Trainer Spotlight | The Muscle Whisperer

Trainer Spotlight | The Muscle Whisperer

Tom Vachét, a Pro Results® trainer for LA Fitness in Florida, has lived a life that’s motion picture-worthy. Known as “The Muscle Whisperer”, Tom has worked with dozens of celebrities, top athletes and Olympians over the years, spanning sports such as MMA, NFL, NHL, MLB, to Tennis, Volleyball, Downhill Skiing and even Ballet. He’s even been credited with resurrecting an NBA star’s career. Tom’s notoriety quickly spread like wildfire as more and more people noticed the results that came from his training – but what makes Tom’s story even more remarkable is the life that led up to this

Born and raised in rural Southern Indiana, Tom wasn’t exactly the golden child for fitness. In fact, he describes himself as being the “chubby boy who loved to read and play violin” – when he wasn’t otherwise engaged in farm work. However, as time went by, Tom began developing a passion for sports. He was average in most, but excelled in a few: distance running, swimming, wrestling and boxing. He believes that his farm work experience is what helped keep him functionally fit.

At the time of Tom’s graduation from high school, the Vietnam War was raging. Undecided about his future, Tom enlisted in the United States Navy. At the end of his second tour of combat in Vietnam, Tom was injured and, following recuperation, left the Navy with a disability retirement. He was again at a crossroads in his life. He decided to obtain a Bachelor of Science degree in nursing, and became a specialist in rehabilitation and medical case management.

Tom began work as a private health care consultant, and in time, he was recruited as the VP of Marketing and Sales for a company that manufactured wheelchairs in Southern California. As Tom led an unanticipated, but successful, turnaround for the company, his thirst for business knowledge led him back to school. He applied to, and completed, an intensive MBA program from Stanford University, and was immediately recruited by a prestigious accounting firm. His life transitioned to Washington, DC, as a marketing and sales consultant, specializing in the emerging, east coast, tech industry.

Soon enough, Tom describes that his life became a bit of a blur. He rapidly progressed through a succession of executive positions with several prestigious companies, each one coming with increasing responsibility. It was challenging and chaotic, but the thrill of it all kept Tom climbing to further and further heights. And suddenly – at what seemed to be the top of his career, Tom slipped. After being part of a prestigious merger team that created a well-known telecom company, he joined a startup as a partner. It was the singular opportunity he had worked for his entire career. Without warning, the tech market imploded; the bubble burst. Tom was 49-years-old, and he lost 600,000 shares of stock in a flash.

For the first time in his life, he had no plan.

He needed to regroup, but he didn’t know where to start. He eventually decided to focus on getting himself back to the physical condition he once was in, as he figured things out. He joined a gym, hired a trainer, and got to work. The trainer’s routine was to take Tom from machine to machine, changing the weight stack, “while drinking a coffee and lamenting about his love life.” It didn’t take long for Tom to think he could do a better job training. Then one day, on a whim, Tom spoke with a fitness manager expressing his interest in becoming a personal trainer, and an interview was arranged.

Tom showed up for his interview in a business suit and tie, toting a briefcase and laptop, and proceeded to share his portfolio. His interviewer cautioned Tom, warning him that he seemed overqualified for the position he was applying for, but Tom didn’t care. Satisfaction was now the main objective for his life, not the money. With some convincing, Tom was hired. With his experience in the military, as well as sales and marketing, Tom was a natural fit. After a year of outstanding work, Tom was promoted to Assistant General Manager of a fitness club in Manhattan Beach, California.

With the promotion, Tom wanted to ensure that his clients weren’t left behind. He negotiated a deal allowing him to continue training his clients in addition to his management responsibilities. His commitment to his clients was unmatched. Slowly, his reputation as a sought-after trainer for pro athletes and celebrities was being established. Later that summer, Tom met a well-known, veteran, NBA player whose career was in decline due to recurring injuries. Tom assisted him in identifying a biochemical dysfunction, and referred him to a trusted physical therapist. With their combined effort, the NBA athlete was restored back to his pre-injury state and went on to have the best season of his career. By the end of that summer, Tom became t he player’s full-time, exclusive strength and conditioning coach, and he went on to enjoy two additional, back-to-back successful seasons.+

Tom’s client list suddenly exploded.

