“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!