Categorized as: Evidences of Success

Motivate U Participant Finds Hope & Results while Undiagnosed

Teresa came to Sierra Strength and Speed through Motivate U in October 2013 –  a program offered by Hometown Health. She has been struggling with an undiagnosed medical condition since May 2009.

As a result, physicians had her on more than 1,000 mg of medication daily. She experienced nearly 20lbs of weight gain in 3 short months. She was unable to drop the weight even after she was taken off the medication.

Her goal was to strengthen her body and lose some of the unwanted pounds, with the hope that some, or all, of her pain that comes with her condition would subside. Within 6 short weeks, she became reacquainted with her body and lost 3.5% body fat. Her transformation was due to 5 hours of weekly exercise and minimal changes to her diet.

Rashes & Swelling all over.

 “I was told I had folliculitis, or inflammation
of the hair follicles. Even with my very limited medical expertise, I questioned T HAVE HAIR FOLLICLES ON MY PALMS OR THE I was given more steroids and Benadryl and sent on my way.”

While, she continues to struggle with her medical condition and pain, she continued on with us at SSS after her #MotivateU program ended. She currently attends circuit training classes 4 times per week and continues to see results. As of today, she is 3 pant sizes smaller!

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I’m am proof that anyone can do anything when they set their mind to it! Love yourself enough to LIVE through your challenges!

From Teresa ~

I had an opportunity in October 2013, to join a wellness challenge through my employer. It was 6-week exercise challenge focused on diet, exercise and overall healthy living. I was selected to go to Sierra Strength and Speed. I was nervous and excited at the same time.

The first night, I had to do the preliminary tests, which included; push-ups, sit-ups, weight and body fat ups and 11 modified in one minute, 18 sit-ups in one minute, and body fat over 20%. I began the program and met some great people. I worked hard attending 5 to 6 classes per week and became reacquainted with my body. I won a fitbit for trainers pick of the week for working hard in class and that felt great. Everyday was a new challenge and I didn’t  see many changes until I got on the scale.

I increased my pushups to 10 plus 13 modified in one minute, and 36 sit-ups in one minute, and a mile in 9 minutes and 21 seconds.

I lost 3.5% body fat and lost under a pound.

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Former Personal Trainer Finds Inspiration Through Bootcamps

 

I met Channéll more then a year ago. I was coming back from a injury on my knee, I was overweight, and not very motivated. I was just generally working out to get back on shape. Then, she invited me to her Saturday morning bootcamp.  I said “…I don’t know – I work graveyard, I’m off at 8am” and she replied “Well, bootcamp isn’t until 10am, you have time to get here.”

I realized that my shift and scheduling was not excuse to her. So, I agreed by saying  “Sure I`ll be there”.  After the first class I was ready for more! So I after a year of being a bootcamp addict, I want to say thank you Channéll for being an amazing trainer. More then that,  I would like to say thank you for also being life coach who always has a positive attitude, is willing to teach, and is always smiling. It’s obvious you are loving what you do. I think everyone should try Channèll’s bootcamp, I guarantee they’ll keep coming back!

 

– Luis Kennedy, 28 years old

Security Gaurd

Former Personal Trainer

Doctor, Mother, Wife, Fitness Fanatic

 

I first started training with Channéll a little less than a year after having my first child. I was motivated to lose weight, tone up and start running regularly again after an almost 8 year hiatus. It felt good to be active again, and Channéll started introducing me to the world of strength training and core building. But just when I started getting into a routine, I found out I was pregnant again! I soon stopped coming to the gym and didn’t return until almost a year later.

It was definitely more difficult to get started the second time around. I felt motivated about my fitness during our sessions, but it lagged as the week went on. It was easy to use “being tired” as an excuse to skip the gym. Then, as the new year approached, my training sessions were almost up. If I was going to make the financial commitment to purchase more, I wanted to make a whole-hearted effort and step up my game. I had had the good fortune of being paired up with an amazing trainer – someone who is knowledgeable, enthusiastic and committed – and I didn’t want to just float through my sessions any longer.

A couple of decisions helped me to really focus and become more committed to my training goals. First, and probably most important, I made a detailed list of fitness related goals I wanted to accomplish during the year. For the first time in my life, I started tracking my food intake (a real eye opener). For motivation, I started perusing various fitness related websites she had shared with me. And last, but definitely not least, I made certain I had a regular babysitter so that I could have “me time”; that is, my time at the gym.

Then, just weeks after making this commitment and going to the gym regularly, I started seeing major changes. My energy level was way up throughout the day, I was toning up and fitting into my pre-pregnancy clothes. A big moment was trying on workout clothes in a store dressing room and actually liking how I was fitting in them rather than cringing at any post-baby flab!

Looking back, the best overall health decision I ever made was deciding to work with a trainer, and I feel so lucky to have gotten to work with Channéll. Getting back into shape can be tough work, mentally and physically, and it’s made a world of difference to have the knowledge, support and motivation Channéll has given me along the way.