He credits this to his unique approach to training. Having trained clients who are capable of training consecutive days, he would work with them three days per week and then allow them four days of rest. Tom shared that no client of his has ever lifted more than 45 lbs. when working with him. The intensity is high, sets are anywhere between 20-30 exercises, most using integrated movements, with active rest between sets. Tom shared that he always works towards a purpose, delivering programs based on proven principles of training from the floor up, achieving a foundation of biochemical wellness, while developing the core, for useful and practical functional strength and power.

Tom has noticed that using low weight performed in a high-volume, complex, high-intensity, often unstable environment, provided his clients an increase in strength and endurance. Tom preaches the importance of balance and stability in exercise and sport. Tom’s dedication and commitment to his LA Fitness clients, comes from a lifetime of constantly striving for the best, and working to bring out the best in those he trains. He loves his work, and is grateful that the whim he followed in 2009 provided him with a career that he never would have expected. It just goes to prove that some of the best adventures in life happen when you least expect them to.

Tom Vachet

An Interview with: Tom Vachet

Are you interested in Pro Results® personal training?* We asked Pro Results® personal trainer, Tom Vachet, to share some of his expert advice before getting started.

Q: What should clients know about personal training before beginning a program?

Tom Vachet: First, any successful training endeavor requires attention to three key areas: physical work, good nutrition, and a healthy lifestyle. As to the work piece, anyone considering undertaking a new fitness program should understand and consider that the knowledge and experience necessary to achieve success is not part of their own DNA. All of us have at some time in our lives needed to call the plumber, or the auto mechanic, or the doctor. So, when it comes to starting a new fitness program, hiring a trainer as your guide can be useful.

I suggest interviewing that person. You need to be certain their personality, demeanor, and conduct are a fit and provide a sense of safety and comfort. Experience in the field is obviously beneficial, though all of us start somewhere. Considering your goals, ask yourself whether the trainer’s education, experience, and interest fit your needs. Some trainers love body building, but dislike rehab. Others enjoy helping clients lose weight and don’t enjoy working with athletes. So, try to find a match based on your goals.

Do not underestimate the impact of nutrition as it relates to success in achieving your health and fitness goals. There are many resources available to help guide you. Avoid “diets,” which are generally short- term, and instead make changes in your eating habits you can sustain for a lifetime. And when you begin to experience that endorphin “high” many enjoy from working out, don’t become an addict. Appropriate rest between workouts is essential to optimizing results, and will prevent overwork and breakdowns of your body.

Q: Have you found that there is a way to help clients stay motivated when they’ve hit a fitness plateau?

TV: I try to communicate to my clients that fitness is for a lifetime. If you’ve neglected your health and fitness for many years, and if you are older, the changes come slowly. The body’s metabolism requires time to adjust. Be patient. Stay off the scale and pay attention to the fit of clothing. I am quick to point out things that are changing in my clients, like their incremental improvement in balance and stability, or their increased strength in exercises. Although these things will begin to emerge early in the program, substantial change will not come for six to eight weeks.

Specifically, regarding training plateaus, I found a solution many years ago. I don’t design client exercise programs that follow a pattern. Every single training session I deliver is completely unscripted, and I’m completely comfortable with the idea of training extemporaneously. I firmly believe there are big benefits. For the client, they never know what is coming. They are forced to stay engaged, and the challenge for them is high. For me, I have the freedom of following my intuition, creating as I go, and allowing my observations of training opportunities to dictate the direction of the session. On a scientific level, my style eliminates the neural adaptation common in fixed repeating exercise programs. There is no pattern to any day’s workout, or the sequence of workouts across time. For those skeptics of my approach, the results I’ve seen in my, now decades, body of work, leads me to believe it works.

Q: What advice would you give for those struggling to start/stick to a healthy lifestyle plan?

TV: Understand decades of neglect can’t be undone in a few weeks or months. So be committed for the long haul. It may take a few weeks, or few months of challenging work, to begin to see or feel the changes. In addition, understand frequency affects the rate of change. That does not necessarily mean five sessions with a trainer per week. But one or two, with you doing a reciprocal number, is an important thing. More than anything else, keep your eye on the prize. The benefit of your effort to reclaim your health will not just give you a sense of satisfaction, it will improve and elevate the quality of your life overall, allowing you to live free of the restrictions of poor health, and to enjoy freedom you never imagined possible.

