Sean is a 28 year old Recreation Program Specialist at the South Austin Recreation Center. He has always worked out and play sports. Throughout college at UT he was in excellent shape, working out and playing sports regularly. It wasn’t until grad school in Miami that he started to gain weight, but then in May of 2013 after he had moved back to Austin, he tore his ACL in his left knee.
This all but ceased his workouts. He says “After rehab, I never really got back into a workout routine, just some SPIN classes that didn’t hurt my knee too bad. Not only was I hurting physically, but also mentally as it longer to heal than I thought it would. I began to believe I would never be in shape again due to my physical limitations. My blood pressure shot up and my weight reached over 230lbs. I still regularly played Flag Football with ASSC and saw on their website this SportFIT group that looked interesting. I actually got a taste of it in Downtown Dash 2014 as SportFit was one of the obstacles. After eating my Thanksgiving meal in 2014, feeling obnoxiously heavy, I pulled out my phone and registered for the December A.M. SportFIT session. I’ve been doing it ever since!”
So far Sean has lost 40 pounds! “And counting” he says. “I haven’t quite reached my college weight yet, but I’m on my way.” What intrigued him about SportFIT was “ I thought SportFIT would be a great change of pace seeing that what I was doing before SportFIT wasn’t working. Boy was I right. I’m sore every time I go into work after a session, but the results are worth it.”
Not only has he lost around 40lbs, but he also says “my core is a lot stronger. It’s not as strong as the other participants in the rest of the group, but at least I can do Russian Twists with my feet up now. My knee no longer hurts. The tweaks I would have here and there are gone, and it’s all thanks to SportFIT.”
Sean keep coming back to class because “Andy’s workouts remind me of my high school football offseason. They’re a lot of fun as he makes us do a lot of drills I’m actually good at. Tuesday and Thursday mornings are my favorite.”
When asked if he would recommend SportFIT to other people, Sean replies “YES! Come join us!! It doesn’t matter what kind of shape you’re in, you can go at your own pace (trust me, I started off slow). The group is chill, no one tries to show off or intimidate anyone else. I think working out outside is way better than indoors. SportFIT is different because while you’re in a group, it can still be personal. You won’t get lost in the crowd like bigger workout groups and it’s a lot more affordable than personal training sessions.”
When Sean is not at SportFIT, he also likes to spend his time playing Ultimate and Flag Football with the Austin SSC, and roller hockey.
Maureen recently moved to Austin from Minneapolis and was introduced to the SSC after playing softball in the spring. Prior to joining SportFIT she did some running and weightlifting on her own, mixed with classes like yoga, barre, cycling, dance. She decided to give SportFIT a try because she was looking for a “workout that would push me to workout harder than I would on my own.” She also liked that “SportFIT meets up to 4 times a week, so you are able to get noticeable results in the first couple of weeks.”
Since joining SportFIT, “the style of the workouts – interval training and mixing strength with cardio – has definitely improved my endurance. I also feel stronger overall and can now do 15-20 regular pushups when even 1 was a struggle before!”
Maureen’s favorite thing about SportFIT is “ the variety of workouts and the group atmosphere.” She would recommend it to others because “ it’’s a great way to get out of your comfort zone and see what you’re capable of. Also, it’s a workout that can challenge people of all different fitness levels.” She also likes how SportFIT is different than other workout groups. For instance, “all of the trainers want the classes to be challenging and fun and they listen to feedback from participants so that everyone is getting the most out of their time in class.”
Kim is a 28 year old soccer star who spends her days working as an Administrative Assistant for a Lumber Sales Office. By nights she storms the SSC indoor and outdoor soccer fields. Other than playing soccer with the SSC, Kim’s workout history prior to SportFIT “had been pretty scattered. I am really prone to shin splints, and struggled for a long time trying to figure out how to get them under control.” She came to SportFIT looking to “increase my endurance for soccer, and also as a way to keep healthy and in shape through a regular exercise routine.”
After a month and a half of SportFIT, not only are her shins in great shape, but “I have lost 5 pounds, and have noticed an increase in my strength and muscle tone. I’ve especially noticed an improvement in my upper body strength, which as a soccer player, was definitely being neglected.” Her favorite thing about SportFIT is how “the workouts are so diverse, and that every day is different from the next. It’s the only work out program I’ve ever participated in that I actually look forward to getting up for every morning.
