First assessment 11/30/12:
- Body Fat % 33
- Weight 192
- Waist 42″
- Hips 43″
After 6 weeks, Assessment #2 1/16/13″
- Body Fat % 26
- Weight 172
- Waist 37″
- Hips 39″
Twenty-pounds. That can seem like a daunting amount of weight to lose. For some of us, losing twenty pounds only gets us part of the way to our goal, and that’s enough to keep us from getting started at all.
Ed O’Brien, 60, came to Fitness together this past November. You remember November, right? It was the beginning of that season when you surrendered completely to your cravings and bad habits and, come January, emerged from your post-holiday food frenzy suspecting someone had been tampering with your scale, because you couldn’t possibly have gained that much weight in, wow, only a month and a half? Well, that’s not what Ed O’Brien has been doing. While you (and I) were polishing off the cookie tray and the last of the eggnog, Ed was getting busy at Fitness Together in Norwell.
Says trainer Joe Caruso, “Ed came to FT with the desire and discipline that all trainers love to see in a client. He was easy to motivate and was a sponge when it came to learning new nutritional concepts and strength training techniques. The staff at FT is very proud of Ed’s results and the amazing time frame in which they were achieved.”
In his own words, here’s how FT Norwell’s Client of the Month dropped nearly 20 pounds and redefined his approach to fitness in less than a month and a half.
“I have always had issues with my weight and fitness. When I was younger I was able to summon the willpower to lose the excess weight and get into shape without third party help. However, as I’ve gotten older and become more of a couch-potato, I found it more difficult to continually harness the required willpower. Luckily, I happened to watch a TV commercial for Fitness Together and decided to follow through. A check of their website led to an introductory lesson at the Norwell Studio. I’m glad I did!
After discussing my goals and assessing my fitness, the trainers at FT, Joe, Mike, and Alicia, developed a program of cardio and strength exercises, which have, after only 8 weeks, brought me to a point I didn’t think I’d see again! I’ve lost 20 pounds, shown vast improvement in cardio endurance, and put my body in a shape it hasn’t been in 20 years!
Joe, Mike, and Alicia have been the willpower drivers, the conscience that sparked my ability to not only consistently train with them, but to also workout on my own. After discussing my nutritional intake with Joe, I was also able to institute a healthy diet plan, which is bringing my weight back down to its proper level. Has it been easy? No. Has it been hard work? Yes. Has it been worth it? Definitely!
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Ed’s Trainers at FT Norwell
Joe Caruso Manager FT Norwell
Joe is a Certified Personal Trainer by the American College of Sports Medicine and the National Strength Conditioning Association. He has a degree in Exercise Physiology from UMASS Boston and is CPR and AED certified. This is Joe’s 7th year with Fitness Together.
Joe has been involved in personal training for nearly a decade and brings his own training experiences into his program design. His passion is strength conditioning for athletes. He has a deep knowledge of nutrition and cardiovascular training and enjoys coaching his clients in all the aspects of fitness.
Mike Eaton Certified Personal Trainer
Mike is certified as a personal trainer through the National Academy of Sports Medicine and is also a Certified CrossFit Level 1 Trainer (CF-L1).
Staying active and fit has always been an important part of Mike’s life. He was a three sport athlete at Plymouth South High School, playing varsity soccer, basketball, and track & field, and was the former school record holder for the long jump as well as the 4x100m relay team. He took soccer to the collegiate level and was a four-year starter and captain of his team during his senior year at Endicott College, where he earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Graphic Design.
Through his experience as an athlete, Mike has learned the importance of proper strengthening and conditioning for long-term fitness. He integrates these concepts into his workouts and tailors his training to meet the specific health and fitness goals of each individual client. When Mike is not training, he enjoys golfing, snowboarding, and playing with his black lab, Chloe.
Alicia Tasney Certified Personal Trainer
Alicia Tasney first came to Fitness Together Norwell in April of 2008. Her interest in athletics began at a young age with gymnastics and she continued to hone her tumbling skills into her young adult life, becoming a gymnastics instructor along the way.
Alicia played Varsity basketball, lacrosse and competed in Track and Field for Quincy Vocational High School. While there she also became certified in Rehabilitation Science and served as the assistant coach for the girls’ varsity lacrosse team.
Alicia is certified in CPR, First Aid basics and A.E.D. Her favorite thing about training is helping people do things they never thought they could. “I have a client who could barely do half of a squat and couldn’t sit without using her hands. After 4 months training with me, she’s down 30 lbs and she climbed Mt. Washington for the first time this summer!”