Mr. Jill's Client Testimonials

Mr. Jill's trainers specialize in helping clients achieve full range of motion while staying in good form. 

Mr. Jill's trainers specialize in helping clients achieve full range of motion while staying in good form. 

Our Mr. Jill's Clients often use texting as a way to show their gratification. Out Trainers are great with using text to encourage and motivate their clients when they are not in the gym! 

These texts are from Katie and Jill. Both are clients of Mr. Jill's trainer, Roxy. 

Client Testimonial from Dina A.
I cannot rave enough about my personal (and awesome) trainer, Roxy. It all began one day when I stumbled across Mr. Jill’s Body Firm (after stuffing my face at a local eatery). Anything with “Body Firm” in it can be intimidating for those of us who are un-firm, but I took the leap of faith, and made the phone call. The professionalism I received and the warm welcome were nothing short of extraordinary. Roxy was very welcoming, knowledgeable, and thorough... and so began my lifestyle change. Roxy has been absolutely life changing. She took time to establish an individualized plan that worked very well for me. Roxy focuses on form, safety, and not just achieving results, but sustaining them. Roxy also helped me make another significant life change regarding my nutrition. I am happy to say I now know what healthy, clean eating looks like. Mr. Jill’s Body Firm is a family. They make you feel welcome and take time to actually make your vision a reality. They want to see you succeed just as badly as you would like to. The establishment welcomes all fitness levels and will individualize your workout to suit your goals. I have seen a lot of improvement since the first day I walked in. I’ve lost weight, increased my energy level, and I can happily say I like my waist line. I am looking forward to making continued progress and seeing more results. I dreaded that first body fat test, (which I did very poorly on) but am now eager to retest. This progress can be yours too! Call Roxy and Mr. Jill’s Body Firm will guide you in the right direction. I am forever grateful to have found them!

Client Testimonial from Li L.
Before I came to Mr. Jill’s, I was so frustrated.  My weight has been creeping upward over the years.  Then after turning 40, the pounds continued to pile on despite my dieting attempts, controlled eating and 40-minute exercise almost daily on the stationery bike.  When I became heavier than my husband and my doctor was shocked that I had gained 20 pounds in less than a year, my frustration finally lead me to Mr. Jill’s. 
Daniel Gustin, my trainer, put me on a program of cardio and strengthen training.  He taught me how to maximize my cardio workout through 40-minute interval training on the treadmill.  I started doing weights and full body exercises.  I couldn’t believe how many different exercises there are to target effectively every part of my body.  After a while, through repeated training and encouragement with Daniel, I was amazed at the rapid changes.  The pounds started coming off.  After 4 months, I lost a total of 35 pounds.  My body fat percentage went from exceedingly poor to average.   What was incredible was that I did not have to change my eating habits significantly since my eating was relatively good in quality and quantity. 
A year later, I have kept the weight off and feel so much better physically and mentally.   This is all because Daniel has taught me how to exercise in a way that is effective for my weight goals.   I have a regular workout routine with the cardio and strength training that incorporates everything Daniel has taught me.   With this, I’m confident that I can continue to achieve my weight goals and maintain them.   It is a privilege to experience this at Mr Jill’s and among such a supporting staff.   Thank you Daniel and thank you Mr. Jill’s!

Client Testimonial from Steve B.
There are two things I really like about my trainer.  First she has a great sense of humor.  Second I have a bad back, and Livia targets it, and is constantly challenging me to do more.  For that I'm grateful, sore, but grateful.
Regards.

Testimonial from Carloe K.

I have to admit that the first time I walked into Mr. Jill’s I was shocked by its small size.  Quickly I realized that this is actually a good thing.  It brings the clients together, they get to know each other and camaraderie develops. I’ve never been to a gym with so many extremely knowledgeable and insightful trainers.  Although each trainer has his or her own unique methods, a commonality is their really superior knowledge base. Livia has been my trainer for over four years.  In addition to her bubbly personality, her knowledge of biomechanics and exercise physiology is amazing, far beyond anything I ever expected from a personal trainer.  I never know what  she has planned for me when I walk in that door, other than that it will be different and fresh, never boring.  Each client gets a personally individualized exercise session each visit.  I swear she has eyes in the back of her head because she is aware of what each of us is doing all the time, making sure our technique is correct – and doesn’t hesitate to correct us.  Livia helped me gradually and healthfully lose weight.  She helped me prepare for a total knee replacement and then regain strength and balance afterward.  I’m absolutely certain that my total knee replacement recovery was much quicker because of her.  We all have inevitable aches and pains related to aging, overuse, and so on; Livia is masterful about knowing what to do and working through it. Yes, personal training is more expensive than a gym membership, but, for me, Mr. Jill’s has been the right choice.   It’s never boring.  Everyone is always friendly and supportive.  It’s always clean and the equipment in proper order.   Give it a try!


Client Testimonial from Christi S. 
I love my workouts with Roxy.  She has encouraged me and taught me so much about working out.  I started on this journey at Mr. Jills with a goal....to LOVE working out.  Well, it happened!  I look forward to the workouts because of Roxy's youthful style and energy.  I'm getting so much stronger and physically fit that I now have more energy to do so many other things.  Roxy keeps things interesting and challenging...always looking to help me work up to my potential and more!  She's very dedicated to my success and that feels great.


