I first met Justin Sowards on January 30, 2016. Our first meeting was a training consultation organized by my wife; she is too nice to say it, but she was probably tired of her overweight, inactive husband. After living an active lifestyle into my early 30's, I had been mostly sedentary for a few years. Combined with my love of fast food and Coca-Cola, my body looked and felt like something that was a lost cause. I was skeptical that I could ever summon the discipline or the will to reverse the damage that I had done to myself, but I agreed to meet with Justin. It turned out to be one of the best decisions that I've made in a long time.
During our first meeting, Justin provided me with a baseline InBody analysis; I weighed in at 209 lbs and 30% body fat. I was appalled with myself, but Justin didn't even blink. He immediately provided me with a recommended nutrition plan and assured me that he had a workout plan that would get in me in shape. His plan was simple but effective: we would use resistance training to build lean muscle mass and burn fat. The plan would be customized to my fitness level and gradually increase in intensity as I could do more. Even though I didn't know Justin, I could tell that he knew more about personal fitness and nutrition than most people know about their own professions. It was obvious that he was a guy who walked the walk and could therefore talk a talk that I could trust. I had never really lifted weights - even when I was active - but Justin's obvious competence and confidence in his business inspired me to try.
Our first workout was on February 1, 2016. Justin told me that we would do three rounds of circuit training, with 7 different exercises per round. He told me that a person of average health could complete the three rounds in about 30 minutes. I completed two rounds in 30 minutes and ended up on the floor about to pass out as Justin calmly provided me with a cold water bottle. I was embarrassed, but Justin was very positive and encouraging.
I returned for my second workout with Justin on February 3, 2016. This time, I made it through the three rounds of circuits in about 45 minutes. Justin was pleased and told me that we would learn some simple core exercises to finish my workout. After doing very few core reps on a bench at the core pit, I could not sit up under my own power. Instead, I just rolled off the bench onto the gym floor and laid down for a minute before finally getting to my feet. Even though it was apparent that I was well below "average" health, Justin remained positive and upbeat. He assured me things would get better. He was right
Over the course of the next 14 weeks, I went from barely surviving the elementary circuit and core work to knocking out six one-hour resistance training sessions per week. In addition, I was doing a 40-minute core routine and a 35-minute cardio routine four times a week. The process to improvement was gradual, but Justin always seemed to find the right balance between pushing me to my limits without pushing me too far. He did an excellent job of teaching me the proper form for each resistance exercise, and he kept the workouts from getting boring by always introducing new exercises and routines. Justin helped me progress from weights that were embarrassingly low to decent strength in a short amount of time without injury. If he can accomplish that with me, he can accomplish that with anyone.
Justin also provided me with recommended nutritional guidelines that provided me with energy and prevented me from feeling hungry as I lost weight. I learned quickly that if I simply listened to Justin and followed his guidelines inside and outside of the gym, the results would come very quickly. By May 19, 2016, I weighed 170 pounds with less than 15% body fat. My strength had increased to the point that I was no longer embarrassed to enter the free weight area of the gym. Justin had provided me with the guidelines and process to develop a sustainable and healthy lifestyle. I no longer dreaded going to the gym - instead, I look forward to it.
I have so much respect for Justin's knowledge of physical fitness and nutrition. I also now consider Justin as my friend. If you want the very best in a personal trainer, you will find it with Justin Sowards. He is the real deal.
Justin is genuinely concerned about how and what you are feeling so he is able to adapt the workouts accordingly. His education and experience allows us to make obtainable goals so I want to work out and set new goals. Justin’s best attribute is his ability and willingness to explain things in a way that I can understand; this allows me to meet my goals quickly and then want to exceed them.
I have been working out for many years and have learned more in 4 weeks with Justin than I had training on my own. I have learned so much about form and time under tension, which are the keys to development as well as his knowledge of the nutritional side which is just as important in meeting individual fitness goals. I have already felt my strength and stamina increase. I would highly recommend Justin to anyone who was trying to improve their physique as well as their overall health.
Justin is extremely knowledgeable in all forms of physical fitness and healthy living. He takes the time to customize a fitness and meal plan for each of his individual clients. Training with Justin is fun and educational, he is eager to share all of his knowledge. He is patient and encouraging and shares in the joy of meeting personal goals. Justin’s passion for health and fitness are evident in the relationships he builds with his clients.
I have been a client of Gary’s for a couple of months now and I have found him to be a dedicated personal trainer of tremendous versatility, intelligence and discipline – and he is a lot of fun too! He has great knowledge of body mechanics, muscle function and is capable of determining the individual abilities of his clients. With his experience in physical fitness, he can adjust exercise programs to any age group and his pleasant and positive attitude is a great asset to his willingness to work with his clients at their own levels. The nutritional analysis that is part of the training is very effective in defining goals that are certainly obtainable and worth the effort (at your own pace) to transform yourself into a healthier, happier and physically fit person! I highly recommend him to anyone interested in improving their overall physical and mental well-being.
’ve been working with Gary for a couple of months and the transformation has been pretty incredible. He is able to vary my workout so that it is not stagnant or routine while at the same time allowing the workout to push me further. Just a few months in and my strength, endurance, and energy level has increased dramatically.
It was time for me to change my long-standing sedentary habits. A friend and healthcare professional suggested Fit Family Fitness and I am so glad I became a member. I am 65 years young and my goal is to be active and vital for many years to come. It was scary for me to start a physical fitness program, but I am committed to making positive changes to increase my strength, endurance, and cardiovascular health. I knew I needed help to achieve my goals. I wanted to be sure I used the equipment in a safe and effective manner and that I was on the right personalized fitness plan. Nicole gave me introductory lessons and I felt confident in what she taught me and the support she provided. I signed up for the personal training program and I am so happy I did. Nicole is well-qualified with years of experience in the fitness industry. She points out the things I can do to make my workout more effective. She is a natural encourager and coach. I look forward to my workouts with Nicole. She is delightful! I believe I can accomplish my fitness goals – I already see a difference! My nutritional health is improving thanks to Nicole and Justin and the InBody Analysis. I feel I am on the right track and I am motivated to continue.
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