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WHY I RISE UP

Photo of Linda & her family at a wedding


THE ROAD TO RISE UP

Looking back on my early days with Results Fitness, my biggest concern about joining was ME! On occasion, I can get in the way of myself and seem to be a master of self sabotage. Like many others, I would get involved with a fitness and nutrition routine, think I was doing pretty well and then the excuses would start rolling in. Thus the beginning of a downward spiral.

Whatever exercise and nutrition habits I was following would go by the wayside, and there I was, slipping right back into my bad habits.  Admittedly, I’d find myself worrying about making the commitment to more of a lifestyle change.  It was so much easier to be lazy and “meh” about being healthy and physically active. Bottom line- I was in a terrible rut and unsure how to get myself motivated enough to do something about it.

Initially, I started with Results Fitness through a work sponsored wellness program and then transitioned into their 30 day introductory offer – The RF Experience. I was impressed with both the workouts and level of coaching. However, after the 30 days were over, it was hard to justify joining given our wellness program at work. Unfortunately, the wellness program wasn’t all it was cracked up to be, and I was not able to establish a healthy, sustainable and consistent fitness routine.


WELCOME TO RISE UP

In November of 2016, I received an email from the Results Fitness team about Rise Up In 6 Weeks, a total body transformation program to become re-engaged and back on track with your personal health and fitness goals.  In short, Rise Up fires on all cylinders by teaching you how to create and sustain the life you want through training, nutrition, sleep, accountability, and mindset.  Despite my fear of commitment and uncertainty of what Rise Up actually entailed, I took the plunge.  Turns out, it was a great journey filled with learning, meeting some wonderful people and getting results!  I successfully lost body fat, weight and inches off my waist. Overall, I was feeling better health-wise and was pleased with where I was.

Linda doing a kettlebell workout at Results Fitness

When Rise Up ended, I decided to return to my wellness program at work, attempting to piece together my own regimen based on what I learned.  Initially, I was keeping focus but then, life happened, the excuses started compiling and soon enough, I was slipping back into my unhealthy habits.  In December of 2017, I went for my annual physical, only to leave the doctor’s office feeling mortified! I knew it was bad, but when the doc specifically says “Something needs to change” you are forced to take a hard look at things. At that point, I was at my all-time highest weight and my all time lowest self esteem. Luckily, I knew myself and my patterns with nutrition and fitness and had already signed up for Rise Up 2018 – beyond ready to take it on!

Rise Up 2018 was a godsend. Having experienced Rise Up the year prior, I knew what I was facing and was welcoming all of it with open arms. I was determined to do better for myself nutritionally, physically and mentally. Initially, I had concern about returning after a 9-month hiatus. I wondered what would the Results Fitness team would think and worried about feeling out or place or intimidated.   Spoiler alert – it was like seeing an old friend and picking up right where you left off. No judgment, just a commitment to help me be a better version of me.


WHAT IT MEANS TO RISE UP

My biggest and most challenging fitness struggle is staying consistent with nutrition and exercise. Having many ups and downs with my weight, nutrition and fitness, it’s always frustrating to see good progress fade away.

It may sound cliché, but my life really has been enriched by my Results Fitness family. The environment is so positive and encouraging you can’t’ help but try hard and do better!  Rise Up In 6 Weeks was an absolute life changer for me. When I was discouraged with myself and not seeing the big picture of wellness, Results Fitness and Rise Up came along at the perfect time. I have learned so much and will continue to soak it all in. The pieces of my puzzle are coming together. My focus is different, and I know my success is up to me (with a little help from my Results Fitness buddies).

Linda before and after her RIse Up Journey

Personally, Rising Up with Results Fitness means so much because of its impact on my life:

  • I have overcome my fears by just showing up and being present.
  • I have become better organized with my time, more mindful of situations and overall, more open-minded.
  •  My coping methods continuously improve, empowering me to handle things more effectively when life gets interrupted.
  • Since completing Rise Up 2018, I’ve continued to maintain my weight loss and work out consistently, which is pretty incredible for me.
  • We are all works in progress so being around like-minded people who are caring, friendly and encouraging is invaluable to my journey.  Not to mention, we have some badass members who have done the incredible and overcome life’s challenges.  These people are such an inspiration, making me always wanting to do better.

