Jennifer Putnam is a machine! The funny thing is I learned she was never an athlete growing up, I just assumed by how she performed she was. What I figured out was it really was her dedication, determination, commitment, and that with a plan she is just unstoppable.

Now, as you will read below, she started off going to the gym because of a picture of herself she didn’t like, like most people there is that turning point that helps you decide you will not live this way any longer. She started as weight loss, but once you start having success with that, you open your mind to others things you once thought wasn’t possible or even something you want to do. This is Putnam (aka Jennifer – you will learn about me is you may get a nickname, she is one of them) to a “T.” She has accomplished so many things you are just about to read, I am SO proud of her! She doesn’t mention below about how she fell down her stairs in her home and really hurt her Tailbone and ran the Gasparilla Classic Challenge 6 days later. That is a BIG accomplishment without being in pain. She makes no excuses and perseveres in EVERYTHING she does.

It’s no lie I love to talk Putnam into everything we do, as I KNOW she can do it. She knows, that is why I put on my Carrie Charm (or maybe it’s the sad face), but I just love to see people like her go for anything in life. Get a Grip would not be the same without her.

This is a MUST read for anyone who suffers from self doubt and fear, but decides there CAN be more for them in life.

Here is her story…

Growing up, aside from 2 years of ballet and tap, I was not very active.  I never tried out or joined a team sport not because I didn’t want to, but because I did not have the confidence in myself to be able to compete.  I remember when my school got a girls’ lacrosse team and I was all set to join the team with my friends, but at the last minute my nerves and self doubts took over and I decided not to join. This continued through high school and college.

After graduating from the University of Florida, I moved to Pennsylvania and started my career. I joined the gym where I worked but was not consistent.  Some days it was just easier to go down the hill for dollar wing and beer night than going to the gym.  In February 1999, I looked at a picture of myself and was disgusted at what was staring back at me. I joined a gym and hired my first personal trainer.  I worked out with her a few times a week and other times on my own.  I logged all my food and had great success over 3 months.  I continued my workouts on my own over the next few years before moving to Tampa.

I joined a gym after moving to Tampa but never really pushed myself to work harder or achieve anything great.  It seemed like going to the gym was just so I could say I went to the gym. I was at a standstill in my progress and was bored. My journey at Get a Grip started Christmas night 2011 when I came across a Groupon for boot camp classes. I decided to buy the 21 day because I wanted to challenge myself and step out of my comfort zone. I started the 21 Day Challenge in January 2012.  My intention was to follow the meal plan, attend the classes for the 21 days and then go back to the gym. That was 4 years ago and I cannot imagine what my life would be like without Get a Grip.

I started running and decided to run my first half marathon before I turned 40.  I ran my first half in November 2013 and have run 9 since. After I turned 40, I wanted a new challenge so I joined the Get a Grip Triathlon training program and completed my first tri in 2014.  In all honesty, I did not enjoy that tri at all.  I could have been one and done, but I did not want that to be my only memory of a tri.  I came back to the training in 2015 and completed 2 triathlons last year and smiled throughout each one.   When I was losing steam on the run at Heartland, I heard “Go Putnam!!” It’s always a great thing to hear my name called out by a Gripper! Last year I joined a bunch of Grippers at the Ragnar Relay from Miami to Key West.  If you would have told me I would willingly sleep in a van with 6 others, sleep on gym floors and run from Miami to Key West for 2 days, I would have said “there’s no way I’m doing that!” Well, I did it and loved every minute of it!  One of my favorite events with the Grippers is the Miles for Moffitt run.  I invited my Mom to join us one year and it quickly became our Mothers’ Day tradition. She walked the first year and the last 2 years she ran it. Now she runs up to 15 miles a week at the age of 69!

My greatest achievement was this February at the Gasparilla Distance Classic.  I completed the Michelob Ultra Challenge which consists of running the 15k and 5k runs on Saturday and the half marathon and 8k on Sunday for a total of 30.4 miles.  I felt awesome during all the runs and was so happy and excited to be out there doing something I never would have dreamed of a couple of years ago.  The support from the Grippers on the course, our Facebook page, the support and kind words from friends and family was overwhelming and I was so proud of myself for setting a goal and seeing it through. I had a few ask “why would you want to do that?”  My response “Why not?” I truly believe that you can do anything you set out to do and never let anyone tell you different.

