2nd "Fitter Than Ever Contest"

Results and Transformations

January 12 to April 6, 2010




*Wins $500 reward PLUS 1-Year FREE membership to Fitter U Fitness*


"Jenna loses 34.4 lbs, reduces her body fat by an astounding 7.5%, now fits perfectly into her size 8 clothes, and is well on her way to running her first half-marathon!"



"Never gave up…

My name is Jenna and I’ve been a “virtual client” of Yuri’s for over 2 years.  I first started training with him when I was an intern with the United Nations in Brazil.  In Brasilia, gym memberships run at about 3-4x the price in North America and I was desperate to find something effective and affordable.  When I found Yuri’s website, I was ecstatic!  I had all the equipment I needed (which isn’t much) and couldn't pass up the chance to train with such an accomplished athlete and fellow Ontarian.  Since then, I've done a combination of Fitter U Original and Treadmill Trainer, and last January I did the Total Wellness Cleanse with great success.

Over the course of the first six months, I lost weight (about 35 pounds) and gained fitness (running my first 5k in 29 minutes)!  But after a move across the Atlantic, a new job, a more sedentary lifestyle, a time-intensive relationship, loads of Swiss fondue and chocolate and not enough exercise, I gave myself too much slack and regained some of the weight.  Luckily, I never gave up and the 2nd Fitter than Ever Contest has helped me to get back on track.

This time around I set out clear goals and did everything in my power to achieve them.  Fitter U Fitness was an integral component of this journey, but I also focused on my nutrition, following the Total Wellness Cleanse for a week, and implementing healthy eating in my daily life.

My goals… and results…

I am happy to report that I have had tremendous success with Fitter U Fitness and have achieved or surpassed all of the goals I set out for myself at the beginning of the contest, including to:

- Lose weight: In 12 weeks I have lost 34.4 pounds!  I am officially smaller than I have ever been (EVER!).  I am 7 pounds away from being in the “normal” BMI range and 13 pounds away from my final goal weight.  And I fit perfectly into size 8 (US) clothing!  For me, it’s not all about the numbers, but these results feel fantastic!

- Be partway through my half-marathon training: I am well on my way to my first half-marathon at the end of May.  I am currently running 4-5 days a week, faster and longer every time (can now run a mile in 8 minutes!), and I have two 10 km races in April and May to prepare me.  It’s all about setting small goals in order to reach the big ones.  And I couldn’t have done it without Fitter U Fitness and Treadmill Trainer.  I'm following Yuri's 1/2 marathon training schedule for beginners and switching off Fitter U cardio days for Treadmill Trainer days - and so far so good!

- Greatly improve my fitness:  Not only can I run faster, but I can do push-ups and crunches and planks galore!  My core strength has skyrocketed.  My endurance is exponentially greater.  My yoga teacher has noticed a huge change in my flexibility and strength.  Every time I hit the gym, I feel stronger and fitter and my body is changing is ways I never thought possible. I surprise myself every day.

My stats…

Start weight : 187.2 lbs --- End weight : 152.8 lbs
Start body fat : 36.5% --- End body fat : 29% (my scale’s bf function is a bit unreliable)
Start BPM : 32.1 --- Start BPM : 26.2

Start hips : 49 inches --- End hips : 41.5 inches
Start stomach : 41 inches --- End stomach : 31 inches
Start right thigh : 24 inches --- End right thigh : 21 inches
Start left thigh : 24.5 inches --- End left thigh : 22 inches
Start right upper arm : 13.5 inches --- End right upper arm : 10.5 inches
Start left upper arm: 13 inches --- End left upper arm: 10.25 inches
Start chest : 40 inches --- End chest : 36 inches
Start right calf: 15.75 inches --- End right calf: 13.5 inches
Start left calf: 15.25 inches --- End left calf: 13.5 inches

