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Getting back in the game of life

Duo find working together helps them achieve their fitness goals

Posted: August 3, 2012 2:00 a.m.
Updated: August 3, 2012 2:00 a.m.

Jan Broneer displays her "before" jeans. She joined Results Fitness four years ago at age 58.

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By Rachel Cosgrove

For The Signal

Jan Broneer had been an athlete throughout her life — as a collegiate athlete and a physical educator for many years. But she had been suffering with a debilitating back problem, as well as a painful shoulder and very bad knees. As she put it, “I was a mess!”

She joined Results Fitness four years ago at age 58.

After working out consistently Broneer was able to get back into the game of life and in tune with her competitive spirit.

Broneer said after beginning her workout regime she was able to achieve the following tasks which had been impossible for her to perform:

  •  Stand up to put her pants on,
  •  Go upstairs without holding onto the railing,
  • Lift any of her grandchildren.
  • n Carry sacks of groceries
  •  Make the bed
  •  Jog
  • Skip
  •  Sprint
  •  ... and play her beloved softball.

“After I complete this Mud Run I think I might do a triathlon…or tell me about the Powerlifting competition,” Broneer said.

Sue Albert, at 65 years old, also decided to take charge of her health and fitness joining Results Fitness in 2010.

Albert was very hesitant and not sure what she would be able to do since she had bilateral knee replacements and was 100 pounds overweight.

“At 65 I didn’t think I could lose weight that fast — think post-menopause and decreased metabolism,” Albert said. “Add the fact that I am limited in my exercise by knee replacements;  I can do no high impact moves.”

Despite these “excuses” she decided to commit.

“I followed the nutrition recommendations plus the workouts including the metabolic workouts. I lost 10 pounds in 30 days. I was deadlifting 105 pounds and pulling 200-plus pounds,” Albert said.

Albert was getting stronger while her body was shrinking.  

The average woman starts losing 8-10 percent of her strength each decade starting around age 40.

Broneer and Albert were both reversing the aging process, building muscle and getting back into the game of life.

“In the past year, since I really started committing myself to the program, I have gone from size 20 women’s to size 12 misses. I look forward to each milestone that I reach,” said Albert. “It proved my excuses were just that, excuses. I can lose weight like anyone else.”

Albert also said she can bend over and work in her yard without being short of breath and she can walk long distances without pain.

“I can play kickball and shoot baskets with my grandsons,” she said. “I can shop in the misses section for the first time in eight years.”

Broneer and Albert became “fellow gym rats” as they both were progressing and encouraging each other to set new goals they teamed up to compete in the annual New Year, New You contest this past January.

Albert talked Broneer into joining the New Year, New You contest and Broneer “reluctantly joined in.”

Working together they made more progress than they had previously as individuals.

Albert and Broneer lost more fat and each was down two more clothing sizes by the end of the contest.

In the midst of the challenge they decided to set their sights on another goal, to complete the Castaic Mud Run with the Results Fitness Mud Run team.

The duo kept each other motivated while training for the Mud Run.

“After successfully completing the Mud Run in April — much to my own amazement — I was floored to find out I had lost another 8 pounds — 4 percent of body fat — since the end of the New Year, New You contest in April and added almost 4 pounds of lean body mass,” said Broneer.

What was next for these two athletes?

The Castaic Triathlon.

The duo once again committed to train for the Castaic Triathlon where they both earned medals.

Broneer earned first  place in her division and Albert finished in third.  

“As it turns out, jumping from one goal to another has really been the key to my current success,” Broneer said. “Having a goal to work toward has been the impetus for all my efforts since February.”

Setting and accomplishing goals can be very contagious.

These two women are hooked and so inspiring to watch as they continue to challenge themselves to new levels. They have both been thinking about their next goal.

Broneer is going to be tackling another triathlon and Albert has her sights set on a Powerlifting competition.

“Essentially I have attained the so-called “New Lease on Life,” Broneer said. “It feels wonderful.”

Rachel Cosgrove is the owner of Results Fitness, 24420 Walnut St., Newhall. 661-799-7900 or visit


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