Linda and her husband enjoying the great outdoors in Sedona

I would say to anyone thinking about signing on for Rise Up or Results Fitness, “DO IT!”.  Take it on, embrace it and feed off all the positive energy and enthusiasm from the gym and members. Don’t expect a quick fix, but a journey.  A journey that will possibly change your life. Take the time to learn from the expertise of the coaches about nutrition and fitness. Practice being consistent, trying new things, hearing ideas from others and just showing up.  Be a little selfish and make yourself a priority with your wellness. Results Fitness and Rise Up are absolutely the right place to start.

Linda with no regrets, just results post Rise Up In 6 Weeks


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HOW I FOUND MY HAPPILY EVER AFTER IN THE FITNESS WORLD

 


LIFE BEFORE MY HAPPILY EVER AFTER

Five simple words was all it took to find my “happily ever after” in the fitness world.

Just stepping foot into Results Fitness was a game changer for me. I had never been to a gym where I had even known another person’s name let alone built a relationship. You see, I am an incredibly shy person and walking into an intimidating place like a gym is no simple feat. Yet, I was taken back by how warm and welcoming everyone was. On my first day at Results Fitness, another member saw the deer-in-the-headlights look on my face when instructed to form groups and they walked right up to me and said, simply, “Come. Be in our group”. Those five words were what made me decide to keep coming back day after day.

My biggest fear is facing the unknown. I had never attended an exercise class like this before and didn’t know if I would be able to keep up, lift any kind of weight or just outright make a fool of myself. My current workout structure at the time needed changing, and I took a shot in the dark by signing up for my first Social Saturday class.  These are designated workout classes where you can try a Group Training class at Results Fitness for free. After being greeted warmly upon arrival and given a thorough rundown of what to expect, that fear was gone within minutes of walking through the door. Everyone’s encouragement inspired confidence to crush the class!  Bottom line – walking into RF for the first time was the best decision I made for myself.  I signed up to become a member that very same day.

“Why not me?”    “You got this.”

These became the mantras I used to conquer my fears. Prior to joining RF, I consistently had negative thoughts of what I could and could not accomplish. It was always “I could never run that far”, “I will never be as strong as the other women” or my usual plain old “I can’t”.

Amie and husband Derek's side by side transformation

Once I changed my mindset, I learned I COULD run that far, I AM strong and I CAN do anything I put my mind to. I have exceeded any and all physical expectations I set for myself since first becoming an RF member. It was the support of the other members that really helped me change my mindset. I cannot recall a single class where I was not high-fived, given a pat on the back, or told “good job”. This type of motivation and support is what excites me to show up for The Breakfast Club (5:30am Group Training class).

Before the Rise Up in 6 Weeks total body transformation program, I had been trying for quite some time to clean up my diet and get myself down to a healthier weight. Rise Up gave me the right tools to finally accomplish what I had been trying to do alone. Turns out, I just needed the structure of the program and the crowd support proved a surprising piece of the puzzle I did not know that I needed to succeed. My husband, Derek, also joined Rise Up in 6 Weeks and it was so comforting to have his support and be able to cheer each other on.

Shortly after completing my first Rise Up, I had my yearly physical. My physician came into the exam room and asked me what I had been doing the past few months. Since my last exam, my blood pressure, weight and cholesterol decreased considerably and were now in very healthy ranges. He also told me my heart was as strong and healthy as someone in their teens. For the first time in years, I was given a perfect bill of health!

Rise Up In 6 Weeks was an absolute game changer.  I lost 9.2 pounds, 4% body fat and went down 2 pant sizes!

In the past, I was working out consistently but never had a consistent plan. Jumping from place to place and trying a million different classes never lead to finding an exercise class or community I could happily attend daily and feel so “at home”.  From that very first class at Results Fitness, I knew it was where I was meant to be.  Above everything else, it enabled me to make the changes I had been struggling with for so long.

Amie's first day deadlifting and after photo of Amie recently deadlifting more than 3x her first day

Prior to starting at RF, I was ready to hang up my running shoes for good. Strength training was my last-ditch effort to become a strong runner. I was burnt out and running on tired and weak legs. Within just a few months of working out at Results Fitness, I started noticing huge improvements and was running faster and longer distances with ease. Recently, I trained and completed my third half marathon and finished in 2:20–4 minutes faster than my previous half marathon!

LIFE SINCE MY HAPPILY EVER AFTER

Since becoming a Results Fitness Warrior, my life has changed.  First and foremost, confidence. I am amazed everyday by the things my body can now do and the limits I can push. This has helped me both mentally and physically.

