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Roxane came to Get a Grip and started the 21-Day Belly Blast Program and followed it to a “T.” She had amazing results! She is a an extremely determinate lady and brings a ton of fun to the 9am boot camp sessions. Love her and how she just implements everything she learns. I’m looking forward to what she “dives” into this year! 

Here is her story…

My name is Roxane.  My journey to start exercising again originally started when I got home from a family reunion in January 2009.  I realized from my family photos how much weight I had put on. I never realized my weight gain until I saw these pictures.   I really never felt fat, but I was.   I started running 5-7 days a week.  I dropped about 25 lbs, and thought that I was doing great.  I ran for about 4 years, and eventually realized I hadn’t lost any more weight in fact I started to put the weight back on.  How can that be?? I thought.  I run all the time.  My legs were getting bigger because my pants were no longer fitting.  Ugh.  I was very discouraged.

 I decided to sign up at the gym, and try something different.  I was religiously going 3 -4 times a week.  After about 6 months, I found my workouts getting shorter and shorter.  I started off working out 60 minutes each time, then 45 minutes which eventually ended up a maximum of 30 minutes a workout.   I was extremely bored with the gym.

I knew I had to do something different so I could enjoy my favorite sport of diving a lot more.    I still didn’t feel like I was “THAT” big, but I had no stamina while diving.   I would be exhausted after each dive.  I knew I had to get into better shape if I wanted to dive a lot.  

One day, I saw a post on my friend, Chelsea Brown’s facebook page, it was something about Get A Grip, so I started to ask her questions.  She told me about the 21-day belly blaster.  I thought for that price I have nothing to lose but to try it.  It’s funny how social media works.  I joined, and within the first month,  I had dropped 9.8 lbs but more importantly I lost 7.8 inches throughout my body.  I soon realized that I wasn’t losing weight or inches previously because I wasn’t exercising, but I wasn’t losing weight because I wasn’t eating or exercising properly!!  Who would have known that it’s a combination of both!!  I figured if I exercised then I could eat pretty much what I wanted. Wrong!!!   

I have now been at Get a Grip a little over a year.  I am now in the best shape I have been in since high school.  To see my own before and after pictures still kind of freaks me out.  It’s hard to believe that was me.  Get a Grip has the best group of people.  They are from every walk of life, and I love them all.  They are the best support group that anyone could ask for.   Thanks Carrie for setting me straight!!   I can’t imagine where I would have ended up if it wasn’t for Get A Grip!! 

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Lutz Get a Grip Total Fitness Success Story

Michele Musto is this Week’s Spotlight!

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Michele has proven “ANYTHING” is possible!

She PR’d (person record – best time) in every single run distance race in 2014. She kick her lifetime “FEAR” of swimming to the curb as you will read. Need I say more?

Here is here transformation story…

Some of you may know me from the Get A Grip Facebook page icon wink Spotlight Series…Michele Musto! I have been here for over two years and have no intentions of leaving…ever! My health and fitness journey really began in 2007. I was always active, but with my son heading off to college I found myself at the heaviest ever. My friend asked me to join a weight loss program and we did it together. While on my way to losing 50lbs, we also began running. Many 5k’s led to a few 10k’s and then my first half marathon in 2012 Gasparilla. Although this was a big accomplishment to me, I found that even though I was running all the time, I was gaining weight and getting slower!

At the same time my personal life was in a state of change. As my daughter left for college leaving us with an empty nest, my Father-in-law was diagnosed terminal liver cancer and in September 2012 my husband moved in with him to provide around the clock care. For the next eight months, I was basically on my own for the first time in my life!

Realizing I needed to change my focus and find something that I could control, I searched and found Get A Grip Total Fitness. Right from the start I knew this was a place like no other! That first year I made many friends, became more fit and lean, and started challenging myself to do things I never thought I could! And so, I did EVERYTHING icon wink Spotlight Series…Michele Musto! Finding myself fatigued I turned to Carrie for Metabolic Testing. My first test showed that my metabolism was below normal. Carrie knew I was totally overtraining and told me to ‘train smart’ and watch my nutrition to fuel all the things I had hoped to do. She gave me a plan and I followed it!

Also during that first year, many of my friends at GAG were talking about Triathlon and encouraging me to swim/bike/run. “Absolutely NO, NEVER…I am unable to swim” was always my response. Actually I have a fear of swimming! But this was no excuse because GAG has the best training team! So after some soul searching and over thinking I jumped in, literally! Once again I was given a plan and I followed it! I had never felt as accomplished as I did finishing my first triathlon! I have since done three more (two in one day) and was even the swim leg of my TriRock relay team.

