Meet Paula

A friend of Paula’s had participated in one of our Rapid Fat Loss Challenges in 2013, and had gotten some great results.

She told Paula about her experience, and it inspired her to come in and give our program a try.

Over the last 4 years, Paula has gotten stronger and healthier by leaps and bounds (which you’ll read more about below in just a moment), and also has become a fixture in the FVT community 🙂

Let’s get right into Paula’s story …

Before FVT:

Paula’s workouts would consist of distance running and lifting weights at the gym.

But after having her baby, she wasn’t able to dedicate the same time she did before when she would workout alone.

She had a friend training at FVT, and after hearing and seeing about her great results, she wanted to come in and give it a try!

Results:

Paula was hooked after her first workout. The 45 minute high-intensity workout fit perfectly into her schedule, and with so many available class times, she was able to really stick to a routine.

A Few Milestones: 

Paula lost 21 pounds of body fat in the first 9 months of her training program … she not only has kept that weight off, but she also continues to get stronger and fitter by the month.

When Paula started, she was, in her words, “no where close” to doing a chin up … and she now currently can do 3 a row!

Before her training at FVT, Paula had never even picked up a kettlebell. Her strength training experience and knowledge was limited coming in.

Now, she is swinging a 53lb kettlebell regularly during workouts, and also recently pressed the 40lb kettlebell to earn the prestigous “2nd degree” FVT Black Band!

Advice to YOU:

 “Consistency is key to get results in the long run. Keep at it!

The great thing is, FVT makes it easy. These workouts are easy to fit into a busy schedule, 45 minutes and you’re done.”

“Also, the community feeling you get here is great. It’s nice to get that accountability and the FVT staff checking in when you don’t show up or miss a few workouts, it really helps keep you on track.”

Congrats Paula! Keep working and training hard! We are so proud of you and all that you’ve accomplished, and are excited to see what new challenges you achieve this year and beyond!

– The FVT Team

How They Lost 25.2 Pounds in 28 Days

Congrats to our Suns Out Guns Out Challenge winners!

Eric Z (1st), Noelle G (2nd), and Pam S (3rd), all knocked it out of the park.

Between the three of them, they lost a combined total of 25.2 pounds over the last 28 days!

How did they do it?

Here’s what Eric said were some of the keys to his success:

And interestingly, the others took slightly different approaches – fasting, extra cardio,  or simply focusing on eating less, and working out more …

The big take-away, if you’re looking to get similar results, is to find an approach that works for YOU, to eat less and move more.

That’s what it comes down to at the end of the day, if you’re looking to lose body fat.

You need to eat less calories than you are now, and/or burn more calories than you are now, and do that CONSISTENTLY, and for a PERIOD OF TIME, to get weight loss results.

There are so many different approaches that can work.

I like to thing that OURS at FVT is one of the best!

But ultimately, you must find what YOU like, what YOU can stick to – and when you find it, keep it up.

Congrats again to our winners, and here’s to getting your guns out this summer!

– Forest and the FVT Team

PS – Want our help with reaching your goals? Reply to this message and let me know!

Meet Nancy

Meet Nancy G – winner of the 2017 Underground Fat Destroyer Challenge!

Nancy lost 6.56% of her bodyweight, 2.9% of her bodyfat, and 9 total inches – in just 56 days!

We kicked off the UFD Challenge at the beginning of the year, and Nancy knew that she needed to dial in her diet – as well as kick up in the intensity in her workouts – after a fun but over-indulgent Holiday season 🙂

So she signed up for the Challenge, got to work, and was able to achieve some tremendous results!

Nancy said that her secrets to success were:

1 – Cutting out the alcohol – she said that the extra calories can really add up!

2 – Eating out less – and as a result, being able to much more effectively track her food, and keep to her daily calorie target.

3 – Working out more – she added 2 or 3 quality workouts per week to her routine, and this made a huge difference in burning more calories and boosting her metabolism.

Congrats to Nancy on her success in the Underground Fat Destroyer Challenge!

– Forest and the FVT Team

Meet Pam!

Just a little over two years ago, Pam was 53 pounds heavier than she is now.

Not only was she unhappy with how she looked and felt, her health was also suffering.  She was on blood pressure meds, and knew things were only going to get worse unless she took charge of her situation.

She got started by simply eating less and moving more.

She made healthier food choices, and walked every day.

And she lost almost 30 pounds on her own!

