Carley S. is no ordinary teen. She was diagnosed with juvenile rheumatoid arthritis (JRA) and hip dysplasia at two years old, scoliosis at age five, and two failed back surgeries due to an undiagnosed and Marfan Syndrome at age 12. Marfan Syndrome is a genetic disorder that affects the body's connective tissue. Connective tissue holds all the body's cells, organs and tissue together. It also plays an important role in helping the body grow and develop properly.

 

After noticing how weak and thin her arms and legs were, Carley headed to In-Shape to get active with the goal of adding muscle. While she wanted to feel more confident in her appearance, she also wanted to increase mobility. Since her back was fused and she had metal in her hips, getting up from the floor, bending down and using the stairs were all extremely difficult. By working out, she hoped to relieve some of this and make it easier.

 

Initially an add-on on her Mom’s membership, Carley met with Condy – the client experience manager at In-Shape Riverlakes. After reviewing Carley’s medical history, goals, and physical limitations, Condy set up a schedule to train her twice a week initially.

 

Carley and her Mom now hit the gym together on the weekends and she works out once a week with her trainer Thomas, and once a week with her trainer Condy. With a healthy diet already established, Carley started to add more protein to the mix to help build muscle from all the additional training. And it is working!

 

“Carley is ALWAYS greeted, by name, from the receptionist to the regional manager. Everyone encourages Carley and is always mindful to approach her and tell her what a great job she’s doing. She is dedicated to no end. Due to her back surgeries she’s reached her max height at 4’11 ½ and a we are trying to get her up to 100 pounds. Every Tuesday and Thursday I drop her off at school with her back pack on one side and gym bag in the other,” says Carley’s Mom of her dedication to her fitness journey.

 

Amazingly, she has overcome a number of her challenges and worked hard to reach her goals. She can now bend over and pick things up off the floor, walk upstairs much more easily, and has increased her confidence thanks to the additional muscle she has built and abilities she now has.

 

In talking about her Trainers she says, “Condy is just amazing. She always has a smile on her face. Condy is one of my biggest cheerleaders in this whole process. She has helped me set my goals and is guiding me on the path to fully meet those goals. I can say with confidence, that I would not have made as much progress as I have without her.”

 

We are so proud of Carley’s dedication and heart, and we’re lucky to have her and her Mom as members. You inspire us all, Carley!!!