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Apr 04

24 Day Challenge Success Story – Advocare Weight Loss Success

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Advocare 24 Day Challenge success story. Since we start our next Challenge Tuesday night, I thought we would let you hear from someone who had awesome
weight loss and health results from the Challenge.

As you already know there are many different weight loss plans on the market. As a matter of fact there are over 4000 diet and exercise books in print and they all seem to contradict each other. High fat, low fat, eat this, eat that… People are confused to say the least. At Get You in Shape, we teach our clients that nutrition and supplementation account for 70%-80% of your progress when fat loss is the goal. The problem is that most focus on the exercise program only and don’t spend enough time learning what works with nutrition and supplementation. If you have been frustrated with diets in the past you are in the right place. Your frustration is over… Get You In Shape have been using a program called the 24 Day Challenge with amazing success. The average person is losing 8-10 pounds and 9 inches in their first 24 days, that’s average some are doing more.

Let me be clear on one thing…this is not a diet. “Eat less to lose weight” doesn’t work. Diets have you feeling tired, hungry and so crabby that no one wants to be around you. We focus on feeding your body high quality nutrients that “feed muscle and starve unwanted body fat.” The best part is the 24 Day Challenge is a system. If you follow it step by step you will be successful.

The 24 Day Challenge program incorporates exercise, a well-balanced diet, and nutritional products into an easy to follow program. There is NO cost for the nutritional consulting you will get. There is no cost for the exercise program designed by Dallas’ top Personal Trainer Brad Linder. The ONLY cost is for the Advocare nutritional supplements that are a part of the 24 Day Challenge. You can even get some of your friends involved with you and make it a real Challenge. Let’s hear from just of the many success stories that have benefited from our 40 Day Challenge and also the 24 Day Challenge.

Here is information about our next Informational meeting.
We go over the program, the products, tools, directions, and price. You do not have to commit just by going.

What – Proven step by step program that gives you daily instructions.
When – Tuesday April 5th
Time –
Where –
Linder’s house in Coppell
Sign up below and we will send you the address.

Mar 28

Boot Camp Success Story of the Week – Coppell Fitness Boot Camp

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Coppell Boot Camp Success Story

Hi I am Carla, I am a bartender and live in Las Colinas and this is my first month of boot camp. Before Get You In Shape Boot Camp I was not going to the gym too much. I was recovering from a leg injury. So I was doing a little bit here and there but not as much as a should have been doing. I joined the boot camp because I had some extra weight and a lot of muscle atrophy. I did not walk for almost a year so I needed to get my body back the way it used to be. This program is different from other fitness programs I have tried just because the people and the atmosphere is very inviting. It is very encouraging. All the personal trainers and instructors help correct you so that you are doing the exercises the right way and so that you are not injuring yourself. They have been very helpful and they know what they are doing. The benefits I have experienced from the Coppellboot camp is my leg that was injured so I had a lot of  muscle atrophy, has actually grown and inch where I needed muscle, so that is great. My energy levels have improved and I actually like getting up in the morning and coming to class. It gives me something to look forward to. To someone who might be considering joining, I would say just come one time. You get a Free Boot Camp Session to try it out before joining.  You will love it and love the way you feel afterwords, The first step is to get your butt out here.

Mar 07

Coppell Teacher loses 3 dress sizes and focuses on herself to make changes.

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Meet Boot Camper Megan Wright.

Hi, I am Megan. I am a teach in Coppell, TX and I have been participating in the Boot Camp for 18 months. Before I started boot camp I really did nothing for myself and never really made myself a priority. It was not a healthy place for me. I joined the boot camp for a month because I was not sure if I could actually do the boot camp. The boot camp has totally changed who I am. Now I am working out being at boot camp and running on my own ont he off-days which I never thought I would do. This is now a priority for me and I am now saying no to things which I would normally say “yes” to in the past just to please others.

I am training to run a half marothon which is something I would never would have dreamed would be possible. I have lost 3 clothing sizes since starting.