 

-Flora Lwin, 31 years old

Doctor, Mother, Wife

Wife, Mother, Former Quitter

“In June, I started taking Channell’s free to the community, Shape Up Reno Bootcamp, and I feel like that really kick-started my body. I had definitely made progress by then and begun losing weight, but I feel like my weight loss has been supercharged and much more steady over the last 3 months. I’ve only been weighing myself about every 3 weeks, and have been down 3 pounds each time the last several times I’ve weighed. As I mentioned, I didn’t start this because I was necessarily upset with how I looked, but I wasn’t happy with how I felt. Now I feel healthier, I’m stronger than I’ve ever been, and I’m certainly not complaining about the 3 sizes I have shed!” weighed.

 

I have now lost 28 pounds since January of this year. I feel like I have a clearer goal in mind, and for the first time it seems possible. A year ago I would have told you I couldn’t run from my bedroom to the front door if my house was on fire; now I go for regular jogs around my neighborhood on days I don’t make it in to the gym!

-Aleta Simmons
28 Years Old

It’s Never Too Late

I have tried dieting and exercise in the past, but they never worked because I didn’t stick to the programs.  I had a difficult time sticking to programs when I was the only one trying; while others around me were eating ice cream and unhealthy foods. I felt a lack of support.
Now, I am determined to reach my goals whether or not family and friends support me. I came to this  conclusion after I signed back up for personal training with Channéll. I quit a year ago after working with a trainer for a brief period of time because I did not continue my discipline or motivation. I have decided I want to do the best that I can regardless of what others want to do with their bodies.
I currently am losing weight, inches, staying accountable and determined working with Channéll 2-3 days per week, and on my own 2-3 days. My minimum goal is to lose 50 more pounds! I feel confident I will reach my goals this time with the support I have from Channéll who make me feel positive and welcomed!
 I am determined to reach my goal and NOTHING is going to stop me!!
-Geri Goines, 59 years old
Retired

Testimonial: Meet Aleta Simmons aka Leeta

Age: 28

Pounds Lost : 28

Backstory: Mother, Wife, Tattoo Lover, Former Quitter, Current Inspiration

THEN
NOW

Having a difficult time believing in yourself? Have you given up? Well, meet Leeta! A wife, mother and former quitter…

Leeta’s Story:

I have never been very athletic when it comes to sports, but I grew up dancing and went to a very competitive performing arts high school. After 13 years though, it took a toll on my body, especially my knees. After graduating, I never danced again. I tried here and there to build a regular fitness routine, but nothing ever stuck. I had almost constant pain in my knees and couldn’t find any exercises that helped; to make it worse, the best advice I got from doctors was “if it hurts, don’t do it.” Eventually I just gave up.
When I had my daughter 8 years ago, I gained 55 pounds during pregnancy. Though I lost most of the weight, I know what I gained caused further damage to my already weakened joints. Several years later, I started gaining weight again, and I’m not even sure why. I just became less and less active and steadily gained about 10 pounds a year over the last 3-4 years. When I did try to work out, I got discouraged quickly. One trainer several years ago even told me not to even try to run on a treadmill with my knee problems but to stick to other equipment.
During the summer of 2011, I started thinking about joining a gym again. I wasn’t even concerned with how my body looked at that point, but I knew I was unhealthy. I was tired all the time, my stomach always hurt, and I knew it was time to do something, but I still lacked actual motivation. In January of 2012, two friends of mine mentioned they were going to check out a gym in town, and I asked if I could tag along. None of us even planned on signing up for a membership that day, but we all did and agreed we’d go together on a regular basis. We met with a trainer there who wrote out a 20 week program for us, noting our goals and listing what cardio and strength training we should focus on every day.
I didn’t even start this year with a goal. In fact, I didn’t even take any “before” pictures of myself because I never expected to see the results I do now, 8 months later. Little by little, I realized there was a lot I could do to succeed. I paid more attention to the types of foods I was eating and how often; I’m a vegetarian, so I have to be very conscious of getting enough protein in my diet. When I first started working out, I was exhausted and hungry ALL THE TIME.
In June, I started taking Channell’s free to the community, Shape Up Reno Bootcamp, and I feel like that really kick-started my body. I had definitely made progress by then and begun losing weight, but I feel like my weight loss has been supercharged and much more steady over the last 3 months. I’ve only been weighing myself about every 3 weeks, and have been down 3 pounds each time the last several times I’ve weighed. To date, I have now lost 28 pounds since January of this year. I now feel like I have a clearer goal in mind, and for the first time it seems possible. A year ago I would have told you I couldn’t run from my bedroom to the front door if my house was on fire; now I go for regular jogs around my neighborhood on days I don’t make it in to the gym!
As I mentioned, I didn’t start this because I was necessarily upset with how I looked, but I wasn’t happy with how I felt. Now I feel healthier, I’m stronger than I’ve ever been, and I’m certainly not complaining about the 3 sizes I have shed!
Johann Wolfgang