Category Archives: LA Fitness – Real Stories

First Steps From his Wheelchair Lead to a Victory in Cycling Class

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Find out how Being in Great Shape Helped this Person’s Career

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His Resolution…Walk Again—Joel’s REAL STORY

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After being bound to a wheelchair for 22 years, Joel is taking his first steps to get out of it.

The Accident…

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15 REAL STORIES of Fitness and Weight Loss in 2013

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Life Through Fitness, Kira’s REAL STORY ‘Portrait of a Mother’

On March 12, 2013 Kira Martin went into labor with her fifth child; she had a boy, Lucas. After his birth, however, she experienced severe complications and almost died. In “Portrait of a Mother,” Kira recounts the terrifying 10 hours that followed and explains how fitness may have saved her life. This is her story. This is her second chance.

LA Fitness New Year’s Eve New Year’s Day Holiday Hours

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Portrait of a College Athlete – Bethany, Cross-Country Runner

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LA Fitness Christmas Eve and Christmas Day Holiday Hours

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Is LA Fitness closed on Christmas and Christmas Eve? Many people are asking the same question. See below for the holiday hours at LA Fitness clubs in the United States and Canada for the 2013 Holiday Season.

Christmas Eve Hours for LA Fitness. Tuesday, December 24, 2013 – All clubs in the US and Canada are open from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.*

Christmas Day Hours for LA Fitness. Wednesday, December 25, 2013 – All clubs in the US and Canada are Closed.*

Kids Club is closed on both Christmas Eve and Christmas Day at ALL LA Fitness Clubs for the 2013 Holiday Season.

*Lake Success club closes at 11:59 p.m. December 23, 2014, and is open from 8 a.m. – 2 p.m. on Christmas Eve; closed on Christmas Day.

Racquetball and Fitness Firsthand with World Ranked Racquetball Pro, Alvaro Beltran

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After Losing Almost 100 Pounds, Karrie’s Next Challenges – A 10K and Half Marathon

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Even though she had lost almost 100 pounds, Karrie wasn’t entirely serious when she said, “Maybe one day I’ll run a marathon.” Well, she didn’t think she was being serious anyway. Immediately after making this statement people began telling her that she should do it. In fact, everyone who knew her believed she could do it…but Karrie had never ran in any such race. A year ago she couldn’t even run one mile let alone consider running 26.2. She was flattered by the confidence that people had in her, but Karrie had her doubts.

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From Recruit to Law Enforcement Officer – James’ REAL STORY

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Chrissy Loses 49 Pounds in Spite of Injury; Gets the ‘Okay’ to Get Back in the Gym

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The Life of a Navy SEAL SERE Instructor – Scott’s REAL STORY

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Mary’s 50 Pound Weight Loss Side-Effect, People Aren’t Recognizing Her!

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Back on Course After Knee and Hip Surgery – Clay’s Story Continues to Inspire

LA Fitness member Clay back on the Golf course

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“I am doing more physical activities than I have in years… and I am doing them better,” Clay said.

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Clay’s ‘Hip’ Recovery; Getting Back on Track

Clay stretching out his hip at LA Fitness

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237 to 147 Pounds and 3.1 Miles Later, Karrie Runs Her First 5K Race

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She Tried it all and Nothing Worked…Until Now! Karrie’s Secret to Losing 90 Pounds

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93 and Swimming Everyday, A Must Watch REAL STORY

Bill swims seven days a week at LA Fitness at the age of 93.  He uses the exercise as an outlet and a way to stay active in spite of some physical limitations. His dedication is just one thing we can learn from a man who has lived such a full life. Watch his inspiring story today!

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Check It Out! REAL STORIES Heads to Baltimore for an Incredible Weight Loss and Race Story!

Check It Out! REAL STORIES Heads to Baltimore for an Incredible Weight Loss and Race Story!

Before she began losing weight, the idea of running a 5K race never crossed Karrie’s mind any more than she thought about flying a rocket ship to the moon.  At 5‘4” and 237 pounds, endurance races were not a realistic thing to do.

But things can change…

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A Shattered Knee Couldn’t Stop Chrissy from Losing Weight and Surpassing Her Goal

Chrissy's daughter Camryn rests against her mom's Surgically repaired knee outside of LA FitnessJust before her dirt-biking accident, which landed Chrissy in the hospital for major surgery on her knee, she was 12 pounds away from hitting her weight loss goal. Her determination was unwavering, and today Chrissy is back in the gym on a restricted exercise program. Oh yeah, and she has already surpassed her goal by three pounds.

“My goal was to weigh 130 pounds,” Chrissy said. “Last time I checked I was 127!”

So how did she do it?

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Her Goal was to Lose 100 Pounds, So Shannon Gave 110 Percent

Shannon Getting it done losing 110 pounds at LA Fitness

Shannon actually surpassed her goal and lost 110 pounds! When we last caught up with Shannon, she was struggling not to plateau and decided to quit drinking diet sodas as a way to curb her late-night cravings and snacking. She felt that the diet sodas she was drinking, which had no calories, were causing her to crave sweet and sugary foods. Read the rest of this entry

How ‘Philadelphia’ Joe Took Control of Diabetes with Health and Fitness

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How ‘Extreme Traveling’ Helped Harry Lose 23 Pounds

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Inspired by Kayaking, Harry’s First Day in a Gym at Age 57

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When he talks about his childhood and growing up, Harry doesn’t describe himself as an athlete. In fact, Harry never stepped foot into a gym during the first 56 years of his life.

