Client Of The Year 2013 Voting

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Nov 27

Get You In Shae Client of the Year Voting Page

Please help us choose choose our Client of the Year. Get You In Shape is giving away of $3,200 in prizes and awards and need YOUR HELP in determining the winner.
All of the nominee’s deserve to win. They shared their own personal TRANSFORMATION and their OWN JOURNEY.  Each story is sure to help MOTIVATE and INSPIRE you. We ask that you take some time this this weekend to read each story and help vote who you think deserves to win. Again, we understand that each of these nominees have already won but we do need to choose one winner.

Here is What is At Stake and why we need your VOTE!

Grand Prize – $500 CASH and SIX Free Months of the Get You In Shape Fitness program (up to a $1134 Value).  As an additional incentive, we are throwing in SIX Free Months of our Get You In Shape program. Altogether, 1st place prize wins over $1,600 is prizes!

Runner Up $100 CASH + 3 Free Months of GYIS Fitness ($657 Value). 2nd Place wins more than $800 in Prizes!

3rd Place – $100 + Free Month of GYIS Fitness ($249 Value) 3rd Place wins more than $400 in Prizes!

Rookie of the Year – $100 + Free Month of GYIS Fitness ($249 Value) Rookie of the Year wins $400 in Prizes!

Client of the Year Nominee #1 Leigh Walker

My name is Leigh Walker, I live in Coppell, and I have been in the GYIS program for 9 months.

Where you were at in your life before Get You In Shape? What did your life look like?
I was considered borderline obese, I was frustrated and sad and felt like I would never be able to lose weight.  And if I did lose a few pounds, I was pretty sure I would just gain in back.  I was randomly trying to work out at the gym and not really getting any results.  I had gone from liking my body-during my pregnancies, I was just amazed at what my body was doing-that it could grow these babies!  But before Get You In Shape, I was beginning to feel like my body was working against me-that it didn’t matter what I did, I was never going to lose weight.

Why you decided to join Get You In Shape?

I wanted to change my body, and I thought Get You In Shape was a good start.  It was my 40th birthday, so it seemed like a good time to try and change my life.

What was your first experience or first impression with Get You In Shape?
I was a little shy, but never intimidated.  The trainers were wonderful, and after the first week, I already felt better about myself.

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

The 6 Week Challenge has absolutely been amazing.  I was too shy to do the first Biggest Winner Challenge when I first joined-I thought I should just focus on going to class.  And then the  Biggest Winner Challenge looked really fun, and I regretted not doing it.  So when they announced the 6 Week Challenge, I was really excited!  Without a doubt, the camaraderie, accountability, and  support I have gotten from my team and Get You In Shape community have helped me reach some of my hardest fitness goals.

I also really like the Perfect Attendance recognition and prizes.  It motivates me to not miss!

I also did the 10 Day Cleanse, which was pretty much fabulous.  I lost 6 pounds, and doing the cleanse bumped me off my plateau and made me refocus on my nutrition.  I just can’t believe I am still losing weight!

The Get You In Shape facebook page and posts have inspired me-the recipes, tips, and pictures of other people’s healthy meals have helped me so much.

Get You In Shape Cardio Club!  I was absolutely petrified of Cardio Club when I first tried it.  I thought that it would be too hard and that I wouldn’t be able to keep up with everyone else.  I shouldn’t have been scared-just like Boot Camp, everyone was so supportive, and the workouts are planned so that everyone can go at their own pace.  I can’t believe I have come to enjoy running!

And of course, the Get You In Shape trainers. These wonderful, beautiful, fit people that have walked with me all the way on my weight-loss/fitness journey. They are so helpful, authentic, knowledgeable and amazing examples of healthy and fit people.

What do you like most about the Get You In Shape Program ?
Wow, there are so many things!  First, I love working out outside.  And that is saying something, since we worked out during the heat of the summer and now the wind of the fall.  I feel so connected to nature and the seasons.  Does that sound silly?  Working out outside is just good for my soul.  I just don’t think I could ever go back to an elliptical or treadmill inside of a gym.

I love the people.  I knew everyone would be nice, but I didn’t realize how much working out in a community would help me.  First of all, I enjoy seeing the people in my class-it is a community of friends.  And then seeing other people transform their bodies!  It has been just amazing to see the people around me lose weight and get fit.  And everyone is so supportive and encouraging!

And I love the workouts.  There is a little bit of everything.  And I like how the workouts change every month-it keeps it interesting.
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How has the Get You In Shape program helped change your life?
Well, I am at my lowest weight in a decade.  In a decade!  Since before I was pregnant with my 9 year old.  I never thought when I started 9 months ago, that I would actually lose this much weight.

I am almost ready to call myself a runner. 🙂

Before GYIS, I thought it would be great if I could run a 5K:  now, I just decided to run a half marathon in February.

