Recently we hosted a Charity Transformation Challenge in our gym to help our fellow Northwest Chamber of Commerce members get in better shape and raise money to benefit the Backstoppers, and we are excited to show you the results that some of our members were able to achieve in just four short weeks!
To reward their hard work, we will be giving away $600 of Personal Training to the winner of “Best Transformation”, as decided by a public vote.
Please take some time to check out their results and their stories below to cast your vote.
Voting Ends: Thursday, August 6th.
Be sure to check our Facebook Page for the announcement of the winner!
“My name is David Berger and I started this program with a few different goals in mind. I wanted to help out a good cause (Backstoppers), I wanted to do something with fellow Northwest chamber members, and I wanted to get back in shape.
I have always been an active person. I have been playing soccer for years and still play two nights a week. The last few years I have noticed that I am not moving around as well as I would like to because I am carrying excess weight. Plus I have had a lot more aches and pains.
The program from Pursuit Fitness has been just what I needed. The two areas I struggle with when trying to stay in shape are 1) my eating (too large proportions or junk food) and 2) working out (would rather play 6 soccer games than go into the gym for 30 minutes). By doing group workouts with friends and committing to 3 days a week in the gym, I have been able to see significant changes in the way my body looks and feels. By following the eating program I have been healthier with a lot less restless nights sleep. One added benefit I never saw coming, it seems to have helped my seasonal allergies as well. I am not as congested as I am normally at this time of year.
During the course of this 4 week program I have lost weight, 1 pants size and I feel better. That is why I have joined Pursuit Fitness as a member to continue my journey towards getting back into shape.”
“My Name is Brian Goldman and I am a fat guy. I’m not obese, but if I was a basketball player, you could refer to me as the “round mound of rebound”. I am too short to weigh in at 265 pounds, but I hide it well and nobody believes I weigh that much. I have never weighed this much in my life, and I can give a bunch of excuses why it happened, but I couldn’t or didn’t do anything to change it. I had a bad knee surgery 7 years ago. I couldn’t work out because my knee would swell, and without working out I got fat, so the answer was I just drank more beer. Who knew that light beer was not a diet plan? Add in a bad foot issue, and short, fat, and bald was pretty much the prognosis for my future. I am a very happy person and I don’t do negative, only positive thoughts so as my weight went up, I didn’t put that much thought into it and just accepted it. My diet plan was not much better than my workout plan I just talked about. I don’t actually crave anything, I just eat and drink what’s in front of me. If you put a plate of cookies in front of me, I would eat them. If you put a plate of carrots in front of me, I would eat those, I never thought about how much or what I was eating, I just ate.
As we started the challenge I was excited. I needed an excuse to get started and I have everyone that loves me telling me I had to get healthy so I would be around for longer (I didn’t know I looked that bad). The challenge didn’t start that great for me because I went out of town for the Grateful Dead Shows and I gained three pounds. But I came home, gave up all alcohol, fried foods, bread, and the biggest thing for me – DIET COKE. Diet coke to me is nectar of the gods, and I drink probably 10-12 a day, it’s a problem. Now four weeks later and heading into the fifth week, I still have not cracked and am not eating or drinking any of my previous tools of destruction. I am motivated to continue and be one of those true transformations. I have lost 20 pounds in three weeks and I am not done. I would like to lose a kindergartener (40 pounds). My next goal is to lose a third grader (65 pounds).
I could tell you a lot more, but I have to go eat another salad and get ready to go back up to Pursuit Fitness to get in my workout.”
Andrew H.“As a strapping young soon to be 30 year old I know it’s time to start taking this vessel the good Lord gave me seriously. I see a lot of men straight up lose it in their 30’s. They look great in their 20’s, but then something changes in the decade of the 30’s. Kids come along, life gets busy, and enter the dad body. I took a hard stand that that’s not going to be me. I want to take my 30’s by the horns and get sexier, not flabbier. I’ve always been an active guy, especially in the summer time when I’m rocking bike rides, playing sand volleyball, and dominating my friends in badminton. However, along with all of those activities comes lots of BBQs, drinking, and general binge eating. The diet portion of being fit is every bit important, if not more so than staying active. Over the last 6 months or so, I noticed that just staying active wasn’t enough. Furthermore, I discovered that Googling the right things to eat just wasn’t cutting it. In came Pursuit Fitness and the Charity Challenge that helped me be accountable for my actions.