After that triathlon, Carrie asked me what my next goal would be (she is amazing at getting me out of my comfort zone). We sat down and decided that although I had done numerous running races including eight half marathons, I had never really worked for a pace time. I picked the goal of finishing the Chosen Half Marathon with a 2 hour time. Considering my best time up until then was a 2:16 I was full of doubts. Essentially dropping more than a minute per mile from my pace seemed impossible. But Carrie once again provided a plan and I followed it…consistently all summer! Race day came and I was energized to be there with so many Grippers that had trained alongside me. When the race started, I still had some doubts, but was confident that I had done everything I could to be ready and whatever the outcome I would be proud (a big lesson I learned at GAG). I crossed the finish line at 2:02:39! What I thought was IMPOSSIBLE had become POSSIBLE!
So by the end of 2014 I found that my life had been transformed. I have an extended family at GAG that inspire me to be better as an athlete and as a person. Oh, and that low metabolism…well, I took the Metabolic Testing again one year after the first…the result was that by following the plan my metabolism had increased 20%!
I have learned so much about myself in the last two years being a Gripper. If I have a plan, commit to it fully and work at it with no excuses, I can achieve ANYTHING! I am also excited that my husband has become a Gripper and is seeing great health and fitness results! I am blessed to have Carrie and the GAG family in my life. I can only imagine what #EPIC2015 has in store for me!


Awesome Success Story & Awesome Person!

Those of us who know her, know that this is just the beginning for Michele!

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Today is the First “ME” Monday!
I wanted to give you “momentum” to your week by giving you tools and strategies you can use to make reaching your goals that much easier.
I will be sharing with you what “I” do and use to reach my goals! I get asked all the time questions like the one below, so I thought why not share it with my followers, loyal readers, and clients? Then EVERYONE can benefit.
I hope you like it:-)
Today I’m sharing with you 5 snacks I use to eat well, stay energized, easy to implement, and help keep my going through my busy day.
I like to keep it simple, easy, and convenient. That way when I get busy I don’t make poor choices.
So, here is my TOP 5 snacks I eat all the time…
1. Dale’s Raw Bars. I have one in my purse all the time. They are healthy (unlike 95% of the so-called Protein Bar’s out there) and holds me over when I need it most. Click Here, to learn more about them.
2. Wholly Guacamole 100 Calorie Snack Packs & a Ziplock of Veggies. These are quick and easy. I can eat it quickly and get a huge energy punch during my day.
3. Chia Pods: Almond milk, Chia seeds, vanilla. They come in these little containers and even supply a spoon. I like things that don’t make a mess in my car when I’m on the go. These rock! you can find them at Nutrition Smart and Wholefoods.
4. 1-2 Hard Boiled Eggs with 12 almonds or walnuts. Super easy to eat and the protein and healthy fats hold me over. I carry a cooler in my car 5 days a week. Makes it easy to eat healthy and stay on track.
5. NanoMeal - It is great quality vanilla bean protein with greens and omega 3′s all in one little packet. These are so awesome when I’m traveling. Just add water! They taste good as well. If you interested in getting a 10-pack, contact me as I have them in-house and in stock. Love them! We actually do a 10-Day Challenge, where you drink one every day for 10 days and people rave on how great they feel.
I hope you enjoyed my FIRST “Me” Monday designed to help give you momentum out of the gate early in the week.
If you haven’t check out our studio in a long time, be sure to check out all the new programs and new times and days.
See you there!
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Our Spotlight is a girl on the go, Tonya Mendez! She is a prime example of not letting anything get in her way to getting her workouts in and eating right. I knew the first week she was going to be around for a long time. She showed results fast and continues to improve each and every day that goes by. She even got her husband addicted, also. She has a very busy work life and travels a ton, but still makes time for what matters most, her fitness and health. She has an energy we all love and Get a Grip wouldn’t be the same without her.

Here is her story…

Inchworm…..What could an inchworm possibly be?  That is the question I asked myself when I was volunteering to do hair and makeup on a photo shoot being held in the Get A Grip Studio.  I was reading a workout on the board wondering to myself what kind of workouts are done in this studio.  It wasnt until 6 months later that I found out for myself.     I signed up for the 21 day belly blast challenge thru Groupon.  I had no idea that $45 and 21 days were going to change my life!

I have been part of this amazing family now for two years but it was a tough road getting here.  Like many of you reading this I tried many things to get myself on track thru the years.  I made it to be a Lifetime member of WeightWatchers while preparing for my wedding.  After my wedding… I didn’t go back.  I trained and ran a half marathon in 2010 in memoriam of my dad and was in the best shape of my life.  After the run… I didnt go back.  And so the story goes on.

When I started the 21 Day Belly Blast Challenge I wasnt sure what to expect, how I was going to feel and….would I go back.  Well, here I am, two years later, writing this story.

