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We're very passionate about fitness for our members which builds an inspirational fitness community and amazing fitness success stories. Do you know someone that motivates you?

Celebrating our Most Inspirational Members

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Thank-you for all of the amazing Granite Member nominations. We've taken these nominations down to the top 4 and now it's time to vote! Now through Monday, October 15th, you can vote for your Granite's Most Inspirational Member. We'll announce the winner during our member appreciation event on November 10.

At Granite, we're very passionate about fitness for our members. One thing we strive to do is create great fitness experiences. Our biggest event of the year is our Member Appreciation Day coming up in November. This is our opportunity to celebrate YOU... our members. Help us find Granite's most inspirational member and let's celebrate together!

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Cindy Newmiller

When did your fitness journey begin?

I started in February of 2017

What was your motivation? Why did you become a member at Granite?

I joined granite in January of 2017. At that time i was going through a difficult time and I knew I needed to exercise to get mental clarity. At that time I couldn't get myself motivated on my own. After several weeks of joining I couldn't seem to get started on my own. It was suggested by my daughter to hire a trainer for a short time to get me started. Granite matched me up with Ryan Jore. He asked me what my goals were and I told him mental clarity, to gain weight and maybe get toned a bit.

My grand kids keep me motivated. They are young, energetic and extremely active and athletic. They are so impressed and proud that "their grandma does pull ups and I'm the most active grandma they know".That's what motivates me!

What challenges did you overcome along the way?

My biggest challenge was staying motivated. Knowing I was scheduled to see Ryan on Monday, Wednesday and Friday made me accountable.

What's your greatest fitness accomplishment to date?

My greatest accomplishment is the strength that I have developed with my body and to be able to find mental clarity and true happiness.

Who or what has helped you achieve this?

Ryan Jore has been my biggest supporter! He has encouraged me each and every session. His upbeat personality and expertise in weight training has pushed me through to become in the best physical and mental condition that I have ever been in.

How has fitness affected your life?

I am in the best physical and mental shape I've ever been in 60 years! I am able to keep up with my 4 grandchildren with hiking, swimming, mountain biking, river rafting and any activity they want me to participate in. My mental clarity that I've been able to achieve thru fitness has completed my life with friends, family and true happiness. It keeps me in a positive state in every aspect.

What is ONE piece of advice you can give someone else just starting their journey?

Do whatever it takes to get started...just get started!!

Lizzy Jaeger

When did your fitness journey begin?

I pretty much started my fitness journey at birth. When I was in the NICU, I was very sick and I was unable to move my body. Physical and occupational therapists started doing exercises with me, and I've been at it ever since. I'm happy to say that I've grown to love it!

What was your motivation? Why did you become a member at Granite?

One of my favorite exercises is getting in my gait trainer and walking on the treadmill. I recently grew out of my old one. When the new, bigger one arrived, it wouldn't fit on our home treadmill. My mom thought it would fit on the treadmill at Granite. She asked Granite if I could join and use my gait trainer on their treadmill. They agreed. I'm thankful I can still use the treadmill and becoming a member has been the best experience! I make a new friend every time I'm there and people are nice to me. They encourage me and cheer me on.

I love how strong I'm getting!!! Im learning to do more things on my own. That excites me and makes me want to keep going. I also love how it feels to walk and move my body.

What challenges did you overcome along the way?

I can't swallow, and until I was about six years old, I couldn't hold my trunk and neck up. I aspirated my own secretions and so got pneumonia all the time. The summer I turned six my mom took me to a three week intensive therapy program. I worked hard on my core muscles three hours a day. I continue to work hard and get stronger. I hardly ever get pneumonia now. Also, I can help my mom with getting me into my wheelchair. I feel proud!

What's your greatest fitness accomplishment to date?

I recently walked .85 miles on the treadmill. Last year I could only go .25 miles! This feels like such a big accomplishment!

Who or what has helped you achieve this?

I have a whole team of people that help me. We call it TEAM LIZZY. My mom is the captain. The rest of the team is made up of my grandma, nurses, and therapists. I also have to mention the people at Granite and members. They all encourage me. It makes me feel strong and proud, like I can really do it.

How has fitness affected your life?

Like I said before, fitness has helped me to stay healthy. I now have a strong cough to help prevent pneumonia. I feel strong and confident. It has given me an opportunity to meet some really great people, and most importantly, I have the best time walking, listening to music, and singing as loud as I can!!!

What is ONE piece of advice you can give someone else just starting their journey?

Find an area of fitness you love and never let fear of failure or what other people think hold you back from trying something.

Michiko Conklin

When did your fitness journey begin?

When I was a homemaker and became a mother in 1956. I have continued then non-stop. Working out is my way.

What was your motivation? Why did you become a member at Granite?

I love to exercise. Waited for Granite to be ready for us from the Billings Racquet and Health Club.

My motivation is my fear that if I stop moving, all the old bones in my body will crumble. But most of all, I love to exercise. To see my capability as I grow older.

What challenges did you overcome along the way?

Three spinal and shoulder surgeries. I often wondered if I was in the right programs until I heard by doctor say at a recent annual exam checkup, “you are in great shape.” Now I hear that every year.

What's your greatest fitness accomplishment to date?

To be able to move my butt in the fashion of “monkey in the barrel” as well as the younger members and instructors.

Who or what has helped you achieve this?

Miss Becky. I have done her classes of rover 20 years. Also all the friends I have made in all these years of classes.

How has fitness affected your life?

Fitness tells me that I am good!

What is ONE piece of advice you can give someone else just starting their journey?

You don’t have to work HARD. Do what you can but STEADILY. Let exercise be your intimate friend.

Thank-you for all your votes!

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The voting process has closed. We will start the voting counts. Stay tuned for details about our Member Appreciation Celeberation where we'll announce the winner.