But she ended up hitting a plateau, and knew that she needed to get on a more regimented program to keep progressing.

Pam first tried joining a big box gym and taking some of the group exercise classes.

They were okay – but the attention to form, the level of coaching, and the personal support that she was looking for was simply not there.

And that’s why she contacted us at FVT!

Pam has TRULY made a transformation in the last 18 months since she started working with us.

She’s lost over 20 more pounds, and has gone from a size 10 to a size 4.

She’s off the blood pressure meds.

She’s gone from not being able to do a single push up, to being able to do 10 in a row with perfect form.

And she recently completed her first Spartan Race, which was something she NEVER thought she would do.

In Pam’s words:

“I attribute my continued weight loss and more important than the scale, the way I look in my clothes, to weight lifting (whether body weight or kettlebells) in your Boot Camp.  I would have never gotten there without your instructors guidance and continued support.  And their senses of humor and belief in me even when I didn’t have that myself. 

Before I started at FVT, I had never seen my triceps or side-abs.  I love the way I look and more than that how strong I feel inside and out!”

We are so proud of you Pam!

Seeing you not only reach your health and weight loss goals, but also improve your life in such a big way is SO AMAZING!!!

We are so grateful to have you as a client and friend, and here’s to your continued success!

– The FVT Team

Meet David!

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David is coming up on his one year Anniversary at FVT.

In the last 10 months, he’s dropped 34 pounds and 11.3% body fat.

He’s also lost 5 inches off his waist … has more than tripled the amount of push ups he can do … has gone from ZERO pull ups, to easily doing 5 … and so much more …

And that’s why I’m so excited to share his story with you today!

Let’s get right into it –

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Before FVT

David was a ski racer in college.

Years ago, he was in top shape.

But with a family, a busy career, and all the other obligations that go with being an adult …  he had less and less time for himself.

And his heath was suffering because of it.

His energy was low.

He had nagging aches and pains.

And he had gone from a 34 to a 36 waist, and was approaching a 38.

David told me that the fact that he was going to have to once again go up to the next bigger pants size, was what truly motivated him to say “enough is enough!” – and take action to make a change.

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Reservations

David was ready to rock, and was excited to start with our program!

But he was also not without a little hesitation.

He had never done group workouts before.  And having been out of the regular exercise routine for a while, he was also nervous that he might not be able to perform.

But he told told himself that he would commit to our boot camp for one month to start, and would see what happened.

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Getting Started

After the first workout, David was hooked!

“It was fun and challenging, I felt like I worked harder in 45 minutes than in the 2 hour runs I used to do.”

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Results

David started in January of 2016 at 215 pounds.

He weighed in at the beginning of November 2016 at 181.

He started at 23% body fat.

He’s now at 11.7%.

He could barely do 5 burpees when he started without having to take a break … and now he can crank out 20+ in 60 seconds.

He’s gone from 10 push ups with not-so-great form, to 30+ perfect ones, without stopping.

David is now stronger, happier, and has changed his life for the better … and he continues to work towards new fitness goals in 2017 at FVT.

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Advice to YOU

We asked David if he could lend some advice to anyone who is thinking about starting their fitness journey at FVT.  Here’s what he had to say:

“Figure out the days and times each week that you’re going to be able to work out consistently, and stick to those.  Commit to it, and show up!  Diet is HUGE, and played an important part in my success.  Track your food using a program like MyFitnessPal.  The community aspect is also great for accountability and keeping you involved and sticking to your program.”

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Congrats on your success David!

We are honored to have you as a client at FVT, and as a friend!

Keep up the hard work, and we can’t wait to see what you accomplish in 2017.

– Forest Vance
Owner, FVT Boot Camp and Personal Training

Meet Keith!

It was January of 2015.

We had opened the doors of our new facility on X and 16th Street, just three days prior.

Keith walked into the gym, and the second I introduced myself to him, I knew he was COMMITTED, and ready to make a change.

But it wasn’t until recently that Keith shared the picture below with me.  This was the picture that was the final motivation for him to start on a committed fitness program:

So I wanted to interview Keith – to both give him a shout out for a job well done, and to also hopefully inspire YOU to get started on your fitness journey!

Back to the first day we met.

Keith was committed and ready to start from that first day he walked into FVT … but he had no plan.

He told me in our recent interview:

“I knew that I had to lose weight and make a change for my health … but I didn’t know where exactly to start.”

We sat down for an intro session the next day … mapped out the plan he would need to follow for the next 12 months to reach his goals … and got started right away working towards them together.

