Doug Wright recently completed our 8 week Change Your Life Challenge and was eager to share how working out at Next Level has changed his life for the better!
The reason I joined the 8 week challenge was because I was tired of continuously buying new clothes because I could no longer fit into what I had. I weighed more than I ever have in my life, 194 pounds. I had resorted to buying my shirts in the big and tall section, because my neck was too big for standard sized shirts (18.5 inches). However, that did allow me to nicely disguise how large my belly had actually become; it now hung way over my belt. I was now looking at buying yet more pants, because my 36-inch waist pants were becoming uncomfortably tight.
Walking into a Next Level class is nice. You see people of ALL fitness levels in the same class; those that have been coming for some time, as well as some who had never stepped into a gym in their life. It is a supportive atmosphere that is not at all intimidating. They’re helping everyone to stay focused on the goal – to change your life.
The trainers at Next Level are very motivated to help you get the most out of your workout, with a strong emphasis on proper form to prevent injury. They always demonstrate the exercises every class, just in case it’s someone’s first time. The constant reminders to watch and correct your form is a crucial “safety first” help in injury prevention. They get to know you, your goals and your name. You won’t find that at most gyms.
Manfro and Jessica would occasionally call out “Just 10 more seconds, Doug,” when they saw me starting to peter out. Those few words were just the encouragement I needed to finish the exercise.
Sometimes I would get winded and rest against the wall to catch my breath. There were two particular instances that standout in my memory because of how the trainers handled it. The first one, early in challenge, was with Monica. She’s always got her eye on you, watching to make sure you’re OK. She came over and asked if I was OK. I told that I just needed to catch my breath. She said, “Take a few seconds. Go get some water and come back. Remember, go at your own pace. You don’t need to keep up with the guy next to you. He’s been coming here for a some time. You’re just starting.” Nice to know she’s watching out for me.
The second time was near the end of the challenge. Monica came over and again asked if I was OK. I told her, “Yeah. I’m OK.” She said, “OK, then get off the wall and get back to work” (with a smile). She was concerned for my health and safety, but she was making sure I was getting everything I could out of my time there.
Charles is a different kind of motivator and will often address the group with encouraging words, even if their really intended for just one person he sees struggling. I remember two instances where he really pumped me up. The first was about half way through a tough workout. I was seriously thinking of tapping out early when I heard Charles bellow to everyone, “Come on guys. Dig in! Never be OK with just being OK!” That perked me up and got me through the rest of the workout. I wanted to be more than OK. I wanted to win, now! Thanks Charles – just what I needed!
The other was at the end of another workout. We were done. Finished. Everyone was wiping sweat and huffing and puffing. Everyone had put forth a major effort that night. And Charles got me again, “Great workout everyone. And it wasn’t great because of anything I did. YOU did it. YOU did it all! You didn’t pay that money just to go through the motions. You paid for results. And that’s what you all are going to get, because of the effort you put out tonight. See you all tomorrow?” Yeah Charles. You will now!
Thank you everyone at Next Level. You guys have effected great change both my life, and my wife’s . We’re both wearing clothes we haven’t worn in years and feel so much better about ourselves. Thank you Brittany for all of the nutritional guidance and not letting us slack on our food journals. Thanks to all of the trainers for your high-level instruction, guidance and motivation.
I must say, I have never had more fun in a gym. It was always me by myself, trudging through the workouts. At Next Level, it’s much more fun in the structured, trainer-led class setting. Everyone is very supportive. There were many occasions where, if I were by myself, I would have tapped out. But with everyone else there, they really inspired me to finish.