Bonding to shed pounds

Maryville mom, daughter lose 100 pounds while working out

What Marlene Petty and her daughter, Kristy Evers, gained when they joined a Maryville fitness center was an opportunity to do something together.

What they loss was a whole person.

In the 90-plus days since joining Quick Fitness 24/7, the mother-daughter duo have lost approximately 120 pounds of weight between them. Petty, 57, has lost 56 pounds, and Evers has lost 60 pounds.

“I love this place. It’s convenient to my house. I can come here early or late and there aren’t tons of people,” said Petty, 57, said of working out at Quick Fitness 24/7 on West Broadway. “Kristy and I come here and do something healthful.”

Since starting their membership in October, Petty has lost 56 pounds. Evers has lost 60 pounds.

Petty said she uses the treadmill and the stationary bicycle, the sit up machine, the leg machine, the leg curl machine and the rotary torso machine. “This is my favorite,” she said of the lower back and abs machine.

This isn’t the first time Petty has dropped weight. About 15 years ago, she lost 110 pounds while walking on the Greenbelt. In the years since, she gained the weight back and couldn’t go back to strictly walking because of blood clots in her leg. That’s when she decided to joined the gym.

“Now I come three or four times a week and I work on it a mile at a time,” she said.

Petty said that taking time for herself by working out has been nice. “Doing something for myself is different for me,” she said. “I’ve always worked. I don’t regret that, but I do regret gaining the weight. It makes me feel so much better to exercise.”

Petty said her advice to anyone who finds themselves gaining weight is to get moving. “Don’t sit down. Get up more or, in later years, you’ll be able to tell the difference,” she said.

Petty said she’s not where she wants to be as far as her weight loss. “I’d like to lose another 80 to 100 pounds,” she said.

This isn’t the first time Evers has lost a large amount of weight either. After graduating Maryville High School in 1996, she lost 150 pounds and kept it off for several years. After giving birth to her son, she put all the weight back on and then started working to lose the weight by watching what she ate.

“It was very difficult,” she said of learning how to eat right and making herself exercise. Evers said she has lost a total of 147 pounds in 15 months and 60 of those pounds have come off since she started working out with her mother.

“It’s very convenient. It’s open 24 hours a day, and I like that nobody can get in here unless they have a scanner (key),” she said of Quick Fitness 24/7.

Quick Fitness 24/7 owner Robert Dailey said he is starting a corporate program at the facility that is geared to small businesses. He got the idea for a new initiative at Quick Fitness 24 7 when the owner of their building suggested companies in Maryville could use their facility as a corporate wellness center.

Dailey said the advantage for a small business would be that the owner wouldn’t have to invest in equipment or building a facility. The more employees each member company has, the less it costs the company per employee. The employer gains the benefit of having healthier employees, adds a good recruiting tool and helps improve employee’s health, he said.

Other benefits extend beyond the bottom line. “Then there’s the intangible benefits,” Dailey said. “They’re healthier, and they’re not going to miss work as much.”

Employees would be expected to sign liability waivers as members, but the companies would sign the contracts. In addition, relatives of employees could become members at 30 percent of the regular cost, Dailey said.

Dailey said individuals have to hold the right frame of mind to be healthy. “Fitness is a combination of exercise, diet and attitude,” he said.

The company owner said he tries to make it as convenient as possible for people to try out Quick Fitness 24 7. “You can go month to month. You don’t have to sign a long-term contract. If we’re not for them, fine, they don’t have to pay,” he said. “We’ve only had two members out of 160 drop out. I honestly believe people appreciate that.”

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