“My name is Mike Pennington I will be 71years young in May 2016, born in Derby England, moved to Florida in 1994 with my wife and three of our children. My sports growing up in England were Soccer (of course), gymnastics, diving, trampoline along with track and road race cycling. I hold a gymnastic and trampoline coaching certificate from UK and a personal training certificate for seniors in USA. I coached soccer for Ancient City soccer and Flagler college for several years.
After selling part of our business in 2012 I decided to retire, it was not for me, starting work again for “Bozard Ford” as the shuttle driver. I found Florida get fit through Bozard and started a self “get fit regime”, I could not have found a better place to start and progress to a higher level of fitness.
Sarah and her coaches are fantastic, offering a variety of classes with well-structured disciplines from boot camp to Yoga, spin classes, cardio to kick boxing and many more. The classes are designed and managed to allow as much self competition as you want or just work your way through the routines at your own pace, no sergeant major stuff, just complements and assistance. Florida get fit has attracted a variety of people of all ages and fitness, the people who train at FGF have inspired me to reach for the next level.
“I have struggled with weight my whole 45 years but I have found the secret to keeping my weight pretty much the same for 5 years Florida Get Fit! In 2005 I moved back from living overseas and was horrified at how much I weighed and my cholesterol was 223. I started going to the gym regularly near my house we lived in Maine.
It was a great gym and I took a few classes and I walked on the treadmill 3 times a week and I lost about 20 pounds but it took me 3 years to do and it was hard to stay motivated. I moved to St. Augustine in 2007 and continued to just do my treadmill and trying to eat right but no more weight came off.
In 2010 Florida Get Fit started in the field in Heritage Landing two mornings a week with a woman’s boot camp. I was the first to sign up and it was very scary that first day. After a few months Florida Get Fit had a building and 6 days a week there were classes. I lost 25 pounds within about 3 months after starting Florida Get Fit and my cholesterol is now at 152 and I have maintained my weight for 5 years. I love how the classes are different and challenging ever time. Some days I am dirty and think I can’t possibly finish but I do and feel such a sense of accomplishment when I am done.
I have never been a runner in my life but since 2010 I am proud to say I have done Ten 5K, Two 15K races and ran most of a Four half marathons. This is something that I would not have dreamed of ever doing but since working out at Florida Get Fit I feel stronger and can try things I have not done before. What I love most about the gym is that everyone no matter what fitness level is welcome and we are all very encouraging to each other. On days I don’t get to go to the gym I really miss my “gym family” and I think that keeps me motivated to commit and come as often as I can.“
“I joined Florida Get Fit a little over two years ago during one of the “biggest loser”challenges; Diet suggestions, exercise and supportive staff led me to a 10 pound weight loss! After the challenge working out became routine and fun which resulted in another 10 pound loss. The classes at Florida Get Fit are diverse, well scheduled, work at your own pace and most importantly, fun! I would highly recommend Florida Get Fit for all skill levels, you won’t regret it!“
“My name is Miriam Buitrago and I am 61 years old. I have been attending Florida Get Fit for over a year now. I participate in all bootcamps, spinning and kickboxing classes. I have never been intimidated by the workouts as I can workout at my own pace and there is some days I need to take my time. Before Florida Get Fit my cholesterol was 250 and now since I have been doing an excercise routine daily my cholesterol is now 133 and now I need no medicine to monitor my cholesterol. I also do not need to take blood pressure medication anymore as well due to my new excercise regimen. This is the first time I have had a a daily excercise routine before all I did was walk. Before I started excercing at Florida Get Fit I had many joint problems and now I am very flexible and my muscles are able to move freely and feel so much stronger. When I started my weight was 158 and now my weight is 138. I love how my muscles feel firm and tight even at my age I now more energy and defination in my body muscles. To everybody I reccomend at 61 years old its not to late to start working out and feeling good again.”
“I started Boot Camp on April 26, 2010 with extreme fear of not being able to make it through the hour. Prior to working out at Fl Get Fit I never “REALLY” worked out. I started out my weight loss fit journey with losing 20 lbs on Weight Watchers prior to starting FL Get Fit.
At first I thought with all this working out the lbs will shed off….the lbs came off but the inches came faster. I went from a size 12 to a size 0/2 and lost 2 1/2 inches in my arms, 6 inches in my waist, 6 inches in my hips and 4 inches in my chest.
I feel like a completely new person and LOVE working out…it is now just a part of my day like brushing my teeth. Sarah and all the instructors are amazing and will let you work out your pace with a little encouragement.”
“As you can tell by my before and after pictures my get fit story is nothing less than amazing. I say this because this gym and all of the people that work at this gym are incredible. They took me from being ashamed of who I was to being so proud of my accomplishments. I woke up one day and looked in the mirror and knew I needed to change my life. Being shy and lacking self confidence I was scared of failure. I somehow needed to not fail at this. I’m 47 and this was going to be tough. My wife said, just go to the meeting and hear what the gym and the Biggest Loser Class was all about.
So it was a 3 month class, I could do 3 months so I went and am very proud to say here it is 15 months later and I’m still going 4-6 days a week. Florida Get Fit is a well balanced blend of instructors and members that will help change your life. It is for any fitness level and every social level. There are no bad class choices here! Every instructor is well educated of fitness and will tailor any exercise to meet you needs, not only your physical needs but your emotional needs as well.
Sarah’s approach to how each class is a work at your pace is awesome. Here at FGF they realize people are at all different fitness levels. I also want to say it is the members too. I have never had anything other than positive encouraging words from all members no matter their fitness level. I believe if you chose Florida Get Fit not only will you lose weight and get fit you will change your life.”
“Before we found Florida get fit we thought that we were in good shape, not really, till we tried this gym and within months our bodies started to change and our performance and endurance got to another level. Love this gym because I can see the results that we were looking for. We have made fitness apart of our daily life and changing the way we eat was a huge part also in feeling good and changing our bodies. This place is my family now, love the new challenges that they put on us every day! Thanks Sarah for not giving up on us when we couldn’t even run for our lives.”
–Alex & Alba
“My name is Rose Odom and I am a very happy member of Florida Get Fit. I’m not a person that ever liked going to a gym or working out. On the coaxing of my daughter I joined The Biggest Loser class at FGF three years ago. In three months I lost twenty five pounds! Now, three years later I’m still going. I love the classes offered and the instructors. I’m a sixty two year old grandmother and I can honestly say that since joining this gym I feel better than I have in years. I’m happy to say that Florida Get Fit is now a big part of my life.“