I am not sad and frustrated with my body.  I don’t grimace when I see pictures or catch a glimpse of myself in a window.  I feel like myself again.  Wow.  My eyes just kind of teared up.  I hadn’t really thought about it like that.  I feel so grateful to Get You In Shape for making this happen.  I don’t think I thought I would ever really like my body again.  And now I feel like I can reach any fitness goal I set for myself.

What is your proudest moment or results from the Get You in Shape program?
I was having my blood pressure taken at that cardiologist fair/expo, and the person taking my blood pressure said, “Wow.  Your blood pressure is very good.”  And then she said, “Oh, it’s because you are an athlete.”
And I was shocked.  I haven’t thought of myself as an athlete since high school, and I definitely don’t think I’ve looked athletic in quite a while.  So that was just this amazing, unexpected moment where I realized I really have changed my body-on the inside and out.

How has the Get You In Shape Program impacted other areas of your life?
I’ve made new friends, which I love.  I feel more connected to my Coppell community, which is wonderful.  For example, just this weekend, I was running at the park with another friend and passed another Get You In Shape client, Paul and Stella dog, out walking.  Just that little “Hey, great job, don’t stop!”  from Paul was just this positive little interaction.  I love that happening around town.  I love being a part of this healthy, supportive fitness community.

What are the results that you have achieved from the Get You In Shape program and how has Get You In Shape played a role in your results?
First of all, my results are because of the Get You in Shape program.
I lost 10% of my body weight in the first 6 months of starting GYIS.

I am continuing to lose weight-25 pounds and counting.
I’ve lost over 12 inches so far.
I am at my lowest weight for 10 years.  A decade!!  Since before I got pregnant with my second child, who is now 9!
My blood pressure is good (95/75).  This is saying something, since I was on bedrest for the last month of my pregnancy with my last baby with high blood pressure.
I have shaved almost 3 minutes off my mile time.  When I started, I had to run/walk the mile.  Now my 5K pace is faster than my beginning mile pace.
I can run 6 miles. I have never been able to do that in my life.
I am happier, healthier and more confident.  That might sound like a cliche, but it is so true!  Thank you Get You In Shape!!

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Client of the Year Nominee #2 Stan Guinn


I’m Stan Guinn. I own a small technology consulting firm in Lewisville. We handle support, sales and maintenance on computers, servers, networks, and IP/SIP phone systems. I am happily married to Jan and between us we have three daughters and five grandkids. I’ve lived in Texas pretty much all my life. Currently live in Highland Village near Lewisville Lake. I started Get You In Shape in January of 2013 by cashing in a Groupon. I sat out February and realized I actually really missed coming to the Get You In Shape Boot Camp sessions. So I  started back the first of March.

Where you were at in your life before Get You In Shape? What did your life look like?
Before Get You In Shape I was suffering from all the normal old age syndromes. I was overweight. My stamina was nominal, strength was minimal. Walking any distance was a challenge. Health check-ups at my doctor’s wasn’t going well. He was highly encouraging me to lose weight and get more exercise.

Why did you decide to join Get You In Shape?
I had been working with my doctor attempting several approaches to help me lose weight and get in better shape for health reasons. I saw a Groupon for a free month and thought it looked like a great opportunity to get in shape. He told me about how the Boot Camp worked. About the importance of accountability, having goals, and having support to accomplish those goals. I agreed with him, so I decided to sign up.

What was your first experience or first impression with Get You In Shape?
I was very excited from the very first session. I felt Get You In Shape was exactly what I needed to keep me focused and motivated to accomplish my goals. The trainers were all supportive and encouraging.  Their positive, “Can Do” attitude was inspiring and motivating. The other Get You In Shape boot campers were all so friendly and helpful. I really wasn’t very good at many of the exercises at first and I can’t express enough how much I appreciated everyone’s patience and support.
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What are some of the tools from the Get You In Shape program you have used that has helped you?

The favorite tool both my wife and I started using at Brad’s recommendation was the myfitnesspal.com web and mobile apps. Learning about the amount of calories in various foods and how to make decisions about the calories I want to consume for any particular day was an incredible eye opener. I feel more in control of my diet than ever before. I found the Get You In Shape blog to be a valuable source of health and nutrition information, as well as a great source of motivation from success stories. Seeing all the other campers working hard and enjoying boot camp on Facebook has been priceless. More than any of that, the support, caring and inspiration of everyone involved with the Get You In Shape boot camp, trainers, other boot campers, Brad and Cynthia, has been the most valuable part of the Get You In Shape boot camp experience.

What do you like most about the Get You In Shape Program?
I’ve tried several approaches to lose weight and get healthy. Health clubs I tended to lose interest in after a few months. Workout videos were fun. About half way through one I find myself sitting on the couch eating ice cream cheering the trainer on..”you go guy, I’ll catch up to you in a minute”. Walks around the neighborhood were good. Doing anything is better than doing nothing. But now, in retrospect, I can see how I am capable of so much more. And that’s what sets GYIS ahead and apart from other programs. The structure, support, and motivation to be accountable encouraged me to push myself to accomplish more.

