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Women Seeking Wellness

Dr. Stephanie Maj is a chiropractor, author, podcast host, international speaker and has been in practice over 20 years! Click here to visit her clinic website

Nov 15, 2016

Mary Drill talks about clients hiring her as their first personal trainer at the age of 88. When there is that fork in the road, take it no matter how old. It helps with mental health.




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Mary has been a personal fitness trainer since 1988 when she established Body Mechanics by Drill, a personal training and fitness consulting business.  Mary holds a BBA degree in finance and marketing from the University of Wisconsin - Madison and a Master of Science degree in Exercise Science from the University of Illinois at Chicago.  She is also certified by the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM).


Teaching group fitness started as a hobby in 1985.  Eventually Mary's interest grew, leading her to mentor and train other group fitness instructors then move into personal fitness training. In 1988 Mary decided to pursue a Masters degree in exercise science with emphasis' on exercise physiology and kinesiology. At the same time she established Body Mechanics by Drill, a personal training company and in 1994 expanded by mentoring a small, select group of fitness trainers to help serve her growing client base.  In 1996 Mary initiated an alliance with Accelerated Rehabilitation Clinics to grow her knowledge of fitness assessment including flexibility, strength and functional strength deficits. Most fitness training program design in the field was not taking into consideration this important information and many clients were being trained in a cookie cutter fashion so with her growing knowledge Mary launched Tools for the Trainer workshops in 2000.   These workshops offered fitness trainers hands-on instruction in program design so they could customize programs to their clients' needs and goals.   It also helped the trainers develop an eye for proper movement. Tools for the Trainer workshops were ACE (American Council on Exercise) fitness approved for continuing education credits and Mary became an ACE.  Mary went on to develop specialty programs for pregnant clients and most 'What's Is Up Down There: Understanding Your Pelvic Pyramid'.  In 2004, Mary was recruited to serve as the primary fitness expert on a team of advisors for Women’s Health Foundation (WHF).  The mission of WHF was to promote conversation and research regarding incontinence, bring awareness its prevalence and the enormous impact it could have on quality of life in so many women.  As the master trainer, Mary was commissioned to work with two other medical professionals to design Total Control™ program exercise protocols for women with concerns or issues with incontinence.  She was also one of the main contributors to the Total Control™ fitness instructor training manual used to train other health and fitness professionals.  Mary traveled nationally to train and educate fitness professionals and health care providers who planned to either bring Total Control™ programming to their facilities or integrate the concepts into their private practice. Since WHF, Mary has been invited to serve on other clinical advisory boards involved in promoting health and wellness education, services and products for both men and women.



Mary continues to see her private training clients weekly and has worked with several clients for 15+ years.  Her clients range in age from 36 to 90 and all have personalized programs based on their needs and goals.  Mary has over 20 years of experience working with special populations including pre/postnatal, sports-specific training, senior-seniors, obese and degenerative conditions such as Parkinson's and MS. She also has extensive experience working with clients with acute or intermittent back, knee, hip and neck issues. In addition to being ACSM certified, Mary is FMS (Functional Movement Screen) certified and has studied Pilates since 1998 allowing her to regularly incorporate postural cues and core activation from the Pilates method into all her client workouts. Mary continues to work with Accelerated Rehabilitation/Athletico Centers in Chicago to better understand mobility and strength deficits, and how to resolve them.  She also works closely with experts in massage therapy and chiropractic medicine so she can effectively refer her clients for care when needed.


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