Thanks to Pursuit Fitness, I was able to get an expert take on the right foods to be eating and when I should be eating them. Furthermore, I was held accountable. The coaches at Pursuit kept me on track, and the team environment helps to keep you accountable. You don’t want to let yourself or your teammates at the gym down. That accountability got me finally headed in the right direction. I started eating right and combining some targeted exercise, and the bad weight started to go away. Starting the habit of eating better has made me not want to stop! As I can physically see the results I want to keep going. I want to thank Pursuit Fitness and all the folks from the NW Chamber who helped to hold me accountable. Because of that, I am well on my way to becoming and staying a lean, mean, sex machine and keeping that flubber that most men my age start to pack on at bay.”
“Hi my name is Barry Herring, owner of CMIT Solutions of St. Charles / Chesterfield. Most people that know me know that I had a total knee replacement about 15 months ago. Even though all went well and I recovered well, I still had some lingering problems. I lost a lot of strength and some flexibility in the left leg after the surgery. One of the biggest issues was the ability to go up or down stairs normally. I would find myself going down one step at a time. If I was not carrying anything in my hands I would always find myself putting my hand on the hand rail. Going down stairs with something in my hands, I would find me fighting the fear on falling and not being able to grab that rail.
When I signed up with Pursuit Fitness during the Chamber Challenge, my first thought was, it is for charity, so why not. My second thought was I could lose a few pounds. After the surgery I had put on some pounds, all my suits were getting tight, and my doctor has been on me for a while now to lose weight.
In just a few weeks, working out three times a week, and some changes in my eating habits, I find myself 18 pounds lighter. But this is just the start. I find myself able to ascend and descend the stairs normally and without the need of holding onto the hand rail. The strength in my left leg is slowly catching up to my right leg. I am slowly shrinking out of my clothes, and finding myself searching the dark corners of my closet, for the clothes I put back there from years earlier, in hopes of needing them again. My flexibility has increased. In fact, during my last week of the challenge I was able to shed my limiting band for the coveted “Black Band”, which tells the trainers that I have be cleared to perform all activities.
Like I said earlier, this is just the beginning, Michelle and I have joined the Pursuit Fitness family. We will continue this adventure for the next year. I can see nothing but good things on the road ahead.”
“Can you feel my excitement? I’ve always been a big guy. I’ve also always liked to eat and have a good time. I’ve tried to lose weight and get into shape a number of times but never had the right motivation or support to follow through in the long run.
For nearly ten years I’ve been ignoring the diabetes that resulted from my behaviors. I like to enjoy life to the fullest and have a positive outlook but more and more the diabetes was stealing fun from my life. The diabetes and extra weight left me unable or unwilling to participate in regular activities with my friends and family. I knew it was time to take charge of my body. The biggest struggle I faced was taking the first step to get started.
The team at Pursuit Fitness & Performance encouraged me from the start. Their program provided me with a plan for positive change in my life – not just working out but actually changing my life. This is what was missing in all my previous attempts. Before I just “went to work out” or “tried to eat better”. This time I had a group of friends encouraging me and helping me change my lifestyle. You know what, it wasn’t as hard as I thought it would be! Don’t get me wrong, the first week was no fun. My body complained, and screamed, and fought me every inch of the way. But once I got past those first few days the program has been fun and exciting. So, can you see the excitement in my eyes?
The team at Pursuit Fitness has helped me change my life. In just 16 sessions, or six weeks, I’ve lost 4” off my waist and dropped 4.2% fat. I’ve also seen a dramatic increase in muscle. These changes have brought my blood sugar numbers under control for the first time in years. Most importantly, I am more confident in participating in physical activities. Recently I took my daughter to watch Jaws at Art Hill. I knew we would like have to walk quite a distance from where we could park and before this challenge I would have avoided the event rather than risking the chance that we’d have to walk. Since I’m in better shape I didn’t hesitate to take her and actually didn’t mind the ¾ mile walk each way.
