Apr 21, 2011
I have always been thin and relatively active, however as I stumbled into my 30’s and the majority of my activity has given way to computer work, the pounds started to mount quickly. I come from an obese family and knew I was on borrowed time. Now, I'm a motivated person when I commit to something, but with health and fitness, that commitment has always taken a back seat to “other” commitments.
Knowing that I wanted to make a health change and that I have a habit of losing focus, based on previously failed attempts, this time I decided to enlist the help of a professional. Enter Russell at Fitness First. Bottom line, I wouldn’t have been able to achieve the results I have to date without him. Period. Of course the luxury of a personal trainer does sometime seem a bit opulent, but in all actuality it’s just as valuable as any other education you would pay for including college, cooking classes, or self defense. It’s all about learning and accountability.
Honestly my journey really hasn’t been that hard, just consistent. 3 one hour sessions a week and less crappy food. Even on the days I just didn't feel like going, the knowing that I had an appointment got me there and through the workout. What's an hour, really?
A big thanks to Russell at Fitness First, I owe him big time!
Apr 20, 2011
I've been working with Russell for four months and have seen amazing results in that time. I am a mother of two and wife of a professional athlete, so my daily routine demands that I keep up with both my children and my husband.
I have never felt stronger or healthier. Russell's easy going; friendly personality creates a relaxed, comfortable atmosphere. He makes each workout challenging, creative, and most importantly, effective! I have incredible energy, my balance and flexibility have improved immensely and I have great new muscles!
Thank you Russell, you are the best!
Dec 7, 2010
In recent times, I had become overweight and unfit due to a combination of heavy work commitments, poor diet and little exercise. I found that I did not have time or the motivation to get to the gym so I decided to invest in a personal trainer.
I began to work with Russell to improve my general fitness and strength and to lose the excess weight I have been carrying the last 5 years.
It is apparent that Russell enjoys what he does and this comes across in his appointments. Russell's energy and attitude, his extensive knowledge of the human body and his ability to understand his client's needs make him a very good personal trainer.
Working with Russell Wynter was the best thing I have ever done for my health!
I started training with Russell in fall of 2009. Since then, Russell not only changed my workout routine to best benefit me, he also taught me countless new ways to excel in my fitness regimen.
Nov 21, 2010
I have always been in shape, but really wanted to elevate my fitness to the next level. Crystal worked with me on losing body fat, toning specific areas and building a stronger upper body. The personalization of each workout was so important to my success and I was thrilled by my results. Incorporating plyometrics, TRX suspension and more stability exercises, I have been able to see some fantastic results and achieve my goals. Sometimes you just need that extra little push to get to the next level, and that's exactly what I received from Crystal - and a whole lot more!"
The quality of life I have regained in 4 months has been amazing to me. I believed having a trainer would create this, but I forgot how good being fit really feels. It is more than looking better in your clothes. Its feeling better about eating, sleeping better, waking up brighter, smiling more and seeing life with greater confidence.
I was referred to Russell Wynter by a woman who seemed to have all of these qualities. While I was thinking I would surely gain the fitness portion, I realized more comes with being physically fit. It is an investment combined with a personal commitment; a minimum of 3 months committing that you will spend a minimum of 2 sessions per week with Russell.
I had not participated in any form of exercise for over 5 years; my cardio ability had been greatly compromised. I’m mid 50’s and even though pounds were not a great issue, my body was weakening and looked like it was composed of down rather than muscle.
It was a difficult decision to invest the dollars for what I believed to be a purely esthetic investment. I assure you the return has been one of the most valuable investments I have made. Personal trainers are a valuable part of health management for men and women. Russell, as well as his wife who is also a personal trainer, are educated and continue their study of personal fitness. They create each session individually based on each client’s personal needs and personal ability. They know supplement products and can advise each client to assist in dietary support.
You have to value your life as a whole. Whatever one does in their life they will do it better if they are physically empowered as well as mentally empowered. I have read articles recently with statistics about women who work out reduce their risk of breast cancer, osteoporosis, heart problems, hip problems –etc. These are just some of the many reason to invest in personal training with Russell.
I have had the opportunity to train with Russell the past year. During this time I have improved my stamina, lost weight and inches, felt stronger and have reached many goals including completing my first 5k! Russell always changes my work outs so I am never bored and always feel challenged. I feel confident and more focused in myself and my goals than I ever have. I highly recommend Russell as a trainer for anyone looking to even just improve their current work out regimen.
I was referred to Russell Wynter by a friend who had been training with him and was achieving great results. At 46 years of age, and after having been out of the gym for approximately 10 years, the prospect of returning to a workout routine and actually seeing results was both exciting and a little intimidating. But, Russell quickly put my fears to rest. His easy manner and quick wit was an instant hit with me and I knew I had found the right trainer. I also found his professionalism refreshing. He was always prompt, engaging and supportive. While many trainers appear bored, Russell was always actively engaged in my workouts, whether spotting or just squatting down to encourage me through those last few pushups.
As we got into a routine, Russell’s knowledge of not only fitness, but nutrition and dietary supplements enhanced the results I was seeking. After working with Russell for 8 months now, I have reduced my body fat by 8%, have my 6-pack back, and can wear a bikini again with pride. I love my workouts with Russell and look forward to them as the best stress relief of the week.
The New You challenge was a great thing for me. The chance to compete gave me just what I needed to get results. I lost 20 lbs in 2 months. My clothes fit better now, and I’m motivated to continue on to get into even better shape for the summer that’s coming up. My thanks go to Russell Wynter, who provided the motivational support and guidance necessary to achieve these goals. The nutritional monitoring was also very helpful.
