BodSpir® Testimonials

Gerrie - 77
For many years I required regular adjustments to my neck. Sleeping on my back or stomach caused pain and stiffness in my neck. A body pillow helped somewhat. By the time I turned 77, I felt I had lost too much strength and flexibility. I started working with trainer Elizabeth Phinney and used her "Warming Up with Bodspir" CD daily. Within a month I noticed that my neck no longer bothered me. I attribute it to the fact that the chin tuck, in particular, helped strengthen the muscles in my neck. I have not needed to see my chiropractor in several months nor do I need a body pillow any longer.

Rosemary, Age 64
"BodSpir is the most useful exercise program I have ever participated in. The combination of stretching and light weights has increased both my stamina and flexibility."

Pooka, Age 68
"For ten years I have had a Personal Trainer, but I never felt I was getting what I should out of it. I do BodSpir 3 days a week now ...I am getting a well rounded program, complete with breathing. I highly recommend this type of exercise."

Betty, Age 59
"I have always considered myself a fit person - I bike, ski, skate, swim and walk. Training with BodSpir has increased my energy and strength...I have so much more endurance. I have signed up for life!"

Bibsey, Age 64
"The variety of exercises keep boredom at bay. I cannot recommend it highly enough for women who want to stay strong and active."

Pollie, Age 65
"BodSpir is most rewarding for the body as well as the mind. You come away feeling relaxed after a stimulating session."

Pauline, Age 68
"Being in the class helps me slow down and get the most out of the movement. If at any time I feel that I should be moving up in weights, I know Elizabeth will be right there supporting me."

Kathleen, Age 52
"I love the feeling of physical strength this program has given me as I continue increasing the amount of weight I work with. I'm amazed at my return to a level of flexibility I had not felt in years. My week is now planned around my BodSpir classes."

Eileen, Age 48
"With BodSpir I have learned the importance of using the correct form and breathing for each exercise in order to get the maximum benefit. I recommend it to all my friends."

Bonnie, Age 65
"The most important thing BodSpir has done for me is to make me feel wonderful! The warm-up gets out all those nasty kinks. The exercises target every part of the body – nothing escapes! I feel very comfortable with the much younger members as we all go at our own speed. I love the whole experience.”

Mary, Age 84
“I enjoy going to class because Elizabeth is so friendly, nice and efficient. I enjoy the whole hour. My shoulder used to hurt, but with the proper exercises, it is much improved.”

Deb, Age 57
“I have been so blessed to meet Elizabeth and be introduced to BodSpir. I have been taking classes for 1½ years and my overall posture, strength and appearance have improved so much. Her one-on-one with everyone in the class shows her awareness of each person’s needs and capabilities.”

Chris, Age 79
“It is with great pleasure and confidence that I endorse the outstanding physical fitness program known as BodSpir developed by Elizabeth Phinney. This unique and carefully crafted set of exercises is tailored to the needs of clients over the age of 45 who seek to remain active as they advance in age. She works very closely with her clients according to the needs of the individual. She offers caring and compassionate fitness advice to those fortunate enough to train with her.”

Rebecca, Age 48
“I have been attending classes for over a year now and although I have always been an avid exerciser, BodSpir has targeted muscles I normally didn’t work out. I feel stronger and more balanced than I ever have been. The continued weight bearing exercises along with the stretching is extremely beneficial.”

Greta, Age 82
“Elizabeth’s field of expertise of working with seniors is evident as she is responsive to aging joints and the need to keep surrounding muscles as strong as possible. As we age, there is often less motivation to exercise. Elizabeth provides that incentive for me. I always leave the hour feeling better than when it started. I owe her my ability, agility and strength to stay as active as I am at 82.”

Alison, Age 75
“Elizabeth varies the exercises in the class so that it is never boring.”

Bonnie, Age 76
“BodSpir gives my week a rhythm. Every Tuesday and Thursday I can count on regaining energy & also having contact with like-minded people. Incorporating breathing with the exercises helps me to stay focused and enables me to give my all to each movement. Elizabeth is an attentive, patient, observant leader and teacher. She maintains a positive, instructive classroom atmosphere. I always look forward to coming to class.”

Tom, Age 78
“Elizabeth’s work with me has spanned ten years, the second decade as a patient with Parkinson’s Disease. Her experience is broad and her BodSpir technique seems very well suited to people with my condition. Elizabeth has designed movements and intensive stretching on her BodSpir CD, which I find relaxing and beneficial. My doctors have agreed!”

Sally, Age 87
“I have worked out with Elizabeth for nine years and it has been a very rewarding experience. I feel stronger and (more) fit than ever. She provides a varied menu, working all parts of the body – hence no boredom. She always suggests home exercises if a certain area needs help.”

