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Amanda – “I have been here for 5 weeks exactly today. Yes, I did the NuFit meal plan. In over 5 weeks I lost 11 pounds and 8 inches. Go, Hard Exercise Works! Yes! I feel very good about it. I feel stronger. I’m more confident. I feel a little looser in my clothing. And just, the little ones, the little victories are the best. When I first came here, could not do a 200 meter run without stopping. Now I can do it at a steady jog pace, and it feels awesome. I will stick around for as long as I can. Absolutely.”
Kelly Betz - “I started at 180.5, down to 169.5. 5 weeks. 5 weeks ago today.” (I lost 9 inches) “Working really hard every single day… and not missing a day.” “Not missing a day, not one single day. Oh, wait I did miss a Saturday. I missed one Saturday. I did, yes. But I loved it. I couldn’t run. This is the first time I’ve actually ran. Just a mile. Life is good. “It’s wonderful torture.”
Natalie Sodomin - “Technically this is my 7th week. I lost, almost 17, uh, 16 and 1/2 pounds and 9 and 3/4 inches. I’m very happy. I’m staying on it, renewed, yes. My goal is to be the high school weight by Christmas. Best workout I’ve ever had. Coming from a USA swimmer, this is the best workout I’ve ever had.”
Michelle Iman - “I love it, absolutely one of the best things I’ve ever done. ”
Tom Miller - “I was doing it for 10 weeks. I lost 29 pounds and 13 and 1/2 inches. I’m feeling great. Feeling great. Hard exercise and been following the diet. First 5 weeks, followed it religiously. Last 5 weeks modified it a little bit, but still losing weight. Couldn’t run 400 meters when I started. I can run 1200 meters and rowed another 1000. Hard Exercise Works.”
Brandon Selly – “I’ve lost 30 pounds. It’s been 2 months. I’ve lost about 5 inches off the belly. And, uh, it’s been wonderful. And I keep a log. I keep a log. from the very beginning. Charting progress. These are just some short term goals that I had … Just keepin’ track. It’s been a wonderful experience. And, I get here every day, unlike going to other gyms. And, I really work hard. Hard Exercise Works.
“It’s always different. Always exciting. Umm, working out different exercises. Trainers do the exercises with you. They know how to warm you up properly, and it’s, uh. I feel very safe. Doing exercises that I never would have done on my own.”
Nicole - “I just finished my 5-week bootcamp. It was hard. I felt like I was going to throw up the first day. So the first week was very hard. Then it got a little better the second week. And it’s got a lot better now. And I came 5 days a week.
“It started to get addicting, and I could feel myself starting to lose weight and getting stronger. I still have a long ways to go, but that’s why I’m sticking with it.
“I lost 9 and 1/4 inches total, so I’m happy. It was hard. The first couple weeks were very hard, and then once you got used to it and started learning all the different foods you have it got easier. I feel better. I still have more weight and inches to lose to reach my goal.” (“Would you recommend this to your friends?”) “Definitely”
Linda James – In 5 months I lost 29.5 inches and “45 and 1/2 pounds. So now I have biceps I haven’t seen in 20 years, holding this thing. 11 inches off my waist. It’s just phenomenal. This place is incredible. I mean, don’t give up. Come every day, you know, 5 days a week, and just stick with it. You know, watch your eating. I totally changed my eating, yeah. You have to change your eating. I mean, it’s just, it’s part of the routine. It’s a life change. That’s what I say. It’s a life change.
“Well, you know, your self confidence, the way you carry yourself. And when you come here and you workout, and it’s a hard workout. Hard exercise works. It’s not a joke. It really does build your confidence. You’re gonna want to change your eating. You have to change your eating. Cause you can’t eat wrong and do this. And if you’re gonna see the results you have to change your eating.
“And I just love everybody here from the trainers. It’s not a gym. I don’t call this place a gym. ‘Cause it’s not a gym experience. It’s a family experience. And that’s what I really love. Everybody encourages everybody.”
Kathy Rubenstein – “…And that should say very sore. How many days I went home and literally, laid on the couch for the rest of the day. But it has been worth it. It, I feel, this has been life altering. This really has. So, I’m 56. And this has, I swear, been the best thing that I’ve ever ever done. I mean, I look forward to coming here every single day. So the 55 and older crowd oughta get out here. They can do it.”
Carol Grago – “I started coming to Hard Exercise 2-weeks ago, and I lost 9-pounds in 2-weeks.” “I changed up my diet completely, and I’m following all the steps that they gave me here. It’s wonderful. It’s working. 5-meals a day. Perfect. I’m enjoying it.” “My husband is excited. He noticed the weight. He said right here on my side there was, there was, like, creases, and they’re all gone. So he’s excited.”
Lauren Reggio – In a month an a half… “6 1/2 inches total off my body and 10 pounds.” “And how have you done that?” “Working out and eating better and pushing myself every day.”
Amy Swan – “Awesome, as usual. I started actually about a year ago. And I just had a baby when I started. I worked out during my pregnancy, but didn’t do anything near what we do here. So, you know, I mean, I started coming maybe a few times a week and kind of gradually built up to coming 5 times a week. And, I mean, it’s just amazing how you see your fitness change. I mean, I could barely run a 400 meter without having to walk when I first started, and now I’m like, running a mile, and I don’t even have to stop.