I would encourage anyone to give the boot camp a try. You can start at any level and the trainers help modify the workouts to whatever the fitness levels are. It really gives yourself a feeling of accomplishment knowing that you can do somehting, you can participate, and you can change your life.

I have been able to get a few other Coppell teachers and  friends to join the boot camp with me. We have become a little family. We help hold each other accountable and also get some great socail time in while we stay in shape.
If you live or work in Dallas, Uptown, Lakewood, Downtown Dallas, Highland Park, University Park, Lake Highlands, White Rock Lake, Richardson, Mesquite, Arlington, Grand Prairie and other Dallas cities, the Dallas Boot Camp is minutes away from you. If you live or work in Coppell, Valley Ranch, Irving, Lewisville, Las Colinas, Carrollton, Flower Mound, Grapevine, Addison, Corinth, Highland Village, Dallas, and Famers Branch, the Coppell Boot Camps are just minutes away from you. Get You In Shape Boot Camp.

Get You In Shape’s programs include the Get You In Shape Boot Camp (Dallas and Coppell), 24 Day Challenge, sports specific training, weight loss programs, Corporate wellness plans, nutrition plans, core fitness training, strength training, toning and more. Clients include athletes (golf, basketball, tennis, football, track, baseball, baseball, volleyball, and softball) corporate executives, professionals, weekend warriors, cheerleaders, dancers, models, stay at home moms, and anyone looking for results.

Owner Brad Linder, has been featured in numerous newspapers and even as the fitness expert on the news 8 (ABC). He continues to use the gifts that he has been given to help serve the needs others have when it come to being healthy, losing weight, sports, toning up, and overall fitness.
More information about Get You In Shape at

Dec 20

Get You In Shape's Client of the Year Winner's and Runner Ups

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Get You In Shape is excited to announce the winner of the Client of the Year Contest of 2010. We had  9 amazing nominees and everyone won some sort of prize. The winner won a $500 gift card to the Gaylord Texan. Second place won a Free Month of Boot Camp and third place won 50% off Boot Camp. Below are all the nominees. Towards the bottom is the winners. I recommend watching each of these stories as they all are very inspiring.

Client of the Year Nominee #1 Janet Fetsch


Client of the Year Nominee #1 Janet Fetsch

 1. Basic Information – name, occupation, where you live, and how long you have been in the Get You In Shape program.

My name is Janet Fetsch. I work at a bankersbank in Las Colinas and live in Coppell. I joined Get You in Shape in July 2009.

2. Where you were at in your life before Get You In Shape?

I was single, working at a bank in Las Colinas. I had just finished the MBA program at TCU and purchased my first house. I had already achieved many of my big goals and my life seemed very successful, but I did not feel good about myself because of my body shape.

3. Why you decided to join Get You In Shape?
I had reached my heaviest weight ever at 180 pounds and a size 14 (almost 16) in the winter of 2008.  Driving home after Christmas at Grandpa’s house, I had to unfasten the belt on my jeans AND unzip my pants just to breathe. I felt awful! I could not wear any of the cute clothes in my closet. I started dressing in layers, avoiding skirts, and hated looking at pictures of myself. The final straw was when I saw a picture of me at my sister’s college graduation in May. My face was so round, and I was wearing a new, cute, “fat” dress. I thought, “This has GOT to stop!” I could already see that the road I was on would only lead to more problems with my self-esteem, not to mention my physical health. I knew that if I didn’t have confidence in myself, no employer would promote me to the level I deserved. If I didn’t even like myself, how could I ever expect the man God prepared for me to love me?

I had tried exercising on my own for several months but was not consistent and so was not seeing any results. I could not recognize any more changes to make in my own diet – I felt like it was already pretty healthy. I knew that I hated gyms – I wanted to exercise outdoors! I priced personal trainers but that was out of my price range.  As in all good decisions, I prayed about it. The next weekend I looked at the church bulletin and discovered Get You in Shape!