Amie doing push ups

No mercy! Amie pusing a Heavy AF sled bright and early at 5:30am group training

Work hard, play hard! Amie in her Halloween costume doing a overhead press with a 53lb kettlebell

Second, I have been given a healthy understanding of my body and how to achieve my goals. I now know that the number on the scale is just a small part and measure of your overall health. As someone who has struggled with body image and disordered eating, I now have a healthy understanding of how to treat and fuel my body.

Third, for the first time in my life I have a positive body image. I learned to turn my negative thoughts into positives. The old me would tell myself “my thighs are too big” but the new me knows that they are strong, and I worked hard to get the body I now have.

Lastly, I can now keep up with my kids. This was my #1 goal.  I wanted to be an active and healthy mom and set a good example for my children.  They now have to tell me to slow down so they can catch up!

Amie and her kids after completing a race

The Koger family smiling for a photo at Edgewater Park
Amie with her husband and kids enjoying qaulity time + ice cream

For anyone on the fence about trying out Results Fitness, just do it! You will have no regrets (just results!).

Walk through that door and see what it is all about.

Fitness journeys are never ending. For me, it has been ongoing for 8 years  and continues to be full of ups and downs. Yet, with Results Fitness, I have found my “happily-ever-after” in the fitness world and could not be more proud of all I have accomplished.

And it all started with five simple words.

“Come. Be in our group.”


WhePhoto of Rise Up In 6 Weeks clickable logon it comes to finding your place in the fitness world, it’s easy to feel let down, frustrated and hopeless from diet and exercise programs promising “results of a lifetime” but failing on delivery since neither consider your unique lifestyle, challenges and needs.

Maybe it’s because you don’t how to exercise or took time off from the gym.  Comparatively, what seemed like an easy thing to “go at alone” isn’t fun anymore because no one is around to coach you and keep you motivated.  Or, maybe it’s a nutrition program that doesn’t take your schedule into account since you’re juggling a demanding job with your kids’ extra curriculars.

And, if you’re trying to make something work that doesn’t feel right or fit into your life, you’re less likely to actually stick with it.  But, health + fitness is not “one size fits all”.  It requires a personalized strategy so you can learn how to create a sustainable lifestyle that works for you and supports your personal goals.

If you’ve been feeling let down, stuck or in a rut with how you look and feel, it’s time to Rise Up with Results Fitness.  Contact the RF Team when you’re ready so we can answer your questions and explain exactly what you’ll need to do to succeed!

 

Lauren K.

Lauren-Klein-1_webI feel so lucky to have found a wonderful place to work out and achieve my goals with a fun and supportive (but still challenging) atmosphere. If you are ever interested in hitting the gym on your own schedule bit still want the guidance and support of experts, this may be the perfect place for you. Beautiful facility, great people and very convenient location!

Kelly K.

Kelly-Knapp_bw_webMy entire life as a competitive dancer, I could eat whatever I wanted when I wanted it because I danced for 8 hours a day and could maintain my petite ballerina body. That was, until college when I stopped dancing near as much and was still eating anything I wanted. I didn’t just gain the freshman 15…I gained the freshman 40! At first I brushed it off thinking that “this is just my body without dance and I will never regain my shape unless I spend hours in the gym” which just wasn’t going to happen in college. So I bought larger clothes and moved on with my life but my self-esteem definitely took a hit. I did attempt to go to the gym, spend hours on the treadmill like all the other women I see in there thinking that cardio is the only way I was going to drop the weight. I tried fad diets like Atkins, Slim-fast, Special-K, etc. I would lose some weight but as soon as I couldn’t take the diet any more it would all come back.

When I graduated from vet school though, my dream was to hike the Inca Trail to Macchu-pichu in Peru. My family and I knew though that if we were going to attempt this task that we needed to get in the proper shape for it. By referral, that’s how we found Josh at Results Fitness. We all started the circuit training group classes. It was difficult at first. I was sore every day, but I could start to see immediate results. Going through the tough workouts together with everyone in the group class was encouraging and motivating. I could see that it was hard for everyone, not just me, and we became a support group for each other to lean on. Josh has not only provided me with workouts that continue to challenge me even though I’ve been with him for over 2 years but also great nutritional advice. With attending about 3 workouts a week and subtle diet changes the results have been slow and steady but this time I know they are permanent. Needless to say, we successfully completed the Inca Trail, which I could have never done if it wasn’t for Results Fitness, and I’m back into the same size I wore as a dancer.

