I joined FT Natick in October 2010. I was hesitant to begin exercising, as I had recently gained a lot of weight and had not been active since about 2004. I felt welcome from the beginning. I worked with a wonderful trainer, Nolan, twice a week for about 4 months. He knew how to set up a routine that was safe and effective for an extremely overweight and inactive 46- year old female. My trainer is motivating and upbeat and I was enthusiastic about my workout commitment.
I have shifted to training once a week at FT and continue twice weekly cardio outside of the studio. In the past 11 months, I have lost 40 pounds and my health has improved dramatically.*
Before FT, I was 100 pounds overweight, had sleep apnea, pre-diabetes, high cholesterol and chronic back pain. My back no longer hurts and I can participate in so many fun activities such as the Macy's Thanksgiving parade in NYC and a recent day at Old Sturbridge Village. I even completed a 5k walkathon.*
I am now eating using suggestions from the book "whatever it is" and have really cut back on junk foods. Thank you to everyone at FT, it is a great place to improve your quality of life!
I had attended a regular gym for a few years. No trainer at the gym told me that use of a heavier weight on my knees was not good form, and would not help me increase flexibility. I was also not told that a specific arm machine was not addressing my shoulder limitations. Since coming to Fitness Together, my knees are stronger, and my balance is improving. I am 78 years old and my unique physical needs are being addressed. For an adventure in being personally fit, go to Fitness Together!
I can hardly believe that it has been 4 years since I joined Fitness Together. How time flies when you are having fun. It’s because of Adam’s continued motivation, support and encouragement that I like going to FT so much. He is always there for me and for all his clients. I know that I put in the time but he does as well. I could never have gotten to the level I have without the passion he has in helping his clients reach their goals.
I have seen how much he has grown as a trainer. His level of self confidence and knowledge of physical fitness and nutrition has expanded greatly. I am so proud and honored to have been part of that. I realized early on that giving Adam my trust and to have faith in his ability would prove to be a wise decision.
Since I have met my goal weight Adam has the ability to keep me focused and challenged in order to maintain my weight and feel strong. On those few occasions that I have gained a few pounds and ready to freak out he knows how to calm my fears, ignore my neurotic behavior and put me on the right path. I could not have made it this far without his expertise.
So it is still with great admiration and respect for Adam and the entire FT-Natick staff that I say thank you for creating such a friendly and welcoming environment. I am looking forward to year five and the challenges in store.
With warmest regards,
Patricia A. Kenney
On December 6, 2010, I had my first session with JT. I was wearing a size
18W and not feeling healthy or good about myself. I was taking Prilosec
twice a day. But John and Adam took me under their wings and worked me
hard to get me into shape. They worked me hard -- but also understood where
I was coming from and knew how far to push me.
Today, I've lost 52 pounds, lost 16 inches off my waist, I recently had my
wedding ring sized down 3 sizes, I wear a size 8 and I feel GREAT!* (Winning
the Bodybugg in April 2011 also made a big difference in my approach to food
and "dieting.") I have changed my lifestyle, my eating habits, and my workout habits (and I no longer need Prilosec). The only downside to all of this is the clothes shopping I've needed to do -- *everything* has had to be replaced with smaller sizes (and I mean everything).
Having a personal trainer gave me the confidence I needed to get my body moving again. I like the one-on-one training and the privacy it offers - especially early on when I was ashamed of how I looked. The folks who work out at the same time I do (Pat, Michael, Tom) have become friends and we encourage each other. I look forward to seeing my trainer and my friends at FT. But make no mistake - it has been hard work! But the hard work is made easier because of my trainers and the friends I've made. Also - because I look and feel great as a result!
Linda S. - age 57, Natick
2 years ago I was at a point in my life where I knew I had to make a change. I was the typical ‘couch potato’ and had no self confidence in my appearance. The thought of joining a gym seemed like a good idea but I had no idea what to do when I got there – what equipment should I use? What type of exercise should I do and how much? Plus there was no way I would do this in front of all the other people there who knew what they were doing. Then 1 day I saw an ad on TV for Fitness Together. The one-on-one personal trainer -the private workout rooms – this was something that I thought might work but I still was hesitate. Two weeks later I received a post card in the mail from FT. I kept that card for 2 weeks before I decided to make that life changing call. I went in for interview at FT in Natick and before I left that night I signed up for my first round of training. I started going 3 times a week. Adam has been my main trainer from the start and has given me new found drive and confidence. He knows when to push me and what I’m capable of doing (even if I don’t). With Adam’s help, guidance, and encouragement I have lost a total of 30 pounds – gained 3 pounds of muscle – lost 5” off my waist – and have lowered by overall fat weight by 37%.* I can now even do push-ups which before were a joke. He has shown me that nothing is impossible and I leave after my sessions a little sore and a lot sweaty but nevertheless proud of what I’ve accomplished. I have also learned that exercise alone is not enough – nutrition plays a key role in overall fitness. If I can do this then anyone can as long as you make the commitment. The whole FT team is fantastic, friendly, and knowledgeable and most importantly, non-judgemental. The training is not easy at times but the reward outweighs the sore muscles and achy body. Make the call and go see what FT can do for you – it will change your life like it has mine.
Jim Petillo – Framingham, MA
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