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Alli O.

I was that kid in high school who faked a sprained ankle to get out of gym class. Weight has always been a struggle. I've dieted countless times to just have all the pounds flood right back and while in college I even struggled with bulimia. 
For some time I've had a closet full of clothes in every size. After having a baby I reached the heaviest I've ever been. I thought, "Enough is enough." I want to be a role model for my daughter. I want to be healthy and not feel like hiding whenever someone pulls out a camera. 
I knew that I needed someone to hold me accountable for working out and show me what to do to keep exercise safe, interesting and challenging. I needed a personal trainer. After talking with FT Melrose, I knew I found a good fit. 
They offer all of the above with a staff that is friendly, educated, funny, down-to-earth and really know how to make workouts varied and enjoyable. I never thought I would be the type of person who looks forward to going to the gym, but I am now.
I'm so grateful I started this journey a year ago with FT Melrose. I'm 50+ lbs down and went from a size 16 to a 4.* My body fat percentage went from 38.6 to 22!* I could not give these guys a higher recommendation. Thank you FT Melrose
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Nick S

Fitness together Melrose has given me the opportunity to reclaim my health and bringing me within reach of my full potential.  I was over 250 pounds with little motivation when I started and already lost 30 pounds only 6 months into my program.  I gained the enthusiasm to become consistent with my training and I truly look forward to my sessions.  I also can't say enough positive things about the staff, who are like family to me now.

Mrs Massachusetts America 2016

Tara Buonanno Williams

Mrs Massachusetts America 2016

I came to Fitness Together looking for some guidance to help me prepare for the Mrs America pageant. The thought of being on stage in front of hundreds and hundreds of people in a bathing suit was extremely petrifying. I've always been the type to stay in my comfort zone on the treadmill and away from the "scary" weights. I knew to prepare to the best of my ability, I would have to step out of my comfort zone. This is where Fitness Together Melrose & lead trainer Jesse LaRossa comes in... Jesse makes our weekly sessions an enjoyable learning experience that I look forward to. He has taught me exercises that I can do at home and at my local gym, and now I can walk into the weights lifting area with confidence.  Not only have I gained confidence at the gym, but I was able to walk on that Mrs America stage not only (in a bathing suit) feeling and looking my personal best but WIN Mrs. America 2016. I have gained strength, knowledge and a healthy lifestyle, and I thank Jesse and Fitness Together Melrose for this!

4 weeks in and 11 pounds lighter!
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Caroline McGlynn

Local Melrose resident

In the past, my old gym just didn’t provide me with the support or direction I needed. When I joined Fitness together, I knew it was the gym for me right away! The FT trainers generally care about your fitness experience.  The first day my trainer, Peter, sat down with me and went over my overall needs and goals. I felt like this was the first time someone was actually listening to me.  Fitness together customized a program that worked for me and my lifestyle.

I was coached on every aspect from nutrition, cardio to strength training. My trainer really provided me with a lot of support and encouragement. It gave me the motivation to push through when I felt like giving up.  After a few weeks I was sleeping better and feeling great. I am happy to report in just 4 short weeks I have already lost 10 pounds.* I look forward to working with Fitness together in the future and all that they have to offer.

Dan L, May 2011
Dan L, 8 months after working with Fitness Together!
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Dan L

"I needed to get my life back"

