Sheryl Manning puts her gym work to use everyday. She uses her time working out as a way to maintain mental health and as a way to stay running; oftentimes the same thing! Having trained Sheryl for over 10 years now, we’ve had the chance to experience a lot of wins and a few challenges along they way. Her positive approach and the mindset that physical strength lays a foundation for lots of good things in her life has kept her consistent and motivated to embrace new goals and challenges along the way. Her work ethic and attention to detail should be an inspiration to all of us!

Name: Sheryl Manning

Age: 60

Length of time with Hyatt Training and date when you started: Guessing here, but I think about nine years ago in 2010.

Trainer: Jeremy Hyatt

What were your goals when you started? To decrease my half marathon times which Jeremy did very successfully.

What are your goals today? To keep running, maintain muscle definition, be strong and defy aging ;). I draw a lot of strength from my workouts that I use to get through all the other things I do in life.

What has been your biggest challenge? Jeremy has brought me back from two serious emergency abdominal surgeries, a fractured kneecap, and numerous strained muscles. Coming back from the two surgeries took a long time. I was super fit going into that period of time but I lost a lot of weight, muscle mass, stamina and strength. Under Jeremy’s direction, support and motivation, I got it all back. Then came the frustrating months of recovery from the fractured knee where I couldn’t do anything aerobic – bike or run. Jeremy got me through that as well and I’m back to a normal workout schedule, and hoping to put together a race calendar this year.

What have been your biggest areas of improvement? Running pace and overall strength.

What is your favorite thing about Hyatt Training? Honestly, Jeremy first. He’s the smart ass younger brother I never had who’s always right 😉 I also love the community Hyatt Training has created – it feels good to walk in the door and I always have a positive experience when I’m there. I drive there to use it as a running base often, largely for the social aspect.

What is your favorite thing about your personal trainer? Sheesh, if I say any more he’ll get a big head. Jeremy is just the best – I always look forward to my sessions with him and to bumping in to him at the studio. He’s always upbeat, funny, and knows just how hard to push. And, when you come to him about some small muscle tweak he takes it seriously but doesn’t let you dwell on it.

But perhaps my favorite thing is that he got my husband to start a training program. The fact that you both have created a space that works for so many different kinds of people with different motivations and goals is amazing to me. I’ll never be able to thank Jeremy enough for getting Steve there….

What is your proudest achievement or biggest accomplishment since you began working with Hyatt Training: Coming all the way back from two major surgeries, and year after year being able to maintain a very strong workout routine.

What have you learned: Working out is second nature to me –I can hardly imagine getting through the day without it. But, as it turns out, that isn’t true for everyone. I applaud those who aren’t like that, and still show up and get it done!

What advice would you give to other people starting on their fitness journey? Commit to taking the first step and do it within a community of people who will keep you going.

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