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Personal Training Success Stories

Get Inspired, Get Results. *Individual exercise results may vary.

Gail and her daughter, Jill

Gail & Jill Margolis

Making Fitness a Family Thing

I began training at Fitness Together when I realized it was time to get off the couch and get into shape. I had not worked out in years, so I was very nervous for my first session. From day one my instructor has been sweet, warm and very encouraging. I love the 1:1 training, support and nutrition. My trainer pushes me to MY highest capabilities and is constantly praising my accomplishments. I look better, feel better and have so much energy!

Thanks to FT I have no problem keeping up with my two young grandsons. I am very proud of my accomplishments. I even recently bought a gift certificate for my daughter, so I can share this wonderful exercise environment with her. Now we have something to do together, besides shopping, that we both love and get excited about! 


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Frank Schiano

Staying One Step Ahead

I joined Fitness Together with the initial goal of losing 50lbs, adopting healthy lifelong habits and gaining more energy for my family and business. Having had trouble with weight gain for a long time, I underwent surgery to start the process. I quickly learned that without adopting new mentalities about food and life, I would easily slip back and gain everything back. I knew, to be the best father and husband I could be, I needed to make some healthy sustainable lifestyle changes. As the owner of an Italian restaurant, I certainly had challenges along the way, but the results shown above prove that with hard work, a plan in place and the desire to truly change your lifestyle, anything is possible.

I strength trained 3 times per week and performed conditioning work 2 times per week. My nutrition was monitored along with weekly weigh in’s and body fat calculations.

When I walked in the doors at FT he weighed 234lbs and had no control..I was slipping backwards. I now weighs 180lbs and have full control of my life*. Things can always get tough, and life sometimes throws you challenges, but with the knowledge to overcome them, you always stay one step ahead.



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Gina Paredes

Getting my Life Back

My whole life I have struggled with being over weight, but these last few years things really spiraled out of control. I had many excuses, but there should be no excuse for not having a healthy life. You know it is time to make a change when the doctor tells you, that you could be a candidate for weight loss surgery.

I joined Fitness Together about 6 months ago. My goal was to lose weight, and become a healthier person. As a result I’ve gained more energy and become more confident with my day-to-day activities. In addition to my high energy levels, I now crave exercise. I never thought I would say that but it’s true. Every day, I can’t wait to go to FT and use exercise to relieve my every day stress. Today, with the help of Fitness Together, I have lost 82lbs*. Besides losing weight, I’ve been able to run and jog, which in the past I have NEVER been able to do for more than a minute.

Due to my weight lose I no longer have knee, or back pains. My blood pressure is lower and my energy levels are very high. Most importantly, I’m a happier person! I attribute my success to a combination of healthy eating habits, and the trainers at Fitness Together. Their personal approach to exercising keeps me motivated. Each trainer has a different style that keeps each session unique and interesting whilst keeping a constant focus on what I need to do to get the best results.



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Nancy Ginsberg

New Look on Life

Let's be honest, things happen in life for a reason.  I had already made up my mind it was time to take my life back, start eating healthy, exercising, and losing weight.  Somehow over the years my weight had ballooned, my cholesterol had gotten to a place that my doctor and I were very uncomfortable with, I was a border line diabetic, and none of my clothes fit me well.  I was just plain uncomfortable.  

I had decided to cut my hair off and donate it to Locks of Love.  I had done this before but this time I was going all the way.  Not happy with the first cut I walked into a salon and across the hall was FT, Fitness Together.  So after I got the hair cut I wanted I walked in and checked it out.  There was a challenge going on, (I love a challenge).  Lose 20 lbs. in six weeks.  So I signed up and got to work.  

Each trainer I encountered was patient, answered my questions, encouraged me, pushed me, and supported my goals.  When I wasn't feeling great after a "minor" procedure they each tailored my workout to what I was able to do.  So even though I was in recuperation mode they met me where I was, and helped me heal as well as continue on towards my goal.  

They counseled me on my food intake and gave me great tips on how to "eat clean."  It's become a whole new way of life for me in just the six weeks.  I am a believer and a convert to the difference one-on-one or small group training can do.  All the trainers are knowledgeable, supportive, and even fun.  If it's not fun, why do it?!  

So now my clothes are fitting better. I don't have to go shopping, all I have to do is look in my closet and wear things I haven't been able to wear for years.  People keep saying they love my new haircut.  Well between you and me it's not my hair, it's all the weight I've lost.  I have more energy, feel very proud about being able to set a goal and move toward achieving that goal, and I'm enjoying the "new" me.  

I even brought my 14 year old son with me one day to work out with me.  He couldn't believe what I was doing with such ease.  He now wants to come back and work out with me in the fall.  That's pretty cool when an adolescent wants to hang out with his mom and even work out with her.  That's a huge victory.  He's a competitive swimmer and after we worked out he said, "Mom, I don't think half the guys on my team could have done what you just did."  I am a winner all around.  The fact that I can teach my son healthy habits now means a lot to me.  I'm glad FT is going to be part of that process.

