SmartBodies Personal Fitness Center: Testimonials
Anthony, Jeff, Mike & Smart Bodies crew,
Thank you so much for your support, guidance and super hard work out sessions the past five months! When I started here, it was hard to believe I’d finish a 10 mile race, but you helped me get through it, and then some. Next up? Philly marathon!
It’s great to have trainers who know your goals, care about you meeting them, and push hard along the way.
I fell stronger now than I ever have in my life J
|Kim Pratt - " I was the person who never went to gym or exercised. After I lost about 40 pounds on Weight Watchers in 11/98, a friend of mine convinced me to become a client of Smart Bodies. She said it was great to workout there and I could definitely do it. I never thought I would see the results that I have seen. In January 1999, I joined Smart Bodies Transformation Contest and lost 18 pounds of fat and 20 inches in ONLY 12 weeks. I couldn't believe it when I saw my before and after pictures together. Wow, what a change . It was definitely motivation to keep on going. All together now I have lost about 60 pounds and my body has muscles that I never knew existed. It's nice to look at your arms and legs and see definition. You know what, my friend was right, I COULD DO IT!"|
|Jane Podber - " I want to extend my gratitude to Smart Bodies for shaping up my figure!! All of my life I have complained about my weight and my lack of muscle tone. I tried lots of different diets, but the weight always crept back and my body parts continued to sag. My husband was beginning to worry about my physical conditioning and lack of exercise. Then at the age of 49, I discovered Smart Bodies! I have lost 25 pounds and over 20% body fat. I have gone from a size 10 to a size 4. I am still training 3 days a week and take spinning classes on the other days. It has become part of my daily routine. In May, I turned 50 and feel that I am in the best shape of my life, thanks to Smart Bodies!|
|Laurie Rogers- "When I first started coming to Smart Bodies I had so much weight to lose and was not sure where to begin. Even though I have a lifetime membership to another gym, I never really use it. There are too many people there, I have to wait for machines (some I don't even know how to use. I needed the one-on-one personal training; someone waiting for me to arrive, and someone to devise a fitness and eating program specifically for me. But most importantly I needed the genuine support that everyone gave me; especially from my trainer Anthony. I was encouraged everyday to push myself harder than I would ever push myself. I am now in a size 6 pants and it has definitely changed my life! Thank you Anthony and the staff at Smart Bodies!"|
|Bonnie Giesenheimer - "In December 1998 I started working a second job and could no longer find time for the gym. I started feeling sluggish and tired all the time, not to mention out of shape. With such a tight schedule I decided to come to Smart Bodies, where I would have a structured workout designed for me and a trainer to push me through each of the exercises. In March I became a client, working out two days per week with a trainer during my lunch break and would do cardio on the opposite days. I've always enjoyed working out, but would get more bored of spending so many hours in the gym doing the same old routine. At Smart Bodies my workouts are always different so I never get bored. Working out during lunch really gives me energy I need to get through the rest of the day. When anyone asks how I got so "skinny" I say dedication and a great trainer. I feel great and the compliments are endless! Thanks Anthony for ignoring all of my complaining and pushing me to go further than I ever thought I could!"|
|Lisa Marinaro- "Smart Bodies gave me the extra motivation and help that I needed to make the changes that I anticipated. I would have never worked as hard by myself as I do with my personal trainer. Even with a hectic schedule, I found the time to work out because I knew I had an appointment with my trainer. With the help of Nick and Anthony, I not only attained my fitness goals, I surpassed them! Thanks guys!"|
|Stephanie Brooks - I was searching for answers to my questions. Questions like, why was I having such a hard time losing weight and inches? Then I found Smart Bodies. They knew right from the start that I found it difficult to find the motivation to stick to my workouts. All of the usual excuses would creep up and I would never push myself to be my best. Then Smart Bodies designed a workout program and an easy to follow food plan with my goals in mind. It was very specific to my needs. Smart Bodies staff helped me to achieve the goal of personal fitness that I have always wanted. Thanks Smart Bodies, for everything!"|