Keith has been one of our most committed and consistent clients ever since that first day.  He is happily married with three children, and is actively involved with the activities and responsibilities that brings … he works in his family business, travels all around Northern California, and works long and hard hours …

But he makes his fitness program a priority.  He makes times and gets in and gets it done – four times per week – no matter what.

Says Keith:

“The only way you’ll see a difference is if you make a commitment to yourself and stick to it.”

In the last 22 months we’ve worked together, Keith has met his initial weight loss goal and surpassed it.  He’s down a total of 40 pounds.

He’s also accomplished some impressive physical feats.  He recently hit a 300 pound deadlift – nearly his double bodyweight, and at the age of 53! no less – and just a few weeks ago, completed the Spartan Beast, a 15+ mile, 35+ obstacle race, done at elevation in Lake Tahoe.

“When I started at FVT at the age of 51, I never thought I would have been able to do some of the things I’ve accomplished here.  I’d say I’m in the best shape of my life, and I’m still just as excited about training at FVT as I was the first day I walked in.

It’s never too late to start your fitness journey!”

Keith’s amazing transformation is proof that with a commitment and dedication, the results will follow. He brings in great energy into the gym and we are so glad to have him on our team. Keep up the hard work Keith, and we can’t wait to see your continuing progress!

– Forest Vance
Owner, FVT Boot Camp and Personal Training

Meet Nicole!

Nicole lost 15 Pounds and 7.72% of her body weight in just 30 days.

Here is a video where she tells about how she did it:

GREAT WORK NICOLE!

 

Meet Amy!

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Shout out today to FVT rockstar Amy L!

Amy is always positive and ready to train hard when she shows up to work out, and has gotten dramatically stronger, leaner, and more fit since we’ve started working together.

A few words from Amy:

“I have exercised regularly all my life (running, gym workouts, aerobics, tennis), but (Forest’s) boot camps are by far the BEST workouts I’ve ever had.

In 45 minutes just twice a week, I get a complete and effective workout with cardio and body weight exercises, as well as using kettlebells and other equipment.

I am now in my 50’s and in truly the best shape of my life, thanks to Forest and his skilled training staff!

I love the muscle definition in my arms and legs. Each workout is a challenge, and Forest and his trainers are excellent in ensuring my form is correct so I get the maximum results. I always look forward to working out here.”

Keep up the great work Amy!

– The FVT Team

Meet John and Stephanie!

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Before John and Stephanie started working out at FVT, their exercise routine consisted mainly of walking the dog. Their lives were busy with work and they weren’t putting a lot of focus on themselves. But with their wedding day fast approaching they were motivated to make fitness more of a priority and joined FVT.

One of the things they didn’t like about working out at gyms in the past was that there was no coaching or direction. For John the free weights were a bit intimidating because he didn’t know how to put a workout together using them. At FVT they get a solid, full body workout in 45 minutes and coaching on proper form.

John: FVT has given us the accountability that we needed to get our workouts in. We like knowing that boot camp is at a certain time and if we don’t show up, we’re going to get called out on it. It’s extra motivation to make fitness more of a priority in our busy schedule.

Stephanie: Before we started I wondered if I’d have a hard time keeping up. That’s why I really liked that we had the option of starting with semi-private training and as we got in better shape we could move up to the boot camps. There’s people here at all different fitness levels and backgrounds and it’s nice to be able to have options.

Here’s what they had to say about how their lives have changed after one year at FVT:

John: I’ve gone from 20% to 15% bodyfat. I’ve lost 6 pounds of fat and gained 25 pounds of muscle! People have definitely noticed a change. We’ve also become more active outside of boot camps and made physical activity a bigger part of our lives. We like to go hiking and biking now. I’ve also gotten into obstacle races. I did the Go Ruck Challenge and was on team FVT for the Tough Mudder in Tahoe. I also have plans to do the Spartan Race. For us working out at FVT has now become part of our routine. We like getting to work out together and it’s a great start to our day.

Stephanie: We definitely challenge ourselves more now since we’ve started boot camp. Like when we moved and decided to move the furniture by ourselves. I never would have done that before I started lifting weights at FVT! When I started boot camps I was only able to press a 5 pound kettlebell overhead. Now I can press 18 pounds. I have more energy too. The days that I get to do boot camps in the morning are my most productive days because I feel more alert and energized afterwards.

