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The Fitness Granny

Hampton Bays' personal trainer helps clients drop the extra pounds with gentle motivation.

At an age when most people are slowing down, Grandmother Joyce Spellman is in the gym before sunrise pumping iron and walking on the treadmill.  

Showing off vitality normally reserved for people half her age, Spellman is the most popular personal trainer at Hampton Bays’ Planet Fitness.  Her warm smile and easy manner are just part of the reason why.  While training up to 25 clients a week, Spellman promotes her unique personal training philosophy of keeping her clients motivated through support and encouragement.  

“I always had weight problems, even as a young child,” said Spellman, who worked for Weight Watchers for 22-years.  “When I learned to change my eating habits thirty-five years ago, it changed my life.”
Shy about admitting her exact age, Spellman does confess to being a senior citizen and smiles widely at the fact she has been married to her high school sweetheart for 50 years.

A mother of five and grandmother of two, Spellman admits her career as a personal trainer career was unexpected, but she loves helping people get healthy.
While attending an exercise class almost sixteen years ago, she was approached by the gym’s owner to teach aerobics classes, and a few years later, after a lot of encouragement, get her personal trainer’s certification.

“It’s about a positive you can do it attitude,” said the slim, blond sexagenarian, “A lot of people like the get down and give me twenty push-up attitude from their trainer, but if they want me to yell or scream, then they have the wrong person.”

Spellman’s personal training philosophy employs a soft touch, which judging from a stacked list of clients, seems to work well. Since she has been in their shoes, admitting to her weight struggle matched with a strong dislike for exercise, Spellman connects with her clients like a friend without judgment.   

“I also hated exercise, but you have to do it,” said Spellman, “to this day it’s a struggle, but I know how good it makes me feel after I do it.”

Michael Spellman March 28, 2011 at 12:59 AM
Aunt Joyce: You rock!!!
Cristal March 28, 2011 at 04:22 PM
"Fitness Granny" is not what I would call Joyce....far from it! Gym Goddess is more like it. This is one little lady who will kick your butt.
Jennifer March 28, 2011 at 04:29 PM
"Fitness Granny" ......lol.....nothing Granny about this lady......She has more energy than I do! keep up wtih her NEVER EVER..I want to rest in my "GRANNY Years "
Zaren Berg Jr March 31, 2011 at 08:09 PM
Joyce Spellman is a Planet Fitness Goddess and Health Guru who Always has Time for you. She is the Lady " Jack LaLane" with class and a smile. If you are amember of Planet Fitness Hampton Bays you already know this. If you don't...Join us now ...The whole crew will be there for your support and motivate you to success. I am a member and train daily for at least two years now...what fun nicest people too By the way I went to High School with Joyce and her husband...yes high school sweetheats !!!
Zaren Berg Jr March 31, 2011 at 08:19 PM
i meant "SweetHearts"
jo weiss April 01, 2011 at 02:02 AM
Jo Weiss Joyce is Fantastic! She is not only a superb and very knowledgeable trainer, she is a fun person with a unique wit as well as a wonderful compassionate nature. She enriches the lives she touches.
LoveHB June 16, 2011 at 02:23 PM
At age 70 I joined the gym about 3 weeks ago. If it wasn't for Joyce, I would have quit already. Her encouragement and patience are unsurpassed. She is very careful with your health issues and makes sure that you use the machines properly. That is so important. She has helped so many people over the years at Weight Watchers and Planet Fitness. She is truly a remarkable person and I am lucky to know her.

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