Forest Vance here, owner of FVT Boot Camp and Personal Training.
I’m writing this message to you today because I want you to know that there IS a simple solution to your fitness frustrations.
But first, I want to quickly tell you about my own fitness journey – because I can relate to where you’re at right now.
See, back in my football days, I was in top shape.
After a great college career and a ‘cup of coffee’ in the NFL, it was time to move on.
The transition was pretty smooth – except from a personal fitness standpoint. Long story short, I ended up at about 310 pounds:
I remember feeling so freakin’ fat – so out of shape, and different from my former athletic self – it was just flat-out depressing.
It was the picture above, in fact, that ultimately triggered my transformation.
Thing was, I knew how to train like an athlete, to get into football shape – but I had no idea how to train “regular folks” for weight loss and general health.
I spent hundreds of hours studying – and hundreds more testing various methods on myself – to figure out the best, most effective, and most time efficient methods to lose weight, trim my midsection, and take the ‘pain’ out of dieting.
I ended up losing 64 pounds over the next 7 months – and this experience ‘kick started’ my personal training career.
I’ve now got a decade of experience in the fitness industry, multiple nationally accredited personal training certifications, and a Master’s Degree in Human Movement.
And I’ve helped thousands of training clients just like you lose weight, strip belly fat, and learn to eat correctly.
All of my Sacramento boot camp and personal training programs feature:
Now, I have several different program options depending on what you’re looking for, including both personal and group training … if you’d like more details about any of my programs, I’d love to chat for a few minutes with you over the phone to get a little better idea of exactly what your goals are. At that point, I can better explain the different program options I offer and set up a free trial session if you’re interested.
I’ve lost 60 pounds, dropped my body fat percentage from 30% to 14% and have changed my life forever. He is attentive, supportive, tough enough and doesn’t let me get away with cutting corners on my technique! What I love about working out is how it has impacted my everyday life. Now I feel energetic, vibrant, STRONG and happy. If you have ever thought that you were the type of person who couldn’t get into shape, call Forest now!”
At the time this 2010 photo was taken, not yet 30 years old, I was winded walking up the parking garage stairs to my car, and perpetually buying larger and larger clothes. One day in January, I read about a person in the Capitol community who’d died at just 40, quite unexpectedly. That day, after another struggle up the stairs and seeing this picture, I decided to make a change.
I began exercising again, logging my food into an app on my phone and within a few months I’d lost almost 25 lbs. Going at it solo, with no structure proved extremely challenging after a while and by late 2012 I’d gained back about half the weight. All the while, I’d watched Erik transform himself through diet and exercise and thought, “What is stopping me? Why don’t I make that change?”
One year ago today, I walked into Forest Vance Training, Inc. for a 6 am boot camp, late, having eaten hardly anything, and terrified about the physical demands of the workout. After nearly passing out more than once, I gritted through it and quite literally could barely walk up my own stairs at home from the intensity of that first workout on my previously fit body, which was in such desperate need of rehabilitation. I hurt for days, even after my second session and my third. I could barely change my clothes during the final performances of the show I was doing that weekend, but despite that hurt I felt good.
Last February I weighed 222 lbs and was nearly 28% body fat. Today I weigh 205 lbs and am 19.8% body fat – below 20% for the first time since I was a teenager, probably. Today I’m a few weeks away from my first half-marathon. Two weeks ago I ran a mile in 7:08 for the first time since I was 18. Today, I’m planning for my second half-marathon.
My reason why isn’t just one reason: there are many. I joined FVT as a client because I don’t want to die of something preventable at age 40, because I don’t want to make excuses why I can’t do something, because I want to challenge myself to do things I didn’t think I could do. My reason why is because I didn’t want to be on heartburn medicine for the rest of my life, or keep buying pants in larger sizes, or wheeze on the way up the stairs to my car.
My reason why is not to be thin or lose weight – though that was part of my goal, it is no longer the most important one. My reason why is that I want to look in the mirror and see a healthy person, who goes outside and enjoys the weather, enjoys a run, enjoys how exercise and good choices make me feel, and know that living healthy isn’t about a diet or the next 6 months…it’s about living a whole life. That’s my reason why.
- Lost about 30 pounds
- Dropped over 11% body fat
- Added 9 pounds of muscle
- Gotten her first pull up(s)
- Has gotten WAY stronger and is putting up some crazy kettlebell strength #’s
Check out the email I got from her the other day below:
I got my bodyfat tested.
(FYI – we do basic body fat testing at the studio, but DeeAnna likes to get it done on her own in a BodPod device for optimum accuracy)
I am at 173.2 lbs and 19.6% bodyfat. It’s been over 3 years since I’ve been in the teens! I also added 9lbs of muscle and that explains why the scale is not really moving that fast even though I can see a lot of change.
It’s good info. He told me to keep eating my 2400+ calories a day and keep my workout schedule cause it’s working!
My goal is still 14-15% so I have about 10 more pounds of fat to lose.
