A Bodies By Design Personal Training Client Star Profile shares her comeback story and how she was able to recover from illness
I have struggled with my weight for as long as I can remember. In my early 20s I was a size 13/14 and I was sharing clothes with my mom, which was quite frustrating for me as you can imagine. I was always trying to cover up, so I finally realized I had to do something. I joined a local gym, started working out, cutting back on my food portions, and slowly I started to see a difference. I continued to work out because I saw it was making a difference in my life. By the time I reached my early 30s I was in the best shape of my life. I loved working out, I was passionate about it, but unfortunately life threw me a curveball, and I got sick — so sick that I wasn’t able to work out at all. I was bed-ridden, I couldn’t walk and I had lost most of the mobility in my body for a year…
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Kris: Hey, Kris here from Bodies by Design Personal Training. We’re proud to announce our next client star profile story, Antonia. Antonia started working out in her twenties and by her thirties she finally had it figured out that she was lean and fit. In fact, she was in the best shape of her life. Then life hit her with a right hook and she was down for the count and she became very ill and bedridden for an entire year. So during her recovery, she had to re-learn how to exercise and she had some new physical limitations to deal with along with some extra weight to lose. So here’s Jennifer and Daniel who are her personal trainers and Antonia tell the next client star profile story.
Antonia: So things were … as far back as my twenties for me, with my weight and fitness and body issues and how I felt about myself, so I finally I realized that I had to do something. I joined the local gym. By the time I was about 32, 33, I was in the best shape of my life. Actually, the local gym here in Woodridge have asked me to go get my certification because I was there all the time. I loved working out. I was passionate about it. Then, unfortunately, I got sick. So sick that I wasn’t able to work out at all. I was bedridden. I couldn’t walk, really had lost most mobility in my body for a year. I went through a grueling rehab program and really worked hard at getting back on my feet. But all the time throughout that process, I was asking, “When can I get back into the gym?”
But then my dad got sick unfortunately. I had another setback. Once I got through that, my body had changed. All of a sudden, I didn’t know who I was. I didn’t recognize my body and I was working out with a trainer who kept insisting it was my hormones; it was my metabolism; it was my thyroid. So I kept trying the doctors, naturopaths, everything came back fine. So I finally got to the point where I thought, “I need to change. I need to do something different.” And that’s when I came here to The Body. I’m truly appreciative of this program because they gave me all of the tools that I needed to achieve my goals. Simple things like the online system where I logged my food, telling me how many calories I can eat in the day in order to achieve my goal. The workouts were challenging each and every time, but I loved it. It did something different.
Working the same body parts, just different exercises, never a dull moment [inaudible 02:52] the workouts. I look forward to them each and every time. I come in and I say, “OK, what are we doing today?” I am excited to be here. You know life is different because I lost the weight. I get up and I get dressed in the morning and I don’t feel like I have to hide myself anymore. My two trainers, they never brought up my condition. They never brought up my limitations. It was always, “You can do it. You can do it.” So believe in yourself and just go after what it is that you want and you’ll get there.
Daniel: When I first met Antonia she was definitely … it’s amazing. She came here and, you know, there was a lot of active bodies moving around the gym, but I could really see that she had the desire to really get it done.
Jennifer: I can remember when I first saw her I was wondering if there was somebody underneath that T-shirt, you know?
Daniel: She always came in in big clothes and we knew her body was getting better. She was getting more comfortable in her body and we kept trying to get her to go out and buy new clothes, buy new clothes. I wanted to go shopping with her to make sure she bought new clothes. She kept coming in in baggy clothes. So I think one day I came at you with a pair of scissors.
Antonia: Pair of scissors
Daniel: She ran. You know I just wanted to cut the sleeves off, maybe crop it a little bit and we wanted her to start feeling more confident in her own skin and kind of seeing herself for who she really is now and her improvements.
Jennifer: Antonia left me as a woman who knows what she wants. She pretty much, when she came in, she was telling us what she wanted in a trainer, what she wanted in a facility, how she wanted to improve her body because she was very discouraged.
Daniel: Jen and I really worked together on providing a program that would help increase her range of motion. When she came in, it was very limited. Her range on her squats was very, very, very limited. Through progressive exercising and stretching, we were able to get down to an optimal range.
Jennifer: The day she walked in here she was committed–with the workout, focusing, logging her food. The thing I liked about checking Antonia’s food log were like, it would always be a little tidbit in between her lunch and her dinner, but she always managed to stay under her calorie intake and never go over and always worked extra hard in the gym after.
Daniel: Our relationship is very entertaining. It’s the only way I can really put it. I enjoy every session that I have with her. We laugh. She cries sometimes. She complains a lot.
Antonia: I call him names I can’t say right now, but I do complain a lot. But I do that to Jen a little too.
Daniel: I enjoy it. It’s entertaining. She’s a driven woman. She’s a diva, driven, she’s powerful. She’s powerful.
Jennifer: Definitely someone to look up to. She’s an inspiration to me.
Antonia: Thank you.
Jennifer: She’s worked hard. She hasn’t given up. She shows up. She does what she’s supposed to do and she knows that this is going to have to be what she has to do for the rest of her life.
Antonia: I do. Couldn’t have asked for two better trainers.
Kris: Hey, Chris here again. I really hope you enjoyed Antonia’s story. It reminded me of a quote from Sylvester Stallone who said, “It’s not how hard you hit, but how hard you can get hit and keep going forward.” Antonia is a fighter, but better than that, she got hit the hardest. She was down for the count. She got up and kept moving forward. Because of that, she’s the champ. So until the next client star profile story, inspire to aspire and remember, the next story could be about you.
Antonia: (outtakes) He came at me with scissors. Did you want to talk about that? That feta cheese, he’s always on me about the feta cheese. No feta cheese this weekend. But I feel like I’m not saying enough about these guys. Because without these guys, I’m telling you, I couldn’t do it. This is actually very nerve-racking. Can you tell I’m nervous. Um, ooh, right, yeah. So three of us are going for dinner and we’re not logging in fat secret.