What Participants are Saying
Jay Shiff participated in YouFIT to help conquer a hike with his son’s boy scout trip to Philmont Ranch in New Mexico. The trip involved hiking more than 80 miles during 10 days in the backcountry of New Mexico with elevations between 6,000 to 12,500 feet above sea level. He would need to be able to carry anywhere between 40 to 50 pounds including water, food, personal and crew camping gear in his backpack. Jay knew he was not in a physical condition to be able to be successful on the trip and joined YouFIT at Rush Copley Healthplex in order to help meet this goals.
Jay conquering his hike on Mount Baldy, the third tallest
mountain in New Mexico with an elevation of 12,441 feet.
Jay's goals for his YouFIT experience were:
- Lose a minimum of 10 pounds to meet the height/weight requirement to participate in the trip.
- Learn how to properly use the equipment and feel comfortable in the Healthplex as he had not been in to the gym in more than 20 years.
- Build endurance and muscles to be able handle the weight and distance requirements for the hike.
Jay found the YouFIT program helped him to meet and even exceed these goals.
"The weekly nutritional information, physical fitness program, the enthusiasm and positive attitude of the trainer and dietitian and maintaining the daily calorie goal with the program made it possible for my son and I to have an exciting, successful and memorable trip,” said Jay. “I can tell you the trip wasn't more difficult than I thought but it was not easier either, and without participating in the YouFIT program I would not have been able to complete the trip.”
Jay lost 18 pounds during the program and 12 more after his session of YouFIT for total loss of 30 pounds.