The price was something I could afford, and was willing to pay to get results. Based on the testimonials featured on the Get You In Shape website, I thought it sounded like a great value. The pictures showed people of all shapes and sizes having fun, exercising outdoors in a beautiful park. And, they promised that despite the term, “boot camp”, they would not yell or be mean!

4. What was your first experience or first impression with Get You In Shape? Personal Trainer’s Brad, Cynthia, and Julie were very friendly at the information session. I thought I would just attend that, and consider joining later. But they were so welcoming and genuine that I decided not to wait another month.

Julie was the trainer for us new members during the first week. I was happy that I recognized many of the exercises from my high school coaches, so I didn’t have to learn too many new movements. And, Julie was such a good teacher that she made it easy to learn everything we needed to know.

During my first month I was impressed at how many members had been a part of the boot camp for an extended period of time. They told me they got results, did not get burned out, and they enjoyed the people they were meeting! I couldn’t wait to become a “long-timer”.

5. What are some of the tools from the Get You In Shape program you have used that has helped you?
Cynthia’s nutrition counseling made all the difference in the world for me. The exercise is amazing – I had become a happier person, my body felt great, I was sleeping well every night – but I went nearly two months without losing a single pound! After talking with Cynthia, I started keeping a food journal and discovered that even though I was eating a balanced diet, I was consuming too many calories, and that was keeping me from losing the weight.

6. How has the Get You In Shape program helped change your life? What are the results that you have achieved from the Get You In Shape program and how have we played a role in your results?
It has been 18 months since I started the Get You in Shape program. It took one year to reach my goal weight and size, and I have maintained it now for six months. Making small steps over the course of that year allowed me to develop good habits.  Nothing was overwhelming about this program.

Because I was exercising regularly and my eating habits improved, I was able to withstand a very stressful time in my work. I was rewarded this summer with a promotion! After losing that first dress size, my self-esteem improved enough that I joined Toastmasters, a public speaking club, and now actually enjoy speaking in front of other people.  I have been dating a very nice guy for several months now. He says that I caught his eye at a party where I was laughing and talking with friends, and he was attracted to my self-confidence. He could tell early on that I took care of myself, and was not the type to let anyone hold me back.

Get You In Shape provided everything I needed to achieve goals that I had never been able to do before in my life. Brad, Cynthia, Julie and Cheney are truly the best mentors one could ask for. Their warm and friendly personalities

Client of the Year Nominee #2 Ivette Rosinski


Client of the Year Nominee #2 Ivette Rosinski

 Client of the Year Nominee #2 Ivette Rosinski

  1. Name, occupation, where I live, and how long have I been in the Get You In Shape program.
    Ivette Rosinski
    Executive assistant by day, photographer by night
    I live in Coppell, TX
    I joined GYIS in April, 2010
  2. Where were you at in your life before Get You In Shape?
    I was at the “holy #%&@” point in my life.  About to turn 50, and realized that if I didn’t address my weight and fitness now I would be in big trouble in the short term.
  3. Why did you decide to join Get You in Shape?
    I needed something I could start and grow into.  I like group activity.  Being close to home was also an asset, but I have a feeling that I would have driven anyplace to work out here.
  4. What was your first experience or first impression with Get You in Shape?
    My first impression was amazing.  The knowledge and the sensitivity of the trainers to everyone’s differences is pretty impressive.  I hadn’t done anything physical for over 10 years and the trainers made me certain I could do it.  They are so in tuned to position and form.  Corrections always made gently and professionally.
  5. What are some of the tools from the Get You in Shape program you have used that have helped you?
    To move!!  Doesn’t matter how fast or how slow – just move.  The rest will follow.   It’s not how many reps you can do – doing 1 or 2 in perfect form will reap more rewards.
  6. How has Get You in Shape program helped change your life? What are the results that you have achieved and how have we played a role in your results?
    It’s been a tough year financially for my family.  I’ve been unemployed twice, daughter started college.  And the one thing my husband would not cut out of the budget was bootcamp.  I see the physical improvements, but more importantly, I see a clear psychological improvement.  This is the last time I’m going to have to “get in shape”.  By everything you all do, I will “stay in shape” and only get stronger as I get older.I still have 50 pounds to lose and I really don’t care how long it takes me.  I’m just going to keep coming and doing.One thing you do that I don’t know that people realize is you foster a true sense of community within the group.  Do you know how many new friends I’ve made these last 9 months?  How much more fun is it to walk in and have people say hi, give you a hug, or a pat on the back?  Makes it a pretty good place for me to be, and I try to pay it forward by being the same with the new members.

