Lisa’s Success Story

I used to run. I used to go to a gym without trainers, using various equipment with what I realize now was pretty bad form. The result was knee pain. I then fell on my knee and injured it. The fall along with misguided exercise, yo-yo dieting, and arthritis made it harder and harder to get around. I also have a hereditary swelling in my legs called Lipedema. The combination made me increasingly immobile, over-weight, and depressed. I bent over when I walked, unable to straighten up without pain. I was having trouble straightening my leg out after sitting, intermittently. It was bad.

The gym became my life-line. The trainers (particularly, Keith) never let me give up. If I couldn’t do one thing they always had an alternative. They were both compassionate and upbeat. I came six days a week, determined to regain my mobility. I also saw Bethany (the wonderful Nutritionist) once a week. I learned how to eat whole foods and avoid inflammatory foods. I also learned to stop making food the enemy. I slowly started to lose weight and gain strength! A little less than a year later I had a total knee replacement, and after a difficult recovery and painful physical therapy, I came back to the gym (as soon as the doctor gave the OK).

I have lost more weight but I have also replaced fat with muscle. I am doing things now that I haven’t done in years, from walking up the stairs “like normal people,” to doing squats. The swelling in my legs has also gone down and I am standing up much straighter. The gym for me has been life changing and I cannot thank everyone enough for helping me get to this point.

Linda’s Success Story

As a teenager, I carried a few extra pounds and did not like the image in the mirror. A few years after having my daughter at age 18, I joined my first gym, a women’s only facility. Not feeling challenged enough, I moved onto a coed gym, where I worked with a personal trainer. While I loved working with weights and my muscles became defined, I grew bored with the routine and decided to try the glitzy gym across the street where I mainly took spin classes and wandered aimlessly. Yet again, I grew bored.

I started running outside and a whole new world opened up for me! In 2005 I did a full marathon. This was my new thing! I could eat all I wanted and never gain weight due to all the cardio, but I still had these few extra pounds that would just not go away and was still not happy with the image in the mirror. In addition, I lost my muscle definition because I had stopped strength training.

Over the years, I’ve completed numerous 5K races (taking 1st place in my age group once), many half marathons, Ragnar Relay Road & Trail Races, and several obstacle course races (taking 3rd place in my age group in the Hartford Down & Dirty race a few years ago). I love the challenge, all the like-minded people I’ve met and all the sights I’ve seen while running through the countryside I otherwise never would have seen.

But still, those few extra pounds until I joined one of APT’s 21-Day programs in May of 2017. The nutrition plan was not at all hard to follow but was certainly different from anything I had tried before: counting calories or points, the South Beach diet, the Atkins diet (remember that one?)…But this plan worked! Quickly! In 21 days I lost those last stubborn 7 pounds and I could look at and carry myself in confidence!!! I was so psyched that I joined APT and I am so happy I made that decision because, the personalized strength training programs have brought back my muscle definition which in turn has improved my running performance and endurance, all while having fun. Amazing, right?, that at age 57, I’m in the best shape of my life and I feel it too! I LOVE Advantage Personal Training, where the workouts are never boring, the trainers are dedicated and obviously love what they do, the atmosphere is upbeat, and I always leave with a smile on my face. APT is most definitely “The best part of my day”.

My next goal? The unassisted pull-up. Why? Because with APT I can!

Maria’s Success Story

I had always been fairly active, but gyms bored me. I’d make it a few months and decide that I wasn’t having fun, so I’d quit going. I got my workouts in scuba diving, skydiving, and running around at work, or around the house. However, life and a desk job got in the way of my well being. By Christmas of 2015 I had had enough of not feeling well. One day around that time I happened to drive by Advantage Personal Training. I made the decision to stop in and ended up signing up for the 21 day trial that started in January of 2016. I finished the trial and haven’t looked back. Two and a half years later I’m still here.

Looking back I see how far I’ve come. Because I hadn’t been feeling well I scheduled myself to see my doctor in the summer of 2016. My blood work came back and he said “I believe you’re pre-diabetic and we should start you on medication. You need to start testing your sugar”. I told him I wouldn’t do that. I would make lifestyle changes before I would even start to think about taking medication and accept a pre-diabetic diagnosis. He said, “I disagree, but let’s see how it goes”.

