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Member Success Story: Alicia Whitmore

Elevate Fitness Personal Trainer David Cruz Trains Client Alicia Whitmore

Elevate Fitness Personal Trainer David Cruz Trains Client Alicia Whitmore

Alicia is a member of Elevate Fitness Club in Dewitt, who trains with world-class Personal Trainer, David Cruz. She’s also the kind of person who’s always on the lookout for the next friend or family member she can motivate to change their lives, having referred multiple new members to Elevate Fitness (thanks, Alicia!).

So, why listen to us, when Alicia can so easily articulate what she loves about training with David and training at Elevate Fitness. Here’s her story in her own words:

“Hi! I’m pumped to finally be training with someone so dedicated to his work. Each training session that I have with David I learn something new. I’ve been working alongside other trainers for the past 2 years, but David is great! Currently, I am training for a figure competition in Rochester. I told him on day one that my goal was to win the Northeast Showdown. After our first session, I told him trusted what he had in store for me and it’s been nothing but awesome since. When I’m not with David I use the gym, and it’s never too packed, I almost always can find a stair stepper, and the people at the front desk are always welcoming. This is a great place to work out and I try to tell all my teacher friends about how great it is!”

Elevate Fitness Member Alicia Whitmore trains as her personal trainer, David Cruz, looks on

Elevate Fitness Member Alicia Whitmore trains as her personal trainer, David Cruz, looks on

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The Liverpool Lob-sters win Sectionals! Next stop: Nationals!

The Liverpool Lobsters Tennis Team from Elevate Fitness

The Liverpool Lobsters Tennis Team from Elevate Fitness

The Liverpool Lob-sters, a junior tennis team made up of nine local high-school students, and coached by Lisa Pento at Elevate Fitness Club in Liverpool, have won their sectional championship in Central Park in Schenectady, New York last weekend. This win for the intermediate, eighteen and under group follows regional and local wins and means the Lob-sters will be heading to Nationals at the USTA Tennis Center in Lake Nona, Florida this November 8th through 11th.

The Lob-sters are Antonio Marsallo (Baldwinsville), Matthew Manara (West Genesee), James Plunkett (West Genesee), Brandon Davis (Liverpool), Brooke Tutor (Baldwinsville), Justine Stanejko (Solvay), Grace Delpino (Christian Brothers Academy), Mikayla Manara (West Genesee) and Katie Viau (West Genesee).

Photos courtesy of team Coach, Lisa Pento. For more information about our Junior Tennis programs click here.

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My Tennis Journey at Elevate Fitness by Scott Friedberg

My Tennis Journey at Elevate Fitness

by Guest Blogger, Scott Friedberg of Gilded Social

Sports were a big part of my life growing up, but once I graduated high school and entered college, my athletic days seemed to be a thing of the past. I always enjoyed competition but I struggled to find an opportunity to enjoy the thrill of sports again. Thankfully, a few years after graduating college, I found a solution…

My company, Gilded Social, works closely with the Elevate Fitness team on digital and in club marketing efforts. Tennis, in particular, caught my eye. I had played a handful of times growing up but never was able to play at an enjoyable level. Tennis can be challenging and I admittedly was not very good!

I decided it was time to start taking Tennis lessons! I was matched up with Naveen, a Tennis Pro at Elevate. After just a few minutes into my first lesson, I knew I was in good hands. Naveen was able to teach me fundamentals without overwhelming me. He made me feel confident in my play and knew exactly how to communicate in areas that could use improvement.

After my 3rd lesson, Naveen suggested I take a break from lessons and play some real matches! I thought to my self: “Wow! After 3 lessons, I’m ready to play?”. Seemed to good to be true, but, he was right. It was time for me to take the fundamentals that I learned and apply them in a real match situation.

The first match I played was tough, but about halfway through, the fundamentals I learned suddenly came together. Every move I made on the court, I was able to think back to the advice from Naveen. I’m by no means an advanced player yet, but after just a few lessons, I can hold my own in a match, and most importantly have a great time doing it!

I now have a great sport to play, and an opportunity to be competitive again – with myself and with friends. I’m excited to continue my Tennis journey at Elevate and to make new friends along the way. I highly recommend you consider picking up Tennis. It’s a great opportunity to make new friends and a sport that can be played all year round (Hello, Syracuse winter!).

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Member Success Story: Bill Powell

Bill is one of our Hybrid Training clients in Dewitt at our Widewaters Parkway location, and he trains with Ari Palone. This is what he has to say about his experience:

 

I have been working with Ari Palone in Hybrid training sessions for about a year. Ari is an excellent trainer that will push you to your limit, but with a watchful eye to make sure you don’t overdo. She always encourages you to do your best and she gets results. Even as a 60-year-old man, I have lost weight, lost body fat, gained muscle, am stronger and in better shape than when I started the program. I look forward to our group sessions each week, even though they are hard, because I know I will be encouraged to do my best. I would highly recommend Ari as your personal or group trainer.

Whether you’re looking to lose weight, tone up, or increase your athletic conditioning, the personal trainers at Elevate Fitness are ready to help you reach your fitness goals.

