Lakewood has one of the oldest populations in Jefferson County, but that doesn’t mean it’s slowing down.
To keep the aging population moving, Daniel Mason decided to open Welcyon, a fitness club specifically designed for people 50 and …
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To keep the aging population moving, Daniel Mason decided to open Welcyon, a fitness club specifically designed for people 50 and older.
“A lot of people don’t think of athletes and people older than 50 together, but it’s the same fundamentals,” Mason said. “Humans are not designed to be stationary, and from 30 on we’re losing muscle mass, which can lead to some serious mobility loss. But, there are things you can do to stop this.”
Welcyon, at 3140 S. Wadsworth Blvd. in the Shops at Eastman Mall, makes use of specially trained coaches, top-notch technology and a community atmosphere to help its members get and stay in shape.
“The fitness coaches are part of the membership — there’s no additional cost for our help,” coach Nancy Doherty said. “There are always fitness coaches around to answer any questions and provide encouragement.”
During a member’s first three visits, the coaches walk them through all the machines, make routine recommendations and provide guidance when necessary.
To keep track of the member’s comfort levels and progress, Welcyon uses state-of-the art Smart Card technology that preprograms each member’s workout into every machine. Each machine greets the member by name, sets the resistance, counts reps and adjusts the workouts, making them progressively more challenging as the member improves, according to Mason.
“This allows the coaches to see the data, how the person is doing and where they can use some work,” he said.
One of the keys to bringing in people is ensuring a positive social atmosphere, and Mason said the community-oriented feel goes a long way to making those who are nervous or first-timers feel comfortable.
“I was working at the YMCA for 10 years, concentrating on work with seniors and this place seemed like a great fit,” said coach Norm Cook. “The low-impact work they do here is very different from most places, and I like how community-minded it is.”
In the future, Mason hopes to host wellness workshops covering topics like healthy eating, brain fitness and better sleep.
“Not only is fitness possible when you’re older than 50, but it’s something that can be enjoyed,” he said. “Here, it’s not something you have to do on your own.”
For more information, call 720-210-9342 or visit www.welcyon.com/Lakewood.
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