Client Story: How Fitness Completely Transformed Us and Our Relationship
(Editor’s Note: This is a testimonial from Peak8Fitness clients Addison and Jace. I have been amazed by their progress and I am honored to share their story, as told in their own words.)
Getting fit has never been easy for us. We grew up chubby kids in the South, and although we’ve had periods of adulthood where we’ve been active, we have never been successful at changing our lifestyles to be truly fit, active, and healthy. Until Peak8Fitness.
I met Niccole through my job at Colorado PERA, where she teaches fitness classes for employees each day of the week. I was walking on the treadmill, and she introduced herself and told me right then and there that I should come to class. When we first sat down together to set goals, I told Niccole that my family had a history of diabetes and that I wanted to lose weight and get fit to ensure I didn’t head down that path. Because I was nervous about starting and not being able to keep up with others, Niccole told me to begin by attending two classes per week. She assured me that I would be able to participate fully in the classes, even though I was out of shape. I didn’t realize it at the time, but the careful way she got me started—not pushing me into more than I could handle—has been critical to my success.
Niccole’s classes quickly became the highlight of my days—my lunch break transformed into activity. I increased from 2 days to 3, from 3 to 4, and finally, I started working out with Niccole every day of the work week, plus boot camp on Saturdays. I never imagined that I would be so active, but as I began to see results, my drive to do more increased. Because of my positive experience, Jace started attending boot camp with me and began his own fitness partnership with Niccole.
Working out regularly isn’t the only part of my life I’ve changed since meeting Niccole. She has helped me tremendously with healthy eating. Again, she started me slowly and carefully. I began by writing down what I ate, then we worked together to decide what changes I might make to better achieve my goals. Switching from regular sugar to coconut sugar in my coffee, incorporating more protein—these changes and others have led to increased energy and vitality, and combined with my workout routine, they’ve led to a 30 pound weight loss.
When I started with Peak8Fitness, I had two goals. One, I wanted to get more muscular, especially in my arms and chest. Two, I wanted to lose weight. But I’ll be the first to admit that I wasn’t excited about working as hard as I needed to work to achieve these goals. I was hoping to work out twice a week and continue eating all kinds of unhealthy foods. But I quickly learned that it doesn’t work that way.
Fortunately, Niccole met me where I was and helped me begin the journey to fitness. She pushed me, but not so hard that she scared me away. Her support was key to getting me started—I know I wouldn’t have worked out on my own without her; in fact, when I began, I dreaded working out. Over time, I’ve started looking forward to my work outs. My one-on-one sessions with Niccole are still my best workouts each week, but now I have enough motivation to work out four additional times weekly.
My body has changed dramatically over the past six months. I’m so much stronger than I’ve ever been; my muscles have grown quickly in all the ways I had hoped. I’m moving my body more than I ever have, and with the consistent movement (under the care of a trainer who is careful with my pain points) and proper care (stretching, massage, etc.), my long-term back pain has been alleviated. Finally, I’ve decreased my body fat percentage—I started at 18.9%, and now I’m down to 14.8%. Although the change isn’t showing up in huge decreases on the scale, it’s showing up in other ways such as my smaller neck and waist.
None of this would have been possible without Niccole. She’s been my coach and my cheerleader—and the driving force behind the biggest health change I’ve ever made. I couldn’t have — wouldn’t have — done it without her.
One of the most important factors in our ability to change our lives through fitness has been doing it as a couple. We inspire one another, encourage one another, and help hold one another accountable.
When one of us says, “Let’s skip boot camp this morning,” the other is usually there saying, “We always feel better after we go.” And that’s true. We always feel better after we work out. That’s something we never thought we’d say, but because of Peak8Fitness, we’re saying it.