“The people at Pro Fitness make working out enjoyable and keep me coming back!”

     LINDSEY VAN BEEK

I began my weight-loss journey seven years ago after having my second child.  I joined weight watchers and then developed a workout routine at home with videos and running.  I lost 75 pounds over three years but came to a plateau in my weight loss, and started looking for workouts that were challenging.  My co-worker introduced me to Insanity classes with Chrystal and I was hooked.  Her classes were challenging and fun but after a few years the classes ended.  I joined the YMCA but the fitness classes were not for me.  I was at a plateau and wanted to find a gym that suited my individual needs.

I found Chrystal and joined Pro Fitness about two years ago.  I regularly attend Chrystal’s Core and More, Super Strong, and Doug’s Boot Camp classes.  I LOVE them all!  The routines are always different and challenging, and Chrystal and Doug push me past my limits.  Not only has my strength increased, but I’ve noticed physical changes to my body.  I’ve also met so many wonderful people and have gained a lot of new friendships.

Initially my goal was to lose 15 pounds.  Now my goal now is to strengthen, tone, and then try to lose a few more pounds, but not obsess over the number on the scale.  The changes I have made have given me more energy for my kids and I feel comfortable in my clothes.

Moving forward I want to continue to strengthen, tone, and maintain a healthy weight.  The people at Pro Fitness make working out enjoyable and keep me coming back!

Persistence and hard work pay off! Heidi has been a Pro Fitness Client for 10 years and has never given up on her quest toward a healthy lifestyle!

                                  HEIDI BIMMEL

My fitness journey is an ever evolving roller coaster, and I’m *mostly* ok with that.

I began training at Pro Fitness in 2009 and haven’t stopped (with the exception of being on bed rest while pregnant and post pregnancies). I began working with a trainer because I easily get lost and overwhelmed in the gym. I also need to have appointments or I will stop showing up after about a month.

When I started at Pro Fitness a decade ago, I wanted to lose some weight and within 9 months, I had met that goal. That was nice while it lasted, but in the past 10 years, including two pregnancies, I’ve gained that weight back and then some.

This past fall, I recommit myself to getting healthier. I continue to work out with Cindy twice a week and also ride a stationary bike at home 6 days a week. I am also working hard to find balance in my relationship with food. I am working on moderation, especially of sweets. I have always had a sweet tooth and while I have completely cut them out in the past, it doesn’t last and then I overindulge. Through doing this, I have lost about 25 pounds since fall.

My new goals are to continue with my workout program and continuing to chip away at my weight loss while moderating my sweet tooth.

March 2019 Client Spotlight

                     STEVE RUKAMP

Pro Fitness is excited to put the spotlight on Steve Rukamp this month!  Congratulations from staff and friends at Pro Fitness!

I have been coming to Pro Fitness for about 2 years.  I ran into Chrystal teaching Group Fitness class at the YMCA.  I had met her and Rich many years ago and reconnected.  After a few weeks of taking her classes at the YMCA, I heard about her Core class at Pro Fitness.  With some gentle ribbing, I was convinced to give the Core class a try and have not looked back.

The Core class quickly turned into attending multiple classes per week.  I was introduced to Cindy and decided to try some personal training.  I was welcomed into her small Group Training sessions where I enjoy the unique and challenging workouts she creates.  These workouts have continued to push and challenge me beyond the Group Fitness classes.  The Personal Training and Group Fitness sessions has allowed me to meet many new people and create some lasting friendships.

I initially I got into fitness about 10 years ago.  I turned 40 and was very unhappy with my weight and lack of fitness discipline.  I joined the YMCA and began working out with the goal of losing some weight and improving my overall health.  I was about 50 pounds over my weight goal, had extremely high cholesterol, and my triglycerides were off the chart.  The journey was a long, slow process that had many highs and lows.

