"I lost 80 pounds in a year!"
"Sometimes learning to let go is the only way to get control of your life. It took a lot for me to let go of my insecurities, my passion for procrastination, and my amazing ability to make up excuses for why I wasn't getting to the gym and focusing on my health. Finally, after hearing about my friend Jen's amazing experience at Body by Design, and after seeing her amazing results, I did it.
Training with Justin has been one of the best decisions I have ever made. When I started, I had no way of knowing how this partnership would change my life. I could never have foreseen how he would change how I thought about myself"
"I dropped 100 pounds in a year and my life has changed!"
"A year ago, the thought of climbing 3 flights of stairs made me cringe. Fast forward a year- and I just conquered climbing a mountain-in a nearly 15 mile Spartan race- in Squaw Valley. I never in a million years thought it would be possible.
At 290lbs- I was miserable. I carried myself well- I put up a front of being happy- but I was miserable. I felt as though my life was spinning out of control- and the only control I could take was over my health. I was referred to Body By Design- and signed on to train with Alex Mariani. It was hard. It was demanding. There were times that I didn’t think it was worth it- and that I was wasting Alex’s time and my money- but I stuck with it- with his unwavering support and drive.
Over the course of a year- I not only dropped over 100lbs with the push, drive, and knowledge of Alex, but I also developed life-long friendships, a second home in the gym, and a confidence in myself that I never knew I had. I have grown beyond close with another client, Nicole Hansen- who has also lost over 100lbs with her patient, creative, and beyond understanding trainer, Justin Plesnik.
I cannot speak enough good things about Justin, Alex, and Body By Design. They have literally changed my life- and there are no limits to what they can do. It is by far, the best investment- financial, physically, spiritually, and emotionally I have ever made in my life."
"In only 19 weeks, I'm down 55 pounds and my body fat percentage went from 27% to 11.5%!"
"I started training with Joey and Body By Design in their ReDesignU Boot Camps! At first it was pretty tough and reminded my of my days in Marines Boot Camp! Although giving up never crossed my mind, I was still challenged mentally and physically Everyone was so supportive and welcoming of the new members just getting the hang of things. That really helps when starting something new and unsure if you made the right choice.
I can say without a doubt I made the right choice because in less than 5 months I lost 55 pounds and 16% Body Fat! Surprisingly enough, this was exactly what Joey had predicted when he designed my Blueprint on day 1. I couldn't be happier with my decision to join Body By Design!"
"I dropped 130 pounds with Body By Design!"
"I lost 31 pounds in only 12 weeks!
"Hi I'm Kelly and I've been personal training with Body By Design in Brookfield,WI for about 3 months now. The workout routines and variety of ever changing exercises that Joey has specifically designed for me has allowed me to lose a total of 31 pounds in just 12 weeks!
It's an amazing program and has really taught me how to maintain my new results and an overall healthy lifestyle.
I couldn't be happier with my decision to give Body By Design a try and look forward to new exciting things!"
It doesn't matter where you're at now. It doesn't matter where you've been. Maybe you've been out of shape your entire life. Perhaps you were a star athlete in college. The only thing that really matters is where you're headed! It's time to get rid of the excuses and take charge of your future!
We've heard all of the excuses in the world, "I'm too old", "I have bad knees and a sore back", "I've never worked out like this before", "I'm just too busy to commit to anything else right now." These may be some of the same excuses you are giving yourself right now.
The success stories below are from people just like you who were able to become stronger than their excuses. They were able to embrace change and commit to becoming successful. Please take the time to read a few of the success stories from our members below. We hope they inspire you, and we hope to add your inspiring story next!
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"My doctor ordered me to exercise do to a medical condition. Since working with Samantha and Body By Design my doctor says my health is excellent!"
"Six years ago, at age 56, my doctor ordered me to exercise due to a medical condition. Prior to exercising at a local fitness center I weighed 150 pounds. I began a regular workout routine that consisted of weight machines and walking on the treadmill. Three years late, I felt I was not getting enough and I decided to work with a personal trainer.
In 2012 I met Samantha. She personalized the workouts to fit my needs and goals. Within the last three years my overall fitness level has increased. I am doing things I never thought possible. I feel stronger; my balance and endurance has improved.
Now, at age 62, I weigh 180 pounds and feel great. My current doctor said my health is excellent. Thank you to Samantha for believing in me!"
