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Personal Training Success Stories

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Mike Gurdjian

I lost 70lbs plus in 7 months!!!*

Mike had put on a lot of weight in college and really needed to change his lifestyle.  In just six months Mike has lost 72 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.”    

- Mike Gurdjian, Reading resident

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Tracy Simpson

I have my life back!!

Tracy first came to Fitness Together to lose weight.  "After having two children, I was having a challenging time shedding the pounds on my own after many failed attempts over 3 years.  "Fitness Together has helped me to get my life back!  I have more energy, more fun and can keep up with my kids.  I lead a more active lifestyle now and have incorporated fitness into my daily routine.  It's not something I dread doing anymore, and actually have come to enjoy my sessions and look forward to coming in and rocking out to Bruce Springsteen while doing my cardiovascular exercise!  Investing in yourself and taking time to improve your physical wellbeing is something that many people undervalue with their busy lives, but you only get one body and you need to take care of it.  Since joining Fitness Together, I have come to learn that the benefits far outweigh the costs.  "I am in the best shape I have ever been in my life - and not just physically.  My overall outlook is much more positive and I have more confidence."

-Tracy Simpson, Wakefield Resident

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Mark Cullinane

Mark is a husband, father of four and busy professional that first came to Fitness Together because he had allowed work to crowd out time that he would have to work out.  “Recognizing that I was adding inches in all the wrong places, I joined FT over 2 years ago.”  Mark has been consistently working out at FT 3 – 4 times a week ever since. 

“Fitness Together has helped me the most in building discipline into my workout regimen and schedule.  Once I made the commitment to invest in working with Fitness Together to become fit and healthier, I gained a partner to help set goals and plans to achieve them.” Mark has made a huge commitment to make his health and fitness a priority.  “The support, motivation, encouragement and education at FT are a big part of my success in adopting a much healthier lifestyle.”

- Mark Cullinane, Lynnfield Resident

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Sharon Tango

Sharon made a decision to start taking care of herself after her having her fifth child.  Before Fitness Together she worked out at the gym, did the same routine and found that her workouts were stale.  “I have lost a whole roll of fat!”* she says. Sharon adds “it has made me stronger and has given me a lot of confidence.” FT has also made me more aware of my eating. “If I am working out and paying for this, it makes me think about what is going in my mouth”.

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Dr. Jason Harris

As a physician, I understand how important weight management is to overall health. For several years, however, I struggled to keep my own weight at a healthy level. When I decided it was time to make a change, I knew that the only healthy and permanent way to lose weight was to eat fewer calories, increase my cardiovascular exercise and make weight training a priority in my life. Over the past year, I have dedicated myself to these goals. As a result, I’ve shed over 80 pounds*, and I feel I’m in the best physical condition of my life. In addition, my blood pressure normalized, my energy levels skyrocketed, and my self-consciousness melted away.

Study after study in the medical community prove that weight training plays a key role in any attempt to lose weight or improve one’s cardiovascular health. Initially, I tried weight training on my own, but I needed the benefits that personal training can offer, including expertise, motivation, safety, and appropriate goal setting.

Fitness Together has played a key role in my transformation over the past year.  I get a more efficient workout than I could achieve on my own, along with added benefits of flexibility and core training. Beyond    the superior training I receive, the team at Fitness Together has gone out of their way to personalize my experience. The staff is always motivating, friendly, and respectful. They work with my hectic schedule and tailor my workouts to achieve my specific training goals. In addition, Fitness Together offers nutrition and exercise counseling to ensure your success, and periodic fitness assessments to objectively track your progress. For those serious about making a positive change in their health, I highly recommend Fitness Together, as a physician and as a client who has seen Fitness Together make a positive difference in my own life.                                                                                                                                                            

                                                                                                    - Dr. Jason Harris, former Reading resident

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Nancy Twomey

Nancy came to Fitness Together Reading because she knew she needed to do something about her weight and fitness in order to age well. “I like the accountability aspect that Fitness Together provided. I knew they would be exactly what I needed to keep me coming back for more.” Fitness Together has taught me about nutrition and put me on the path to losing over 30 pounds. More importantly, Fitness Together helped me discover that I have a love for weight lifting and, believe it or not, Metallica! Because of the expert coaching at FT, I am able to deadlift almost 200bs, Barbell Snatch 30lbs and Bench Press 100lbs! Not bad for someone 60 years old! Since starting with FT Nancy has also noticed increased flexibility, better balance,, much improved posture and the newfound ability to touch her toes! “I think what has improved most for me since coming to FT is my confidence with how I look and feel. I no longer dread trying on new clothes or wearing a bathing suit!” I highly recommend FT to anyone and everyone who maybe looking for a boost in their life, particularly as we all age.

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Matt Stewart

Fitness Together Reading changed my life!  With their help I lost 60 pounds and started living the active life I always wanted.  I used to sit around playing video games and eat for fun, but now I strength train 4 times a week and hike all over!  Thanks FT!

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Steph Cohen

  When I first came to Fitness Together in May 2015, I was at a point where I had lost some weight on my own, but I knew I needed some additional support and guidance to reach bigger goals. I knew I needed to do something different to successfully make the changes I wanted in my life.  