Get a Grip is a place like no other filled with positive, supportive, encouraging members who always want the best for each other.  The friendships and bonds that are made while performing countless numbers of burpees, pushups, squats, swimming, running, biking and interacting on our Facebook page are incredible.  Carrie is the heart of GAG and I’m not sure I would have ever signed up for a half marathon or triathlon without her encouragement and support. She knows what members are capable of way before we do!! At 42, I feel the best I’ve ever felt. My confidence in my ability to do something is at an all time high and I don’t let the self doubts take over! My 3 times a week boot camps, spinning, and running are things I totally enjoy and no matter what else is going on, always make me feel great! I have a great family, amazing friendships in and outside of GAG and life is definitely good! Next up is triathlon season and my first marathon in November. At GAG, nothing is impossible!

Places at Brandon Race
Places at Brandon Race!Putnam with her Amazing & Supportive Parents.Putnam with her Amazing & Supportive Parents
Putnam and ! :-)
Putnam and ! :-)
Putnam after Completing the Gasparilla Challenge with 4 Races in 2 days!
Putnam after Completing the Gasparilla Challenge with 4 Races in 2 days!


I am SO proud of this girl! I’m looking forward to what is next for her!



The Get a Grip Total Fitness “Spotlight Series” continues! These amazing individuals are real people, real journeys, and real results. I am SO proud of their dedication, hard work, and all they have accomplished and Jess is no exception.

Jess Palmer is one strong girl! She came to us and from the get go she worked hard. I knew she was going to do awesome after her first session. When people come in with that “READINESS” I know we are going to help them change their life and that we did. But, without her commitment and doing the work it wouldn’t be possible. I was a little concerned as she lives 45 minutes away from our studio, but she makes the drive and it has totally paid of!

We love her and are so happy she has joined our Get a Grip Family. She is a perfect match.

Here is her story in her words…

Growing up I was very active: basketball, volleyball, and running around with other kids in my neighborhood. As an adult, I was not active at all.

From 2006-2014 I did not engage in any form of physical activity – I worked and went to school. Once I finished college I had extra time on my hands, which meant more TV, sitting down, eating and drinking wine at home.  I love me some wine! That was my normal, I was happy (or so I thought). I started to gain weight slowly and eventually I was not happy with the person I was seeing in the mirror. I didn’t like how my clothes were fitting and I sure didn’t like how I looked in a bathing suit. Living in Florida where summer is a season that can last all year is pressure in itself. At the beginning of 2015 I was a size 10 in jeans and pushing into a size 12. I was thinking to myself – “you’re just going to continue gaining weight and getting bigger – what are you going to do?” To top it off my cholesterol was in the 300 – yikes! I knew I needed to make a change. I did not want to continue on the path that I was on.

For my 2015 New Years resolution I decided that I wanted to lose weight and be healthier. Many people make this resolution and unfortunately are not successful. I was on Carrie’s mailing list and received the email for the 21-Day Belly Blast Challenge. I decided to give working out another try – the best decision I had made in a long time. I took the challenge seriously and committed to eating healthy for the next 21 days. The first day of boot camp kicked my rear – I was thinking to myself, “Why do people do this? What did I sign up for? This is insane.” I am glad I kept going! I saw results the first week and was more motivated than ever.  After the challenge was over I decided to join Get a Grip as a member, I was hooked – my new normal. I continued to see results – went from a size 10 to a 2. Yes, I was very happy and excited with all the new clothes I was buying – my bank account not so much.

Next challenge: Clearwater Distance Classic Half Marathon – again, what are you doing?!! I never ran a race of that distance before, so this should be interesting.  I decided to apply myself just as I had done earlier in the year. That first track night my heart wanted to jump out of my chest.  I thought to myself the next 16 weeks were going to be long. I stuck to the training program and kept telling myself “you can do this.” Week after week I got better. I was able to run my first half marathon with gale force winds– a new personal best for me!

Get a Grip has helped me exceed my expectations on reaching my ideal weight goal and helped me get back to being me – the young girl who was very active. GAG motivates me to do more and be a better me. I could not be happier with my results! Not only has GAG help me get into shape but has helped me be a more positive thinker and a believer. No more of: I can’t, this is crazy – I will never achieve my goal; but more of YES, YOU CAN – BELIEVE IN YOURSELF – YOU CAN DO THIS.  With the right mindset and a great team supporting/motivating you – you will achieve your goals at GAG. Surround yourself with like-minded people and watch the transformation/growth/change happen. I am very thankful for making a commitment to Get a Grip – it’s not only a gym but my new family.

