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Inspiration: Member Success Stories

January 2013

John Seward

John says he’s addicted to Welcyon. And if you look at him, you’d believe it. He joined the Bloomington club a few years back and has gained incredible muscle mass. “I love to go to the doctor’s office and kind of amaze them,” John says with a smile.


It’s hard to imagine that in 2010 John underwent a quadruple heart bypass and a kidney transplant. He also has diabetes. “I realized that I am very mortal. I keep exercising because a lot of people are banking on me. When your daughter gives you a kidney, you owe her and you take care of it the best you can.”


John also keeps up his regular exercise routine because he wants to live life on his terms. “I’m not ready for the fireplace and checkers,” he says. “This aging stuff is all in your head. If you sit around and do nothing, you’re going to age quickly. If you get up and doing something, it will definitely help you.”


Inspiration: Member Success Stories

October 2012

Judy Andersen

It wasn't magic—but hard work that's behind Judy's disappearing act. The breast cancer survivor, 69, has lost 30 pounds since she joined Welcyon last April. Her cholesterol numbers and triglycerides are also down. "I felt good almost right away. I used to be dead tired at the end of the day, but now I feel energized," says Judy. Her next goal is to continue strengthening her legs for an upcoming knee replacement surgery in December. "The fitness coaches have been very good about guiding me. I've consulted with these guys about pulling back on weight and what machines to emphasize." The Edina regular is already planning her return after rehabilitation. According to Judy, "I'm not stopping...I'll be back!"


Inspiration: Member Success Stories

October 2012

Fred Zamberletti

Welcyon was a game changer for former Minnesota Vikings trainer Fred Zamberletti, 80. The longtime consultant and historian of the Vikes has only missed one game since 1961. He joined Welcyon in July because he was having trouble walking and fell down several times. "I knew I'd be traveling with the Vikings this year. I had to get my strength back," Fred says. "We have equipment at the Vikings, big rooms of it, but that just wasn't going to do it for me." Fred says he's made a lot of progress at Welcyon over the past few months. For example, he's seen more than 100 percent improvement on the leg extension. "My circulation in my legs is better, it's easier to get in and out of bed and also walk up and down stairs." Fred's game plan includes regular workouts at Welcyon and more Vikings games! "I'll keep going as long as I can."


Inspiration: Member Success Stories

July 2012

Brenda Knutson

She’s known as the jam lady and was a favorite at the Welcyon craft fair. Making jam is a labor of love for Brenda Knutson, 57, but she has multiple sclerosis and daily tasks can be exhausting. “MS is an energy zapper. Since I’ve been coming to Welcyon, I have more stamina for day to day activities. I’ve found that I have more energy to make jam, especially the clean-up part,” Brenda says. And when it came time to renew her membership in Edina, Brenda didn’t think twice about the decision. “I feel rejuvenated after I work out. I’m not going to stop doing this. It’s a lifeline.”


Inspiration: Member Success Stories

July 2012

Bob Wennerstrom

When Bob, 65, joined Welcyon back in December, he figured he had nothing to lose. Turns out he was wrong. Bob did have something lose: 12 pounds to be exact. A combination of working out and watching his diet led to other changes too. “I lost my high cholesterol and triglyceride values that I’ve been fighting. This is the lowest these values have been in four years, by a wide margin. What I like about Welcyon is that you can see the results,” Bob says. You can catch Bob working out at the Bloomington club alongside his wife Linda.

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