About Me

Welcome to NQ Wellness Consulting,  AKA- NQWC

 

“Never Quite” My Montra…

Teaching group fitness classes has been my passion for over  34 years! Teaching fitness classes afforded me the opportunity to leave corporate America  in 2009, to do what I enjoyed most. Motivating people to workout and have fun in my fitness classes gives me a real sense of accomplishment. Knowing I can make a positive difference for someone’s health, drives my relentless energy. I enjoy the group training classes, however, I am also a  personal trainer, working with clients for over 10 years. Training for a healthy heart is how I connected to fitness. If you can get and keep your heart healthy based on your age, your body will follow.  If your heart and lungs are fit for your age, your body will follow.

If you were to ask my students about my classes, I think they will tell you, they are never bored. It’s important to keep changing things up to keep things new and fun, while you constantly challenge your body.  I enjoy engaging all my students within a class. It’s fun and it makes time fly!  I’m passionate about teaching and helping others to become fit and healthy.  

Currently I teach for New Trier Adult Extension Center only.  My  2018 class choices are Sunrise Boot-camp, Strength Class, Kick-Box, Pilates, Pelvic Core, Stretch & Sweat 

Come try out a class! All you have to lose is weight! 

Beth Klobuchar-Mendez

“Don’t let aging define your fitness”

 Scared Straight… 

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My father was forty-seven when he experienced his first heart attack. At eighteen years old, I hadn’t realized how young my father actually was. At that time the doctors told him there were several blockages to his heart, and he was in need of  bypass surgery.  In those days, (1979) bypass surgery took around fourteen hours, and the risk was high for not surviving. Fortunately for my father he recovered and went back to his life.

My father’s doctors advised him to lose weight, stop smoking and reduce his stress. You would think a  heart attack scare would  make you change your habits or behavior. For my father this was not the case.  He was able to get the diet under control losing twenty-five pounds. He took  lots of walks and worked in the yard for exercise.  Unfortunately the cigarette addiction had a strong hold bringing  chain-smoking to a new level!  The more the doctors talked about him quitting cigarettes, the  more he smoked.  Ultimately my father found himself  back in the hospital within three years facing more blockages to his heart, forcing the doctors to perform another bypass surgery….

When this happened to my father a second time, I was a little older and this is why it had such an effect on me.  I knew I needed to make changes if I didn’t want to end up in the same place.
I was twenty-two years old,  already facing weight problems and a smoker. I needed to lose 25-30 pounds after the birth of my son. This is why I smoked, thinking that would help me lose weight. I was not thinking about exercise at that time in my life.  My first step was to quite smoking. I replaced it with running. Visiting the local high school track everyday after work, I started walking and ultimately turned to running. To keep my focus, I set my sights on a local 5-K event.

I placed second in that race in my age category. (OK, so there were only 2 people in my age category, a win-is-a-win!) I was  so inspired, I knew exercise was going to be a lifelong choice.
My love for exercise turned to the local fitness center, which quickly turned into  a part-time career teaching  group exercise.  My father ultimately stayed fit and as healthy  as he could while continuing to battle his addiction to cigarettes. He faced multiple bypass  surgeries and other procedures to keep his veins flowing until he was 78 years old, which is when he passed away from Carotid Artery disease. He always felt he was on borrowed time. He spent his day’s fishing, and working in his yard, to reduce his stress and enjoy his life. My father spent thirty years working in senior management at Monsanto. In 1980 studies were launched suggesting the employees were all facing the same health issues. These studies implied the employees where subject to toxins that could be causing issues like Cancer, Carotid Artery Disease, Kidney Disease etc… Nothing ever came of those allegations and studies. Now it is 30 years later and know we all know the dangers of  Monsanto...

I was scared straight! Ready to make a change to avoid the same health conditions my father was facing.  It was then I took control of my health and fitness goals!

Beth Klobuchar-Mendez

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“don’t let your age define your fitness”