Five months ago I had an important decision to make.  I was recuperating after a serious illness, feeling sorry for myself and completely unmotivated in life.  Because of my illness I was put on multiple medications for my heart, my joints, and my blood.  I had gone from never taking any medications to taking 6-8 in a matter of 30 days.  What was most frustrating and difficult for me was to remember that at one point, in my adult life, I was a very active person who enjoyed playing sports and other outdoor activities.
After almost a year of recuperation I found myself at the highest weight of my life, on two different blood pressure medications, and being told by my doctors that I probably have Type II diabetes and they were considering starting another medication. This was my turning point.I could continue down the path of a sedentary life, poor eating habits and getting quite good at self-pity, or I could take my life back and realize that while my illness is in the back of my mind, I cannot let it rule my decisions and I needed to find the person I was not so long ago. 
As luck would have it, my wife ran into someone, Dave “Nordie” Norden, who we knew quite well and had not seen for quite a while told her about Fitness Together Burlington, he said it changed his life, most importantly he said it changed his family’s life.  She was sold before we even went to meet Brendan– the owner. 
After meeting with Brendan and hearing about the program, and getting a sense of his knowledge and enthusiasm, we knew that this was the gym for us.  It was one of the best decisions we have ever made.  I have belonged to many gyms in the past, but I have never had a personal trainer with me every step of the way showing me exactly how to do each exercise, and explaining to me why I am doing it.  The majority of my workouts have been with trainers Robin and Chris.  I can’t say enough good things about both of them.  Right from the beginning, they got to know me, what my goals and limitations were.   Each workout was customized to me and aimed toward helping me to meet my personal and overall health goals.   Robin and Chris are always upbeat, and they really make the workouts something that I look forward to.  Personally, the workouts I have had at FT-Burlington have been the most challenging workouts I have ever had.  I know that I wouldn’t have pushed myself this hard if I were working out alone in a regular gym.
Another area that sets Fitness Together apart from other gym memberships is the nutrition component.  I have been using the Vitabot on-line nutrition tool that is offered.  This has been a great way for me to learn how to eat a balanced diet and hold myself accountable.  The trainers consistently talk to me about nutrition and are happy to answer any nutrition questions I might have.
I am happy to say, after 5 months going to Fitness Together Burlington, I have lost over 60 lbs. and 42 total inches.*  What is most important to me however is, as of this month, I am off all medications and my blood pressure is normal.*  I feel so much better about myself, and I look forward to continuing down the path of an active and healthy lifestyle.  Brendan and his entire Fitness Together Burlington staff are amazing people, and I can’t thank them enough for helping me to get my life back.  

Dan L.

Mike Gurdjian

Mike had put on a lot of weight in college and really needed to change his lifestyle.  In just six months Mike has lost 66 lbs and is wearing the clothes he wants to wear*. ‘The trainers here make you accountable. They’re the best.” Mike’s trainer, Tom Lavoie is impressed with Mike’s commitment. “The results Mike has seen are off the charts. He’s really changed his lifestyle by making that commitment to himself and to his program.”

Tracy Simpson

Tracy first came to Fitness Together when she realized the baby weight she’d put on three years prior wasn’t going to come off without some major changes to her lifestyle. Tracy committed to her training and nutrition program and saw greater results than she ever imagined.  “My trainers are amazing. They are the primary reason why I come here.” Since starting at FT Tracy has lost 50 lbs. and went from a size 14 to a size 2.* She also increased strength and flexibility and has competed in the incredibly demanding Tough Mudder challenge. Trainer Tom Lavoie says, “She really has kicked up her strength in a big way. She’s continuing to grow, as far as her strength, flexibility, and improving her overall health.”

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Dave Norden

Athelete who needs to drop some weight & get fit to get back on the ice!

"When I started Fitness Together Burlington I was already an athlete but I also had a busted hamstring and back pain. I was overweight and wasn’t feeling good about myself. It didn’t take long for my body to start to change and boy did it! My trainers coached me on everything from posture & flexibility to my nutrition. They took a great deal of interest in me and what was going to yield the best results. This past year I participated in my first triathlon and 5k obstacle course! Fitness Together has changed my life, I’ve lost over 40lbs in 8 months!"*