Client of the Year Nominee #3 Scott Woodby

Client of the Year Nominee #3 Scott Woodby

Client of the Year Nominee #3 Scott Woodby

1. Basic Information
Scott Woodby
National Sales Manager; CCF Brands
Coppell, Texas
Began GYIS in April 2010

2. Where you were at in your life before Get You In Shape?
I was at least 30-40 lbs. over weight and very out of shape; walking a mile was difficult.

3. Why you decided to join Get You In Shape?
I knew that I needed to make a lifestyle change to avoid medical issues and have a longer, happier life.  I saw the boot campers weekly as I drove by the park; I knew that a fad diet was not what I needed.

4. What was your first experience or first impression with Get You In Shape?
I instantly felt “at-home” with the trainers, I was glad this was not a military style boot-camp.  I was encouraged to work at my own pace and “listen to my body”; the first few weeks were not easy, but I started seeing results right away and that gave me the incentive I needed to eat right and be consistent in attendance.  I do travel some, so the DVD was helpful when I missed the M-W-F workouts.

5. What are some of the tools from the Get You In Shape program you have used that has helped you?

The biggest helps to me are:
The Food Journal – It made me think about what I was eating and make better choices.
Accountability Calendar – Helped me drink more water and help me accountable to attend work-outs
The “Tips of the Week” – Tried new food/recipes; importance of fiber; importance of water…lots of great and easy tips.

6. How has the Get You In Shape program helped change your life? What are the results that you have achieved from the Get You In Shape program and how have we played a role in your results?

I have lost 45-50 lbs since April
I make better choices about food
I eat smaller portion sizes
Clothes fit better, I look better, I feel better (both physically and mentally).
I know the key is two fold: Proper diet AND exercise…not one or the other.  I continue to make goals, I am not done.  I need to prove to myself that I can maintain this weight loss for the long haul – GYIS will be a big part of that!

Client of the Year Nominee #4  Marie Azcona


Client of the Year Nominee #4  Marie Azcona

1.  Basic Info: My name is Marie Azcona, I am an administrative assistant, and live in Irving. I have been in the Get You in Shape program since June.

2.  Where you were at in your life before Get You In Shape?
Before GYIS, I was in a pretty bad place, both physically and mentally. I weighed about twice what I normally should and I usually felt pretty bad about myself. Sadly, many times the highlight of my day was coming home from work and watching a recording of a favorite TV show while eating ice cream. And even worse, I would do this in secret when no one was watching. I have tried tons of different weight loss plans, and the few that did seem to work, were a short term fix and were usually followed with even greater weight gain. Honestly, I was starting to think I would never lose the weight and dreaded dealing with feeling embarrassed, tired, restricted, and missing opportunities—all due to my weight.

3.  Why you decided to join Get You in Shape?
I turned 50 this year, which made me realize that time was running out for me to get healthy. I always thought that I could start next week or when some kind of event would be over, but year after year went by and my weight just grew and grew. I would avoid mirrors and cameras and was actually in denial about how I really looked and felt. Turning 50 made me take a serious look at what was going on and it scared me to know that it would only get worse. Recently, doctors had warned me that if I didn’t get the weight off, I should expect to have diabetes soon and was already at risk for stroke and heart problems. I knew that I had a small window of opportunity to avoid these problems.

