Latest Review: My experience with Shape Up Studios was absolutely top notch! I am an avid action sports enthusiast (MTB, Surfing, skiing, climbing etc) and as a result suffered a series of knee and back injuries. Fortunately, none required surgery but I was barred from physical activity for the better part of 6 months. In short, I grew weaker and wider during that time.
After extensive rehab with my physical therapists and light physical activity i felt i was ready for strength training to get back in shape and work to get strong for a solid winter. I got cleared by my physician and therapists to do so and started searching for good trainers. Enter Markshane and the team at shape up studios.
Markshane took the time and effort to understand where I was coming from, the nature of my injuries and what my goals were. He has an impressive setup with which he can set a biometric baseline and share, in layman's terms, where you stand in a holistic fitness spectrum so you can set realistic goals. It was clear from my first appointment that I had found the right team. Once my goals were set, I was introduced to the person that was going to be working one on one with me for the next 3 months: Manny.
To put it bluntly, Manny kicked my ass for 3 months, two times a week. He is a hell of a trainer with a good eye for form and a good sense of how to push his clients so they can get the most out of their workouts. I learned a great deal from this man about form and how to structure workouts to get the most out of them. He was extremely encouraging the entire time and made a point of customizing my workouts with a focus on functional strength that i could use in the activities I love. I went from being scared of a kettle bell swing during my first week to doing deadlifts with confidence and something resembling grace and good form. I lost 7lbs (not bad considering my 3 months included thabksgiving and the holidays) and my back has never felt stronger. Im stoked, my body feels great, and I'm extremely grateful for the work Manny, Markshane and the team put in to help me get my results.
The gym itself has everything you could ask for and it has a great vibe. You always have the space to workout comfortably, it has all the bells and whistles, you dont feel judged, everyone is encouraging, and everyone is there to work hard for themselves. The good vibes are key as I feel many gyms have too much of a bro-ey edge to them.
At the end of the day though, it comes down to you. How bad do you want it? It will still require hard work on your end, good discipline, good diet (my weakest point and the root cause of not having lost more weight than I could have) and more than anything, good attitude. Go out there and get it people!
I'm off to enjoy winter for now but will most likely be back when the Krispy Kremes get the best of me!
Disclaimer: if you are working out of any form of injury, consult IN DEPTH with your physician(s) and physical therapist(s) to determine whether you are ready for strength training and its inherent risks.
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