When an “06880” reader — who asked for anonymity — decided to try the Westport Senior Center’s fitness program, she chose a small personal group training class facilitated by Ilene Boyer.
It was a great choice.
“This lovely, dedicated trainer takes everyone under her wing,” the woman says.
“She teaches proper form and use of equipment. She motivates everyone to work at their best ability, regardless of age or weaknesses. She never treats us like ‘older people.'”
Despite her own circumstances — Ilene uses a wheelchair, and works 2 jobs — she competes in races herself.
She often brings her sweet rescue therapy dog Dawson to class. Members love him.
The “06880” reader has trained with Ilene for 2 years. She had suffered 2 heart attacks before joining the class, and says, “honestly, Ilene changed my life. She makes me so much stronger, healthier and more confident. My cardiologist agrees.”
But, she adds, “my experience is not unique. Everyone feels similarly. We are incredibly lucky to have her as a caring teacher. Her level of caring, expertise and fortitude is truly inspirational.”
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