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Client of the Month: John Hughes

Jul 6, 2017

A big shout out to John Hughes for being elected our Client of the Month! John's fitness story is a great one and touches on the caveats of stopping a fitness routine and the importance of maintaining a routine.

Q: How long have you been with Fitness Together, and how often are you working out both inside and outside of the studio?

  • This is actually my second time as a client of Fitness Together Silver Spring. I originally started working with a previous owner of the studio when I worked in downtown Silver Spring and it was just this past January when I came back as a client.
  • As for how often I work out, I am scheduled 3 times a week; twice with Chris and once with Jake. I also come in up to 3 times a week to work on cardio and I like to participate in “Boot Camp” style training 2 times a week in the College Park area when time and job commitments allow.

Q: What are some of the results you've seen so far?

  • The biggest changes I am most happy about are the weight loss, decrease in % of body fat and the increase in strength and stamina.

Q: What can you attribute mostly to your success so far? What hurdles did you have to get over in order to succeed?

  • I have battled a weight problem most of my adult life and after suffering a heart attack in 2008, I knew that I needed to change my life style. That’s when I joined Fitness Together initially. The previous owner and his group of trainers worked wonders and I saw amazing results. But the one thing that they could not change was my willingness to continue and after a year or so, I thought I could maintain the “new me” without any help or support. WRONG. I soon fell prey to my old ways and the weight that I had lost came back AND I added 30 pounds on top of that. The worst part (and probably the catalyst of me coming back to FT) was when I went into my annual physical this past October and my Doctor sat me down and laid it out for me…that I either get back into shape and lose weight or I could continue in the manner that I was in currently and more than likely suffer another heart attack. The decision was simple.

Q: What are some of your goals with FT moving forward?

  • I want to reach my “ideal” weight of 180 and if I can’t, it will because I have added 20 pounds of muscle. I also want to be below 20% body fat. I am not sure if adding 20 pounds of muscle is realistic, but I do know that I will lose the weight. More importantly, I am realizing that if I want something bad enough, then I will do whatever it takes to reach my goals.

Q: Anything else you would like to share with others looking to hit their goals?

  • If you want something bad enough you have to understand that it will take commitment and hard work to achieve it. Nothing is free in life.

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