What was your exercise background?
I had tried and enjoyed group fitness classes, spinning classes etc. they just didn’t stick. I was solely accountable for getting there and motivating myself and many times I was “too busy” and would choose work or other tasks on my to-do list instead. Nobody noticed if I was there or not, and other than feeling good immediately after the sessions, there was no track record of whether I was actually getting more fit or not. I also realized that I was trying to fall back on the methods and exercises I learned and practiced in college which was not exactly translatable to my current age and lifestyle. - Leah
I have always done some form of exercise, generally in a class setting & generally “aerobics”! My exercise was inconsistent and was frankly much more infrequent than it should have been. I allowed work and social commitments to fill my day. I am not athletic and never played an organized team sport as an adult. - Joyce
Working out wasn’t something that was a part of my life. Occasionally, I’d workout here and there but nothing really stuck. I never got in a groove or felt the desire to make it a serious part of my life. However, all that changed once we moved back to Denver from a two-year stint in west Texas for my husband’s job. I have hypothyroidism that was mismanaged while we were gone and that, coupled with homesickness and less than stellar eating habits caused me to gain nearly 30 pounds in two and a half years. - Lindsey
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Why were you hesitant to start personal training? Cost? Commitment?
Cost – It can be challenging to get past the sticker price on a lot of things these days…especially if you have an active family engaged in lots of activities. For me, I had to think about fitness as an investment for more than just me…rather it was for my family as I knew that if I didn’t get back into shape, I would not feel healthy, be able to participate in activities with my husband and kids, nor have the energy to keep all the plates in the air to keep our schedules/lives going. I also evaluated the per session rate which fell easily into the practical realm once I compared it to other services I pay to enable our lifestyle.
Commitment – I was concerned about adding another commitment to my list. Time is limited and valuable, so making the decision to carve out time in my schedule to work out seemed like a challenge…and it was…at first. Studies show it takes a period of 30 days or more to establish a new habit. I would say it took me a bit longer, but today, going to my workouts is the norm, not the exception. It also helps that I am financially investing – I’ve got some skin in the game so I rarely miss by trading off for another task or responsibility. - Leah
Once I commit to something, I am all in! I do not do anything half-way. I put off getting started probably due to a bit of fear and the uncertainty of how I could really make this work from a time perspective. - Joyce
Why did you try it out?
Like many, I was unsure about what to look for in a gym or even really what I wanted to get out of my time there. Since I had never really worked out on my own let alone with a trainer I was a bit unsure of what to expect once I made my appointment, however, the reviews were great and it was within walking distance from my house. Yay, exercise on the way to exercise! It was only a couple of days after I first spoke on the phone with them that I arrived for my first session. Dusty was great. He took the time to go over what they do, what I was looking to get out of my workouts as well as any concerns I had. From there we came up with an action plan that worked for me on how to meet my goals. I had finally found someone as stubborn as I was who would not let me take the easy way out and it worked. I had originally set a goal to make it at least 6 weeks; this December will be 3 years and down nearly 30 pounds! - Lindsey
I was familiar with ALT Fitness since I live walking distance from them. I was tired of being “skinny fat”. Little muscle tone and I simply wanted to be able to get my luggage above my head into the airplane bin without assistance. - Joyce
I was tired of feeling unhealthy, fatigued and basically older than I am. I had gotten to the point where I was taking ibuprofen at night just to fall asleep. My energy was low, my body was sore and creaky, and I was struggling to keep up with my kids as they were getting older and more active. I was joking with my friends about “feeling old” and “how getting older stinks”…in my 40s. I started to think about what it would be like when I’m 80. A sobering moment. I was not what I would call overweight, but as a former athlete I know what healthy feels like and I knew I was way off track.
I knew I needed help so I finally made the call….and then I showed up for the first session…and then I made myself go back after I realized I was worse off than I thought. It was hard, uncomfortable, and a bit painful at first (the soreness was real friends!). I started out all business…strictly focused on the workout. This was not social for me. I eventually did open-up, developed a person to person relationship with my trainer and realized I had underestimated the power and impact of physical activity on my mental state. The head trash weighed me down as much as the body fat. - Leah
What do you like most about personal training?
Wow! How can I say just one thing?!? First, would have to be the results. I am consistent and am thrilled about the progress with my strength, appearance and enhanced self-confidence. I also need to list the second thing and that would be the trainers. They make all the difference. The camaraderie, culture, energy, and teamwork must be second to none! - Joyce
The thing I like most about ALT and personal training is first of all the one on one time. You can really take the time to focus on what works specifically for you, not just “most” people. Accountability is another big part of why I love ALT. Yes, things come up in life that creates roadblocks but it’s on you to put in the time, effort and dedication. As Dusty says, “You can’t exercise your way out of a bad diet”. The workouts are part of it but it also falls on you to do your part when you’re not at the gym. Finally, the thing I think I like most about ALT is the close-knit family aspect. You can tell these guys genuinely enjoy what they do and working with each other. Every time I come in everyone greets you by name. Todd will give a high-five or Jared will ask about the most recent college football game. It’s such a welcoming atmosphere that it makes you want to work out as hard as you can and succeed because they care just as much as you do. - Lindsey
The thoughtfulness of the trainers = thoughtlessness for the client. The #1 benefit for me is having someone else think through what I need to do to achieve success. I am required to do this for myself in every other aspect of my life and sometimes for others too. This is the one place where I do not have to think. I just have to listen, follow instructions and do the work to see results. The trainers are thoughtful and purposeful about the workouts. They communicate clearly, and professionally. They correct my form, make sure the environment is safe, and attend to every detail…even down to cleaning the equipment after each session. I literally just have to show up. - Leah
Why would you recommend ALT Fitness?
I am not a brand advocate. I hardly ever recommend anything. I do not rank or rate things I purchase. It is very difficult for me to give anything 5 stars, a rating of 10 out of 10 or say something is “excellent” because I fundamentally feel there is always room for improvement.
I have become an advocate for ALT because ALT is an advocate for me.
It has added specific value to my quality of life, and I would recommend it to anyone interested in getting healthier and more fit. But you must advocate for your own goals and needs.
Everyone’s story, goals and motivations will vary as will their experiences. But you won’t really know if it’s right for you unless you TRY. - Leah
It works! The philosophy, the support, the professional knowledgeable trainers are
exceptional. Why would you go anywhere else? I am doing things that I never, ever would have imagined. I am healthier, happier and more fit. I fully endorse ALT Fitness without hesitation and would encourage anyone who is reading this...don't wait! Put your health first! Everyone who loves you will thank you for it!!! - Joyce
The thing I like most about ALT and personal training is first of all the one on one time. You can really take the time to focus on what works specifically for you, not just “most” people. Accountability is another big part of why I love ALT. Yes, things come up in life that creates roadblocks but it’s on you to put in the time, effort and dedication. It’s such a welcoming atmosphere that it makes you want to work out as hard as you can and succeed because they care just as much as you do. These are many of the reasons that I will always recommend ALT Fitness to anyone. The personal one on one attention, the amazing atmosphere, the personalized attention that everyone gets that makes you feel that you can achieve and exceed your goals! - Lindsey
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