Jet Eckels

“I’m a “late bloomer” - I didn’t start playing tennis until I was in my fifties. But once I started, I couldn’t get enough! I usually played seven days a week, oftentimes twice in a day. It wasn’t smart, but I was addicted. Needless to say, it was rough on my body, but I kept playing until I had totally worn out my knees. I finally gave up tennis when my family helped me realize that if I wasn’t on the courts, I was in a recliner with ice packs on both knees, one shoulder, and my lower back! Not much of a life, and I was in pain 24/7. After many X-rays, MRIs, and a knee replacement that didn’t yield good results, my doctors told me that I was one of those people who has really bad joints. They told me I needed to continue working out, but every exercise class I tried made me feel like a failure – it hurt to be down on my knees, I couldn’t jump, my shoulder couldn’t support me doing any kind of planks, and it seemed like once a week I’d throw my back out. I tried working out with personal trainers, but continued to get injuries and became very depressed. I met Fene in 2017 when I was 59 years old, and EVERYTHING changed. Unlike the other personal trainers who had trained me the same way they trained their other clients, with a “one size fits all” approach, Fene said that every person is different (age, injuries, mobility, ability, needs, etc.) so they should be trained differently. As a 62-year old, I love that she specializes in senior fitness. She has a tremendous understanding and knowledge of the injuries and issues seniors face, and trains us with that in mind. Could she train us to jump up on top of a stack of risers? Probably, but she never would because it’s not functional for us, and the risk of injury simply isn’t worth it. Does she train us like we’re in an old folks’ home? Definitely not! Every single person in her class, including those in their 80s, can hold a plank, IN PERFECT FORM, and has more core strength than they’ve ever had in their entire life. Working with Fene and my chiropractor, I’ve learned that there are certain movements that I simply should not do, but there are always modifications I CAN do that will work the exact same muscles, without causing pain or risking injury, and that won’t make me feel “less than” anyone else in the room. I have been attending Fene’s Strength & Core Training classes for over three years and am now also taking her WOW (Women on Weights) class, where I have seen tremendous results with the definition in my arms! I can honestly say that she is the best trainer I’ve ever worked with. More than anyone else, she has probably had the most significant impact on my life during the three years that I’ve known her. The first day I met her, she promised me I would find success in her classes, and she has made good on that promise. She believes in me and has been a powerful instrument of positive change in my life. She has given me a precious gift – the ability to be active and engaged in my life again. THANK YOU, FENE!!”  
 

Jet Eckels

Giammalva Racquet Club
2020-09-14T08:14:09-05:00

Jet Eckels

“I’m a “late bloomer” - I didn’t start playing tennis until I was in my fifties. But once I started, I couldn’t get enough! I usually played seven days a week, oftentimes twice in a day. It wasn’t smart, but I was addicted. Needless to say, it was rough on my body, but I kept playing until I had totally worn out my knees. I finally gave up tennis when my family helped me realize that if I wasn’t on the courts, I was in a recliner with ice packs on both knees, one shoulder, and my lower back! Not much of a life, and I was in pain 24/7. After many X-rays, MRIs, and a knee replacement that didn’t yield good results, my doctors told me that I was one of those people who has really bad joints. They told me I needed to continue working out, but every exercise class I tried made me feel like a failure – it hurt to be down on my knees, I couldn’t jump, my shoulder couldn’t support me doing any kind of planks, and it seemed like once a week I’d throw my back out. I tried working out with personal trainers, but continued to get injuries and became very depressed. I met Fene in 2017 when I was 59 years old, and EVERYTHING changed. Unlike the other personal trainers who had trained me the same way they trained their other clients, with a “one size fits all” approach, Fene said that every person is different (age, injuries, mobility, ability, needs, etc.) so they should be trained differently. As a 62-year old, I love that she specializes in senior fitness. She has a tremendous understanding and knowledge of the injuries and issues seniors face, and trains us with that in mind....