Beating the Odds with Farrell’s!

meg hansen photo 2In 2002, at the age of 20, I had an MRI done. For the prior year, I had been suffering from agonizing back pain. In an effort to relieve the pain I endured physical therapy, cortisone shots and a lot of very strong prescription pain meds. In the mornings, I found that I would have to roll out of bed onto the floor and do some stretches before I was even able to stand up straight and start my day. My MRI results showed four herniated discs, arthritis in my spine, degenerative disc disease and spinal stenosis. I apparently was born with an extremely narrow spinal canal. Some people would have been in some pain with this diagnosis, I was, however, in extreme pain. My doctor recommended a pretty extensive back surgery. I went through with the surgery then remained in the hospital for seven days in recovery. Post-surgery I was unable to do any of the much-needed physical therapy and rehabilitation due to an unplanned move.

Fast forward to ten years post-surgery and I began to feel the previous symptoms that led to my initial surgery. I had another MRI done and the results showed I had another herniated disc. The doctor told me that I would not be a candidate for surgery due to the extensive nature of the first surgery. I was told I would have to find ways to deal with the pain. At his recommendation I did begin physical therapy, but I refused to take more prescription pain medication. During this time period a close friend asked me if I’d like to join Farrell’s eXtreme Bodyshaping with her. My physical therapist told me that I would never be able to do a program as intense as that and that I even had to be careful swinging a bat at our family’s annual softball game to prevent further injuries to my back.

A year or so passed and the subject of starting the Farrell’s program resurfaced. This time my sister asked me if I would join the 10-week session with her. She was planning a wedding the following summer. I decided to at least look into it. I knew I had to do something to get back into shape! I had two children just 16 months apart and I had much baby weight to lose. I had joined countless gyms, took several yoga classes and even tried working out at home with exercise videos. Nothing was working. I set up an appointment at the Farrell’s Edgewood Road Location. I met with Chris, the manager, and he assured me that with some exercise modifications to accommodate my back issues, I would be able to participate and complete the program with no problem.

With the help of a great coach, amazing instructors, and dedicated participants, I was not only able to complete the 10-week session without any problem, but I also was named the $1,000 female winner for my location for my session! I signed up to become a FIT member without hesitation. I knew that there was no other program out there that I would truly enjoy coming to day after day. I have received immense support from so many people and I am now blessed enough to call them my friends. No other program would continue to bring me such amazing transformation results!

photo 1After nine months as a member at Farrell’s eXtreme Bodyshaping, I lost 28 pounds and 16.5 inches. I went from over 31% body fat down to 19% body fat. Most importantly, my transformation has inspired others to join and they have also made life changes to improve their health. Nine of my family members currently participate in the Farrell’s program. My husband signed up for the next session right after mine, and I just love working out with him every afternoon! Hey, it may not be super romantic, I know, but getting healthier together has had such a positive impact on our family!

Amazingly, my back problems are now a thing of the past. I wake up every morning pain-free! I no longer use any harmful pain medications. I’ve not only built up the muscles in my back, but also in my arms, legs and abs. This muscle strength helps my daily routine. Every day things like picking up my children, squatting down to pick something up, cleaning the house or even swinging the bat at one of our weekly co-ed softball games, I am no longer putting so much strain on my back. I still modify just a few of the exercises but I can guarantee that it has not affected my results in any way! My body is stronger than it ever has been and I owe it all to this amazing program!

Megan is a member at our Cedar Rapids, IA – Edgewood location.



Disclaimer: The above testimonial was contributed by an actual member. We cannot guarantee everyone will achieve similar results. We do believe that everyone can achieve measurable results, but the specific results will vary from person to person.

About Farrell's eXtreme Bodyshaping

Farrell’s eXtreme Bodyshaping is a results based fitness program for participants of any age. In 45 minutes a day, six days a week, Farrell’s can help you make real changes in your fitness and overall health.

Posted on 01/15/2015, in Franchise News & Events, Transformations and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

  1. Thank you
    Fantastic Blog
    Good luck

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