I am a 63 yr. old woman who has been a member of GISFW for one year. Tipping the scales at over 170 lbs. and only 5' tall, I was not exactly feeling very confident about myself. The last time I had been in a gym was when I was in my 20's! I attended a GIS Open House in the Spring of 2010 and joined that day. A year later and 20 lbs. lighter, I can honestly say that the experience has been a challenge, but a very rewarding one. My balance is better. My blood pressure and overall general health has been excellent. Earlier this year I was injured a a car accident. Dave was understanding, He kept in touch via email and worked with me regarding make up sessions. Lauren and Derek have adapted the sessions to accommodate my medical needs, but they have also encouraged me to work hard in order to gain back what I had lost in strength and flexibility. Their careful attention to proper body mechanics encouraged me to perform each exercise safely and with attention to getting the most benefit from each set. Kudos to Dave for continuing to come up with fresh ideas to improve the studio and to Lauren and Derek for their expertise (and patience...!). I have recommended GISFW to numerous family, friends and co-workers and I will continue to do so in the future.