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Melissa S. – Schaumburg, IL

I’ve worked with Nicole for 9 months, twice a week. I knew of her from just being a member at Life Time Fitness, where she was a trainer and taught some classes I took. For several years, I admired her posts on social media, in which she emphasized the importance of proper nutrition as a form of preventative medicine, as well as the power it can have in healing chronic disease and illness. The results of some of her clients were really impressive. I saw that she worked with clients on healing their bodies from the inside out, training smarter and not harder. These ladies looked amazing and more importantly, they said how great they felt.

I have been a frequent gym-goer for 13 years, working out 5 days a week very consistently. Although my diet was much more healthy than the average person's, I definitely wasn’t eating clean consistently and drank wine with friends during our weekly gatherings. After I had my first child, I got back to the gym and my pre-pregnancy body pretty quickly, but I decided it was finally time to take it to the next level with my fitness and lifestyle. Nicole was just coming back from her maternity leave, so we were both new moms. I have to admit, I had thought of hiring her in the past but was a little intimidated by her since she was an IFBB pro bikini athlete. I wasn’t sure I’d be as strict with the nutrition as she would suggest. After finally signing up for sessions and meeting with her, I quickly realized that my assumptions of her were completely wrong! She explained that everyone comes to her at a different level, and she was the furthest thing from being intimidating. She’s easy to talk to, very open and honest, and will be your biggest cheerleader! 

Nicole helped me tremendously with cleaning up my diet. Within the first three weeks, I got amazing results following her plan. The fat literally melted off, and I lost 2 pant sizes within a month!! And the best part was that I was doing a lot less cardio – only 30 minutes twice a week! I used to avoid lifting weights, except in group fitness classes. She helped give me confidence in the weight room, and now I lift weights 5 days a week. I love the variety of her workouts and have never repeated the same workout twice. A few events (vacations, weekend getaways) made me fall off track here and there, but with Nicole’s guidance, I’m always able to get back into my size 2 pants without the extra bulge. She has also taught me not to beat myself up and that it’s okay to let life happen and get off track sometimes. I tend to be very hard on myself, and she has worked with me on that in our sessions.

On another note, when I first started working with Nicole, my daughter had been getting sick with colds on and off. She referred me to someone she had worked with in the past who helped me with detoxing my daughter and getting her on some good quality supplements. So, not only was I getting healthier with Nicole’s nutrition plan, but so was my daughter. My husband has also slowly been influenced by my healthy lifestyle. He often lacked energy and felt bloated and sluggish during the day. He signed up to work with Nicole on nutrition, and she first got him off of gluten and dairy. He noticed immediate improvement.

During our sessions, we talked about many things, not just nutrition and exercise. She’s really knowledgeable on a lot of subjects, especially when it comes to emotions, communication, and relationships. This is important because people often don’t think of their emotional well-being as having a connection with being physically and nutritionally fit. However, many times people have underlying issues that hold them back when it comes to starting and maintaining a healthy lifestyle - both inside and outside of the gym. Nicole has been such a positive influence in my life, and she’s so much more than a trainer to me. She’s been a mentor, given me great advice and referrals, and lifted me up when I was feeling discouraged. She’s a great example of practicing what she preaches and respects that everyone is on a different journey. Hiring Nicole was one of the best things I could have done for myself and my family!

Before I started working with Nicole, I also took the adrenal test that they offer at Life Time. After reading some of her posts on adrenal fatigue, I was pretty sure that I had symptoms of that. I felt like I needed 10+ hours of sleep a night and was often still tired during the day. The test was very helpful in that it showed my cortisol levels at different times throughout the day. Based on this, there were recommendations on supplements to take at different times throughout the day to help support my adrenal glands. I wasn’t able to follow the plan right away, as I soon discovered I was pregnant. But after I started with Nicole, I began taking the supplements daily, and they definitely make a difference in how I feel.

In addition, I recently retook the active metabolic test with Carlos Lopez (I had previously taken it about 3 years prior) because I was curious as to whether I improved from my last time taking it. I was really encouraged by the results, which were above the “optimal” range! The test showed that my body is very efficient at burning fat, and he commented on how my diet must be really clean! I got these great results by eating right and following my workout plan. The test proved that what I was doing was working!