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Client Testimonials 

“I met Tom summer of 2007 as I had just ruptured my Achilles playing professional volleyball in Italy. I was a member of the USA Olympic team since 2000 and was in full preparation mode for China. Tom saved my career. I was 32 yrs. old at that time, all the team coaches and players had told me that I was done playing. I worked with Tom for a full year. He is truly professional, attentive to details, disciplined, super talented, and guided me through each and every exercise.” “I was back in shape within 7 months, ready to play in Europe professionally, and back with the Olympic team. I continued to play for 7 more years, played in London Olympics in 2012, and had my best performance ever. Not only did we work out, Tom also guided me through the nutrition and mental toughness part of me. I was truly lucky to have met Tom and I would recommend his service to anyone, all over the world and anytime.”

Read Don’s Member Spotlight story here!

Don Suxho

USA Olymic Volleyball Setter, Four-Time All-American

“Tom Vachet has refined the art and science of progressive, transformational personal training. While training with Tom weekly for over one year, he has changed my entire approach to fitness. We began by pushing through my perceived mental, and longstanding physical, limitations, then proceeded to build my stamina, balance, coordination and strength. I have transformed my diet and nutritional habits with his invaluable guidance. The results…increased lean body mass, lower body fat and slimmer waist. More importantly, Tom has renewed my functional strength, endurance and energy. If you would like to transform your training regimen and physique, connect with Tom.”

Joe Scarano, MD

Clinical Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at Florida State University

“I met Tom back in 2009 and it was one of the best decisions I have ever made to train with him. He was tough but the way he cares about what he is doing is obvious. You know he is just as passionate about achieving your goals as you are. Tom’s expertise, own personal experience, medical background and vast knowledge (of the body, nutrition, training) all play into how he approaches working with each person. And that is a key with him- each person… he truly focuses on you as the individual to strengthen & transform your body as a whole. His theory with me was “chaos” in that he wants to introduce different aspects of training each time we did a workout that all goes towards the same goal and to keep the body ready for anything. He pushed me to limits I didn’t even know I had mentally and physically but it was exactly what I needed. The years I trained with him, I was in the best shape of my life in regards to balance, strength, functionality, stamina, injury prevention and just overall health. It was an all-encompassing experience, every aspect of who I was as an athlete and healthy person was explored and worked on then transformed. I can’t say enough positive things about what he can bring, as a trainer and as a person, when working with him.”

Paige Jensen

Former Competitive Volleyball Athlete

*Pro Results® personal training services are subject to an additional agreement and fee.

+Tom generally trains professional athletes outside of LA Fitness, but uses a similar approach for Pro Results® personal training clients.

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 doctor.

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Member Spotlight | The Greatest Investment You’ll Ever Make Is in Yourself

Member Spotlight | The Greatest Investment You’ll Ever Make Is in Yourself

What would inspire you to make a change? To wake up, get dressed, and walk through the doors of an LA Fitness, determined to change your life – what would it take? For Kyleen S. of Wyoming, MN, it was a series of ill-fated events that led her up to that very moment. This is her story.

In 2015, Kyleen’s mother passed away. A year later, Kyleen and her then boyfriend decided to call it quits. Between the stresses of life and a busy schedule, fitness was not a priority for Kyleen’s. She had a gym membership, but never used it. She was tired of being overweight and unhappy. She wanted her life back. Kyleen’s best friend, Crystal S., and her husband, Matt S., had both been longtime members of LA Fitness, which helped Kyleen make the switch from her previous gym. She was hoping that joining a gym her friends belonged to would help her stay committed.

Once she had her mind set on making a healthy lifestyle change, Kyleen took a tour of her local LA Fitness and signed up for a yearlong membership that same day. The club’s Fitness Director, Ramon N., spoke with Kyleen about how LA Fitness’ training programs differ from what other gyms may offer. Ramon shared with Kyleen that occasionally he would go through the personal training progress books to see if any improvements had been made with clients, and if not, he would work with his staff of trainers to see how he could help. Ramon even took it a step further and shared that if trainees stopped showing up, he would call or text them to see what was up. He wanted to help hold them accountable so that they could reach their fitness goals.

Kyleen shared that she needed that, and appreciated it 100%. Ramon then walked her around the club, and started her complimentary fitness assessment. Kyleen knew that she was out of shape, but until her fitness assessment took place, she had no idea just how poor her health had become! She recalled being on the stair machine for barely 30 seconds and thinking she was going to pass out. Her stamina was incredibly low and she was struggling to perform the simplest of tasks. There was a part of her that wanted to turn around, walk straight out the door, and never look back. However, she knew this was something she had to do. She had to gain control of her health again.

