Each of us at Aleda Fitness is passionate about what we get to do every single day, so when it comes to our personal stories, we thought “Who better to tell you than our team members themselves?”
Christine Wilborn, Owner of Aleda, Program Designer, Private Coaching
I opened Aleda to give people who don’t enjoy the typical gym experience and want something different, something more unique and personable. I had my mom in mind every step of the way. My mom would never step foot in a gym. I knew that if I could create a space that is non-intimidating, non-judgmental, and felt more like a family atmosphere then I would probably reach people who were just like my mom. My mom is now 66 years young and we are very fortunate that she is still with us. This story is why I do what I do and why I am so passionate and dedicated to helping people just like you stay active, healthy, and fully capable well into your years.
My mom has always led a healthy lifestyle. She stayed active by walking every day, playing golf and tennis on the weekends, and travelled with ease. Stiff joints and discomfort crept in and began to slow her down physically once she reached 60 years old with chronic arthritis, restless leg syndrome, a total knee replacement, and high cholesterol.
It wasn’t an overnight shift either; it was a slow progressing reality. She began a personalized exercise routine twice per week to build her strength, balance, and overall health. Her strength and endurance improved and she was feeling great about herself!
It wasn’t until about a year later that she was hit with the news that she had breast cancer. She had a mastectomy to be sure that she was free and clear, but the chemo set off a pre-existing problem that nobody saw coming. After years of an unhealthy diet, without any vegetables and proper nutrients, she developed problems in her colon and large intestine. Her insides exploded, her body was septic, and it took 9 hours of surgery to give her a chance for survival. She was in ICU for 6 weeks with a long, painful road to recovery. I can’t help my mom, I want to, I have all the skills to, and she’s not currently working out. I can’t help the one person that matters to me the most.
I redirect that energy into helping other people who want to avoid going down THAT path and I help people who are going down that path and need a redirect. I help people believe better IS possible. Time is our greatest asset, don’t let your time here be cut short by poor health.
To watch my mom suffer the way she did was incredibly difficult. To watch your loved one fight for her life day in and day out was both physically and emotionally painful for me…so much so that I took on her pain physically.
Now I may not know what it’s like to BE in my 50’s, 60’s, or 70’s but I do know what it’s like to care for someone in their 60’s with serious health problems. Through this trauma, I learned that the body and the mind are both powerful and resilient. My mom’s courage, strength, and shear determination are not only admirable, but it’s why she is still alive today. Her mindset was stronger than her body. Her body shut down and quit, but her mind kept her alive.
The real reason she is still with us is because she felt she wasn’t done yet…she wants to meet her grandkids someday. The power of finding purpose and meaning kept her going. You can still face death and live a healthy and enjoyable life; surrounded by the people you love the most. I learned through this experience that finding meaning in the journey can get you through anything.
Life can dramatically change in an instant. Maybe you have experienced something similar and know the value of being Pro-Active about your health. It is my hope for you that you never have to experience a health scare or wake up call about your health. And if you do, that you can have the peace of mind knowing you did everything you could to live a healthy, active lifestyle. You go into the health issue as healthy, strong, and fit as possible to give yourself a fighting chance to return back to positive health. Because the question isn’t “will I fall”, or “will I get sick”…it’s when I do – will I have the strength, the stamina, the mental resilience, and the fitness to recover?
This is my passion, it’s my heart, and I’ve dedicated my work to helping people age better, age stronger, and age with courage.
I can’t wait to hear your story, what purpose and meaning keeps you going in life, and how we can help you accomplish your biggest desires!
And Get Strong to Live Long!
Owner of Aleda Fitness
- Functional Aging Specialist
- Brains and Balance over 60 Specialist
- B.S in Behavioral Psychology
- Master Practitioner of NLP
- Z-Health Practitioner
- MindMap & BodyMap Specialist
Beth Anderson, NASM-CPT, Fitness Coach
My passion is helping others achieve their health & fitness goals. This desire came about after realizing how unhappy I was with my weight as a teenager. I began working at my local fitness gym cleaning equipment and handing out sweat towels at the age of 17. My excitement and interest for health grew and I enrolled in the Massage Therapy program at Ashmead School of Massage.
After completing massage school I furthered my education at the University of Montana studying Exercise Science. I loved my college experience but unfortunately I packed on an extra 25 pounds. My life also went through a major obstacle when I broke my leg and tore all major ligaments in one knee in a ski accident. I felt weak in body and spirit. I knew all the right things to do but lacked the motivation to reach my optimum health and wellness goals.
Post-surgery, I made lifestyle changes. I began a new direction as a fitness coach and group exercise instructor. With patience and perseverance I was able to lose weight and feel better about myself. Throughout my experiences I have developed compassion for individuals rehabbing injuries and overcoming stumbling blocks. There are still days when I don’t feel like sticking with it, but discipline pays off in the end. So let’s get moving! At Aleda Fitness I devote to bring my passion to every coaching session and class I teach.
As an asthmatic child who preferred the library to the gym, the success of my childhood sports career was measured not in goals scored but in dandelions picked on the soccer field. I made excuses to get out of gym class and spent my time reading about others’ adventures instead of having my own.
I made halfhearted attempts at exercise in college, but I found the gym intimidating and viewed exercise as an unpleasant obligation. It wasn’t until I was introduced to weightlifting in a friend’s garage that my mindset gradually began to change. Though reluctant at first, I slowly grew to enjoy the empowering confidence that came from lifting heavy and really being in my body.
I originally got my first training certification to be safer in my own garage, but I left the three-day intensive seminar not only with increased knowledge of physical movement, but with the realization that I wanted to be a coach. I discovered that it was precisely because I wasn’t a “natural athlete” that I was uniquely situated to help others discover their strength, confidence, and joy in movement.
My increased strength and confidence has shown up in many aspects of my life. Since I began lifting, I have completed a 12-mile Tough Mudder obstacle course race, participated in a powerlifting meet, and even found the courage to accept an invitation to uproot and travel the country — all things I’ve dreamed of doing, but never imagined were possible for me.
My journey is far from complete. I’m still learning and growing as both an athlete and a coach. Yet during my pursuit of strength, I’ve learned that I don’t have to watch from the sidelines in my own life. I’ve spent the past several years learning how to show up and say “Yes!” to the adventure of living fully. Now I’m delighted and honored to show up for you!
Simone is dedicated to personal development and continuing education, and currently has her B.A. in Chinese, is a Certified Personal Trainer through NASM and a CFL1, completed the StrongFirst day course, and is currently pursuing a wellness coaching certification through the Integrative Wellness Academy.