"I'm down over 30 pounds and finally have my life back!"
" I train with Body By Design Trainer Alex. He has taken the time to learn my strengths and weaknesses, and developed workout routines to help me overcome my difficulties.
Its now been 2 months since I started with Alex and I am already back down to a size 14 and am eating healthier than I EVER have thanks to his advice. My smile is back, my life is back and I look forward to my time at the gym.
Alex and Body By Design have helped me realize my potential and how to overcome obstacles gym and in life... how to become stronger than my excuses. I can run, I can jump, I can squat... I can do anything I set my mind to! "
"I've lost 50 pounds since I've joined Body By Design and I'm back to my high school weight from 20 years ago!"
"I started at Body By Design in September 2013. Prior to that, I had been using my treadmill at home religiously since January 2013. I joined the boot camps using a Groupon to see if this was something I would like or keep up with. I loved it! It was hard, but I had results in the first month, so I joined. I was looking to get into better shape to keep up with my kids and not be so tired all the time. I had done some blood work we had to do for work, and was totally healthy, but the outreach nurse said if I didn't make changes now, that would change. Having 2 little kids, that was my incentive. That still keeps me motivated. I was also motivated to reach my high school weight before my 20th class reunion. I'm happy to say I made the weight BEFORE that reunion last fall! My new goal is my drivers license weight from when I was 16! I'm also motivated to improve so my trainer Taylor doesn't yell at all (not really!! :) ) Working with Taylor is great and I never thought that I LIKE going to the gym. Since I've joined I'm down 50 pounds and 85 pounds total since I started my journey."
"In 5 months, I've lost 45 pounds and 7 body fat percentage points!"
"My main goal in coming to Body By Design was not for weight loss, but for strength training to combat a joint related condition that I have. Increased joint pain had been limiting my physical activity, decreasing my overall stability, and let to weight gain.
Joey was able to come up with a blueprint that would allow me to achieve both. A big part of that plan was working with my personal trainer Tyler for 3 days each week. Tyler is able to see past my physical limitations and create a plan to increase my overall strength and stability, while being flexible enough to adjust to any bumps in the road. He also is able to decrease muscle strain that can occur when I exercise certain joints. I would not have come as far as I have without Tyler's unwavering support, understanding and encouragement. He has really strived to understand my condition and worked with me to get beyond it.
I started out at the Brookfield location and have now moved with Tyler to the Muskego location. I highly recommend both places and would encourage anyone making a change in their life to choose Body By Design to help them achieve their goals. I have so much faith and confidence in Tyler and the program at Body By Design that I recently extended my membership for an additional year!"
"In one year I was able to lose 120 pounds and 16% Body Fat!"
Before I began my weight-loss journey my life was about food. I loved food so much that it was the one thing that I was thinking about all the time. I would sit down for a meal (which was normally fast food) and eat a large Big Mac meal with extra sauce, and another sandwich or two. A double cheeseburger was just a snack! This was my life. I would start my day with three donuts and a big glass of chocolate milk or huge bottle of soda. I didn’t care about anything in my life but eating. I thought food was my happiness. I felt like without it in my life I would not be happy.
In January 2013, my life changed. I saw an ad for Body By Design and I knew that was exactly what I needed. It was tough at first, but by doing the boot camps I started to see the pounds shed off. By October I was getting very close to 100 pounds lost, so I decided I needed a little bit more help. That’s when I asked Carly to be my trainer. I told her I wanted to reach the 100 pounds lost mark by Thanksgiving, which kind of seemed like a lot. But with Carly’s push and support I made it!
Now that I have been with Body By Design for a year, I’ve lost over 120 pounds! My journey has not always been perfect but had not been for Carly and the Body By Design team I would not be where I am today! They are always there for you!
"Down over 100 pounds!"
" I have been overweight my entire life. Athletic, but overweight In high school and college I played sports which helped me keep my weight down. After college life, between drinking and late night eating I put on weight.
My co-workers had told me about Body By Design and the results they had gotten while training there. I met one of the trainers Justin and signed up for both personal and group training. In a little over a year I'm down over 100 pounds!"
"I dropped 12 inches in pants size and lost 80 pounds!"
"As a person over 60, this training has turned back the clock to make me look and feel younger!"
"I unconditionally recommend the personal training program at Body By Design. As a person over 60, this training has turned back the clock to make me look and feel younger. I am in better physical shape now than I was 20 or more year ago."