|Karen Meltzer - I was thin almost my entire life. I was always an active tennis player and a cardio fanatic. When I wasn't playing tennis, I was working out and vice versa. However, by the end of my senior year in college despite my active tennis schedule, every item of my clothing managed to fit tighter and tighter until I had to do the dreaded " fat clothes" shopping. After looking in the mirror I realized that I wasn't so little anymore. I became very unhappy. But no matter how much I worked out, the pounds did not seem to come off. To everyone else, I was not fat, but to all of those who were close to me, I was not the "little" Karen that I use to be. So after graduation I followed my father's lead and started taking sessions at Smart Bodies twice a week. With the addition of two lifting sessions, a slight increase in my cardio workouts. And better eating habits, the pounds just seem to fall off. I couldn't believe it. I never thought that I would see "little" Karen again, but with Smart Bodies’ help, I not only achieved my goal weight, I surpassed it. Now, I look in the mirror and think, "She's back". The little Karen I once knew is staring back at me!|
|Phil Reale: "I have been out of shape and badly overweight for at least ten years. In the months before joining Smart Bodies in January, 2007, I was warned - twice - by my doctor that I was becoming borderline high blood pressure, and that put me at increased risk for stroke or heart attack. Then, at the turn of the New Year, I received some photos taken on Christmas Eve. What I saw shocked me. I was so heavy that I realized anyone who had not seen me in twenty years would not recognize me, and I'm not referring to the color of my hair". "Since joining Smart Bodies early this year, I have lost 25 pounds of mostly fat, and several inches all around, especially the waistline. I feel great, have an increased energy level, and am wearing clothes sizes I have not fit into in at least five years". "None of this has happened by magic. Thanks to Anthony and his excellent staff of trainers, who are not only skilled but reinforce the experience by their positive attitudes, I am working out three days each week, sometimes a fourth. I am eating much better than at any time in my adult life. I like to think I look great, too - or if not great, better. I'm working hard, with more room to improve, but thanks to Smart Bodies, I've been provided a road map to success". "Like most people, I've gone to the less expensive gyms. I found I lack the knowledge to gain what I need and the discipline to go often enough for working out to make a difference. Now, going to Smart Bodies is a part of my routine, so much so that I resent the occasional real-life intrusion into my workout schedule. I have been pleasantly surprised to see that the other clients who go to Smart Bodies - all of YOU - encourage each other in their goals of weight loss and fitness training. You owe it to yourself and those you love to get into better shape. After all, we all hope to live long lives, as the statistics say we will. Why not live healthier and happier, and not just longer?"|
|Beth Leska - I was approaching my 39 th birthday and I looked in the mirror . At that moment. I realized I was allowing Father Time to win. Being a competitive person by nature, It occurred to me that I had a challenge to face. Thanks to Smart Bodies, I have gone from a size 10 to a size 4 in six months. I feel healthier and more confident than ever before. In fact, I am no longer afraid of turning 40, now I say "Bring it on"! Finally, in the race through life and the quest to achieve our goals, there is no finish line.|
|*Melanie Sedien - I had been the same weight for nearly three years- 210 lbs. Certainly not skinny but it never bothered me enough to do anything about it. In July 2000 I moved fro New York . I was adjusting to a totally new life and I had a hard time. So I found myself turning to food. In February 2001 I got on the scale crept up to 231 pounds! I was mortified! It weas time to do something about it. Through exercise, proper nutrition and drinking plenty of water I began my road to success. By April 2002 I was able to shed 62 pounds on my own. I now needed to take it to the next level. Thanks to Smart Bodies I was able to reach my ultimate goal of 150lbs! They even took me past my goal and I now maintain my weight at 145 pounds. I couldn't be happier or more proud. All of the trainers have been a big help in my success! It has been an amazing experience, hence the reason I keep coming back!|
|Alicia Schwartz - "Growing up I was usually in pretty good shape and although I was nevcr skinny, I was definitely thinner. As I got older I got lazier.and therefore fatter. One day an actor I represent came into my office and in a very endearing way said, "Hey chubbs.how are you?" CHUBBS! He didn't mean anything by it. I know he didn't, but it was enough of a wake up call for me. That same day I called Smart Bodies and made an appointment with Anthony. After speaking with him I made a nutrition appointment and signed up for my first 15 sessions. That was Good Friday 2001. Now I'm addicted. Jeff and Nick kick my ass weekly and I love it. I especially love being strong. It affects everything.you gain more confidence in all aspects of life. Training is healthy both physically AND mentally. The best part is I feel I've made friends here, both with the trainers AND with the other people who work out here. The nutrition part is sometimes hard, but I've found a way to stiull get what I want. That's what is nice.you make it part of your life instead of a diet. I'm confident that I will keep it off because smart Bodies is a great support system."|
