TOP TRANSFORMATIONS OF 2016-2017!
I had been on the road constantly for work for the last 7 years, and my weight and health reflected that. After some prodding from my wife Karleen, I decided to commit to working out regularly. I knew after neglecting my health for so long, I would need the help of a professional, and that’s where BodySmith Personal Training (more specifically, Scott Smith, came in).
I started working out with Scott three times each week, and eventually advanced to four and occasionally five times per week. Our goals ranged from increasing my power lifts, losing body fat, gaining lean mass, and simply staying consistent with our routine without getting injured.
Personally, I found that I really enjoyed the progressive resistance training, the stress reduction, and the strength gains. But additionally, my health across a multitude of areas was dramatically improved. In a matter of months…
– My resting heart rate went from 87 beats per minute to 67 bpm
– My bloodwork went from pre-diabetic to normal
– I was able to stop taking high blood pressure medicine for the first time in a decade.
– My doctor was amazed when I came in for my annual physical and had lost 35 pound of fat, and added 10 pounds of lean muscle.
I would not have thought it possible for me to make changes like this in my late 40’s, but Scott & his team make the impossible possible every day.
In my 20’s, I aspired to be a model and have that body type – you know, the emaciated look. I could wrap my fingers around my biceps they were so skinny. And I was proud of that. I’m 5’10” and my lightest weight was 113lbs. I was anorexic. Fortunately, I overcame my eating disorder.
In my 30’s and 40’s, I tried to manage the normal weight gain most women experience as they age by doing excessive amounts of cardio (an hour or more a day.) However, there is a saying, “you can’t outrun your fork”, and in 2014, my body fat hit an all time high.
That’s when I started working out with Scott, Kat and Kent and made a paradigm shift about my body. In order to burn body fat, I needed to increase lean muscle mass and focus more on my resistance training and healthy diet (not more cardio). To stay motivated with this new workout regimen we focused more on improving my fitness levels in the weight room which is way more fun than putting in hours on the hamster wheel. Now, my priority is to be strong and healthy!
These days I look forward to my training sessions and get excited to set new PRs (personal record). I actually need to eat MORE (healthy) foods to fuel my body so that I have the energy to squat 135lbs or deadlift 160lbs.
Strength training has not only transformed by body, but more importantly, it is helping me slow the aging progress by building bone density and muscle mass, both of which we lose as we get older. I’m 51 and I’m the strongest I’ve ever been! I can no longer wrap my fingers around my biceps and I’m proud of it! #lovemymuscles
TOP TRANSFORMATIONS OF 2015-2016!
My journey with BodySmith starts with New Years Day 2014. I had really let myself go after several years of swinging back and forth between regular exercise and laziness. The low point was having to buy a pair of pants with waist size 40.
I had been wanting to work with Scott, who is my brother, since he started training several years before that, but I lived in Lawrence and worked in Topeka, so it never worked out with my schedule. But, on New Years Day 2014, Scott started his online “New Years Kickstarter Challenge”, and I decided to seize the opportunity and finally get in control of my weight. I was one of the most active participants in this challenge. I became devoted to cardio and nutrition, and lost about 20 pounds. All of my old clothes fit again, and I felt a ton better, but I still plateaued.
I have dealt with anxiety and depression my entire life, and regular exercise has proven to be the best medicine for me. Some big changes in my career and personal life led me to re-dedicate myself with the 2015 New Years Challenge. And I kept it up. I lost 30 more pounds, and have kept it off. It felt so good to have friends and coworkers notice the change.
I moved to Kansas City in the summer of 2015 and my fiancee Megan and I have been training with Scott and Kat twice a week since last fall. The final piece of the puzzle turned out to be a switch in my focus toward increased metabolism and athleticism via their core/resistance training program. With their guidance and support I have maintained my weight while increasing my strength and muscle mass. I look forward to my training sessions, and the help and motivation that Scott and Kat provide.
It was last summer that I decided to start making the changes necessary to live a healthier lifestyle. At the time, I wasn’t even sure what that really meant. I just knew that years of traveling for work (and a lot of other excuses) had put me at the heaviest and most out of shape I’d ever been. I downloaded MyFitnessPal and began tracking what I ate in order to manage my calories, but with no real strategy behind it. I began walking, which eventually transitioned into light jogging, and saw some improvement. Fast forward a few months, and all of a sudden the progess came to a screeching halt. I was doing all of the same things that I had been doing that had led to the initial weight loss, but now the scales weren’t moving. Discouraged, frustrated, but not defeated, I sought out a solution for my lack of progress.