Thank you Carrie for all you do!

Jess Before Pic Jessafter

First 2 Pictures: Before Pictures and Last 2 Pictures: are NOW! SO proud of her!

We are looking forward to see what is next for Jess. Kudos! #getagriptotalfitness

When I share these spotlight’s on our amazing member stories, they write their own story and choose their own pictures. I don’t lead them, i just tell them, they are awesome and need to share it with others (plus, it could help someone else who may share the same struggles – it’s an easier way to get them to do it as they are all so generous and have kind souls).

It is a win for all. I always learn more about our amazing members, they actually see all they have accomplished (as we tend to always look forward and forget where we started and how much we have done for the good), and they get the opportunity to maybe through their story help someone else start their fitness & health journey. I receive countless emails and phone calls where they had read one of these and it changed their life. Thats a BIG deal.

Shantel has been with us for a over 3 years. We have watched her evolve on SO many levels. I am unable to convey how proud I am of her. She works hard, encourages others, is committed to making changes for herself and for her family, and I love that she let’s us twist her arm to try new challenges along the way (like Triathlons, Runs, and etc.). She is very tough on herself which is good and bad as we all know. I am determined to continue to remind her of all she has accomplished and to be proud of herself for all her wins! Get a Grip is a better place because of her.

I’m looking forward to 2016 and what we can talk her into next :-)

Here is her story and by the looks of the photo, I’ d say she has a few successes (well, how about many)…

The front of her shirt said “I survived the Spartan 1000 Challenge” and on the back, it was listed out -

100 Jump Squats

200 Push Ups

300 Full Sit Ups

400 Burpees

My first thought was “WHY?!?” followed by, “What’s a burpee any way?” That was about 3 years ago when I saw Kelly wearing that shirt and I will admit that I was intrigued. She had been talking about this new gym she joined and how amazing it was, so I finally agreed to go to a bootcamp with her. I was really intimidated and just kept praying that I would be able to make it through class without embarrassing myself. I could barely run around my block, so how in the world did I think I could handle bootcamp??  But I did it and I haven’t looked back!

It’s really hard to put into words what GAG has done for me personally. I have always been my own worst enemy when it comes to diet and exercise. Self-doubt would usually cause me to shy away from trying something new. I might set a goal for myself, but I’d never tell anyone else so that if I didn’t reach it, no one would know I had failed. That had always been my mindset before, but not now!

At GAG I want people to know my goals, not just to hold me accountable, but also because I know that they will help me reach them! Carrie goes above and beyond to give us every tool we need to be successful and the other members are always there with support and encouragement and to share their own experiences to help you achieve whatever new goal you’re trying to reach! I think that is the major difference between GAG and other gyms. We have amazing coaches that truly care about you and your success, but we also have amazing members….members that welcome you from day one and encourage you when you’re feeling overwhelmed and push you when they know you can do more! We are each other’s biggest cheerleaders and we are each other’s teammates that we depend on for support and knowledge and humor to get through any situation!

The friendships that are built while bonding over burpees and box jumps and 6am runs in the rain can never be broken! I have accomplished things over the past few years that I would have never even dreamed of attempting before finding GAG!! The support that we get from our coaches and the support we give one another makes this group unstoppable! And I’m proud to be a part of that! I’m proud to look at the other members and see the things they are accomplishing! From 5K’s to Marathons to Triathlons….there is nothing we can’t do! And knowing I have this level of support gives me the courage to challenge myself to try the next thing and to push myself to the next level. I have the confidence to try because I know my GAG family will not let me fail!

I read somewhere that you should always surround yourself with people that challenge you, push you and motivate you. That is exactly what I found when I joined GAG and that’s what I hope to be to other people. I want people to see me and think, “Wow…if she can do it, then so can I!” because it’s true! I want to be that example to my family and my friends and I want to make them proud! I want my son to see me not give up on a goal that I have set so that when the time comes when he wants to quit something, he will choose to keep going. GAG has given that to me and I can never thank Carrie enough for what she does for all of us! 2015 was EPIC! I can’t wait to see this group DOMINATE 2016!!

Shantel at Get a Grip

(As you can see she is one amazing lady – love her!)







