In August 2010 I was diagnosed with breast cancer and then 10 weeks later I received a second diagnosis of leukemia. For the next year and a half I underwent surgery, 7 months of IV chemo and 27 radiation treatments. In December 2012 at an appt with my family doctor I said " we need to talk about the elephant in the room and that elephant is me"! I was 60 lbs overweight and I was scared. Something happened during my cancer journey. I had realized that I had a strong will to survive when I was faced with two life threatening illnesses. A cancer diagnosis provides a clarity like no other. I knew I needed to change my life in order to live my life going forward. My doctor and I discussed exercise options and he said " I want you to join a gym and start working out 5 days a week. If you're able to get a trainer to help you get started that would be very helpful" I remember thinking 5 days a week is beyond excessive, maybe 5 days a month is something I can do. I started doing my research, went to a few gyms to interview potential trainers and nothing felt right...until I walked into Team Fitness and I knew instantly it was the right fit for me. There was a vibe in the room, I can't explain it other than to say if felt like success, it felt like goals were being met, and it felt very safe. I met and talked with Liz Sage for over an hour, we essentially interviewed one another. I told her what my goals were, that I needed to get healthy, I needed to lose 60 lbs and that I needed help to get there. She listened to my story and then she explained what her role would be in setting up an exercise program and working with me. For the first time in awhile I was actually excited about something. I knew that I was in the best hands with a trainer that had extensive knowledge, experience, and compassion. We started working together 2 days later and I began to exercise 5 days a week, with personal sessions with Liz twice a week. Within 1 year I had lost 60 lbs, had strength and was LIVING, not just surviving! Liz and I will be celebrating our 11 year anniversary of working out together this December! I work with Liz 2 times a week and I became part of a community that supports and inspires one another. Liz and her team, as well as many of her clients have encouraged me in my fitness journey for over a decade. I take what I have learned in the gym and I apply it in real world. I bike, I hike, and I enjoy a healthy, nutritious diet. My oncologist told me a few years after I joined Team Fitness that by changing my lifestyle, losing the weight, and exercising daily that I have significantly reduced my risk of a cancer recurrence. Wow! If that's not motivation to keep moving, then I don't know what is! Being a client at Team Fitness, working with Liz and her team, and being part of a fun community that supports and encourages each other has not only changed my life, but it saved my life and gave me another chance at living!
I met Liz at a Women's Mountain Bike Day event where I learnt about her clinics. I attended her Beginner Clinic the following Saturday and cannot say enough good things. Liz did a phenomenal job at teaching the basic body positioning, breaking, gear shifting and a bit of turns. As someone who has been biking for the last year but struggled to continue to see progress she was able to help me realize where I was going wrong and start to fix bad habits! Her detailed corrections and encouragement throughout the clinic has helped build my confidence on the my bike. Thank you so much for a great day!
Amazing focus on total fitness. Liz tailored a program to my objectives (and medical conditions). Her instruction and help along the way has been so effective. Tweaking and changing the program over time - even nutritional advice to complement the training. A great team with great results. Thank you Liz.
Liz is awesome! She believes in me so I believe in myself. She is a great coach. I just completed the 10 week Strength and Mobility session. The sessions really paid off. I felt stronger skiing this winter and am looking forward to a great biking season.
Rosie has forever changed my experience of fitness to be something that I feel motivated to show up for, even on those days I'm not feeling my best. Her sensitivity and willingness to meet me where I'm at on any given day, allows me to continue to show up consistently. When I need it, she uplifts my mindset with genuine compassion, and supports me to continue to commit to my fitness. She also helps to educate me about my movements so that I can understand how to work within a safe range, given my pre-existing injuries, while still building solid gains. I cannot thank Rosie enough (and Liz!) for supporting me through all kinds of injuries and challenges that previously got in the way of my health and fitness goals. Rosie, has and continues to change my life. I cannot recommend her enough.
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