When Jen came to boot camp, I wasn’t sure if she liked it. She can be hard to read (well then she was). She did awesome the first day she walked in the door. I knew if she stayed, she would get the results she was looking for, because she had everything it took to succeed. I was SO excited when she chose to stay! And you will read in her story, she has done just what I thought – exceed her goals! Every day she continues to achieve and I’m looking forward to seeing what is next. 

 

Here is her story…

 

After my second son was born, I was in dire need to bring sexy back. However, I just couldn’t find an outlet that fit my ADD workout needs. There was always an excuse to justify how I couldn’t consistently hit the community gym, run in the neighborhood, attend the local spin class, or push play on the pilates DVD. So when my sister called that she had found the most unbelievable deal on groupon for Get A Grip, my very desperate self-whipped out the credit card.

When I walked into the studio on the first night, I had a panic attack and started cursing my sister under my breath. Inside my head, warning bells were screaming bright red. I was thinking there was no possible way I was in shape for this sort of bootcamp. I started sweating bullets, fixated on one fact. I was going to severely embarrass myself in front of all these strangers after I barely finished a warm-up lap around the building. Yet, somehow I actually survived that most difficult hour and I knew that the fitness gods had answered my cries. Carrie was the fierce leader I had been searching for and her bootcamp classes were going to constantly evolve to hold my attention. I was finally on the right track to achieving my pre-baby bod.
Yet, my perfect fitness formula came together exactly one week from my first class. My neighbor and I were at the playground and she observed my slimmer shape. Marci was having similar work-out issues and eagerly attended the next class.  From that point on, I had my recipe for success: Carrie, Marci, and Motivation.
Since joining the GAG family in January 2012, I have dropped two clothing sizes and wearing pants that I had blown off as “back during my skinny days.” That is really all small potatoes compared to the vast amounts of energy I feel throughout the entire day. I easily conquer all facets of life from working full-time, keeping pace with my two boys, and spending time with my supportive hubby. To top it off, I just completed my first 5K and signed up for a mud-obstacle run next month. This is truly a humongous accomplishment in itself for me, considering that I REALLY HATE TO RUN.
I would lastly like to give a shout out to my fellow bootcampers in the BACK CORNER. You all are such a positive, entertaining, inspiring group and are literally my fitness rock. I love how we have formed such endearing bonds and still push each other’s limits. It might appear as if we are clowning around, however, we are just having mini-competitions against each other. I look forward to many years, yes years, of intense work-outs because I am so addicted to spinach shakes and Get A Grip.


 

Leda has done an amazing job! She has leaned out a ton and is stronger than ever! She is a machine! I was SO happy when Tammy (thanks, Tammy) brought her to our Lutz Boot camp. Leda had a ton of sponk and I knew she would fit right in. I could listen to her talk all day long also, with her accent.

She always give it 100%! I am looking forward to seeing what is next for her as she will surprise us!

Here is her story…

I was always a very active person. I walked, run, played sports, etc.  My lifestyle changed. I didn’t exercise much, gained some weight and I made no effort to change anything. I had a treadmill at home, but I was unable to stay motivated. Every single day I said to myself I will use the treadmill today and every single day I found an excuse not to.

My best friend, Tammy Thornhill, kept inviting me to join her at Get A Grip. One Saturday she took me with her to Carrie’s place (this is how I like to call it). It was hard, but also fun and a very interesting workout, so I thought I would give it a try. Once I decided to fully commit to the Get A Grip, I really went for it.

Over the last 15 months I changed my eating habits and I worked out consistently. My weight steadily decreased, my clothes were feeling looser, I had a lot more energy, I developed some muscles, hurray!!!

I felt better than ever. Exercising made me feel good and confident, which is extremely powerful. And I couldn’t do all this alone. There are so many people I would like to thank, starting with Tammy for introducing me at GAG; Carrie, for being such a great coach and motivator – You are really inspiring Carrie – thank you; my husband John, who is my greatest supporter and biggest fan; our GAG team and especially the 7 o’clock back corner “bundle of joy”. You guys rock. Thank you for pushing me to achieve more and more each time.

