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Wendy recovers from two C-Sections and is back in Top Form

Wendy Kravjansky recovers from 2 c-sections after having twin boys and a daughter. She was able to gain back all of her muscle tone, strength and energy!

Amanda Bertoldi makes a Full Recovery from Near Fatal Car Accident

Amanda Bertoldi makes a full recovery from near fatal car accident which fractured her back, shattered her jaw, and left her with seizures and depression.

Alessia conquers Negative Body Image and boosts Self Esteem

Alessia played the “big-girl” persona so others couldn’t use her weight to hurt her, but then decided she was done with the struggle and found a program that works for her!

Michael achieves Lifestyle Balance and a Clean bill of Health

  After moving to Toronto Michael’s career took off but his lifestyle balance was thrown out of whack until his doctor gave him the wake up call.   I moved to Toronto for career purposes, and by 2011 I was doing very well in my work life. However, my health needed more balance and I…

BBD Member wins Miss. Canada’s Top Choice 2018

Despite her busy career as a junior lawyer, Bodies By Design member, Preya Singh, won the overall title Miss. Canada’s Top Choice 2018 along  Miss. People’s Choice 2018 and Miss. Charity 2018!

Fitness Program helps Salsa Dancer

Fitness program helps Salsa Dancer, Sandani, lose 20 pounds and make huge strides as a dancer. The Setback/Wake-Up Call/The Goal Almost over a year ago, I found myself, for once, taking a small break from school. I spent this time traveling and enjoying things that I hadn’t had the time to do – such as…

Jesse turns a self-abuse story into a self-care success

Jesse turns a self-abuse story into a self-care success My fitness journey hasn’t been smooth or easy by any stretch of the imagination, but it has been worth all the ups and downs that I have experienced throughout the years. It wasn’t too long ago when I used to dread going to the gym and…

Bianca loses it – gains it back – loses it for Good

Oops, I did it again… I gained 45lb. It was difficult to swallow after working so hard to become a Bodies By Design Star Profile. I promised myself it wasn’t going to happen this time, but it did. The dreaded pregnancy weight gain and that continued for a year postpartum. I felt that I failed myself,…

Harpreet lost over 131lbs in 8 months!

        Before I started going to the gym on a consistent basis, I was particularly lazy, sitting at home, eating a lot, playing lots of video games and watching TV. I felt unhealthy and though I didn’t lack confidence I wasn’t oozing confidence either. I wasn’t genuinely happy with how I looked or felt either, and…

Baby Boomer Brenda Bowd says it’s never too late

Seven years ago, as an aging ‘baby boomer,’ I took responsibility for improving my personal well-being. Restaurant food and a sedentary lifestyle were taking their toll. I was 30 pounds overweight, well along the path to becoming pleasantly plump. With an elevated body mass index and reduced energy level, my self-esteem was plummeting. My wake-up…

Fitness changed Frank Zamparo’s life

Like some previous contributors to this newsletter, I am writing to bear witness that being fit can make a difference in your life. In my case it helped me overcome my encounter with flesh eating disease – a very rare condition that afflicts less than 150 people a year in Canada. It started out innocently…

Diagnosis doesn’t discourage Rosa Melia

In December of 2003, I began the journey that every woman fears – I was diagnosed with breast cancer.  I was in good health with no history of the disease and so the diagnosis came as a complete shock to myself and everyone around me.  My treatment started with a lumpectomy, followed by a mastectomy…

Michael Lacaria overcomes Guillain-Barré Syndrome

For most people, April 1, 2005, was just another April Fool’s Day, but what happened to me was no joke. I remember that day like no other, as it was the start of the worst month of my life, and it would lead me to being diagnosed with Guillain-Barré Syndrome. When I woke up that…

Client Special Achievement – “I had gone from a 115lb athlete to a 150lb overweight student” Marie B.

Throughout high school, I was always very active. I was captain of my provincial soccer team, playing 4+ times a week and I also played with the school soccer and volleyball teams. Halfway through high school, however, I tore my ACL. Between waiting for knee surgery and recovering from the procedure, I was sedentary for…

Gabe Conquers the Tough Mudder event

Gabe never thought he would conquer something as gritty and challenging as the Tough Mudder event but with the support of his family he completed the event! On Saturday, August 16, 2014, I participated and completed the Tough Mudder, which is an 18-km obstacle course. It was quite a challenge,as it tested me physically, mentally…

Daniel and Catti Conquer the CN Tower Climb!

  One day in February, I received a challenge from my personal trainer, Daniel Di Luccio to climb 1776 of the CN tower in support of the World Wildlife Fund.  I was shocked and surprised.  Shocked because Daniel thought I could do it and surprised because I accepted the challenge. I am not athletic and…

Diana uses a Personal Trainer &Treadmill Training for a 10K

To prepare for the Sporting Life event Diana used a Trainer and Treadmill Training for a 10K As a child I had always enjoyed running, and I maintained the activity into adulthood. After I became pregnant with my first child I continued to run on the treadmill, but as I entered my third trimester running…

Monique’s Quit Smoking and Start Running Program!

