Meet Kip, The 62-Year Old Bionic Man That Will Crush Your Excuses

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Kip Watson has been a member in our program for a couple of years now and in that time, he’s defined grit.

After making a commitment to himself, he hasn’t let injury, work, travel, or anything else become an excuse to skip his classes here at John Savidis’ Lean & Fit. He definitely enjoys himself and his life (just check out his travel shots on Instagram! 😲), but he makes the time to include exercise & fitness in his lifestyle. 

Kip is a great example of how to live a balanced, healthy lifestyle! So we asked him for a few words on his approach to achieving this balance…

I’ve had the pleasure of being a member at Lean and Fit for over 2 years now. I had been a member at the old location on Upper Gage.

When we moved back to Hamilton, my mission was to become a member again. I knew the program worked, and I needed to get fitter and lose weight.

I have bad arthritis, so I was concerned but knew I would be able to modify exercises to suit me. My main goal was to get and keep my body moving. Coming to class is a habit now. Consistency is key to results. Nothing happens overnight.

Coming to class makes me feel great. I love the Hot Punch: Infrared Kickboxing Strength class, and Group Weight Training. Talk about a great stress relief!

As I mentioned, I have very bad arthritis, I have had wrist surgery, as well as a total knee replacement on my right knee, and this year, a total hip replacement on my left hip.

Lot’s of fun.

By the way, with all the metal in my body, it’s quite funny when I go through the metal detectors at the airport. They light up like a Christmas Tree!

Editor’s Note: Kip has actually made a habit of returning to his fit lifestyle early! His doctors have told him that he continues to recover quickly because of his healthy habits. And with his most recent surgery (hip replacement), he was scheduling his workouts while still in the hospital bed! Talk about eager!

Through my recovery, I couldn’t wait to get back to class. Being consistent and fit before my surgeries, paid huge dividends in helping my recovery.

Leg strength, upper body strength, and cardio fitness were all instrumental in helping me recover. Returning to my classes, I got stronger and my recovery went very quickly. I made sure to modify what I needed too so I could get moving.

I have made several new and great friends here and they were all very surprised, and happy, to see me back in class having fun!

I am 62 now. We all have aches and pains, especially as we age. The key is to be active. Gaining strength, getting your body moving, and improving your cardio is the recipe to feeling better physically, emotionally, and spiritually. Being sedentary as you grow older is the worst thing you can do for your health.

The beauty of the John Savidis’ Lean and Fit program is the flexibility of the exercises. If you have a bit of difficulty with an exercise, or if you have a previous injury or concern, it can be accommodated for. The staff and trainers are all first-class and want you to succeed with your fitness goals, whatever they may be.

I want to start personal training with Boban. I want to get stronger and try to put on some muscle. Muscle burns more calories than fat!

The hardest part of any worthwhile journey is the first step. Once you try a class, you’ll be hooked!

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