Virtual Training and Coaching Helped Me Lose Weight, Get toned and Build Muscle

By Maria S.

My name is Maria S. and I’m 55. I met Walter years ago when the gym where I’d been working out for some time offered a free 1-1 session with a trainer. I’d also heard great things about Walter’s group classes, attended and enjoyed one, and ended up signing my son up for several months.

Then the pandemic hit and the gym shut down… happily, Walter alerted me to his on-line boot camp, so we signed up.  Walter’s “challenges” intrigued me, so I tried a couple, and, eventually, I signed up for one-on-one training.  That was the game-changer.  I was spending a ton of time working out, but not reaching my goals: weight loss, toning, and building muscle and strength.

Weight loss was a biggie–I’d gained so much over the last couple of years, despite hours spent exercising daily, that I was unable to fit in to a lot of my clothes.  Walter provided me with a workout regimen based on my goals and size, helped me be accountable for what I was eating, tweaking my food choices as needed, eliminating some bad habits, and, I can definitely see a difference. 

Admittedly, I was afraid to get on the scale for the first couple of weeks, so I’m not sure where I started. However, once I worked up the courage to get on the scale, I lost 18 pounds total (almost certainly more) over about a 2-month period.  There is definitely much more definition and muscle in the problem areas on which we focused. And, the best part is, not only do I fit into my clothes again, but some of them are actually too big! Working with Walter helped me learn how to maximize my gym/exercise time and, equally important, recognize that you can’t outrun a bad diet. I feel so much better and have had folks tell me they can definitely see a difference. Thanks Walter! Here’s to continuing the journey!

Healthy Eating Habits and Virtual Bootcamp Help Me Lose 20 Pounds In 6 Months

By Noela F.

I did not exercise for many years. I was very busy and gave priority to other things in life that were far more important to me. Because of this, I gained weight. I always thought that I would go back to fitness. However, I could never find the time for it.

This year due to COVID-19, I started working from home in March. Working from home has its plus points, however, the bad part was that it gave me 24-hour access to the refrigerator and food. I started eating more often than I did when I was in the office. By June 2020, I weighed 150 pounds. I had to do something. Many years ago, I had joined Walter Lewis’s in-person bootcamp at work and it helped keep me fit. So, I decided to join Walter’s Virtual Bootcamp.

My first virtual bootcamp class was on June 8th. Although Walter gave classes 5 days a week, I decided to work out 3 times a week. Also, I started walking for about 20 minutes 3 days a week. My goal was not only to lose 20 pounds but to create a routine for exercise and diet.

By mid-July, my weight loss was slow, at about seven pounds; because I did not give up on all junk food – potato chips, my go-to food! I started having salad and soups a few times a week and stopped eating rice daily. Instead had it only on weekends. I started walking for 40 minutes for 4 days a week. Since I wanted to create a routine, I did not have any food restrictions when celebrating birthdays etc.

On August 19th, Walter gave a free webinar on “How to Fit Exercise & Healthy Eating into your Busy Schedule”. He gave very good tips and I adjusted my exercise and food habits on some of them. I woke up early and walked for 3 miles, 5 days a week. I started using Fitbit to track my steps and set-up 10,000 steps as a daily goal.

Walter also mentioned that “You cannot out work a bad diet.” He stressed that we will not be able to reach our goals just by exercise, it was very important to change our diets. Only then would we
reach our goals. I made additional changes to my food habits. Stopped eating unhealthy foods and instead had salads and soups.

Although my weight loss was slow, by November I had lost 20 pounds. I continue to be consistent (most of the time) with Walter’s Virtual Bootcamp. Now salads & soups are now part of my meals most days. I enjoy walking, weather permitting. It took great effort on my part, to get where I am. Lack of exercise and good eating habits made me gain weight. To avoid having to go through that situation once again, I have decided to commit to fitness exercise and to follow good healthy eating habits. I have signed up for Virtual Bootcamp through Dec. 2021!

Becoming Healthy and Fit During Retirement

By Renee S.

Recently having retired from employment, it feels pretty awesome to focus on taking care of me 24/7, enjoying the family, friends, community, and more importantly, just being at home.  Walter’s Virtual Bootcamp and Coaching has enabled me to get a good running start!  Through the daily workout offerings, one-on-one coaching sessions with Walter, specialty training programs and retreats, I’m healthier, stronger and equipped with the confidence to embrace the coming new year and beyond.

I am now down 30 pounds. Retirement thus far feels like an endless weekend!  Thanks to Walter and his team of professionals, I’m at my best and most authentic self. 

My Health and Fitness Success Through Virtual Bootcamp

By Ruth S.

I first met Walter when I did small group training to prepare for my first 5K at 50.  I really liked his training style and never thought I would be able to do it successfully. But with his help, I finished and was really happy with my time.  I moved from the area and was no longer able to continue training with Walter and started working out at local gym. And then when COVID hit, I wasn’t doing much at all to keep myself in shape. 

Patti my friend, gym training buddy, and 5K running partner reached out to me in September and told me about Walter’s Virtual BootCamp. I took the first class and realized just how long it had been. Even with walking 3 – 5 miles a day, it was no comparison to how I felt after the first class. I decided to join and have been attending on average four classes a week. I have seen a significant change in my stress level and endurance. I lost about five pounds but feel so much stronger and healthier and regret not taking any measurements prior to starting.  I love the classes and the flexibility! If I can’t make a class, the recorded sessions are available at my convenience. Thank you Walter for offering this!

I Lost 16 Pounds from the Cleanse, Lean Body, and Virtual Bootcamp

By Reena S.

I lost about 5 pounds in the first 10 day cleanse. During the lean body program, I saw a few things happen.  The first was that I lost about 4 additional pounds, but then I also found myself being stronger.   I noticed that my back and knees were hurting a lot less and I had a lot more endurance to do more physical activity with my kids.

The walking challenge forced me to increase the number of workouts.  Before the walking challenge, I was working out 3-4 days a week, but I increased the number of days that I was working out to 5-6 days a week.  Even though the challenge has ended, I have continued to work towards the 10k step goal (minimally) daily.

Walter’s coaching program helped me navigate through any challenges that I had run into related to exercise or diet.  It helped me determine what changes I needed to make to keep losing weight.

I started the Virtual Bootcamp program in the June.  In total, I have lost roughly 16 pounds and have dropped a dress and clothing size.  There are several benefits to the virtual boot camp.  As a working mother of two little kids, I find that I have a lot more flexibility when it comes to the timing around the virtual bootcamp.  There are morning options as well as evening options for attending the bootcamp. There are also recorded sessions that I can do on my own time.  I also like the fact that I can do them in my home during this pandemic.  I have even been able to get my kids to attend some of the virtual bootcamps.

I hope to continue this weight loss and health journey that I have started until I reach my goal weight.