Fluid Running pretty much saved my life. A little more than three years ago, I was a heavy smoker (1-2 packs a day depending on my mood), depressed, newly diagnosed Type II Diabetic, stressed out and probably 40+ lbs. overweight. I quit smoking, and thought that would be the end of my health issues until shortly thereafter I found out I had Diabetes. I knew that I had to do something and just going to the gym was not an option pretty much because I didn’t know where to start. I wasn’t able to run either due to arthritis in my knee. I tried body pump classes and low impact aerobics and couldn’t keep up in a class so was very frustrating. A friend of mine told me about Fluid Running and I tried it out, loved the program and have not looked back since then. I love that it’s a no impact workout that gets your heart rate going! The water is like a cure all for me. I truly believe that my life has changed because of this program. I feel stronger and am healthier than I have ever been.
I broke my foot on Feb 11, 2015 while training to make the time standard for the Olympic trials marathon. I was crushed. That’s when I found Fluid Running. I learned a whole new way of running in the water that worked not only my cardio, but my running specific muscles including the core and upper body.
Once I was back to my land workouts, I was shocked how fit Fluid Running kept me AND I was injury free. I competed in my first marathon in over 6 years after only 5 months of actually land running. I not only completed the race, I won the women’s title and got the course record with a of time of 2:58. I do not believe this would have been possible without Fluid Running.
I am a Fluid Runner with severe orthopedic issues. Once I found Fluid Running my world opened up to the possibility that I could get back to regular exercise without risk of injury. Fluid Running is the only exercise that allows me to challenge myself while working my joints (legs) without worry. I feel confident after my workouts because I know they are keeping me physically fit and safe from further injury.
I love Fluid Running. Despite two hip replacements, I am able to have a safe, vigorous, full body workout. Because each class is designed with modifications I can easily control my effort level so I get just the workout I need on any given day. I count on Fluid Running at least twice a week to help me stay in shape.
Never much of a runner, preferring yoga and long walks with my dogs, I decided that I needed to add cardio to increase my health and endurance. Fluid running has been ideal. The instructors lead us through well executed work outs that concentrate on increasing then easing intensity of effort, all without the jarring impact of land running. When I went to visit my daughter, who was studying in New Zealand, I was able to join her on intense hiking and climbing that I am sure are a result of the hard work I do while Fluid Running.
We have been fortunate enough to have the wonderful Fluid Running instructors conduct classes at our newly established facility, WEST Superior Training. The level of energy and excitement that the instructors bring to each class have those who participate coming back for more! Each instructor accommodates the runners’ needs to ensure they get the most out of their workouts. There have been group classes, trial runs, private lessons, and semi-private lessons that have drawn in clients that swear by the aquatic workout. We have seen an influx of interest and demand in the Fluid Running programs, as well as our facility programs in general, since opening last summer. We could not be more pleased with how well the classes are being received, but more importantly, how well they are run.
WEST Superior Training
Jennifer Conroyd introduced me to this life-changing activity that has helped me immensely in my training as an ultrarunner. I will utilize Fluid Running throughout my career to become a better, stronger runner!
The Oak Brook Park District is extremely proud to have been the launching pad for Fluid Running. The innovative nature of this program and its health benefits quickly gained national recognition. We are thrilled to be able to provide new wellness and therapeutic opportunities to people of all ages in and around our community. The Fluid Running program has added new energy our water exercise offerings and has helped generate thousands of dollars in new revenue each year. We are excited to see the progress that our participants have made and the fresh approach to aquatic exercise.
Jessica Gray, Oak Brook Park District