Lisa M.

I want to thank MSFC again! I am stronger than I have ever been. I didn't write back because I was afraid that after I stopped the challenge, I wouldn't keep to the program. I'm proud to say I'm still hitting the gym 3x a week.

One thing that my trainer, John Switzer, had me do that I hated the most was hanging ab lifts. He started me out on 20 reps. I'm pleased to say I came to terms with that particular exercise and I now do 2 sets of 40 every M, W, F.

Since training with him I took little tidbits of advice that changed my life. No exaggeration. My balance and coordination are much better! It seems silly, but he trained me how to walk up steps without tripping. Drive the heel down when you step.

There were exercises that I dreaded. Not because the weights were too heavy or I was too sore. It was an embarrassment factor. The first day I met John I did walking lunges and I would lose my balance, needing to grab on to someone or something. I was frustrated with myself. We did it again on our last day together. I stared at that gym floor like it was my own personal Green Mile. I lost my balance only once. That was success. Now, every leg day I challenge myself to do those lunges. I don't fall over anymore.

Another thing, when I go to the gym and I want to quit because it seems too hard, I hear John's voice say, "mental toughness." That was something he would say to get those last few reps out of me. It worked every time.

Some days I get up and look forward to the gym but usually I don't want to work out because I'm tired or it's too hot or place excuse here. But I'm so happy I did when its over. It's like being baptized with sweat. I feel like I'm beating this thing. I'm becoming a new and better version of myself.

I really want to thank MSFC again for giving me this opportunity and matching my personality with John Switzer. He was a great trainer. He didn't go soft on me but was encouraging at the same time.

I am stronger than I was when I started. I lift, squat, lunge, run and do those damn ab lifts. But on a personal note, I feel good about myself. I'm proud of what I can do and how far I came and how far I'll go. Its thanks to MSFC, John, and my own "mental toughness."

~~~ Lisa M.
San Diego, CA

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