|Marcia Lavigne - So now you find yourself standing here in this foreign world, the gym! Looking at these pictures of people, that you can never be, wondering what I was thinking when I got in the car today and headed here. Then you hear the backround- music, laughter, life! So you slowly, quietly enter; hoping no one really notices that you are standing there. Luckily, they did notice that you walked in, and begin talking to you about the gym. If you are anything like I was when I first walked in, this is the impression that you have right now as you read my words; I walked through the doors of Smart Bodies as a potential "Desk Girl" and I was not all prepared for the impact that all of the people in this small community were going to have on my life. In my short time as a member of Smart Bodies family. I have completely changed my thoughts about food, exercise and myself. I no longer need to look to food as a means of completion, or use it for emotional satisfaction. My weight is not the root of all evil; instead it has become a small, manageable part of my life. Exercise, well it is natural to me now as breathing. Now, trust me when I tell you there is still time when sitting on the couch with a bag of chips is very tempting, but it no longer satisfying. My transformation began the moment I walked in Smart Bodies and really listened to the stories of all the people that are not necessarily on this wall. There are countless people here that have worked hard in order to take control of this portion of their life. They have done nothing but support, teach and challenge me through all of this change. Thank you everyone who is a Smart Bodies family member.|
|Linda Stone- "Since college I have been on a roller coaster ride watching my weight go up and down as I tried every new diet that came out on the market. I knew that I needed to get more exercise to help keep the weight off but the demands of my job seemed to always get in the way. Of course, it did not help that as much as I loved sports, I hated to exercise. Last Christmas I found that I had reached my all time heaviest weight. Not only did I find that I could not fit into the majority of my clothes but I found that my weight had started to negatively affect the way I felt about myself. Having heard about Smart Bodies for quite some time, I decided I had nothing to lose by giving it a try. Following my initial consultation, I immediately signed up for a nutritional counseling. This turned out to be the first diet I had ever been on where I was not starving myself. Being able to eat 5 times a day really made a difference for me and every meal was spelled out which made following it very easy. The other thing that made a difference for me was working with a personal trainer. Because I do not enjoy exercising, I knew that I needed someone working closely with me to make sure I was doing everything I needed to do and making sure that I was doing it right. As hard as it was for me to believe, this simple combination of diet and exercise helped me to lose 30 pounds and 14% body fat in four months. I am now in the best shape I have been in since high school. Thanks to all the trainers at Smart Bodies for helping me to achieve this long awaited goal!"|
|Melissa Durham- "I am 28 years old, 5' tall, and have been "heavy" all my life. In February of 1998, I joined a gym. I weighed 150 lbs; the heaviest I had ever been. After 5 months of working out for 2 hours, 3 times per week, I sadly reported a loss of only 8 lbs. And 3 ½ inches. A friend of mine knew I discouraged and suggested Smart Bodies. I walked into Smart Bodies in July 1998 with a lost look on my face. John met me at the door and convinced me that he could help me with 30-minute workouts. He did more than help, he changed my life! John helped me understand my body. it's composition, it chemistry, and its potential. While working with John, I have lost 28 lbs., 16 ½ total inches, and gained the knowledge to keep the weight off! Thank you Smart Bodies staff. I'm happier and healthier than ever! And many, many thanks to my husband Jack for all his support and encouragement. Not to mention enduring the 5:15 AM alarm clock, my new Healthy cooking book, and my new wardrobe. I couldn't have done it with out you!"|
|Stephen Pearson - "I am 29 years old and for years I was unhappy with my body. I've worked out at other facilities and never really made any progress. I started at Smart Bodies and I can not believe that changes that occurred in my body, attitude and energy level in just 12 weeks- that's only 90 Days. I lost 22 pounds and 4 inches form my waist. I want to thank Smart Bodies for all their help in helping me finally get some results from my hard work. Sure, I showed up for my appointments and followed the food plan that was designed for me- but it was the structure that Smart Bodies gave me that allowed me to achieve my goals. Thanks again Smart Bodies!"|
|* Kris Smith - "Smart Bodies is great because everything is offered to help you get and stay in shape. The trainers provide individualized attention and customize your program to suit your personal goals. The trainers are not only the BEST around but make personal training fun."|