How has the Get You In Shape program helped change your life? How has the Get You In Shape Program impacted other areas of your life?
The biggest change for me has been a change to more health choices. One major hurdle to overcome was changing ingrained habits. Out of habit at lunch time, I would go to Wendy’s and order a ½ pound double meat burger with cheese and a large fries. As I started to adjust my life style, I would still order all that, but only eat half of it. Then I realized I was only ordering it out of “habit”. So I changed the habit. First I stared ordering smaller portions. I started ordering fruit cups instead of fries. Then I realized I didn’t need to go to Wendy’s at all. I was going there out of habit. So I began looking around and that opened up a whole new world to me that I hadn’t seen because I was living so much of my life through habits. One day recently I said, “Look at those umbrellas in front of that restaurant”. My wife said, “They’ve always been there”. But I had never noticed. That restaurant wasn’t on my list on habits, so it didn’t get noticed. Now, I’m  challenging habits. And I am waking up each day in a whole new world.  In order to get healthy and stay healthy, we have to make changes.  I’ve been amazed by how rewarding the “process” of change has been.

What is your proudest moment or results from the Get You in Shape program?
My proudest moment was in the middle of a mile run when I realized I could actually take control of my life. I can exercise and eat right. I can make the life style changes, get healthy and stay healthy.

What are the results that you have achieved from the Get You In Shape program and how has Get You In Shape played a role in your results?
I have achieved many positive results and health benefits from my experience at the Get You In Shape Boot Camp. Since I started full time in Feb., I’ve lost a total of 33lbs. and about 17inches. I’m the smallest I have been since I graduated high school.

The first time I ran a mile at Get You In Shape, it took me 18:59 to get through it. And I can’t express enough my appreciation to the trainers for waiting for me so I could actually have a time to record. My most recent mile was 10:44. At my age, 63, that’s pretty incredible that I can run a mile at all. Much less that I did it in sub 11 time. The first time I tried to run a 5k, I pulled something in my leg and could hardly walk for a month. Now I regularly run 3 miles in times as low as 35 mins.

Before boot camp, my fasting blood sugar in the morning was averaging 105-110, pre-diabetes range. Now it’s 82-85, normal.

My pants size has dropped from 40-42in waist down to a 34in waist. I can now shop at Target and walk around the store normal and upright without leaning on the cart like it was a walker. I have the strength and stamina to mow my lawn. And best of all, my wife thinks I’m hot.

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Client of the Year Nominee #3 Karen Hunt


I am Karen Hunt and I am a wife, mom, the Market President at Frost Bank in Coppell, volunteer and Mayor of the fair City of Coppell.  We have lived in Coppell for about 17 years.  Originally from Fargo, North Dakota, I attended Southern Methodist University and never went back.

Where you were at in your life before Get You In Shape? What did your life look like?
I seemed to be gaining 10 pounds each decade and I had to stop the madness.  For years, I was walking every day with our dog and thinking I was “active”.  Realistically, it was not enough to make a dent.  I tried a couple of fad diets – it did not stick. My clothes did not fit well – I was choosing baggy clothes (I called them “comfortable”). I had little core or upper body strength.  I did not sleep well. Letting others dictate my menus – My eating habits were poor nearly every day.

Why you decided to join Get You In Shape?
Ultimately, my friend and neighbor, Julie McCan, was a strong influence.  Watching her growing passion for the program and her success made me want to try it….but there was always something that was my excuse.  I broke my wrist.  I twisted my ankle.  My schedule was too hectic to commit…. I was still using excuses.

Becoming a “public figure”, my picture was everywhere.  I did not like what I saw. This realization, along with the fact I saw my mother at her grandchild’s wedding, made me think…… Am I going to see my potential grandchildren get married?  What do I need to change in my life? The time for change was now.

What was your first experience or first impression with Get You In Shape?
The first day – I felt very welcomed.  Trainers and participants were helpful and encouraging. During the first couple of weeks, just getting through a workout was tough.  BUT being a bit competitive, I wanted to keep up with those around me.  My muscles were sore and generally kinda miserable after.  When I had the excuse of missing a workout due to an early morning meeting, I took it.  After about two months though, I found myself moving the meetings to a different day or a bit later so I could do both.  I was hooked – my day seems incomplete when I have to miss.

What are some of the tools from the Get You In Shape program you have used that has helped you?
For me the best tools are the trainers.  They are each knowledgeable, caring and helpful.  Have a question – Ask it!! Whether it is “which muscle is suppose to feel this exercise” or “can you help me with an overall routine”, they are ready, willing and able to assist. Julie McCan has been a great help to me to work on additional flexibility, giving me options for nutrition tracking and more than encouragement  in the area of “learning how to run”.