I have been working with Russell for about a year now. I went to Russell after losing 50lbs, I had reached my goal weight, but had areas that needed major toning. Russell was able to customize workouts and a schedule just for me and my body type. Because of Russell, I am stronger, leaner and have more endurance. I have just the results for my body I was looking for. Russell is fun, positive, knowledgeable and truly a delight to work with. He has taught me and given me all the tools I need to keep my body in the shape I want it. I am so thankful and appreciative for the opportunity to work with him and his company.
Crystal at Fitness First has made a HUGE difference in my life! After having 3 children and thinking I could never be in shape again – she did it! I have never felt or looked better. In addition to helping me gain strength, stay focused, and maintain a healthy weight for over 2 years, she has helped me lower my cholesterol and my blood sugars. She is wonderful and I could not have done it with out her.
3 years ago I got promoted to a supervisor job over that time I put on 20+ pounds. It was 2 months ago that I saw a poster for a 60 day challenge. I said its time for a change so I signed up with Crystal. Sixty days later I lost 14 lbs of fat while maintaining my muscle mass, 10.5 inches and met my goal. With the help and knowledge of my trainer Crystal, I am in better shape than I thought I could be at 52.
I started training with Russell to get back in shape to be able to pass the police agility test. Not only has Russell gotten me in prime shape in a short amount of time to pass this test, he has educated me about staying healthy and keeping a healthy, active life. I have had other trainers before that have been average, but Russell is simply amazing. I feel so great about my body and my lifestyle that I would recommend him again and again. Thank you Russell for the help, motivation, and success! You are the best!
I have trained in the past for over four months with Russell. I am amazed at how I look. Russell showed me weight training strategy and tips that are lifelong advice I think he is well above others in his field and highly recommend him for one on one training.
You always go above and beyond with us and we truly appreciate everything you have done for us.
Thanks for everything, - “The Whiners”
Jen’s 30 Day results: Lost 4% bodyfat, 6lbs fat, 8 inches
Angela’s 30 Day results: Lost 4% bodyfat, 10 lbs bodyfat, 11.25 inches (5.5” from waist)
When I started exercising I didn't think I could keep it up. My family and doctors kept saying you can do it. I met Crystal, we talked about my goals and long medical history...including cancer, heart problems, diabetes, and high blood pressure to name a few. I was very nervous to start exercising at 70, but Crystal made me feel very comfortable and designed a program that fit my needs and most importantly that I felt comfortable doing. I am now stronger, healthier and feel great. My doctor has taken me off 3 medications, I have lost 10 lbs, and all my tests continue to show much improvement.I owe it all to Crystal's help and encouragement. I have worked with Crystal for 2 years now and we will continue to have a long relationship.
Thank you Crystal for all you do for me.
I have worked with Crystal for just over 10 months now and have been very pleased with the results. I have never really enjoyed gyms or spent any serious amount of time working out. Crystal has kept the workouts challenging, progressive, yet enjoyable. With a fairly relaxed time commitment for my schedule, I have nevertheless seen a noticeable change in my conditioning. Having Crystal as my trainer has helped to keep me motivated and on track. I recommend her services highly.
I’m a person who spends a lot of time just thinking about good food-especially really great pizza. And, when I say “a lot of time”-I mean a lot. Maybe it’s because I was born on the South Side of Chicago so part of me never strayed very far from home.
So the “New You” challenge held a special obstacle for me. Under Russell Wynter’s watchful guidance, I had already been learning for some months to work my whole body with resistance training, and to mix that up with cardio, too. This was all successful up to a point-that is, to the point where I defeated myself with Olympic eating. I was losing the battle and something had to give.
With the “New You” challenge, Russell has really helped me to put all this together. I have learned to get serious and both my diet and my workouts. I thank Russell for keeping me honest about really logging my “calories consumed,” and “calories burned” each day with the Bodybugg Calorie Management System. Once I really maintained my food diary for a while, it got real hard to keep fooling myself that I could eat all the pizza I always wanted and still be successful. When I really did the math-I saw how a balanced program is the only one that can possibly work.
Plus- I learned the value of little changes that I kept making consistently over a long period of time.
Nov 15, 2010
I am 65 years old and an avid golfer. I have been working out regularly for over ten years. In this period I have only used four trainers. I only employ trainers who are specialists in this field and know the human body. This winter while I was in Scottsdale, I hired Crystal Reeves as my personal trainer, and she developed a special workout program for me, which concentrated on my arms, shoulders and legs.
This was a most rewarding program with very gratifying results. In just two months my body weight dropped from 199 pounds to 187 pounds and my flexibility, balance and strength improved tremendously.
Crystal has a warm and a friendly personality, which immediately sets people at ease. Crystal has many creative and innovative ideas. She is intelligent, conscientious, and a hardworking individual who will be successful in any endeavor.
I highly recommend Crystal Reeves as a personal trainer to assist anyone to accomplish their set goals and objectives.
Nov 9, 2010
Crystal has been a superior athletic trainer for me and my family. We are a sports oriented family who appreciate the importance of physical fitness. With Crystal’s understanding of an individual’s requirements, she has assisted all of us in forward progress towards our goals.
Personally, Crystal has helped my strength and worked to decrease my body fat within my set goals. She also has motivated me to continue my workouts and has stressed the importance of diet and goal setting. With each step towards my ultimate goal, she continues to instruct and provide exercises to help accomplish these tasks.
Each of my daughters have also benefited from Crystal’s motivation. They have learned to respect the importance of working out, stretching, diet and goal-setting because Crystal has provided the base knowledge in an understanding presentation.
We look forward to a long relationship with Crystal with the benefit of a healthier body, mind and spirit, as well as a friend.
Thank-you Crystal for being such an integral part of our learning and improving of each of our selves.