Right: March 2017 Left: November 2017

After the fitness assessment ended, Kyleen decided that it was in her best interest to sign up for personal training. She needed the support of a trainer to help hold her accountable for maintaining her fitness goals. She began with two training sessions a week. Kyleen shared the following about her how her experience went when signing up for personal training:

[Ramon] did not pressure me or make me uncomfortable in any way. I really am grateful to [Ramon] for taking the time to care about me because I truly believe that if I had said no to his and the trainers help, and died a week later from something health-related, that I could see [Ramon] thinking to himself, I wanted to help her. He genuinely cares. I still talk to him on a regular basis about my workout routine and about life in general. He truly does care about this program and everyone he signs up.

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Kyleen has only ever missed two of her training sessions. The first due to her appendix rupturing and the second when she was severely sick. Otherwise, she makes it a point to stick to her schedule. Of course, there are days when she doesn’t want to go, but she makes herself go anyway. She doesn’t want to slide backwards. Another reason Kyleen continues to pushes herself is because her mother had a lot of medical problems, and she does not want to endure what she witnessed her mother go through.

When Kyleen first started her fitness journey, she had no intention of changing her diet. However, the more she started to workout, the more she began to find herself eating more fish, salads, and fruit than before. She shared that she now goes out of her way to grocery shop in order to cook herself healthier meals. She’s also increased her water intake. Between having a trainer, staying consistent at the gym, maintaining a healthy diet, and tracking her progress, Kyleen has continued to lose weight – even after transitioning to a desk job within the past year.

It’s common knowledge that sitting too much can be detrimental to the body’s physical health and knowing this, Kyleen keeps 3 and 5 lb. dumbbells at her desk to use as both paperweights and for a quick wrist-strengthening workout. Under her desk sits a yoga mat, ready to go as soon as Kyleen is. She tries to go to the gym anywhere from 3 to 5 days a week. On the days she doesn’t go to the gym, she now misses it! Since joining LA Fitness, Kyleen said she turned a complete 180 from where she was a year ago when it comes to her fitness, health and diet.

The past year Kyleen has made it all about her. By focusing on her health and happiness she has seen what a difference focus and determination can make both physically and mentally on the body. When asked how the gym has influenced her life, Kyleen shared the following:

I feel that I am surrounded by more people now that want to see me succeed in life than I have been before [….] This gym and its trainers have really helped me to change my life, and I am so grateful for that. I live and breathe LA Fitness, and I try to get my friends and family to come in and see what it’s all about!

Kyleen’s passion for fitness has made her want to help, and inspire, others who may be where she once was. It’s never the wrong time to start working on becoming healthier. In the hustle and bustle of everyday life, it’s easy to put off fitness due to being tired after a long work day, wanting to relax, or grabbing something quick to eat (just this once, which easily creates a snowball effect). If any of those reasons sound like you, you’re not alone, which is why the Living Healthy team asked Kyleen to answer the following question:

Q: If you could give others one piece of advice, what would it be?

KS: You have to want it to achieve it. You always hear people say that you have to want it and most people think, Yeah, I want to be healthier. Yeah I want to be thinner. But, you have to actually want it. Not because you think society is telling you so. Not because your friends or family are telling you so, but because you actually are ready, and willing, and truly wanting it. If you go in and say I want it, but in the back of your head you know you’re just going to go to the gym, swipe your card, maybe do a lap and go home, then you are not ready. You have to be in that state of mind where you have finally accepted that you need to make a change and you actually want that change to happen. You have to be willing to put in the work and fight.

Would you rather go out to eat than make a piece of salmon with a fresh salad and a side of quinoa? Probably, but not only are you saving yourself money by making your own food, you are choosing a healthier option and controlling what is going into your body. It is all worth it. Do not go at it alone. If you do not sign up with a trainer and you cannot get a work out buddy, at least get a friend or family member that will help hold you accountable for your actions, or lack thereof. Find someone who will ask you, did you go to the gym? For how long? What did you do? How many reps? How many sets? What part of the body did you work on? Maybe next time you should bump up your weight? Maybe next time you should try the sled? Someone who can cheer you on and be your coach, that is what my trainer is for me. He is my coach and my cheerleader.

