I first knew I had to change things 9 years ago. I’ll never forget being at Walmart and looking at size 46 pants to “grow into”. I went straight from there to a gym and signed up. I went through the training, spent thousands of dollars, learned nothing, and lost very little. So I broke out on my own, started reading about exercising, and slowly started losing weight. What I found after 8 years of trial and error was that there was a lot of diets, exercise routines, and weight programs that either were obviously wrong or Didn’t work anywhere near what they said they would.
A year ago I hit large plateau. I was spending 7-10 hours a week at the gym and I wasn’t losing weight or body fat. What’s worse I was starting to hurt myself. So I started looking for professional help. The years of reading and trial and error had taught me what to look for in a trainer, and I was able to see through the smoke and mirrors. Then I heard about Mike and Pursuit Training. I’ll never forget the first time I talked to Mike. He said 2 things that told me I had found what I was looking for. First was that a lot of things he teaches will go against standard gym practices, and may even sound heretical to standard books. Then he said “I’m gonna be honest with you, I’m not in this to make money, but to help people achieve their impossibilities. But you need to commit to the training, otherwise to be perfectly honest, your just waisting your money.
I started working with Mike in June 2012. I was 213 lbs, 26% body fat, extra large shirts and size 40 pants. I could barely do 25 pound bicep curls, 4 pushups, and a chin up. By December I was 200 pounds, 20 % body fat medium shirts, and size 34 pants. I work out half the time I did before, easily curl 45lbs, do 20 pushups a morning, and can run at 5 miles an hour for 30 min without a break, every day. Pursuit training has put me in full sight of my goals and I couldn’t be happier.
Pursuit Training has empowered me to be my best possible self—physically and mentally. When I began my fitness journey, I had imposed a lot of limitations on what I would and wouldn’t do to get myself healthy and fit. Working with the professional trainers at Pursuit helped to motivate and educate me—I had all the tools to succeed, I just had to use them.
The training programs are designed with your experience and lifestyle in-mind. My first program did not even require that I go to a gym. It was a lot of motivation and baby-steps to get to my goals. As I became more dedicated to a healthy lifestyle and more willing to push myself to reach my full potential through heavy lifting, demanding training splits, and advanced cardio, the programs evolved to accommodate my changing body; I was challenged, but not overwhelmed. Every workout is an accomplishment.
Nutritional counselling was a big part of my success; I began with making small changes, adhering to my Pursuit Training programs and personal goals. I began to see amazing results when I got serious about eating clean and following the programs. When I began to supplement my diet, Pursuit Training helped me find the best supplement regimen to meet my needs. I have never counted calories, felt hungry, or had to adhere to an unrealistic way of eating—Pursuit Training gives you nutritional tools that are sustainable for long-term health and wellness.
I have now been working with Pursuit Training for three years; in that time, I have gone from a size 14 to a size 4; I have maintained my dress size for nearly two years. My body composition has changed, as has my attitude about health and fitness. In October 2012, I competed in my first bikini competition—Pursuit Training was with me every step of the way (in fact, Michael Finigan was there when I stepped off stage).
If you’re thinking about making positive and lasting changes to your body and your life, I strongly recommend working with Pursuit Training. Pursuit Training has provided me with exceptional service and results that is second to none. In short, training with Pursuit is the best investment I have ever made.
I highly recommend Pursuit Training to anyone and everyone no matter what your fitness level or goals are.
I had basically been sedentary as I built my career and started a family. Little by little I gained weight, and lost muscle. On my 35th birthday I bought a gym membership in cash and told no one, privately committing to get back in shape. On my 36th birthday I had not once gone in. Weird? Not really, I had no previous experience, no plan, and mostly was scared of embarrassing or hurting myself.
I met Mike through a friend and started with him because I realized I needed someone to teach me how to weight train. His assessment was thorough and helped to solidify goals.
At first I was pitifully weak, 28.5% fat and couldn’t even touch my shins, but with Mike I never felt self-conscious about it. He kept me motivated and gradually increased the intensity of my workouts.
My results aren’t measured in inches lost or pounds shed. My strength is twenty-fold what it was, I’m at 14%-15%fat, and I can touch my toes! My long term goals are within reach in just after a year thanks to Prickmike.
Mike’s approach is realistic albeit very motivating. He exudes positivity and it truly rubs off on his clients. Through his regular measurements (what I would compare to report card day), I’ve been able to see my body composition change quite quickly – a true achievement in my books. Now my husband and I are in a friendly battle of numbers with each “report card”. Our kids even want to train now!!! My husband marvels at my strength and changes and I at his – it keeps us motivated and our battle of numbers keeps Mike amused:-)