You guys rock! We are so proud to be a part of all you’ve accomplished. Keep up the great work!!

– The FVT Team

Meet Ruben and Jenny!

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Ruben and Jenny were always very active and involved in sports in their younger days … but after college, and especially when they started working full time, fitness was put on the back burner.

They came to FVT looking for somewhere they could work out together. At the time, they were both tired at the end of their workdays and didn’t have much energy.

Ruben was also looking for a workout that he would enjoy, but that also wouldn’t be intimidating for Jenny.

Says Ruben:

“I didn’t just want to join a gym where I’d be over by the weights doing bench presses and she’d have to be my spotter or something.”

And says Jenny:

“I was apprehensive about (working out at FVT) at first, because I hadn’t done any sort of strength training before, I had only done cardio.

And I didn’t know if it would be worth it to work out here versus just trying to work out on my own.

I was worried about the time commitment also. I’m always really busy with teaching and I wasn’t sure how it was going to fit into my schedule.”

Ruben and Jenny have been working out at FVT for two and a half years now … check out what they have to say about the results that they have experienced:

Jenny:

“We’ve been coming for two and a half years now and after that first year I felt like I was in the best shape that I’ve ever been in. My cardio endurance is back up and I’m stronger than I’ve ever been. I never would have imagined I’d be doing push ups and things like that and now it comes easily to me. It’s amazing to see what a huge difference the boot camps have made not only with my strength but also with changes in my body.

I’ve lost around 15 pounds from when I first started but more importantly I’m more lean, I’ve gained more muscle, and changed my body composition. A lot of people think that I’ve lost a lot of weight but it’s mostly the change in my body composition that makes me look more fit. And I’m a lot stronger. When I started I was doing overhead presses with 8-10 pound dumbbells and now I’m using 26 pounds. I can also do 10 toe pushups in a row and when I started I couldn’t even do one full range push up from my knees! There’s been a huge difference in my upper body strength.”

Ruben:

“I was pretty large and in charge before I started coming here. I’ve lost about 20 pounds and I feel really good now. I’m definitely a lot stronger and I have a lot more endurance. I couldn’t do a pull up when I first started and now I can do 8-10.”

Overall we’ve definitely adopted a much healthier, active lifestyle since joining FVT. Not to mention a more positive outlook towards working out and nutrition. It’s just been a very positive experience and has definitely transferred into other areas of our lives.”

You guys rock! We are so proud to be a part of all you’ve accomplished. Keep up the great work!!

– Forest Vance
Owner, FVT Boot Camp and Personal Training

Meet Paul!

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Big shout out to superstar FVT client Paul K!

Paul is 57 years YOUNG … and he is in the best shape of his life.

A few words from Paul:

“A serious car accident left me in discomfort just to walk, it also left me determined not to have this be my new norm …. enter Forest Vance. A year plus later and dedicated adherence to three workouts per week, I can now honestly say that at age 54 I am in the best shape of my life. Thanks Forest!

Let me be honest, it was not easy, it still is not easy, Forest will not allow it to be easy but it is incredibly rewarding on many levels. Be as dedicated to Forest as he is to you, that is the key. He will call you if you fail to show up, he will keep the exercises fresh and challenging, he will send out e-mails of encouragement and advice, he will educate himself on new and effective techniques. In return put in the time, dedication and effort and you will see results.

I look forward to every training session, I am challenged to get through them and I leave with a wonderful feeling of accomplishment, now those are the signs of a talented trainer.”

You rock Paul!  Keep up the great work!!

– Forest Vance
Owner, FVT Boot Camp and Personal Training

Meet John!

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John M started training at FVT a little over two years ago.

He thought he was in pretty good shape, especially for being over 50 … he was about 220 pounds or so, and though he wasn’t really doing anything fitness-wise at the time, he had worked out at various gyms and had done other fitness programs in the past.

Thing was, John would work out on his own, but he knew he would not always do it right.

Not only that, he kept getting hurt, and as a result would have to stop training and would lose much of the progress he worked so hard for.

So John saw that we were offering our free “Test a Trainer” session at a special event, and he thought he’d give it a go.  He signed up that day for our boot camp program, and has been a loyal client ever since.  John has made some amazing changes and improvements … in not only his fitness, but his quality of life!