Start 30-sec max push ups : 6 --- End 30-sec max push ups : 20
Start chin-ups : 0 --- End chin-ups : 5
Start plank : 40 seconds --- End plank : 180 seconds
Start running : 1 mile in 10.5 minutes --- End running : 1 mile in 8 minutes

But the most important part is…

More than the numbers show, my entire outlook has changed.  I have to admit, I am becoming a little addicted to working out! Especially when there is always someone there to encourage you (Yuri on my iPod and sometimes other friends who join in). I have days where I mess up or skip a work out, but I forgive myself for these little blips and am flexible in re-arranging my schedule to make sure I get in the work I need to do. My approach is no longer "all or nothing".  This is a major psychological shift for me and reveals my newfound commitment to being healthy.

This contest has really motivated me to make changes in my life - changes that will stay well beyond the closing date. And the proof is in the (low-fat, sugar-free) pudding.

I was lucky enough to go on two holidays during the 12 week contest.  While on vacation for a week in Spain, I didn’t spend my days lying on a beach, drinking sangria.  Instead, I went mountain climbing, biking, swimming, running and walking with a group of fitness-minded women. Not only did I love every minute of it, but most times I was the first to the top of the hill or the first to try something new - things I never would've imagined myself doing for fun before I "found fitness".  My new friends nicknamed me “Duracell”.

Also, while on a short holiday in Egypt, I didn’t get in as many workouts as I should have.  But I made up for it by choosing “active” tourism.  For example, we climbed Mount Sinai in the middle of the night, saw the sunrise from the top, and then took the "stairs of repentance" down to the bottom.  4,000 steps later, we felt great!

Additionally, as a reward for hitting my goals in the contest, I bought myself the new Treadmill Trainer running programs.  In the past, a reward for reaching a goal would have been food or non-fitness related!  No longer so!

Learning to make healthy and smart fitness and nutrition choices at home and abroad has assured me that I have the mindset to do this – now and for the rest of my life!

Fitter U Fitness anywhere and everywhere…

At first, I was hesitant to join the contest, probably because I was embarrassed by how much weight I was carrying around, but also because I knew that once I started the challenge, I'd have to stick to it - no excuses.  In the end, I made the best decision possible.  Yuri’s programs work.

Fitter U Fitness works because it is structured, but with enough flexibility and choice to allow me to adapt it to my needs.  I love that there are new challenges every month, so I never get bored.  And the option to have Yuri on video or audio is great.  I plan to continue this indefinitely, as I know Yuri will always find new ways to challenge my body and keep me interested.

Yuri doesn’t know this, but he’s actually travelled a lot more than he thought in the last 2 years.  He’s been to Canada, the US, Brazil, Chile, Argentina, Switzerland, France, Germany, Morocco, Spain, Hungary, Belgium, China, England, and St. Lucia, … all on my iPod!  As elite athletes know, there is nothing like having your favourite coach “next to you” as you complete your workouts at home and abroad.  The consistency, continuity and familiarity of this support and motivation have been integral to my success.  A friend has even started referring to Yuri as her “running boyfriend”.  (Don’t tell Yuri’s girlfriend, Amy!)

Additionally, although I am not an avid user of online forums, I found it fun and inspirational to keep up with other “team members” on the Fitter U Fitness Locker Room forum.  Being held accountable by your peers is a very big motivator.  I may even have an extra couple of cheerleaders at my international half-marathon in May, as one of my Fitter U teammates lives just around the corner from the course.  Talk about encouragement!

… and I will never give up.

In the last three months, I've not only got a handle on my eating, increased my fitness, changed my attitude toward health and exercise, and lost weight, but I finally feel that this is the last leg of my weight loss journey and just the start of fitness for life. 

After 8 years of trying to reach my goal weight, moving to 5 countries, 9 cities, and several re-starts, I've learned one thing: never give up! I'll get to my goal soon enough, but what's most important is what comes afterward: keeping it up!  I know I can do this with Fitter U Fitness.

Thanks again to Yuri and to all of the Fitter U team members for providing such great inspiration and motivation."

- Jenna


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