Jen B

My discovery for FT was long overdue... After an ACL tear and surgery about a year and a half ago, I went to a couple of different places for physical therapy, as well as a gym for strength and conditioning. While each seemed good at the time, none of them were completely effective. Then about nine months ago I started to develop hip pain, because the PT didn’t properly rehabilitate my knee.  At FT, I can really feel the benefit to my hips and knee. I've also strengthened my glutes which weren’t functioning normally because I had been overcompensating on one side of my after the surgery.  Although there’s still more to do, I have greater confidence in my overall posture and walking ability since beginning with FT. The trainers at FT that have really motivated me. They’ve been instrumental in explaining and reinforcing the proper exercise techniques in order to get me back on my feet again.  I think when you receive the proper care and attention, rehabilitating an injury becomes a much more positive experience and I thoroughly enjoy going to my training sessions (which says a lot because I've never enjoyed going to the gym!). For me the greatest challenge has been overcoming the mental obstacle that because two other physical therapy places had been unsuccessful, I wouldn't be able to rehabilitate my knee and regain the strength that was lost in other muscle areas from my ACL operation. Post-operative rehabilitation can be challenging and sometimes discouraging, especially if not addressed properly initially. If you are patient, work with the trainers at FT and start to see small strides, it will all start to come together! Thanks FT! 

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Linda Norden

Linda came to Fitness Together when she realized she weighed as much as she had when she was pregnant more than a decade ago. She had become self-conscious and was dressing to hide her weight. Says trainer Brendan Stapleton, “When I first met Linda, I knew we were going to be able to help her.” Linda dedicated herself to the fitness and nutrition program outlined by her trainer and lost 25 lbs and went from a tight size 12, to a 4/6.* Her trainer says, “The biggest improvement I’ve seen in Linda is her over all improved well-being, but everything has really improved 100%.” Linda agrees, “I’ve walked into many gyms and never showed up again. At Fitness Together I walked in, and I don’t ever want to walk out!”

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Jean O. - 58

I can't say enough about Fitness Together! I'm a 54 year old woman who needed to lose weight (notice I said "needed") in order to look and feel better and be healthy. I really liked the idea of working out one-on-one with my own trainer in a private studio as opposed to being in a large class, or even with a personal trainer in the middle of a big gym. And at FT, there is nutritional support as well.  You get to use a great online tool with exceptional personal attention to tweaking your diet so that you eat optimally for weight loss and good nutrition (they don't sell special food or vitamins).  But obviously the biggest thing here would be the trainers, and believe me, they really know their stuff.  They are by your side for the entire session, training and educating you for correct form, and providing constantly changing exercises that tone your entire body the right (and most effective) way. To me, this is priceless and something that most of us can't get from a book or from watching a video. I've lost over 50 lbs* and am more toned and stronger than I was in my twenties - and I thoroughly enjoy the compliments and other positive feedback I've been getting.  I never thought I would ever wear something sleeveless again - and now I can't wait for summer and tank tops! And one last thing - I've discovered my inner athlete! Who knew I'd be kayaking, hiking mountains, or running 5Ks with all the other active and fit people out there?! FT is truly one of the best decisions I've ever made for myself. I will never go back to my old ways because being (and looking) fit is way too much fun! 

Carol R.

 "All the trainers are excellent at training and have a great sense of humor, and the small groups allow individual attention. They are great at accommodating various physical limitations to allow a good workout without injury."

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Alyssa K.

My entire life I’ve struggled with my weight.  My pant size was always fluctuating yearly, sometimes significantly and sometimes not.  March of 2013 was my breaking point when I finally decided to make a change.  I weighed in at my absolute heaviest – 183 pounds and a pant size of 14.  I was a mess.

I found Fitness Together Melrose on accident.  I had recently moved to the area and often passed by the studio.  My husband and I decided to inquire on what services were offered.  After an initial meeting and “test drive” we decided to join.  It was the best decision I have ever made.