My daughter is now almost 2-years-old, and even though I'm getting a lot less sleep than I used to, I have more energy these days. I love that Life Time advocates a whole body perspective when it comes to fitness. Per Nicole’s suggestion, I also occasionally incorporated Pilates workouts when I was tight or sore. I learned how to foam roll different areas (not just the lower body), which worked wonders for times when I was tight in my shoulder complex. It’s not about beating your body up all of the time! We all need balance and a multifaceted approach to help us reach and maintain our long-term health related goals. 



Jeff E. – Westminster, CO

My life was recently in a transitional phase.  After losing my long-time job as a bank executive at 57-years-old, I relocated from Chicago to Colorado with Connie, my wife of thirty years.  I planned on taking some time off from work to recharge my batteries and to contemplate what I wanted to do with the rest of my life. That was the plan at least. In reality, I was spending most of my time puttering around the house and watching television.

To nobody’s surprise, my sedentary ways had taken a toll on my conditioning: my weight had crept up, I was smoking close to a pack of cigarettes a day, and my eating habits were reflective of my appearance.  A far cry from my college days when I earned 7 varsity letters and weighed 50 pounds less, I was unable to climb a set of stairs without needing to pause and catch my breath at the top.

With my wife’s encouragement, I joined Life Time Fitness in the fall of 2014.  My initial attendance reflected my mood – uninspired.  I was extremely overweight, and several recent surgeries only increased my lack of motivation.  In all honesty, I was a mess – physically and spiritually.  But I knew I had to go. So once a week or so, I would head to the club, usually smoking a cigarette or two on the way there and back.  I put in little effort, and my improvement was minimal. 

Shortly after the New Year, I underwent emergency surgery and during my recovery I received an email about the fitness challenge starting up the following week. I realized that this was the extra push I needed, and I made the commitment to join the 90-Day Challenge. 

After a disheartening initial weight measurement, I finally settled in for the long haul. I knew that in order for this to work, I would need to set a few rules for myself. First, I needed to go to the club.  Not haphazardly, but every day.  Second, I needed to change my eating habits – not by tackling an impractical diet, but by implementing manageable, life-style changes. Finally, I decided to go to as many of the weekly “Try-it Tuesday” classes as possible. My goal wasn’t to win the Challenge but to slowly regain control of my life and to get to a better “me.”  I wanted to lose weight the right way by taking it a day at a time and making complimentary decisions along the way that would align with my goals.

Armed with this newfound motivation, I started going to the gym every day for a workout. Strictly Strength, Barbell Strength, and Elevation Strength were no longer optional; they became essential parts of my routine.  On days when I wanted a change of pace, literally, I would walk the treadmill at a maximum incline.  I sampled other classes and found myself getting stronger with improved endurance.

I kept going to the club, missing only one day a month (on average).  Class after class, with treadmill walks sandwiched in between, I started to notice my progress.  On week eight, I had progressed to the point of running on the treadmill.  A crucial aspect of my success and attitude throughout this process was the instructors. They understood that not everyone was at the same level of physical fitness, and they encouraged me to work at my own pace – major props to Sarah K.  and Stacie A.

When I wasn’t at the gym, I maintained focus on my eating strategy.  I stayed within my calorie targets every day.  From attending “Try it Tuesday” classes, I gained more insight on the value of nutrition and implemented changes to my eating habits that I knew would be essential to combating my issues.  The changes I have made to my eating habits are changes that I plan on maintaining in the future. 

Participating in the 90-Day Challenge gave me the gumption to quit smoking cold turkey around week 6, get back to playing basketball around week 7 (I’ve been playing 4 games every Saturday morning without feeling like I’m about to die), and start riding my bike again.

My results have been very encouraging. My weight and body fat percentages have both dropped significantly.  While I am short of my initial goal, I am looking at a longer time frame than the 90 days set forth in the challenge – I am looking at this as a challenge for life.  I will get to my goal in short order, and I am already considering setting new ones. 

I really want to thank Julie Z. for her encouragement as well as all the trainers and instructors who inspire me every time our paths cross.