I look forward to more challenges and fun at GAG.

We look forward to them, too! Thanks, Leda!

So Proud of YOU!

Michele is one amazing lady! When I first meet her, I know she would become part of the Get a Grip Family in the Lutz location. She fit right in and worked hard. She mingled well with the gang and even had a little humor to go along with her. Within two weeks of starting boot camp I could already see her strength increase and her body composition changing. Hard work does pay off, and it does for her. She now needs a belt for her jeans (sorry, I couldn’t resist – well I could of). We all just love our mother hen. She even has her own little group inside our group that she has turned into addicted runners. They meet earlier at the Lutz Studio and run BEFORE boot camp.

It’s ok though, because she is unable to say NO to us and we can talk her into most anything. She caves to our peep pressure (which we secretly love). We are looking forward to seeing what else we can talk her into in the future. She is a gem!

Here is her story…

So, in case you don’t know me, I’m the quiet one in the front corner.  My story goes like this…

After years of supporting my kids in soccer and dance, fast food became the way of life and of course I began to gain weight, even though I was always athletic playing soccer and doing a little running. By 2007 I was my heaviest ever. With my son graduating high school I had a realization that I needed to do something, so I lost 50 lbs counting points, began running more, had some 5k success and played in a ladies soccer league. Then fast forward to my 2011 New Years Eve party, a little tequila and next thing you know I am committing to my first half marathon – Gasparilla 2012. I was so proud to complete it, but even though I was running more than ever I began gaining weight and my running times were getting slower.

 

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At the same time my personal life was in a state of change as well. My Father-in-law has terminal liver cancer and in September 2012 my husband moved in with him to provide around the clock care, my daughter left for her freshman year of college, and I was living alone for the first time in my life, empty nest…for real!

Finally I realized I needed something to change my focus, something I could control. I always wanted a ‘gym buddy’, I found regular gym classes boring, and ultimately I had no motivation. Although I still enjoyed running with friends, I had become frustrated with slower times due to my lack of resistance training. So as the good computer geek that I am, I researched local personal trainers, Crossfit, and other local bootcamps, but then I found Get a Grip Total Fitness. One phone call to Carrie and I knew I had to give it a try! Nervous that first class, I quickly knew I loved it! I lost weight, gained muscle as well as friends! I love seeing the encouragement between members, teamwork during Spartan, and especially Carrie dancing ;) Since joining in September my running has improved tremendously with 5k times I haven’t seen since 2009. I have completed two more half marathons and 3 Spartans. Influenced by ‘peer pressure’ this year I am planning two more half marathons, a duathlon and the Ragnar Relay. Most importantly, my motto is ‘running is cheaper than therapy’ and Get a Grip has kept me sane! When I am tired, unmotivated, depressed or frustrated at work…I am always one bootcamp away from a better attitude.

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My 2013 word is ‘Discover’…and it is amazing what I have already ‘Discovered’ about myself. Carrie and Get a Grip are stuck with me, and I am only beginning to ‘Discover’ what I can achieve!

Amy is no exception to the rule of someone how has done an amazing transformation both inside and out. She gives every workout 200%! As you will read below she has done SO MUCH in just under a year and things she never thought she would do. I couldn’t be more proud of her! She is great girl and I look forward to her smiley face every boot camp session she attends. She has had many accomplishments/milestones in just under a year. Who knows where her craziness will take her, but I do know she will be seeked out for more new and fun adventures. hint-hint!! READ her story (Congrats, Amy!)
 
