Micheal Bochart, proprietor of QOL (Quality Of Life) Management out of Sutherlin, Ore., will talk about ‘Fitness and Well Being’ on Friday, Aug. 11, at 3 p.m. in the Clubhouse. Please bring a healthy snack to share.
A little about Michael (pronounced “Michelle”): She is an insured personal trainer with almost three years experience teaching fitness classes and offering in-home training. She currently holds classes at the Sutherlin Senior Center.
Specializing in people over 55, Micheal holds several certifications including: American Council on Exercise (ACE) Certified Personal Trainer, ACE Certified Senior Fitness and Nutrition Specialist, American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) Exercise is Medicine Credential – Lvl 1, Certified Silver&Fit Instructor, Certified SilverSneakers Flex Instructor, Certified in CPR and AED Trained.
Her personal story: At the age of 8, Micheal was diagnosed with Rheumatic Fever, a very uncommon illness in modern times. In January 2014, she had her first open heart surgery to have the mitral valve replaced with a mechanical valve. After completing cardiac/pulmonary rehabilitation, she fully recovered and found a love and passion in physical fitness. This is when she started teaching senior core and balance classes and senior circuit classes.
In June 2015, Micheal had to undergo open heart surgery for the second time, due to a failure in the mechanical valve, which needed to be replaced. Once again completing rehabilitation, and healing, Micheal was on the slow road to recovery.
It wasn’t until February 2016, after having a cardiac ablation, that she was finally given the all clear. Now, the only hurdle is monitoring the daily dosage of Coumadin for the rest of her long, healthy life. She likes to share her story with people because she wants them to know that she understands what it is like to have major medical issues, to face your own mortality and to remind everyone that it IS possible to overcome health obstacles.
Because of her own personal experiences, Micheal has seen the need for a better quality of life, for everyone. This has inspired her to create a type of fitness program designed for people of all ages and a large range of abilities. Her programs and classes are not typical cardio sessions. They are contoured to improve range of motion, increase mobility and flexibility, increase balance and strengthen the core. Her goal is to promote an overall better quality of life for everyday living.
In her spare time, Micheal enjoys spending time with her family, which consists of her husband Ryan and her two daughters; Kalista, age 12 and Khloe, age 6. Together, they enjoy traveling to the many beautiful natural scenic places the Pacific Northwest.