Susan's Journey With Mettler

"Mettler has been a transformational experience..."

Read the interview with long-time member Susan Schnuer! Susan has always been taveler. She's lived in France, Peru, Mexico, and in the United States. After working with the U of I for 25 years, she now works with libraries in different countries as an International Librarian. She has had some amazing adventures, such as swimming the Alcatrez with her daughter, meeting monkeys on a morning run in Kenya, and playing with her two grandchildren. She’s taken full advantage of Mettler services including the 5:35am classes, bootcamps, personal trainers, physical therapists, and a lot of group exercise classes. 

Susan Schneur

How did you get started at Mettler?

My journey with Mettler started when I went to the doctor, and he told me I wasn’t doing enough weight bearing. I wasn’t in the physical shape I wanted to be. My husband had already joined Mettler, so I thought I would join, too. I remember my first exercise class was with Lori Ozment. I thought, ‘Holy cow am I out of shape!’ I really need to up this game a little bit. I started taking classes at Mettler, and I started doing all of these things that I didn’t think I could do anymore. Mettler helped me become stronger and build my self-confidence. Now, I can go hiking anywhere, swimming anywhere.

What's your best advice?

Don't let age define who you are.

If you had to describe your experience at Mettler, what would you say?

Mettler has been a transformational experience. Coming to Mettler really made me think bigger, ‘What is it that I want to do?’ I come to Mettler to do all the fun things that I want to do outside of Mettler! I want to be healthy enough to do those things without injury and without problems. Mettler takes you where you are and moves you to where you want to be.

What's an accomplishment Mettler has played a part in?

One of my favorite hikes I did was when I flew to Bhutan. It’s very remote and hard to get into. You have to come through the mountains and land there. I didn’t think I could do the Tigers Nest Hike, you start at 8,000ft and go to 10,000ft, but I did, and I did it again a second time. You go up to a monastery hanging from a cliff. It is probably the most amazing hike I’ve ever done in my entire life. I never would have agreed to that if I had not had Mettler in my life. Now I look at things and say, “Yeah, I can do that!”

Susan’s next goal is to do a swimming trip with her daughter from lake to lake. You can be assured that Mettler will be a part of her journey, no matter where she goes or what she is doing!