Before joining Fit4Life I was a whopping 200 lbs. I was not happy, was very shy, wanted to sleep all the time, had no energy, and pretty much was going to settle for the way I was.
Then in January 2007 I had Achilles tendon surgery; where they cut out 1 inch of the tendon that was damaged and then had to re-attach the tendon. I was 12 weeks in a cast (non-weight bearing)...and then 5 months of therapy to re-stretch the tendon. Then I was given the go ahead to join a gym to gain muscle strength back in my legs.
So at the end of September 2007 I joined Fit4Life. It was at that time that I made a commitment to myself to do something for me. So after talking to Dave; I decided to have him set me up on the "Starting Fresh" package; where I learned how to use the cardio equipment and weight machines. Cardio was a little difficult at first. Heck, I was lucky to walk on the treadmill at 1.5 mph. But for the first 3 months I did the program on my own and lost close to 26 lbs.
Then on Christmas Eve 2007 I was reading about the "Body for Life" challenge on line. It inspired me even more and I was determined to do this challenge. I asked Dave if he would be my personal trainer for this challenge and he told me he would "provided I did everything he said and didn't complain". Well, the rest is history. I did the 12 week challenge and continued on with the challenge till I lost 72 lbs. and 40 inches. I found that I LOVE to weight train and have made this a part of my life. I like the challenges and the hard work. I even tried my hand at running my first race in IOWA...called "The BIX". It was a ten K...and believe it or not I did finish. There were 13,000 runners and it was awesome.
This transformation I made for myself has given me a whole new outlook on life. I am more outgoing, I have a lot more energy, I feel better about myself, and I am the healthiest I have ever been. I plan on making this a part of my life from now on. It also makes me want to help others achieve their goals as well.
Also, I can't forget to mention all the friends I have made here as well. It is a positive environment to be in.
Ann is truly a success story of success stories. Not only has she changed her life, but she is also now helping other women do the same. Ann is living proof that through several months of effort and stubborn determination, incredible life-changing results can be accomplished.
It goes without saying that I am very proud to have Ann as a part of the Fit4Life team, helping others live healthier and happier lives!
-Dave Erickson, owner