My journey at Farrell’s started because of the persistence and encouragement of an active member of Farrell’s and a great friend, Mitzie McCurdy. I think she may be one of Farrell’s biggest recruiters and I cannot share my story without sharing some of hers. About three years prior to joining Farrell’s I realized I needed to do something to improve my health. Along with Mitzie, I became a part of a corporate challenge group and began training for and running 5K’S. After several months of running I had lost a few pounds but seen little improvement in my overall health. I was having lots of problems with pain in my hips and feet. Because it hurt, running was not fun and I had a really hard time staying motivated. I joined a gym and worked with a trainer and obtained some better results, but then plateaued and lost motivation to continue on my own afterwards. I started working out with Mitzie again in another local gym but found myself doing what I had been advised not to do. I was running on a treadmill with little other changes in my workout. Once again I found myself unable to continue workouts because of pain, injury, and other excuses. I found myself out of the gym again with more foot and joint problems than before. While I was out, Mitzie had joined Farrell’s eXtreme Bodyshaping. Within weeks I noticed changes in her. She was losing weight, staying motivated, and seemed to really enjoy working out. This was a big change for someone who always said, “working out is not my thing, I hate exercise.” The first two times she invited me to open gym I had some reason I could not go. Finally, in January, weighing more than I ever had and hurting every day there were no more excuses and I attended open gym and my Farrell’s journey began.
In my first few weeks the workouts were tough. I was sore, and there were a few things I could not do. However, because of the variation in the workouts and the frequent change in what moves we were doing, I was able to keep moving and make it through the workouts. I could control the intensity of my own workout, but always felt motivated to push myself due to the encouragement from Mitzie, other FIT members, and the coaching staff. Around week seven is when I really started to feel and see changes. I was feeling stronger, losing weight and inches, and hurting less. By the end of my first 10 weeks I had lost 21 pounds, 13.25 inches, and 3.1% body fat.* I realized this was working and becoming something I wanted to do, not something I had to do. I was encouraged to move forward and continue towards my goal. In my next eight week challenge I continued to see even better results and I was beginning to really feel comfortable in the gym. I started to challenge myself more with FIT classes and really started focusing on my nutrition as well. By the end of my second 10 weeks I had lost 17.9 pounds and 5.3% body fat.* Once again staff and other members were there complimenting and encouraging me and I was beginning to embrace this as a lifestyle change. When coworkers asked me why I was going to the gym at the end of a long day instead of home to rest I was able to truthfully tell them that I feel better when I go. It is easier to keep going then to skip.
Now I am in my eighth month at Farrell’s Mooresville and have no plans to stop going. I have currently lost 51 pounds and at least 12.5 % body fat.* I can reverse plank, my health is improving, I am reaching new goals, and I have never found a better program or staff than here at Farrell’s. What I would share with others is this is a great program that can become a permanent part of your life.” IT WORKS” and “YOU CAN DO IT!!!”
I am forever grateful to Mitzie, family, fellow FIT members and friends, as well as the Farrell’s staff for keeping me motivated and helping me reach this goal in my life.
My most recent update is that I have now reached my one year anniversary at Farrell’s and I continue to see changes in my health and fitness. I am now down 61 pounds, 52 total inches, and 20% body fat. *Besides the weight loss, I have also seen significant changes in my blood pressure, my blood sugar, and my cholesterol levels, all definite indicators that my health is on the right track. I am more motivated than ever to continue in the gym and can truly say this has become a lifestyle change for me. In fact I am so excited about my results and the results I see every day in others, that with the encouragement of my instructor, I have decided to become an instructor myself. I hope to be able to share the same enthusiasm I feel with others and help them change their lives. I am positive that this can be one of the best journeys of your life.
Andrea J. is a FIT Member at our Mooresville, NC Farrell’s eXtreme Bodyshaping location.
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.