John has lost over 20 pounds (he’s gone from a little over 220 to 196), but more importantly, he has also totally changed his “body shape”.  He’s lost two pants sizes, and gained muscle in the upper body – in the arms and chest.  He’s also put on some lean mass in the legs, where he wasn’t as inclined to focus on when training on his own 🙂

John has improved his flexibility and mobility, and is not getting injured like he was before. Which is SO important, because now he can train consistently without having to take breaks and miss workouts, and lose the progress he’s worked so hard for.

Finally, when it comes to doing active things like hiking and biking and walking, it’s a world of difference from before, in just how easy it is.  John feels better and more energetic, and truly has a new outlook on life.

Congrats to you John!  We are honored to have you as a loyal client at FVT, and are so glad to be a part of the transformation you’ve made! Keep up the awesome work!!

– The FVT Team

PS – Are YOU interested in training at FVT? You can take advantage of the same no-risk offer John did, and schedule a free Test a Trainer session with us as well … simply click HERE to send us a message, or call us at 916.273.9366, and we’ll get you on the books for your free trial at the studio ASAP!

Meet Jenny!

Big shout out today to FVT Superstar Jenny J!

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Jenny brings a positive attitude to EVERY session, whether it’s our boot camp or the FVT nutrition coaching group, and has been working very hard to reach her goals this year.

She is over 15 pounds down and getting stronger every day … and she just did her first 15 sec pull up hold (along with a 2 min plank hold, 50 swings in a row with the 16k and our Tabata burpee challenge) to earn her grey FVT band at the beginning of this month!

Great work Jenny, we appreciate you very much, keep the momentum going and awesome, awesome job!!

– Forest Vance
Owner, Head Trainer, FVT Boot Camp and Personal Training

PS – HOW did Jenny do it? Working with her closely, I believe the top three factors were:

1 – HER. She has dedicated herself to getting better and working hard to reach her goals … DESPITE a crazy work/travel schedule, family obligations, etc. She has decided to make her fitness and health a PRIORITY and has got it done – no excuses.

2 – Dialing in the nutrition / meal planning piece. Jenny got some great results with our boot camp – got stronger, more fit, more energy, and so much more … but joining our Nutrition Coaching Group and focusing on that critical piece of the puzzle as well has taken things to the next level.

3 – Consistent training. Jenny will work out at the studio, taking our boot camp classes anywhere from three to five times per week, in addition to hiking and running outside of the gym.

 

Meet Leslie!

Just wrapped up another FVT Band Challenge!

AWESOME stuff, had many new grey and black band earners, folks are getting stronger and fitter and BETTER each and every day.

One of our new grey band earners – and ROCKSTAR FVT client that we’d like to introduce you to –  is Leslie T.

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Leslie has been training with us since the beginning of summer (2014).  She came in wanting to lose body fat, gain lean muscle, and just get into a regular routine of training and feeling great.

From day one, Leslie has shown up up at EVERY session with an AMAZING positive attitude, and makes everyone better around her.

She had a HUGE day yesterday in both 1) reaching her initial weight loss goal (Leslie is down a total of 22 pounds!) and 2) earning a grey FVT Challenge band!!!

So wanted to give you a public shout out and say AWESOME work Leslie – we are so proud of you, we appreciate you and are honored to be a part of your fitness journey!

Rock on, train hard, and talk soon –

– Forest and the FVT Team

Meet Sabrina!

Sabrina came to FVT looking to get back into shape and on a consistent workout routine. Specifically, she wanted to lose about 15 lbs of body fat and add a little lean muscle.

Sabrina exceeded her goal, losing 18 pounds within the first three months … and even more impressive, has KEPT the weight off for the last three years since she very first started training at the FVT studio.

She’s also continued to get stronger, leaner, and in better shape every single month. For example, she recently worked up to doing her first pull up, she earned the coveted FVT Black Band, and has placed first in several of our monthly Challenge Workouts.

Way to go Sabrina, you rock!!

Just a few words from Sabrina:

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“I have found that going to boot camp with Forest twice a week is my self-care. When I miss a class, I am upset!

It is addicting … in a good way. I always leave feeling better about myself after working so hard in class.

Forest makes class fun with:

1 – Fun music

2 – Different routines and circuit training every class so it does not get boring

3 – He’s funny

4 – It is allowed in class to make loud “in pain” noises and no one laughs at you

I have also found that I can run longer without it hurting after doing Forest’s class for a few months. My friend touched my arm recently and said, “wow! you’re ripped!” (not in a masculine way).

