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Colleen - Schaumburg, IL

I joined Life Time in October 2014, mostly out of convenience and desperation. I was the Matron of Honor in my best friend’s wedding in six weeks and had just realized that the bridesmaid’s dress I bought (the one that was the largest size they carried) didn’t zip. I was hoping that if I hit the gym hard, I would be able to fix the problem quickly and be back in the dress in time for the wedding. After finding out that Life Time offered group fitness classes early in the morning, (which worked well with my schedule as a teacher) I promised my husband it would only be for a few weeks. So I joined.

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Lynn R. - Gilbert, AZ


I am 63 years old.

In the '70s, I was young, strong and healthy! As a high school athlete, I participated in seven major sports. After college graduation, I entered the Air Force and became a C-130 pilot. I flew the blue skies all over the world. But, after several years, I became weary of being away from my wife and 4 children. So, I decided to leave the active Air Force and my flying career.

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James G.—Orland Park, IL

My Life Time Fitness journey started because of my beautiful two-year-old granddaughter. My wife, Betty, and I had a difficult time chasing after her. Our daughter Jacqueline had been telling us for a few months that we should start coming to Life Time Fitness to improve our health.

Finally, around Christmas, Jacqueline needed someone to play Santa for a party. I said that I would help out and as a thank you, she bought me a one-month membership. When I started, I attended the TEAM Weight Loss class that Jacqueline had been attending. I was a little wary about participating in this type of class, but the trainer, Dan Shepard, was great. He explained the class and invited us to try it out for a week.

Being a 58-year-old and a Local 597 Pipefitter for over 40 years, my body is pretty beat up. I have two herniated discs in my back and a bad rotator cuff. I knew this class was going to be challenging for me. Each class, especially starting out, Dan modified the exercises to fit my ability. I liked how individualized it was and how everyone in the class faced different challenges.

After working out 3 times per week in the TEAM class, my daughter told me about the 90-Day Challenge. I tried to tell her I was not 30-years-old and at 58 weight doesn’t come off that easily. I was reluctant at first, but I really liked the TEAM Weight Loss class and decided to participate.

I started working with a new trainer during TEAM. His name is Nick Bartz. After my initial weigh-in, I met with Nick 1-on-1. We sat down and discussed my goals and expectations for the next 90 days. He asked what my specific goals for the challenge were. I said I wanted to get down to 230 pounds. He asked what my plan was for losing 47 pounds. I told him that I was going to stop drinking beer! Nick informed me that not drinking beer was a great start, and that 80% of my weight loss success would come from changing my nutrition. He gave me a lot of information about nutrition. He said that I need to aim for drinking 140 ounces of water per day and to incorporate more vegetables and fruits.

I started with the plan Nick laid out for me and made nutritional changes immediately. Week by week, I added new items to my diet. I wanted to make small changes that added up over time. By the end of the Challenge, I was thinking about everything I ate and made plans ahead of time. For example, at Easter I made sure to make some delicious fish instead of ham, and every morning for breakfast I make an egg white omelet loaded with green veggies! These small changes have really been the difference throughout the Challenge.

The first week, I lost over 10 pounds. All the trainers at Life Time Fitness-Orland Park were impressed, and I felt the support I needed to continue my journey. I kept working out, but it was getting harder to fit into my schedule. I spoke with Nick about adding another time slot for TEAM. He spoke with some of the other participants and decided that opening up a 5:30 p.m. class would benefit many of us. When the 5:30 p.m. class opened, it allowed me to come to the club, swim a mile and then do the class.

 I continued to work out every week and incorporated weekend workouts as well, inviting my friends to try out the club. I even tried yoga for the first time with my wife! At 58, my body has responded very well to the weight loss. I find it easier to work out and complete everyday activities. 
Now that the challenge has ended, I am down to 200 pounds and 15.9% body fat. Compare this to my starting stats at 276.7 pounds and 34.8% body fat. I want to continue to transform my body and to strengthen the weak areas like my back.