What do you like most about the Get You In Shape Program?
The support from your fellow participants, the subtle challenges to push yourself to the next level and the celebration of success – the relationships that you form makes Get You In Shape unique and addicting.
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How has the Get You In Shape program helped change your life?
I react well to consistency, accountability and being challenged. Starting my day with the workout gets me focused and places me on tract.  Being able to increase the intensity as I am comfortable gives me a sense of accomplishment.  I have become more curious as to the “why” of how I feel.  I pay attention and have sought additional nutrition information about what my body may need.  The knowledge allow the changes in physical routine and dietary supplements easier.

What is your proudest moment or results from the Get You in Shape program?
Surprisingly for me, my proudest moment was when I re-upped for another year.  I made it a full year and I wanted to continue for another to see my progress this time next year.  After the fact, I was very proud that I recognized these activities as a foundation for my journey to a healthier me.

How has the Get You In Shape Program impacted other areas of your life?
Because I have this 5:30-6:30 routine, I am paying attention to all areas of my life.  Balance is important to me.

What are the results that you have achieved from the Get You In Shape program and how has Get You In Shape played a role in your results?
Uncertain of how to develop a concrete goal, my original and overriding goal was to be healthier at the end of the year that I was at the beginning of the year.  This overriding goal is most important to me because it is an on-going goal.  There will always be something I can do better.

For this year – Yes, I lost pounds in the first several months but the real success is that I FEEL better.  My clothes fit better – I am actually pinning up about an inch in my work slacks until I can get them altered.  I now sleep better and my energy levels are pretty constant throughout the day.  I feel stronger – I see come muscle definition in arms and legs.  Just a few measured specifics:

Pounds lost:          12
Inches lost:            13.25
                        First Attempt                  Best
the mile                 13:28                      10:14
Hurdles                    35                           48
Pull Ups                   20 knees bent      31 straight legs
Air Squats               30                           35 deeper
            I can actually DO a sumo squat now
Push Ups                18 knees               25 toes

Another HUGE for me is “learning how to run”.  I reluctantly took the challenge of Cardio Club for the three month trial. I was nervous and uneasy about it.  Running does not intimidate me anymore – There is not a person on this earth that would describe me as a speed demon but my endurance is increasing and my recovery time is much shorter.  Let’s see if I can break 10 minutes by year end……..always another milestone to reach.

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Client of the Year Nominee #4 Lotta Meyer


My name is Lise-Lott Meyer but most know me as Lotta. I’m a registered nurse specialized in electrophysiology and a figure skating coach. I’m married to Mark (also a fellow boot camper). In a few months we will have been together for 27 years and we have three kids 19, 17 and 12. We moved to Coppell 4 years ago from Sweden.

The last years in Sweden I had started gaining a lot of weight and I had several health issues. After moving to the U.S. and discovering the convenience of fast food and using the car to go everywhere it got even worse quickly. I don’t remember how we found out about the Get You In Shape boot camp but luckily we did! We first joined in the spring of 2010. The whole family was going to the Get You In Shape boot camp that summer. Even our kids who were used to very hard figure skating on and off ice training thought they got a seriously good workout. This is when I did my first 24 day Challenge. I saw really good results real fast and started losing weight and gaining strength. Unfortunately I got sick and I was told not to continue working out so I stopped going. Big mistake! I should have just modified everything and gone just to go and get out of the house. Instead I did no training and gained back all the weight and some more. I was in constant pain and on all kinds of medications. I did get a little bit better and started a new job in Dallas. The 8 hour work days turned into 16 hours every day and we never had lunch breaks but always catered unhealthy food to grab when you ran by. I knew I was in bad shape and constantly gaining but not until I happened to see a photo of myself that a family member had taken did I realize I needed to change.

I started working out on my own using what I had learned from Get You In Shape before and got out my 24 day challenge cookbook. I used Advocare shakes when I could not eat lunch at work and started cooking healthy meals when at home. First I saw fast results but then it slowed down. I knew I needed more accountability and the group feeling that I missed from the Get You In Shape community to keep me motivated. I decided to go back to the Get You In Shape boot camp even if my work made me miss many workouts. After just one workout I could tell how different it was to challenge your muscles in a new way instead of always doing the same routine at the gym. I love the Get You In Shape community, family feeling that I get when I’m at the Get You In Shape boot camp. The first day I returned to Get You In Shape boot camp I immediately felt welcomed back and the trainers remembered me and my family by names even. It made it feel very personal and welcoming. I also really like that the workouts are right for everyone no matter what fitness level you are at the moment, because if you keep going your fitness level will change. The trainers can help you modify your workout if you need to for any reason and they can help you make it harder to push yourself to your limits if that’s what you want.

