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Finding your Centergy

Posted by Suzy Spackman | May 19, 2023 3:46:11 PM

For many women in their 40s and 50s, changing hormones during the menopause transition can throw a curveball into their regular fitness routine and the overall results they expect to see from familiar workouts they’ve done for years. TAC Zumba and Group Centergy instructor Suzy Spackman shares her personal experience with this pivotal time in a woman’s life. Read on to see how changing your fitness routine by changing your focus can help.


As I turned 50 and was in the midst of menopause, I felt like my weight was creeping upward even though I was hitting the gym all the time. I was running on a regular basis (training for a ½ marathon) and teaching Zumba classes 3 to 4 times a week. I felt pretty fit but was still feeling the effects of getting older (who doesn't?). I took a hard look at what was working for me and what wasn't. I decided to get a personal trainer to help with my battle against aging.


From the moment I started focusing on weight training, I started to see results. Don't get me wrong, it didn't happen overnight. But I noticed immediate results from the weight training that I hadn't been seeing from the endless cardio. I am also certified to teach Group Centergy, which has significantly increased my mobility and flexibility. After about a year of these changes, I have lost about 45 pounds, but more than the weight loss, I am in better shape than I was in my 30s because of the combination of cardio, strength training, and Group Centergy.


Not only am I stronger, but I have better balance and more mobility. I learned that cardio fitness is only one part of fitness and as we get older, we can't ignore the other aspects of being fit.


Join us at our women's only gym located just south of Anchorage. 

Suzy teaches at TAC Eagle River gym Monday and Wednesday nights and Saturday mornings. She also subs at our Anchorage gyms and Wasilla gym. She works full-time as a music teacher for ASD.


Written by Suzy Spackman

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