I would have to say that the Life Time Fitness Company’s name is so fitting. This Challenge has been a life changing experience for me. The real key to my success came from the support I received from my family, the staff at Life Time and my friends. If they ask me to play Santa next year, I will have to buy stuffing for the suit. My stomach is no longer a bowl full of jelly, but I am as jolly as ever. Until then, I will enjoy chasing after my granddaughter and keeping up with her as she gets faster. I’m looking forward to building a lifetime of memories with her.  



Todd H. - Plano, TX

“How did I get here? I cannot believe how bad my health issues have become!” (Loss of gallbladder, irregular heartbeats, high blood pressure, multiple kidney stones, difficulty breathing, sleep apnea, chronic back pain, gastrointestinal issues, pancreatitis, and a mass in my chest which was, fortunately, benign.) My mom and uncle died very young of pancreatic cancer. “Is this going to be my fate as well? How much longer do I have to live? What about my wife and kids?” These were questions I kept asking myself. Tough questions and hard answers to deal with. I did not know if I was ever going to live to see my kids graduate high school! The thought of getting healthy seemed impossible.

I prayed for healing on what I could not control and for help on what I could control. There was one consistent and resounding message from my doctors: change my unhealthy ways to lead a healthier life.

While searching for solutions, I happened to drive by a Life Time Fitness center. “Wow, lifetime fitness.” That was a concept that I wanted desperately in my life. Yes, I want to live a full active life. “Could this be the place that helps me achieve that goal?” I regained hope and joined right away. I met expert physical trainers who tailored a program for me. TEAM Weight Loss would be the first step in achieving my goal.

A month later, I learned that Life Time was sponsoring a 90-Day Challenge for weight loss. Here was a great opportunity for me. With the help of my trainer, we set ambitious goals to achieve. I thought they were impossible, but I was up for the challenge. My plan started with one motto to get healthy: “Exercise daily and eat clean (no processed foods).” Within the first few weeks, I lost over 20 lb. It was not easy, though. Unhealthy temptations were always around. I wore a 90-Day bracelet every day. Anytime I thought about being unhealthy, I looked down on my wrist and remembered the commitment I made to change. Support was always there from my fellow TEAM members and trainers. Every week I tried a new personal training class, Cardio Burn, TRX, Kettlebells, Boot Camp and Alpha, to name a few.

Finding food that was truly non-processed was very difficult. Labels stated “all-natural,” but then had artificial ingredients added in. I decided to meet with one of the nutritionists, and I learned so much about the right kinds of foods. They offered a personal Grocery Store Tour as well. Armed with knowledge and a nutrition plan, I was back on track. For years, I was so hard on my body; it was full of waste and toxins. I tried Life Time’s D.TOX program combined with their Dynamic Greens, AM/PM vitamins and Meals to Go. (Bruschetta Chicken with Quinoa was my favorite.) After just two weeks, I felt energized again.

Then came Weeks 7 and 8. I hit a big plateau, barely losing a pound. Frustrated and confused, I sought my trainer’s advice. I was getting in better shape, so I was actually overtraining using my initial metabolic assessment. I took the test again, and my results were drastically different. After modifying my routine, and adding in Pilates and more weight training, my weight started dropping again.

At the end of the 90-Day challenge, I achieved even more than I had thought was possible.

• Weight Loss: 286.4 down to 197.8 – 88.6 lb. (30.94%)
• Body Fat: 41.2 down to 22.5 – 18.7 (45.39%)

The 90-Day Challenge has given my life back to me. I have many things to be thankful for. My blood pressure is back to a normal range, my resting heart rate is in the high 50s, and my back is getting stronger each week. I love seeing the smiles on my family’s faces again because now I have energy to participate in activities with them. My outlook on life is renewed. I look forward to achieving many more milestones on my journey to lifetime fitness.

I share my story with the hope that I can help inspire others who may be struggling. The biggest lesson I learned is that you cannot be successful all by yourself. Ask for help, and you will find there are many who will jump to support you. I could not have been successful without support from my wonderful wife and kids, work and the people at Life Time. It is different from any other fitness center I have experienced. You are greeted by name and treated like family there. There are too many to name them all, but special thanks go out to all of the trainers who provided never-ending support and encouragement (Erin, Hulen, Jocelyn, Q), nutritionists (Christine, Linda) and LifeCafe (Dalton, Jacob). They made the impossible possible.