“And then, like, pull ups. I couldn’t do pull ups at all. I was on the box when I started. And now I’m doing butterflies. And, umm, I just keep setting little goals for myself along the way and trying to achieve them. So that’s me. Hard Exercise Works. I love it.”
Eric Celestio – We were getting ready for our wedding, wanted to look good. It destroyed me, put me in the bushes. Somehow they convinced me to sign up. I signed up. And, after the first week I started getting addicted. Wouldn’t you know it a year later, I’m a rat. I hang out here, and I have a great time. I love it. I tell everybody the camaraderie is great. Just talkin’ to everybody. They’re great people around here. Nothing like it. Been to a couple other places and nothing like it. ”
Laurie Pirtle – “I’m addicted. More self confidence and more positive. It’s been an overall positive change. I can do pull ups. I couldn’t do them when I came in.”
Nicola Harvey – “I was at L.A. Fitness working hard, and my friend Simon over there told me about this place, which is great. I went the next day, tried it out and here I am, 3 months.
Kate Velinsky – “I lost 8 and 1/2 pounds and I lost more than 8 inches all around. (“In how long?”) “so like, 3 months.”
Susan Warner - “I love the results, because it taught me a different way of eating. At 54 years old and a grandmother.
“The thing that surprised me the most about it, not only the healthy way of eating, you just basically eat your way around the perimeter of the grocery store. And when you get away from going down all the aisles, and all the sodium, and all the pre-packaged things. And then you think, ‘What’s in this can that lasts for a year that I’m gonna put in my body and eat it. And it’s supposed to be good for a year?’ Things are supposed to rot. Things aren’t supposed to be preserved like that.
“And the thing that surprised me the most was, my metabolism changed so quickly, because I had to eat so much more food. I was used to eating little tiny bits and getting fatter, and it didn’t make any sense to me. But it makes sense now that your metabolism slows down so much, that any little bit that you eat is gonna go right to fat, especially if you’re eating the things with all the preservatives and all the fat in it.
“I lost weight because my metabolism sped up, and it’s all the good, healthy foods that I was eating. So I’m very excited about the results. I’ve lost 8 and 1/2 inches and 9 pounds, and I don’t want to change back. I’ve done every diet. I’ve done Jenny Craig. I’ve done everything you could possibly think of. And nothing worked because it didn’t make sense. The minute you stopped it or didn’t eat exactly like they told you to eat of their pre-packaged foods that were, you know, for a year shelf life, I’d get fat again, or fatter. ”
Darlene O’Neill – “I did a bootcamp for 5 weeks, and then I did another one inside the gym for another 5 weeks. It’s just been an incredible experience. I love these guys. They’ve helped me change my life. It just works all around… mentally, physically. I followed the NuFit program for 5 weeks while I did the bootcamp. I lost 12 pounds and 8 and 1/2 inches all total. I feel great. Mentally it helps me to stay focused. It helps my listening skills. I mean, it just was like an answer to prayer for me.”
Bobby DeCastro - “this is my 3rd week. Between all of y’all kickin’ my butt, I’ve decided I can’t come here with these anymore. These are cigarettes. I’ve gotta get rid of them. That’s what Hard Exercise Works will do to you. I saw one of the videos online of some guy breaking his cigarettes, and I was like, this guy’s gonna do it, I’m gonna do it. So, thank you, Barry. Thank you, Hard Exercise Works. And I’m gonna thank my lungs in about 5 weeks…”
Crystal - “I didn’t think I was going to be able to do it, because I’ve never ever worked out like this before, ever. It’s actually like they say, boot camp, military style workout. It’s hard, to be honest, but it does work. I’ve lost 7 and 3/4 inches!” (“Are you going to stick with us?”) “Yes I am, most definitely”
Nike Aremu - “I’ve never exercised like this before in my life.” “I was petrified.” “Are you still petrified?” “No.” “Since I’ve been coming I’ve lost 10 pounds and 1-dress size.” “I am very happy.” “I brought my friends. I’ve brought six of my other friends, and we all joined.” “Even if you’ve never exercised before like me, I would recommend it any time. It rocks!”
Lisa McDoolin - “I got tired of one of the gyms … boring. I started coming here 4 days a week. I feel so much better. 5 months ago I couldn’t even do an Air Squat. And now I can do a squat with 95 lbs.”
Sue – “I’ve already lost 5 pounds and 5 inches. Trying to get rid of some excess baby weight.” “I’ve got more muscle than I’ve ever had.” “I’m really excited to be able to fit back in my work clothes after taking this year off.” “So you’d say that hard exercise works? …Oh, definitely… definitely works.”
Kerry Sees - “In two months I’ve lost 17 pounds and a total of 11 & 3/4 inches, including 4 inches on my waist, Yay!” “Incredible, that’s what this place is, it’s incredible. I absolutely love it. It gives me hope. I can be the athlete I always wanted to be.” “I couldn’t do a pull-up when I walked in the door. I couldn’t do a push up when I walked in the door. I can do ‘em now!”
Tyler Pahl - “I love it. It saved my life, man. “I’ve already lost 13 pounds…” “3 full weeks, 13 pounds.”
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