Testimonial from Carole K.

I have to admit that the first time I walked into Mr. Jill’s I was shocked by its small size.  Quickly I realized that this is actually a good thing.  It brings the clients together, they get to know each other and camaraderie develops. I’ve never been to a gym with so many extremely knowledgeable and insightful trainers.  Although each trainer has his or her own unique methods, a commonality is their really superior knowledge base. Livia has been my trainer for over four years.  In addition to her bubbly personality, her knowledge of biomechanics and exercise physiology is amazing, far beyond anything I ever expected from a personal trainer.  I never know what  she has planned for me when I walk in that door, other than that it will be different and fresh, never boring.  Each client gets a personally individualized exercise session each visit.  I swear she has eyes in the back of her head because she is aware of what each of us is doing all the time, making sure our technique is correct – and doesn’t hesitate to correct us.  Livia helped me gradually and healthfully lose weight.  She helped me prepare for a total knee replacement and then regain strength and balance afterward.  I’m absolutely certain that my total knee replacement recovery was much quicker because of her.  We all have inevitable aches and pains related to aging, overuse, and so on; Livia is masterful about knowing what to do and working through it. Yes, personal training is more expensive than a gym membership, but, for me, Mr. Jill’s has been the right choice.   It’s never boring.  Everyone is always friendly and supportive.  It’s always clean and the equipment in proper order.   Give it a try!


Client Testimonial from S. Vandeventer & M. Vandeventer
We love the service and help we get from Mr Jill’s.  We came for core strength and general fitness advice and training.  Boy, did we get it.  Have rarely felt as good as when we are working out with our trainer consistently.  She simply knows how to do what needs to be done to correct problems and to get core at its best.  Always encouraging and always professional, we can recommend no better place to get results at a reasonable investment.


Client Testimonial from Melody H.

Friday was my very last day of radiation so it is more-or-less over with and behind me now.  That feels so good! Big side effects they warn you about is fatigue for radiation treatments.  The first radiation nurse I met with said no working out whatsoever until January.  When I inquired further including the doctor, he said no problem to working out and lifting weights above my head so of course I did after 5 weeks post surgery.  And I am so very happy to say I never ever had fatigue whatsoever during my 7 weeks of radiation treatments.  My doctor credits that completely to working-out! So I am so thankful that I got good-works out from Ian and I never missed a night during this entire process.

If you have other clients that get in the same situation that I was in, encourage them to continue to work-out during radiation.  They can beat the fatigue by working-out!!!

Client Testimonial from Maria P.
I've been a member of Mr. Jill's for at least 10 years. Since then, I've lost about 20 pounds after a Mr. Jill's nutritional consult and plan, added muscle, lowered my cholesterol, and released a lot of tension by working out with Livia, a trainer there. This is especially amazing in view of my schedule (attending college and work as a school speech-pathologist), where I live (Corona), menopause's advent, and a couple of bike accidents that I have successfully recovered from thanks to Livia and Mr. Jill's care. Mr. Jill's is sort of like that premier medical plans that provides you with a doctor's personal care and guidance. Mr. Jill's has, I'm guessing, a better ROI than a premier medical plan, and is less costly.
Thank you Mr. Jill staff, Jill, and Livia!
Client Testimonial from T.J.
It has been my personal pleasure  in being a continuing client of MJB for 18 years.  I have benefited so much, not only because of the workouts thru my trainer, Ian Gordon,  but thru the many friends and workout mates I have met.  The three basis’s of my involvement have been strength, balance, and flexibility.  I am approaching my 75th birthday, in good shape and good health, and attribute MJB with certainly being a part of my wellbeing.

Client Testimonial from Lisa F.
Before:
What do you want to be when you grow up? It is a question I often ask my students, and one that I recently asked myself. I never wanted to be overweight, with sluggish energy levels, and difficulty breathing. I never wanted to be acutely aware that the first thought on many people's minds when they first met me was that "she's overweight." I didn't want to have difficulty finding appropriately fitting attire to appear professional at work each day, and to worry if every outfit made me "look fat." I didn't want to be at risk for high blood pressure, cancer and diabetes, nor did I want to continue focusing on the negative aspects of an emotionally trying year. Instead, I wanted to set a good example of healthy living for my students.

"Before" Stats:
Date of First Body Composition Evaluation: 8/22/06
Height: 5'7"
Age: 31
Weight: 179
% Body fat: 37 (Poor)
BMI: 28 (Poor)

After:
I have more energy now (teaching high school students) than I did as a teenager, and I get through my daily work and home routines more efficiently. I am physically stronger, so completing everyday tasks such as moving science classroom laboratory equipment across campus or carrying groceries up the stairs are now a breeze, instead of being exhausting as they were before. I believe that more people now focus on who I truly am on the inside; not my extra weight on the outside. I no longer rely as heavily on my asthma medication, and at my last visit my doctor happily declared that my breathing was comparable to a non-asthmatic's. Perhaps the biggest surprise of all to me is how my workouts have disciplined me to focus and prioritize on the important, most positive things in life.