After rejoining Get You In Shape I also got committed to the Advocare 24 Day Challenge program and had great results both in the numbers (weight and measurements) and how I felt. I have never felt better emotionally and physically at the same time. I’m now pretty much at my goal weight and I’m feeling confident that with the help of Get You In Shape and my new life style I will be able to maintain. I use every challenge and contest they do as a tool to continue to keep myself accountable and to not forget it’s not a temporary fix but a lifelong lifestyle choice. Everybody at the Get You In Shape boot camp is very encouraging and is quick to give compliments. There is no feeling of jealousy when someone is having good results instead everyone shares the joy of a fellow boot campers good results whether it is on the scale or a new mile time.
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Being part of the Get You In Shape community have changed my life in so many ways that I almost feel silly to list them all. Basically I was feeling really bad about myself and had no confidence and now I’m feeling better than I ever have. I have met some really nice people at the Get You In Shape boot camp that I’m proud to call my friends. Recently when my son asked me if I wished I was younger I could honestly tell him “No, I feel great being closer to 50 than 40 and way better than I ever felt in my 20’s”.

My proudest “Get You In Shape moment” was when I completed my first swim lesson that Get You In Shape trainer Julie McCan arranged to get a group of us ready for a triathlon sprint race. The week before the first swim lesson she took time to meet me at the pool to help me get my face under water. Before then I had only swam breast stroke with my face over the water surface. I’m still far from a swimmer but I’m confident enough to take part in the triathlon Sprints, something I had always wanted to do but never done because I was such a bad swimmer. Now I know I can continue to learn and become a better swimmer and I can enjoy the tri races. Of course reaching my goal weight and getting comments and questions about how good I look now also feels pretty good, but nothing feels better than just not feeling bad anymore. I love sharing what has helped me reach my goals and hope I can help others reach their goals.

Other ways that it has affected my life is that I now feel more confident teaching on the ice again when I can move easier and I’m proud of what I have accomplished. I started coaching more and decided to take a break from my nursing job so I would have more time to concentrate on my health and fitness.

I feel that I owe a huge part of the success of me reaching my fitness goals to “Get you in Shape”. Without them I would never been sitting here confident enough to be writing about how good I feel after loosing 50 lbs and becoming fit and confident enough to do triathlons. Thank you, Brad, Cynthia and all the amazing trainers at “Get you in Shape”. And last but not least I want to say thank you to my husband Mark who always supports me along the way.

 

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Client of the Year Nominee #5 Darla Jo Manning

My name is Darla Jo Manning.  I live in Coppell with my husband and teenage son, and I work full-time at a desk job in my home.  My get-healthy journey started in November, 2006.  I was in my mid-40’s and wanted to get fit before 50.  I joined a women’s fitness class right before Thanksgiving.  I lost a few pounds, started a diet and then in March, 2007, I had a devastating setback.  My colon perforated, I had to have emergency surgery and two more surgeries over the next year or so.  A couple of years later, I started getting serious about my health goals again.  I bought a bicycle and started riding a little farther and a little farther each day.  In June, I had an accident and broke my ankle very badly.  I had surgery in June and another in August.  In September, I started taking my first steps without crutches.  I also started a very strict diet.  If I could lose weight, it would be easier on my ankle.  In October, the colon perforated again.  I had three more abdominal surgeries over the next 15 months.

At various times through those years, I started counting calories or joined the Y or walked the dogs.  I tried things on my own to lose weight and get healthy, but it was always one step forward and one step back.  I had one month of Get You In Shape boot camp in 2008, but had to stop because of an injury.

In April, this year, I got an email from Brad.  “Darla Jo, we miss you”… It mentioned a 28-day Kick Start Program and “personal training in a group environment”.  “Personal” is exactly what I needed.  After six abdominal surgeries, a broken ankle and two surgeries for that over a 5 year period, I felt like there were so many injuries, scars and weaknesses in my body that I did not know how to fix it on my own.  I was overweight, tired and struggling to keep up.  I truly needed advice, guidance and someone who would show me how to work with what I had.  I wanted to be stronger and to feel better.  At the client consultation meeting, I told the Get You In Shape trainers, “not only is my body broken, but my head is too.  I feel like every time I start trying to get fit, something devastating happens to me.”  I was afraid to start, but I was also excited.

At that meeting, Brad recommended MyFitness Pal for food and exercise tracking.  I downloaded it immediately and have logged every meal every day since.  I love it.  It has truly changed the way my husband and I manage our nutrition.  It is easy to find nutrition information for almost everything I’ve searched for.  It keeps a running total all day long.  It helps me make decisions about how much I want to use for a serving so I can plan as I go and I can see that bottom line number at a glance.

