Member Stories: Margaret Zitzer “I always joked about losing my baby fat”

We’re extremely proud of our members. Over the years their work out agendas and sporting endeavors serve as healthy examples of how it feels to be Elite, and how exercise not only adds years to your life, but life to your years! Today we’d like to highlight another member’s accomplishments:

I have struggled with excess weight my whole life. And it’s been a long struggle.

Elite Member: Margaret Zitzer (Before)

I celebrated my 50th birthday last October. My weight really ballooned after I had my children though. I always joked about not losing my “baby fat” after I had my babies. Well, my babies were no longer babies and I had to do something about my weight problem.

(Pregnant now? Don’t worry, you can safely maintain your exercise routine through pregnancy too!)

Two years ago, I had gastric bypass surgery to help me lose weight. The surgery is just one tool in losing weight, however. I still have to eat the right foods and exercise. I started exercising by just walking and then joined Elite.

I started out slowly by riding a recumbent bike and using the resistance machines. My son and I love to swim and enjoy the outdoor pool at Mequon.

I also joined Jane Zien’s Zumba classes on Monday and Wednesday nights in Mequon and Sunday mornings at River Glen. I love to dance and Zumba just makes me happy! Jane is a super teacher and so motivational. I don’t have a workout buddy, but knowing that Jane looks forward to me being in class motivates me to go. She worries about me if I do miss. She is a challenging teacher and I am so happy to have found her.

Elite Member: Margaret Zitzer (After)

Jane is also a runner, which I think has rubbed off on me. I am currently training for my first 5K run in September. Oh, by the way, to date, I’ve lost over 150 pounds!

Congratulations on your weight loss Margaret! You have done a great job diversifying your workouts and realizing that surgery is only one step to losing weight and keeping it off. We are so glad that Jane has been helpful in your journey. Elite strives to hire inspiring exercise instructors and trainers that help our members stay motivated and hold them accountable.

Share your own “elite” story of weight loss, conquering that first race, improving your tennis rating, or accomplishing some other goal! No story is too small, we are proud of ALL of our members! A person of few words? Check us out on Twitter @MyEliteStory too!

Member Stories: Katie Marx, “A small price to pay”

We’re extremely proud of our members. Over the years their work out agendas and sporting endeavors serve as healthy examples of how it feels to be Elite, and how exercise not only adds years to your life, but life to your years! Today we’d like to highlight another member’s accomplishments:

A few weeks ago (8/9/13-8/11/13) I joined thousands of walkers in the Susan G. Komen Chicago 3-Day. I signed up for this personal journey to walk 60 miles over three days to demonstrate my determination in finding a cure for breast cancer.

Katie Marx Susan G Komen Chicago 3 Day Walk

My best and lifelong friend, Molly Fuglestad was diagnosed 3 years ago with Stage 2 breast cancer at the age of 33. At the time she had 3 year old twins and an 18 month old. She was cancer free for less than one year before it came back in her sternum and she was upgraded to Stage 4. Molly is putting up her best fight possible. She has endured weeks of unbearable pain, countless rounds of chemotherapy, and lost her hair a second time. She fights every minute of every day while taking care of her family and living her life to the fullest.

I often found myself asking…what can I do? I, of course, loved spending extra time with her, attending chemo sessions, stocking her freezer with meals – but I wanted to do something to fight cancer in a bigger way, so myself and 8 other “Molly’s Army” members signed up for the 3 Day. After I submitted my registration, the fundraising and training began.

Elite Member Katie Marx and Molly's Army

The first step was getting fitted for running shoes and investing in good socks – then my training could officially start. First it was 2-3 mile walks at the club in the spring, then it was hitting the pavement for 15 miles around neighborhood parks and trails. By the time August rolled around I was ready.

The Susan G. Komen 3 Day is just an awesome experience. We had perfect weather and all nine members of our Army (including Molly) walked all 60 miles. I have never drank more water and Gatorade, or eaten more food in my life – plus now I am somewhat of an expert in foot blister care! I met so many inspiring men and women while walking. Breast cancer survivors, their families, and their friends are an amazing group of people that I am honored to be associated with.

Our team raised over $23,000 for Susan G. Komen cancer research and support. I was amazed and humbled by the generosity and kindness of our donors. I would also like to thank my husband Andy, my little girls Lauren and Ellie, and my parents Rita and Neal Larsen for helping my find the time to train for the 3 Day and meet my fundraising goal.

I was excited, nervous, and anxious for the 3 Day to come, but now that we have completed it, I would gladly do it all over again. The physical training, fundraising, and preparation for the event are a small price to pay to help find a cure for breast cancer.

-Katie Marx, Elite Sports Clubs member


Words can’t express how proud my family, Neal , Bob, Nels, and Abbey, are at the completion of the very long training and walking event that Katie Larsen Marx , our oldest daughter, has just finished.

