Cedar Rapids, IA ‐
My wife was a big part of my transformation. She made me go to class when my motivation was low and did a lot of the cooking that tasted great. By the end of the 10 weeks, I had lost 25 pounds (183 down to 158), got down to 10% body fat, lost inches everywhere, felt better than I ever had before, and was $1000 richer. Everyone has busy lives with jobs and/or kids, but you have to take the time for yourself. I never regret it when I come to class, but I always regret it when I don't. You should be doing this to improve your life. It is supposed to be fun and enjoyable; so if you are going to be in class and take the time to be there, you might as well make the most of it and give 100%. Nobody ever drowned in their own sweat. I enjoy being a coach and instructor for Farrell’s because I hope I can motivate other people to have the same success that I did.
Prior to Farrell's I was in Human Resources management and recruiting. Now I focus on all things Farrell’s; instructing, working with our team and day to day operations.
When I'm not at Farrell's you can find me cheering on our sons' at their many activities or maybe even running a race with them! We have four boys, ages 13, 11, 9 and 6.
Around week 2, I had decided, already, that I wanted to become a Fit member. The atmosphere of Farrels made me want to keep coming back everyday for more. By week 10, I decided I wanted to not only be a Fit member but I also wanted to step completely out of my comfort zone and become an instructor. Anything is possible if you put your mind to it.
Farrels has not only changed the way I look and feel, Farrels is now my family away from home. Joining Farrels has been one of the best decisions of my life.
Previously I had tried Weight Watchers, Atkins, my own exercise routine (so easy to go with the TOMORROW Workout when you are only accountable to yourself!), and various other failed attempts to control my weight, I have finally found the program that works...and I guarantee that it will work for ANYONE who tries it and gives it 100%. It is impossible for the Farrell’s program to fail if you just TRY. You will find yourself immersed in a group of like-minded individuals who will push you to find your level 10 and keep you there. It is this support system that gives you a 100% chance of success...all you have to do is try.
I started my Farrell's journey the January of 2013. Years before I started, I got into working out and eating healthy. I had lost 30 pounds. I ate some chocolate one day and eventually gained around 15 pounds back. I was on the Kennedy Varsity Dance Team throughout high school and was active with that, but not enough for what I was eating. I saw the results of my friends and wanted to do Farrell's really bad. But, I didn't have enough money or time. Senior year, my friend asked if I would do it with her. Christmas left enough money to pay for the 10 week session and dance team was slowing down so I decided to do it. The first day I came I and kickboxing kicked my butt, but I loved every second of it. I was so excited to go every day that I didn't make it an option to skip. Even with school, dance team, and work I would make sure I went. I didn't miss a day the whole 10 weeks and a few after. This program made me feel great. I was healthier than ever. I toned up quite a bit and my clothes fit a lot better. I only lost about 3 pounds in my 10 weeks but I lost 2% body fat and put on a bunch of muscle. I had to stop when I went to ISU for school. I tried working out there but I got bored running on the treadmill and the fitness classes couldn't compare. I decided to change my major to one that's not available there so I came back to CR to go to Coe. When I came back, I signed up for the year membership. The people at Farrell's are amazing and they are very encouraging. With being an instructor, I hope that I can push people and help them reach their goals like all of the instructors did with me through their classes!
I had heard Farrell's was hard and very intense and it for sure is but its fun also. You gain alot of friends and for sure get to know alot more exciting people! I love the atmosphere. The Edgewood location is by far my favorite and I would love if everyone could join its an amazing program!
In December of 2012, after some strong encouragement (and a few beers) I agreed to give it a shot. I loved Farrell’s right away. There is no substitute for working out in a group setting. The Farrell’s team is so positive and they want to see you succeed! I love the variety; no two classes are the same. There is a social aspect to Farrell’s that is important to its success and you quickly find that there are a number of other people with similar goals and interests. Getting to know fellow 10 weekers and FIT members helps to keep you accountable to the program and on track towards reaching your goals.
I have always been health conscious. I have followed many different exercise plans and diets. At the end of my 10 weeks I was in the best shape of my life and it has been a joy for me to remain a part of the Farrell’s team.