The first few weeks of the Get You In Shape boot camp were very difficult and a joy at the same time.  I really enjoyed the encouragement from both the trainers and the other Get You In Shape boot camp participants.  I had trouble with certain movements because my ankle doesn’t work right.  The trainers would always offer advice on how to do the exercise with good form but slight modifications.   I came home exhausted, but that exhausted feeling only lasted a couple of weeks.  Soon, I noticed I would get home from boot camp and still feel great and ready to tackle something else.  Seeing such a big improvement in such a short time really fueled my desire to keep working.

In June, I was offered the opportunity to visit Get You In Shape Cardio Club.  Just try it out.  “Run?  Ha ha, I can’t run.  The ankle doctor told me so.”  But, I could walk.

After that first visit, I joined the next week. I was so proud the first time I jogged past the lake and then again when I ran a whole mile without stopping.  I was ecstatic when I got my first three “mile bands” all at once.  Now, I can run for three miles without stopping.  Who knows how far I will be able to go next year.
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It is hard for me to choose a favorite tool or benefit of the program.  There are several that all work together.  The trainers are awesome in so many ways.  Myfitnesspal helps me out with my nutrition.  Boot camp and cardio club are making me stronger and more flexible and they burn calories so I can eat and lose weight.  When I have to skip a boot camp for travel or illness, I really do miss it.  There have been a variety of challenges offered and those always keep things interesting and provide an added motivation:  24-Day Challenge, Arm or Squats challenges, team and individual challenges.

The Get You In Shape program has changed my life in many ways.  I have new confidence, new energy and new optimism.  I feel like I’m part of a fitness community and I love that.  I have new friends I enjoy and who I would not have met otherwise.

I’m very proud of the results I’ve achieved since starting in April.

I’ve committed to journaling my food as a way of staying on track with my nutrition and the calories in/out.

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When I started, I was not able to run all the way around the block.  Now, I can run three miles.
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I’ve lost 34.5 pounds and over  24 inches.

 

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Client of the Year Nominee #6 Hal Armstrong


I’m Hal Armstrong and I’m a small business loan underwriter for JP Morgan Chase Bank.  I live in Coppell, TX and have been in the Get You In Shape program for 9 months since February 2013

Where you were at in your life before Get You In Shape? What did your life look like?
Health-wise, I knew it was time to take some action to at least begin to lose some weight and improve my health, fitness, and nutrition after years of doing little to no exercise and eating whatever and whenever I wanted.  My doctor had been telling me for the last few years that I needed to lose weight and while my intentions to do so were good, I didn’t really seriously follow through with his admonitions.  I was just more discouraged with myself at every annual physical.

Why you decided to join Get You In Shape?

I had seen Get You In Shape participants working out at Andy Brown Park in Coppell in the past as well as having seen their advertisements on cars around town, etc.  I even remember getting their printed material at the Coppell 4th of July parade in 2012 and thinking that it would be a good program to join.  So, of course, being a procrastinator, I didn’t start investigating the program until 6 months later in January 2013.  I knew  I had to do something if I wanted to lose weight since I lacked motivation to really do anything myself.

What was your first experience or first impression with Get You In Shape?
The first few sessions were a slap in the face to me and a wake up call.  I could barely do any of the exercises at all, much less the number of repetition the others in the class were doing.  Some exercises I couldn’t do at all because of lack of endurance, strength, and flexibility.  I must say after the first week I was in some pretty significant pain (not just soreness) as my unused muscles, tendons and ligaments were screaming at me.  I knew the only way it was going to stop hurting was to either quit then or keep going.  I probably would have quit had not the trainers been so encouraging to do what I could.  I also came to the conclusion that my doing something, regardless of the amount or intensity was better than doing nothing.  I was also inspired by the other participants who were working really hard as well but were not at all judgmental.  I saw them struggling and sweating as well and the fact that they kept showing up morning after morning gave me motivation.  I knew they were hurting and sore too so there is some camaraderie in that shared feeling.
One of the most helpful things with Get You In Shape has been the way I have been treated by the trainers.  It was surprising that the folks knew me by name and would greet me at every session.  Their direction has always been encouraging and I have never felt embarrassed for what I couldn’t do.  I feel that their personal touch probably has made a huge impact on my success and desire to keep coming back to see if I could do better.

Hal Before After  Picture 600What are some of the tools from the Get You In Shape program you have used that has helped you?
I think the ability to go at whatever pace I could do initially helped a lot.  As I improved over time, I was able to do more and actually keep up with the class.  The different exercises were confusing at first but the trainers took the time to patiently explain the exercise and correct my bad form.  I also think I benefited from the number of different exercises from week to week as it kept the sessions interesting.