4.  What was your first experience or first impression with Get You in Shape?

I was actually terrified the night before I started boot camp, but I am so glad that I did not give into that fear, and went anyway. Unlike other exercise classes that I have gone to, the personal trainers actually took the time to meet you and would even remember your name. I was also relieved to see how the new beginners are started out in a separate group, which helps you receive extra help and more one on one instruction, and honestly, just makes you feel more comfortable. The instructors are great! They explain the workouts very well and are patient, kind, motivating, encouraging, and supportive. It was obvious to me that this was not just a job for them, but that they are truly committed to helping you get in shape. At one point, when we were running, (which was the first time that I had run in many, many years, and was actually always really bad at it anyway), the personal trainer came up and asked me how I was. Honestly, I wanted to cry, since I felt that I would probably have to quit since it was very hard for me to run. She assured me that I should go at my own rate, and that she could guarantee that I would get better. I was shocked to find out that she was right! The other day I ran a mile and didn’t stop!  That was a miracle for me! But, I would have never known that I could do it, if I hadn’t stuck with it. The boot camp pushes me more than I would ever do on my own and it feels so good when I am able to accomplish things that I never thought I could do before!

5.  What are some of the tools from the Get You In Shape program you have used that has helped you?

One of the most important tools that the Get You in Shape program has given me, is a sense of accountability. When you are not there, someone will notice and I found that it is easier to go workout than to have to explain why you were not there. It is very hard for me to work out on my own. I have also benefited from the regular schedule that is helping me turn my workouts into a habit versus a daily decision. The regular intervals set for weighing and measuring also help motivate me to do well, since I know that that day is fast approaching, so I’d better stay on track. I’ve tried the 24 Day Challenge  and had great results, which included learning to eat better by becoming more organized with planning ahead and actually thinking before eating. All of this is helping me become more disciplined, which helps me in all kinds of other areas as well. I’ve also taken advantage of some of the contests that have earned me free and discounted months of boot camp, which is great! I’ve also taken advantage of the info that is sent via regular emails. I’ve tried some of the tips on meal planning, which helped save time and money. I’ve also enjoyed the motivational stories and videos that help me get control of my mental thoughts. This program is not the usual situation where you go to a one hour workout and then you are on your own until the next time you show up. Get You In Shape supports your overall health with all kinds of information and tips on healthy eating, exercising, and mental focus.

6.  How has the Get You in Shape program helped change your life? What are the results that you have achieved from the Get You in Shape program and how have we played a role in your results?

From the Get You In Shape program, I have lost 45 pounds and 44 inches in 6 months! At first I was very embarrassed to exercise in front of others, fearing what they would think since I was extremely overweight. At a support function given by Get You In Shape, called “Women of Strength,” we were discussing issues that affect or mental outlook. I mentioned by embarrassment in the meeting and one of the instructors was so compassionate and helped me change my attitude about that. And, it was surprising to see that others in the group voiced that they had felt the same way at first, but overcame it. I now look forward to “doing” something versus “watching” something. I feel more athletic, and want to use that new strength and energy. I now regularly take the stairs instead of the elevator and walk faster to continue my improvement. I even wrestled with one of my grandkids recently, versus watching them wrestle! This past 4th of July I actually raced my grandkids to the lake (and they were in a car!). They got such a kick out of this, it made me feel so good! I have a whole different outlook, and Get You In Shape’s continuous support, with information, physical activity, and even mental outlook has caused this change.


When I started the program, my desire was for weight loss. But now that I have started accomplishing that, I have realized that the change in the way I feel has been much, much more gratifying! I have started to accomplish something even much more important. I am starting to actually feel good about ME!  That is something that I haven’t felt for a very long time, and sadly, I didn’t realize how badly I actually did feel about myself. When I started accomplishing things that I never thought were possible, I realized that I had been putting restricting labels on myself that had only held me back from being the person that I actually am. Even though people would compliment me on the weight loss, I couldn’t see myself as successful. I was afraid that they would later realize that I was the loser that I felt that I was. I have always had a hard time accepting compliments; I felt that I was this fake that would later be discovered and I would face humiliation. Now, I am learning to stop dreaming about that thinner person I want to be, but to actually be that person, or even a better person than I thought could be possible. This past Thanksgiving, as we were mentioning what we were thankful for, my son gave thanks for his mom, who had gained confidence. I have also heard that my husband constantly brags about me! It doesn’t get better than this! Get You In Shape  has brought about in me is the CHANGE in the way that I see myself.

