What’s Your Workout? Jane Wolski

What’s your daily/weekly workout routine like?

I come (to the Hancock Wellness Center) two to three times a week. … I try to get here about four o’clock each day. I do Monday, Tuesday, Thursday. … I concentrate on cardio and strength training. I do the treadmill, ride the bike, do the elliptical for cardio. I like to switch it up. I’ll spend about 30 minutes on one of those, and then I do strength training. My trainers have a program set up for me, and I just go from machine to machine.

What inspired you to begin a regular fitness routine?

No. 1, it’s for my health. No. 2, it’s to control my weight.

Have you lost weight or gained muscle mass with your routine?

Oh yeah, I’ve lost weight and gained some muscle mass. …The weight I’ve lost fluctuates. But it’s probably around 20 pounds.

How long have you regularly worked out?

I’ve been coming here for 10 years.

Ten years is a long time. As a workout veteran, what advice would you give someone who wants to start working out?

Don’t beat yourself up if you miss a day. You can’t beat yourself up. Don’t be too tough on yourself. Sometimes things just come up where you can’t get here. So you have to (say), ‘I didn’t get here that day; I didn’t feel like going, but I’m going to go the next day.’ And then do it.

In all that time working out, do you have a favorite fitness moment?

Yes, when I was able to come in and work out pain-free. I (recently) had two hip replacements, so just to come in and not have the pain overwhelm me was nice. … I was in pain for a long time, but now I’ve got the new hips, and I’m pain-free.

Do you follow any special diet or eating plan? Do you ever let yourself cheat?

I just try to eat healthy food. I try to stay away from processed food. Nothing special, I just eat lots of fruits and vegetables. … Oh yeah. Heck yeah, I cheat. Fast food at least once a week.

Is there anything in your routine that you dread doing but do anyway?

Probably the treadmill. But it makes me feel better, and it’s something that keeps me healthy. Cardio in general is just boring. I watch TV while I’m doing it, but it’s still boring.

What do you do to motivate yourself on those days you really don’t want to work out?

I tell myself that I know I’ll feel better when I leave.

Does having a personal trainer help?

Yes. She pushes me. …My trainer is nice about pushing me. But, you know, when you don’t really feel like working out, she’s there to say, ‘Come on. We’ve got just a few more to do.’ It’s a positive kind of push.

— Compiled by James Ayello

The Wolski file

Name: Jane Wolski


City: Greenfield

Where you workout: Hancock Wellness Center

Hours per week:3-4.5