We will be back at FT in the fall to continue our goal toward a healthy, active life style.  I feel very fortunate that I took a chance and walked into FT that day on a lark.  It has changed my life for the better.  By the way, I did achieve my goal of losing 20 pounds in six weeks*. My cholesterol dropped over 60 points and is well below the recommended 200 points.  My next goal is to completely get off the statins. I am well on my way to taking off the weight and living healthier and fitter thanks to FT.



Cranking out Push-Ups
Myron Training with Kelsey *

Myron Asher

1:1 Training Works for Me!

I have been working out – training at Fitness Together for approximately 2 ½ years. I chose Fitness Together because I needed that one-on-one training experience.

I have a universal weight machine and numerous pieces of exercise equipment at home, but never seem to be able to dedicate the time needed to work out by myself. I have a set time, twice a week, for my one-on-one training at Fitness Together. Other than vacations or illness, I never miss a workout!

When I began training I was able to do maybe 10 pushups, I now can do in excess of 40. I could barely do a single chin-up, I am now able to do as many as 10. I have dropped my weight from 198 to 182 (I am 6’1’’), lowered my body fat from 26% to below 20% and my waist is down to a size 34*. I now eat better, sleep better, have more energy and love the way my clothes fit and feel on me.

I plan on continuing to use Fitness Together for years to come as part of my quality of life goals. Nothing makes this more worthwhile than the great comments I get from friends who say “you look great” or my doctor, who said “whatever you are doing, keep doing it”. I highly recommend Fitness Together to anyone who is serious about feeling better, looking better and is generally concerned about their health and fitness. 


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Robin Smith

There for me Every Step of the Way

I came to FT at age 58.  I finally admitted that I had to get my brain retrained.  I had struggled with my weight my whole life.  I knew how to lose weight, how to gain weight but never knew how to maintain my weight until landing at FT.

I started out just wanting to get into my size 8 clothes and to get healthy.  After just two months, I had lost 20 pounds, going from nearly 157 pounds down to 137.*  My FT trainer asked me what I wanted to accomplish over the next 2 months. (I had signed up for 4 months).  “How about losing another 20 pounds” I replied.  FT and I did it and since I continue to eat, exercise and live the way I was taught, I lost a total of 47 pounds.  I wear a size zero or sometimes size two. I gave away all my size 8 clothes and my size 10’s and 12’s along with my size 6’s. ( I didn’t have any 4’s)*.

I have more strength, energy, good health and happiness than I have ever had in my whole life.  Complete strangers in my neighborhood say, “hello princess”, “you look so great, you should be on the cover of Vogue”, “I have watched you evolve over the last months, you look fantastic”, “I can’t believe how tiny you are”.  I mean really, how fabulous is that? My husband tells everyone we meet how much weight I lost. He is so proud of me!

I could have never done any of this without the wonderful, supportive and knowledgeable people at FT who were there for me every step of the way.  I am branching out now and learning athletic yoga at FT.

I will be 59 in a couple of weeks and my husband and I are celebrating by going to a charity cocktail party at the historic Philadelphia Flower Show wearing my mother’s tiny form fitting dress that she wore when she was in her twenties!  How great is that? 

Thank you FT!



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Jamie Cornblatt

When Exercise and Nutrition Work Together

Fitness Together has completely reinvigorated my life!

After successfully losing almost 70 lbs last year I found that along with a lot of fat I also lost a lot of muscle, too.* Then I signed up with FT and for the last 4 months I’ve been working out there 2x per week and with their help have completely overhauled my nutrition as well. The results have been phenomenal- I am noticeably much more muscular, I have incredible energy after work to come home and play with my son, and I’m in the best shape of my entire life.

My trainer, has been invaluable in helping me to achieve these results- he’s always prepared, mixing up my work outs and keeping me focused. It is easy to see that he has a passion for fitness and he is constantly teaching me new ways to think about exercise.

Through the Nutrition Together program my daily food journal has completely overhauled the way I shop and eat. In fact, my two year old son now follows my example and eats as many or more vegetables than some adults I know!

If you want to make a change in your life for the better there is no better place to start than Fitness Together. Only you can make positive changes in your life, but they can and will give you tools to do it. 



Before and After

Brooke Wagner

Turning Back the Clock

Having been a 2x weekly client of FT in Owings Mills since Oct 2010, I would like to comment on my experience which has been nothing short of a great report. I joined FT because I wanted and needed to become healthier. The studio, though small, offers everything and the staff is not only professional, knowledgeable but friendly. My trainer changes the work out frequently so I am never bored. I have definitely noticed a big change both physically and mentally, as I am stronger, have lost weight and have more energy.* This is a program that I intend to continue for years to come. Kudos to FT of Owings Mills!


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Yelena Trepetin

Just the Push She Needed Towards Better Health

I first joined Fitness Together because I wanted to get off the couch and back into shape.  However, I knew that I needed that extra push from a trainer who would hold me accountable. 

The trainers at FT have really supported me throughout the process, have worked with me in achieving specific goals, and have pushed me to work harder than I thought possible.  Since joining FT, my endurance has improved significantly and my body has definitely toned up.  Exercises that before seemed extremely difficult—jumping rope for a certain amount of time, holding the plank, etc.—are much easier now.  I have a lot more energy every day and it’s a great feeling.  Most importantly for me, I am able to keep up with my very fit friends in a variety of activities—whether it’s snowboarding, wakeboarding, hiking or running. 

