My First 5K

By Erin Sullivan
 
I had a month before my first 5K race and had not ran more than a mile for years. I didn’t know where to begin. And I hated running.
 

That is where Walter came in. The first time we ran together I had to stop after 2.37 miles which took me 30+ minutes to do. I was exhausted and discouraged. Even though I had a lot of work to do, Walter had faith that I could reach my goal of running the 5K and he even thought I could run it well. For the next 4 weeks, Walter provided me with a training plan and supported me through it. I went from hating to run to running in the rain. I finished the race  in under 27 minutes and didn’t take one break. I accomplished my goal. Thanks Walter for the constant support and encouragement! You made it feel easy. And I have continued to run post-race, which I never thought would happen! 

 

I Can’t Believe I Can Run Without Stopping

By Sherry Mobley

If anyone would have told me 6 months ago that I would be running two 5k races in September and that I would be in the best physical shape of my life at age 46, I wouldn’t have believed them! I’ve struggled with my weight for my entire life. I’ve had success on various diets, but never achieved the level of fitness and ideal weight that I desired. I exercised on a regular basis, but still had low energy and poor endurance. Training with Walter for the past several months has changed all of that. Not only have I reached my goal weight, but my body is more

I exercised on a regular basis, but still had low energy and poor endurance. Training with Walter for the past several months has changed all of that. Not only have I reached my goal weight, but my body is more tone and fit, I have gone down several clothing sizes, and I now have the endurance to run 4+ miles at a steady pace without stopping…a HUGE success for me! I look forward to Walter’s classes every week, and enjoy working out more than I ever have. His expertise, encouragement, and amazing workouts motivate me to work hard and, in turn, get the results I wanted.

Over the summer, I pulled both of my quad muscles sprinting. I was devastated. Walter checked on me constantly to see how I was doing, reminded me to keep icing and resting, and helped me safely workout until I recovered. A HUGE THANK YOU to Walter for helping me become the best “ME” I can possibly be!

Although My Diet Hasn’t Been Perfect, I Still See Results

by Nickie Donas

Like many people, I initially found the motivation and drive to lose the first few pounds in my weight loss journey on my own. However, my goal attainment was short lived, and I quickly was at a plateau. For the next several months, I attempted to work out three times a week, eat clean, and do as many of the “right things” as possible, but wasn’t seeing changes in my body. This left me frustrated and ready to give up. Two family members that had worked with Walter (with amazing results), suggested I reach out to him. After working with Walter for a few sessions, not only was I feeling and seeing results, but I was motivated again to push towards my goals. 

After working with Walter over the past five months, I have not only seen physical changes, but changes in my motivation as well. I am leaner, stronger, more defined and have lost inches all over. I’ve learned alot from him. He has taught me the importance of cardio and compound exercises and how to fuel my body with the right nutritious foods before and after a workout. And I love the workouts, though they are tough!  Walter has motivated me to dedicate myself to eating clean and healthy; my biggest struggle, but I’m working on it :)

Probably the most important change I’ve seen with Walter is an increase in my cardiovascular endurance and stamina. Five months ago, I never would have even attempted to run the steep 2 mile hill in my neighborhood. These days, I run it twice a week. A HUGE accomplishment for me! 

Walter has taught me to train with an intensity I didn’t know I had, whether I’m working out with him or on my own. I train with Walter because I see results.  There are still a few pounds I’d like to shed. I’d like to be better about my diet and increase my endurance and stamina even more. So, while I haven’t achieved all my fitness goals just yet, I know that if I continue to follow Walter’s lead, I can get there. 

From Chronic Pain, Injury, Being Overweight to Restored Health

by Genie

Prior to contacting Walter, I had spent the previous two years in and out of surgeries for my ongoing endometriosis and fibroid issues.  During this time, I had put on weight and completely lost any desire to work out or eat healthy. I felt run down, was always tired, and in constant pain. Then to make matters worse, I broke my right ankle in a freak accident. My surgeon said it was the worst break he had seen in someone who was not a professional athlete and it took a whole lot of metal pins and rods to put it back together. I was in bed for almost three months and it took me the better part of a year to walk without a limp.  By the end of that year, I was overweight, out of shape, and defeated.  I could barely bend my ankle and running was impossible.  I told myself working out was a pipe dream and resigned myself to being inactive, weak, and overweight. 

Then I saw my cousin at a girls’ brunch. I hadn’t seen her since she had given birth to her third child and, four months later, she looked AMAZING! When I asked her how she had gotten back in shape so quickly, she immediately credited Walter. She gave me his number and I had a million excuses not to call him.  I can’t afford personal training, I’m too weak, I don’t have time, I’m too out of shape to train, etc. But I called him and I convinced my sisters to come to the first training session with me.