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From a Size 18 to a Size 10, Happy Birthday to Mary!

Mary-Collage-Training at LA Fitness San Antonio

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Competing at the Arnold Sports Festival, Denita’s Big Day Arrives!

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Preparing to Compete at the Arnold Sports Festival, Denita Shares her Experience

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Cleanses vs. Detox Diets and How They Can Help Your Body

Yummy Fresh vegetables make for a happy and healthy family

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How Mary’s 38 Lb. Weight Loss Led to Incredible Health Benefits

LA Fitness Member Mary Before and After Losing 38 pounds

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13.1 Miles Away and 6 Pounds to Go, Joey’s Goals Meet the Flu Season

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George Gervin ‘Finger Rolls’ in for the Grand Opening in San Antonio and the Next REAL STORY

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Falcons Cheerleader Denita Trains for National Bikini Physique Competition

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It all Started with Molding Clay – LIVING HEALTHY’s First Anniversary

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Personal Trainer and Colts’ Cheerleader, Crystal, Helps Client Lose 91 Pounds

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REAL STORIES Countdown to 2013

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Dealing with a Major Setback – Chrissy Breaks Her Leg

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LA Fitness New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day Hours

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2012 LA Fitness Christmas Eve and Christmas Day Hours

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Game Day in the Life with an Atlanta Falcons Cheerleader

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How Joey Lost 11 Inches in Her Waist!

Joey is rnning Full Steam Toward her weight loss goal

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No Weights? No Problem! Tone Your Entire Body with These 5 Weight-Free Exercises

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Indianapolis Colts Cheerleader Shaves Her Head to Help Fight Cancer

Indianapolis Colts cheerleader Crystal shaves head for fight against cancer

Indianapolis Colts cheerleader Crystal can personally relate to Colts head coach Chuck Pagano’s battle with leukemia; as a child she fought and eventually beat the disease. So, when a fellow cheerleader, Megan, said she was going to shave her head to show support for Coach Pagano and raise money to help find a cure for cancer, Crystal decided to join her.

It was a gesture that caught the hearts and attention of the entire nation. Video clips of Crystal and Megan donning their shaved heads while cheering-on the Indianapolis Colts has been highlighted numerous times on multiple news and sports shows.

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“We were both surprised how big this got. We weren’t expecting so much media attention,” said Crystal. “Megan and I helped raise over $22,000 for cancer research in honor of Coach Pagano by shaving our heads. Her (Megan’s) support, my squad and the community has made the meaning of this experience so unforgettable.”

Crystal has also received an overwhelming response via Twitter, Facebook, email and in person.

“I’ve heard stories that have touched my heart and I appreciate knowing that this has meant so much to so many people,” said Crystal. “From my personal experience (with leukemia), this has all meant so much to me.”

You might think that to a cheerleader the idea of shaving their head would be terrifying, but Crystal’s life has given her a different outlook.

“I have been bald before so I wasn’t scared of not having hair,” said Crystal. “It’s actually faster for me to get ready now and my head (feels like it) has more senses. For example, I can feel the cold more, especially in this weather, and my head appreciates my pillow more (laughs)!”

In addition to being a Colt’s cheerleader, Crystal is a personal trainer at LA Fitness. When she went to work after shaving her head on national television the reaction from her clients moved her in a way that she never expected.

“The biggest impact on me was from a couple that I train at LA Fitness,” said Crystal. “They gave me a small jewelry box and inside of it was a breast cancer pin. The pin was from his mother who battled breast cancer for 25 years and passed away. He said that she would have appreciated what we’ve done and that she would have wanted to give it to me.”

Crystal and Megan both donated their hair to Locks of Love, an organization that makes natural hair wigs for those who are battling cancer and as a result have lost their hair.

Indianapolis Colts cheerleaders pony tails that were donated to Locks of Love

For more information about Crystal’s efforts to help find a cure for cancer you can follow her via Twitter at @Crystal_Anne_B.

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Weight Loss, Workouts, Marathons…Marriage? – A REAL STORIES Fairy Tale

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Making the Cut to Become an Indianapolis Colts Cheerleader

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Photos and a Special Message from Nicole to All of You

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Brandon Widner Recognized as North County Times 2012 Reader’s Choice Personal Trainer

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Is your Schedule Jam-Packed? Workout Strategies for a Busy Lifestyle

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How Crystal Fought Cancer and Now Lives a Life of ‘Cheer’

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How Roy Lowered His Blood Pressure Through Fitness with 3 Simple Steps

Like many people, small business owner Roy Amor, 59, watched his blood pressure rise as his sales decreased during the recent recession.  Though he could not control the state of the economy, Roy read an article that gave him confidence that he could control his blood pressure and his health. He decided he needed a more dedicated approach to his health and fitness to get his health back on track. So, Roy made 3 simple changes to his lifestyle; changes that he attributes to lowering his high blood pressure to a now healthy level. To find out the 3 healthy lifestyle changes that Roy made, simply click the play button on the player above.

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This article should not replace any exercise program or restrictions, any dietary supplements or restrictions, or any other medical recommendations from your primary care physician. Before starting any exercise program or diet, make sure it is approved by your primary care physician.

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