Nancy H. - Summerlin, NV

How I did it all in my Life Time.

In November, I broke my ankle while running with my 3-year old. During the healing process I realized that I needed to lose weight permanently if I were to keep up with my daughter. I knew that the 90-Day Challenge at Life Time Athletic was going to start in a couple of months. I decided that I wanted to "do it all in my Life Time" in order to ensure a successful weight loss journey. I created a budget by transferring my fast food, junk food and cable box budgets to my new weight loss budget. I went to the gym and spoke with Nutrition Coach and Personal Trainer Sally Sawyer. My goal was to lose 90 pounds. Sally signed me up for her TEAM Weight Loss, nutritional coaching, a health score test and a metabolic test.

I purchased a Vivofit to track steps/calorie burn. I also bought a heart-rate strap and downloaded the LTConnect app to track my heart rate and zones. I signed up for Try-It Tuesdays and set aside 4 to 6 hours a day for exercise.

My nutrition plan included Life Time D.TOX, Life Time vegetable protein, Life Time creatine, Life Time liquid vitamin D, and Life Time vitamins and meals from the LifeCafe.

My exercise plan included 6 hours of daily cardio the first 4 weeks, dropping to 4 hours of daily cardio afterward.

The strategy was for me to detox and lose as much weight as possible in the first 4 weeks.

On weigh-in day, I weighed 274.3 pounds.

During the first 2 weeks, I started the Life Time D.TOX program I had received as a gift. I ate very little food and drank 2 gallons of water to cleanse, and flush out salt and toxins.

On Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays, I took the TEAM Weight Loss class followed by a group class and another hour of cardio on the treadmill. I walked another 3 hours to complete 6 hours of cardio.

On Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays, I walked for 3 hours, rode the stationary bike for 2 hours and took a group class. I felt tired, sore and hungry at times, but I was motivated by the rapid weight loss. I lost 30 pounds in 2 weeks. The inflammation and distended stomach were gone.

During weeks 3 and 4 I continued the same workout routine. I enrolled my daughter in the Life Time Kids Academy so I could keep my workout schedule going. However, my body went into flu-like withdrawal symptoms for a few days, wanting the junk food, chemical additives and preservatives, and the comfort of my couch.

Being in the TEAM atmosphere became very beneficial to me during that time. The class members were so encouraging and pushed me along during the workouts. I lost another 10.1 pounds at the end of those 2 weeks.

By the beginning of week 5, I began struggling miserably with workouts. My energy was replaced with dizziness and the inability to do effective cardio. My blood sugar was tested as part of my health score. I had very low blood sugar, so Sally quickly added Generation Ucan slow-burning carb supplement to my diet. It worked immediately, and the dizziness and low energy disappeared. I lost 5.7 pounds.

By week 6, several obstacles began popping up. My muscles just wouldn't recover so my caloric intake was increased. I injured my ankle and therefore slowed to only 2 hours of rowing. I plateaued and weight loss stopped. In my personal life, my husband lost his job. My stress level was high. I only lost .9 of a pound that week.

Sally and several other Life Time team members came to my rescue. Trainer Steven Bronston's "woooooo" sirens and the constant high fives and advice from all the trainers on the floor helped me push through mentally and physically. The LifeSpa helped me recover with massage. The Pilates team helped balance and stretch my muscles. The LifeCafe also tailor-made my protein drinks and salads. Sally had me start yoga for proper stretching. My muscles recovered and my ankle healed. I retook the metabolic tests and discovered my workout zones were now very different which, I learned, is why I plateaued.

In weeks 7 through 13, I did 4 hours of more intense cardio and stuck to my nutrition plan. I added daily chair massage, sauna and whirlpool sessions. I lost 40-plus pounds those weeks for a total of 92 pounds lost in the 90-Day Challenge. Afterwards, LifeSpa did my makeover.

Thank you, Sally, for all your knowledge and help. Thank you, Life Time Athletic, for all the resources you provide at the gym for healthy living. Thank you for the 90-Day Challenge. I'm very, very grateful to have gotten my health back.