I would also be remiss if I failed to mention that Dougs constant need to push me hard also saved my life. On a recent trip to St. Lucia, I decided to join a friend and climb the unsanctioned, very steep Petit Piton. It was a straight up climb that took nearly an hour and a half. About half way up, we began using ropes to help us climb. With no safety harnesses on and no vines to hang onto, the ropes were our only means of pulling ourselves up. On one rope climb, the rope slid to the side of the round rock I was climbing, leaving me dangling 300+ meters above the nearest treetop. Fortunately, in the year that I have been training with Doug, he has gotten my petite frame and slender biceps curling 21 lbs. I was able to use my upper body strength to hold on to the rope without fear that I’d fall and break every bone in my body until my friend and hiking guide were able to rescue me.
Furthermore, Doug is not only a very experienced and knowledgeable trainer, he is also very patient and makes the training fun. I have to admit that I like to whine “ particularly when he increases the weights. But somehow he turns it around, and I end up laughing or smiling when I’m going for fifteen or fatigue. I must be neurotic, but for some reason, I enjoy going to the torture chamber. Perhaps it’s because I have an awesome personal trainer, or perhaps it’s because I relish in the fact that all my exes now do a double take of my smokin body. You decide.
I told Doug upfront that I knew I couldn’t commit to getting myself to a gym, so I asked him to design a program I could do in my own home. As if that wasn’t enough of a challenge, I work in two cities and have two homes, so I needed a a plan I could do in both places. And due to my hectic schedule, I could only meet with Doug once a week to get started.
Despite all of the obstacles I presented, Doug put together a great program for me that made me work harder than I could have imagined but gave me the results I needed. In three months, I lost a total of 13% of my bodyfat. I feel leaner and fitter than ever, and most importantly, my metabolism is finally back to normal. Thank you, Doug!
Trainer’s note: John continued to lose weight after the holidays, and took off a total of 31lbs for an ending weight of 160lbs in March. The final tally was 5’³ off the waist, with a reduction in body fat from 25.7% to 16.2%. Great job, John!
I received an email from John recently:
Hi Doug, How are you? I hope that things are going well. I just had a major accomplishment that I wanted to show you, because it was your training that helped me. About 2 years ago I picked up a sport called Breath Hold Spearfishing. I have advanced quickly by putting in a lot of time in the ocean, I have averaged over 15hours per week for over the last year. This specific fish that I have been hunting for the past four months is called a White Sea Bass and it is one of the most prized catches in Southern California. Here are some pictures of the 30lbs beast that I caught.
I have very limited time to allocate to working out, so Doug helped me set up a home gym with a minimum up-front investment. I now have everything that I need for working out at home for less than $500. Doug is very professional and knows his stuff. When I started with him initially I was only interested in getting my lower body in shape. In a non-pushy way he made me work out every muscle in my body rather than just certain spots, and now I am very grateful for it. I look forward to my workouts because I know they bring results !!
Friday, August 31, 2007
Hello Doug, I was looking over my appointment book from last year and noticed that this is just about the time I started seeing you for some training sessions. What a difference a year has made! Thanks to your joint-strengthening and back routines (which I do religiously), I have not suffered any back problems, and my elbows and shoulders are also doing much better. Since I am doing more landscaping than ever, having a strong, pain-free body has really been a blessing. So I am definitely one of your success stories, and I really appreciate the advice and guidance you offered.
I would like to express my gratitude to you for having completely changed my attitude toward working out. It has been a pleasure to be trained by you for a year, and I am sorry you are leaving Miami as it will be very difficult to replace you.
When I first contacted Doug I was skeptical about working out. I had been swimming for the last 3 years on an almost daily basis, and I never felt at ease around machines and weights. Gyms were not my favorite places and I had a hard time with the attitude of most personal trainers. Doug was able to change my mind about that, as he developed a specific workout for me. I did not want to lose flexibility for my swimming, but still was interested in adding some muscle. I met Doug twice a week and sessions were always different and effective, using not only machines and free weights, but many types of equipment.
He succeeded in making my swimming more competitive, as I would have more energy and endurance. At the same time my body changed, adding more muscle volume. For those skeptical guys out there like me, I suggest trying Doug’s style of training- he will make the difference for you.
After Doug got me into great shape after my first pregnancy, he also kept me in great shape during my second pregnancy. I trained with Doug into my third trimester and found him to be extremely knowledgeable about the changes my body was going through. He was able to adapt my workouts so that they remained challenging yet he never pushed me too far. I was able to maintain a great level of strength that came in handy during delivery and post-partum. Every week he checked in about where I was, and could change the workout on the fly to accommodate my energy levels. I highly recommend his services during and after pregnancy!
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