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Member Success Story: Megan Bushneck

Megan shared the following photos with us, with this explanation: “Picture on the left is from January 2017 and picture on the right is from September 2017.” Megan credits Personal Trainer and Stott Certified Pilates Instructor, Raelynn Baumann for her results.

In Megan’s words:

I first joined Elevate fitness in 2007 when my parents told me they were concerned about my health.  Having gone from being a competitive horseback rider in college to a lazy office worker my weight gain was starting to show.  I wasn’t overweight but was quickly approaching what is considered overweight for my height.  In addition to my gym membership at Elevate, I signed up for personal training sessions.  My personal training sessions with Raelynn helped me learn how to properly use the equipment. She also helped me devise a plan to lose the weight I had gained.  We kicked my workouts into high gear prior to my wedding in 2012 and I looked fabulous (at the low end of the scale for my height and fit!) on my wedding day.  Due to a change in circumstances, I canceled my membership in 2013.  

When an injury sidelined me in late 2016, I was again inactive and watched the scale climb to a weight I had never seen before.  After being cleared to workout in early 2017, I reached out to Raelynn again because I had seen videos of her workouts on the Pilates Reformer and I wanted in on those workouts.  I came back to Elevate as a personal training client and have lost all the weight I had gained following my injury. It hasn’t been easy!  There’s been ups and downs and setbacks, but I’ve been encouraged and supported by Raelynn the entire time.  Raelynn asks me what I want to focus on prior to our workouts and then tailors them to fit my needs.  Workouts on the Pilates Reformer have greatly improved my flexibility, posture, and strength.  Even the smallest movements have a big impact.  I’m now in the best shape of my life, am the strongest I have ever been, and I feel great!

Although I’ve worked out at other local gyms, I feel at home here at Elevate.  The staff is welcoming and helpful and the members are friendly and courteous.  There’s no place I would rather be as I continue my fitness journey.      

Whether you’re looking to lose weight, tone up, or increase your athletic conditioning, the personal trainers at Elevate Fitness are ready to help you reach your fitness goals.

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Member Success Story: Ron Ferguson

Ron trains with Mallory at our Dewitt location on Widewaters Parkway.

I have been very impressed with Mallory. She is very knowledgeable and enthusiastic. My time with her has been well spent since I am fitter and have lost weight. The main thing about Mallory is her positive attitude early in the morning which can be infectious.

Whether you’re looking to lose weight, tone up, or increase your athletic conditioning, the personal trainers at Elevate Fitness are ready to help you reach your fitness goals.

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Member Success Story: Michelle Barkley

Michelle shares her experiences training with Andrew Shoen at our Liverpool location on Morgan Road…

 

After only working with Andrew for the past three months, I could not be happier with what I have gained. Not only have I lifted more weight than I can even imagine, flipped more tires than I could even imagine, but gained a friendship that I couldn’t even imagine. He is one of the friendliest faces at the gym, always greeting you with a smile and going out of his way to make sure you’re smiling too. His passion for fitness is obvious with the workouts he creates, always bringing his refreshing and enthusiastic personality to every session. He goes above and beyond to make his clients feel comfortable, and confident in themselves, leading them to be able to do things they never thought they would be able to do. Before Andrew, I was deadlifting 145 lbs on a good day, and after three short months, with his master craft work, dedication, and perseverance, he had me deadlifting 225, something I never thought was possible. His workouts are individualized, creative, challenging, and most importantly –  fun! Andrew is without a doubt one of a kind trainers, someone that not only cares about your fitness, but genuinely cares about his clients as people, and someone I look forward to not only training with but talking to on a daily basis. Since working with Andrew I have never felt stronger or healthier and would recommend his mastermind to anyone of my friends or family without hesitation.

Whether you’re looking to lose weight, tone up, or increase your athletic conditioning, the personal trainers at Elevate Fitness are ready to help you reach your fitness goals.

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Member Success Story: Nick Pirozzoli

Nick trains with Andrew Shoen at our Liverpool location on Morgan Road, at 69 years young, Nick has this to say about his training experience at Elevate Fitness…

I started with Gold’s Gym 10 years ago when the Weigh Less Program was first introduced. At the time I was very overweight at 215 pounds and needed help to lose the excess pounds. As a result of doing the two 8-week programs, which also included nutritional training, I lost 35 pounds and was in the best shape of my life in many years. My doctor was very happy with my health and encouraged me to keep it up. Thru the years,  I stayed with gym and used the various cardio and resistance machines to keep the weight off.

After starting with Andrew 3 years ago, and getting involved with deadlifting and squatting with a dedicated trainer that has a thorough understanding of these disciplines, I kept my weight in check, gained muscle mass, a strong core and increased flexibility, all of which are valuable in my line of work as a contractor. Also, the use of the elliptical machines, treadmill and stair climbers are invaluable in keeping my heart strong, sugar in check and blood pressure well within normal limits.

I very much enjoy my time at Gold’s Gym and think of it as a place that keeps me healthy, strong and motivated. To quote a slogan from the past, “Every visit is a Victory”

Whether you’re looking to lose weight, tone up, or increase your athletic conditioning, the personal trainers at Elevate Fitness are ready to help you reach your fitness goals.

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