Nestor, Steve, and Shawn
Finally, Client of the Month is back and we’re making up for lost time with a solid three-pack to start off 2015!
These three guys have been coming to Limitless regularly two times a week since last year. Originally as a four pack (CJ is an honorable mention for client of the month this month), Nestor, Steve, and Shawn are good friends and roommates who decided to come by a couple times a week after work to up the intensity in their fitness routines and to help out with the sports they play like soccer and basketball.
The workout sessions are quick, 30 minute sessions filled with strength-training and athleticism-building circuits aimed to collapse them on the floor in a puddle of sweat by the end. Without a doubt it is working because every single time they revisit a circuit they’ve done before, they don’t just break their previous record, they shave whole minutes off their times! (What else would you expect with a crew who says that ultimate burpees and battleropes are their favorite exercises!)
Needless to say, I need to constantly create tougher and tougher workouts and exercises to keep up since there appears to be no slowing down in sight for them.
Who knows, If they keep this up we may have our first 2x COTMs by the end of the year!
Happy end of 2014 everyone, and what a year it was.
Most definitely this second year of business for Limitless has been a year of growth for me, both personally and professionally. The amount that I have been forced to learn and adapt to as a fitness trainer and especially as a business owner and entrepreneur has been great but I wouldn’t have it any other way. I love it because as I look back, it is apparent just how far I’ve come. It excites me imagining where I will be and what I will feel like next year when I look back on 2015.
Limitless has matured substantially since 2013. It has developed from a dream, to a passion project, to now, a real business. Like I am all grown up or something. I have met numerous new people through Limitless this last year and I am eternally thankful for the clients who are still going strong since 2013 (each of which have achieved Client of The Month recognition I believe).
To everyone thinking about New Years resolutions, I invite you to resolve to invest in yourself in 2015. Not necessarily with money, but investing with time. It can be easy to get caught up in life and neglect you’re own health and well being. So pick up a book and start building a regular habit of reading. Get off that chair, pump out some pushups and squats once or twice a day. Change is always difficult and/or painful at first but the good news about building new habits is that the more you do them, the easier it is to keep them up!
Thank you for your support and I hope your 2015 is full of growth and prosperity!
It has been a long time coming for October’s Client of the Month, Dermot is one of the first clients to join Limitless back in mid 2013. He is also the other half of the Shailee-Dermot plank power-couple! (See the previous COTM). The two of them have been consistently coming in each week for well over a year and their dedication is paying off.
Dermot has an impressive list of accomplishments here at Limitless SCF including doubling the amount of times he can bench press 115lbs well into the double digits, 20% increase in pushups completed in one minute (to almost one per second!), and increasing the number and depth of squats completed in one minute. The accomplishment Dermot is most known for around the gym, however, is the max front plank. He has held the overall client record for front plank for nearly a full year now, bringing the record to a seemly unreachable 8 minutes, 2 seconds! His perseverance in setting and keeping this record has no doubt inspired many clients and opened their eyes up to what is possible.
Besides being a client, Dermot is also a good friend and mentor of mine. I learn at least as much from him in our sessions as he does from me. He is a huge support for me and I consider myself lucky to be able to see him every week.
When he’s not getting big bicep pumps and breaking plank records at Limitless SCF, Dermot works as a radio host and a highly recommended life coach as The Celtic Coach!
Here’s to smashing more records and working our way towards conquering that elusive 10 minute front plank!
“Brett has a vast knowledge of how the body works and how everything is connected. I know this because I love to learn new things, so I quiz him often. I would highly recommend Brett to anyone and everyone. He is a terrific fitness trainer and a truly wonderful person inside and out.”
Our September Client of the Month is one of the most disciplined and focused clients of the whole gym. It’s no surprise that she is also the longtime female client record-holder for the max front plank with an amazing time of 7 minutes and 10 seconds! Not only does that make her the first place female in the plank but she’s behind only one male client (Who is now in her crosshairs, Dermot beware!).
Shailee is very self motivated and does the majority of her exercise at home but enjoys coming to Limitless SCF for most of her strength and core work. As a regular, one day a week client, Shailee has accomplished a lot since joining in June of 2013. Besides the aforementioned plank domination (almost 4x improvement from when she started!), she has also nearly doubled the amount of knee pushups she can do in 60 seconds from 26 to 43. Her legs have gotten considerably stronger as well going from 33 squats in 60 seconds to 47 at a much lower depth!