Elite Sports Clubs Members Katie Marx and Family

3-Days for the Cure was indeed a challenge for all to imagine doing. From early spring the group of 10, nine women and one man, worked hard to train and to be ready for this event.
I have always taught my children to take the time out to take care of others, especially when in need, as her friend Molly is, who has stage 4 breast cancer. Ever so privately, the girls and (one man) hope that they will be able to somehow slow up the effects on this young mother of three.

The combined group of 10 walkers raised more than $23,000 as a part of the 3-Day event, as family and friends, cheered them on! Hats off to them; and hats off to Molly, who also raised money and walked!

A true survivor’s story!

-Rita Larsen, mother of Katie Marx

Thanks to Katie, and her mother Rita for sharing their story of great accomplishment and support–of each other, friends in need, and breast cancer research. Submit your own healthy story.

Elite Sports Clubs are proud to support its communities and charitable causes of all sorts. We will once again be teaming up with a local charity (ABCD) for breast cancer support at our Open House this Fall. Check out last year’s event, the “Totally Pink Breakfast & Fashion Show.”

Member Stories: Brenda Cullin and Pam Tullberg

We’re extremely proud of our members. Over the years their work out agendas and sporting endeavors serve as healthy examples of how it feels to be Elite, and how exercise not only adds years to your life, but life to your years! Today we’d like to highlight another member’s accomplishments:

Brenda Cullin and Pam Tullberg, both Elite members, recently won the gold medal at the 2013 National Senior Games Championships. The games were held in Cleveland, OH a few weeks ago. They competed in the age 50-54 tennis doubles competition.

Their semi-final match against a team from Florida was a marathon match with Cullin/Tullberg finally winning 15-13 in a third set super tiebreak. The final against the home team from Ohio also went three sets. With the pair from Wisconsin winning the Gold 10-6 in the final set to be crowned the National Senior Games Champions.

Pam Tullberg and Brenda Cullin

Congratulations to our National Champs!

Submit your own story! Or tweet us @MyEliteStory with not just your major accomplishments, but also those little everyday wins too!

Member Stories: Emily Sydnor “Motivation was the most difficult part.”

We’re extremely proud of our members. Over the years their work out agendas and sporting endeavors serve as healthy examples of how it feels to be Elite, and how exercise not only adds years to your life, but life to your years! Today we’d like to highlight another member’s accomplishments:

About a year ago, I had a bit of a wake up call. For a time prior, I was under a lot of stress and, in turn, gained a bit of weight. I knew I something needed to change.

My family joined Elite many years ago and I had always been around the club. I was a multi-sport athlete in high school, so I was no stranger to training and conditioning. Like most people, motivation was the most difficult part of change. Training for sports is much different, and in my opinion less difficult, than training for “pleasure.” When training for sports, coaches and other players are there to guide and motivate you through the process. When training by yourself, you have to push yourself.

Luckily, my mom has been going to Body Pump class at West Brookfield for years. I began going to Body Pump three mornings a week and developed relationships with the other members in the class. Having someone to workout with made the process so much easier. They were always so positive and complimented me as my weight loss became apparent.

After months of Body Pump class, cardio training, weight training, and watching what I ate, I lost 60 pounds. Everyone, including me, was so proud. My Body Pump family and support from family and friends were instrumental in my weight loss journey. Thank you, Elite, for helping me attain my goal!

Congratulations Emily for meeting your goal! Body Pump is a great class, and we are happy that along with support from others, it could help you lose weight.

For those of you out there still trying to lose the weight, have you considered incorporating regular exercise classes in your routine? Clearly it’s not just about exercise, it’s also very much about support and finding those who will help you push yourself.

What’s your favorite group exercise class? What about it makes the class “awesome”?

Submit your own “elite” story. Or tweet us @MyEliteStory with not just your major accomplishments, but also those little everyday wins too.

Member Stories: Elite Kids-New friends in the pool & on the courts!

We’re extremely proud of our members (of ALL ages!) Over the years their work out agendas and sporting endeavors serve as healthy examples of how it feels to be “Elite,” and how exercise not only adds years to your life, but life to your years! Today we’d like to highlight another member’s accomplishments:

Elite Kids-Joshua KlossHi! My name is Josh Kloss. This year I will be a fifth grader at Wilson Elementary School in Mequon. I spent this summer participating in the Mequon Elite tennis and swim programs. I enjoyed competing at the swim meets as well as making new friends in the pool and on the tennis courts. During swimming this year, I was supported by coaches, friends and family, knowing that when everyone swims, everyone wins! I look forward to participating in the fall tennis tournaments and upcoming swimming meets as a member of Elite Sports Club.

Way to go Josh! We’re so glad that you had fun in Elite’s summer tennis & swim programs. Looking forward to seeing you again this fall at the club!

Check out our website for more information on Elite Sports Clubs extensive swim lessons, swim club (available at our Brookfield, Mequon, and River Glen locations), and tennis programs (available at all Elite Sports Clubs).

Hey all you other Elite Kids! Don’t let just the grown ups share their stories. We’d love to hear from you about what you enjoy doing at Elite Sports Clubs too! Submit your story here (with help from your parents).