With the direction and support from the staff at Advantage, my workouts changed to better meet my needs. I started talking to the Nutritionist, and my eating habits changed. I found myself tracking my food, and my macros, and I started feeling so much better!

Fast forward to June of 2018 when I was nagged into going in for a follow-up doctors appointment. When I told him I was there under protest and reiterated my refusal to take medication and track my sugar, he laughed and said, “Let’s see what your blood work says”. After a few raised eyebrows and a lot of scrolling on his screen, he laughed and said “Whatever you’re doing, it’s working. All of your blood work levels are where they need to be. I don’t see any reason for the diagnosis at this time or any need for medication. If you don’t mind my asking, did you turn into a gym rat or become obsessive about your food?”. I laughed and answered, “kind of both..”.

And I guess that is kind of true. I’m at APT an average of 5 days per week. I’m in better overall shape now than I was in high school. And In the last two and a half years I have completed 3 marathons, 1 half marathon, 3 Tough Mudders, 1 Spartan Trifecta, (with 2 more Trifectas pending this year), and a bunch of 5K runs.

So, THANK YOU APT! I haven’t gotten bored, I’ve revamped the way I approach fitness AND food, and I have made some fantastic friends along the way with whom I’ve shared so much fun and laughter. You really are the best part of my day.

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Bruno’s Success Story

Bruno Advantage Personal TrainingI went into APT the week before Easter weighing in at 285lbs. I physically could not walk without my knees and back hurting. It was a struggle to get out of bed. I knew it was time for a change, but I just wasn’t motivated. I didn’t realize how out of shape I had gotten. My body fat percentage was over 30% and my visceral fat (the fat around my organs) was over 15%. I needed to get motivated and get some results.

I met with Keith and his first question was, “What is your goal? To lose weight? Get stronger?“ I said my goal is just to be able to do activities with my family. I just wanted to be able to enjoy my family. To be able to wake up and out of the blue decide to do an obstacle course or go for a neighborhood run. I wanted to go kayaking and skiing without hurting myself. So Keith wrote up a fitness plan for me and gave me an easy diet to follow.

My biggest hurdle was making the time to go. I had worked out in the past, and I always found excuses not to go, and when I did go I would find myself doing the same exercises over and over.

At APT I work out around my schedule. There are many trainers so I am not locked into just one, and I don’t have to adhere to that trainer’s schedule. The trainers also communicate with each other and work as a team to help me achieve my goals.

I look forward to going to the gym. The atmosphere is always fun and energetic. The workouts are never boring or repetitive, and the trainers always make sure my form is good and that I am doing the exercise safely. It’s been almost five months, and I am now down 60lbs! My body fat percentage is 15% and most importantly my visceral fat is at 9%. I feel like a new man, and I couldn’t have done it without APT.

Alan’s Success Story

Alan Before and After Advantage Personal TrainingI am extremely fortunate to have a wonderful family. Spending quality time with my wife and kids is paramount in my everyday life.

Having operations on both shoulders to repair AC joints and rotator cuffs compromised my ability to remain active with my family. Carpal tunnel in both hands and a diagnosis of hypertension further complicated the situation. I had to do something!

I first attempted cardio workouts, but it was difficult to incorporate them into my very busy schedule. Lifting weights did not work out because of the limited mobility in my shoulders. I was at a crossroads. The question was, “Do I continue to struggle with conditioning activities that don’t fit into my life routine, or do I give up and not fulfill my goals?” The answer: Advantage Personal Training.

Because of the knowledgeable trainers at APT I learned how to meet my goals and stay healthy and safe. I was taught how to exercise while considering my own personal circumstances. My trainer would say, “Don’t lift that weight at that angle Alan, it will aggravate your rotator cuff!” That sort of personal, individual attention keeps me safe while I get an excellent workout.

The proof is in the outcome. I have reduced my body fat by 27 pounds, to 17%. I have less shoulder and back pain, and I run eight-minute miles while enjoying greater flexibility.

I most enthusiastically recommend APT to anyone who wants to feel and look better. When I first thought of the name of the gym I thought of the word “ADVANTAGE” as a competitive sports term. You know, gain an “advantage” over your opponents. As time has passed, I now realize the “A” in APT refers to an Advantage in life!

