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Jon O’Farrell

All Stars Of The Month At BEFIT

BEFIT selects one individual each month as the BEFIT All Star. These individuals have shown great improvement in their health and fitness and embody what our gym and community is all about!

Jon O’Farrell

“Wow, thank you to The Bootcamp Effect for selecting me as all-star of the month. I started Bootcamp on January 2nd 2014 at 244lbs not as a New Year’s resolution but as a decision to make a lifestyle change and improve my health. I was looking at my very sick dad and decided that I don’t want to follow in his foot steps when I am his age. I had not worked out since highschool and was in poor shape and took my health for granted. I looked up Bootcamp Effect on the internet and read all the amazing testimonials which helped me decide this was the gym for me. My first class was the 6am class with Laurie (one of the trainers) and about 15 other members. We started with 10 situps, which I could only do a couple then push ups followed by running lengths of the gym then came the dreaded burpee’s “OH NO”!!! I pushed myself so hard I thought I was going to be sick. I ran outside to try and catch my breath. Thank goodness I did not get sick but it sure showed me how out of shape I was. Laurie came to me to check and see if I was ok and said it happens to some people when they first start exercising. Laurie modified my program and assisted me on my journey to get fit but was always there each class to push me to do my best. Now 8 months later I have lost 48lbs and have just passed my first goal being under 200lbs for the first time in 20+ years. I have gone from a size 40 inch waist to a size 32. I am stronger and healthier than I have ever been in my life. I can complete the full daily workouts and yes that includes those dreaded burpees. I now try and better my times each week and cheer on the other members as they did for me to push for success. I even entered the Times Colonist 10k in April for the first time ever and finished it. Next up is the Tough Mudder!!! Josh and Laurie helped me with my diet. They said “EAT CLEAN” no pop, no sugar, no processed foods and get plenty of protein. I tracked everything I ate and checked in with them from time to time when I hit plateau’s and stopped losing weight. At one point I was gaining weight and did not know what to do. Josh grabbed me after class one day pointed me in the right direction. Bootcamp Effect has become a part of my daily routine. I can’t start my day without it. Thank you to Laurie, Josh, Jenn, Alicia and all the other trainers, without your support and guidance I would not have achieved these results. Everyone at Bootcamp Effect from the trainers and other members, thank you. I know I still have far to go but I have a great support team at Bootcamp Effect to help me reach my final goal.”

July 2014