The biggest difference I noticed from Get A Grip was Carrie.  When I finished my 21 days I didnt go back.  Then two weeks later Carrie called me on the phone.  I couldnt believe she was actually checking in on me.  First I was shocked, then, surprisingly, I was relieved.  I finally had someone that was holding me accountable without me even asking her to.  I went back the next week and the next and the next.

The biggest difference I have seen in my life is how I view things and the physical achievements are the after thought.  I plan my life differently now.  My weekends used to be scheduled around happy hour and 1/2 price appetizers.  Now they are planned around outdoor activities.  I used to shop on the inside isles of the grocery store.  Now I barely leave the produce section.

My professional life is very tough on my body.  Sixteen hour days on my feet, lots of time on the road, holding blowdryers and brushes all day.  When I started with Get A Grip my wrists weren’t strong enough to do pushups, burpees or renegade rows.  Now I can do them more than I would like to…oh burpees!  By day 2 of a 4 day show I would have pains shooting up the sides of my legs from my feet to my hips and a week of rest is the only thing that would cure the pain.  I havent felt that pain in two years…relief!

I was looking for something, someone to change my life and I found it.

I choose Health. I choose Confidence. I choose Happiness.

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Kudos to you and Jonathan for supporting each other and making this a big part of your life!!


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Prefect timing for a little motivation as we come into a New Year for New Beginnings!

Lisa has come SO far in her journey with Get a Grip. As you will read, she started with the thought of getting a 3-week jumpstart at Get a Grip only to be with us just under 1 year and do something totally out of her comfort zone to setting even BIGGER goals in 2014. Lisa and her husband,  Matt, came to Get a Grip and I honestly thought they are driving kind of far they probably won’t stay. I loved them from day one, but I understand that not everyone will stay, but I get 3-weeks to help them jumpstart their health and fitness and create better lifestyle habits. Better than nothing in my book.

They surprised me the last week, with asking what were their options as they were staying! Music to my ears. The rest is history. Lisa made huge improvements in her strength (great arm guns), and then other challenges she faced as you will read below. She excels at everything she does and I am so proud of her and what she has accomplished. I am looking forward to her new goals and the other things she’ll add to her list. It wouldn’t be the same without her and her hubby!

Here is her personal story…

Growing up in small town Iowa, fitness and healthy eating habits were not always on my families mind, thus not leaving me with any idea how important diet and exercise could impact my life. Even though I ran track and cross country in high school I still ate pizza, Doritos and drank mountain dew every day. This habit continued into college (even though I was a nursing and psychology major) it never dawned on me the damage I was doing to my body every day. After getting married and moving to Florida, my husband and I decided to take control of our fitness by purchasing a three week Groupon to Get a Grip Total Fitness, with the intention to join another gym after, well thankfully we didn’t need to join another gym. We fell in love with Get a Grip and their team, after three weeks of exercising and paying attention to our diet, we felt amazing! Cutting McDonalds completely out of our diet and not eating fast food in general as much anymore was a huge change that I never thought we could do without Carrie’s help and encouragement.

After a few months at Get a Grip Matt & I decided that we should set some goals, one of our first goals was to run the 2013 Disney Marathon, with the help of run club, my husband and my workout buddy Tiff, we signed up and completed the 2012 Women’s Half Marathon leading us to our goal and after five “magical” hours we completed the Disney Marathon.  It was something I could have never done without the help of Carrie and GAG.

My whole life I have always loved a challenge and love to prove people wrong (including myself), so when Carrie asked us to join the triathlon program, I thought she was crazy, I can’t swim, let alone bike and then run! After A LOT of encouragement, I signed up for my first triathlon. The training was hard, I couldn’t even swim ½ a lap in a pool, or bike at any pace other than really slow, but though the next three months, I grew stronger in all aspects, and with the amazing GAG tri team I completed my first triathlon, with the intention of NEVER doing one again…ever! Have I mentioned how much I hate biking??? Well, again after a lot of peer pressure, I signed up for another one, and then another one…5 sprint triathlons and 1 Olympic distance triathlon later I saw how far I had come and how I even became somewhat faster icon wink Spotlight Sunday...Lisa Heath! 3 Weeks Turns into 70.3! Even placing third in my age division at my first Olympic distance tri.

After all of these amazing accomplishments in 2013, I really have to step it up for 2014, so why not do Ragnar, St. Anthony’s Olympic distance tri and Ironman 70.3 Augusta, the last thing I want is a boring year, and with the help of Carrie, the tri team, my tri buddy Yip Yip, of course my equally crazy husband and GAG I am sure it will be anything but icon smile Spotlight Sunday...Lisa Heath! 3 Weeks Turns into 70.3!

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Yes, that is her in on the cover they used for selling the pictures from the Tri Race we did! That was SO awesome!

So, proud of you Lisa!







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