Weight loss journey

Weight loss journey

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[Geneva resident Michelle Swoons works out with Brian Redard, corporate manager of Ultifit in Naperville. Swoons was diagnosed with binge eating disorder at Northwestern Medicine Metabolic Health and Surgical Weight Loss Center at Northwestern Medicine Delnor Hospital.]

The nutritionist had been urging Swoons to start working out, but she resisted.

“ He said, ‘Why not try it and see how you feel?’ And I was like, ‘…You want me to actually work out? I’m not here for all that.’”

Still, something inside pushed her to give a try.

So the next step of her weight loss journey would come through something she had never done before: high intensity interval training.

“Feb. 19 was my first day,” Swoons said. “It’s been a roller coaster life ever since then.”

‘It never gets easier, you just get stronger’

Redard said high intensity interval training is a method of targeting every muscle in the body through various strength training methods.

“We do everything from calisthenics to weight training, weight lifting, using medicine balls, suspension straps,” Redard said. “It’s never going to be the same workout twice. … We work off muscle confusion. The body will never adapt and hit plateaus that you get from doing a repetitive routine.”

When Swoons arrived, Redard said he took her through some standard movements to capture a baseline of what she was capable of doing.

“When it came to her muscles, they could not hold a lot of strength and she was not able to move her own body weight very well,” Redard said.

Swoon’s routine was the most fundamental program the studio had, in order for her to make progress in the six-week Push for Progress program, Redard said.

She could almost complete two push-ups when she started. But after two six-week sessions, she can do 26, Redard said.

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