Success Stories

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    “I can’t believe I enjoy going to the gym 3 days a week...”

    I would like to thank the entire Clarendon Fitness staff for helping me to achieve my fitness goals. I’ve managed to improve my overall health, lose weight, tone up, and have more energy throughout my day. Words cannot begin to explain how fortunate I was to find such a professional and outstanding service.

    The trainers are absolutely dedicated and ‘engaged’ with their clients; it is readily apparent how seriously they take fitness. The front desk staff is exceptional and is always more than capable of handling my needs so I never have to worry about anything other than giving 110% during my training sessions.

    Needless to say, when I’m working out at Clarendon Fitness, I feel like im getting every penny’s worth out of my workouts. I can’t believe I enjoy going to the gym 3 days a week, and even better, I enjoy the results that I’ve seen thus far. A healthy diet and exercise are truly the only way to get these results; luckily I have the whole staff at Clarendon Fitness to not only hold me accountable, but to also act as a vast informational source.

    I can honestly say that everyone at Clarendon Fitness is genuinely interested in my health, success, and results.

    Caitlin U.
    Miss Virginia 2010
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    “The results have been nothing short of astonishing”

    At the beginning of the summer, I was very, very seriously overweight, and had been so for years. All of the clothes I had worn 4 years ago were too small, and the clothes I had bought to replace those were getting too small. I had to go and buy new suits, because the ones I had couldn’t even come close to being buttoned up. I looked terrible, and I was constantly getting weird annoying pains in my legs and feet. My blood sugars were at a pre-diabetic level, and I was well on my way towards contracting Type II diabetes. It seemed as though the high blood pressure medication I was taking was going to be a permanent fixture in my life. I couldn’t make myself follow any consistent exercise program, and even playing 5 minutes of pick-up basketball would exhaust me.

    Then I met with Pascal and Fareed at Clarendon Fitness. I had known Pascal for a while, and he had urged me to come in and meet with him, but I resisted for a long time. There was always some excuse (“I don’t have time this week” or “Once I finish with my taxes,” or something else). But he kept urging me to come in, so I did. We talked about some changes to my diet, and beginning a regular exercise program. Once again, the time factor reared its ugly head as an excuse not to start, but the schedule at CF had so many options I was able to find a morning class which allowed me to get enough sleep, exercise, and get my kids to school on time.

    I was nervous when I came to my first class at 7:00 am on a Monday morning. I was worried that I wouldn’t be able to do the workout. Well, it turned out that my worry was pretty well founded. It wasn’t that my legs were in pain, exactly. I simply couldn’t make them do the movements. But I made myself ignore what everyone else was doing, and concentrated on myself. I came back on Wednesday, and again on Friday, and again the following Monday. And I have kept coming back.

    What I like about the class – aside from the fact that I can make it fit into my schedule – is that it is continually challenging and different, so that it doesn’t get boring. The fitness level of the people typically in the class is quite varied, ranging from people like me (trying to make up for almost 25 years of inactivity) to others who seem to me to be in pretty good shape. And yet everyone seems to be getting a great workout.

    I followed the nutritional guidelines that were suggested to me, probably not quite to the letter, but I really have avoided the things I was told to avoid.

    The results have been nothing short of astonishing. Since I started, less than 3 months ago, I have lost over 50 lbs. My blood pressure has dropped precipitously. My feet and lower legs have stopped hurting for no reason. Clothes that hadn’t fit me for years can be worn again. I have lost 4 inches off of my waist size. The two new suits I purchased at Father’s Day because my old ones were just too small are now ridiculously too large. I still want to lose another 30-40 lbs, but I believe that I can and will.

    The team at Clarendon Fitness, in particular Fareed and Pascal, have changed my life. I cannot say enough good things about them. I would strongly urge anyone who wants to get healthy to come into Clarendon Fitness and let them help you to help yourself.

    Whitney W.
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    “I not only have phenomenal physical results...”

    My experience at Clarendon fitness was truly life changing. Over the past years out of college, I have found it challenging to find an exercise routine that I could maintain which did not add to the discomfort from 4 ACL reconstructions I’ve sustained over the past 6 years. I have done it all – from LA boxing to Insanity- nothing changed my body and attitude toward fitness, nutrition, and overall health like CF did in a way that was sustainable and long-term.

    Abdule is a top notch trainer who is attentive to goals and and pushes you to achieve your successes. My transformation is a true reflection of his passion and professionalism. Pascal’s comprehensive knowledge and customized advice toward nutrition helped me maximize my efforts and re-program my metabolism to ensure longevity to positive changes in my overall health. I was also able to interact in classes taught by Kimberly and Jamel, who demonstrated consistency of the knowledge, professionalism, and determination to help all clients achieve results.

    Dedication to CF’s program WORKS. I have been able to maintain my fitness levels and eating healthy is no longer laborious. I not only have phenomenal physical results, but my mental health and overall lifestyle have changed for the better.

