Cedar Rapids, IA

Farrell's Is Not a Program It's A Lifestyle !

I had no idea that when I showed up my first day of Farrell’s, how much my life was going to change. The date was January 9th, 2012, and I was out of shape, 30 pounds overweight, and my eating was out of control.  I had been working out on my own, but my will power to stick with my exercise and eat a normal amount of food was fading away.  I just couldn’t face running a few miles or hitting the weight room.  I had completely lost my motivation.  I was sinking.  I had given up on myself.  I hit the bottom when my doctor told me my 300+ cholesterol meant I would be on a pill for the rest of my life.  I was 48.  That didn’t feel right to me.  I knew this should be in my control but I needed help to get out of where I was at mentally and physically.

 I had a couple of friends who had done Farrell’s and I saw their results. I decided I wanted that.  I had never done any kind of group exercise, classes or programs, so I was a bit skeptical.  I was desperate.  So, I signed up.  My first week, I thought I had made a HUGE mistake.  I didn’t think I could do it.  It was too hard.  I was too old for this.  Lots of excuses to quit.  But I didn’t quit.  I really wanted out of where I was and I stuck to the program.  Those next few weeks were a metamorphosis for me.  Not only did I get stronger physically, I got stronger mentally.  Farrell’s helped me conquer my addiction to food.  I was now the master of what I ate.  I started the program doubting myself, but by Week 10 I had lost 26 pounds.  It was like I was a new person in control of my future.  At my next physical checkup, my doctor said the drug I was on must be working because my cholesterol was down in the 130’s.  I told him I quit taking the pills 9 months before when I started Farrell’s.  This was all natural.  On my own!  It felt like I had thrown my crutches away and I was on my own two feet!!!  I was most proud of that.

 When Chris Nims, the Edgewood Manager, asked me if I wanted to become an instructor, I was looking around to make sure he was talking to me!  Me?  Instruct?  Seriously?  I NEVER thought I would be an instructor.  I didn’t think I was good enough.  Again, the self-doubt tried to creep in, but I said yes.  I will admit, my first few classes were a little rocky.  I made lots of mistakes.  But I had worked out with all the people in my classes and they wanted me to succeed, as did Chris and the other Farrell’s instructors.  All of their support kept me going and pulled me through.  As they helped me build confidence, I came to love instructing and helping to get people to their Level 10!  That is one of the things I love about Farrell’s is the support I get from the whole class.  They want me to succeed, whether I’m instructing or working out in class.  They help motivate me to push hard on the days I don’t want to.  They help me get out of bed every morning because they will let me know if I miss a class.  Farrell’s is the longest I have ever stuck with any exercise.  It works.

 The other thing I love about Farrell’s is the “I Never’s”.  When I started Farrell’s, I never thought I could do 50 pushups in a row.  I would have said, "You’re crazy".  Yet, there I am, doing them just about on a weekly basis.  In fact, last week I did 67.  I never thought I would be a Farrell’s coach!  But here I am, in my fourth session of giving back what others have given to me.  In addition to doubting myself on becoming an instructor, I never thought I would run an obstacle race.  I have now participated in the Squaw Creek Challenge 4 years in a row.  I never thought I would run a Spartan Race.  At 53 years old, I just completed my first one last June and finished in the top 15%.  I plan to run at least a Super Spartan next year.  The “I Never’s” keep disappearing in my life.  I have come to believe there is nothing I can’t do.  What a change from where I started.


Farrell’s has changed my life.  For me, it’s not a program as much as it is a lifestyle.  It’s how I live my life.  To this day, I’m still on the Farrell’s diet.  I’m still in control.  I still exercise 6 days almost every week.  Instead of giving up on myself, I have given up on excuses.  And it’s not over.  My Farrell’s friends keep challenging me to get out of my comfort zone and set new goals.  Do those things ‘I Never’ thought I could do.  I owe a lot to the people around me in that gym.  Sometimes I like to think “I did this, I did that”.  But I’m really a product of the Coaches, Instructors, FIT members, 10 weekers, Managers, and Owners I’m with every day.

That’s why I love Farrell’s.

Jeff M. is an instructor and coach at our Edgewood Location in Cedar Rapids, IA. 

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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.


Location Info

5240 Edgewood Road
Cedar Rapids, Iowa 52411

Phone: 319.832.0000
Head Coach: Chris Nims
Franchise Owner: Thomas Fitness, LLC



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