Kim would recommend SportFIT because “It is much more affordable than other workout group programs, the trainers and other participants are really encouraging and helpful, and I feel like I’m getting an all around great workout every time.” She thinks SportFIT is different than other workout groups because of “the class sizes, which in the AM group are usually around 5-7 people, make it stand out compared to other work out groups that I’ve participated in. You get much more individualized attention, and don’t feel like you’re disappearing in a sea of people. For example, when my shins start to act up, I am immediately able to let the trainers know, and they can come up with modified exercises to accommodate my physical limitations on the spot.”
Naz is a 26 year old accountant who has been a part of the SSC for awhile. She plays softball on the Thursday night team , Teabaggers , attends the UT Tailgates, and went to the New Year’s Eve Party. In the summer of 2013 she decided to give SportFIT a try because she ” became bored with her workout routine and she didn’t feel like she was getting the same out of her workouts.”
Her favorite thing about SportFIT is “the variety in the workouts and the push to do different exercises that I wouldn’t normally do on my own. But the main thing I like is that even after a year of SportFIT, I still wake up with sore muscles, which means I am still challenging my body.”
After training with SportFIT for a year, her greatest accomplishment is “increased upper body strength. I am now able to support my own body weight and do full body push-ups, where I used to do only modified push-ups. ” She would recommend joining SportFIT because “people tend to focus on certain parts of their body and neglect to get a full body work out. SportFIT challenges you to work on those neglected areas. The classes are smaller than other boot camps and are less intimidating for someone starting a new work regime. It is also more affordable than other boot camps.”
Rachel Eisenhower is a 27 year old Events Manager for Wi-Fi Alliance. Working out has always been part of her daily routine and prior to SportFIT she was running about five miles every day. Why would a young, fit, healthy girl need to join a workout group? She said, “Even though I enjoyed running, I knew it was taking a toll on my body. I needed to find a way to add variety and, in particular, some sort of strength training into my workout regime. I had been looking into several workout programs and stumbled along SportFIT. It seemed like a great opportunity to change up my workout routine.”
She joined in early 2013 and is still attending today! She has noticed “a definite increase in strength and overall fitness level. She is able to do more reps of more challenging exercises at a faster pace, and it’s extremely rewarding to see this progress.” When asked what her favorite thing about the outdoor group fitness class is she answered, “The variety – I love that the workouts are never the same. The trainers each lend their own styles to the workouts which push me in different ways. They are always seeking more ways to challenge us, whether it’s bringing in new equipment or meeting at a different location, such as Mount Bonnell or the Zilker sand volleyball courts. I certainly never get bored.”
Rachel says she would recommend the class to others because, “It’s a great way to get into a consistent workout routine. The workouts are challenging and always changing. The trainers and your fellow participants provide motivation and push you to work harder than you typically would on your own. Plus, SportFIT provides a great opportunity to meet more people – outside of the training sessions, there are often social events as well as sports teams formed with SportFIT participants.” She has joined the SportFIT crew on their Sunday Funday and Sand Volleyball teams!
“SportFIT strikes a perfect balance between personal training and group fitness classes, both of which I have tried before. The trainers develop new, creative workouts for each session and are able to adapt their training as needed to accommodate different fitness levels.”
James Shirley is a 28 year old clinic technician who joined SportFIT in February 2013. He played sports in high school, intramurals in college, and worked out regularly at the gym. Then in July of 2011 he injured his knee; he tore his ACL, damaged his PCL, and damaged cartilage on both sides of his knee. This required surgery, eight weeks of no-weight bearing activities, and about ten total months of physical therapy. During this time, he gained ten pounds and his entire leg atrophied from lack of use and physical activity. After joining a gym, his slow progress left him discouraged, so he signed up with SportFIT for a workout boost.
James also plays Dodgeball with SSC (go Untouchaballs!), so his primary goal was to be able to “play dodgeball, or any other sport, without having to double over after just a few minutes.” Losing the extra ten pounds and re-strengthening the knee would be a bonus. After eight months of SportFIT, James “has lost over 20 pounds, his leg is stronger now than it was before the surgery, he’s able to run and jog again without having to do his silly limp/run, and he rarely finds himself dying during dodgeball.”
