Cedar Rapids, IA

From Couch to Farrell’s Owner

Dave Before Farrell's PhotoI started the Farrell’s eXtreme Bodyshaping program weighing 238 pounds. I was smoking a pack of cigarettes a day, drinking excessively, and had bleeding ulcers, high cholesterol, a triglyceride count of 657, high blood pressure, doctor-advised depression medication, bulging disc in my back, a bad knee, and sleep apnea. I realized my life was falling apart.

After my Farrell’s 10-week fitness challenge, I went back to my doctor. I quit smoking, quit drinking, no bleeding ulcers, triglycerides went from 657 down to 78, LDL from 221 to 108, high blood pressure to athlete/normal range, no problem with bulging disc in my back, and no more sleep apnea! The unbelievable inches and over 50 pounds lost were obvious and awesome as you can see from the pictures and measurements.*

Let me share a bit of my Farrell’s journey with you. I was 43 years old and my body was falling apart. My doctor knew that I did not believe in taking medication or pills. I feel pills never really fix the cause of your condition; they only treat the problem that was created. My doctor then asked me if I would be interested in coming to a seminar on nutrition. I said yes. We also talked about a close friend of mine that had just passed away at his desk from a heart attack and how I had always viewed him as completely healthy.

I went home, looked in the mirror at who I had become . . . and cried. I knew I had found the truth when I started crying. The truth was that even before my bulging disc, I was working out with weights, but was never really fit and was definitely never healthy. The truth was that I could either continue sitting on the couch, eating unhealthy, and die in a few years or I could get my butt off the couch, start exercising, take nutrition seriously, and start living.

Dave Jansen Today after Farrell's Fitness programI enrolled at Farrell’s eXtreme Bodyshaping and decided to take nutrition seriously. Between nutrition, kickboxing and strength training, I had lost 46 pounds in the first 10 weeks of my program.* Good friends didn’t even recognize me. Coincidentally, I had the highest production of business earned in a quarter in 17 years as a financial planner. I realized that my health and subconscious attitude were closely tied together. My transformation led to many conversations and life changes with friends and others about the program at Farrell’s and my nutrition.  

Now, for what seems like the first time in my life, I have a hope for a better, brighter, energetic, inspiring future for myself and for others. And seriously… All thanks to God for Farrell’s.

David Jansen is the proud new owner of our Madison, WI Farrell’s eXtreme Bodyhaping location. Congratulations, David, on your personal and professional success at Farrell’s! We can’t wait to see the continued transformations coming from Madison, WI with your leadership and passion.


 * 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



Edgewood location exterior