As far as, why do I think that I should win the Client of the Year contest, I cannot say that I deserve it more than anyone else—everyone works so hard! However, I can say that the changes in me have been so rewarding and I view things in such a better way, which continues to surprise me every day!

 Client of the Year Nominee #5  Jackie Remidez

Client of the Year Nominee #5  Jackie Remidez

Client of the Year Nominee #5  Jackie Remidez

I’m Jackie Remidez; I live in Coppell; it’s December and I’m in my second round of Boot Camp. I spent a few months being scared to join because I was the unhealthiest, weakest, and heaviest I’d ever been in my life. The last couple of years had been filled with personal challenges and I let myself go. My husband suggested I check out what Get You In Shape had to offer. Do a boot camp? HA! That might kill me, right? I was afraid of being too slow, too weak, and too whiny for something like that. I was 100% afraid to fail and be stuck in this unhealthy body forever.

I finally decided to join Get You In Shape because I figured why not…nothing ventured, nothing gained…if it doesn’t kill me, it’ll make me stronger…insert your favorite saying here. But seriously, I wasn’t getting anywhere on my own even though I’d been steadily increasing my physical activity since July. The day before the information session, I made the financial commitment – I paid online and told myself it was only 14 times and then I could quit.

My first week of Boot Camp was surprisingly wonderful. My first personal trainer, Julie, was great at helping me understand what I was supposed to be doing when and how I was supposed to do it right. There were modifications for my weak self for each exercise. The trainers cheered me on – by name – throughout each workout. It was hard work, and I realized even more clearly how weak I was. I also was having a lot of fun! I’d leave with a smile on my face. I’d finally found the right environment for me to get back to myself.

Get You in Shape offers so many support tools to help you be successful, but I was as skeptical about my success with each of them as I was about the Boot Camp itself. I applied the aforementioned “why not” attitude to them and SURPRISE! – the tools helped even more. I took the 24 Day Challenge. I started using my food journal. I added Advocare products to my diet which made keeping my caloric intake in check much easier. I weighed myself regularly. I began to think carefully about what was going in my body and why. And I talked to the pesonal  trainers and to other boot campers a lot.

While I continue to experience physical changes – pounds lost, inches lost everywhere, body fat lost, & strength gained, the change I’m most excited about is my attitude toward my ability to do this! I give myself partial credit for the changes – after all, I’m doing the work – but most of the credit goes to the Get You In Shape team whose support, caring, service, and passion for my success has given me a chance to get healthy again.

Client of the Year Nominee #6  Becky Ratliff

Client of the Year Nominee #6  Becky Ratliff

This is Becky completing the Coppell 5k in May of 2010 benefiting Special Olympics.

1. Basic Information
Beccy Ratliff,
Vice President of The Ratliff Group (otherwise known as the crap master)
Coppell, TX
1 year participant of the Get You In Shape program.

2. Where you were at in your life before Get You In Shape?
I worked out sporadically—-I didn’t work out consistently unless I was training for a specific goal.  My eating habits involved skipping breakfast, large portions for dinner with a glass of wine.

3. Why you decided to join Get You In Shape?
I worked with Cynthia and she always had a positive attitude.  I needed something that would let me work on cardio and strength training.

4. What was your first experience or first impression with Get You In Shape?
All the personal trainers are personable, helpful and patient.  I thought the work outs were tough at the beginning, but I knew I could push myself harder at my own pace.  I like how the trainers worked with us as individuals to make sure we were doing the exercises correctly so we could get the most out of the exercise and not cause injury.

5. What are some of the tools from the Get You In Shape program you have used that has helped you24 Day Challenge and the accountability calendar!  I love both of these!

