Tammy Dunnigan

Tammy Dunnigan

Tammy is 51 years old and has been married to husband Paul for 25 years. She says, “He’s a wonderful guy who enjoys my wacky sense of humor.” Tammy is currently not employed, but is trying to figure out what she wants to be when she grows up.
Tammy enjoys spending time outside doing gardening and lawn work. She also loves being outside when it’s snowing, because she loves the way the sky is lit up and how peaceful it is when its snowing.
The biggest obstacle Tammy has had to overcome, was not believing in herself. Tammy was born with cerebral palsy and resigned herself to thinking her body couldn’t get stronger, that her gait couldn’t improve and that her balance wouldn’t get better. She thought she was just stuck with her body and couldn’t do anything about it.
The Bellin Fitness Center has played a tremendous role in helping Tammy through her journey. She has met people who have inspired her, members show themselves having ailments they are dealing with, but don’t allow those to deter them from attempting to stay physically strong. Tammy has met people at the fitness center who have believed in her and her capabilities which has helped her to believe in herself and allowed her to accomplish more than she ever thought possible. Tammy says, “My life is so much better than it was two years ago. Going to the fitness center has helped me to feel better emotionally, physically, and spiritually. I’m less anxious, less depressed and feel a lot better about myself.”
Tammy’s primary fitness goal has always been to just feel better, move better, and with more confidence. When Tammy first started working with a personal trainer, Amanda, Tammy couldn’t even complete 10 kicks without holding the railing to help her. “Kudos to Amanda for all she’s done to help me,” says Tammy. She can now do 25 Frankenstein kicks on each side and now have to worry about falling over due to a lack of balance.
Tammy’s advice to others would be to come to the fitness center and tailor the experience to a way that is right for yourself. She says, “Each of us is working on something different and for each person that goal can vary everyday. There is no sign on the door that says we have to be good at what we are working on and I tell people that. It’s all a work in progress. Learning a new exercise can be clumsy and awkward and that’s just part of the deal. There’s no judgement at the fitness center, just encouragement and fun!”