Susan B

I began working out with Christian approximately 15 months ago. I was 47 years old at that time and had exercised fairly regularly for many years. Often though, I didn’t have much of a plan for my workout. I have a history of a lower extremity birth defect, which challenges me physically and mentally; and thyroid cancer, which at times plays with my energy levels. Needless to say, I can be a lot of work. 

Then I began boot camp so did the transformation. First and foremost, Christian treated me like one of the group. Yes, I had challenges, so to speak, but he never made me feel that way. He learned over time that perhaps I would need a modification or two, but he didn’t just assume that. He let me try, encouraged me to try, and at times pleaded with me to try, because it was my mind getting in the way, not my body. He is the first trainer I have ever “trusted” with my disability. I would look him in the eye and think “ok, here goes nothing”, and more often than not I would develop a new physical ability followed quickly by the mental growth.

Christian demonstrated loyalty and dedication to me, and encouraged me to find those characteristics in myself, to believe in myself and to develop the dedication to my own self and wellness. Obviously, my physical strength has increased and I love what I have learned, but Christian has also taught me to persevere and persist. At workouts that I attend with my spouse, I watch Bill and Christian feed off each other’s energy, at times chest bump and go into beast mode. Confessions from a chick, I don’t always understand that, but the positive energy, encouragement and enthusiasm that Christian exudes is contagious.