Latest Review: I have been working with Jim for almost a year. It sounds cliche to say he has changed my life, but I don't have a better way to summarize it. Although the certificates say "personal trainer," Jim is a true coach whose professional knowledge coupled with his personal approach to holistic wellness (mind, body and spirit) have given me a body and an outlook that I never dreamed possible.
I am 45 years old and was a size 10 when I started with Cutting Edge. I wasn't really looking for a transformation, just a good workout. I was hiring a trainer because I wanted to work out with intensity and consistently. When I started to lose weight (and I had plenty to lose), I told Jim I didn't want to be skinny; I want to be solid. At less than 5 feet tall, I need to feel like I can stand my ground. It took me a long time to trust him and trust that I could lose weight and still feel safe. But he earned my trust. Now, I am a size 0 and totally unafraid. I am strong AND I wear a bikini (a combination I never thought possible!) The results have been way behind anything I could have imagined for myself, not just physically, but emotionally too. I can't wait to see what is next!
Jim has the exercise and nutrition thing down to a very exact science. He is boundlessly knowledgable and keeps abreast of the latest research. But there's more to it. His "all in" approach inspires me to dig deep, to reflect, to set goals, to keep track, to figure out why, to understand myself and my behavior in order to make change and build real, lasting strength...the kind that comes from deep inside.
Although he has many clients, you always feel like you are the only one. He has on many, many occasions written me personalized workouts that I can do at work, at hotels, on vacation. He is incredibly available via email, too. Whether I am confused or just having a moment of weakness, Jim responds thoroughly and thoughtfully with unconditional support. He is an endless fountain of positive energy and useful information and I have yet to ask him a question he can't answer.
The fact that Jim is without question an expert in his field matters beyond his ability to answer my questions though. I trust him to keep me safe in the gym. Lifting weights without a professional who chooses the right weight, watches carefully, and stays protectively close is dangerous. Thanks to Jim's knowledge, experience and diligence, I lift heavy weights to the point of fatigue and have remained injury free despite my age and my size. He really is right there with every rep.
But finding the right trainer goes beyond making sure they are highly qualified. The relationship is equally important. I succeed in large part because I want to make Jim proud. I wonder what he would think about what I am about to eat (or drink) before I put it in my mouth. If he expects me to run before our next session, or writes "homework" workouts for me for the weekend, I can't wait to do them. If he hands me a weight I don't think I can handle, I suddenly want to be able to lift it so badly. If I think I'm done and he says he needs more from me, I find more. He pushes me with such intensity that I've come to realize that I had (and still have) no idea what I am capable of...but he does and he won't let me settle for anything less.
And yet, as tough as he is on the gym floor, I have met few people in my life who have a heart half as big as Jim's. He is kind, and true, and gentle, and caring. And knowing him has enriched my life beyond measure. I feel very lucky to have Jim in my corner.
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