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Fit Feature: Lisa Caporale

For 27 years Lisa Caporale, 54, of Delta Township, was a pharmaceutical sales representative. When offered a buyout last year, she put her passion for fitness into action.

Now she’s a certified personal trainer, SPIN instructor, and the proud owner of Spartan Spin. She also works part-time for Playmakers.

“Working out keeps me on track mentally and physically. I exercise five to six days a week,” she said. “Right now, my go-to exercise is indoor cycling. Ideally, I also hit up a yoga class once a week. It helps keep me balanced.”

Caporale was an avid runner before turning to cycling. A knee injury forced her to look at other options.

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“Indoor cycling became my new favorite,” she said. “I could get a great workout without pain in my knee, that’s key. My goal was to focus on what I could do rather than what I couldn’t do.”

She said she eats a variety of food, with her favorite being grilled chicken and roasted vegetables. Like many other people, her weakness is nachos, ice cream and craft beer.

“I give myself permission to include what I really want, in moderation,” she said. “That way I don’t feel deprived. When my diet gets a little out of control, I log what I eat in a food diary. It allows me to see where I can make changes to keep my health on track. I recommend the same thing when I coach clients on nutrition and diet.”

Caporale has a simple way to look at fitness. It’s the advice she shares with her clients: “Find something you love to do,” she said. “If you don’t like it, you won’t do it. Find someone to exercise with you and remember consistency is key. There will be days when life gets in the way.  No worries, our bodies need rest.  Weekends and holidays are real.”

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