Keep a log of what you work on. Take a notebook with you to the gym and write down everything that you do while you are there, and then the next time you go, you can see what you did. Change it up. See what weight you were lifting last time and see if you can increase it. If you are afraid or nervous of something in the gym, ask a trainer. They are more than happy to answer your questions and show you how to use a piece of equipment. You need to trust your gym and those who are there to help. Once your body starts to get used to working out on a regular basis, what was once hard will become easy. That is also why you cannot just give up after a while, and why you need to push yourself to excel even further. You might just see a change not only in your physicality, but mentally as well.

A Little About Kyleen’s Trainer, Markus M.

Q: How has your trainer inspired you?

KS: I train with Markus M. who is a Master Trainer at both Blaine and Roseville. He pushes me so that I do not become complacent in my workouts, and he instructs me to set small goals that we can work toward – at the moment, that is to tone my arms so I look amazing in my bridesmaid dress for July.

He helps to build up my stamina weekly when I meet up with him. I had a bad knee from when I used to play volleyball in junior high school, and at times it would just give out. He has helped me to strengthen it to the point that I can do a 135-pound weighted squat without it even phasing my knee. He makes me want to be the best that I can be when it comes to my workouts. If he gives me something that is really difficult for me, then I include it into a pre-workout that I have created for myself so that I can improve on that move. That way, when I work out with him again and we do that same exercise, I can show him how much I have improved.

If I have any questions I can just go to him and he helps to answer them, if he doesn’t know then he will refer me to someone else to help direct me to what I need to know. I cannot even fathom having a different trainer at this point. Markus knows my body and me as a person, and I can put my all my trust and respect with him.

Kyleen S. and her trainer Markus M. 

Where She Is Now

Kyleen’s current fitness goals are to build muscle, tone her body and weigh in at 160 lbs. Her end goal is not to necessarily be skinny, but to be healthy and fit.

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ProResults® personal training services are subject to an additional agreement and payment of an additional fee. 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 doctor. Member testimonials have been edited for clarity and length.

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Member Spotlight | The Loss of a Loved One

Member Spotlight | The Loss of a Loved One

Shortly after John S. lost his wife of 53 years, he joined LA Fitness’ Silver Sneakers program in an effort to occupy his time. Unfortunately, more bad news still lay ahead. John was soon diagnosed with prostate cancer, causing him to spend two months in the hospital and another month in a rehab center. He was unable to lift or open a 16-ounce bottle of water. He was also unable to lift himself off the toilet seat and back into his wheelchair. It was a life-changing experience that this 80-year-old veteran and bible teacher never saw coming. Still, he persevered.

John S. with trainer Jenna N.

“To Jenna N. and LA Fitness, you have not only changed my life, but probably have saved it. With great sincerity and appreciation, I say ‘Thank You’.”

John S.

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John S. during his hospital stay.

When John was discharged from the rehab center, his wheelchair went with him. Over the course of the next year, John was required to wear a catheter and take a large number of prescription drugs. Slowly but surely, he went from a wheelchair, to a walker, and then to lifting weights. Once John was able to move around again (without the assistance of a wheelchair or walker), he began training at LA Fitness with Master Trainer, Jenna N. John shared, “Anyone can be inspired to exercise when your trainer is a 26-mile marathon runner.” Jenna was well-educated on which exercises would help improve John’s balance and coordination since he had previously been used to the assistance of either a wheelchair or walker.

Over time, John began getting stronger. In his words, “I went from prescription drugs to aspirin and black coffee, and no longer need a catheter. I am grateful for [my local] LA Fitness and their training program.” From having gone from three months bed confinement, with guests having to wear face masks when visiting him, John has come a long way to where is he today. When asked how having a trainer helped improve his overall health and fitness levels, John shared the following:

You may ask, ‘To work with a trainer, is it expensive?’, and I would ask you, ‘Being healthy or being sick?’ You do not know what I went through for those three months of bed confinement and prescription drugs. I understand that the medical team was doing the best they [could] having me as a patient. For days, my visitors had to wear a mask to visit me. Normal PSA (protein serum antigen) levels for a man are between 1 and 4. My PSA level was 234. Only an act of God could have kept me alive […] perhaps to write this testimony.

If you feel lost when it comes to where to begin your fitness journey, investing in a personal trainer may be the best place for you to start. LA Fitness offers a complimentary fitness assessment* with every membership. Every story has a beginning… what’s yours? Start writing it today at LA Fitness.

