I came to APT in November 2016. I had been athletic throughout my life – played various sports, and had always been physically active. About 5 years ago, I began to have issues with my right shoulder and arm. Nothing too serious but I was in a lot of pain. I knew if I didn’t take care of it I‘d end up with permanent damage, and potentially have to get surgery. Working with health professionals I tried rehab. I would heal to a certain point but would eventually reinjure my shoulder/arm. I was also diagnosed with Hypothyroidism. My weight was increasing, while my physical and mental health were decreasing. I had tried other gyms, classes, and every fad diet out there. Nothing was working! I needed something to change, and it needed to happen immediately. After getting my shoulder to a good place again, last November I signed up for the 21 Day Challenge at APT Mystic.
I met with Keith Kessinger, Director of Programming, who assured me he & the trainers at APT could take on my case and we could work my body back to health. My goal was to be fit, lean, and healthy. I wanted to be working with experts in the field who would help me set reasonable & attainable goals but I was petrified I’d have another setback. In the 21 days, I lost pounds, inches, and body fat. Keith lived up to his word & so much more!
After the Challenge, I joined APT and have made great strides both physically & emotionally. The environment Greg, Calvin, and the rest of the staff have created is encouraging, supportive, and nurturing. Working with the Nutritionist, Bethany, I was finally able to begin replacing my old unhealthy habits with healthy habits, and my self-esteem and body image improved tremendously. Through APT I signed up for the Precision Nutrition online program. I receive daily emails which are teaching me about fitness & food, while Bethany acts as my Coach. The program has been an amazing learning experience.
After 9 months, I have a better insight into my fitness self, and feel more in control of my “Owners Manual”. I understand why I made decisions that ultimately formed unhealthy habits, and I now understand I have the power to change them. I’ve learned this is a LIFESTYLE change, not a fad diet. Not to mention it’s maintainable and enjoyable. In 9 short months, I’ve become stronger, leaner, and in better shape than I’ve ever been. I love the APT Community and can’t thank the staff and fellow gym members enough for helping me along my fitness journey!