By Linda DuVal
Mary Ann Llwellyn has been a dedicated gym rat for years. She lives in Water
Valley and when her local gym closed, she found a new nearby workout venue with
UCHealth Medical Fitness in Windsor.
She needed a new gym because “working out is just a part of my life.”
She works out so often, “People have said to me, ‘What are you training for?’ And
I say, ‘I’m training for life.’”
She once worked as a volunteer at a UCHealth cardiac catheterization lab “and I
saw the other side of the coin, what happens when you don’t stay fit.”
At 71, she still goes to the gym six days a week.
She attends the core fitness class five days a week. She also does the BGL (buns,
guns and lungs) class on Tuesdays and Thursdays, and rotates between the
elliptical, the bike and the treadmill, interspersing weights on the weekends.
“I take Sundays off,” she said.
The staff knows her well.
“I’ve been going there so long, and I volunteer there. I know all the trainers. They
even know what kind of towels I like.”
Her volunteer work at the gym – assisting the staff in any way that’s needed – has
endeared her to them, too.
“They’re like family,” she said.
Exercise is essential to her life, she said.
“When I exercise, it changes my whole day. If I don’t do it, I’m cranky, irritable,
don’t feel well, don’t sleep well.”
She recommends the gym to others “without question – and to anybody who’ll
For her, “it’s a lifestyle, part of who I am. It just makes me feel better.”