As you know I am totally capable of working out on my own and I still do, but having the accountability to show up somewhere at a set time and to be pushed has helped me get back on track this year and stay on track. Plus I learn some stuff too.
Thanks again for your help!
CONGRATS to you DeeAnna!! Awesome, awesome job. We are so happy to be a part of your progress – and look forward to helping you reach your ultimate fitness goals very soon!!
I started doing some bodybuilding type exercises in my garage. I tried to set up a little garage gym with some dumbbells and a weight bench. I got myself down to about 190 and kind of getting back into shape and started to do a little bit of running. But then I started to get bored and I had kind of hit the wall and I wasn’t saying any more progress.
A friend of mine had been working out with Forest and seeing some results and mentioned that Forest had a kettlebell class. So I said, “okay, that sounds interesting. I’ve never seen these kettlebells before but anything that can be described as a cannonball with a handle, I’m going to check that out.”
So I signed up for the kettlebell class. It was a six week class and it kicked my butt every class but I loved it. It burned me out, I was tired but I felt great and I was excited about my workouts again. The other things about the kettlebells is that I ordered a couple and it was a workout that I could do at home. So it was easy. No excuse to not work out.
So I’m working out with kettlebells at home, getting the strength but also getting the endurance. Getting blasted and I started seeing myself losing weight again. I’ve been working out with the kettlebells, doing a little more running. I’ve actually signed up with Forest and we did some one-on-one training for awhile and Forest helped me get my strength up a little bit and showed me some more workouts that I could do at home. Also some variations on the workouts with the kettlebells at home, integrating some of the things that I had been doing.
Here I am today down between 165 and 170. I’m never bored with my workouts because I can always switch it up. I know that I have a wide variety of things that I can do at home if I can’t make it to the gym. I’m always able to mix it up and keep it fresh.”
These new workouts are like nothing I’ve ever experienced. I’m able to work my entire body in an amazingly short amount of time. I’m very happy with the progress that Denise and I have made so far.”
The thing I enjoy most about these workouts is the amount of variety involved. The exercises, amount of sets and reps, and weight I use are constantly changing so I never get bored. Also, the results I’m getting now are as good or better than when I was working out two hours a day, six days per week. These workouts never take longer than 45 minutes. Thanks Forest!”
As soon as I found out about it (the FVT 30 Day Rapid Fat Loss Challenge), I said, “I got to sign up for it and I’ve got to be committed.” I came four times a week and on the days I wasn’t here I was working out. I took one day off, I think that was suggested.
My number one tip would be basically be – on days when I didn’t feel like I got the best workout as long as the eating was right that’s what made the difference.”
I have been training under Forest’s guidance for about three months. I do three FVT Boot Camp sessions per week supplemented with cardio and light weight training at home about four times a week. I have followed Forest’s easy to follow guide to healthy eating by consuming only lean proteins, healthy fats and complex carbohydrates from the provided sample list and of course proper hydration. I still have cheat meals and enjoy the foods I love, just in moderation.
In the three months I have been training under Forest’s guidance I have lost 38 pounds. I have reduced my measurements by a full pant and shirt size. I am lighter, faster, stronger and have more endurance since beginning my training at FVT. I can finally do an unassisted pull-up and I recently ran eleven miles at a 12 minute mile pace. I am in the best shape of my life and am doing things I never thought I could do, thanks to Forest’s expert guidance.”
I really committed to the workouts and on days – like I said, I have a daughter so I can’t always get to the gym, but on the days that I couldn’t I would do Forest’s little suggested workout at home. I also did a lot of running. I did a seven mile run in Davis two or three weeks ago so I incorporated that.
I was just really committed – I had a number, 15 pounds in my head when I started and so I was just really focused on getting there.”
I have never had that problem with kettlebells … with kettlebells I can do squats and swings and it strengthens my legs and I don’t have problems with my knees.”
**You can LISTEN to Keith’s full testimonial by clicking the ‘play’ button below**
Since I started with Forest I’m down in weight from about 211 pounds to 178, my bodyfat went from 25% to just under 15% and my good cholesterol and bad cholesterol numbers reversed themselves.
I do classes at Forest’s gym once or twice a week where we do high intensity cardio with some strength training and then at home I use what I learned here and with private sessions with Forest doing kettlebell workouts and just straight cardio.
“My favorite exercise is anything with the kettlebell. It’s an extremely explosive feel-good-at-the-end in an extremely short amount of time”
Thanks for reading, train hard, and talk soon -
Master of Science, Human Movement
Certified Personal Trainer, Fitness Nutrition Coach and Russian Kettlebell Challenge Instructor
Owner and Head Trainer, FVT Boot Camp and Personal Training
PS - At FVT Boot Camp and Personal Training, we’ll help you burn fat, get fit, and challenge your body at every workout. And you’ll do it under the supervision of our highly qualified fitness coaches.
PPS - Look … I know you’re frustrated … and I know you’re looking for a fitness solution that actually works. I’ve helped thousands of folks like you lose weight, tone their bodies, and get into better shape than they ever thought was possible … and I want to help you, too!
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