What do you like most about the Get You In Shape Program ?
I like the flexibility in the program knowing it is whatever you want it to be.  By that I mean it is flexible to whatever goals you set for yourself and the trainers are always encouraging you to try to attain your goals.  Within the program the trainers are the key as far as I’m concerned.  Without their support I wouldn’t have been able to attain the results I have.  Anyone can get a list of exercises to do and buy their own slam balls but it wouldn’t be as nearly as effective as having trainers to lead a group and keep things organized and moving while also motivating you. I also like that there are all levels of participants and I don’t feel like I’m a second class citizen when I’m around the more accomplished athletes.  It truly is for everybody. Getting to see familiar faces and people who I’m lucky enough to call friends has really been a blessing to me.

How has the Get You In Shape program helped change your life?
I’ve been able to improve my fitness and am able to do a lot of things I didn’t think I was capable of doing.   That has not only helped me physically but also mentally as my confidence is definitely higher. I’ve improved my lifestyle as far as eating and exercising.  Due to my weight loss, my health has also improved.

What is your proudest moment or results from the Get You in Shape program?
A. The day I was able to run a mile the whole way was a giant accomplishment for me.  I remember being so happy I was able to do that.  The first week I started, as part of a warm up, we had to run to the bridge and back.  No big deal, I thought until I started fading about halfway to the bridge.  I had to walk coming back and felt really bad about myself.  The first time we ran the mile for time, I walked more than half of it and was spent at the end.  So running the whole mile was such a confidence builder for me.

B. One of the goals I set for myself at the beginning was being able to run a 5K in an event. Get You In Shape personal trainer, Kristi, was encouraging me when I set that goal and said “you can totally do that.”  The initial confidence she expressed in me was great.   I was finally able to do that which was extremely satisfying, especially knowing where I came from.  My wife and son were there to support me and after I finished I saw Chaney and Kathy who were finishing up a Saturday session.  I was so happy and giddy as a school girl.

C. At some point during the process of losing weight and showing some results, my children told me at separate times that they were proud of me.  I will always remember them saying that. I really never would have imagined ever hearing that, it was truly touching.  Those of you with teen age and college age children will understand.

How has the Get You In Shape Program impacted other areas of your life?
It may seem like a little thing to most people but I really like the feeling that my clothes aren’t incredibly tight.  I also really like the ability to buy clothes without having to keep increasing sizes and feeling embarrassed when I realize that I’ve gone up in size.

What are the results that you have achieved from the Get You In Shape program and how has Get You In Shape played a role in your results?

I was tired of the way I looked, upset that my clothes fit so tight, and a little afraid and frustrated that my health was in a borderline diabetic situation.  I thought I needed to try SOMETHING because what I was doing (or not doing) was making no difference.  So I thought I’d at least give Get You In Shape a try for at least 90 days to see if there could be any changes.

As hard as I was working, I wasn’t seeing a lot of results initially but wasn’t sure what to exactly expect or how quickly.  I kept telling myself that I’d made a commitment to do this at least 90 days and see how it worked out.  In the first month I lost 6 pounds which was quite an achievement as far as I was concerned.  It had been quite a while since I’d lost any weight at all so it gave me more motivation to stick with it.  About this time I started the Advocare 24 day challenge to see how that would work, especially in conjunction with GYIS.  Changing my nutrition was really a catalyst as I was able to see more results in my weight as well as how my clothes fit.  After 2 months of Get You In Shape and a month of the Advocare and nutrition change, I had lost 18 pounds.    The results were very uplifting for me mentally, since I had entered the program with a lot of misgivings and uneasiness.   Also I was able to do more during the sessions, being able to do some of the exercises that I couldn’t do at all and do more repetitions than what I was able to do initially.  In August I started going to Cardio Club to try to improve my stamina, get me over a fitness plateau and prepare me better for my goal of doing a 5K in October.  Cardio Club has really upped my fitness and improved my running ability and stamina.
I’m now at the 9 month mark.  I’ve lost over 50 pounds and over 24 inches.  I went to my annual physical recently and my doctor was very pleased with what I’ve accomplished and has taken me off the cholesterol medicine I was on, decreased the blood pressure medicine to half of what was prescribed, and will probably be completely off all cholesterol and blood pressure medications in 3 more months.  I was shocked when the doctor said this since I assumed I would be on these medications for the rest of my life.  So I feel better, I look better, my body is healthier, and my mental health and confidence is high.  I know none of that would have happened had I not joined Get You In Shape 9 months ago, pure and simple.  On top of that, I’ve got to meet and know a lot of new people (trainers and campers) that I’m lucky enough to consider friends.  I don’t know what more I or anyone else could ever ask for in a program.

 

 

Who Are We, Why You Should Listen To US, And How Can We Help YOU??

Get You In Shape was started in 2006 by Brad Linder. Fast forward to today, Get You In Shape is the most popular, most talked about, and most results-driven fitness program in the Dallas, TX area and in Coppell, TX. Since 2007, Get You In Shape has helped over 5000 participants in our nutrition services and fitness programs. Group Fitness Boot Camps and the Advocare 24 Day Challenge are the two most popular programs that Get You in Shape offers.  Get You In Shape also offers Corporate Wellness and Fitness Programs and also private personal training.

