Stories of Success with HPT Personal Training
Please enjoy the following pictures and testimonials! Each and every person featured on this page has worked very hard to get where they are today. Congratulations HPT clients! You rock!
(Disclaimer: some names and locations have been changed due to client confidentiality, but their success remains!)
Trainer: Allie Jo Dreadfulwater
Testimonial from Natasha:
"A few years ago my ‘average’ was anything but average. Over time I had become someone who I could no longer recognize. I see pictures and think, “There is no way I looked like that! Is there??” At my heaviest I topped the scales right around 240 pounds. I can’t really tell you what size I wore. I refused to by clothes larger than a size 14, so when they became too small I just wore sweats. I lived in sweats, extra large of course, and stretchy pants. I like to guess I was a 16 but won’t normally admit to anyone else I was probably larger.
Being obese is not only physically destructive, but mentally as well. My self-esteem was the lowest I think it has ever been. I would not try new things or meet new people. I let people around me talk to me like I was worthless. The worst part is that over time I believed them. After a series of life-changing events I found myself back home in Idaho having to start all over. After some self-evaluation I started changing my life. I started making small, yet effective, changes. I began to monitor my diet and make more healthful choices. I had always been an outdoorsy girl so I got back into physical activities. These changes were gradual and eventually led me to where my story really begins.
I had become stuck. I was aimlessly wondering in a darkroom trying to find the door. All the changes I had made were great and they had me heading in the right direction, but I was at an impasse. Stagnate. I finally decided I needed to up the notch and join a gym. Big gyms are intimidating. The plethora of equipment, the menacing look of the weights, and the seasoned gym goers in their matching and coordinated outfits strutting around freaked me the hell out! It took a lot for me to go to the gym. I always tried to go at night or in the wee hours of the morning when nobody was there. Problem: I didn’t have a clue as to what I was doing. I didn’t know what I should be doing or when, or the different options in equipment that were available. I was there, in the gym, but back to wondering in my darkroom.
Around the end of November 2010 I decided to meet with a fitness professional because, well let’s face it, everyone knew more about fitness than I did. I started working with a trainer, Allie, and I learned rather quickly some of the nutrition choices on which I needed to improve. Food Logs, though a big pain in the hoo ha for me, proved to be quite useful and informative. I never knew how many calories I had been consuming. It was rather shocking to be honest. I had some pretty awesome results. I lost about 4 percent body fat. That was pretty exciting. Allie mentioned the yearly Fitness Challenge. It sounded interesting and not too bad. Perhaps it’s what I needed to stay motivated? I was curious so I signed up.
This experience has been an incredible journey for me. I have learned A LOT about fitness and nutrition, and even more importantly I have learned a lot about myself. I am a more resilient and confident person and understand I’m not an image of perfection, but one day I will become my own. The tools and knowledge I have gleaned from classes and Allie Jo have been incredibly helpful and I am glad I decided to participate in the challenge.
This little taste of a whole new facet of life is just what I needed. I’m motivated and confident that I can progress and reach my goals. I don’t think that this fitness thing will be a fad for me. I really feel that it has a place in my everyday life. So I know this sounds rather silly coming from someone who didn’t really improve over 12 weeks, but I’m seriously thinking of working towards a fitness competition. This is something that I would have NEVER contemplated before, but I think it just might be what I need to more fully integrate this whole new world of fitness and nutrition into my lifestyle. It’s like I’m on the verge of something and it’s getting exciting. The ability to move beyond a stagnating lifestyle and take the necessary steps to further promote personal growth is incredibly rewarding and satisfying."
Trainer: Jared Arendell
Jen's Success Story:
I trained Jen at a 24 Hour Fitness in Beaverton, OR. When I first met her we measured her body fat percentage at 41.5%. After training consistently for 2 years, Jen was able to drop her body fat percentage to a healthy 25.9%. She is now in the best shape of her entire life. Thank you Jen for working so hard toward your goals. It was a pleasure working with you. -Trainer Jared