"HUDSON — Lisa Bartlett says both her adult daughters and her co-workers think she’s “crazy.”
That’s because Bartlett, 57, recently added weightlifting to her fitness regimen, regularly working out at Team Wring Fitness on Hudson Drive with trainer Andrew Lewis.
Though she’s only been lifting for about two and a half months, Lewis said she has steadily improved, recently deadlifting 160 pounds with an eye toward 165 at the time this story was written.
“I’m pretty proud of it,” said Bartlett, a nuclear medicine technologist at The University Hospitals Portage Medical Center in Ravenna. She lives in Randolph Township.
The amount that Bartlett can deadlift puts her at “the pinnacle of the bell curve” for her age and gender, said Lewis, who is a strength trainer for Blackmetal Strength Training and noted he rents space from Team Wring Fitness, but is not directly affiliated with the facility.
“I would call it impressive,” said Lewis. “It’s a good place to be at. I’m very happy with her progress.”
Bartlett is lifting about 80 pounds on chest press, 110 pounds on squats and 50 pounds on presses, which involves holding a weight bar at chin level and lifting it above one’s head.
Bartlett said she has done weight training with Lewis three times a week.
“Every night, I’m doing a personal best on one of [the exercises],” said Bartlett. “That’s how fast he’s increasing my weight. I’m getting better at something every night.”
How it started
Bartlett shared that she’s “always struggled” with her weight, and in the past has seen it fluctuate by “50 pounds up and down. Just yo-yo like crazy.”
She did not play sports in high school, and only began exercising regularly a few years ago. While her daughters were growing up, Bartlett said she was “really busy” with their activities and had difficulty finding time to exercise. Now that her daughters are grown and out of the house, Bartlett says she “needed to find something for me.”
What she sees in her workplace also provides motivation, witnessing people struggling with health issues.
“I see so many women my age who can’t even walk on a treadmill for three minutes,” said Bartlett.
Bartlett initially started working out in the hospital’s weight room a few years ago and then a trainer began teaching cardio, strength and boot camp classes in the facility.
Several years later, she took up training with Shawn Lightner at Evolve Fitness on Owen Brown Street. While Lightner focused on repetition over weight, Lewis prefers more weight with fewer repetitions.
Bartlett said Lewis critiques her technique.
“He’s a perfectionist,” noted Bartlett. “He’s really good at teaching.”
Since she started the cardiovascular workouts a few years ago and added weight training a few months ago, Bartlett said she has now been in the same size pants for four years.
Though she said controlling her weight was the main reason she started working out, Bartlett said, “I like having some muscle mass ... I like being fit.”
She added that her weight training pays dividends at work, too. Bartlett on Dec. 15 received a President Award during her employer’s holiday dinner event and she noted her boss at the ceremony talked about “how energetic I still am.”
The workouts are also a “great stress reducer,” said Bartlett.
Looking ahead, Bartlett has goals of a 150-pound squat, a 100-pound chest press, and a 200-pound deadlift.
So far, Bartlett said she has not been able to persuade any of her female colleagues to give weightlifting a try. Speaking to women her age, Bartlett said they can start at a light weight that they feel comfortable with and gradually work their way up. There are also important health benefits, she said.
“Having some muscle and lifting weights is the best thing for your bones,” said Bartlett. “Any doctor will tell you that.”
Lewis agreed, and emphasized that weight training is “for everyone.”
Bartlett said other women her age may be surprised at what they can accomplish.
“For me to be doing this at this age and trying to be good at it really amazes me sometimes,” said Bartlett. “It amazes me because I never thought I could do something like that. You don’t know until you try.”"