Success story

A Serious Health Struggle Made Him a Believer in Exercise

It took cancer to change Jeff Leonard’s mind about exercising.

Before he was diagnosed in early 2018 at age 57, Jeff was always an athlete who enjoyed team sports. But working out just to work out? That was not for him.

Now, after a year of small group training at Evolution Fitness & Wellness, Jeff believes his exercise routine has helped him bounce back from grueling chemotherapy and radiation, and even a more recent surgery.

I’ve been working out with Jackie since October 2016. I’m hooked. When I started with her 28-Day Challenge my goal was to lose 5lbs and try to get into better shape. I lost the weight and have gotten stronger. My balance is getting better and I feel better overall.

– Mary B., 68

I love my workouts at EFW. It’s been almost 7 months and I can see such an improvement in my strength and balance. Jackie motivates me to do more than I think I am capable of. Aside from that, she is a genuinely caring person. So very glad I happened to stop in there that first day I saw the place. A hidden gem in the Copperfield area!

Darlene M., 63

Between my scoliosis and both hips needing replacement, I was a mess a year ago. I walked as little as possible and was in extreme pain most of the time. My rehabilitation after my first hip replacement was slow until I met Jackie and began a 3x per week workout program. I not only gained strength and mobility after my 1st surgery, but was in much better shape when I had my 2nd hip replaced only 4 months later.

While the pain subsided some after my first hip replacement, I still had issues with walking, couldn’t get out of a chair without using my hands to help, and my family and friends were always protecting me, fearing that I was a fall risk. Because I definitely was. Jackie immediately identified my weaknesses and implemented a plan that got me stronger. I started to realize the possibilities. Jackie continues to push me to do things I didn’t think I’d ever do. I am so excited to finally feel stronger and now I’m focused on really getting in shape.

Susan, 65

I have been working with Jackie since November 2016 with my fitness training. I am amazed at all that she has done for me in helping me reach the goals we established when I started training with her. She has changed my life and has given me the confidence and motivation to stay with my exercise program and make it a normal routine for me. She helped me with a 30-day diet plan that I implemented. As a result I have lost 21 pounds and have been able to maintain the weight loss with a continued exercise and training plan as well as making better choices for my food intake.

Her workouts are always different as she changes up the exercises from session to session so it never gets boring. In addition, one of my goals was to improve my golf game and help increase my distance. I can honestly say she has made a very positive impact on my golf game and I have consistently been able to add thirty yards to my drives. I can now out drive my playing partners who consistently use to outdrive me by 10 to 20 yards on every tee shot. Jackie has gone the extra mile to research and learn about the golf swing to design a fitness program and regiment to strengthen my core, shoulder and hips to gain more flexibility and allow me to increase my swing speed and my distance on my golf shots.

I would highly recommend Jackie for your fitness training, as she is very motivating, a great coach and more importantly has become a good friend in the process. You cannot go wrong in selecting Jackie and she can help you reach and exceed your fitness goals…

Roy, 58

I have been going to Evolution Fitness & Wellness for several months and I am so happy I am. The coaches know just how to work with my limitations to help me improve my balance and regain my strength. I needed help jump starting my nutrition and did the 28-Day Transformation challenge. It was a great plan. For me, the hardest part was actually starting meal planning. The menus and recipes were easy to follow and the food is great. I will continue to incorporate those recipes into my meal plans going forward. With Jackie’s and Jason’s help I am hopeful for the first time in a long time that I will improve my health and fitness. And as an added bonus I have met some really nice people. Thank you, Evolution Fitness and Wellness.

Shannon, 59

I first attended a session with my wife who had already been going to EFW for months. I was skeptical that it was something I would take on as part of my routine. I knew that I worked in the yard, walked the dog three times a day, and thought that was enough for my 70+ year old body. Once I started regularly attending workouts, I realized that there was so much more I needed to improve: cardio, balance, strength (lower and upper body). After being a regular three times a week for three years, I have attained so much improvement in those areas. I no longer groan when I bend over, can catch myself if I otherwise would have tripped, and am able to lift things I never could before. For this I am grateful, but perhaps the best surprise was how much fun that we have in our group while getting a genuine workout.

Jay, 76