  I was an athletic teenager growing up and unfortunately. like many before me, I took up smoking as a means to “relieve stress” when I was 18. I gradually went from a casual smoker to a heavy smoker who smoked up to a pack a day. Ironically, I still enjoyed being active, however, my…

You only have one body and you should respect it

I was already in good shape and I was doing pretty intensive yoga for three years, and doing cycling and other things like that, but then I had a medical condition that came up – I ended up getting prostate cancer. So during the times of the treatment they were going to give me medication…

Antonia G – Life After Star Profile

  1) What was life like after being a Star Profile? The timeframe leading up to my Star Profile achievement was an exciting and challenging time. There was a goal to be met and every day was filled with excitement and challenges.  And then all of a sudden, it’s over. The weight was off, the…

Paul & Mary get into Top Shape for their 25th Wedding Anniversary

Paul & Mary celebrated their 25th Wedding Anniversary both feeling and look younger after getting into Top Shape! My wife and I have known each other for half our lives. During that time we have tried to stay as active as possible for our own health and to be good role models for our 11-year-old…

Tasha living her dream to compete at the Olympia Bikini Competition

Tasha, a Bodies By Design Client, qualifies for a National Bikini Competition after recently placing 4th at the Ontario Bikini Competition!   A lot has changed since my first special achievement feature. I left off having competed at my first bikini bodybuilding show and being in the process of prepping for my second.  My second…

Laura Celebrates 1 Year of Keeping Weight off after Weight Loss!

1 Year later after losing 40 pounds and 12 dress sizes … She’s Keeping Weight off after Weight Loss!! My 1st Anniversary of becoming a Star Profile…My Journey to Wellness continues. As I look back over the past year, I realize that not only have I become physically stronger, but mentally & emotionally too! I…

Sally see’s Results and her Fitness Addiction Began!

Sally lost 10 lbs after starting the GRIP Personal Training program and her fitness addiction began! Four years ago at the age of 43 I was a size 11, I was 50 pounds overweight and I knew that something had to change. So that’s when my weight loss journey began. With a lot of hard…

Mary B – Battles with Perimenopause Weight Gain

Three years ago I set a goal and I achieved it. It’s truly an honour to be part of the “Wall of Fame” at Bodies By Design. After becoming a Star Profile, I honestly thought it would be smooth sailing as I now had control and all the the tools I needed to continue with…

Sylvia’s battle with Colon Cancer

I wake up every morning thinking what more could have possibly happened to me. Throughout most of my life I have been a healthy and vibrant person, always smiling and happy, and always there for my family and friends. I gave it my all. Having three children: one 32, my second 27, and my baby,…

Michela prepares for the Miss Teen Canada 2015

Michela prepares for the Miss Teen Canada 2015 by focusing on her fitness goals with the help of Bodies By Design! In late January, the very exciting Miss Teenage Canada preliminary competition took place in Toronto.Over 40 girls came together in the hopes of being crowned Miss Teenage Ontario and advancing to Nationals. After achieving…

Bianca’s Spartan Race Experience – Are YOU unbreakable?

Bianca never thought she would conquer something as challenging as the Spartan Race but with the help of her trainers she did just that! It has been a little over a year since I began my journey at Bodies By Design. Never would I have imagined that this achievement could be possible – I finished…

Yvonne P – Finds Beauty in Strength

I am an enthusiastic starter and try to do all things necessary to make any attempt successful. However, after starting, I find myself wanting and the journey getting stretched to no end, which makes it harder to stay focused and positive.This is something that I have struggled with, and thinking that I’d be starting a…

Megan lost 30lbs and gained knowledge with a help of a trainer

It all started when I began college – the drinking, poor diet and lack of exercise. My school program was very time consuming, and as the weight started to pile on, I just used that for my excuse. “I don’t have time to go to the gym, I need to buy my lunch, I didn’t…

Matt – Member Spotlight

  Before stepping foot into the gym, I was a much different person both physically and mentally. My high school years consisted of little to no physical activity, with a diet that was both inconsistent and unplanned. As a result, I was a skinny person, without any abs, probably due to late night sweets. Most…

Christine L – Member Spotlight

  For most of my life I was never a big fitness fan or a health nut either (unless you call having a Flakie, pop and pizza for lunch healthy), but thankfully, despite the lack of effort in the being healthy department, I didn’t have any major weight issues to overcome. Even after gaining about…