The first time I met with Walter was tough!  He took my measurements and I wanted to cry. I had to stop several times during our workout and I felt physically ill. It was embarrassing and eye opening. I was worse off than I had imagined.  But I did it.  I told myself I would try this for one month and if I wasn’t seeing any results I would quit. I was giving myself an out. I started meeting with Walter twice a week. I’m not going to lie, the first two weeks sucked.  I had to take several breaks during our workouts and my whole body ached for days afterwards.  But Walter encouraged me the entire time.  He was my biggest supporter and kept saying “just keep showing up.”  So I did.  I kept showing up.  And by the third week, I noticed some small changes.  I wasn’t getting as winded.  I didn’t have to stop as much.  I was feeling a little stronger. But most importantly, I had started to run.  I hadn’t been able to run in more than two years and now I was running!!  This was a major victory for me.

In the five months I’ve been training with Walter, I’ve become a different person. I’ve lost weight and several inches, have become stronger, and have gotten my confidence back.  More importantly, I just feel better, physically and mentally.  I’ve bumped up my training to three times a week and the results are obvious. Walter has been my biggest cheerleader throughout this process.  He encourages me and holds me accountable. There are no excuses with Walter, just results.  There are still some things I will never be able to do because of my ankle but Walter can modify any exercise to ensure that I’m still getting an awesome workout.    

Its way past the month deadline I set for myself and I’m still going strong with no plans on stopping. This is a testament to the phenomenal job Walter does. Thanks, Walter, for helping me rediscover myself!

Overweight & Depressed 51 Year Old Mom to Athlete

by Tammy Frothingham

My story begins the day I turned 51.  I thought to myself, ¨I’ve never felt my age before, so, why am I starting to feel older and why don’t I have any energy.¨ I had never felt so sluggish, depressed, and unmotivated to do anything.  The majority of my life I had kept myself healthy with decent eating and exercise. After a couple of days of feeling sorry for myself, I realized that I hadn’t been to the gym more than a handful of times in the last 2 years. I knew I wasn’t going on a regular basis, but had not realized that so much time had gone by.  Not to mention, my eating was out of control.  I was 40 pounds overweight, which was 20 pounds heavier than when I was 9 months pregnant at the age of 42.  That was just out of control!  My 8 year old son was hard to keep up with, and, I didn’t want him to have an unhealthy mother.  I am not old at 51. 

I told myself at that moment — ¨I’M NOT GOING OUT LIKE THIS!!  I will not be unhealthy at this time in my life!  I will not do that to my little boy, who deserves an active parent.¨

I told my husband that I was going to sign up with Walter Lewis, the trainer my friend recommended to me.  His response was that I worked out my whole life, and, knew how to exercise, so, why would I want to pay a trainer.  It did not matter that I was experienced at exercising.  I could not get myself up off the couch to get moving.  I needed to be accountable to someone so that I would go.  Well, it worked.  

I started out training with Walter twice a week.  I was at the highest weight of my life, 180 pounds.  Even though I knew the movements and exercises, my endurance was not there.  It had been so long since I had done cardio.  He was able to do strength training, as well as cardio, all in each session.  I felt fantastic each time I left the gym.  Some workouts were outside, some inside. He tailored each workout to my abilities. He knew exactly what I needed. After a few weeks, my friend let me know that he also taught an Elite class with a handful of students twice a week. Once I went, I was hooked. I got the best workouts of my life with him.  I was on my way to being my old self again; what a joy and relief.

I had lost 33 pounds, and, felt like a million bucks.  My husband and friends told me I really looked like an athlete these days. Things couldn’t be better. Little did I know, the best part of it all was yet to come  Walter came into class one day and told us that he was doing a triathlon. I told him I had always wanted to do those type of races, but, never felt I was capable of doing it, since I was never a runner or a swimmer.  I also never had a group of friends that were interested in anything like that.  I admired those athletes so much, and, wished I could be like them.  

Walter told me that I WAS like them, and, just didn’t know it.  He told me that I needed to do it.  When another girl in our class heard us talking about it, she quickly said she would do it with me.  She, too, had always wanted to, but, didn’t think she could.  He reminded us of the endurance and strength we had shown in the last 4 months.  He knew we had it in us, and, wanted us to know it, as well.  We both signed up and began to train for it.

Once race day came, I was so excited I could hardly stand it.  My husband appeared to be nervous, asking if I really thought I was able to do all this.  I told him “I got this”.  I was not the least bit worried, knowing that Walter had prepared me for this day, and then some.  I finished the race, and, could have done more that day.  I was so proud of myself!   I thanked Walter for giving me the inspiration and confidence to do this.  I was so invigorated that I immediately signed up for another triathlon.  I have also done 2 Spartan Obstacle Course mud races.  

I owe a lot to Walter Lewis.  He has inspired me to be a stronger, healthier person.  He has also shown me that I AM the athlete that I always wanted to be.    

Thanks so much, Walter!