Dee, Age 86
“Elizabeth has helped me in the summers for over ten years. I have a structurally weak back and poor breathing patterns. Her knowledge and sensitivity have helped me in countless ways with her exercises, encouragement and friendship.”

Jon, Age 70
“BodSpir is different…It treats the soul as well as the body. The strength in my arms, chest and back has increased markedly. The greatest benefit is that I feel a whole lot better. I am both stronger and more flexible. Elizabeth knows her stuff and could not be more fun to work with.”

Joan, Age 70
“BodSpir is a terrific program. Each person is treated as an individual. It is amazing how un-stiff I feel at the end of the warm-up. I started using 2 lb. weights for several sessions. Now I am using 5 lb. and 7 lb. weights and it doesn’t seem much more difficult than when I was using 2 lbs.!”

Ellie, Age 76
“BodSpir makes me feel better. The variety of exercises makes it different from any other program I have tried. The greatest benefits BodSpir has given me is increased flexibility and better balance. I don’t like to miss a class!”

Cynthia, Age 54
“A thank you to Elizabeth. Six months ago I could not walk a mile do gardening or decorating. This past weekend I worked for 9 hours straight painting a friend’s kitchen. I was without any pain the following morning. I believe the flexibility and strength I have gained has really helped me.”

Jim, Age 72
“What keeps me coming back is that not only do I know intellectually that the program is good for my body and my health, but I can actually feel its effects. Movement is easier and more comfortable. I have more energy and more stamina and even my mental processes are keener. There’s simply no question that these changes are due to being in the BodSpir program.”

Joy, Age 74
“Elizabeth is very conscientious and cares about our progress and wellbeing. I feel better when I leave each class and notice the difference when I have missed the class. Her hands on instruction and individual attention separates BodSpir from other programs I have tried.”

Beth, Age 45
“The stretching and floor exercises including shoulders, quads (front thighs) and back are the primary reasons I’ve been able to continue playing competitive tennis. It’s practicing “preventative” sports medicine in my mind.”

Claudia, Age 69
“I have attended Elizabeth’s classes for many years, for many reasons…varied routines providing an excellent mix of stretching and muscle tone and a small class size ensuring individual attention. My most recent bone density test showed no deterioration from the previous one five years ago and I attribute a portion of that result to BodSpir.”

Tom, Age 70
“I have been with the class for eight years now and continue because I know that I am keeping in reasonable shape and able to accomplish those occasional tasks like shoveling snow with ease instead of pain.”

Ann, Age 69
“I was previously working with a trainer in Florida, but I noticed immediately that Elizabeth had a different way of training that was very encouraging and made a difference in my body. I find the stretching to be very important and I never have pains after my training.”

Dorothy, Age 93 (written by her daughter)
“Elizabeth has worked with my mother for the last three years. Although mother suffers from dementia, Elizabeth has been patient and diligent in getting Mom to do the exercises and stay focused during each session. The results have been amazing. Although she spends most of her day sitting, she still has great strength in her legs and can walk both indoors and outdoors without a cane.”

Carrie, Age 50
“BodSpir has helped me be more in tune to what my body needs to stay toned, flexed and in shape. I look forward to class knowing that I will walk out feeling good all over! I believe 100% in the BodSpir theory of stretching and weight training to keep your muscles strong and the body limber with no risk of injury.”

Galen, Age 62
“The greatest benefit of the class to me is the de-stressing it provides and being able to push my body a little out of its comfort zone to feel stronger and less fragile. I have a leaner body, for sure, and can feel the strength stemming from within. Breathing with the movements and stretching has only helped me to cope with the constant stress of my life.”

Agnes, Age 86
“Ms. Phinney has extended her immense knowledge of physiology in the production of exercise programs tailored to my individual physical needs and problems for me to do on my own at home. Over the last ten years, I have been doing these exercises prescribed by Ms. Phinney. She has designed more than a dozen different programs for me over the years that I rotate. In addition, I do the “Warming Up With BodSpir” CD every morning. At the end, my body (as the CD says) thanks me. By doing the strengthening exercises daily, I find the entire body stimulated. If I miss them, my arthritis pains become severe enough to keep me sedentary for the day.”

Tammy, Age 55
“The movements are slow for a deep muscle workout, toning and strengthening the body. So, not only do you look better, the increased strength serves you well in everyday chores with less injury from more strenuous activities. The stretching as you go keeps you relaxed and injury free. You can push yourself to your limit and feel relaxed at the same time.”

Deb, Age 48
"At 45, I had a herniated disk, depression, and was going through menopause. Although I had done yoga before, my back was so bad that I could no longer exercise. After back surgery, with weak upper body strength and no core strength, I went to BodSpir. I worked with Elizabeth first with Personal Training then with BodSpir classes. I regained my strength and myself. "


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