J.T. Thompson is a man with feet firmly planted in two different centuries. On one hand he owns and operates Lotz House, a Civil War-era house museum near downtown Franklin that has been described as one of the best privately owned collections of Victorian artifacts in the country. He’s also a certified antiques appraiser, the kind of guy you’d meet on Antiques Roadshow if you brought in a treasure from your grandma’s attic and wanted to know what it was worth.
And then there’s the 21stcentury J.T., a fitness enthusiast who decided about a decade ago that he was going to move every day. He’d seen a lot of friends get sedentary and the effects weren’t pretty. He was already working out regularly with a personal trainer when a friend told him about Manduu.
J.T. had experienced electricity applied externally to a muscle as a young man, after infection set in following surgery for a football injury. He was on the verge of losing his leg when he tried TENS therapy, almost as a last resort. The effects were dramatic. So unlike a lot of new Manduu clients, he wasn’t a skeptic when he first heard about EMS exercise. Like a lot of Manduu clients, he was instantly hooked.
“Manduu is totally different than anything else I do,” said J.T. “It pushes me physically in a different way. There’s a mental aspect of the pulse coming on and getting ready to breathe and push. It’s the one thing I do every week that really lets me know I’m alive. I know I’ve gotten a great workout when I feel it two days later.”
The time efficiency is a factor, too. “The ability to get in, do a workout in 15 minutes and get out is fabulous,” he said.
“Manduu is awesome,” J.T. continued. “I tell everyone about it. If you’re looking for something non-traditional, give it a try,” said this 19th– and 21st– century man.