Lizzy's Success story

Lizzy’s Story

What is your motivation?

My motivation comes from multiple sources, my most important motivation is my son. He motivates me to push myself to be the absolute best version of myself. He see’s me work hard to do my best, giving him motivation to workout and be healthy. Also people who tell me how far I’ve come, ask for help when they’re first starting off in their fitness journey. It shows that the results of my hard work is apparent, and this motivates others. This in turn motivates me to do even more.

What brought you to Advantage Personal Training?

I was working out at another gym, doing insane cardio and using no weights. I wasn’t losing any weight. A friend suggested I try an Advantage’s Challenge. Two years later I have lost several pounds of fat doing heavy lifting and very little cardio. I’ve gained a “ton” of muscle, and it’s all because I accepted the Advantage Personal Training Challenge.

What keeps you coming back to Advantage Personal Training?

The atmosphere, the trainers, always being pushed and motivated to do more. It’s the best gym you could be a part of!

Bill’s Transformation

Watch how Bill transformed his workout routine by joining Advantage Personal Training. Not only did he lose 15Lbs on the 21 Day Challenge, but got in much better shape and spent his Summer feeling amazing.

Christine Booth Success Story

Chrystine Williams-Booth

Christine Booth Success StoryI stumbled upon Advantage Personal training by taking a wrong turn. Little did I know that it would be the best turn I would ever make for myself. I was 48 with two knee replacements and just didn’t know how to work out anymore without hurting for days. I was always active and played sports my whole life, but after my first knee replacement, exercise just was too painful, or I was too tired.

We had a son the year before my first replacement and I was determined that I would be active and healthy for him. Thanks to Paul, I have achieved so many goals with my body that I was told I would never do again. Squats, lunges, resistance and weight training, side-to-side exercises and jumping were thought to be things of the past. Never mind that I have always been told that I had to live with the size of my thighs and that cellulite won’t go away without surgery!!! Let’s just say all those myths are completely wrong if you are willing to put in the time and effort into yourself with a trainer that knows what he is doing and is making sure you’re always doing the exercises right, constantly asking what I feel, where I feel it or if it hurts. Paul took me through baby steps to amazingly challenging workouts. Two years later I am stronger, healthier, and more confident than I have been in years. It still amazes me that when I see someone that I have not seen in awhile that his or her first comment is: “Wow you look great, you lost so much weight.”  In reality, I have only lost 10 lbs in two years but I am wearing clothes that I have had in my closet for years that were two sizes too small. Thank you Paul and the amazing staff at Advantage for being a team that cares about all of us that walks through your doors, not just your personal clients! Working out 5 days a week was something I never dreamed I would love and do again. I am a client for life!




Michaela Hardink

My fitness journey began about this time last year when my friends challenged me to participate in a 5 mile mud run, Muderella.  It was just a few months away and I hadn’t run a mile or basically been off the couch in five years.  I had a four and two year old at home and was labeled as AMA (advanced maternal age) on my medical record because I had my children at 37 and 40.  I was also in treatment for C-PTSD and Postpartum depression, as well as taking Zoloft.  My therapist had been reminding me on and off for a couple years that I needed to exercise as part of my healing and treatment but I would always put it off and use time away from the family as an excuse not to take care of myself. Thinking about and having the determination to be healthy for my family, and the love of my friends, along with this challenge was exactly what I needed.

I had belonged to a “big box” gym years ago and got nothing out of it, but was intrigued by this little place I drove by almost daily close to my house, “Advantage Personal Training”.  This little place has become a huge part of my life.  I completed the Muderella, the Color Run 5K, as well as the Men’s Health Urbanathlon (a challenge from Greg), in the first six months of the journey.

I am grateful to all of the trainers (now friends) whom I have worked with individually, as well as in Team, for helping me gain strength and confidence in a safe, non-intimidating, non-judgmental atmosphere.  I have discontinued my antidepressant and no longer need my therapist as I have found that my fitness is all the therapy I need now. In 2015, I will run the Mystic Irish 5K and have accepted the biggest challenge, to run the Spartan with Greg and the gang in June. I look forward to accepting any other challenge that comes up.

Advantage truly has made a significant change in me and I will be a member for life!