January 6, 2017
Martha Lyon has been training at Craven SPORT services for a little over a year now. Before joining us she reached a point of frustration, “I knew I had to do something. I was noticing balance issues and [lack of] endurance with cardio. And I said to myself, ‘If this is what I am like now, at my age, being in my second 50, I’ve got to do something because this is just wrong.’” The issue she found was having the confidence to come into a space where people could see her, “Other people would see what base shape I was in. Did I really want to put myself out there and be vulnerable like that?” But after having a conversation with two of our current clients, Garth and Carol-Anne Patterson, Martha was determined to give it a try, “I didn’t have the confidence to start off with a big group and that was why I started with Tallan. She started with movement, mobility and flexibility. She even gave me a session or two of Yoga. And that was what I needed to start to build some movement.”
Martha started training with Braden Ripley when Tallan moved away from Saskatoon, “Taking me from where Tallan had started, Braden has moved me through to the next level to start thinking about the conditioning with my muscles, to get that technique down.” She continued with an expressive grunt, “It’s not just the hard stuff [with Braden]! He mixes it up and makes it fun! It has also never been a matter of, “Martha, just do it.” They are very, very cautious about making sure I am doing it properly. Which, starting at my age, is absolutely essential [and] I have yet to walk away saying I have hurt myself.”
Being January and all, I asked Martha about her goals for the year, and with excitement in her voice she stated, “My immediate goal is April 15th – the Powerlifting competition [in Saskatoon]! I never ever, ever thought I would be doing what I’m doing now. Never ever.”
“I’d like to say, please, give it a try. Is it daunting? Yeah! It is! It totally is! I’d be lying to you if I said it wasn’t! But on the other hand, this is a safe place. Safe in terms of quality people who are not going to let you do something that will hurt you, and it’s also safe in terms of being able to say, “This is where I’m at.” and people aren’t judging. They are incredibly supportive and very, very nurturing of where I’m at.” Martha is an example to all of us of what can come out of simply starting. It is never too late to improve your life.
Interview, write-up and photos by Stacy Ingram of Craven SPORT services
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