I really enjoy training Shailee because I feel like I can really throw anything at her and she powers through it and then is immediately looking for the next challenge. The fact that she’s constantly looking to be pushed actually pushes me to be the best trainer I can be and because of that I am grateful for her as a client.
When she’s not breaking records at Limitless, Shailee is a pediatric dentist who enjoys long hikes and yoga. I have a strong feeling her current records will be outdated yet again by next month but I am excited to see how far she can go. Shailee seems to truly be limitless!
“I have been training with Brett at Limitless for over a year now . Brett has a very unique way of challenging and motivating me to go the extra mile during my one on one workouts with him each week. I like a good challenge and Brett never fails to deliver. He always has a positive attitude and the workouts are energetic and fun. They push me just enough to where I feel challenged, but not discouraged. After my session with Brett, I feel I could climb Mount Everest, at least in my mind. My favorite quote is, ‘True enjoyment comes from activity of the mind and exercise of the body; the two are ever united’ -Wilhelm Von Humboldt
PS: After a good workout, I feel invincible, like superman, but without the cape :)”
Amy, Jamie, and Cheri
The first trio clients of the month are here and these women earned it big time! This Sister-in-law, mother, daughter combination has dedicated themselves 2-3 times a week since January and they have really begun unlocking their inner athletes.
These three ladies were referred to Limitless by Jena, the Feb COTM, after hearing about the great success she has had. They were a little apprehensive and weren’t sure what to expect at first. They decided to go for it and their results speak for themselves, especially with their improvements in core strength and general athleticism. The most impressive stat for this crew is their maximum front plank hold time. On their very first session, a base level of core strength was assessed. Amy, Jamie, and Cheri were able to hold the plank position for 41, 53, and 33 seconds, respectively. In under 5 months, Cheri has increased her hold time to 2 minutes and 18 seconds, Jamie to 2 minutes and 36 seconds, and Amy to a whopping 3 minutes and 18 seconds!
This is not just a testament to the strength and shape these women have achieved but also to the mental fortitude and ability to push themselves that they have developed on the way. This is what I am most proud of because the ability to persevere is something that will translate across all areas of their lives.
Whether it’s listening to family drama or having them beg to not have to do burpees that day, these ladies are always entertaining to work with. (They have since realized that burpees are not nearly as difficult as they once thought.) I look forward to the future and to what they will achieve next.
Congratulations to Jamie (and her proud mom) on graduating high school this Spring and moving on to Chico State. Also, congrats to Cheri on celebrating her birthday this week. 50 years young!
Does she even lift?… Yes, she does bro.
Sam has been lifting a lot the last few months and the hard work has been paying off. She has been really fun to work with because her goals give a nice little change of pace compared to a lot of clients, especially females. Sam is all about strength.
I always look forward to Sam’s training sessions because she has made a habit of not just breaking her previous records, but smashing records every single workout. One of her main goals was to be able to squat and deadlift her own bodyweight, which she accomplished within the first 10 sessions. Her maximum squat started at a respectable 140lbs for 1 rep and has since shot up to 165lbs for 3! The other big lifts have had similar improvements. Sam is also no more than a week away from accomplishing her other goal of doing a full, unassisted pullup. While getting to the point of being able to lift more than many of the male clients, Sam’s bodyfat % has also been steadily dropping (averaging about 1% drop every 5 sessions).
When she’s not squatting her friends or impressing guys at the gym, Sam plays an active role at Sonoma State as a student, researcher, and mentor. So congratulations to Sam not only for being the May “Client of the Month”, but also for graduating with her bachelor’s degree from SSU this Spring. A big month indeed!
Up next: Grad School at UC Davis!
“I’ve always been a strong person but I knew that I could be stronger if I trained. So for christmas the only thing on my list was to be trained at Limitless with Brett. Over the last two months, with two sessions a week, I have broken nearly every personal record we’ve set. For example, I can now squat more than my body weight and I feel more confident than ever! I am looking forward to keeping up the intensity and hard work that Brett has taught me to achieve all of my goals I have for my strength and shape.”
Today is the one year anniversary of Limitless SCF!
Thank you to everyone who has helped support this humble little studio. Big things coming in year two, this is only the beginning! (The first big change is the addition of the early morning boot camps, a great way to get fit fast without breaking the bank, check it out!)