October 4, 2013

Team Burgh offers network, motivation for exercise

PLATTSBURGH — A Team Burgh training session isn’t an average workout at the gym.

Push-ups, pull-ups, a run up Lyon Mountain while carrying sandbags or multiple climbs up Poke-O-Moonshine are just a few of the exercises the team tackles each week.

Team Burgh, founded by Sue Phillips-Leclerc and her husband, John Leclerc, meets for local weekly training sessions and competes in races such as the Tough Mudder and the Spartan Beast. 

The close-knit team offers motivation and a network among participants.

Team member Melanie Faville says that while the team sets goals to work toward, everyone can go at his or her own pace. 

“Every workout is different; we have a recommendation,” she said. “Everyone has different abilities, and we encourage everybody to take part. There’s no pressure to perform.”

Some members come to work out with the team because it’s fun and free, she said. No gym membership is necessary. 

“We’ve had people who have just joined us that said they’ve never felt so motivated to do something like this,” she said. “It’s unbelievable.”


Exercising together creates a motivational atmosphere that’s inspiring, Faville said.

“There’s something about seeing other people perform that helps you want to perform better,” she said. “It’s just something about training as a group.”

One Team Burgh participant has cystic fibrosis, while another who walks with a cane is a paraplegic. Other members have asthma.

They are always supportive of each other, offering help or support, Faville said.

The training sessions are often family friendly, and members bring their children, who can help out, chat or even join in the fun.

Team Burgh began by word of mouth, when locals who attended similar races decided to get together for workouts. Later, they started a Facebook page, and it grew from there.

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