My personal transformation to date includes:
I met all of my initial goals months ago. I continue this personal training because at the age of 63 I am constantly improving. Could I do this on my own? No! My trainer, Carly, teaches me to do new things each week that I didn't know I was capable of doing. Carly plans my workouts to meet my personal goals, working with my aging body as it is now, to help me continue to improve."
"I'm 70 pounds lighter and I've dropped 6 sizes!"
"I have had a slow and steady transformation but feel it is one of the reasons for my continued success. I had some severe back pain and a very unhealthy lifestyle before I began. I was
lucky enough to have gotten a gift certificate from my family which was the jump start I needed. I began slow and only a few days a week. Every week I became stronger and had more energy along with continued weight loss.
Currently I am 70 pound lighter, have dropped 6 pant sizes and feel better than I have in 20 years! I actually enjoy working out and miss it when I can’t. I have had a few setbacks due to some injuries but because of the awesome staff at Body By Design I can’t and will not give up to lose my last 20 lbs. and reach my goal weight. I have been working one on one with Justin since the beginning and he has been an awesome motivator and really helped me get to where I am. He has a passion like no one I have ever met. He truly cares about you and yoursuccess and failure is NOT an option so he will not let you quit even when you feel like it is the only option. I also really enjoy the boot camps when I am not working with Justin; they are fun and forever changing which I love. Body By Design has changed my life and I will forever be grateful for the support and guidance."
"I've lost 68 pounds and I'm still losing weight."
"At that first session my weight was 253 pounds. My goal by the time I was finished working with Justin was to be at 220 pounds with the dream goal of being 205 pounds (my weight from high school.) That first session was just over 6 months ago.
As of this morning my weight was 185 pounds and is continuing to drop. In my entire adult life I have never stepped on a scale and had it read less than 200 pounds.
I have more energy, I eat better, I am more social, and my confidence has sky-rocketed. The process wasn't easy but Body By Design and my trainer Justin help to make it fun and motivating. I can say with 100% confidence that everything I have achieved to this point is a direct result of my decision to work with Justin and Body By Design. I could not be happier with my experience!"
"My goal was to lose my stomach and add muscle. And that's exactly what I did."
"I joined Body By Design in September of 2014 because I had heard from many people about the results they can get. I began working with my personal trainer, Jake, 3 times per week. He customized my workouts based on what I wanted to achieve and how I wanted to look.
He was able to work with me on diet, keeping in mind I prefer to eat Indian food and needed to increase my protein. He came up with great ideas for this and the results were amazing.
Not only did I build a ton of muscle, I got rid of my stomach as well. Overall great experience!"
"Body By Design has changed my life and I can't thank you guys enough!"
"In 2008 I graduated High School as a varsity athlete weighing 175 lbs. Instead of pursuing a soccer career at the University of Wisconsin I chose to go to the University of Missouri to begin focusing more on Business. It was the first time in my life I was not on an organized team of any kind and I really struggled with holding myself accountable to stay in shape. By the time I graduated college in 2012 I weighed 210 lbs. In August of 2014 I weighed 230 lbs. My weight and fitness had spiraled out of control and that's when I came in to Body By Design.
My trainer Ryan has been exactly what I needed in my life. In the gym he's incredibly motivating and pushes me each and every workout without letting me get away with anything. Absolutely no excuses. I hear a lot of personal trainers at other gyms claim they will tailor their workout to each individual client but that turns out to be not true. Ryan talks to me about specifics I want to improve on which is a big deal to me. Another key component to my positive experience at Body By Design is Ryan's focus towards my lifestyle outside of the gym. We talk about my diet constantly and he coaches me on how to handle different situations.
Body By Design has changed my life and I can't thank Ryan and the rest of the staff enough. Everyone is so positive and fun to be around. The environment in the gym makes it so easy to work out and stay motivated. I can thank you guys enough!"
"In 3 months I've lost 3 pants sizes, 15 pounds, and 9% body fat!"
"Since joining Body by Design and training with Justin as well as attending Boot Camps, I’ve dropped 3 pants sizes and lost 15lbs as well as 9% body fat in three months. My goal when joining Body by Design was to lose some weight and get physically fit. Obesity is very prevalent in my family along with its resultant medical problems. I’ve seen my immediate family struggle with these problems over the years and did not want to experience the same. I had started to put on a few pounds in the last year and I knew I had to do something to not go down that same road. I wanted to feel well and become fit. Body by Design has helped me achieve the personal goals I set for myself.
