Please pardon the tardiness for recognition of the Therapyplus Members of the Month and give it up for these two!
Member of the Month Brett Hulgan is a triathlete who chose Therapyplus for the pool. His goal is to become a better biker, swimmer and runner for the competitive triathlons in which he competes.
Brett’s workout regimen varies depending on time of the year. During triathlon season, he runs and bikes 4-5 times per week and swims three times per week, preferring to use the pool in the early morning hours. He also lifts weights one day per week and works abdominals three times a week as well as practicing yoga and Pilates. In the off season, his workouts consist of general strength and cross training.
As for accomplishments, he is currently 7th overall and 2nd in his age group at the Southeast Championship, which is a series of triathlons. He completed an Ironman competition in Louisville, Kentucky already this year and looks forward to improving his time in the Ironman in Panama City next year.
Brett graduated from the Harrison School of Pharmacy at Auburn in 2006 and has been the pharmacist at Albertville Discount Pharmacy for 8 years. Married nine years to wife Jessica, the two have a daughter and are expecting another baby girl in February. He expressed thanks to his wife for the love and support she gives him on a daily basis. They attend Liberty Baptist Church in Painter.
Member of the Month Debbie McGee spent 20 years as a yo-yo dieter, saying she tried every weight loss program, even personal trainers. At 52, she found herself 100 pounds overweight with bad habits. Traveling constantly for work as a corporate executive in Atlanta, she said, “I felt the life draining out of me every day.” After much prayer, she began to work with Dr. Britt and his team at Surgical Associates of Marshall County, ultimately deciding to have a lap band procedure. “While it does help, it is no magic pill, and requires a lot of hard work,” Debbie explained. She joined Therapyplus after leaving her job and moving full-time to Guntersville with her husband. Taking Pilates first, and then joining a yoga class and taking on weight training, she praised the employees, “The staff is all great, so friendly and helpful and they all seem to really like their jobs. ”
Her workout routine consists of cardio 5-6 days a week, Pilates 3 times a week, yoga and weights twice a week plus 100 push-ups and sit-ups each day. Her favorite is yoga because she said, “I feel so relaxed and happy afterward.” As for her diet, she keeps portions small, but eats what she wants. She drinks lots of water and eats a lot of protein and vegetables that keep her fuller longer.
Debbie has lost 100 pounds and says she’s in better shape than she was in her 30s. Now self-employed as an HR/finance consultant, her advice to others is this, “Stay the course and never give up on yourself. You are worth it.”