A good friend had been raving about the personal trainer he had been seeing for the past year. I was intimidated by the prospect of taking that step, as I hadn’t done anything exercise related (beyond the light cardio) in years. But with my friends encouragement, I arranged a meeting with Scott and explained my situation. He talked of terms I had heard of, but really had no clue what they meant. Things like body fat percentage, lean body mass, and what the heck is metabolic conditioning? He explained that my lack of recent progress was probably due to my metabolism dropping due to the calorie restrictions I had put in place, and began formulating a strategy to break through it. Still a bit skeptical, I took the leap of faith and began training with Scott and Kat. I immediately knew that this was what was going to get me past my plateau.
What I wasn’t expecting was what came next. Note only did my weight loss resume, but I began adding muscle as well. Even if my weight was remaining stable for a period of time, clothes fit better, I had more energy, and my measurements were still shrinking! I began to think about my health success in terms that I had never previously fathomed. Namely, achieving an overall level of fitness and not worrying about what the scale said every week. We started focusing on actions that I had more control over and were immensely more enjoyable to pursue.
I now train with Kat three times a week, and follow a specific diet plan developed by Scott, that not only focuses on cycling my calorie intake, but also establishes targets for macro nutrients aimed at building muscle and reducing fat. I began meal prepping and planning everything I ate to make the whole process easier and avoid old pitfalls. Now I know exactly what I’m going to eat and when I’m going to eat it everyday. I’m down a total of 60 pounds, and I’ve never felt better! As Scott says, it’s important to change one thing at a time and not overwhelm yourself. Before you know it, your entire life will be transformed.
What’s really exciting is the next phase. I’m already at a place I’d never thought I could be, but with Scott and Kat’s guidance, I have new goals in mind that didn’t seem possible a year ago. I think back to how intimidated I was before my first few sessions, and now it seems silly. Today I love the challenge and can’t wait for my workout sessions with Kat. I’m thankful for both of my trainers, I couldn’t have done it without you!
When I was in elementary school, I realized that my thighs were twice the size of the girls around me and I immediately decided I should eat as much junk food as possible to maintain my thunder thigh status, never taking into account that maybe my five inch height difference played a part of my thickness. From that point on, I had a complex about my body. I deemed it undesirable, huge, ugly and treated it that way.
I was always extremely active in sports. When I joined a softball team in college, I was working as hard as I could to maintain a spot on the team. I thought to myself, this is the best shape I’ll ever be in. And while my exercise was built in for me due to my involvement with sports, the junk food habits were still alive and stronger than ever, holding me back from my true physical and mental potential. Despite knowing the necessary effort it would take to reach the pinnacle I could never quite seem to get there.
Once college ended, the ease of just showing up to practice to count as exercise disappeared, a series of unfortunate events and my love for pizza rolls still going strong, the pounds came on quickly. It wasn’t until after I gained 50 pounds that I thought, “It’s time to do something different.” Slowly but surely, I changed my eating habits, kept active in softball, and even had a couple of trainers. I had successfully dropped more than half the weight before my progress eventually plateaued.
Enters Scott and Kat. Since joining them in late 2015, my mindset of wanting to lose weight quickly changed to wanting to gain more muscle. Their training techniques are different from any training I had received before, and the program seemed to work perfectly for me. No longer was I obsessing about numbers on the scale, but working hard to improve my numbers with weight-lifts and sets. Scott and Kat do a great job on accountability, teaching proper form, and pushing you to get that extra rep when you’re almost positive that it’s impossible. I’m in even better shape than I was in college, and I can’t thank them enough from changing my mindset that was once so negative into seeing my body as a lean, wonderful, fighting machine. I am so excited to see continued progress with Scott and Kat and highly recommend them to anyone who is ready to make a change physically and mentally.
TOP TRANSFORMATIONS OF 2014-2015!
A few years ago I was sitting on a beautiful Hawaiian beach with my 2-year-old niece. I should have been soaking up life, but instead of being happy I was miserable. I didn’t like how I looked or how I felt. I couldn’t keep up with my niece and play with her the way I wanted. I was setting a bad example of health and fitness … I was living a life that was less than what I was capable of living … and I knew that if I continued down that road, it was only going to get worse.
That’s when I made the decision to work with Scott. My goals: get healthy … lose weight … reduce body fat … build strength!
Scott got it. He understood the dream I had. He also understood how to handle all the challenges I faced … including the fact that I was diabetic.