Working personally with Justin for the past five months truly produced astonishing results. I have never felt stronger or healthier. Justin is passionate about fitness and it shows through the energy and enthusiasm he brings to every session. His friendly personality and easy going nature creates a relaxed, comfortable atmosphere, making every workout challenging, creative, and most importantly, fun! He motivates me to push past my perceived limits and get results. All the staff at Body by Design promotes wellness by engaging personally with each client, helping them stay motivated, and reach their goals. Now I’m addicted, setting new goals for strength, speed and overall fitness."
"I dropped 25 pounds and still going!"
"I've lost 80 pounds and counting!"
"The beginning of 2013, health issues, giant-sized portions and my extremely sedentary lifestyle all contributed to me hitting my heaviest weight ever. A trip to Mexico to celebrate a wedding made me realize how bad it had really gotten. Walking from my room to the beach took a ton of effort...then walking on the beach – it was like walking in knee-deep mud! My decision to make health and wellness changes happened on my plane ride home – when I was too big for the seat belt & had to request an extender. I was completely embarrassed!
I started at Body By Design with Boot Camp and had great success. Then, my success was really amplified when I started personal training with Alex in October. I like to joke around and compare the trainers at Body by Design like some of those famous trainers out there – but all kidding aside, Alex is amazing. He really is the
strong, supportive trainer. Alex is the guy who fully believes in you before you even know that you are someone who is valuable enough to put effort forth let alone believe in. Alex has been the most supportive trainer for my needs and where I am in my journey – not only with fitness, but on all levels.
Since I started Body by Design I can do things I neverthought possible. I can now successfully perform dead lifts and box jumps – I can flip a tractor tire around the gym and pull myself from laying to standing
using a rope – all things that I never imagined I would even attempt – let alone be successful! I know that my journey is far from perfect, but every step has been my own and I have fought for every pound and inch lost.
I know that without Alex, Carly and the other trainers at Body by Design, I would have not lost the 80 pounds (and counting). I realize that I still have a long road ahead of me – and a lot of personal records to smash. This journey is far from over for me. If there is one thing I know, I can tell you that I have found a group of people who are completely committed to my success – unconditionally."
"My doctor says I'm the healthiest I've been in 14 years!"
"My goal was to lose some weight, improve my health and feel and look better overall. In the 10 weeks since I joined I have lost 9 pounds and 6 inches overall. While 9 pounds may not seem like much to some, I am an insulin dependent diabetic (Type I) which makes losing weight several time harder than a normal person. More importantly I recently received my quarterly blood test results from my physician and the ratings were the best I have EVER had!
My hemoglobin A1C result (measurement of your average blood sugar levels over the past 3 months) was 6.6, which was down from 7.6 at my previous test. This is the first time I have been below 7 (6 is recommended) since I was diagnosed in 1999! In addition my cholesterol lowered by 41 points well into the safe zone, both HDL and LDL are well within the desired limits.
Today I feel better physically and mentally. Body by Design not only gave us the jump start I needed to get in shape, they gave me the fitness and nutritional tools I needed to continue my journey of health and fitness."
"I've lost 68 pounds and I'm still losing weight."
Wayne is a 74 year old man who was diagnosed with Pancreatic Cancer last year. Before the doctors would perform surgery, Wayne needed to pack on some weight and muscle to give himself a better chance of recovering. He came to Body By Design and trained with Joey for 3 months before the surgery and they not only stopped the weight loss he was battling, but actually put on 10 pounds. 3 months later he underwent surgery, chemo and radiation. His recovery was one of the quickest the doctors had ever seen. Wayne came back to us cancer free a few months ago with neuropathy in his hands and feet from the chemo and extremely weak and regressed. Wayne was determined to build back his lean muscle, put on some healthy weight and feel empowered again. Wayne is now training with Ryan 3x per week building back strength, endurance and stamina. He could barely hold up his own weight four months ago and is now leg pressing 120 lbs. If Wayne isn't inspirational and doesn't motivate you to take back your life and your health what will?!"
Elizabeth has lost over 90 pounds training with Body By Design's trainer Justin!
Elizabeth is one of the founding members at Body By Design and has had remarkable success!
She's really embraced a new, healthy lifestyle and looks forward to keeping the weight off for the rest of her life. She has lost over 90 pounds to date and is aiming to reach 100!