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Groupon! That is how I “found” Carrie! I had just signed up with Groupon and one of the first “notices” I received from them was a 21 day belly blast groupon with Get a Grip Fitness. 21 days? I can do that….easy! So I signed up (along with my boyfriend) and have been SO thankful ever since! My story is no different from many. After years of being able to “run off” a few extra pounds, it seemed that now I was in my 30s, it was harder and harder to lose weight or tone up. I tried everything…P90X, Insanity, Ellipticals, Treadmills, etc. and nothing REALLY worked. And I am not a gym rat. I don’t like being stuck on pieces of equipment (I blame it on adult ADD)! I needed something challenging and something accountable. Working out at home was too easy for me to “put off”.   So I bought the groupon and thought…perfect….21 days and I’m done….WRONG. I got hooked! 21 days turned into 3 more months that turned into almost a year later and I love it! Carrie is such an amazing person! She has made so many things “click” for me. The first 21 days were an eye opener. I thought, “I’ve gotten through P90X & Insanity so this should be easy….WRONG again!   Her workouts are killer! I was sore in places I have never been before and I loved it! I followed the 21 days and lost 6 pounds and more importantly INCHES. It wasn’t just her workouts either it was the meal plans. I was eating what I thought was “healthy” and I was WRONG AGAIN. No wonder I couldn’t tone up…I was eating lite this, fiber one that, Special K snacks….GROSS!   During the 21 days, I took one of Carrie’s nutrition classes and it all sank in. It’s not just the exercise….it’s what you’re putting into your body!   Now I love my green smoothies and am addicted to Gogi Berries and Spinach! 

What I love most about Get a Grip is the atmosphere. I have met so many wonderful people that I call friends! My “back corner” group keeps me accountable and pushes me farther than I’ve ever pushed myself before. I would not be where I’m at without them. Since joining Get a Grip a year ago I have done 10 times more than I thought I could. 3 Spartans (with the last one timed at 59 minutes), RUNNING (which I always said I hated but now I love), Cardio Cave (LOVE LOVE LOVE Cardio Cave) and a Mud Obstacle Run! I can’t believe how much I’ve done in under a year.   The fact that I love to run now is all due to Carrie and Get a Grip. I would not have the stamina or endurance to finish my runs without the amazing training/support that Carrie provides!  

I have one (or more) 5k’s scheduled each month this year with my goal of 2 half marathons in November! I can’t wait to see what 2013 has in store for all the amazing people at Get a Grip Fitness!

 
 Jenn, Marci, and Amy! Part of the “Back-Corner Crew”

Lana came to Get a Grip a year ago as a guest with Sherri Lennon. She was very quiet and I was a little hesitate that she would stay. I should have known better if Sherri was involved:) All’s I can say is WOW! She has come SO far on her fitness level and Body composition. I had to laugh on her last goal sheet, she wanted to drop 2 jean sizes!!!!! FYI – she doesn’t have anything else to lose.  I had to break it to her, that there would be nothing left of her and she just laughed. I think she gets it now. On a serious note, she was very motivated and has done a HUGE transformation inside and out…SO Proud of her!

 

Here is Lana’s Story…

 

 My story began when I got on the scale and I weighed as much as I did when I was pregnant. I was active playing softball for years but, when I stopped and continued to eat the same with no activity gradually I gained weight. I wasn’t happy with myself and with the weight gain so, I just bought my pants larger.  Sherri invited me to GAG to see if this is something that I would be interested in. I was hooked from the first day. Carrie is a motivator and encourages you that anything can be achieved that you put your mind to. I started with the 21 day muffin top contest and then the hot for holidays which helped me to eat healthy and exercise. Throughout the contests starting in September I have lost 24 pounds. I did my first 5k on February 2nd in 30:04 and it was very rewarding. I’m not a runner so, my challenge is to increase my time and build up my endurance. I have done the Spartan 1000 3 times and am going to do my 4th one on February 22nd. The Cardio Cave was a great addition to boot camp for me and I really like the intense cardio workout. I’ve been a GAG member for a year now and I look forward to boot camp and the next challenge.

 Thanks Carrie for giving me the confidence in myself!


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Thank you Lana for being a part of the GAG Family!

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