He sends emails out all the time to give health and fitness reminders, sends us articles, Facebook quotes to keep us motivated, and is always focused and ready to help us reach our fitness goals in class. I am so glad I joined Forest Vance Training!”

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Again, BIG shout out to Sabrina – you are awesome and we appreciate you.

That’s it for now. Train hard, have an AWSOME workout today, and talk soon –

– Forest Vance, Owner, Head Trainer, FVT Boot Camp and Personal Training

Meet Dan!

Seeing Dan now, you would never guess that less than three months ago, he was almost 20 pounds heavier.

For years he had tried losing weight using fad diets, various supplements and on-again off-again workout programs.

But when he decided to take our last rapid fat loss challenge, everything changed.

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He lost 11 pounds in his first 30 days on our program – and has lost almost 10 more since.

In fact, just yesterday, he posted this message on Facebook:

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Another kick *** workout with Forest Vance at FVT earlier … the workouts are TOUGH, but the results are astounding … in roughly 3 mos, maybe less, 17lbs and counting, 4 more to go and maintain …

If you want to feel great and shed some poundage, go see Forest on Riverside Blvd!

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Wow. Congrats on your success Dan, keep up the awesome work, and so glad we can be a part of your progress!!

Meet Ryan!

Ryan started at the FVT studio almost exactly one year ago looking to weight, shed body fat, and gain back the fitness he once had.

He had been fit and active in the past, but for a variety of reasons, let himself slip out of peak condition.

In the last twelve months, training at the studio three or four times per week and laser-focusing on his nutrition, Ryan has:

– Lost about 20 pounds
– Dropped over 8% body fat
– Ran a 7:08 mile for the first time since he was 18
– Is planning not one but TWO half marathons in the next couple of months

Check out the message Ryan posted on Facebook the other day copied below:

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In the FVT Nutrition Coaching Group, Forest Vance asked us to share our ‘reason why’ stories: why we’re in the group, why we joined. I decided to share it beyond the group because when others, like Erik Daniells, have shared their stories, I have always found it far more beneficial and even inspirational to know someone personally who has take control of their life, their health, and thus their future. So, here’s mine, in the hopes that someone may get motivated to take care of their health like I did watching Erik’s transformation:

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The picture here is from January 2010. I weighed 235 lbs, was nearly completely sedentary, and generally in a terrible physical state and mental outlook. Just a few years before I was the most slim I’d ever been as an adult, at 185 lbs and regularly exercising, but still with some poor habits. In high school I ran cross country and track and couldn’t keep weight on from the mileage; that all changed once I graduated and stopped the activity and started a terrible spiral of weight gain, probably a mild depression because of it, and a debilitating helplessness in which I never took responsibility or action to be healthier.

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.

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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.

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CONGRATS to you Ryan!! Awesome, awesome job. We are so happy to be a part of your progress are honored to have you as a client and friend.

– The FVT Team

Meet Jim!

Jim came to me looking to prepare for the Russian Kettlebell Challenge Certification.

He had been training with kettlebells on his own for some time – and was doing well. But he needed to really dial things in with his technique, and get MENTALLY prepared, for the 25+ hours of kettlebell training he was going to do in the three day period that is the RKC weekend.

I got the email below from Jim shortly after he finished the cert – and was so happy 🙂 I asked him if I could share it with you, and was even happier when he said of course!

Read what Jim had to say:

 

“Everything went well this weekend and passed the cert – the snatch test seemed “relatively” easy (4:45). Your tips made all the difference.

Like you thought, they picked up on all my faults, mostly with my press, get-up and 1-arm swing. Great experience. They (specific RKC instructors named here) were very helpful with my back and helped me preserve myself in movements that might have otherwise been a problem.

I’m pretty sure less than 50% of the people passed overall. The guys who were in great shape but still failed the snatch test could have all benefitted from the exact same tips you gave me.”

 

It’s just awesome to get emails like this one from happy training clients. This is why I do what I do. Thanks again for sharing Jim.

 

Meet Sarai!

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Sarai started at the FVT studio at the beginning of this year wanting to learn more about kettlebells, get back on track with her fitness program, get stronger, and lose some body fat.

She had been very fit and active in the past, but for a variety of reasons, had let herself slip out of peak condition.

In the last ten months – in spite of a VERY busy schedule, and actually living and working on the other side of town, but finding a way to make it in two or three times per week, she has:

– 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:

 

Hey Forest,

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!

Yay me!

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 with my project!

 

CONGRATS to you Sarai!!  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!!

– The FVT Team