Michelle: When my husband and I met in the year 2000, I weighed 140 pounds and wore size 12 pants. When my husband left for Kuwait in January of 2009 I weighed over 175 pounds! I was fed up with how I felt about myself and decided to get myself in shape while he was gone so he’d have a surprise when he would return.
When I had gained weight I was always worried about people staring at and judging me, which is why I had been so hesitant in becoming a gym member. However, I soon realized that at Viking Fitness Center no one judged, no one stared and everyone was very eager to help and answer questions. I started my journey in January of 2009 and by January of 2010 I weighed 135 pounds
and wore size seven pants.
My husband was so shocked when he came home!
I have never felt so healthy! Before, I ate because food tasted good, but now I have learned to eat to live and not to live to eat. After my sessions with Lynnette, a great personal trainer, I learned a lot not only about eating right, but about the value of both cardiovascular exercise and resistance training. Whenever I have a question I always know that I can ask any trainer, not just my own, and they help without a concern of compensation. Being healthy has become a lifestyle for not only me, but for my entire family.
Thank you, Viking Fitness Center!!
Melissa: Over the past two years, I’ve lost a lot of weight and I’ve become firmed and toned. It’s not uncommon that we look at ourselves in the mirror and know that we’re just not happy with what we see; however, what we WANT to look like seems so impossible to achieve when we’ve managed to get so out of shape. Consequently, we get more and more discouraged as we get more and more out of shape.
Something happened in my personal life in 2007 that turned on a light bulb for me and I’m so very grateful that Viking Fitness Center was here for me to turn to. Because of the wonderful staff, the comfort level, the great bonding with many other supportive members and, of course, Viking’s trainers, equipment and classes, I’m happy in my own skin, my self confidence has improved, my general health has improved tremendously and my three children have noticed my increased energy levels. I’ve gone through some amazing physical and mental transformations. I actually enjoy shopping for clothes….I never, ever thought that I’d feel that I could look good in my clothes. My self image has improved so much.
Thank you, Viking Fitness Center.
Melinda: I can hardly remember a time in my life when I didn’t have a weight problem. Before I was married, I used to eat salads without dressing and eat ‘soup’ which was nothing but bouillon water to stay thin. I was not a healthy person at 103 pounds. I had a weight problem. After my third child was born I weighed close to 200 pounds. I was overweight, unhappy, unfit and very uncomfortable in my own skin. I still had a weight problem. Over the years I had tried many diets including Weight Watchers and Atkins. I lost weight, only to gain it back again plus a few more pounds. It seemed as though I could never find the healthy balance in my life that I needed.
On May 31, 2007, I was diagnosed with dilated cardiomyopathy. A virus had attacked my heart and it had become enlarged and inflamed. I was put on two different kinds of medication and was told that I needed to lose weight. I was determined to get better. I started eating a clean diet….avoiding refined sugars and staying away from pre-packaged and processed foods. But deep inside, the monster was still there and I had my days of binge eating. I had lost a good amount of weight, but the old habits were still there. It was a vicious cycle. I would binge on junk food, quit taking my vitamins and quit exercising. I would gain control again and it would start all over. I knew it was time to get serious. I had a choice to make; lose the weight to help my heart heal or end up with a pacemaker….or worse.
I was given a book by my niece on the benefits of eating raw foods. I started out one day at a time…which turned into a week…which turned into a month. I am still eating raw foods and loving it. My food diary consists of tons of raw vegetables, fruits, nuts and seeds. I make a variety of warm raw soups, dressings and delicious raw desserts. I eat when I’m hungry and rarely have cravings. I finally found what I had been searching for.
With the help and advice from personal trainers, I’ve learned how to get the most out of my strength training. I’ve learned new routines and how to challenge my body. I’ve learned how important it is to keep my body guessing by switching my workouts from week to week. I’m not afraid or ashamed to look in the mirror anymore. I like the person I see now. I stand up straighter and I am having so much fun buying new clothes!
I love being a part of the Viking Fitness family.
Kevin: It’s 2010 and I’m 22 years of age. Almost two years ago I weighed close to 450 pounds! Every day was the same thing: junk food and video games. Finally, one day, when I realized just how bad the weight was affecting my normal life I decided to take action. My mother and I went around searching for the best gym possible. We got to Viking and, not only were the fees very affordable, but Viking is right around the corner from my house.
The journey had begun. Every day was a new challenge. My mother bought a whole bunch of healthy food: salad, fruit, lean protein, etc. I also started drinking more water than I had previously. I went to the gym every day and would lift weights first, for about a half hour, and finish up with cardiovascular. Eventually, I progressed to lifting more weights and for a longer period of time, and of course my cardiovascular endurance has improved tremendously.
Today I weigh 258 pounds. I feel better, I’m faster, I’m stronger than I have ever been and my confidence has improved so much. I owe most of this to Viking Fitness Center. If it weren’t for Viking’s being there all the time and being open 24 hours/7 days a week, I don’t think I would have had the motivation and tools needed to get to where I am today. I’m also grateful for my friends who have been here to push me this far along.
Thank you, Viking Fitness Center!
Bill: In the ‘after’ picture I’m 38 years old. I have three beautiful daughters and one grand daughter. I love them very much and I enjoy spending quality time with them. They love how active I am and they appreciate all of the things that we do together Thirteen years ago, when I was 25 years old I weighed 235 pounds and I was rapidly growing towards having a 40-inch waist! I was 28% body fat. I now weigh 180 pounds, my waist measures 32 and I’m 12% body fat. I workout seven days a week and run three miles a day. I used to drink about three liters of pop a day! I no longer drink pop.
Were it not for Viking Fitness Center I wouldn’t be in the shape that I’m in today….and I certainly wouldn’t be able to enjoy my daughters the way I do. Being ‘in shape’ has literally changed my life! I look so forward to going to the gym to workout! It’s very rewarding and my day isn’t complete if I don’t workout.
Thank you, Viking Fitness Center!