I'm down 20 lbs and down at least 3% in body fat. More importantly, I've committed to a consistent fitness routine and have begun to understand what is important to my health...balanced diet, body fat % (not the # on the scale) and how I feel on a day to day basis. I feel that I am in the best shape and definitely the strongest (both body & mind). My advice for everyone thinking about possibly Stick with it! It may be out of your comfort zone or not what you're used to doing, but results will come. Also, make friends! Its nice to see the same people every day and have a support system that shares your same interests/goals.
New Year’s Resolutions rarely stick, but I was dedicated to completing mine finishing a full marathon in 2011. I have had 2 knee surgeries, and had never been a runner, but the goal of finishing the December 2011 Honolulu Marathon was going to be a resolution completed. Chris and I were set up because he’s run a marathon, and that first session was the best blind date I’ve ever been on. I didn’t want to work with Chris to lose weight
Chris began training me in April 2010, and under his guidance I completed the Devil’s Challenge Triathlon in September 2010, and the Hot Chocolate 15k in November 2010. When we first began working together, I could not run a quarter mile. I had never run a mile in my life, and I was in terrible shape. During that first month of training, our workouts were long and somewhat hellish. But soon, I could feel myself getting stronger, my body getting leaner and more flexible,
I started working with Chris because my work outs were becoming very routine and I had hit a plateau. After working out 2 x 3 times a week on my own I decided to start sessions with Chris. That was in August. Because I’d never had a personal trainer I didn’t know what to expect and I was very surprised at how professional and methodical Chris approached my sessions. Right from the start he evaluated my level of fitness and designed a program to strengthen all areas that needed improvement.
I began training with Chris in October 2010. I had just signed up for my first marathon and was very apprehensive about whether I could complete the training required without getting injured in the process. I had never run a marathon or worked with a personal trainer before, but I had met Chris through a free PT session I earned from joining my gym. I followed up with him after and he was confident he could help me achieve my goals
Two years ago I decided it was time to get in shape. My main goal was to gain some muscle definition. I began working out with Chris and started to see results instantly. To This day I’m still progressing with Chris’ expertise and guidance. Not only have I grown stronger and obtained a better physical apearance but my self confidence has gotten a major boost as well. Training sessions with Chris have helped me to maintain consistant results and always give me that extra push I need to reach my greatest fitness goals.
For many years I dealt with constant back pain after getting up in the mornings, muscle soreness without doing any extrenuous activities. I would also be out of breath after going up the stairs to my 3rd floor apartment. Walking a couple of blocks would get me exhausted. So I was simply struggling with my every day life. In the past I have work with other personal trainers with no results other than guilt, more fatigue and the dissolution that I was not athletic at all.
Chris is an effective personal trainer. He is educated, certified and aligns my goals with the program that maximizes results. Chris is similar to the college professor; he notes my progress as I move through the circuits and shares my progress. He is conscientious of my health and injuries and has plenty of exercises in his toolbox should there be an issue with me being able to complete one of them. Chris pushes me to achieve results. I don’t trust anyone until they prove themselves to me.
I worked with Chris for about 8 months and man was it worth it! Not only did I see a change in the way I looked, but other people were noticing that I looked leaner and more toned too. I was already working out most days, but Chris helped me understand the best types of workouts for me (i.e., my moderate pace on the eliptical for an hour was not the most efficient way to exercise). I soon realized how much more effective my sessions with him were than the gym’s group classes too.
On the way to my long term goal of losing 120 pounds I hit a couple of serious plateaus, especially after i had lost 60lbs in the winter of 2007. I had seen chris work with other clients and noticed he tailored workout programs to meet each persons needs. I asked him to help me develop an exercise plan and give me some nutrition tips to help break this tough plateau. The plan he created was a great success. After i started working with Chris I broke my plateau and lost 30 pounds in 45 days.