Age ain’t nothing but a number

by | Feb 14, 2014

At our Team Beachbody quarterly meeting in Philadelphia in January 2014, I had the pleasure of meeting this lovely woman and fellow Beachbody Coach, Gail Tatum. To my wonderful surprise, I learned that she is 62 years old! I just had to find out how she stays looking so young and fit!


To me, exercise is not a dirty word! I started dancing when I was 5 years old, so being body conscience has always been a way of life for me. I’ve had my fluctuations in

weight through the years but only 15 lbs., at the most, throughout the years with the exception, of course, when I was pregnant with my son and daughter. I never had the mindset of, “I just had a baby, that’s why I am now out of shape” or “After menopause you just gain weight”. I say BALONEY to it all! They are all excuses! That’s what started me thinking that I could be an inspiration to those who think like that and realize that they CAN achieve their best fitness at ANY AGE!

I truly enjoy telling my story because it excites me and I’m very proud of my accomplishments. It’s attainable for all, with a little encouragement and inspiration!

– Gail

I was curious about which Beachbody programs Gail had completed. Many of our programs are very challenging but with the right mindset, they are all modifiable for someone of any age. Gail definitely exemplifies that! Check out the list of programs she has completed!

“I have done 10 Minute Trainer (I would stack the workouts if I had the time), I have done P90X, P90X3, T25, Les Mills Pump AND Combat, Turbo Jam, Insanity, Brazil Butt Lift, Rockin’ Body and Hip Hop Abs. I have Body Beast but haven’t started that one yet. Even if I’m in the middle of a program and I don’t have time to do that program on a particular day, I’ll do a yoga stretch that I made up mostly from Tony’s P90X and pick one of the 10 Minute Trainer workouts. This way I don’t get out of rhythm and I’ve still done something just for me. Movement gives me that “spring” in my step that I love! One of the things I LOVE about every program that Beachbody offers, is the modifications. Some days, if my knee is tender or my back hurts, I pull back and do the modified movement. It’s not about perfection, it’s about doing the best you can, getting stronger and stronger with consistency.


Gail, you are right up there with Ernestine Shepherd in motivating and inspiring me to give it my all, no matter my age or health challenges!

Sybil Cooper, PhD

Sybil Cooper, PhD

Certified Functional Nutrition Counselor/Health Coach


Having watched several family members die in their 50s and 60s from chronic disease, and completely rebuilding my heath after being diagnosed with several autoimmune disease and pre-diabetes, I learned a powerful approach based on ancestral health principles and behavioral coaching techniques, that I now use to help people like you regain your energy, conquer your belly bloat and flab, and look forward to that next phase of life.


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