6. How has the Get You In Shape program helped change your life? What are the results that you have achieved from the Get You In Shape program and how have we played a role in your results? 

When I first started the program I was just going through the motions.  It wasn’t until my father had a heart attack and my son, Thomas, couldn’t fit in the seats at the Texas Rangers that I realized I am living an unhealthy life and I was passing that on to my son!  I came back from taking care of my dad with a new determination and outlook.  I quite drinking caffeine, watched my portions, made sure I had a healthy breakfast, increased my water intake, came to boot camp regularly, did the off-day cardio workouts, used the accountability calendar and jump started my healthy lifestyle with the 24 Day Challenge.  Since the first of October, I have lost eleven pounds, I have more energy and my clothes fit better.  The Get You In Shape staff has been patient as I went through the motions at the beginning and has been encouraging and enthusiastic since I have turned the corner.  Thank you Get You In Shape!

Client of the Year Nominee #7  Bill Keating

Client of the Year Nominee #7  Bill Keating

Bill participating in Push Ups For Charity in April benefiting the Wounded Warrior Project.

Bill participating in Push Ups For Charity in April benefiting the Wounded Warrior Project.

 I am Bill Keating, I am a pilot and manager for American Airlines. I joined Get You In Shape in the summer of ’09. My initial personal  trainer was Julie. I have been involved in fitness for forever. I have been in group and individual trainer classes. Julie was patient and encouraging. The first week was hard, especially the core work but I knew this was the place for me.

I started Get You In Shape bootcamp over a year ago. Rashawn, my partner, wanted to join a bootcamp. I wasn’t sold on the idea. She basically shamed me into joining to give her a partner and some motivation to attend. I needed to get in shape also. I had gained some pounds that I needed to shed and wasn’t getting regular exercise of any kind. So just after we moved to Coppell we joined. By September of last year I was in great shape and I had lost fat pounds. I was well on my way to my goal weight. My son was in a serious and tragic accident September 4th. I spent 5 weeks in the hospital with him, eating poorly, under extreme stress, not sleeping regularly, etc. I had a great base and that carried me but the situation took a toll on my fitness. When I returned home my job stress and hours got quite a bit worse. I had gained back all I lost; it was very discouraging. Brad, Cynthia, Julie and the gang were very encouraging.

I changed positions in April and was creating a new position, defining it and putting in crazy hours. I was able to maintain things through bootcamp although I found that not sleeping enough is a serious detractor from a fitness regimen. Yes, I know Brad has told us that and I knew it from many sources. There was not a lot I could do about that at the time.

Rashawn has had to drop out because of her school work schedule. I have had periods, especially during the OCT/NOV budget, benchmarking cycle, where making one workout a week was an extreme effort. I have not been able to get back on the 05;30 schedule I was on a year ago, despite my best intentions. Through it all Brad, Cynthia and the gang are supportive, very tolerant of my late arrivals and encouraging every time I am present. I have struggled through a strained calf muscle, serious shin splints and a strained groin muscle along with a persistent sinus infection last October. I travel frequently and that requires me to miss classes. I can always pick up at whatever level I return and get a great workout among great people.

My favorite piece of equipment is the foam roller. I forget about using it for as many situations as I need it for but it has helped my flexibility quite a bit. Get You In Shape has improved my flexibility and tone, my running style (heel strike to mid foot) and has helped my hip flexors to loosen up. I sit quite a bit in my job as a pilot and manager. It is a struggle to keep my flexors loose. I have made great strides in that area along with my hamstrings. My strength and stamina are higher and my stress level is lower. I want to eat better just to keep from pulling my workouts down. Overall joining Get You In Shape has been one of the best decisions I have made in several years and I have never regretted it after I have caught my breath!