“After” Stats:
Date of Most Recent Body Composition Evaluation: 2/12/07
Height: 5'7"
Age: 31
Weight: 122
Body fat: 13.9% (Excellent)
BMI: 19 (Excellent)

In Gratitude:
For all of this and more, I credit my trainer, Ian Gordon, and the support of Jill Koval-Kahler. As a high school science teacher, I was impressed from the beginning with their high level of professionalism, education, experience, board certification, and updated knowledge as lifelong learners in the fields of exercise physiology, athletic training and conditioning. Everything they practice in the gym is backed up by science and experience.

Overall, Jill helped me to realize that in everything I do I am making a choice, and as a result I am empowered as I now consciously make choices that make me a happier, healthier, higher- energy person. Perhaps the greatest gift she gave me was to point out the choices that we all make in our daily lives, often without realizing the alternatives.

Ian immediately made me feel welcomed, like a member of a big family, even as I worked out alongside others who he has trained for ten or more years at Mr. Jill's, and his own father! During workouts, Ian challenges me while always providing me with the scaffolding I need to successfully attain each goal. He constantly reassesses my abilities and modifies my exercise program to meet my individual needs. I must admit that I've never been an athlete and have never been fit enough to actually enjoy participating in sports! Miraculously, Ian has been able to work with this raw material, even as he works with seasoned athletes, and make every single workout fun! His consistently positive attitude and sense of humor inspire me to work to my highest ability, even at the end of a challenging workday. His patience in demonstrating exercises (and re-demonstrating, after I forget in ten seconds!) reminds me to be patient with my own students.

Ian helps me to structure my daily nutritional program and keeps me accountable by regularly reviewing the daily nutritional journal that he has provided to me. He makes suggestions for stocking healthy foods in my kitchen, and is a constant source of healthy meal planning and cooking ideas. I do not feel food deprived in the least. On the contrary, I now enjoy eat a greater variety of foods than I ever imagined eating. Ian has taught me to have a nutritionally balanced variety of foods at every meal and to time my meals properly. This allows me to maintain both portion control and high energy levels.

Perhaps most importantly, Ian teaches me to "Live in the Moment," celebrating the small as well as the large victories as they occur in the gym as in life. He teaches me to take care of myself; to put my health first so that I can better enjoy my time with others and be a better resource for them.

Jill and Ian are two of the most generous-spirited people I have ever met; they truly care about the success of their clients and touch many lives in a positive way each and every day. That holds true for all of the trainers at Mr. Jill's, who have all been extremely positive and encouraging to me. My time at Mr. Jill's is the only time of the day that is truly for myself, and I value it so much. For one hour three times per week I continue to gain innumerable health benefits that will last a lifetime. Prioritizing these workouts truly helps me to achieve greater balance in my life.

 Client Testimonial from Mark B.

I considered myself a moderately active 55 year old man. I was able to do fairly hard physical labor, cycle, row hike and the like. As I aged, I noticed that the pounds were being added and my recovery time after physical activity was getting longer and longer. I joined a 24 hour fitness, set a goal of loosing 25-30 pounds and went to work. within 8 months I had achieved my goal, relaxed a little bit. A change in my schedule that took me out of my "rhythm". Within 5 months I had gained all my weight back - I was back where I started. I wallowed there for months, trying to get started back into my routine. I knew about Mr. Jill's but resisted because It sounded like too much money- I should be able to do this by myself. I finally came to the point that If I didn't go to Mr. Jill's nothing was going to change. I made the decision that my life, family, and friends were worth the investment. There are 3 factors that I feel makes Mr. Jill's program successful (at least in my life)

1.) Professionals yield success: While I could take the time to read the books and develop "great" workouts for myself - I have to believe a trained professional with years of experience is going to be able to do a better job. Besides, I really am not that interested in investing that much time into the science, I just want the results. I go to a doctor, a mechanic, or financial advisor not because I'm not able to learn all that they know, but I have other interests and ways to spend my time that I enjoy more. My trainer (as well as the others there that I know) is a trained professional and has professional levels of information. She develops an individual workout for me for each session.

2.) We progress more within the context of personal relationship: Mr. Jill's pairs you with a trainer that is there every time you are. While I had worked out with friends before, schedules always have hiccups, and it only takes one glitch to throw the rhythm off . With friends there is a voluntary feel - It's not that urgent to work out. By having my trainer there on a set schedule keeps me accountable and motivated to show up even when I don't feel like it. Most big goals and changes in our lives are achieved in relationships with others that are like minded - and nobody is more like minded when it comes to the goal of fitness. My trainer is there with the goal of my well being and fitness.

3.) I need to be treated as an individual: At Mr. Jill's, my trainer listens to me. They are there to help me reach my goals, not theirs. I want to "grow old young". My goal is to be able to ride, row, hike for all the years God gives me here. They have listened to me, adapted my workouts to what I am experiencing and helped me immensely. I have stable weight that is slowly dropping and my performance on the bike or the rowing machine has also steadily improved . (Even through the winter - typically a less active time in my life)
Thanks Mr. Jill's!