I carried my 29 pound dog down a flight of stairs, out through the doors, uphill and 10 of the 15 blocks to the Emergency Vet on Warren Street before having to set her down. (she has Kennel Cough). I carried her because she couldn't walk without coughing and spitting up, and carrying her relaxed her so she did not cough at all. When I was outside, I thought I'd make it to Hoyt only, then I thought Smith and 3rd Street would be my limit. What amazing success to get all the way across Sackett and Smith! So, anyway, I wonder if that is a workout in itself?
I stopped in at Triomph about 3 or 4 times before I actually joined. I wasn't convinced that I could squeeze personal training sessions or classes into my busy and always changing freelance schedule. I enjoyed practicing Bikram yoga, but I found the time commitment too much to stick to with the necessary consistency. I was turning 40 and getting married and a close friend had recently suffered through a serious health crisis. I was about 25 pounds overweight and I needed to do something. I sat down with Jack who listened to my goals and the various obstacles my schedule presented and he advised me to sign up for Triomph's weekly one-on-one 30-minute personal training plan. I wasn't sure that 30 minutes would be enough of a workout, but Jack told me not to worry about that, and I could tell by his devilish grin that I'd be working hard in those sessions. My initial sessions were extremely challenging. I was throwing medicine balls, running and/or crawling across the gym, doing all manner of push up and sit up variations, and generally getting my ass kicked performing very creative exercises that worked most of my body at once. I would do a set and spend about five minutes huffing and puffing before I had recovered enough to do the next one. As the weeks went on I found myself gaining strength and needing less and less recovery time. I am now 15 weeks in, and I have lost 15 pounds. Today I feel much stronger and I am motivated by the progress I have made at the gym. The workouts aren't any less challenging, but I am better able to meet those challenges. My wedding is this weekend and I weigh less than I have in a decade.
I've been going to Triomph Fitness for 6 years, and I love it! After trying to go the gym on my own for over 10 years, I admitted to myself that I wasn't making any progress on my goals. The trainers at Triomph put me on a program where I go two times a week and I'm happy to say I see results! (Though I've attended several yoga classes, I mainly take advantage of the personal training that they offer.) While most people that go to the gym want to lose or maintain weight, I wanted to gain some. I'd been skin and bone for the first 30 years of my life and I was afraid it might be too late, but in the time I've worked with the trainers, I've gained over 25 pounds (mostly in upper-body muscle) while maintaining a healthy body fat percentage. And this was all while keeping my mostly-vegetarian lifestyle (something important to me!) The fitness assessment and nutritional session that comes free with personal training has been enlightening. With the periodic updates, I can see hard data that shows me what I've improved and where I should put my effort. I already feel healthy, but the math nerd in me enjoys seeing the numbers, plus I get to forward all this on to my doctor for my medical files! It's been a lot of hard work, but my trainers keep me motivated and wanting to come back for more. I can't recommend them enough. My only regret is that I wish I hadn't waited so long to start!
Four days before the new year, my doctor advised me that I needed to lose 5lbs. I decided that I was going to get serious about the weight loss so I signed up for personal training sessions. I did one-half hour training session and one cardio class per week for 2 months. At the end of February, I'd lost the 5lbs. I wanted to see what I could do if I kicked it up a notch, so I more than doubled my work-out time; one-half hour training session, one-and-a-half hours of cardio (Jack & the Box), and one hour of yoga a week. In just 2 weeks, I lost another 5lbs. I'm grateful for the attention and motivation of Jack and Lateef, and for the support of the Triomph community for making these results possible for me (and so freakin' quickly!). Best personal training in Brooklyn. Amazing personal training studio!
The one-on-one training sessions are great and the group classes are top notch. Having checked out almost all of the exercise/health facilities in the area, I can honestly report that the facilities and staff are second to none. Check it out!