Maria-Alicia S. — Member Spotlight

When I was asked to be a Member Spotlight and share my story, I was both excited and nervous to share it with everyone. Before I started at Bodies by Design I was in relatively decent shape until I turned 18. At that age my weight hit an all-time high and that’s when I started…

Member Spotlight — Marisa

It is a journey and by no means a static event.  I have been on the ebb and flow of this ride since having completing my studies. Married and two beautiful children later, I am here sharing my experiences with you at the most integral point in my life. After turning 40 I experienced many…

Member Spotlight – Dalbir Dubb

  Member spotlight – Dalbir Before Life before working out… ahh, don’t remind me! I always felt tired, grouchy and overall extremely exhausted. I would get 8 hours of sleep every night yet feel like I haven’t slept in years. I began to miss out on life itself, not attending any events or gatherings because…

Mihir – membership spotlight

For the most of my life, I have been somewhat active. From being on multiple sports teams in high school to soccer, basketball, and dragon boating while at UofT, I have always been into a competitive sport. However, after graduating from the Rotman School of Management and getting back into the workforce, life became very…

Anna – Member Spotlight

    I grew up in a traditional Italian home; I didn’t eat much processed foods growing up. My mother believed that you should make everything from scratch. I remember being in my early teens when I started thinking about my weight and the way I looked I was always very conscientious because I felt…

Shirin Q – Membership Spotlight

  Before getting married I would routinely spend four to five days a week at the gym. After getting married I continued to go to the gym, but less frequently. After having two kids, I was able to get close to my pre-pregnancy weight, but I was never able to achieve the same physical strength.…

Member Spotlight – Carmine

In my early teens, I played many sports, but predominantly hockey. Being smaller than most hockey players at the time, perusing weight training to gain more size and strength was always on my mind. I grew up in Vaughan, ON and by the age of 19, Bodies by Design was the first fitness center I…

Member Spotlight – Vanessa

Before I started working out life was pretty boring. I found myself being lazy and taking many naps because I was always studying and didn’t have another hobby to keep myself busy.  I always thought about toning up my body but never actually took the next step to sign up to the gym because after…

Daniel S – Member Spotlight

  Since I was young, I was always involved in many sports such as hockey, baseball, swimming, and skateboarding. My eating habits were not always the greatest, but I think it is safe to say that none of ours were when we were in our early teens. So I would say my life before I…

Natassia healthy lifestyle triggered by a car accident

My life before fitness was very fast paced and hectic. Everything I ever did revolved around work and school. I was a full-time student in my second year of Business Administration and worked pretty much full-time hours at TD Canada Trust. It didn’t help that both of those were on opposite ends of the GTA.…

Lonnie makes FIGHT weight!

  I feel I have been in shape now for a few years, but for a long time I was training without specific goals. I was training regularly at both Bodies by Design and Gracie Humaita Jiu Jitsu Woodbridge. Doing both activities not only kept me busy, it also kept me in shape. My biggest…

Tasha hits the stage for her first Fitness Competition!

Tasha, a Bodies By Design client, competes in her first fitness competition and finds her new passion through the labour of exercise! Click the link to read more about Tasha’s Special Achievement https://www.bodiesbydesign.ca/the-results/special-achievements/tasha-hits-the-stage-for-her-first-fitness-competition/

Special Achievement: “Your body gives you 24 hours a day, all it needs is 1 hour back each day” – Tom R.

When I turned 50 a while ago, I was a little overweight, maybe 15 pounds. I noticed I was slowing down because the little things were taking more effort. I smoked, ate on the road and had blood pressure and cholesterol issues – it was not a good combination. I own a business so all…

Mother of 2 completes Tough Mudder Training

Stefania completes Tough Mudder Training and finishes the event with her husband!   “The most amazing part of completing this challenge was being able to tell my 9 year old daughter what Mommy did and to show her how strong women are. Also, the expression on my 7 year old son’s face when he saw…

Special Achievement: Italo gets fit and takes on the Granfondo Italia

Bodies By Design Clients and teamates, Mark, Italo and Domenic. Four years ago, at the age of 36, I was living my normal life like anybody, going to work, working long hours, owning my own business – I thought life was good but I was overweight. I felt sluggish and tired. I just thought that…

Tasha hits the stage for her first Fitness Competition!

    Tasha, a Bodies By Design client, competes in her first fitness competition and finds her new passion through the labour of exercise! My recent accomplishment was participating in my first fitness competition in the bikini division of the Ontario Physique Association show on May 11, 2013, in Mississauga. I had been training for…

Mark R. – Life After Bodies by Design’s Star Profile Challenge

How is life after Bodies by Design’s star profile challenge?  Life has been great! The base and progress I made in my earlier years has laid the foundation for an active and enjoyable time. I now cycle, play baseball, hockey, ski and golf … all with a lot of energy and impact. The weight plan…