What are the biggest obstacles or fears that you had to overcome? What keeps you coming back to FitCo?
In college, I was an athlete, so I was used to intense training...I’m challenged in each session and feel like I’ve gotten a lot back that I lost immediately after college.
The people are great! The trainers take the time to know everyone, so you feel like you’re hanging out with friends rather than just being directed in your workout. It’s also nice to work with someone who knows you and adjusts your training depending on how your body’s reacting on a particular day. Some days you’ll go in ready for an intense session and other days you need more rest. It’s personalized in every way.
What advice would you give to someone just starting his or her own fitness journey at Fitco?
The biggest piece of advice I’d give someone considering FitCo is to not be intimidated by the gym experience. When you walk in, there are people at varying level of fitness working out and the trainers are skilled at helping all their clients improve. So no matter where you start, you’ll be able to reach your fitness goals.
Why did you decide to start with FitCo and what keeps you coming back?
On a recommendation from a friend and running coach. She was impressed with FitCo’s approach to functional movement and improving core strength as it related to some nagging pains I’d been having while training for a marathon.
The results. I turned 40 recently and know that I am in better shape than I was during my 20’s. Those backaches are gone and my weight fluctuations have greatly decreased. I want to keep my body functioning well for decades to come and I believe this type of training will help.
What are the biggest obstacles or fears that you had to overcome?
I’m quite introverted, and the direct personal attention from my trainer was initially uncomfortable to me. Everyone at FitCo quickly put me at ease and I soon realized the benefit of tailored workouts that could only come from getting intimate with a trainer. The other thing was the stark lack of equipment at FitCo. I first thought there was no way I’d get a good workout in a large, empty room with only a couple ceiling straps and kettle balls. I was wrong!
Trust the process. The personal attention and baby steps toward progress will really pay dividends. Don’t expect an overnight fitness change. Doing it the right way takes time.
What keeps you coming back to FitCo?
The reason I decided to start with Fitco was because I felt comfortable, accepted and not judged. As I shared my goals with my trainer, I was listened to and encouraged by him.
I was scared to join because of the fear of the"gym" environment. I didn't want to be just a number swiping my card and going to a place where I didn't feel comfortable and had no idea where to start. It's not that way at all at FitCo. I enjoy the personal training at FitCo so much. I know I can trust them and I won't injure myself in the process.
If you are new, I would want you to know that FitCo cares about you and your goals. The staff stays connected to you constantly to ensure you are happy with your workouts.
I'm 100% committed and can't wait to see where I am physically and spiritually in the next 6 months. I'm looking forward to wearing shorts with confidence again.
Why did you decide to start with Fitco? and how long have you trained there?:
I started my training at FitCo June 2017 because I was losing strength and not being able to enjoy the hobbies I love, including horse riding, and the work I needed to do, which is cattle and sheep farming. Also, I had been walking bent half way over and I knew this was having physical ramifications on other joints.
The biggest obstacle was the pain my body was in and I was concerned we'd find out the cause of the pain couldn't be fixed. Luckily, we've found out that I needed a hip replacement and could move forward with that. The personal training I've received at FitCo has prepared me for this surgery and both the surgeon and physical therapist have said this focused training I've been doing prior to my surgery will help my body be prepared for surgery, as well as make the recovery process go more smoothly.
What have you enjoyed most along the way?
I've enjoyed learning how to correctly become stronger, I've enjoyed the interaction with the trainers, and I like the fellowship with other clients that train at the same time I do.
What advice would you give to someone just starting his or her own fitness journey at FitCo?
Find the time, ask lots of questions, and do follow up exercises/stretching/muscle rolling at home too.
The environment. Working out with people I like :) The consistency.
I enjoy that if I have any problem I can text/call my trainer and he’ll help me with advice on what to do or who I need to go see. It’s personal. And you trainers truly care and love what you do.
I enjoy it. I wouldn’t just go to a normal gym and workout by myself. I need to be told what to do :) I love the semi-private personal training.
The hardest part is just getting started. You never regret a workout after its over.
HEATHER & PHIL
PHIL: I had been having some trouble with my back for a couple of years. Periodic visits with the Chiropractor provided temporary relief but the problems kept reoccurring. It became evident to me that I needed to do something different to resolve the back issues. My wife had been a client of FitCo for over a year and she urged me to try it out in hopes it would help. So I started about two years ago and have been attending consistently ever since.
In my mind I did not fit the stereotype gym rat. I assumed FitCo would be full of muscle bound dudes in tank tops. My assumptions were very wrong and what I found at FitCo was regular people trying to improve themselves just like me.
HEATHER: Why did you decide to start with FitCo? and how long have you trained there?
I liked the idea of having an appointment and trainer to meet with each week. The accountability was just I needed. It will be 3 years in March 2018.
I enjoy doing hard things during the workout. Accomplishing something new. Or increasing the weights and seeing the progress.
Why did you decide to start with FitCo? and how long have you trained there?
I have been training at FitCo for about 2 years. I have never been one to exercise and I knew I needed to get stronger and in better shape. Not knowing how to start an exercise program, I thought I'd benefit best with a personal trainer at a small gym. FitCo is a perfect fit for me!
I have overcome the fear or uneasiness of going to a gym.
What is the biggest change you have made?
I have made working out a priority in my schedule. By working out with a trainer, I'm held accountable for coming to each session, unlike if I worked out on my own I know I wouldn't have stuck with it for as long as I have.
I love how Jeff and the other trainers at Fitco make it fun to be there! I never thought I'd enjoy going to a gym to workout but I can now say that I thoroughly enjoy going.
I keep coming back because I know how much I have benefitted from working out. I feel so much better and can tell that I'm a lot stronger.
Why did you decide to start with FitCo?
First met Fitco when I was on the staff of a local media company in Columbia. I had always watched weight loss shows and been amazed at the success people working with trainers had. Being I was at that time almost 50 lbs overweight I decided give it a shot. I am so glad I did.
Biggest fears was not being able to be keep up at the performance level of other people at the gym. But, the training was catered to me so did not matter what everyone else was doing.
I have enjoyed the praise the team gives me when I meet my goals most of all I have enjoyed the atmosphere of a facility that focuses on the person and not the business of their equipment. Plus, I have met some great people there.
CHRISSY & CRAIG
I have been training at FitCo for 4 years. I had a friend that I noticed had wonderful results and I asked her what she was doing differently. She said she was working out at FitCo. I stopped by that day and set up semi-privates and have been there ever since.
I did not have any fears. I was currently working out with a different gym and wanted a change.
My biggest change is overall strength and fitness. As I get older, my focus has changed to keeping my body strong and healthy.
I love going to FitCo. Everyday is different! I truly enjoy the friendships I have made with other clients and my trainers.
I keep coming back because I want to stay healthy and enjoy the workouts. They keep it fresh and keep you progressing towards your goals.
Just do it! You will not regret it :)
When you have committed to a personal trainer I’m finding myself much more disciplined about going to the gym. I can tell that I have improved my strength and stability. I have had a failed back surgery that has caused some nerve damage in my leg and foot so I’ve had stability issues. My husband has noticed that I seem more stable and I’m walking better.
What keeps you coming back to Fitco?
I like my trainer and since I schedule the next visits while I’m there I feel more inclined to continue coming back. I’m also seeing improvement in my strength, endurance, and reduced pain which is a wonderful benefit. I’ve tried exercising for years but everything eventually made the back pain worse. This doesn’t.