Flora M.

Flora-M_bw_webI’ve tried all the Eastside gyms & only Results Fitness fires on all cylinders. It’s CLEAN, has very attentive trainers, vast arrays of challenging & cutting edge equipment to keep workouts fun! No other has intimate group classes at 5:45a-6:30a CONSISTENTLY so that I can start my day energized. I’m so glad I joined Results Fitness!

Tony A.

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I went through 30 years of a little bit of exercise here and there while still somewhat involved in team sport activities. As I got older, the lbs would slowly keep inching up as well as the mid section. My wife Kathi had been training with Josh already for about 2 years and one day with some persuasion, I gave it a try. I started with a couple days a week mixed in with a couple of cardio days at home. I have built up to 3 to 4 days of week w/ RF training and this 52 year feels a hell of lot better physically as well as mentally!!! It’s great to see others sticking with it and everyone pushing themselves, I feel guilty when I do miss a scheduled day. with RF full flexible schedule If I miss a day I can usually get in same day or the next at a different time.

Now I am still working on the food think as I love my Pizza and Pasta but I do eat a helluva lot better than I used to.

Thank you Josh and the rest of the RF team as I am truly happy and grateful I have “made” time to get my health back on track. the “chubby face” and midsection pictures were really starting to get to me!

Cindy K.

Cindy-Knapp_bw_webThe original motivator as to why we decided to start working out a while ago was, my husband and I made a promise to our daughter who was graduating from The Ohio State Veterinary School, that we would be in good enough shape to hike the INCA Trail to Machu Picchu. We were recommended to go to Result Fitness and try the Boot camp offered by Josh at 6:15. Perfect time right after work, Brad and I could do this as a team to encourage each other. We signed up, and to be perfectly honest it was one of the best decisions we have made. Not only did Josh get us in shape to fulfill our promise to our daughter, he helped Brad improve his scores on his annual stress test and it also has improved my bone density to the point I no longer have to take any of the medicines that are used to treat bone loss which have very serious side effects.

Patricia M.

Patricia-M_bw_webIt has always been a priority to take care of my health and mobility. As the years pile on this priority is more difficult. When retirement became a reality, I  continued with repetitive exercises and struggle with a balanced nutritional diet. Boredom with exercising and high caloric snacks were disrupting my goals. The last 2 years, participating at Result Fitness, has been a blessing to me. Encouragement  is given with excellent suggestions to healthy and balanced eating habits. The repetition and loss of interest with my exercising has disappeared. The individualized exercise program at Result Fitness is not only challenging, it is also educating. Each class is different and rewarding. My balance, endurance, and flexibility has improved. At 75 years old, my expectations are becoming a reality. Working out with people who do not take their health for granted and receiving coaching from a professional in exercise management has been a positive advantage and blessing to me.

Thank you Result Fitness!

Ann Marie C.

Ann-Marie_BW_webI have been a member of Results Fitness for almost 3 years and couldn’t be happier with my workout routine! I love the early morning hours that they offer for boot camp, it starts my day off right! I find inspiration and a sense of camaraderie with the people I work out with every day. My trainer Josh is always giving me helpful advice regarding my workout and nutrition. I need to be more disciplined with my food choices and I know I would have better weight loss results.  I do know that since I have been a member I feel stronger, I have lost inches and I have better balance which I think is important as I get older. I am proud of how far I have come and I owe it all to Results Fitness for their constant support.

Gina P.

Gina-P_bw_webAt 40 years young, a breast cancer diagnosis followed by a year of aggressive treatment left me asking my doctor what I could do to help prevent a reoccurrence. He said “Exercise”.

In the past, I tried a variety of exercise programs, most of them lasting only a few months. I would get bored or lazy and give up. I knew that if I was going to make a long term commitment to my health, I was going to need help. That’s where Results Fitness came in. With my trainers, we set up some goals: Lose a little weight, get body fat within a healthy range and clean up nutrition. As it turns out, I not only achieved all that, I got so much more with Results Fitness; great trainers who are knowledgable and motivating but who also care about my well being, group training sessions that are both challenging and fun, and a workout environment where staff and members motivate and support each other. I can honestly say it is one of the best things I have ever done for myself. I look forward to working out now.

It is part of my daily routine. I don’t make excuses not to work out, I make excuses to work out.