|Rob Blatt - "Being fit and trim has been something that has eluded me my entire life. No matter what I tried, I couldn't keep the weight off. I concluded that I had inherited the dreaded fat genes and was destined to be overweight my entire life. By sheer luck a friend of mine (thanks Ken) mentioned that he was thinking about working out at Smart Bodies and wondered if I would be interested in being his training partner. On a whim I called Smart Bodies to learn more! I learned how to eat smart and exercise my body. The whole experience exceeded every expectation! Within 6 months my cholesterol dropped from over 250 to 170 and I no longer needed Lipitor. Fourteen months later, my resting heart rate is under 60. I'm able to run 3-4 miles a day. I've lost 10 inches in my waist and dropped 2 shirt sizes. My family, friends, and co-workers hardly recognize me! I never thought I would be able to achieve this level of fitness. This has been a dream comet true.|
|* Vicki Simon- "I had been thin for most of my life, until I had children. I gained 50 pounds with each pregnancy. After that I became a yo-yo dieter for about 15 years. I tried a lot of diets (Weight Watchers, Jenny Craig.) I was always successful losing the weight, but eventually I gained it all back. I never wore jeans because they were too uncomfortable, I always wore leggings and long top to try and hide all my fat. That's when I started working out with my trainer at Smart Bodies. He gave me a food plan to follow as well as trained me three times a week. It was truly amazing. I started to see results I never dreamed possible. I lost about 23 pounds and gained definition in my upper and lower body, my body has never looked better! Becoming a Smart Bodies client has made a BIG difference in not only my body, but in my life! I wear jeans all the time now (WOW! Size 4) and I feel GREAT!|
|David Kuhn: Lisa Kuhn (David's wife)- "When Dave and I got married three and a half years ago we were both thin. In those three years, we both were gaining a few pounds here and there, and it was getting out of hand. After months of off and on dieting and signing up at gyms we never went to, we decided we had to find something that was going to work for both of us. We were tired of looking and feeling overweight. Dave was noticing a friend of his losing weight so Dave asked how he was doing it. That's is how we found out about Smart Bodies. When Dave and I made an appointment to see Smart Bodies, we signed up immediately. What we liked most about Smart Bodies is that it is nothing like joining a gym. At Smart Bodies, you always have a scheduled appointment with a personal trainer every time you work out! With the help of everyone at Smart Bodies we are on our way to better bodies. Or shall I say, smarter bodies. More importantly, we have now found a better way of living. THANK YOU SMART BODIES!"|
|Bobbi Durbin- "I can't say enough great things about Smart Bodies! I'm 35 years old and have been trying to lose weight and inches for the last 6 years. I've joined many gyms and spent a great deal of money but didn't see any results until I started seeing the folks at Smart Bodies. The atmosphere is very relaxed and the trainers are all really terrific. Special thanks to Darin for making the workout fun and really keeping me motivated. Since I started coming to Smart Bodies, I've lost about 20 pounds and have gone from a size 12 to a size 8. People tell me that I look like a while different person. I've never felt better about myself!"|
|Beth Rose- After I had my baby 3 ½ years ago the weigh came off very easily. That was not the case with my second child last year. My regular exercise routine that helped me shed pounds after my first child didn't work after the second. I thought that I was destined to be a little heavier now that I was a mom of two. Much to my surprise when I started personal training at Smart bodies things started to happen. I started to lose weight and get in the BEST shape of my life. (Even better than before I had children) At the end of 3 ½ months I had lost 20 pounds and MANY MANY inches. It was a lot of hard work, but with the enthusiasm of my trainers and all of the help and personalized programs I received I was able to succeed!|
|* Steve Snowden - " My wife started first at Smart Bodies. I was very skeptical. I kept telling her that she could lose all the weight on her own at any gym. All it takes is a little will power. Well, after she fit into a size four, I started my training at Smart Bodies. It is true that working with a trainer will get you to a level that I near impossible to reach on your own. They guided my nutrition, cardiovascular exercise and saw me through some workouts that I never thought I would be able to achieve. Now at 40, I'm in better shape than when I played collegiate soccer. Thanks to all the professionals at Smart Bodies!"|
