Cedar Rapids, IA

Farrell's Has Helped Me To Realize Being Fit Is Not About The Number on The Scale!

For as long as I can remember, I have had issues with my approaches to maintaining my weight. As I started getting older these issues progressed and I began my maintenance roller-coaster. I would go through stints where I would work-out all the time and eat minimal in the attempt to “be happy” with my look, but I never was. Then I would get discouraged and taper off, gaining the weight I had lost and then some.  This cycle continued for a while.

After I had my daughter I was at an all-time high for my weight, but I had just had a baby and I accepted that as the norm. I became unhappy and the cycle began again, gaining and losing, but never maintaining long or being happy with myself. Eventually, I started running with a group of close friends and that was my ticket to maintaining, but I still wasn’t eating well. I felt like I looked better and healthier, but far from being truly healthy. I had my son in 2011 and with two small children it became harder and harder to get out and run. At this point, even after my son was born I didn’t necessarily have a lot of weight to lose, but I did want to tone and mentally I just needed something. The less I was able to get out and workout the worse I started feeling mentally. I knew I needed something consistent, to make me feel good again. I wanted to be more than I was, I wanted people to look at me and say, “Wow!  SHE has two kids?  She must work out.”

I had always wanted to join Farrell’s, but really never thought I could justify the amount of money it would cost me, especially with a family. However, I knew that FXB would give me consistency and I had heard all the amazing transformation stories. Early in November 2012 my husband suggested that maybe we should give Farrell’s a try . After some debating we decided it to join the program.  Matt and I started the 10-week program in January 2013.

During my first 5 weeks, I had very minimal results, I remember standing in line and the manager coming up to me and I was just choking back tears! All this hard work, working out 6 days a week, not being able to eat everything in sight and I felt I wasn’t changing at all!! Even at week 10, these were my reoccurring thoughts, but I LOVED the encouragement and push that I received in each class. The adrenaline every single time I stepped on those mats was amazing and my husband was doing this with me. I had to remind myself that I felt awesome, even if I didn’t see what I would consider “a lot” of changes at the time. Something was making me feel empowered and good. I liked it! At the end of my 10 weeks I had a weight loss of four pounds, about 10 and a half inches, and three percent body fat.  I also increased my push-ups by 37, my sit-ups by 26 and decreased my mile time by almost two minutes!

As much as I was hoping for larger numbers and $1000, I had realized that FXB was so much more to me, it was my place. The place I could go to get away from everything, to release anger and tension, and the place where I was the most confident and strongest I had ever felt. That to me was worth a price of a monthly membership, so I pressed on. It was no longer a financial decision for me.

Three years later, I weigh more than I did when I started, but I am both mentally and physically stronger than I ever thought possible. I have completed two half marathons, I rode a day of RAGBRAI, I completed multiple mud runs, and I live a healthy, active, and positive lifestyle with my family! My kids, Ella (10) and Brayden (5), know Farrell’s as part of our schedule. I have enjoyed my FXB journey so much that I take every opportunity to tell others about it and encourage them to go outside what they even imagined possible. I honestly believe that if you don’t go outside of your safety zone, you will never know how much your body and mind can truly accomplish!! I have been coaching FXB 10 week members for 2-years now and I enjoy instructing bands classes weekly! FXB has become my “norm”!      

Julie C. is a FIT member and instructor at our C Street Location. 

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**Individual results will vary.

Disclaimer: The above testimonial and photos were contributed by an actual member. We cannot guarantee everyone will achieve similar results. We do believe that everyone can achieve measurable results, but the specific results will vary from person to person.


Location Info

5761 C Street SW
Cedar Rapids, Iowa 52404

Phone: 319.841.2233 
Franchise Owner: Thomas Fitness, LLC



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