It’s not every day that an Olympian walks into your gym but that’s what happens every week when Brenda comes to see us for her group and private training sessions. As you may guess, Brenda has been no stranger to exceptionally high levels of fitness, both as a swimmer while growing up and as an aerobics instructor through her 20s and early 30s. But as often happens, life gets in the way, injuries occur, and health and fitness falls to the wayside.
Before being part of the Club Sweat family she wasn’t in the best of places. In her words, she was “Overweight and unhappy with a sense of hopelessness. A lack of confidence. Basically, I felt bad all of the time in all ways; physically, emotionally and mentally.”
Having tried many different approaches over the years nothing seemed to stick. She had done everything from the myriad of diets available, different exercise methods, counseling, and even hypnotherapy! Knowing that she responds well to coaching and accountability Brenda felt that working with a trainer would be key to turning her life around. It wasn’t until the nudge of her friend and fellow Club Sweat member, Denise, that she decided to come in and give us a try!
Coming in for both private and group training, Brenda gets the best of both approaches. She loves being challenged and has accountability not just from the trainers but from the whole Club Sweat family. Having previous injuries, all of the trainers are quick to provide modifications to exercises as necessary to keep Brenda continually progressing. In her private sessions, Brenda and her trainer Darek are consistently setting goals, achieving them, and setting new ones.
Like many people, the initial challenge was improving Brenda’s diet and approach to eating. Following a simple yet highly effective plan including food tracking, being consistent with it and having the accountability of her trainer (not only did she know that her trainer saw all of the food she had been eating, through tracking her meals Brenda knew perfectly well how she was eating as well), she has made some incredible progress!
She’s gotten stronger, lost weight, gotten her eating under control and perhaps most importantly regained a feeling of self-confidence from having achieved her goals, setting new ones and feeling better! Her view of herself has changed, from setting and achieving her goals, now she knows that she really can change!
What’s the future looking like for Brenda?
“Positive and excited! This can’t be done just in the gym or in the kitchen, it needs to be done in both
places, consistently. :)”
We’re excited for you too Brenda, and we’re all looking forward to seeing what you accomplish next!