Libby Goldman has a horse named Teske. Teske, a Norwegian Fjord horse, is how Libby has always stayed in shape. Libby still regularly rides Teske for fun and exercise, but a few years ago, she was looking to add a more traditional gym work out to her repertoire. Libby joined a large gym where she would regularly walk on the treadmill, but since giving birth to her 10lb 10oz son 21 years ago, she’s regularly had lower back problems, which she needs to continually manage. Libby was looking for something different, with a bit more guidance involved. She first heard about Pursuit Fitness and Performance through the Northwest Chamber of Commerce. There was a charity transformation contest going on, and Libby signed up to be a part of it. The rest is history, and Libby has been a member of Pursuit ever since.
Libby still rides Teske, but now she also incorporates two group trainings a week into her regular exercise routine. “Usually I work with Andrew because he does the 9 am class,” Libby says. “He’s helped me learn how to do exercises without hurting my lower back. Pursuit has made my back stronger.” Libby’s goal is to “age gracefully,” and she likes that Pursuit keeps her overall health and mobility at the forefront of what they do. She’s found that Pursuit is about more than just the workouts. She’s learned a lot about nutrition and dietary balance, as well. Libby has worked with trainer, Anna, on some of her nutritional challenges. “She’s told me things that I know, but hearing it again is so motivating,” Libby says. She’s started to focus on more of a plant-based diet, phasing out processed foods. It’s made a difference. “My cholesterol is way down. Mostly from cutting out some of the carbs that I was eating and just being a little more self-conscious about it.”
Libby found that the community at Pursuit makes it a bit easier to stay driven and focused on her goals. She attends the 9 am class, where a similar group meets on most days. “It’s a really good group of people, and Andrew is awesome. I went for coffee with someone, and we’re all friends with one another on Facebook. It’s motivational.”
Libby loves her new routine and how it’s allowed her to stay active, even as she gets older. “When I was going to (her previous gym), I was just walking on the treadmill, and I didn’t know how to lift weights or anything,” Libby says. “With Pursuit, it’s just so nice to have someone there. Especially as I age. I don’t want to lose my balance or anything. I want to continue to keep up.”
Libby is doing more than merely “keeping up” at Pursuit. She’s working on her goals and enjoying being a part of a motivational community while she’s at it. She’s focused and ready for continued success. “Every time I walk into Pursuit,” Libby says. “It makes me feel like I can do it.”
GET TO KNOW LIBBY:
Favorite Exercise: The plank
Least Favorite Exercise: The sled (once, Pursuit owner, Ryan Morgan, jumped on the sled while she was pulling it, making it a lot harder!)
Career: Owns a company called Saddle Up Social Media, which helps small businesses learn about social media use
Family: Married to Brian for 28 years with two children—a 25-year-old daughter and a 21-year-old son.
Go-to Healthy Meal: Libby keeps diced chicken in the freezer to pull out and use for Mexican or salad any night.
Morning Routine: Libby does the 9 am class Mondays and Fridays. Typical breakfast is an egg, toast, and orange juice or the ONE bars sold at Pursuit. Her favorite flavor is “glazed donut.”
Hobbies: Riding Teske, the Fjord Horse!
Favorite workout music: Anything 80s
Looking forward to in 2020? Her son graduating from college.