We began working out one-on-one three times a week, then we added cardio a few days a week. Scott worked with me to get my nutrition back on course, helping me find the right “formula” of carbs/fat/protein for me. Together we set aggressive fitness and fat-loss goals and I’m proud to say I’ve achieved so much more than I ever thought I could. I’ve also set so many PRs that my confidence is now sky-high compared to where it was when I started.
Scott gave me the inspiration and motivation I desperately needed to turn my life around. The accountability and consistency made all the difference in the world.
In many ways, Scott gave me my life back. Words can’t express how grateful I am for that precious gift.
I began training with Scott at BodySmith six months ago with the goal of being able to get back into shape and to win a family weight loss challenge. Scott and I discussed my goals and he helped me design an aggressive program to meet them. With his personalized approach to my training and lifestyle, both inside and outside of the gym, I have far exceeded even my own expectations.
Starting out I was 5’9”, 200 pounds, at 22% body fat. After signing on at BodySmith, I’ve lost 34 pounds and dropped my body fat percentage to 9.3%. All the while, increasing my strength and cardio levels. I am now in the best mental and physical shape of my life!
What makes Scott different from other trainers is his ability to tailor your program to your specific goals. Scott is there every step of the way to ensure you reach them. He even went as far as to send me personalized outside of the gym workouts (aka my “homework”), in addition to providing me a meal plan and sound nutritional advice.
While my workouts are of course demanding, I do look forward to them, and even more than that, I look forward to where I will be in the next 6 months! Thank you for everything Scott, my wife and I both appreciate it!
I started having issues with my weight dating back to elementary school. As an adult I’ve tried diets too numerous to mention, some pretty extreme and/or even dangerous and by 40 I was diagnosed with moderate to severe sleep apnea and was put on a CPAP machine.
In addition to sleep apnea, my cholesterol was high and my triglycerides were even higher. The extra weight was also taking a toll on my back, joints, and emotions. I had countless reasons to be happy yet I was miserable. I used my weight as an excuse for everything and built a prison with it in which I was not only the prisoner, but also the warden.
I was less than a year away from my 50th birthday and that’s when I made the decision that I was not going to turn 50 being so out of shape.
I began researching personal trainers on the Internet and that’s how I discovered Scott and BodySmith Personal Training. He was a lot younger than me and I thought “there is no way he will be able to relate to my weight issues and understand what I’m going through.” I assumed he would be yet another fit person who would tell me I just needed to eat less and exercise more as if it were that simple and had never occurred to me before. I took a leap anyway…
As Scott and I discussed my weight issues and goals during our initial consultation, he was convinced if I gave him the chance, we would develop a customized program together that would teach me healthy eating and exercise habits so I would be able to lose the weight AND keep it off.
Fast forward 14 months and I’m still training with Scott twice a week. I have lost weight while building lean muscle mass bringing my total weight loss to date to around 130 pounds. I have more muscle tone now than I have ever had, all my blood work is well within the normal limits and I am off the CPAP machine! I’ve donated boxes and boxes of clothes to Goodwill as the pounds and inches have come off, but I kept a few things to serve as reminders of how far I have come.
I have absolutely no regrets about contacting Scott (although he does scare me sometimes when he comments on the goals he has set for me!) Thank you so much Scott for all your unwavering support, encouragement and understanding in helping me take back control of my weight and my life! You and your fitness program are amazing and I am forever grateful!
I’ve been working with Scott, on and off, for seven years now. He initially helped me get in shape so that I could pursue my dream to play professional basketball. I was offered several opportunities after my career at Rockhurst to do this, but I had to overcome several significant injuries (ACL and shoulder) and some subsequent weight gain in order to become competitive again.
Scott developed a sports specific program to increase my endurance and explosiveness with an added focus on eliminating deficiencies in my core stabilization. All of this was run concurrent with a diet plan aimed to reduce body fat. It worked. I was able to lose significant weight while also regaining my confidence to be an aggressor on the court. Whenever one of my in game dunks is now caught on tape, I like to send it over to Scott to say thank you for pushing me to be my best again!
This “before and after” picture is actually from our most recent round of training. Whenever I find myself falling behind in regards to my physique or health, I call Scott up and we get back in the gym. His accountability helps me show up at 5:30am ready to work hard. His positive motivation works perfectly to inspire the athlete I still have within me. Just this year we were able to lose over 15 pounds and 5% body fat, while still making gains on all of my power lifts. I would recommend BodySmith Personal Training to anyone serious about building a better body.