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Trainers Keep Seniors Healthy

Personal trainer Stacy Benoscek watches her son, Mavrick, try a pull-up at Oz Fitness in Spokane Valley on June 4. Benoscek, 50, specializes in training older clients to keep them healthy. She also helped her son, who is autistic, participate in a pageant to raise awareness of autism disorders. (SR photo: Jesse Tinsley)

Marge Holston moved to Spokane Valley from Southern California and somehow left a lot of her activity behind. That’s when she decided to join a gym, hire a trainer and start working out. “I knew I needed to get motivated right away,” Holston said between repetitions on a weight machine pinpointing shoulder muscles. “At 79, I can do everything I need to do. I’m proud of it, man.” She jumped up and headed to the next machine, never missing a stride as she talked about living alone for 30 years after her husband died, mowing the lawn and her love for shoveling snow. Although Holston is fit and active, she was knocked down in February by the shingles virus. The nerve pain was so fierce it kept her from the gym. She lost 15 pounds of muscle and now her regular routine is difficult/Erica Curless, SR. More here.

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