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New Workout Approach Allows Couple To Achieve Goals

Posted July 22, 2005 5:28 a.m. EDT

— Despite all healthy intentions, New Year's goals often fade by summer. But one couple's determination to lose weight and get fit is still going strong. They credit their success with a new workout approach.

Mandi Mays recently had a baby and she wanted her old body back. Maren Piefer with Velocity Sports Performance challenged Mandi with a three-day-a-week workout. Piefer promised the kind of training college and professional athletes receive.

"It's fun. It's different. Everyday you come in and it's not the same routine," said Mandi Mays.

Now seven months later, Mandi is still at it.

"I'm much stronger than I was before. Having a baby, you don't really get to do anything for awhile," she said.

Mandi's enthusiasm attracted her husband, John, and 9-month-old daughter, Harper, to the routine.

"The first day (John) came, he nearly passed out and after a couple of weeks, he could handle it. He wanted more," Piefer said.

"I lost 20 pounds just doing this workout. I feel a lot better. (My) stress level is down quite a bit just because it gives you a little bit of a release," John Mays said.

Mandi can do many things she could not do before -- sit-ups and pull-ups.

"She is getting to be the athlete she was before when she was a professional golfer," she said.

With more strength, endurance and agility, Mandi is closer to her goal.

"My goals were to become stronger, so I could do, eventually, do a triathlon," she said.

Whether she wins or loses a race, she has already improved her health. Training for athletic goals is one thing, but the latest national health guidelines recommend just 30 minutes of exercise a day to maintain a healthy lifestyle.