My New, FIT, 58-Year-Old Self

Jeff, last fall, at 58 years old

Jeff, last fall, at 58 years old

A person makes many decisions in a lifetime. Some are not so good and some turn out better than expected. For me, making the choice to join the Farrell’s eXtreme Bodyshaping 10-week session would rate very high on my list of good decisions. I was 57 years old at the time.

During the Fall of 2014 my wife mentioned that I seemed to be getting tired quicker. She was worried I was having some sort of medical problem. She made me promise to go see a doctor and get a physical. She took a picture of me on Christmas morning opening presents and then promptly posted it on Facebook. When I saw the picture I was embarrassed and couldn’t believe how bad I looked. I wanted to ask her to take it down, but then decided to leave it because it was reality. I thought it might be motivation for me for the future.

I made my appointment to have a physical shortly after Christmas. I checked out just fine physically, except for the fact I was carrying too much weight. The doctor, in a nice way, basically told me I was getting older. Instantly, at that moment, I knew I was going to do something. I would not accept getting older as a reason to slow down.

I had been hearing the radio advertisements for Farrell’s eXtreme Bodyshaping. One Friday I left work a few hours early and decided to check it out. I rarely take time off, but I considered this to be rather important. I talked to the business manager at the Edgewood location, Chris, about joining and asked several questions. I was told that the new session started the next morning and if I wanted to sign up I needed to make a decision quickly. My last question to him was if I was too old to do the program. He sort of laughed and said of course not. I signed on and second guessed myself for hours afterward. I had joined gyms in the past with not very good results, many times injuring myself in the process. Something deep down told me I needed this. Joining Farrell’s ended up being one of the best decisions I ever made.

One other quick thing I want to point out — I had also told my wife that I wanted to be a part of something that created more social interaction. My job was not fulfilling that aspect. Little did I know when I joined that the social aspect would also follow. I have made so many new friends it is unbelievable. I made friends with trainers, coaches, FIT members, and other 10-week members. I think many will be lasting relationships. The atmosphere is so positive, friendly and so very inspirational. The support was like nothing I had seen from a gym before. I look forward to every new 10-week session and the making of more friends.

The 10 weeks were tough. The guided workouts were wonderful. I never had to guess what to do. There was always someone to help me if I didn’t quite understand something. By the end, I understood that it was up to me to get a good workout. I had to put it all out there to get the maximum benefit. Others could not do it for me. Others did offer encouragement often. Just 10 weeks, 6 days a week, 45 minutes a session. In reality, that is not much time to get the results that I achieved.

At three weeks, I could not tell any improvement on myself. At five weeks, I started seeing muscle development. My clothes seemed slightly less tight. At seven weeks, I could definitely see improvement to my body. I had dropped a size in pants. By the end of the 10 weeks, I was simply amazed. I had results beyond my highest expectations. Sure, I lost 28 pounds, but the toning of my body went far beyond that. My increase in sit-ups and push-ups were way beyond my goals. The lost inches and increased flexibility still astound me.

Army Challenge Obstacle Course Christmas 2014 jeff mile run

We have initial testing our first day, then at five weeks, followed by testing at ten weeks. When Chris told me about running a mile I was not at all enthused. I wasn’t even sure I could walk that far. I hadn’t even owned a pair of tennis shoes for a few years. The weather did not allow us to run the mile at the first day testing or the five week test. I was hoping we didn’t have to run that mile at the end. I was informed that I absolutely would have to do it. Two weeks before the end of our session I finally bought a pair of tennis shoes. The day of reckoning was at hand. I was dreading running that mile. My coach, Jamie, asked what I was going to try to run that mile in. I told her my goal was to not walk at any point and try to break 10 minutes. She asked if I wanted her to run with me. I told her no, I would be fine. We took off for our timed run and shortly after she came to run with me. She was encouraging me all the way. Toward the end she sort of began pushing me and she ran just far enough ahead of me that I couldn’t catch her. Finally at the end I let it all out and ran as hard as I could. Not only did I run the whole course, I ran it in a time of 8:11. I was dumbfounded because I had no idea I could even run. I am still amazed at that day and think that one event will always be my most memorable of the whole 10 weeks.

Since that time, I have made more improvements. I lost an additional 12 pounds to make it an even 40. The final testing was March 21, 2015 and I ran my first 5K on April 25th. I ran other 5K’s after that, improving my time each time I ran. I ran a 5K obstacle course August 1st. That might have been the most challenging thing I had done in years. I almost had to crawl across the finish line. I made more goals after that so that the next year I could significantly improve.  I needed to lose about eight more pounds. Instead I have gained three. I assumed muscle from our FIT workouts. I decided to run a 10K before the next August. I ran that September 6th and beat my goals. I am currently working at doing 20 pull-up’s before my 59th birthday in June. I am at 12 after starting with 5. I fully expect to achieve that goal.

Farrell’s eXtreme Bodyshaping has changed my life in profound ways. It gave me the tools I need to continue my fitness journey to places I never imagined before. I have found a large reservoir of energy. I crave good, healthy food and can’t stand processed foods or fast food anymore. I have never craved fresh fruit and vegetables like I do now. I am constantly setting goals for myself where before I was just floating through life. Yes, I have a new outlook, a new lease on life. One of the best decisions I ever made.

Jeff L. is a FIT Member at our Farrell’s eXtreme Bodyshaping Edgewood location in Cedar Rapids, IA.



Disclaimer: The above testimonial and photos were 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.

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