 I remember walking in for my first session and being nervous and incredibly unsure of what to  expect, and the two trainers working immediately put me at ease.  Everyone from Tom, the owner, to trainers you may never work out directly with go above and beyond to make everyone feel welcome.  My trainers believed in me and saw my success long before I believed in myself, which kept me motivated at points where I might otherwise have given up.  The faith and confidence they had in me allowed me to slowly gain that in myself as well. 

Since starting at FT my friends and family talk about seeing a spark and a confidence in me that they haven't seen in a long time, but I hadn’t realized was missing.  I also have a newfound love for cardio, which is not something I ever would have predicted!  

Working with the trainers at Fitness Together, I have learned to recognize my achievements (and even give myself credit at times), but even more importantly, I have learned how to live my life in a way that is reasonable and manageable.

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Claire Kinton

I had struggled for years with my weight and though I was working hard on my own, I wasn't seeing the results I had hoped for. I was tired of feeling so discouraged and decided to take control and get some one-on-one help with a professional. Clearly I was lacking the proper knowledge of workouts and nutrition in order to get the results I wanted, and I was looking to get the knowledge I needed to make life-long changes.I never thought I would say this about working out, but it's fun! I really look forward to catching up with my trainers and talking about our shared interests. It makes the time fly by and the exercises easier to get through when you're having a great conversation. Plus, it's great to have someone there with you supporting you--much better than working out on your own. I also love that I always leave FT feeling satisfied and proud of myself for getting through another session. It's not something I ever imagined I'd be able to do.

So far, I've lost over ten pounds and discovered muscles I never knew I had! On a deeper level, I have more self-confidence and I no longer dread the daily workout. I no longer feel like I'm putting in the work and going nowhere--now I know my hard work is getting me results. The Nutrition Program has honestly been life changing. I always thought I ate well but learning about macros has really changed my perspective and allowed me to make choices that are better for my body. I've seen nutritionists before and never gotten any results but with the FT Nutrition Plan and Mel's constant support, I was able to see changes in the first week. I highly recommend joining as it's a great supplement to the fitness sessions--you'll definitely get more out of them if you're fueling your body properly. Also, the program is really about lifestyle changes--if you're interested in losing weight and keeping the weight off, you'll definitely get the tools you need in order to so. 

I would absolutely recommend FT to a friend or family member. In fact, I've started sharing my gained knowledge with interested friends and family members! I always want the best for my friends and family, and FT is the best!

 

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Kimberly O'Flaherty

Kimberly came to us at Fitness Together Reading back in January in order to get herself down to a healthy weight while improving her physical fitness.  Since starting with FT Reading she says that her core strength and stamina have greatly improved.  “It feels great to be getting stronger for once instead of accepting my limitations. I look forward to my workouts and am not happy at all when something keeps me from them!” Kimberly also says that she needed the accountability that Fitness Together has provided. “I was always trying new things but was never able to carry them through because I would either overdo it or lose interest. I have found that the support and results make me realize that slow and steady is the course for me.”  She also says that she would definitely recommend Fitness Together to just about anyone.   “With the support, great trainers, and being held accountable, I know I will succeed in my goals as will anyone else! If you have burn out, boredom, or just need to be pointed back in the right direction, FT will be perfect.”

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Jason Price

I started training at Fitness Together to lose weight and increase my energy level.  My weight had slowly crept upward over the years, and I thought it was time to make a change.  I knew it would be difficult to do it on my own, and I was drawn to the idea of working with a trainer who could provide motivation and develop a training program that worked for me.  Since joining FT I’ve lost 30 pounds, taken a few inches off my waistline, feel more energetic during a long work day, and have gotten much stronger.  I haven’t felt this physically fit since I was in college. I had always known that I needed to exercise more and eat better to lose weight, but I had a hard time putting that into practice.  Fitness Together helped me put the pieces together and figure it out.

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Dawn Dipietropolo

As a youth I was an athlete.  Being active was just part of my daily routine. I started to experience pain after exercise and during daily activities. After many doctors’ appointments it was discovered I have an autoimmune disease. If I wanted to continue living an active lifestyle I needed to find support and guidance. I reached out to Fitness Together Reading.  I remember my first conversation with owner Tom Lavoie. He gave me hope!  Without hesitation I became a client. Tom and his team were able to help me set goals for myself. They developed a program that was specific to me and my health issues. I have accomplished many goals since that first meeting with Tom. I am leaner, stronger, and healthier over all. I am happy to report my pain is under control! I am moving more than I have in a long time. Tom and his amazing team are super heroes to me. Their knowledge, guidance and support has helped me achieve and strive towards my goals.  I am excited to continue working hard with this team by my side. 

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Beth Stakem

Beth is very busy real estate broker who came to Fitness Together Reading looking to build up her strength and to lose some weight.  She is vey faithful to her routine and schedule as she prides herself on “not being on that cancellation list”!  Beth has seen a dramatic increase in her overall strength as she now can correctly deadlift 135 lbs!  She has even competed in our own women’s powerlifting competition!

Recently Beth has committed to our nutritional habit program and reaped the benefits by losing 17lbs and over 11 inches!  “I would absolutely recommend FT to a friend.  I share the habits that have resulted in my weight loss with all my friends”!