Client of The Week: Zack!

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Congratulations to our Client of the Week, Zack!

I have been working out at Jada Blitz for 5 months now. I went in to check out the gym and immediately knew this was the place I wanted to train and change my lifestyle at.

My fitness journey began right before Christmas. I had just been diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes and Orthostatic Hypotension. Not only was I feeling horrible everyday, I was having a hard time keeping up with my 6 year old son. This is when I decided to sit down and have a talk with myself. Although I was only in my early 30s, I was feeling like an old man and every part of my body was hurting from old sport injuries.

Over the course of the last 10 years, working a desk job and dealing with life events, I realized that I kind of let myself go and it was time to make a change. I was taking my son to his Ninja classes right next to Jada and decided it was time to check out the facility. I loved it from my first walkthrough.

MY GOALS & BECOMING A PERSONAL TRAINING CLIENT

My initial goals were to fix my lingering injuries. I wanted to strengthen those areas so I could be healthy and run around with my son. I also wanted to improve my health by reversing my diabetes and hypotension.
Gaige and I worked really hard on changing my eating habits, pre & post-workout recovery. We also worked on strengthening target injured areas to the point where my a1c is at a non-diabetic level and I have little to no joint, muscle, and bone pain. I now want to start building muscle and losing excess fat.
My current goals include working on eliminating my diabetes forever and improving my health by losing my excess fat while building muscle. This will take off a lot of extra stress on my body and I think we are well on our way to accomplishing this.
I also want to start power lifting. I think I found a new hobby!

I love training with Gaige. His knowledge of injury recovery, stretches, and exercise variation has been invaluable. It has allowed me to continue to come to the gym and strengthen injured areas to the point where they really don’t hurt anymore, allowing me to work hard everyday. He truly seems to care about my health and I appreciate that.
I won’t ever forget the first time I met Gaige. I was by myself and struggling with how to do deadlifts properly. I randomly asked someone for help and it happened to be Gaige. He immediately stopped his workout to help me, and for a lot longer than I could’ve ever imagined, to make sure that I was doing the exercise properly. He introduced himself and I knew at that point if I was ever going to have a trainer, I wanted it to be him.

One thing I’ve taken away from this experience is that you need to start with a good foundation, even if you don’t see results right away on the scale. Body recomposition is no joke and will not only help you feel better, it will help you melt excess weight as well.

ADVICE FOR ANYONE THINKING ABOUT TRYING PERSONAL TRAINING

Any advice you could give for someone who has been thinking about trying personal training and/or the gym? Prepare to work. Everything you need to change your lifestyle is at Jada. Every trainer here offers something unique for different experiences. Spend some time chatting with them and see if your goals align with their specialties.

THE FACILITY & STAFF

I can’t say enough good things about the staff and facility. It’s overwhelming to start your journey but everyone on the staff or in the building has helped answer all my fitness questions. This has really helped me to get through days where I just don’t have it in me but need to keep going.

I was originally going to other gyms but now almost exclusively come to Jada, not only because of the amenities, but because of the people.

FITNESS IS UNDEFINED. WHAT’S YOUR FIT?

My Fit is being healthy and able. I want to make sure I am able to be there for my family, friends, and able to play with my son. To do this, I needed to prioritize my health and hold myself accountable. It just took a little bit to understand this. 😉

MEET GAIGE HOOT, CPT AT JADA BLITZ FITNESS

Training with Zack is a fun and exciting experience. He puts in the time and effort and is willing and able to learn as we go. His mentality is all-in and he is willing to take on any challenge I give him. A client that takes their health into their own hands is a successful one, and Zack has done just that.

A memory I have with Zack is when we first met. I was bench pressing during a workout one Saturday morning, and he was next to me attempting to perform some Romanian deadlifts. In between sets, he approached me and asked about his form and where he should and shouldn’t be feeling the movement (which takes courage to begin with). Of course, I talked to him about his form, but then emphasized how I think I would be able to help him with his health and wellness goals as a personal trainer. So, we talked for 20 minutes, and I felt we clicked quite easily. However, that was that, and I didn’t hear from him for a bit.

So, a few weeks pass by, and Zack came and found me in the gym one day, and the rest is history. Now we work together weekly towards his goals, and he’s gaining muscle and strength, eating better and losing weight, and most importantly he is moving and feeling better.

I enjoy Zack’s willingness to take his health into his own hands, and work as a team with me, as opposed to letting everything I tell him go in one ear and out the other. He shows up with 110% effort for every session, rain or shine.
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