    A big thanks to CF and the team!

    Danila C.
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    “... I’ve changed for the better”

    I moved to the area in November 2010. My apartment building has a gym in in, so I figured I would just work out there. After a while though, I was despising working out, not pushing myself too hard, and eventually just stopped. I take the Metro from Clarendon station to work, and I had passed by Clarendon Fitness several times. I was curious, so one day at work I looked at their website, and then a couple days later I stopped in. I ended up scheduling an initial consultation with Pascal where we talked about my current state of health and fitness, as well as my goals and how Clarendon Fitness could help.

    It’s been over a month and a half since I first started working out with the trainers at Clarendon Fitness and I cannot completely put into words how much I’ve changed for the better. I’m noticeably stronger, leaner, more flexible, and in better overall health. I absolutely love working with multiple trainers as each one has their own style and my training sessions are always varied. I’m constantly surprised at the wealth of knowledge that each of the trainers has. I ask a lot of questions during rest periods and each trainer is more than helpful with explaining why we’re doing a certain exercise and what the benefits of the current workout will be.

    In addition to the wonderful trainers, I’ve also had several sessions with the registered dietitian, Kendra. In just a couple sessions, I’ve learned a lot about macro nutrients; what portions I should be eating, what foods I should be eating throughout the day. Knowing when to eat before working out has helped me tremendously in my training sessions.

    The facility is very clean and they play a wide variety of music, so if you’re feeling like you need to hear a certain genre of music to get you going, they probably have it.

    I could probably go on and on about Clarendon Fitness. I’m excited about the results I’ve seen in the 6 or so weeks I’ve been training there, and I’m looking forward to the results I’m going to get by sticking with it.

    Definitely check them out. You won’t be disappointed.

    Satya M.
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    “Lynne has lost 35 pounds!”

    After week 3… my body hurt sometimes but I know ‘Pain is the weakness leaving the body!!’ I am getting stronger and I will keep pushing until I get where I want to be.

    “you don’t feel like you are just another member at a gym”

    From the time I walked into Clarendon Fitness, I knew that this was going to be different from the last time I had a personal trainer. They look deeper than just the physical aspect of your needs and really draw the goals out of you that you didn’t even realize you had.

    At Clarendon Fitness, you don’t feel like you are just another member at a gym, you actually feel like you’ve entered into a partnership to achieve your optimal health. Michelle gave me great advice and suggestions, while taking the time to explain to me how eating works in conjunction with your workout regimen. As a result I am working daily to make nutrition and exercise a permanent part of my life.

    “I thought I would be stuck forever at an unhealthy and uncomfortable weight”

    I had never joined a gym before because they always seemed like places where big dudes went to show off. But after I gained 20 pounds and realized I could no longer fit into my favorite dress, I decided to give Clarendon Fitness a shot on the chance that it was different. It was.

    I began working with Michelle and she made me think that fitness is not only accessible to someone as un-athletic as me, but is a way of life that I can adopt. From personal training to daily cardio to nutrition counseling, Michelle has been there every step of the way and has helped me lose 14 pounds. I want to keep going, and with her encouragement I know I can.

    Because I can’t say enough good things about Michelle. She challenges me and pushes me to the point that I realize I can do things I didn’t think I was capable of, but in the spirit of Clarendon Fitness never tries to force me to be something I’m not. When I lose a couple pounds, she’s so proud that it motivates me to lose a couple more. I thought I would be stuck forever at an unhealthy and uncomfortable weight; but thanks to Michelle and everyone at Clarendon Fitness, I’m well on my way to reaching my weight loss goals and, most importantly, permanently adopting a healthy lifestyle.

    Hannah V.
    “I have my strength and energy back...”

    I would like to thank the Clarendon Fitness staff for helping me to achieve my fitness goals which included my overall health, losing weight, tonight up, and having more energy. I have my strength and energy back and I am able to achieve things that I had once felt were impossible.

    My trainer keeps my customized workouts creative and fresh in order to maximize the results for my body. I appreciate his expertise, strong desire to see me succeed, his positive mental attitude, and his motivational approach to my workouts.

    Clarendon Fitness has been a blessing for me. I cannot thank the team enough for giving me back a healthy lifestyle.

    Debbie A.
    “I have been going to Clarendon Fitness for a variety of group classes for over a year...”

    I have been going to Clarendon Fitness for a variety of group classes for over a year now and it has been great. Pascal and his team are really focused on smaller, personalized group classes (in addition to one-on-one training), which allows the trainers to actually get to know you — easy to do when it’s 10 people instead of 100 like the big gyms!

    This worked in my favor when I finally gave in and did a couple personal training sessions to augment the group classes. Fareed and Drew already knew what I could do based on seeing me in class, so they were able to quickly line up the right exercises to fill out what I was missing. And the front desk is fabulous- especially Dominique! – they always have a smile and greet you by name.

    Elisabeth P.