Hopkinton Waitress Commuted Two Hours Daily To Beat Diabetes

Can a balanced diet and exercise help overcome type 2 diabetes? That’s what Hopkinton resident Carol Pontremoli was trying to prove.

Part of an observational study conducted and subsidized 50 percent by the Fitness Together Massachusetts Owners Group, Carol, a 50-year-old waitress, was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes three years ago. She believed her diagnosis was part hereditary and part improper nutrition.

BEFORE: Carol, far right

“After I was diagnosed, my doctor told me to lose weight but simply dieting didn’t work, so he prescribed medications,” said Carol. “There was no real advice or direction or how important it was to take the medication at specific times on how to take better care of myself. I had a lack of knowledge and couldn’t figure out how to do this on my own.”

After nearly two years of doctor visits and medications, she did something she has never had the courage to do before – ask for help.

“I saw an advertisement on TV for the diabetes study and decided to go online and fill out the application,” said Carol. “I’ve never done anything like that before. I didn’t tell anyone about it either, not even my husband. When I was chosen for the study it came as a huge shock.”

In order to participate in the subsidized observational study, Carol had to work with one of 43 participating Fitness Together studios in the area. The closest one to her was an hour away in Natick, Mass., but Carol decided it was worth the mileage.

After just three months into the study, Carol lost three pant sizes and felt better than she ever had. “I’m on my feet six days a week waiting tables so by the time I got home all I wanted to do was lay down and relax. I never realized it was my diabetes making me so tired all of the time. Now I stay active and go to Fitness Together after work.”

Carol has even inspired her husband to take control of his life as well by joining the Fitness Together studio in Westborough, Mass.

The Fitness Together Massachusetts Owners Group, which is comprised of 43-area Fitness Together franchised locations, formed the special health study under the guidance of Joan Hill, a Certified Diabetes Educator and Nutritionist, to see how six months of resistance training and cardiovascular exercise, combined with nutritional coaching can impact type 2 diabetes. All client results were  shared with the American Diabetes Association of Eastern New England.

The results, as noted in the full study, show that the Fitness Together Type 2 Diabetes Program was successful in improving the physical and emotional health of participants. Many participants continued to stay at Fitness Together after the study period was over and trained for another 6 months or longer.

You can read more about the study and download a copy here.

“We wanted to invite type 2 diabetics into our studios and offer our personal, tailored and safe exercise and nutritional guidance program to help improve their lives for the better,” said Steve Lichtman, owner of four Fitness Together franchises. “Our integrated program isn’t just about losing weight. It’s about battling an illness in a smart, responsible and healthy manner.”



Many Fitness Together locations in Eastern New England now offer a small group personal training program. PACK™ training combines the energy of up to four people with coaching from a certified trainer, all in a private setting. From swinging battle ropes at full speed to using suspension trainers to conduct pull-ups, PACK™ training participants engage in total body movements designed for maximum results – a similar approach to a professional athlete’s training, yet scaled to meet each person’s fitness level. For more on our group training sessions, or for more about Fitness Together, go to FTGetsResults.com.




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