Like many people
I had become mind numbingly bored with my workout routine and not only
that I wasn't getting the results I wanted! I had been introduced to kickboxing
by a friend a year earlier and decided it was time to make a change. I
began personal training with Ross O'Donnell in October 2007 . Since then
I have lost 26 lbs., a total of 12 inches and at 44 am in the best physical
condition of my life! The best part of it all is I've had an absolute
blast doing it! How many people do you know say they love working out?
I'm addicted to kickboxing, a day without it is like a day without sunshine!
Now not only do I continue with personal training but love attending classes
including Joanne O'Donnell's boot camp! It is one of the best workouts
I've ever done! I've never considered myself to be a particularly athletic
person but with Ross and Joanne's encouraging approach to training I feel
like I could be a real "Contender"!
I would have never
thought that kickboxing was going to be my kind of workout, but boy was
I wrong. I grew up dancing (ballet) and playing tennis and was talked
into going to kickboxing as something to do with my friend. Well, after
two weeks of classes I was absolutely hooked! I was pleasantly surprised
to find that each class was different, and a lot of fun – no monotony
here. When I am not able to make it to a class I get really annoyed and
that has never happened to me when I couldn’t make it to any aerobics
class! Ross is an excellent resource of fitness information, a fantastic
trainer and superb motivator. After nine months of training at Fitness
Kickboxing Canada I am toned and have arm muscles that I have NEVER had
I wrote a testimonial
for this website about a year ago when I reported the immediate and very
positive impact the FITNESS BOXING programme had on my health after only
a few months of training.
Very often people start all sorts of fitness activities (mostly after
their New Year's resolutions) but then give up after a short time period.
I was no different; the only beneficiary has been the fitness equipment
industry. Buy an expensive treadmill and sell it cheap after a period
of not using it and acting as dust collector. Now, however, I have been
participant in Ross O'Donnell's FITNESS BOXING training for over one and
a half year. I must say it's great fun and I'm actually looking forward
to each session. In contrast to the monotony of most other fitness activities,
this is more, as you say in English, playing a sport. I'm currently at
a level of "conditional sparring", which is by no means fighting
and therefore harmless; this is not only exercise, but also fun sport,
hand-eye co-ordination, test on reaction - just great.
I can highly recommend it!
Prior to my involvement
with kickboxing I was doing my own exercise regimen with little to no
success. Once I started with personal trainer and kickboxing instructor
Ross O'Donnell I saw results very quickly. I lost weight, toned up and
went down several dress sizes.
I had to do something!!
At 185lbs and 5' 7" I wouldn't say I was in shape. I wanted to find
something I could do that I would enjoy so I would stick to it. I remembered
that my mom had done kickboxing a few years ago and that I loved the way
her arms looked that summer. I decided to look up kickboxing on the internet
to see if I could find any classes that might be close to Erin and fit
into my schedual. To my pleasant surprise, I was able to locate a class
as close as Orangeville on my first hit. I called right away to find out
more about when and where the classes took place.The morning classes worked
great for mine, my husband and my kids schedual.
I started the
class 2 days later! I have to admit the first class was tough. I tried
to keep up with everyone else - big mistake, I was almost sick, but I
knew it was something I could come to like. After 3 weeks I was completeing
the classes and feeling GREAT! Ross was down to earth and understanding.
He was helpful and patient when I needed him to be but always made sure
I pushed myself just enough to feel good. Everyone else in the class were
also patient and helpful and more than happy to have a new-comer to the
class. Together it was actually fun. It started to be something I trived
on. I love it, it makes me feel so good - I have more energy for my kids
and my husband. Now, 4 months later I'm 20lbs lighter by the scale and
I have muscles I can now see in my arms, abs and legs and I still love
it. This is not something I plan to give up any time soon. It works, it
feels great and it's also a good stress buster. I would recommened that
anyone of all fitness levels try this out, you'll love it too!
At first it was
all about losing some weight and taking off the inches. My goal was to
enter into my 50s with a strong, fit body and piece of mind that I would
be in the best physical and mental shape that I could be in.
I was so focused on doing my best to develop the skill and techniques
for kickboxing that I no longer concentrated on wanting to lose the weight
but concentrated on doing my personal best in the sport. I'm so hooked
on the sport, I try to attend 3-4 sessions a week and I even purchased
a heavy bag to practice on at home in between classes.
Just for the record
- I've lost 24 pounds and 8 inches off my waist, hips and thighs, and
have dropped 4 dress sizes, and I can work out with women half, or more,
Thanks Ross for
your inspiration, encouragement and instilling in me the motivation to
do my best.
48 years old
I have Cerebral
Palsy since Birth, and have had many therapists through the recent years,
but then I met Ross, and he has changed my world with his expertise of
knowledge with the stability ball of which no one has ever brought to
my attention, since meeting him just a year ago, he has shown me the many
ways to improve my stability & given me hope for the future, proving
that age has no limitations when we work as a team.
With my determination
re-enforced with his many words of encouragement I have avoided the clutches
of a wheel chair.
to my special needs (and with Cerebral Palsy) they are much different
then a 'normal walking' person. It takes a lot of patience, on the part
of a teacher to put up with someone like me.
dedication, to me with our sessions has led to many improvements in my
ability to maintain my independence & dealing with Physical Limitations
that come with Cerebral Palsy.
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