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babysitting her granddaughter for more than a year and was finding it hard to lift the tod- dler and keep up with her through the day. "She knew she needed to do something," says Rietsema, and she committed to coming to fit- ness class three times a week for a few months. As her strength and endurance improved, she shed several pounds. At GISFW this client was in individualized small-group sessions where she did strength training and cardio alongside women of all ages, shapes, and sizes. Rietsema, in her twen- ties, had her own personal journey from a non-athletic girlhood to physical strength in college where she began to work out. "Today," she says, "I know I am a strong, independent, capable woman," and her confidence and enthusiasm are contagious. She reports her grandmother client is now carrying pack- ages into the house that she formerly left for her husband and managing the groceries with ease. Most important, she has energy to play with her grandchild and feels better in her body. Weight loss often isn't the primary reason older women come to fitness class. Functional fitness draws many: women who want to take a walking vacation in the Swiss Alps, play golf or garden without pain, or reduce the need for medications. After spending decades put- ting others first, they realize they must take care of themselves. Derith Cass ("Coach D"), fitness coach and co-owner of FLX Training in Wellesley and creator of the FIERCE pro- 149 s p r i n g 2 0 1 7 | W e l l e s l e y W e s t o n M a g a z i n e