‘Strong’ in mind, body and soul

Jill May (center) with her “Strong” trainer, Bennie Wylie, as well as her husband, Dan May, and Wylie’s wife, Jen Wylie.

Jill May (center) with her “Strong” trainer, Bennie Wylie, as well as her husband, Dan May, and Wylie’s wife, Jen Wylie.

When Jill May was accepted to be part of the NBC competition reality TV show, “Strong,” she envisioned a pleasant little fitness retreat at a California ranch.

Instead, it was a grueling challenge that taxed her physically, emotionally and spiritually.

But May went on to win the competition, and it was an experience that transformed her.

May (whose maiden name is Pederson) grew up in Zimmerman and graduated from Elk River High School in 1998. She’s now living in Willmar and married to Dan May, who is a pastor. They have four kids ranging in age from 9 to 15.

Going on the show and winning the competition was very much an exciting mountaintop experience, May said. But what people didn’t see is the year leading up to that where May said she battled depression and anxiety.

“I was in, like, the lowest point of my life,” she said.

Continue reading this Elk River Star News story.

 

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