Client of the Year Nominee #8  Chiffon Okuda

Client of the Year Nominee #8  Chiffon Okuda

Client of the Year Nominee #8  Chiffon Okuda

Basic Information

Chiffon Okuda R.N Geriatric case manager for Parkland Hospital. I live in Lewisville TX and have been in Boot for almost 2 years

2. Where you were at in your life before Get You In Shape?

Before Boot I was close to 30 lbs overweight, (although I did spin classes off and on) and attempting to manage my poor sleeping and chronic pain from Rheumatoid Arthritis.

3. Why did you decide to join Get You In Shape? My brother Gray (see Gray’s story below) had begun boot and challenged me to try it.

4. What was your first experience or first impression with Get You In Shape? Crazy! I signed up for the “don’t gain weight during holidays 5 day a week boot camp”. (This may have been my idiocy showing if it weren’t for sibling rivalry) So I bit the bullet and took my pain pills and worked my butt off 5 days a week and lost 8 lbs in 3 weeks. The trainers were great motivators and managed as if we were all being  “personally trained”  even though we were a group. And last but not least, I proved with their help, I could do more than my younger brother!

5. What are some of the tools from the Get You In Shape program you have used that has helped you? Using a food diary to track my eating,  going to the women of strength support group, reading the recipes, videos and ideas the trainers and other members use to be successful.

6. How has the Get You In Shape program helped change your life. It changed my life in obvious ways: 25 lb weight loss, less pain in my joints, improved sleep, and the most important of all: saved my younger brother’s life. He never worked out, was way overweight, sedentary, dipped tobacco and had many other bad habits that could have done him in.  I feared he would have his first heart attack before age 45. Now since joining boot, he is bad habit free, out running in races, trim and in great cardiovascular health.  He is finally surpassing me in his fitness goals, and I no longer fear the worst, losing my favorite brother.

Finally, after 24 months I have added so much more in my personal and professional life. I have added multitudes of boot camp friends, now running in 5Ks with my brother, and can nearly do everything most folks can do that don’t have arthritis. In addition I have learned so much from all the advise and training that I’ve decided ( in the future )   to become a part time  personal trainer for people of special populations in my field ( I.e. the elderly, and folks with rheumatoid and other types of arthritis and medical conditions).  I just completed my NFPT fitness nutrition certification and am starting my CPT course in January. Later in the year I hope to also become a “restorative Yoga instructor” to incorporate into my future career aspirations.

Client of the Year Nominee #9   Gray Kinney

Client of the Year Nominee #9   Gray Kinney

Client of the Year Nominee #9   Gray Kinney

Basic Information

    • Gray Kinney
    • Application Support Engineer for Rapp
    • Live in North Lewisville
    • I have been in the Get You In Shape  program 2 years 1 month.

Where you were at in your life before Get You In Shape?

    • Before Get You In Shape, I think I was headed to an early grave. I was fooling myself thinking that I was doing just fine, eating out 4 times a week, drinking beer all the time and just sitting on my backside doing nothing.

Why you decided to join Get You In Shape?

    • I decided to join because I needed to try a different approach to getting out of the bad habits. I had joined a gym, but that did not last, and frankly I had no idea what I was doing. Going 1 or 2 times a week and jogging for 20 minutes was not doing anything for me. I soon lost interest and quit. Personally, I need a group atmosphere to keep me motivated.

What was your first experience or first impression with Get You In Shape?

    • My first thought was that I would never be able to do the exercises, but I was put at ease real quick when I got the personal attention from the personal trainers of Get You In Shape that I needed to start out. They all were patient, funny and knowledgeable.

What are some of the tools from the Get You In Shape program you have used that has helped you?

    • I think the attention to what I eat is the most important. I’m reminded all the time that you need to be careful of what you eat and how much. I drink an Advocare Muscle Gain shake every morning and have my snacks during the day to keep from stuffing myself at lunch or dinner.

How has the Get You In Shape program helped change your life. What are the results that you have achieved from the Get You In Shape program and how have we played a role in your results.

    • Stress relief. Get You In Shape takes stress away from me every time I work out. I feel great, refreshed and proud of my accomplishments. I feel great every time I look in the mirror and it just makes me smile. And my arms look pretty good too!
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