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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 doctor.

*Prior to fitness assessment, guest must show valid I.D. (must be 18 years of age or older) and complete a fitness analysis form. Scheduling of fitness assessment is subject to availability – it is recommended to call ahead and schedule an appointment. Limit one complimentary fitness assessment per person. Membership and/or personal training options may be presented.

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Member Spotlight | The Ring

Member Spotlight | The Ring

Before – April 2017

After – November 2017

By the time I turned 50 years old, I had worked hard, raised 3 great kids and enjoyed 28 years with my wife. My family always came first. My focus was on them and on trying to be the best dad I could be in order to provide for my family. That meant I came last. I didn’t take care of myself; I ate fast food between meetings and didn’t exercise. My stress increased. I gained weight and had some bad habits that affected my health and well-being. I knew I could exercise and eat better, but it was not a high-enough priority…until that day in August of 2016. It was the day I had to take off my wedding ring for the first time in 23 years because my ring finger turned blue. I got it off, but could not put it back on – no matter how much I tried.

I had grown to a weight of 261 lbs., with the belly to match. I couldn’t run without exhausting myself. My clothes were too tight, and I couldn’t see my feet without leaning over. I had high blood pressure, sleep apnea, blurred vision and headaches. I felt embarrassed, guilty, depressed and angry at myself for letting myself go. Not wearing my wedding ring felt like I was cheating. I continued to think about it for several months, and it never got better. It still affected me. I knew I had to get that ring back on no matter what.

On May 11, 2017, I was driving by an LA Fitness and decided to stop in to ask some questions. I knew I wanted to change and had to do something about it. I was introduced to my personal trainer*, Jose O., for the first time. He listened to me, understood my situation, and started training me while working around some preexisting injuries to increase my strength, endurance and flexibility. We talked about nutrition and ensured I was eating correctly. I cut out sodas, alcohol and fast food. He encouraged me with challenging workouts and pushed my limits, while ensuring I remained injury free. He reminded me why I was here. When I thought I was exhausted and had reached my limit I would hear him say over my shoulder, “For the ring.” And that was all the extra motivation I needed.

I used a free mobile application to keep track of my nutrition and calories and ensure I was getting all of my nutrition. Through the app, Jose and my friends who also used the app were able to see my diary and progress and give me encouragement and tips. They also made sure I was accountable to them and myself. They became my online fitness family. In 6 months, I lost 67 lbs. I feel absolutely powerful and fantastic. My wedding ring is back on, and it’s going to stay on forever. My stamina is up 500%. I decided to compete in my first triathlon in June of 2018, and I remain committed to that goal. My old clothes went to Goodwill. My headaches, high blood pressure, sleep apnea and blurred vision are 100% gone. I saved tons of money cooking for myself rather than eating out all the time, which more than paid for the LA Fitness membership and training. (I really don’t even like fast food anymore.) My great friend Jose is always there encouraging me, challenging me to excel to get better and ensuring I remain injury free. My wife sees the difference and loves her new and improved husband (and occasionally walks by and touches me for no good reason whatsoever. And that’s just nice.).

Tom G. and his trainer Jose O.

If I have one piece of advice for success, it’s this:

We all know what we need to do to get healthy and stay healthy, or know how to find out how to do it. It all starts with the “X-Factor”. Your X-Factor is that primal gut feeling and emotion that affects you so deeply it can permanently change your priorities. For some it’s waking up in the hospital realizing you had emergency bypass surgery; for others, it’s not being able to play ball with your children and seeing them go and play with someone else, or being told in front of your friends and family that you cannot go on the rollercoaster because you exceed the weight limit. For me, it was not being able to put my wedding ring on no matter how hard I tried. It is that primal emotion that can trigger a response so deep that it makes it an easy decision to rearrange your priorities and do something about it and to keep doing it no matter the obstacles you may encounter.

My advice? Find your X-Factor. If it causes an overwhelming emotional response every time you think about it, then you found it. Use that to motivate you to work, learn, and improve. Set your long-term goals and focus on meeting your goals each day. Tomorrow is a different day. In the end, if you stay honest to yourself, use your X-Factor, eat right and work hard with the great staff at LA Fitness, you will always succeed.

*Personal training services require an additional fee and a separate agreement.

Some slight adjustments have been made to the member’s story for grammatical reasons, length, and/or clarity.

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 doctor.


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