"After trying everything else, I'm finally in the BEST shape of my life!"
"My name is Annette and I am a 24 year old registered nurse . I became interested in fitness five years ago when I began college and started to put on a few pounds. From the start I knew that I wanted to build lean muscle and lose body fat. I found out quickly that that's much harder than it sounds. In the beginning I focused on cardio to lose weight - and having
zero knowledge about fitness at the time, I thought that was the best way go to. However, as I began to do research I realized that the best way to meet my fitness goals was to change my diet and lift weights. While I was getting results on my own, it wasn't until I began training with Taylor at Body By Design that I saw dramatic changes in my body really and started reaching my goals.
Having a personal trainer keeps me motivated and helps me meet my full potential. I love that no two workouts are the same - so I never get bored. Not only does Taylor customize a workout for me every week, he also gives me tips and pointers on what to do at the gym on days we aren't training - this helps maximize my results. I would recommend Body By Design to anyone who is serious about losing weight and getting in shape. "
"I was one double cheeseburger away from 300 pounds. Now I can do 55 pushups in 2 minutes!"
"My journey started in December 2013, when I realized that I was one double cheeseburger away from 300 pounds. That is when I decided to take control my weight. I was told by a friend about Body By Design and all of their success stories. I checked it out and decided to sign up where I started with my personal trainer, Alex. He took a 52 year old man, that was uncoordinated and not very athletic (aka the last kid to be picked in gym class) to being able to do 55 pushups in 2 minutes and jumping on a 24 inch box! We accomplished this all while dealing with some of my previous injuries (such as arthritic knees and a torn rotator cuff) in six months, and we're not finished yet! Bottom line, if you are willing to be dedicated and put in the work, Body By Design and Alex can and will help you reach all of your goals while keeping you motivated and enjoying your progress."
"I lost 40 pounds and 8.1% of my body fat!"
"I started with Body By Design when they were brought to my company as part of our corporate wellness program.
As Joey started offering more boot camps at the gym, and as I saw results, I started training more. The encouragement from Joey and the other Body By Design personal trainers has kept me motivated over the last 7 months, leading me to my 40 pound weight loss!
As I reached each small goal, we set new ones. We are still setting new goals each month! Attending Boot Camps has really helped me progress at a steady pace."
"I fully recovered from my injury and lost 30 pounds in the process!"
"I found Body By Design when I was searching for the best personal trainers possible. I had just finished physical therapy after tearing my ACL but I was no where near where I was before it happened. I really wanted to get back to 100% but I didn't want to risk re-injuring my knee.
I met Joey and he explained exactly what we were going to to and when I should expect to be back to 100%. I'm happy to say that not only did we reach my goals in the time frame he said we would, I lost 30 pounds of fat in the process!
I couldn't be happier with my decision to train at Body By Design and I highly recommend them to anyone who has suffered an injury and wants to feel like their old self again."
"I've lost 64 pounds and 9.4% of my Body Fat!"
"In March of 2011 my best friend did something brave; he told me that I was overweight, depressed and he wasn't going to stand by and let me be this way. I was mad that he confronted me but after a while I realized he was right. In the past 5 years my health had taken a backseat; in 2006 my sister was diagnosed with breast cancer, 2009 I found a blood clot in my knee and in November of 2010 I was in a car crash. But I had enough. I wasn't going to let my adversity control me.
The next day (after my friend left) I found Joey. That's when my life changed. I was scared. I weighed 279 and I was turning 40 in October. I had all these goals and no motivation to get there but having Joey there helped me push past my fears. Now I run races and have motivated my family to do them with me. As of today I have lost 64 lbs; 7.5" off my chest and hips, 9.5" off my waist and reduced my body fat by 9.4%. My journey isn't over. My goal is to lose 100-lbs and I WILL get there!”
"I have lost over 41 pounds of fat and added a TON of lean muscle!"
"I first started training with Joey so I could work out with a group of friends and have fun while exercising. I never knew the results would have been so good. I'm able to do so much more than I could when I first started training. I've had to buy all new clothes and it feel great.
Many friends and family that haven't seen me in a while always ask how I lost weight and tell me how great I look. As of today, June 29th, 2013 I have lost over 41 pounds and have gained a ton of lean muscle in the process. I couldn't be happier and I hope Joey updates this once I hit my 50 pound mark!"