I was fat and unhealthy, and quickly spiraling toward becoming a statistic of either getting a stroke or a heart attack. Standing short of 5’3” I knew when I hit 137 pounds, my ultimate high, I needed to do something. And honestly, I did not think I had the time as work absorbed most of it. But after a wake-up call of my latest blood pressure reading which reflected near hyper-tension, I felt desperate and I needed to make some changes in my life.
Joining the gym was daunting because of all the thin and fit people here and I was ashamed of myself, and how big I had become. I had not worked out in at least 5 years and truthfully did not know how to lose weight since my metabolism had slowed down and I did not know how to fix it. I really needed help, so I joined anyway and invested in a trainer.
Initially, I was a bit of a skeptic; not so much in the trainer, but I did not think my body would respond the way I hoped it would. But I made a commitment to myself that I would give my all and I would follow his advice on everything – food, diet, nutrition, exercise. No excuses allowed.
Within the first few weeks, I lost two pounds. I was amazed – even though he did say I should lose about a pound a week, if I stayed the course. Still the skeptic, I thought I would surely plateau before I could get my hopes up.
In three months I dropped three sizes, fitting nicely in my size 7 jeans again. I felt more energetic and healthy, and even started wearing brighter colors again. I started feeling good about me for the first time in a very long time.
Ever patient, my trainer, Dre D. always made time to answer my questions and especially from the get-go when I hit him up with a barrage of possible ‘stupid questions’, yet never once did he make me feel stupid for asking. I am still amazed at the wealth of knowledge he has on fitness and wellness.
My goal was to lose 20 pounds and push the fat level from 34 to 21%. Now seven months later, I have lost 21 pounds, and am at 22% body fat. I went from a size 10 to now, a four. My fitness goal now is more about maintaining the weight, toning and defining.
I am sure for the few who have invested in a trainer, might feel as I do about mine – that I was so fortunate to get him. I count my blessings and he is definitely one of them. He says my success is all me, and granted I know commitment has to start from within yourself to make anything you want to happen, happen. But even the best athlete with all his talent, may never reach his full potential without a great trainer either. And I know without a doubt, I could not have gained this much success without mine.
I was approaching my 24th birthday when I made a decision about my health. I’ve never had a personal trainer nor have I ever enjoyed exercise much but Dre made my entry into the world of fitness and health seamless. He was very knowledgeable about the way the body moves, the correct forms of different types of exercises and the type of diet I needed to meet my goal of losing 100 pounds in one year. I trained with Dre almost 8 months and I can honestly say that I wouldn’t have been able to progress as much nor as efficiently had I not worked with him. Dre taught me so much about the significance of the quality of food you consume in addition to the small daily health habits that add up in the long run.
Though it’s been more than a year from when I set my 100 pound weight loss goal in one year, I have lost 70 pounds since then. Though my experience with Dre, I’ve learned so much about a proper healthy diet and have discovered the importance of the daily exercise.
The reason I joined was that I was really out of shape due to being fairly idle for a couple of years. I had gained weight and was having a chronic pain in my leg. Although I was motivated to make a change in my life, mainly to help with my pain, I was skeptical about my ability to sustain discipline and interest. I didn’t merely doubt my ability to change my lifestyle, but also had a fear that I might fail. However, somehow I took the step to sign up for the gym membership and personal training sessions. Fortunately for me, the gym paired me up with a great trainer, Dre Delos Santos.
Dre is very knowledgeable in his field and continuously improves his abilities through education and research. One of the first things he told me was that he loves his job, which is clearly apparent in his positive attitude and cheerful disposition. Dre really cares about his clients and is sensitive and attentive to each individual’s situation. He is friendly with all people he encounters and is eager to share his knowledge. His enthusiasm is contagious and makes exercising a positive and enjoyable experience every day. The support and encouragement Dre has given me has helped keep me on track to meet my goals and has pushed me to make new, bigger goals to work toward. I have become much healthier and feel excellent. I know I will continue to practice healthy eating and exercise habits for the rest of my life. I am fortunate to have Dre as my trainer and consider him a partner in my quest for a healthy lifestyle.
Before we started working together, I didn’t know what to expect since I really didn’t have any fitness goals for myself and I was unsure of what I would achieve from a personal training experience. Through the course of my training with Dre, I wanted to lose some weight and improve my physical appearance. In addition, I wanted to also have more energy and become stronger.
Dre has helped me by providing a training plan which challenged my body and me feel like I was actually achieving something. Having not set foot in the gym for so long, the first session was challenging for me, but I realized what hard work felt like and I enjoyed it. Working with Dre has definitely helped point me in the right path to fitness. I am very happy with the results thus far and doubt that I would have been able to achieve them by myself. Thank you Dre!
Dre introduced me to several of his clients and I became a part of their group sessions. Group sessions have made my workouts fun, educational, and very motivating. It allows me to watch and learn what the others are doing right or wrong on any particular exercise. It’s just us girls having fun while getting stronger and healthier together.
Dre is an EXCELLENT trainer. He explains each exercise very clearly, he’s very knowledgeable about various techniques, a great motivator, extremely reliable, a good listener, sincerely caring and extremely patient. Dre may be my personal trainer, but we have become really good friends.
My life is very different from the first day I made that decision to join the gym. I still occasionally have my perfect day with the remote control and I’m still on medication (at a lower dosage). But the difference is….I can say I exercised today. Dre has helped me get off my butt and do something for myself (health-wise). That’s more than I did in the past.
I first met Dre in January 2014. I`ve been struggling with a bad knee for a long time, I had one surgery behind me and faced a long time with rehabilitation. My workouts used to be all cardio with a minimum of weight lifting and strength training, something that changed quickly after a couple of sessions with Dre. The variation of exercises, the encouragment and a knee that started to heal made me look at training in a different way. I quickly learned to love the dumbells and most of all, the foam roller. The results were amazing, both on the inside and outside and I wouldn’t be where I am today with my training without the help of Dre.