That’s the excitement. It’s not just because I’m healthier. It’s because the team at Pursuit Fitness has encouraged and helped me make changes that impact my family and those around me as well.”
“My name is Madalyn Westermayer or Mady as many know me. I was thrilled when the Chamber Challenge came around as it was a 4 week challenge and almost exactly 4 weeks before I am due to get married. So this was the last incentive I needed to try and lose some weight. I had been working out for the past few months and seeming to get nowhere. I have struggled in the past and had lost 40 lbs. about 6 years ago which was a major achievement for me but of course as we all know as you get older the struggle becomes harder and of course the weight comes back at times. I finally found the person I want to spend the rest of my life with and we joined this challenge together along with many of our closest friends. I am thrilled with the transformation I have made and what I have left still to come.
Pursuit Fitness has taught me a great deal. You can push through with persistence and learn how to achieve your goals. I have enjoyed my time with them and will continue to use many methods and and nutrition assistance going forward with my life. It has been a struggle at times as is anything in life is but I have lost 6.8 lbs in the last four weeks. For me I wasn’t overweight but I had those “squishy” areas that I wasn’t happy with and those have toned down. I have become stronger and feel more comfortable in the wedding dress and swimsuit I will be wearing in Mexico next week.
All I can say is thank you to my friends who joined and for Pursuit Fitness for providing me a new way to work out and eat healthier.”
“My name is John Wiles, and my journey is kind of a long one. As a kid, I was always very skinny, and actually unable to put weight on. I remember constantly being told to eat more, because the thought was eventually the fat would start to stick. It made growing up in northern Michigan a little challenging, because with little to no fat, your body has essentially no insulation to keep you warm. I actually remember having to come out of the lake on beautiful summer days, shivering with purple lips because I had gotten so cold, but this never happened to the other kids. Don’t even get me started on winter.
However by the time I turned 27, things started to change. My metabolism started to slow down, I was always too busy to workout anymore…and to be honest, I really just stopped caring. The last 8 years or so have been quite different for me. It’s hard to go from having pecks and a six pack, to knowing it’s still there…just hidden under a couple inches of flubber.
About a year and a half ago I got engaged to a wonderful woman, and we decided to do a destination wedding in Mexico. This made both of us realize, while neither of us are in terrible shape, we weren’t quite as happy with our bodies as we would like to be. So we started probably the same way most people do, we started working out…sporadically. After a couple months realized that wasn’t having any effect, so we stepped it up. We started working out every day, morning or evening, whenever we could get it in… two months later, still no effect. This was when we decided we needed some help. I listen to ESPN radio all day every day, and always hear about supplements to help boost metabolism to help burn fat quicker…this has to be worth a shot. So we went to Supplement Superstore and picked up the CF24 fat loss system, they put us on a “nutritious” eating plan… “This is gonna do it, just wait and see all the fat we’re gonna lose !” A month later after our fist cycle of this system, where everyone else is losing 10, 15 even 20 pounds, we lost nothing. At this point, I’m done. Nothing works, I’m not wasting my time or money anymore…this is the size I’m meant to be. My fiance who apparently has more mental stamina then I do (no surprise there), came home one night and told me about the Pursuit Fitness and Performance challenge and that she wanted us to do it. Fine, I’ll support you and do this with you, I’ll even do the meal plan even though 90% of it involves me eating cold food which I absolutely do not do.
After just one class and three days of the meal plan, the weight just started to fall off. I couldn’t believe it. Four weeks later after sticking to the food schedule as best as I could and working out only 3 days a week…I lost 10 pounds. I can’t believe it. I’m almost back to having pecks again, my face seems slimmer, and I needed to go get some belts for Mexico because my pants are all too loose. The six pack is a goal for a little down the road, but thanks to the team at Pursuit Fitness and Performance I know I can get there.”