2010 Success Stories

Submitted by: Abby Malmstrom

Jimmy, Denise, Jeanne, Kimi's Success Story

Jimmy P, Sacramento, CA
*1 on 1 personal training at Anytime Fitness @ Fulton and Marconi*

Before I started having Abby as my fitness trainer, I thought I knew everything I need to know about working out. I thought high school wrestling and junior college wrestling gave me all the basic knowledge I needed to obtain the body I wanted; however, I was wrong! Abby's workouts were new and innovative. They weren't the basic weight lifting regimens that you would see online or in magazines. All my male friends laughed at me for hiring a female trainer but they stopped laughing as they saw my body morphing within weeks. I main reason for wanting Abby as a trainer is because of her educational background. It is hard to come across a certified trainer who also has a M.S. in Exercise Science. She has dedicated her life to health and fitness. She has spent years studying health and fitness while other fitness trainers can become certified in a matter of months after studying for a test. With her overall knowledge, she prescribed me everything I needed with workout routines and proper diet. Within a few months, my body changed to something I never thought I could have obtain. I started at 145lbs and within a few months, I am now 161lbs. I never thought I could reach 150lbs! I have never been mentally and physically strong as I am now because of Abby's overall positive influence.

Denise, Sacramento, CA
*5 Weeks to 5k & Bootcamp*

"Abby, what you gave me was more than just knowledge, you gave me confidence in myself that I could do it. I will hold you in my heart forever for that."-Denise, Sacramento, CA

"Before I met Abby I couldn't even run a half mile, nor did I really want to. Abby taught me how to run in a way that actually felt comfortable. I was so proud of myself when I was able to run a mile, and then 2 miles, and then before I knew it I was finishing my first 5k in 35 minutes! I was so happy, I wanted to cry. The skills Abby taught me will be with me forever, and will even carry me forward as I plan to run longer miles. Just months after finishing Abby's 5 weeks to 5k program, I completed my first 1/2 marathon! Something I never dreamed of completing! Getting me to exercise and run has also helped with my larger goal of living a healthy life. It help me lose 20 pounds, and find a new activity to replace watching TV! I don't know if there are enough words in the world to tell people how great the experience I had with Abby was, and how she is now with me every time I put on my running shoes." -Denise, Sacramento, CA

Kimi, Sacramento, CA
*5 Weeks to 5k*

"At the start of the program, I did not think I would be able to run a 5K at the end of the 5 weeks. Not only was I out of shape, but I had never “run” before! Through Abby’s training and the training plan she put together, I not only ran a 5K at the end of the class, but have signed up to do more races and now consider running a part of my life. It is possible to learn to run pain free and at your own pace – and enjoy it!" -Kimi

Jeanne, Sacramento, CA
*5 Weeks to 5k, 1/2 Marathon Training Program, Fun Outdoor Fitness "The Challenge"*

"It's hard to remember that just five months ago my brother suggested we try "Five Weeks to a 5K" and I reluctantly agreed to "at least talk to Abby" prior to her first session. I had a lifetime of excuses to present her at my consultation with her, ones that had worked on my grammar school teachers and, later, on my own psyche. I was too big, it was too hard to find shoes, I was too busy to find time to stick to a schedule, etc. She would have none of it! Instead, she reassured me that everyone would work at their own level and pace. So, a week later I overcame my hesitations, channeling Abby's " the first step out the door is the hardest" mantra and joined her 5 weeks to a 5K at McKinley Park. I quickly assessed that I appeared to be both the oldest and the heaviest enrolled, but Abby didn't allow me one minute of self-criticism. Instead, she patiently took me step by step through running techniques and gave me a schedule that day by day gave me a sense of accomplishment that was brand new to me. Sure enough, I went from a day where I was sure I would collapse before I got around the park to completing my first 5K fun run a few weeks after my 55th birthday. Here I was setting new personal goals that involved exercise, not marathon TV viewing! With two 5 K's completed by summer, I signed up for the half-marathon training. Again, I was reluctant , but this time Abby and my brother were on to my excuses and would have none of it.( You ran a 5K and never thought you could-why wouldn't you be able to do a half-marathon!") With Abby's assurance that I could run at my own pace using the Long Slow Distance philosophy(aka LSD runners)philosophy, I managed to get myself out the door for twelve consecutive Sunday mornings to train for a half-marathon. I finished my first 13.1 in October, and am currently continuing to train towards reaching my personal goal of running 5 5ks at age 55. It isn't always fun, and it isn't always easy, and that's the best part of my new-found personal fitness success - learning that it's never too late to challenge yourself, and succeed." -Jeanne

""Success is a journey, not a destination."


Jimmy, Denise, Jeanne, Kimi Before

Abby Malmstrom

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