“I’ve been a member of Fitness Works for nearly a year now and just wanted to drop you a line and say how happy I am that I made that decision. Over the years I’ve belonged to a variety of health organizations, some intense, some fluffy, some worked, some didn’t. Fitness Works “works” for a variety of reasons. It’s a bit like a Club with the opportunity to meet the regulars, chat inconsequentially, or have in-depth discussions on everything from sports and politics, men and babies, to cooking and movies. It’s a bit like a Community Centre with opportunities to sit around the coffee table and drink coffee or eat apples or read the latest Metro News. And the glue that binds us all together – is the fitness, the music, the cardio, the weights, the machines, the yoga and all the other healthy options that give us a chance to lose weight and tone up, mentally and physically. On my own or participating in a group, it has taken me far longer than I anticipated, and it’s taken a real mind set, but I’m finally losing the weight and the inches. I have much more energy than I used to have and I probably drive everyone crazy with Abba, but it’s worth it. Judy doesn’t cheat with the tape measure and Shelagh takes no prisoners when it comes to the double-edged sword of the Energy Circuit. I’m not always in the mood but I’m totally committed now and if at first I felt a little new, I now feel like one of the oldies and have a whole new crowd of friends to wave at as I walk along Queen Street. So thanks for keeping Fitness Works working, for the apples (my treat at the end of a session), and the cheerful staff.”
– Anne (Martin)
“I joined FitnessWorks for Women just a little over 3 years ago. From the moment I first walked in the door it has been a great experience. It is not just a gym or a fitness facility; it is a community of members. The staff, the owner and the members are all great and very supportive. It is such a comfortable place to workout.
I have belonged to several gyms over my lifetime and always been involved in fitness in some way, but never before had the results that I have experienced during my time at FitnessWorks. Nor have I experienced the same amount of enjoyment during my workouts and classes. I have taken advantage of all the services offered. The results have been amazing. I have lost weight, put on muscle, toned, improved my eating habits immensely and enjoyed myself, had many laughs, and made some great friends.
I have even managed to go from a non runner huffing and puffing through a 5k to completing my first marathon last October. What a thrill that was. Never would I have ever thought something like that was even possible before. I know I would not have even contemplated it without the support, encouragement and training that I got from FitnessWorks’ owner Ariella. I am now a runner!
The best part is I feel great. I do not think I have ever been this healthy or felt this good. That is quite something to say, that I feel better approaching 50 that I did at 30 and 40. Thank you FitnessWorks!!! ”
– Joy Parkes
“If I could describe my experience in one word it would be “wonderful” I have been a member for several years. During that time I have gotten fit, lost weight and met some wonderful (there’s that word again) friends! Judy’s classes are the best!!! She has a way of keeping us motivated. I actually look forward to getting up in the morning and coming to class and plan my day around her classes. I don’t know what my life would be like without FitnessWorks for Women.”
– Julie C.
“I most frequently have contact with Judy (and Janice for Zumba). Judy is very, very helpful and Janice is so positive as well!”
“My doctor recommended exercise to help with the stiffness and joint pain I was feeling from having rheumatoid arthritis. I was reluctant to join a gym since I had joined gyms before and couldn’t stay motivated enough to get results. Joining FitnessWorks changed that! The owner and her staff are very encouraging and pay a lot of attention to individual members needs. I stayed motivated and challenged doing the 30-minute circuit as well as Pilates and Step Aerobics classes offered. Three months later, no joint pain and 15 pounds lighter! That’s really motivating!”
– Janine, 52, employment counsellor
“Four months ago I was pre diabetic and taking medication for high blood pressure. Today my blood work is fine and I no longer take any medication. I thank FitnessWorks for Women for teaching me how to maximize my workouts and teaching me how to diet properly. When they did my body composition -measuring the fat and lean mass percentages- I was amazed and shocked. My diet profile showed me how to take off 10 lbs. Well I’ve done it twice, and taken off 20lbs! I work hard at the gym, but the staff concern and encouragement, and all the wonderful people who are members, make each visit more of a pleasure than a chore. I still have a long way to go, but it’s worth it to be healthy. Fitness does work for this woman!!”
– Pat, 64, retired nurse
“FITNESS WORKS for me! I joined FitnessWorks for Women this year. I have actually found a programme that I can follow through with. The support from the staff and other members has enabled me to fulfill my goals. 2 years ago, I had a baseline bone density exam and was told by my doctor I had osteoporosis. I went for a follow-up exam 3 weeks ago and was told there was an improvement in my scan! I do weight bearing exercises at least three times a week at FWFW and this, along with a change in my diet, has helped to increase my bone density. I feel such a sense of accomplishment. After joining FWFW, I have lost 10 lbs., gone down one clothing size and have met some wonderful new friends at the same time.”
– Julie, 53, medical secretary
“I’m over 90 (96, but don’t tell anyone) and have been exercising my whole life. It keeps me healthy and young. FitnessWorks For Women is a delightful place to come to. I look forward to it. The atmosphere is cheerful and enthusiastic. It’s a happy place to go and makes a person feel good!”
“When I first wandered in to FitnessWorks, my cholesterol levels were high.
This is a family trait I guess I inherited from my Dad. I thought, “Well, it can’t hurt. After several months of working out, and changing really nothing much else, I got my annual test result personally when my doctor called my house. She said, whatever you are doing, keep it up. Your levels are almost back to normal .No need for drugs. Today I had my 300th visit to FitnessWorks. I have lost 21 pounds by adding a change of diet to my exercise regime. I have never felt better. Most importantly of all, I love the people I have met through FitnessWorks. Both the employees and the members are supportive, interesting and a vital link to my feeling of belonging to a community. It has been a great investment.”
– Linda, 61, retired teacher