As I began losing weight, I realized that my diet also needed to change.  It forced me to prioritize and look at many parts of my daily life differently.  I now make time to work out almost every day.  Sometimes I will even drive 4 hours to get back to Green Bay in time for Chrystal’s Core class on Thursday Nights.  I have also learned to make different & better choices of what goes into my body.  Both the fitness and diet get challenged regularly as I travel for work and spend many nights in hotels and eating at restaurants.  In 2018 I was asked to co-lead a project that required me to be out of town 5 days per week, every week.  Once this project was completed in the fall of 2018, I found myself again over weight and not feeling healthy.  With the help of Group Fitness and Group Training, I was able to refocus and get my weight and health back under control.

My goal moving forward is to maintain a healthy, fit lifestyle.  I will continue to participate in as many Group Fitness and small Group Training sessions as I can each week.  I have also joined a gym near our Corporate Office that allows me to continue working out regularly.  I have signed up to participate in a Terrain Race this fall and want to be prepared physically for this challenge

I want to thank the staff at Pro Fitness.  I have been able to meet many new people and develop some great friendships while being challenged and pushed.  Everyone at Pro Fitness has always made me feel welcome and included.  I especially want to thank Chrystal and Cindy for their energy and dedication to my fitness and health journey.

February 2019 Client Spotlight

     PHIL & MICHELLE BREDAEL

Pro Fitness is excited to put the spotlight on Phil & Michelle Bredael this month!  Congratulations from staff and friends at Pro Fitness!

Three years ago Phil and Michelle started their journey at Pro Fitness.  The pair was already familiar with Chrystal, having trained with her for nine years.

Phil and Michelle each had different goals in mind when they began personal training.  “Michelle initially started to get more disciplined in reaching her fitness goals.  She wanted to lose weight and achieve the discipline and motivation to maintain her weight loss.  I started six months later after joining Michelle for a workout and realizing that fitness needed to become a regular part of a more balanced lifestyle.  We both feel more fulfilled when a good workout is part of our regular routine.”

Going forward, Phil and Michelle have a couple of goals they’re working toward.  “Making it to the gym on a constant basis is important to both of us and trying to push little harder each time during our workouts.”

 

January 2019 Client Spotlight

 

                                 GREGG BUSHNER

Pro Fitness is excited to put the spotlight on Gregg Bushner this month!  Congratulations from staff and friends at Pro Fitness!

I started training at Pro Fitness in 2006, back at the old place on Anderson Drive.  My wife, Jackie, was training with Doug and, since I have a history of back surgeries, I decided it was time to help myself so that I wasn’t throwing out my back every other month.  Training ended up becoming kind of a “date” for Jackie and me.  Something we could do together that was healthy.  I don’t miss dragging the tire around the building though!

My initial goals included strengthening my core so that I didn’t throw out my back as much.  I went from throwing out my back 4 to 8 times a year to once every couple of years, thanks to Doug and all of the trainers at Pro Fitness.  I’ve worked out with all of them!  Jackie got into triathlons because of Doug which got me going with biking.  We love going for an occasional bike ride now…some say I’m even a bit competitive (wink wink).  I also like the holistic approach of Pro Fitness, always talking about health beyond exercise.  I heard about the keto lifestyle from Pro Fitness, took up keto in May, and am down 36 pounds.

Goals going forward include continuing my program to keep my back in good shape.  Lisa is currently doing an awesome job helping me with that.  I also want to push myself to get to the gym more often.

For me, this journey has not been about losing weight, but about feeling better and getting my back stronger.  I didn’t focus on weight until I started on the keto lifestyle.  The weight loss in turn has helped me feel better as well.  I’d like to add for anyone considering training, I couldn’t be happier with Pro Fitness.  Everyone is so supportive and truly cares about the well-being of all the clients.  This place is full of family members to me.  The encouragement never ceases and I love the fact that each trainer has a little different spin on things.  The variety is awesome!  Lastly, KEEP THE HAIR(less) BAND MUSIC PUMPING THROUGH THOSE SPEAKERS!

December 2018 Client Spotlight

                    JEANNE WOLF

My goal was to lose 10 lbs and get back into shape after a long recovery from foot surgery.  I just couldn’t get myself motivated to get back into exercise with my new limitations and eating right.

