Extreme Exercise Isn’t for Everyone — Donna Anderson’s New DyBody.com Website Offers User-Friendly Fitness That’s ‘4Ever Functional’

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For intense exercise fans, going to extremes is a good thing—but it’s not for everyone. That’s why Donna Anderson, who was diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis at 30, has launched a new web site pioneering a user-friendly alternative to extreme exercise called Design Your Body (http://dybody.com).

“I specialize in helping people with arthritis and disabilities, due to my own,” Anderson said. “I truly believe that everyone should be 4Ever Functional,” a phrase she coined and now owns.

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Donna Anderson woke up one day to the realization she could barely walk or dress herself. She was only 30. The mother of three and successful businesswoman was diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis (RA). She was devastated—but that hardship became the seed that grew into a user-friendly exercise program called Design Your Body that is now the focus of a new website (http://dybody.com).

“I specialize in helping people with arthritis and disabilities, due to my own,” Anderson said. “I truly believe that everyone should be 4Ever Functional,” a phrase she coined and now owns.

To welcome online visitors, Anderson has announced an exclusive introductory offer: For a limited time only, her “Good Morning Stretch” video can be downloaded at no charge at the new website.

Anderson knows what it’s like to be in pain with limited mobility and rely on others—in her case, her kids—to get dressed.

“Looking back, the entire experience was a blessing,” Anderson says—though, at the time, in the early ’90s, the emotional and physical obstacles were daunting.

Typical of her resilient personality—she describes herself as “tough but sensitive”—Anderson attacked her health issues head-on: “I hired a personal trainer, five days a week, to supplement my aggressive drug therapy,” she said.

Anderson ultimately resigned her Wall Street job, moved to Colorado, found a rheumatologist and joined a gym: “I trained hard for seven months and competed in the Utah Natural Bodybuilding show in April of 1995.”

Success prompted her to analyze exercise physiology as well as nutrition, involving many hours of study, working one-on-one with clients in Las Vegas and Colorado. Eventually she opened the Design Your Body Fitness Studio.

Clients who appreciated her hard work and dedicated lifestyle said, “This is just so amazing. So brilliant.” The enthusiastic responses coupled with positive results prompted the transplanted New Yorker to move beyond the restraints of a brick-and-mortar operation and into the virtual training arena.

With the launch of her website at http://dybody.com, Anderson has expanded her outreach by translating her knowledge into a series of videos designed to provide an alternative to the popularity of “extreme exercise.” By contrast, Design Your Body workouts are ideal for beginners and can be used by those with artificial knees and artificial hips—even those confined to a wheelchair.

Anderson calls her method “4Ever Functional”—a carefully crafted approach that enables participants to “stay strong and healthy well into their 80s and 90s.”

The Design Your Body website offers “On-demand Educational Videos” on a variety of topics, from “Beginner Pre Warm-up” to “Advanced Workout With Weights”—and everything in between.

“My success is evidence that anyone, regardless of age or fitness level, can live a 4Ever Functional life,” Anderson said. “I believe I was given my affliction for a reason. Because of it, I live a life with dedication, focus and joy.”

As a welcoming gift to the new website, her “Good Morning Stretch” video is being offered as a download for a limited time at no charge. For-purchase videos are available at $20 each. Those include:

“Instructional Kickboxing”
“Knee Rehab”
“Balance Training”
“Power Pilate Workout”
“Having a Blast With the Kids”
“Pre Warm-up For Golfers”

“Unlike any other exercise instruction on the market, these step-by-step videos will teach you how to move properly, engage your muscles, and how to eat well to fuel your body,” Anderson said. For more information about the Design Your Body approach to training, visit http://dybody.com and https://www.facebook.com/4EverFunctional.

ABOUT: Donna Anderson was a successful businesswoman whose life was turned upside when she was diagnosed with Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA). Ultimately she left her Wall Street job, moved to Colorado, and launched a career as a personal trainer and nutrition specialist. Now she helps others overcome their health challenges with a combination of “4Ever Functional” exercise and commonsense nutrition. Anderson is a client of Russell Johns Associates http://russelljohns.com.

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