Kevin Garthwaite – January 2023 Client Spotlight

When did you start training at Pro Fitness?

I joined May of 2021.  Due to the pandemic, my work office gym was no longer an option and working out at home was becoming difficult.  When things opened back up, I was in need of a place to get back on track. Pro Fitness was the first place I went to.

 What were your initial goals when you started?

I had just turned 39 and wanted to get into the best shape I could before I turned 40. I had already been a runner, but needed to get weight training back into my regimen.  I wanted to add muscle and strengthen my body so I could get faster and recover better from running.   I also wanted to feel better mentally. Pro Fitness has a great combination of free weights and machines and their flexible hours of operation help me stay disciplined in making my workouts.

How has the changes you’ve made impacted your lifestyle?

I feel better at 40 than I ever did in my 20’s and 30’s. Being in a regular workout routine has had physical benefits, but I would say it has done just as much if not more for my mental health.  I definitely have more energy. Staying active also helps you make better nutrition choices. I still enjoy some libations and good feasts, but having discipline to keep working out keeps you accountable and you don’t get the peaks and valleys. I have always had a hard time dealing with the Wisconsin winter “blahs”, but having a place to go to help your physical and mental health has been so valuable.

Going forward, what are your new goals?

I want to keep pushing forward to see how much better I can get with my running times and to keep seeing gains with my weight training. I also want to set a positive example for my children by staying active and healthy. My awesome wife has been super supportive and that keeps me moving forward.

Any extra thoughts you would like us to add?

I feel fortunate that I joined a place that is more than just a place to work out. I see people of all ages and abilities, and it is highly motivating to see. I enjoy the friendly staff and seeing familiar faces. The environment is fantastic and they really try to make fitness and health fun.  Keep on grinding and enjoy the journey!

Tom Kinnard – January 2023 Client Spotlight

When did you start training at Pro Fitness?

I started working with Cindy at Pro Fitness about 2013. Over the last 9 years it has been on and off depending on my schedule.

Why did you decide to begin working with a Trainer?

I had worked with a trainer in the past. I needed a set schedule with somebody to guide me and hold me accountable. It is easy for me to get in a routine of doing the same thing all the time. Working with a trainer helps mix things up and I get a better total body work out.

What were your initial goals when you started?

I initially started just trying to stay in shape and keep ahead of my Type 2 diabetes. Even though I have been working out with Cindy for a long time, I was never serious about my eating and exercise. She would always remind me that it was time to hit the gym.  After several years of losing weight and gaining it back, this last year I was totally tired all the time, mentally exhausted, and in a depression. I was about 250lb, the most I had ever been. My A1C was close to 8 and was maxed out on my diabetes medication. I remember talking with Doug and saying I do not think I will not make it to 60 the way I feel. Cindy went out and started doing an amazing amount of research and educating herself on Type 2 diabetes.  We set a goal to get me healthy and off as many of the drugs as possible to improve my physical and mental health..  Cindy researched diligently and we worked together to find a dietary plan, supplements, and exercise plan that worked with my crazy schedule.  We also made changes to my plan and supplements as needed.

How has the changes you’ve made impacted your lifestyle?

Since spring I am down from 208 pounds, the lowest I have ever been since high school. At my doctor appointment in October my A1C was 6.1 and my medication was cut in half. I have a lot more daily energy. I feel so much stronger when I work out. My outlook on life has totally changed and just all around I feel so much better.

Going forward, what are your new goals?

Now that I have achieved my initial goal of getting my A1C under control and a weight goal of 215 pounds, we have set new goals of continued control of my diabetes, getting my weight down below 200 pounds, with a concentrated goal of getting off my diabetes medication altogether.  I would like to continue to lose my gut and improve my core strength. I want to continue to live a normal balanced life!