After a friend recommended her, I initially met with Colleen Ducke for personal coaching.  She encouraged me to set mini goals and to try Chrystal’s boot camp.  I went, I tried, and I literally cried, right there in the middle of boot camp.  I tried telling myself there is no crying in boot camp but it didn’t help.  Looking back, everyone was super encouraging but I was just so very disappointed with how much endurance and fitness I had lost in 1 1/2 years.  I survived boot camp, dried my tears, and called for personal training later that day.  I needed accountability along with encouragement and I needed to be challenged.

Doug answered the call to all of that and more.  When I blamed hormones and menopause, he showed me pictures of women my age and challenged me to keep going.  When I blamed pain in my foot, he gave me different exercises.  He didn’t allow me to have any excuses.  He also helped me find a new way of eating, where I no longer have cravings for sweets or any time where I am feeling famished.  I can travel all day and not miss having to eat.  I travel a lot so that was a huge victory for me.

As far as my goals, I couldn’t have done it without the encouragement of Doug, Colleen, Chrystal, and Lisa.   I am down 2 clothing sizes, hiking with my grandchildren, wearing a swimsuit in public, and I even did push-ups on a glacier in Alaska.  I can’t wait to see what I will accomplish in 2019!

November 2018 Client Spotlight

                                 LAURIE WALTERS

Pro Fitness is excited to put the spotlight on Laurie Walters this month!  Congratulations from staff and friends at Pro Fitness!

I started coming to Pro fitness about 11 years ago. I was an avid runner and would meet up with friends twice a week to run. One day I pulled up injured and had to  discontinue my running routine. My friend suggested we start going to a gym, and get a trainer to stay focused, help us get into a new routine and back on track to health.

This has been one of my best lifestyle decisions.  I find that having friends that you work out with to keep you honest, accountable, motivated, and on track is invaluable.  Working with Doug has been a lot of fun, yet intense, hard work resulting in great core strength and mental health. Pro fitness offers specialized training that will target whatever activity is next on your ticket. Whenever one event has passed, Doug will ask what is next and he will tailor our workout to get us ready to tackle our next adventure.

I currently do some running at a more relaxed pace, and I just completed the Door County Fall 50 relay with a great group of friends.   I also did my first Triathlon this year (a bucket list item I had retired and now I can cross off as completed). This is my 6th year of participating in The Warrior Dash 5K obstacle mud run and, many times throughout the course, I thank Pro Fitness for all the core work I have done through the year.  I love this! 

I was able to ride 2130 miles on my road bike this summer.   I find my freedom where I can fly and lose myself, or solve the world’s problems through meditation, or lively conversation with friends as the miles pass by.  I also used to drink quite heavily and found myself on a destructive path; but through perseverance and determination I have been drink free for 26 years and counting, as of August 2nd.   I live a much healthier, more successful active lifestyle and enjoy every day.

My goals are to be able to go hiking, jump on my bike, curl, row, snorkel, snowshoe, skate ski, rollerblade or whatever opportunity arises now and far into retirement. I know that strength training allows me to be able to tackle simple tasks of raking the yard or shoveling snow along with all my play time activities.  It is always nice to know that if I have a question on nutrition or supplements, I can find an answer by asking Doug.  If he isn’t familiar with the topic, he will research it and have an answer next time I see him.

One of the things I would like to work on is balance, many activities require you to have a good sense of balance and I find that I am not as strong in this area and need some work. There is a phrase that I live by “you don’t stop playing because you grow old…YOU GROW OLD BECAUSE YOU STOP PLAYING.”

October 2018 Client Spotlight

                     DANIEL PAGEL

Pro Fitness is excited to put the spotlight on Daniel Pagel this month!  Congratulations from staff and friends at Pro Fitness!

In 2009 Daniel was looking for a new place to personal train and discovered Pro Fitness.  “I had worked with a trainer in the past.  When that person left the area, I was looking for someone new because I would never do the things a trainer has you do.  It’s more time efficient, and I work best when I have an appointment that keeps me committed to exercise.”