Overall, I am proud of myself and my results. If I can do it, anyone can!



Steve C. – South Austin, TX

I came to Life Time in 2009 needing to get back in shape. At 259 pounds and 5’10”, I had a lot of shaping to do. 

I started out with a trainer named Alexis Cooper at the South Austin location. He and I worked together for about two years and during that time I tore my rotator cuff. While I was recovering Alexis moved on, and in November of 2011 he set me up with Britny Fowler as my new trainer.

Britny has made a huge impact on my training and outlook on life. I can say without hesitation she has done this for many of your members. As an employer myself I can tell you that she is what you hope for when hiring a team member. She loves her job. You can see this by the way she inspires, creates, and leads by example. Even during very tough times she has been there for us all.  

I work out with Britny two times a week. It’s 2015, and I can tell you that I have never felt better, stronger, or more resilient than I do now. Britny uses all the tools that Life Time has to offer like group classes, yoga, Pilates and nutrition coaching with a Registered Dietitian, Melanie Reyes.

We have set our goals over the years, but one thing that is very important is to enjoy the journey along the way. She gets that in such a big way that you can’t help but want to improve yourself.

As I write this, I’m now at 183 pounds. I bike two times a week, train with Britny two times a week and work out on my own one day a week. We continue to look for the next opportunity to accomplish a new goal and keep moving forward. 

Life Time Fitness should be proud to have a team player like her, they don’t come around every day!!




Austin D. - Fairfax, VA

January 27th marked my 29th birthday. Typically by this time, my New Year’s resolution is a faint memory, and I’m back to my guilt-free bad habits. This time was different. I was 30+ days strong quitting smoking cold turkey, and I was feeling great! I wanted to become “the best me in 2015,” and I felt like momentum was on my side. My wife had mentioned the 90-Day Challenge 4 or 5 times over the course of a week, but most of it went in one ear and out the other. Nevertheless I gave her the nod and figured as long as I weighed out I get my money back. What can I lose? 

My family (parents, wife and son, age 2) joined the Life Time Athletic Center in Fairfax, Virginia, in April 2014. Initially, I was the only one that did not use the facility regularly. My wife participates in the 6:00 a.m. Boot Camp fitness program three days a week and enjoys the group fitness classes. My parents consistently participated in the Team Weight Loss program three days a week, and my son enjoyed the swimming pool and the child daycare. I really did not have any excuse not to get more actively engaged in improving my physical fitness. It was just something I never scheduled. 

Tragically, it wasn’t until the passing of my wife’s younger brother that I made the conscious decision I was going to give this my all. I dedicate the last 90 days and this Challenge to the lasting loving memory of my wife’s beloved younger brother, who passed unexpectedly February 7th, 2015. He was 23.

The Challenge was something my wife had previously spoken to him about. During weigh-in weekend seeing the advertisements for “I can do all in my lifetime” really struck a chord close to my heart. I would do this for Jean-Luke. You never know when your time will expire. There is no better time than right now to take control of your life.

I understood that if I were going to take this seriously, it meant giving up a lot of the comfort foods that had helped me with my smoking urges… and it also meant no alcohol. I seriously doubted if that was even possible for me. 

Not knowing where to begin, I reached out to the excellent training staff at Life Time for advice. One of the first recommendations was to take a metabolic assessment, which I did. The Life Time trainer explained the importance of target heart rate training. They also did my overall physical fitness assessment, which provided the baseline from where I was starting. She answered all my questions and also went as far as to email me a copy of the Life Time “Live Well, Eat Well” manual so I could get a better understanding about nutritional tips that I should consider to reach my fitness goals. The “Live Well, Eat Well” manual was an invaluable tool in assisting me in my health journey. I completely changed my diet and started eating regularly scheduled meals 5 times a day. I realized the benefits instantly! 

I can honestly say this 90-day Challenge has made a significant difference in my daily life. I am now in a regular routine. My wife goes to the 6:00 a.m. boot camp, and I typically go at the end of the day after our two-year-old son has gone to bed. The fact that my club is open 24 hours a day makes it super convenient. I work out at the gym 5 days a week and try to get a light cardio or yoga class on the 6th. I must admit that I enjoy the classes. 