I am committed and excited to continue my fitness journey with FT and see even more results.


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Donna Weitz

The Perfect Fit

I initially came to Fitness Together because I was unhappy at the gym I was using. At Fitness Together I found a warm, caring staff that was knowledgeable, capable, and able to answer my questions and fill my need to become stronger, fit, and healthier.

The trainers at Fitness Together make the sessions an enjoyable social interaction while holding me accountable in the best way for me to get the results that I am looking for. My clothes are fitting better and I can now wear some things that I could not before I joined.

My family is thrilled that I have finally found the best place for me to get in shape and be healthy. I plan to stay at Fitness Together to reach my long term goals and maintain them. I will always remain a member so I can be a healthier and stronger me!


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Juanita Williams

Before and After, the Results Speak for Themselves

When I first came to Fitness Together I did not look the way I do today. Back then I did not want to get on the treadmill or the elliptical. We will not even elaborate on the “sit and pop” squats.

That was back in the dim and distant past. I did get on the machines and continued to come to Fitness Together. One day I was asked if I had noticed any difference in my body, I said no. At this point Dave retrieved a photograph that he had taken on my first visit. I could not believe the transformation. It was a huge eye-opener for me!

With that as tangible proof, I started walking 3 days a week after every workout with my trainer. I have walked up to 5 miles at a time, my pace is getting faster, my stamina and overall health is now very good.

Kelsey came as my new trainer about a year ago and the results kept coming because as we all know change takes time and perseverance. Kelsey has been a tremendous help to me especially with my nutrition and adapting to the new way of tracking my food intake. She is soft spoken and encouraging and I look forward to my time with her.

Oh and about that treadmill. Winter came and I said to Kelsey, “I will not be walking outside, what am I to do?”. She suggested that I use the treadmill and the elliptical on alternating days. She advised me that consistency and distance would be just as beneficial as speed. I did this all winter but will be happily returning to my walks this spring.

One more thing, I wanted my original “before” picture removed, however, breaking and entering and theft came to mind and I thought that was frowned upon. However, I came to understand that the picture has to be there as a reminder of where I started. If I gave advice it would be to TAKE A BEFORE PHOTO!! It is a great motivation.



Rosemary in Action
Day 1, 20 miles! *

Rosemary Law

Combining Strength Training with Cardiovascular Training

I started working out at Fitness Together in July of 2014, when I accepted that I was unable to get my weight under control on my own.  I do endurance walking, but walking 30 miles or more a week was not getting my overall physical condition where it needed to be.  Since joining Fitness Together I had dropped three sizes by Thanksgiving*!

I have a lot more energy, and my overall health has improved tremendously.  I love the variety of trainers, each with a different routine for my workout. I never get bored!  I love hearing people say how good I look, and the comments that I look younger helps motivate me to keep up my exercise routine.

I look forward to each session, and plan to keep my personal commitment to working out with the trainers at Fitness Together, maintaining a healthy diet and walking for two charities, Susan G. Komen 3 day, 60 miles for breast cancer, and Out of the Darkness walk for suicide prevention.



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Diane Flayhart

Thankful for Fitness Together

For as long as I can remember I’ve struggle with my weight.  I’ve often said I was born a size 14 and went up from there.  In the early ‘70’s, I became a lifetime member of Weight Watchers, only to add on more pounds over the years.  I also felt that I would not live past 50 years of age because I didn’t take care of myself – didn’t watch what I ate, didn’t exercise, was not living a healthy lifestyle.

In April 2011, a co-worker (with similar weight issues) encouraged me to check out the Fitness Together studio across the street from our office.  The idea of working with a personal trainer was terrifying!  What would they think of a fat woman trying to walk on the treadmill, or lift weights, or even do step-ups, without huffing and puffing and needing to take a break every few minutes or so?  However, my co-worker let me observe her session, and I spoke at length with Dave Johnston about my concerns and fears.  Dave presented me with a plan to approach my fitness and nutrition goals while assuring me that I had nothing to fear; that I would be treated with respect and concern for any physical limitations I might have, and that I could be successful if I agreed to work with him and his staff.  So, at age 58, I took the plunge!

A little over a year and half later, I have lost more than 60 pounds, and I have maintained that loss for several months*.  I am also more fit in that I am able to walk longer distances than I had before, thus allowing me to enjoy my vacations a lot more than I have in the past.  As I approach my 60th birthday, I am happy that I was able to reduce my weight on my driver’s license, and I actually like my new picture!  With the help of Dave and the other trainers at Fitness Together, I have increased my strength and muscle mass and reduced my body fat as I dropped the pounds.  My journey, however, is not over.  The periodic assessments help me to make new commitments and get my efforts back on track when I sometimes lose my way.  I enjoy the personal touch of an individual trainer, rather than working out in a gym with a bunch of skinny butts in spandex.  My trainers make me feel like I’m a person worthy of respect, and they constantly encourage me to do my best in all that I do.  I am truly thankful for the day I walked into the Fitness Together studio.