Maxine ran her first half marathon, the Pequanock Half, in New Jersey in October 2011. At the time, she was experiencing foot pain and knee pain. She ran it in 1-hour and 59-minutes. Maxine transitioned to wearing minimalist (natural foot-shaped) footwear and in April 2012, she completed the Race for the Roses Half Marathon in Oregon in 1-hour and 48-minutes. HOWEVER, SHE HAD TROUBLE WALKING SEVERAL WEEKS AFTER THE RACE BECAUSE OF FOOT PAIN. Maxine eventually recovered and she started training with Jon Messner and Drew Seaver at JMP Fitness. She began a core training and strength training program and improved her posture and her core strength. In November 2013 at the Big Sur Half Marathon in California, Maxine again ran 1-hour and 48-minutes, BUT THIS TIME SHE EXPERIENCED ZERO FOOT PAIN. She had no knee pain either. She had no pain whatsoever. As an added bonus, she seemed to recover from the race quickly. More recently, at the Philly Half Marathon in Pennsylvania in November 2014, Maxine set a personal record of 1-hour and 47-minutes. Again, she had no pain after the race and was able to run two days after the race. Maxine continues core training and strength training today because she wants to continue running tomorrow.
This is Maxine’s story, and we hope it inspires you.
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Featuring Spencer's Story
Spencer is retired and an avid tennis player. During the Spring and Summer, Spencer will play as many as three times a week. Spencer has always taken care of his body, and even though he has worked out and lifted weights his entire life, his legs, shoulders, and even neck would hurt after tennis. But he continued playing tennis. AFTER ALL, THERE WAS NOTHING YOU COULD DO ABOUT GETTING OLDER, RIGHT? For several months, one of Spencer’s tennis friends pestered him to see Jon. Spencer was skeptical. Spencer thought, "What does Jon have to offer that I am not already doing? I workout several times a week, why do I need to pay someone? I’m not even sure what Jon does?" SPENCER'S PAIN EVENTUALLY GOT TO THE POINT WHERE HE WAS UNABLE TO PLAY ON A CONSISTENT BASIS. He reluctantly went to see Jon. Jon asked Spencer to do exercises that challenged both Spencer's body and his mind. AFTER A MONTH OF CORRECTIVE EXERCISE, SPENCER'S LEG NO LONGER BOTHERED HIM. After six months of training with Jon, his shoulders no longer hurt after tennis. Spencer is 65 and continues to play tennis several times a week pain free. Spencer is 65 and continues to enjoy retirement.
This is Spencer’s story, and we hope it inspires you.