When asked what his favorite thing about SportFIT is, he replies, “…the competition. When I go to the gym by myself, I have very little motivation to push myself. I break a sweat a little, start breathing hard, and call it a workout. When I’m in class, there are several people who are better than me, be they stronger, faster, or more agile. It’s much easier to push myself to compete with these people and get much more out of my workouts.”
Would James recommend SporFIT? “I do. I’ve gotten two people to sign up, and I’m always telling people that SportFIT is the primary reason I’ve lost weight and gotten back into shape. And the biggest difference I’ve noticed about SportFIT is it’s applicable exercise. We’ll never pick up the biggest weight we can and try to get big pretty muscles that have little effect on your life.
Everything we do is to get you better at sports. These are muscle groups I use in dodgeball, kickball, and football at the time. Sure, people can join Strong Man and lift more weight than I can, but I’m better at dodgeball. And that’s way more important to me.”
Chris Cox is a 27 year old Control Systems Project Manager with a non-existent workout history. He came to SportFIT in February 2013 with a desire to lose weight and become healthier. In the first month alone he was able to shed 20 pounds! After five months he lost a total of 50 pounds, “gained muscle mass, and is the healthiest he has been in at least 7 years.”
Not only has Chris “lost weight and become healthier, he has gained a lot of new friends as well as teammates.” This past year he has played multiple seasons with the SportFIT Sunday Funday and Sand Volleyball teams, as well as met people from the group for weekend pick up games. He loves the fact that “the trainers are very social with clients and allow for the clients to interact socially as well.”
When asked what his favorite thing about SportFIT is, he replied, “How the workouts are designed for people at all levels of fitness…classes are not overly crowded, so you have a more one on one feel with the trainers.” Thanks for all of your hard work Chris and congratulations on your awesome results!
Casey Wright is a 24 year old inventory specialist for a medical supply company. After battling obesity, in 2008 she decided to make a life changing commitment to live a happier and healthier lifestyle. With healthy eating and walking she was able to lose 50 pounds! Four years later and 80 pounds lighter, Casey found herself in the middle of a long and frustrating plateau that she couldn’t break through. She heard about how SportFIT brought a social atmosphere to their workout group and decided to give it a try.
Eight months later she is ” loving everything about SportFIT!” Her “all time favorite thing is the all around experience. I don’t get up early every single morning because I have to go to SportFIt, but because I WANT to go to SportFit. I want to get outside, I want to see my friends, and I want to get a good work out in.” Her commitment to the program has resulted in the shedding of another 15 pounds. “It makes the hard work we put in everyday seem much more tangible when I started to notice a difference in my clothes; or when friends, family, and other SportFitters started to notice my progress as well.” Congratulations to Casey on her 95 pound weight loss!
When we asked Casey if she would recommend SportFIT to a friend, she responded, “HECK YES! I would recommend SportFit to anybody that is looking for a chance to get active. SportFit caters to all levels of fitness, so anybody can articipate. The instructors change up the work outs constantly so that you are always being challenged. Finally, SportFit hosts social events during every session, so that all of the SportFitters can get together, and celebrate all of their hard work.”
Dusty is a 42 year old homebuilder with two kids who used to work out a couple of times per week and not pay attention to his diet. In the fall of 2012, Dusty decided to join in the Austin SSC SportFIT program to try a different way to lose weight and get in shape. His starting goal was to lose 10lbs while increasing his daily energy.
After four months of SportFIT, Dusty has had these amazing results!
*lost 40 lbs*
*down 2 shirt sizes*
*down 3 pant sizes*
*has more energy today than he had at 25*
The thing that Dusty liked most about SportFIT is the variety of workouts. He said, ” I do not remember doing the same workout twice in the past 4 months. Doing the same workout over and over gets boring, and I would typically lose interest in other programs. The way the trainers have it set up kept my interest.” Dusty said he is not the type of person who is motivated by “being yelled at by the drill sergeant”, so the trainers mixing of intense workouts with a fun attitude kept him coming back for more. Congratulations to Dusty on all his hard work!
Update on Dusty: He competed in the 2013 Austin’s Fittest Competition and placed 13th in his age division!
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*SportFIT is not replacement for physical therapy and we are not doctors. Should you have an injury, please visit a physician first before proceeding. We are all certified trainers, but should not be a replacement for medical attention. Please notify us of all pre-existing injuries so that we can modify your workout accordingly*