Team Muffin Top Meltdown & Spare Tire Challenge Winners to be announced…

This was by far the best challenge we have ran to date. More ACTIVE participation then ever! It showed that with a little more effort and work, everyone can make improvements and have HUGE success in their health & fitness.

Before I get to the winners, I want thank all the participants for committing to themselves and in the ladies dept. their team-mates. T.E.A.M. really does equate to…Together Everyone Achieves More! So proud of your commitment, dedication, sharing, supporting others, and for playing! The results were through the roof and the competition was tight. There will be re-matches in the future, I can feel it.

OVER 27 Feet of Inch Lose (with ONLY 3 measuring locations recorded)

OVER 327lbs Weight LOST

189% Improvement of Body Fat

The Winners Are…

The Muffin Top Meltdown TEAM Champions are:


Sherri Lennon, Shelley Tolbert, Kerry Conca, and Samantha Bierhorst

Team:  #DreadTheRed

Team: #DreadTheRed

Congratulations, Ladies!!!

These 4 ladies:

Over 25 inches Lost (measured in ONLY 3 locations), 28.4lbs. Lost, and 14% Body Fat GONE!

Team: WIN(E) was EXTREMELY close! 

Sheri, Vanessa, Cindy, & Beth


OVERALL WOMEN’S Challenge Winner:

Julie Cook

Julie Cook - Before Pic

Julie Cook – Before Pic

Julie Cook - After Pic

Julie Cook – After Pic

Julie lost 8 inches, 10.4lbs, and 6.6% Body Fat!

Men’s Spare Tire Winner:

Ian McDonald

Ian - Before Pic

Ian – Before Pic

Ian - After Pic

Ian – After Pic

Ian lost 5.75 inches, 10.4lbs, and 2.4 body fat!




November 9th!





One of our WINNERS to our Get a Grip Total Fitness 90-Day Total Body Transformation Program is…

Raquel Mascali

So far she has completed 3-weeks with us. She is one hard worker. We love her!

Currently she is finishing up our Signature “21-day Belly Blast Program”.

Here is her own words on who she is, where she is, and what she has experienced so far…

My name is Raquel Mascali. I’m 47 years old mother to (Francesca -17 and Erika -26). I am engaged to Dean Gaebel and he has a son (Christian -18) I have been overweight for about 5 years now . I like to exercise but never made the time to make it happen.  I am so excited and thankful that I was one of the winners of the 90-day Transformation. So far I have been in the program for 3 weeks and I feel amazing! Carrie always has us doing something different which I love! I also am enjoying the company of all the women & men attending Get a Grip. My main goal is to eat healthier and exercise on a regular basis but what motivates me the most is wanting to look AWESOME wearing a t-shirt and jeans:)

A big shout out to “Lisa Moore” who choose me to join her in the 90-day Transformation as she was the winner. Also, a big thanks to Ginger King and Samantha Bierhorst for recommending Get a Grip :-)

First week of the 90-day Transformation the meal plan was very challenging for me. This is the first time I ever follow a meal plan. So, the first two days of detox I altered it a bit with some almonds instead of water for a snack. The third day, I added an apple along with the water. I told myself that if I had to cheat I would do it with something healthy. I really like the taste of the green smoothies and love the way it makes me feel. After the three detox days I felt wonderful!! The exercises are great and are challenging. I have noticed my clothes are already feeling looser :)

Second week, it was challenging following the meal plan again. I have to work on preparing my meals, which I was not very good at BUT again, I made sure to make healthy choices if I didn’t stick to the meal plan. I also have had a coffee here and there at work. The exercises are getting easier, but are still challenging to get all the reps done.

Third week,  I am continuing to work on the same challenges in week 2.

In the next weeks to come I am going to focus on meal planning and talk to Carrie about added more exercises as I am enjoying it!

I forgot to add, I’m drinking more water than I ever had.

Overall this program is teaching me to make better food choices and to make time to get to the gym no matter what is going on in my life. I am excited to see my results in next 3 weeks :)

Carrie here again…

Raquel is doing so well. She is working on what matters and making better choices even if she doesn’t stay 100% to the plan. That is what it is all about. Doing your best, working on the things that matter, re-committing every day, taking imperfect action, and making it happen working toward her goals!

I’m sure you guys are going to be excited to see her rock her t-shirt & jeans at the end of her 90-days!

Stay tuned, to see her results of the 3 weeks and pics!

Cheer her on, in the commits below…




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