|Jim Rabic- "Like many middle age men, I was gaining fat and losing muscle tone. But, I still looked "Pretty good," I thought. I didn't think I was eating wrong. However, as I approached my 50 th birthday, career responsibilities, family commitments, and the rigors of everyday life I pushed my plans for personal fitness lower and lower on my priority list. Finally, my weight contributed to back and health problems. I began to surrender to the tired notion that my days were behind me and a continual physical decline was all I could look forward to. Then came the WAKE-Up call. A picture of myself in a swim suit. Yikes! I weighed over 200 lbs. I was absolutely fed up with the way I looked and was determined to finally do something about it. I decided that I was going to finally do whatever it took to transform my physique. It was the reason- the catalyst- I so desperately needed. The trainers at Smart Bodies helped me begin an exercise program, and set physical and dietary goals. They motivated me into changing my body and my life. Ultimately, my percent body fat went from 22 to 8.5. My friends can't get over my transformation. Friends ask me what I am doing to look so healthy. My health has dramatically improved, my self esteem has never been better, and with their help I have overcome many obstacles. Smart Bodies has enriched every aspect of my life. Anthony and all the staff have helped me rediscover my potential, and I am now committed to a path of constant improvement through exercise and nutrition. Thank you Smart Bodies!"|
|Steven Chernekoff - Smart Bodies you have changed my life!
When I look back at the past year, it's hard to believe that I made it Through a falling business, the sale of a successful one, a fall down 3 Flights of stairs, the gain of 25 pounds, selling my home, moving to a New city and turning 40 needless to say.a very stressful year. I noticed Smart Bodies while driving by one day, and decided to Check it out. From the moment I walked in, I knew that I had found a new home. Nick, you took the time to understand where I was coming from, and where I wanted to be. You told me that with the right combination of diet, cardio, and weightlifting under your supervision I could reach my goals. I found it hard to believe, because of my past experience with personal training I had always failed. You were so right Nick! Having just completed my 5 th week with Karla and yourself, I have lost weight and 2 inches in my waist, but most of all I feel like a completely new person. I can never remember feeling so up & positive about myself. My entire attitude is different. I feel good about myself, and that is Something I haven't felt in many years. My friends & family tell me constantly that they see a major change in my overall being. This is the first time in my life that I actually look forward to working out. Nick is the most positive trainer I have ever met. He uses every second of our workout to not only make sure I am doing everything correctly, but to also understand about my diet, and how the body uses what we put in it, and how to get the most out of it. Thank You Smart Bodies for being there for me!
|For about a year, my mom would constantly speak about a gym and how at seven o'clock every Thursday for months on end, she would visit a magical trainer named “Mary”. Me being 17 years old at the time and usually ignorant to everything, that came out of her mouth, I had no idea where or why she went to the same place at 7 every Thursday. One night she came home and explained to me that “Smart Bodies” was in need of a “front desk girl” and that she scheduled me for an interview. The rest of the conversation was full of whining about how I should get a second job because I am going to need it for college and a bunch of other stuff I seemed to block out. Against my will, I drove myself to the newly discovered location behind Arby's and crept up silently to the front door. I had no idea that it was a personal training facility; I had never seen such a place in my life. Not knowing what I was getting myself into, I waited patiently for Anthony (whoever he was) to come get me for my interview. Not long after I sat down, he approached me, speaking rapidly as usual. Walking into the back room was like an adventure; good music blaring, people complaining about their tired arms and legs. I remember little of the interview but just like that, I was thrown into the family we like to call Smart Bodies. I ended up quitting my other job and focused my attention on the place I now call home. Among my many months working here, “desk girls”, as well as numerous trainers, kept moving onto bigger and better things. I, the youngest and best member of the staff, remained solely committed to my workplace. The job at the front desk was not the most difficult thing in the world; however leaving my newly made family to go out in the real world, known as college, was. I had no idea what a profound effect this place had on my life until it came time to leave on August 22 nd . I had started up a routine of weight training at least twice a week and cardio on the other days without even realizing the positive influence it had. My diet is still moderately healthy, and I am now toned in places I never knew possible. Not only did I gain a spectacular pre-college body (not to brag or anything), but I now feel confident in saying I became part of a second family here at Smart Bodies. I encourage anyone looking to change his or her life for the better to check this place out; you will not regret it one bit|