What would you do if you were an over-50, cancer survivor, unfit, overweight woman? If you were me you’d Google for a personal trainer in Chicago and find Train with Ron. This was back in June, 2007. Seven months later, I’ve already lost over 40 lbs, I have more strength and endurance than I did when I was 30. And if I didn’t have to work I’d probably be training with Ron and his trainers DB and Matt every day. They have actually make fitness fun. Don’t get me wrong, it is hard work — but the motivation they provide, along with the education on both a fitness level and nutrition level is remarkable. I have never run a day in my life — until I started training with TWR. I’m actually starting to run and love it. My knees were a mess. But they were patient and helped me strengthen the muscles below and above the knee and now I’m even doing lunges. I was a little nervous when I first started because I am older and was really out of shape, but everyone there (including other clients) has been supportive, encouraging and challenges me to do my best. I can’t say enough about Train with Ron, except if you want to get back in shape…or just want to improve your fitness level, you can’t go wrong working with Ron and his team. My goal for the next six months…run a 5k race, and take off another 40-50 lbs! As long as I’m training with TWR I actually think I’ll make it.

Part 2 – It’s September 1, 2008 and it’s been 1 year and 3 months since I first walked into TWR. The good news—I’m now down 65 pounds and best of all … I’m off blood pressure medicine! My doctor is amazed what great shape I’m in now. I even completed my first 5K race — which would have been unbelievable a year ago. I admit I did hit a plateau, but Ron, DB & Matt wouldn’t let me give up. Nor would other clients! It’s such a great environment for those who are serious about becoming or staying fit. The camaraderie is unlike anything I’ve experienced in any other gym. I know the last 35 pounds are going to be even tougher to lose, but given the motivation and encouragement I get from TWR I’ll do it. Don’t get me wrong — it’s really hard work. But these guys find a way to make it fun. Stay tuned for Part 3!!!