Fitness Together taught me how to hold myself accountable and take responsibility.  So often I would join a gym and simply say, “I’ll go tomorrow.”  That wasn’t part of the plan with FT.  I had to be on time, put in the work, and follow through.  The trainers were always watching me and pushing me. On top of that they made me accountable; making sure I was coming to my scheduled 1:1 and group sessions or simply to remind me not to give up.  I couldn’t let them down and in turn, I couldn’t let myself down.

Fitness Together also taught me about family.  Teddy and Jesse became just that for me.  No matter what day of the week, or the time of day, I could always be guaranteed that one of them would be able to encourage and support me when I needed it.  Not only would they give me diet advice and help me with my workouts, but we’d talk about everything and anything outside of FT, too.  I never felt like I was being “trained” by someone – I always felt like I was simply working out with my buds.  They are, without a doubt, lifelong friends. 

Fitness Together has helped me achieve my goals.  I not only lost 30 lbs. in about 6 months*, but I also ran my first 5K.  That was HUGE!  I have muscles and confidence.  I no longer take medication for acid reflux and my back and shoulder pain is nearly gone.  My shoulders are straight and aligned.  Reclaiming my health is the most successful I have ever been with anything.  I feel good every single day.  That’s not to say it’s easy, because every day is a struggle, but now I have the tools and the motivation to make it work.

I am forever grateful to Fitness Together Melrose, specifically Teddy & Jesse.  Without their expertise and fun, supportive personalities, I really don’t think I would have ever made it this far.  Now – off to hit the treadmill!

Feeling better than ever!

Gianna H.

For the last six years of my life weight has been an issue.  It started after a knee injury left me immobile for nearly three years and I was diagnosed with fibromyalgia, a chronic pain disorder.  Between the intense muscular pain, soreness, lack of sleep, and depression I let the pounds pack on until finally I reached my limit.  I wanted to make a change but was scared and lacked the motivation to do it on my own.  I had tried gyms, taken various fitness classes, and even tried herbal supplements, but none of them worked because I could never continue them for long or see any measurable results.  Not only was my weight hard on my body, but it was also hard on my self-esteem as I did not want to be judged or looked down upon especially because I am only 18.  I needed a fitness center that would be willing to help me achieve my goals and stick to a plan to get myself back into shape and that is exactly what I found at Fitness Together.

            My mother had found the Fitness Together website and told me to look into it.  Not only for the personalized workouts, but also for the motivational support which was really important to me.  I had heard about personal trainers before and had always been wary of them; but after meeting once with Pete it became clear that I had made the right decision in contacting them.  At my first consultation it was easy to talk to him about my struggles and lay out my fitness goals for the future.  Not only is Pete supremely entertaining and funny, with our sessions usually ending with one of us hysterically laughing, but he and the other trainers create a nonjudgmental and supportive environment that makes you want to come back.  I am never pushed past my limit and am always taken care of when my pain gets in the way.  They are willing to work with you on anything, no matter what, and are always flexible, happy, and helpful.  They make each experience better than the last.  If I had not found Fitness Together I would still be lying in bed, dreaming of getting into shape instead of actually doing it.  I will never be able to thank them enough for helping me work towards achieving my fitness goals!

Jackie O.

Jackie O. came to Fitness Together in April of 2013.  After several weeks of training and her first evaluation, she updated her fitness goals, changed her eating habits, and committed to extra days of cardio.  With 3 year old twins at home, she managed to set aside time each day to journal her food and get to the gym for her workouts.  She has lost 5% body fat, has dropped 11 pounds, can perform 35 pushups, 10 pull-ups, and holds Fitness Together Melrose's plank record at 15:10.*  Check out her video!!

Sonia R

Fitness Together is second to none. Over the past few years of working out with FT, they have not only made me stronger physically but mentally as well. They keep me on track, they push my limits (but never to the point of overkill) and they believe in what I can do even when I don't believe in myself at times. In short, the staff at FT have made me healthier and even though there are days that I am not sure I feel like working out as I am always glad I did as I walk out the door and start my day.


Sonia R. 10/20/14