Jay Englander and Lisa Binowitz

Lisa and Jay Englander
 
"I don’t know if I’d be able to do this on my own. One of the things I’ve learned is how to work out. Now I know how to do the exercises and what muscles to work on to keep myself healthy. This is something I’ll take with me for the rest of my life."

Lisa and Jay Binowitz are one of Pursuit Fitness and Performance’s power couples. This pair has been working out at Pursuit for two and three years, respectively, and are still going strong. When Jay turned 50 a few years ago, he began to research how important it was to maintain muscle mass while aging. He noticed a friend of his on Facebook posting each time she worked out at Pursuit. When he ran into this friend, he commented on her clear commitment to the gym, and she mentioned that Jay could try it for one month for free! Jay did his month but was reluctant to sign up for a full year. “I’ve never been able to stick to working out for that long,” Jay says. “I didn’t want to waste my money and feel stuck.” But Jay kept coming back. Suddenly, he realized it had been a full year! So, he signed up for another. That was over three years ago, and he’s stuck to his commitment.

Jay’s wife, Lisa, decided to give it a month-long trial, incorporating Pursuit training sessions on top of her aerobic and Zumba routine. Now, the Binowitzs are regulars, often participating in evening group training sessions together. Jay has always struggled with committing to a workout routine. Still, he found the accountability culture at Pursuit to be incredibly motivating from day one. “Even when I don’t feel like (working out), I feel this connection (to Pursuit), and I know that (Pursuit trainer) Anna is there, and she’ll be sending me a message if I don’t go. I feel like I’m letting them down if I don’t go.” Lisa also commented on this unique mentality. “If I don’t go, the other members will take a silly picture and comment that they are missing me,” Lisa says. “The people you are working out with look forward to seeing you, which makes you want to be there.”

For Lisa, it’s paid off. She’s lost 30 pounds since she’s started at Pursuit and aims to lose 20 more. “I feel better. My clothes fit better. There’s been a lot of improvements,” Lisa says. Jay agrees. “I can feel that I have muscles that I’ve never felt before.” Jay finds new strength in the ordinary things in life, like carrying a suitcase through the airport or even using his diaphragm to sing. “I just feel better about myself,” he says.

One way Lisa and Jay go above and beyond? Maintaining their health even while they travel. The pair went to Cabo a few months ago and have traveled to Belize, Italy, Ireland, and Canada in the last few years. But they don’t leave their healthy habits behind when they’re on the road. “Sometimes Jay will bring Pursuit workout sheets with him, and we’ll do the workout in the hotel gym,” Lisa says. “Or we’ll take bands with us that we borrow from Pursuit. We walk, and we stay active. We try to at least keep up.”

Working out while on vacation is not where Jay was just a few short years ago. He never imagined he’d be able to make such a commitment to a routine. But now he’s been to Pursuit over 300 times and is aiming to get to 500.  “I don’t know if I’d be able to do this on my own,” Jay says. “One of the things I’ve learned is how to work out. Now I know how to do the exercises and what muscles to work on to keep myself healthy. This is something I’ll take with me for the rest of my life.”

GET TO KNOW LISA AND JAY: 

Favorite exercise: 

J: Planks and Burpees

L: The ropes! I love the ropes. I say go big with the big ropes or go home. 

Least favorite exercise: 

J: Pull ups and leg curls

L: Planks

Go to healthy meal: Chicken breast with braised stuff spinach

Go to breakfast: A smoothie made of coffee, banana, almond butter, a sliver of cocoa, blue agave and ice

Family: Married for 29 years with two children, Aviva who lives in Boston and Noah who is a senior at Mizzou

Career: Lisa is a social worker and Jay is a data scientist 

Hobbies: 

J: Involvement in synagogue

L: Zumba and swimming

Current Goals: 

J: I want to be able to do an unassisted pull up. 

L: Keep losing weight and just try to be healthy and happy. I’m also hoping to retire soon and want to continue traveling. 

Looking forward to…Going to Atlanta for Thanksgiving