Daniel’s initial goals were to have strength to continue working as a hair stylist, and also to look good naked!  “Working with a trainer who encourages you to be your best helps me stay focused and make better choices in my diet & exercise, and all aspects of my life.  I have better posture and strength, which really helps me get through long days at the salon.  My weight fluctuates a few pounds here & there, but I’ve managed to maintain a solid 40 pound weight loss over the past ten years or so.  Another bonus is my HDL (good cholesterol) levels are up 12 points.”

In the past, Daniel always focused on final fitness and/or weight loss goals.  Now he focuses on the journey, rather than the end result!

“Find someone you connect well with to train you.  Jason has made training fun and focuses on my specific fitness needs while encouraging and challenging me with respect for my limitations as the journey continues.  Recently, I had trouble getting to my appointment with Jason.  He immediately offered to travel to my home and train me there instead.  I really appreciate Jason for going above & beyond to help me stay on track.”

September 2018 Client Spotlight

                     TIM & JODIE OLEJNICZAC

Pro Fitness is excited to put the spotlight on Tim & Jodie Olejniczak this month!  Congratulations from staff and friends at Pro Fitness!

Tim and Jodie began their Pro Fitness journey after deciding it was time to make some healthy lifestyle changes.  “We were looking for a better understanding of workout plans, diet plans, and routines.”  That was three years ago, and they’ve been training with Lisa, twice a week, ever since!

Tim and Jodie had a number of goals in mind when they began personal training.  “We’d like to improve flexibility, strength, and overall conditioning.”  Their dedication and hard work has paid off!  “Tim has especially benefited from the changes we’ve made to our lifestyle.  He is able to participate in music theatre and has greatly increased his flexibility and strength.” 

Positive changes have also made an impact on Tim and Jodie’s kids.  Jodie, along with their son, Ben, completed her first Bellin Run this year, and some of their other kids have become gym regulars.  Congratulations on completing your first 10K, Jodie and Ben!

Going forward, Tim and Jodie hope to keep up the healthy habits and exercise routine that Lisa has helped them work toward over the past three years.  “We are so happy to have found Pro Fitness and we love Lisa!”

August 2018 Client Spotlight

                                      PAT GUIDRY

Pro Fitness is excited to put the spotlight on Pat Guidry this month!  Congratulations from staff and friends at Pro Fitness!

In October of 2015, my husband, Darvey, had a fall and suffered injuries that left him a quadriplegic.  He also suffered a traumatic brain injury.  Up to that point we both worked out 5-6 days a week at the YMCA, and my only fitness goal was to not gain back the 120 pounds I lost about 12 years ago by eating less and walking more.  I only did cardio each day and never even tried any weight training, as I wasn’t that interested.

After Darvey’s fall, so many things changed, and I needed to be strong mentally and physically.  That’s when I decided I needed some help.  I had known Cindy for awhile because I am a client at her nail salon.  She was, and is, so kind and compassionate.  Talking with her was so helpful for me.  I knew I needed to do something for my stress issues, so joining Pro Fitness and training with Cindy made a lot of sense.  My initial goals were to relieve stress, get stronger physically and lose a few pounds.

Working with Cindy has made me so much stronger physically.  Darvey is in a wheelchair and I need to be able to push him up hills, take him on long walks, and get him anywhere he needs to go.  The chair with him in it weighs 325 pounds.  Without training, I would not be able to do that.  I was pretty fragile mentally when I started training, and I feel I’ve come a long way in that department also.  Just talking with Cindy, other staff, trainers and clients helps keep me feeling happier and motivated. Working out early mornings has been a real blessing for me.  It’s great to see the smiling faces at 5:30 in the morning!  Tammy always has a kind word for all, and fellow client, Thom, is always rowing and smiling when I get there.  It’s fun to watch Chrystal and her fitness group grinding it out.

I’m really grateful I decided to train with Cindy at Pro Fitness.  Besides being stronger, my health has improved.  I’ve always had high blood pressure which is much better, plus I have great cholesterol numbers.  Moving forward, I hope to get even stronger and continue to work on my food choices.