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Hubbards continue quest to stay in shape with frequent visits to wellness center

She's improving her life, and she couldn't keep it up without her family. Elizabeth Hubbard has been working out at Health Link Wellness Center with her husband and two children, and she said it makes a difference.

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Tawnee Hubbard looks on as her mother, Elizabeth, works out at Health Link.

"It has gotten a whole lot easier coming in as a family. They make me want to do better," Mrs. Hubbard said. "It helps everything - helps me sleep better, feel better, have less headaches, and I feel better about myself."

In January, The McDuffie Mirror reported on the Hubbards who have joined the trend of families working out together. The initial force in the Hubbard family workouts was Adam Hubbard. Mr. Hubbard said, after seeing a photo of himself in a swimsuit, he realized how out of shape he had become. Last September, Mr. Hubbard signed up at Health Link for a family membership to include his wife, Elizabeth, their son, Shey, 14, and daughter, Tawnee, 11.

Since then, the Hubbards visit the gym every day so the men can work out with weights and the ladies use the cardiovascular machines and participate in classes. When they first began, Mrs. Hubbard and Tawnee took the yoga classes. Now they have added body sculpting, also.

"I like yoga the best, because it's different stuff with more exercises, and it's constantly changing so I don't get bored," Tawnee said.

Mrs. Hubbard did not have as much weight as her husband to lose when they began. However, she said she can still tell a difference in how her clothes fit.

"I don't want to lose more, but I want to firm-up more," she said. "My husband says you don't put it on in a few months, so don't expect to take it off in a few months. So, I guess I've got 45 years to get it firmed up and take it off."

Boredom is not an option with Health Link's 9,000 square feet of free-weight equipment, 22 cardiovascular machines, and daily variety of classes. Neither is quitting, with Mr. Hubbard's dedication.

"The dad is definitely dedicated," said Mike Smith, personal trainer. "Sometimes he even comes in here and works out by himself earlier in the day, and then he comes back later the same day and trains his family."

Now that it's summer, Mr. Hubbard doesn't have to shy away from cameras at the swimming pool.

"You can tell the dad has made a lot of improvement. You can just look at him and tell he's lost weight and put on muscle. The son has put on muscle mass, too," Mr. Smith said.

For more information on Health Link, go to www.mrmc.org.



Web posted on Thursday, June 22, 2006













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