Dedicating myself to this Challenge was one of the hardest things I’ve done, and the first two weeks were brutal. I didn’t know which was harder - pushing myself past the point of exhaustion in the gym or watching people eat things I couldn’t. It got easier. I found healthy replacements to my much needed munchies, and I didn’t miss them anymore. and the results started to pour in.

During the Challenge I went from 14.9% body fat to 3%. If someone would have told me that was even possible six months ago, I am not sure that I would have believed them. I’m confident that the initial metabolic assessment and support from the Life Time training staff made a significant difference for me. I always work out with my heart rate monitor and my LT connect app to track my workouts. 

The 90-Day Challenge has made a significant difference in how I live my daily life. From maintaining a healthy diet, drinking plenty of water and incorporating a good physical workout into my schedule I am very glad that I participated and had the opportunity to “meet and beat” the 90-Day Challenge. 



David O. - Florham Park, NJ

I gained a lot of weight in the past year. Every day I would wake up with stiff joints, knee pain and zero energy. 

My job responsibilities increased, and there was a lot more demand on my time to meet strict deadlines. I had almost completely stopped working out at the gym. I made a lot of excuses to myself like, “I’ll go tomorrow” or “I’m too tired today,” and go home after work, sit on the couch and watch TV. It was easy to make excuses not to eat right and exercise.

My diet had gotten really unhealthy. I was eating large meals throughout the day and unhealthy snacks at night. After continually buying larger jeans, I reached the point where I knew that something had to change.

Then, one day I was at Life Time, and saw the signs for the 90-Day Challenge. I thought, “I should do that.” I knew it was what I needed to help me get my health back on track.

Weigh-in weekend came, and I signed up with one of the trainers at Life Time. He talked with me about my goals and what I hoped to accomplish during the Challenge. He advised me about the benefits of working with a personal trainer. I took his advice and signed up for a personal training package on the spot.

The first couple weeks I worked out on my own: walking on the treadmill, using the stationary bike and elliptical machines. As I did this, I observed many of the Life Time trainers working with their clients. I knew I wanted to work with someone that made working out fun. I noticed Felicia infused fun into her sessions, and she was very attentive with her clients.

Three weeks into the Challenge, I started personal training sessions with Felicia. It was the best decision I made. She set up interesting and challenging workouts for me. Most of the exercises I had never done before. She adjusted the workouts to continually challenge me as my strength and flexibility increased. I’m so glad I didn’t do it alone, as I would have only done cardio workouts. She helped make the journey successful for me and made personal training fun. 

I completely changed my diet. At the beginning of the Challenge, I only drank vegetable juice with a little apple in it. Thirty pounds came off quickly. I felt very hungry and knew I couldn’t maintain a strictly juice diet, so I read about diet and nutrition and started to eat small, healthy meals. Felicia introduced me to Liz, the Life Time nutritionist, and I received lots of valuable information on supplements and eating healthy.

For breakfast, I ate oatmeal with walnuts or cottage cheese and fruit or egg whites. Luckily, there was a good salad bar at the work cafeteria, so I made a delicious and healthy salad with lots of vegetables, beans, chickpeas and balsamic vinegar dressing for lunch. After my daily workout, I would eat a small dinner with chicken or steak with vegetables. I also started drinking Life Time’s Fast Fuel Complete shakes.

Every Tuesday when I weighed in, Felicia was there to support me with encouraging words and a big high-five. I continually received encouragement throughout the 90 days, which included weekly emails that helped me stay on track. Many of the trainers at Life Time asked me how it was going and if they could help in any way. I am so grateful for their belief in me.

Life Time has become a big part of my life. I take my gym bag with me every morning, so I can go directly to the gym after work. Everyone who works at Life Time is great. From Christina at the front desk, who always warmly greets me with a smile and always says something positive, to the people who work at the activities desk and say hello.

As the 90-Day Challenge comes to a end, I am feeling so much better and a lot healthier. I am full of energy, and there is no more waking up with pain and stiff joints. Thank you, Life Time, for giving me my life back. I look forward to seeing all the friendly faces at the gym tomorrow as I continue my weight loss journey.