Transformation by Hitch Fit Gym Downtown TRANSFORMER (Personal Trainer) Joel Salter
When I made the first call, I was very nervous. I was afraid. Seriously? It’s just a phone call. I think I knew (correctly this time) that this was going to be life changing. I nervously told the man that answered that I was 52 & WAY out of shape. That I had a bunch of weight to lose. That I had never done anything like this. His words to me were truly life changing & encouraging. I will NEVER forget them. “Good for you for taking the first step to make this call. I understand how hard it is. You can do this and we can help you. ” The rest is a bit of a blur because I was fighting back tears. He would set me up with a trainer & have him or her call me. I hung up the phone & cried for 30 minutes. This was IT. No turning back.
Walking in to the HitchFit gym, I saw that this was not a big, busy intimidating place. It felt comfortable & personal. (Ok, maybe this isn’t too bad.) I met my transformer, Joel Salter. We talked about my history & goals, took measurements, etc. He was easy to talk to, non judgmental & positive. PHEW! (Groupon or not, I was now committed to this). We had a shorter but challenging workout. I got in the car & every muscle in my body quivered. My arms were spasming so much that I had to wait to drive. Strangely enough… I LOVED the feeling. My first full workout was a few days later. As I walked out the door after my hour, my knee gave out completely & my legs collapsed underneath me. Thank goodness I was around the corner on the ground before Joel walked out the door. I would have been embarrassed if he had seen me. It was about a month later when I confessed to him what had happened & was able to laugh about it. I guess the falling, getting back up & coming back for more is really a metaphor of how my journey would be.
When I started I could do so little. I could barely do 5 tricep dips or 10 squats. But with each workout I could do more & more. My knee hurt…BOY did it hurt… but then, everything hurt – for a while. With each workout & each week of great nutrition, I got stronger, felt better & became more confident. I was truly transforming. I took monthly progression photos for my own use & would recommend that others do too. That visual is surprising & very motivating. The monthly photos were great because not only did I see big changes in my body, I could see it in my face, my smile, my eyes. I was truly transforming but not just my body. I was not lost anymore. I was found. I am new. It took a bit longer for me to lose weight & body fat than for some people. Turns out that just as I started Hitch Fit, I was also beginning peri-menopause (Great timing huh?) . Regardless, this was MY journey…not anyone else’s. Everyone’s journey is different.
Often, people don’t recognize me now.. I wave at people I know or strike up conversation & can see them trying to figure it out. I forget that I look so different than before. They tell me how great I look & I thank them sincerely & humbly because, while how I look now is great, the most important is how I feel both physically & emotionally. I feel 20 years younger and my life has truly changed. I have transformed in more ways than I ever expected. Because of Hitch Fit & Joel Salter, my losses are significant and so are my gains.
I lost: an amazing amount of body fat weight & many inches,
9 total dress sizes (From an 18W to a size 2). I lost: being out of breath going up the stairs at home, mouth breathing & waking 4 to 5 times every night, plantar fasciitis.
I lost standing behind everyone in every picture, buying ugly clothes because it’s all that would fit. Crying in my closet out of frustration while getting dressed. And I lost being sad about the future.I GAINED: the ability to leg press 550 lbs. (YES, really!), the physical & mental ability to run a 5k after knee injury, upper body strength that I would never have believed I would have. I gained pretty legs & arms and a waist size smaller than my very slender husband. I gained a love of real & nutritious food, a love of being active. I gained truly restful, regenerating sleep and energy…oh, the energy! I gained a closet full of cute clothes in a much smaller size. I gained the confidence to buy & wear first bikini in 30 years! (YIKES! ) I gained new friends and people to inspire/support me & a humbling amount of support from old friends.Most importantly, I found a confidence & zest for life. I found more compassion, positivity, passion & deeper spirituality. I gained the understanding that I can and should help, inspire & support others. I found myself. Not the old me I thought I was looking for, but a new, transformed, better version of me.My gratitude goes first to God because my prayers for strength & guidance in this journey have been answered. He has blessed me beyond measure. My always loyal & quietly supportive husband; he loves me no matter what. He is no outward cheerleader but his quiet support & understanding through this transformation is just what I needed. I am thankful for the support of my sons. especially my oldest who has been my biggest cheerleader, my sounding board & my Jiminy Cricket conscience. I don’t know what I would have done without his unwavering support & kicks in the butt.To my Hitch Fit family, what can I say? From the women who unknowingly served as my inspiration via their own transformations to Brandi Wisdom who was the first to tell me that I could do this, thank you. David, who took my phone call and was so encouraging from the first minute, thank you. It is because of you that I knew I was in the right place. To the others who I have seen over and over again in the gym & always greet me with a smile & encouragement, you guys rock! And to Joel Salter, my incredible transformer & friend. The word “thanks” does not seem enough to express my appreciation for your calm, encouraging way of leading me during this journey to where I am no longer lost. Sometimes I am sure you wanted to yell at me (and I secretly wished you would have) but you never did. You were especially terrific at adjusting my meal plans as needed and dealing with a few setbacks in my workout routine. Because of you, I was never once tempted to give up.The dedication & effort you have to put in to make this transformation work, is hard. Being obese & out of shape is harder. Choose your “hard”. The journey was challenging, scary, eye opening, empowering and it was freeing. If I can do this, you can too! Take that first step… you’ll be glad you did and will never want to go back.”
Do you want to be a Weight Loss Success Story like Karen? If you are READY for your TRANSFORMATION
Contact Joel at [email protected]
OR call 816-753-8900 and request to train with Joel
Hitch Fit Overland Park is located at 7431 W 91st St. Overland Park, KS 66212 – at 91st & Metcalf, next to Whole Foods Market
Hitch Fit Gym Downtown/Midtown Kansas City, MO location at 3036 Gillham Road. If you are closer to Overland Park location contact us at 816-753-8900 to be set up with one of the trainers there.