To date, the Get You In Shape program has produced amazing results. Over 6,800 inches and over 2,800 pounds lost! As leaders in the fitness and nutrition arena, Get You In Shape helps each client reach their health and fitness goals through different means to help encourage and motivate each client to reach their goals.

Get You In Shape has been featured on ABC, CBS, the national TV show The Doctor’s TV, Dallas Morning News, Fort Worth Star Telegram, and many other media outlet for being gurus when it comes to getting in and health and fitness.

Brad and Cynthia Linder, owners of Get You In Shape, recently joined a select group of the world’s leading health and fitness entrepreneurs becoming Best Selling Authors of 3 Steps To YOUR BEST BODY In Record Time:

Get You In Shape knows how getting in shape and living a healthy lifestyle can be a trying process. We design nutrition and fitness programs for individuals and groups to help make that process easier. Our approach is to educate, encourage, and motivate the client to empower themselves, gain confidence, and change their lifestyle. Those, along with our comprehensive approach to wellness, distinguish Get You In Shape at the top tier of certified personal trainers and nutrition consultants in Dallas, TX and Fort Worth, TX. With a focus on a comprehensive approach, supportive encouragement, and being available to all of our clients, we assist and direct each of his clients to get in shape and stay healthy.

Founder of Get You In Shape, Brad Linder, has built an awesome team of dedicated personal trainers and fitness professionals to help carry out the values and mission of Get You In Shape. As a former professional basketball player, Brad utilized the knowledge attained from a Master’s degree in Health, Kinesiology, and Sport Studies, to optimize my performance on the court. With an extensive background in fitness and nutrition, I naturally wanted to share this knowledge with others as I entered into the health and fitness field. I believe that each of us are given gifts to use and my gifts are in supporting clients to attain health and fitness goals. I hundreds of clients who would testify to the great results they’ve experienced.

We have found our fitness boot camp and the 24 Day Challenge are our two main programs that help people get results. We have pioneered a high intensity fitness boot camp in Dallas, TX and Coppell, TX, called the Get You in Shape Boot Camp, which has received rave reviews. The boot camp is very different from all the other boot camps out on the market. Our approach is helping make the process fun without yelling, making clients do what they can’t do, and bring customer service to fitness and nutrition that clients have not gotten before. Each month, we analyze weight loss from the group, and create a forum for healthy support and camaraderie among the participants. Get You In Shape is located in Coppell where the boot camps are primarily held. Get You In Shape has had boot camp locations in Dallas, Richardson, Plano, Irving, and other Dallas Area locations . We also conducts corporate fitness and wellness along with health and wellness seminars for businesses, churches and other organizations throughout the Dallas area.

The second most popular service that Get You In Shape offers is the 24 Day Challenge. Get You In Shape is not all about selling fads and programs. We have found really two programs that have been proven to be effective and work. The Get You In Shape fitness program (our group fitness program or boot camp) and the 24 Day Challenge.  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 professional consulting you will get.  The ONLY cost is for the Advocare nutritional supplements that are a part of the 24 Day Challenge. Their are group 24 Day Challenges and Get You In Shape can also get individuals started. We encourage most folks get some of your friends involved with you and make it a real Challenge as many people are motivated and encourage knowing other people are doing it with them. Get You In Shape has lead group 24 Day Challenge for Dallas corporations looking for a wellness contest.

Get You In Shape has a strong track record of helping clients, just like you, get incredible health and fitness results:

  • Overweight clients of all ages have lost weight….and gained a tremendous amount of self-esteem and self-confidence through the power of exercise and self-discipline.

  • Beginner exercisers of all ages who are looking for a plan, a program, and a professional trainer that will help them reach their goals..

  • Intermediate and Advanced exercisers that are already in shape have come to us needing a new, dynamic, fun, and exciting program that jump-starts their new fitness goals…

  • Athletes who need to strengthen their core, need cardiovascular endurance, and need resistance training to help with their particular sport…

  • Shy clients, previously a little shy and timid, have learned to come out of their “shell” , have fun and enjoy life…

  • Men and Women of all ages, shapes, backgrounds, and histories, come to us to get her body-transforming, supportive, fun, and motivating help they need..

Please feel free to look around the website and sign up for our free reports. If you are in the Dallas and Coppell area, let us know how we can help you. We have free trial weeks of our fitness boot camp and free informational meeting about our 24 Day Challenge.

If you live close to or work close to Coppell, Irving, Valley Ranch, Las Colinas, Grapevine, Carrollton, Plano, Flower Mound, Dallas, Southlake, Lewisville and other Dallas area cities, Get You In Shape has both fitness program and nutrition programs for you.

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