Star Stories

John Brill

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    I always leave feeling better then when I came in! John Brill has been a private client at Altman Fitness for the past year. Initially John came in to strengthen his knee that had suffered a severe injury. John enjoys golfing and running, so when those things started to become difficult he sought out private training at Altman Fitness.

    John has a busy career and lifestyle as do many people. But John is a part of a very small percentage of people that decide to follow through and create a healthy lifestyle of exercise and a healthy mind. One of the best qualities about John that I have learned as his trainer is that John handles stress well. He goes into a situation prepared and is confident of the outcome. He attacks his personal training the same way. John comes to his workout prepared to be pushed confident that the outcome will be a stronger healthier body.

    In a year of training at Altman Fitness John’s resting heart rate has decreased significantly. His recovery time has been cut in half and his overall strength has doubled. John continues to do the things he loves to do and looks forward to being fit as he ages.

    John Brill

Jenny Flynn

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    I was always the one who wished I had started… “I would often watch others around me losing inches, losing fat and getting healthy.” “ I still remember at the end of the season when biggest loser final results were in and I would say to myself… If I had only started when this season started I would be down 100lbs too!”

    Jen did start, she started with Altman Fitness January of 2012 weighing in at 256 lbs. “I was so nervous that first day I wasn’t sure what to expect or if I could even do any of the moves.” Jen instantly felt at home with the owner and trainers at Altman Fitness. After that first class Jen felt that inner athlete coming back. Jen spent the next month of her groupon trial putting in a consistent schedule of MWF. At the end of the month Jen knew she wanted more!! “I could tell this time was going to be different, this time was my time” Jen became a member and for the next year utilized all the programs at Altman Fitness to take off fat weight. In her first year Jen lost 90lbs.
    During that time Jen also discovered that she really enjoyed motivating and helping others to lose weight and feel great. It took time and retraining her brain from “stinkin’ thinkin” to positive thoughts, words and actions. “Altman Fitness really taught me the tools on how to be the best version of myself, and I really like myself now”

    In January 2014, Jen took a full time position with Altman Fitness. Jen has furthered her career and certification in personal training, group fitness training, nutrition and holistic lifestyle coaching.
    “if you are at the point where you are tired of not getting results, then Altman Fitness is the place to come, not only will you get results but you will find a home.”

    Jenny Flynn

DeeAnn Johnson

    “I don’t care what it costs, I need to do this for ME!” DeeAnn Johnson came to Altman Fitness in December of 2014. She had participated in boot camp and the 28 day fat loss formula in the past but could not justify the cost of membership with what she wanted…. Until a very bad day in December when she sent a message to one of the staff at Altman fitness. Her message read……“I’m miserable again, gained tons of weight and a negative attitude. I have realized that I just need to believe in myself and know that I am worth it. I can’t keep doing this to myself. I need a positive routine and people in my life…. I’m choosing to believe ”

    Fast forward 6 months. DeeAnn has been a member for 6 months lost over 25 lbs, and found a new career path. “I have really found that I love to motivate people. I can appreciate where they are right now because I’ve been there and I really enjoy helping them find who they want to be”

    DeeAnn has been in the health care field for years as a Physical Therapy aide and Nursing Assistant. “I really care about people and I want them to know that it’s okay to reach out and ask for help. We are not in this alone, and it’s okay to put yourself first and believe that you are worth it”

    Not only has DeeAnn transformed her body, DeeAnn has also made this a lifestyle. She is currently working on her Certification to become a trainer at Altman Fitness. She is pursuing a path in Holistic Lifestyle coaching and basic nutrition. She is also taken a part time position as Assistant Manager at Altman Fitness.

    DeeAnn Johnson

Sincerely, Carrie B.

    “My Fitness Story…”

    My name is Carrie, and I am a 39 year old wife and mother of 3, that works full time out of the house. I started my fitness journey in December 2014. I made a decision and commitment to myself that I was going to be in the best shape of my life when I turned 40. This would allow me to look forward to this momentous occasion in my life rather than dread the day. I heard friends and acquaintances say that, “at 40 it all changes, your metabolism is shot and staying active isn’t enough”. If that is the case, why did I feel that this started happening to me at 37. . . and thus my journey began.

    My friends nor I would ever call myself overweight, and I was still considered thin. But what I was noticing is that I was just inching up every time I stepped on the scale, so now my clothes that I originally bought were getting a little too tight. When I stepped on the scale and was at a weight that I was at when I delivered with my last child (7 years later), this was another “say it ain’t so” moment.
    My story isn’t about needing to lose 30, 50 or 100 pounds. My story is about realizing where I was and NOT getting beyond this point. There are many of us in this world that will understand where I am coming from and want to make a change but don’t know exactly how to do it. We were never considered overweight or had been on “diet” before. But then one day we realize, our body just isn’t exactly how we want it. Since I was relatively active, I felt just getting on a more consistent workout schedule would probably be all I needed. So I signed up at Altman Fitness for the Boot Camp classes in December 2014 to try it out. I was so happy to find a place that throughout the month of showing up, soon realized that I would be comfortable continuing to go there. This was a place where people were there to improve themselves. There were all ages and all fitness levels that I never felt intimidated by the veteran members of the club. We all sweated together and were exhausted by the end of the workout (and at times exhausted at the beginning). After that first workout, I would have probably quit as I was beat, but I signed up for a month and felt this was my time to change. It was now or never as I only had 6 months before I turned 40. As I continued to go, I felt more comfortable with the workouts, although they were kicking my butt on most days.
    This was my first time with a consistent workout program since I was in high school and I soon found that although it did help, I wasn’t seeing those drastic changes that I was expecting or hoping to get. Coming from never really “dieting” or working out with a consistent program in years, I really didn’t know what to expect and found it wasn’t happening as quickly as I liked. I only had 6 months before I turned 40, so I needed to find something that helped me through this process.

    I looked into a few options but found that the 6 Week Challenge at Altman Fitness, might be something that would benefit me. Not only did it provide that great same workout schedule that I was now familiar with, but I felt I would get help in the nutrition part of my journey. Plus it was only 6 weeks. I certainly can do this for 6 weeks. . . right! And so it started!
    Having the support of the team with the 6 – week challenge group, really helped. The encouragement, the recipes they shared, their struggles so that I wasn’t alone in mine, and of course having to be accountable to them for the choices I made for that 6 weeks. This is a chance to not allow yourself to make excuses, but to overcome those barriers and reach your goal. I had plenty of barriers in my journey, but these barriers I overcame.

    I will not lie, this is not a walk in the park. Every day there was something that I could have made an excuse to slip up or quit. On those days where I did slip, I remembered my goal and started over again. I realized why so many people start a diet to eventually fail as I was experiencing those same things.

    Even with the challenges, I was seeing results to keep me motivated. But one of the best things I learned from this experience, is the determination I found within myself to meet my goal.

    So as you can see, my story is not about losing big numbers of weight. It was a reality check that I either make this change now, or continue on a path of thinking things are fine, but knowing deep down I wasn’t at the fitness level or weight I wanted/needed. This journey was for an average woman realizing it was time to make a change and no better time than when you are turning 40! I now look forward to my 40’s and being in the best shape of my life.

    Sincerely, Carrie B.
    Rogers, MN