Working out at RVC for Pain Relief

I joined the River Valley Club in 2000 after moving from New York City to Norwich, Vermont. I had two bad knees as a result of multiple knee operations and chronic back pain. Since then, I have had total knee replacements, in 2002 and 2018, which have been very successful, aided tremendously by the assistance of many at the RVC.

I began training at RVC years ago and then added Pilates to my fitness routine to help deal with my back issues which continue to this day. When my original Pilates instructor retired a couple years ago, Marie White appeared on the scene to take over, working on my back as well as overall stiff joints.

Two days a week we continued training throughout the pandemic.

When the Club was physically closed, we worked via FaceTime for over a year until I returned to the River Valley Club, in person, in July 2021. Marie has devised a combination program of stretching and strength building for my 81-year-old body.

She can just look at me and determine my pain level that day and adjust the program accordingly. Her nickname with me is “elbows” as she digs them deep into my sore spots in an effort to release my muscle. An important part of my training is having fun and Marie always makes sure we do. We always get a good workout in, while trading recipes and stories about our grandchildren, as well as poking fun at each other, and other clients and trainers.

The incredible combination of laughter, smiling, and Marie all help to make working out a pleasure at the River Valley Club.

Bill Pierce, RVC Member since 2000.
Marie White aka “elbows”, Certified Personal Trainer.

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