Joe Beaton ran 10 marathons between 1998 and 2002 and then suffered an accident on his bicycle during a 100 mile ride in late 2002, resulting in injury to his knee which put an abrupt halt to his running and riding.  He finally found his way back to fitness joining In-Shape back in 2009, where he ran exclusively on the treadmill until his 71 year old dad, who still does 100 mile rides on the weekends, encouraged him to try out the group cycling classes.  Only 6 months ago we began to see Joe in cycling, and he recently completed the Fresno/Clovis TWO-CITIES marathon improving his overall running time from last year (which was the first marathon he had run in 8 years) by 9 minutes!   His final time: 3hrs 59min 23sec.

His first cycling class he brought no water, and had to take a 10 minute break 30 minutes in.  “A humbling experience for an endurance runner” he quotes.  “Since then, I have attended four to six group cycling classes a week without fail.  Half way through each class I can’t wait for it to end, and after it does, I can’t wait for the next day to do it again!”

Since that time, Joe says “I got really daring and moved to the group exercises classes”  finding it helpful that the Pilates, Power Sculpt, BOSU Strength and Guts & Butts classes are taught by the same 3 cycling instructors he already attends classes with (Liz, Kim & Traci).  Joe says he feels the classes are superior to his individually planned workouts because “No class is the same as before, and the instructors get very creative with the variety in each class”, “Great work by instructors that are clearly attentive to the quality of the classes they teach” he says.

50lbs heavier in June 2009 than he is now, Joe has worked hard to obtain his level of fitness and still manages to work a full time job putting in 50-60 hours a week.  He is neither humble nor shy in sharing the fact that at the young age of 41 his body fat is now under 15%, and that he attends the gym at least 4 days a week taking GX classes and then running an additional 3-8 miles a day.  He arrives smiling at the club with his rolling luggage bag in tow and says “I keep 5 days of workout clothes in a carry on size rolling luggage bag so I stay equipped for a workout at any time and in any city!”

Maybe he should start teaching………

By Liz Toppan GX South Area Team Leader