Setting goals and seeing a difference

Sep 26, 2017
Ashley Ann Lawrie

University for a lot of people shapes their personality, their habits and their careers. But the student lifestyle, as fun and fulfilling as it can be, can often lead to neglecting a healthy diet and regular exercise.

And that was the case for 24-year-old Ellis Friesacher. After returning home from the University of Waterloo with a degree in Accounting and Financial Management, she realized that she needed to take care of her body.

“My mom has been going to Free Form Fitness for a long time and when I came back home from University she encouraged me to join. I knew I needed to get my fitness back on track, and doing it with a personal trainer would be the best way.”

In the Fall of 2016 Ellis signed up for 2 sessions a week for 6 months with her trainer Joey.

“The biggest surprise for me was how involved Joey was outside of the gym. I snapchat him my meals 3 times a day.”

And it’s that type of personalized accountability that keeps clients at Free Form Fitness coming back.

“The gym really feels like a family and it’s so positive. If I’m having a stressful day at work, or I have a lot of studying to do, I know that if I have a session that night for a half-hour, I just have to do what Joey says and that it’s going to make me feel better, even if it’s really hard. It really relieves a lot of stress.”

Ellis works full-time for Deloitte Risk Advisory and is also taking courses to become a Chartered Professional Accountant.

“After 6 months I could really start to feel a difference, so I signed up for another year. Over the summer I went to a cottage weekend with some friends and they could all notice a change in me, it was pretty satisfying to feel the hard work paying off.”

Ellis also works out on her own now once or twice a week in additions to her sessions with Joey.

“We’ve set reasonable goals for the year in terms of weight and fat percentage. I’m not there yet but keeping in contact with Joey throughout the week about my diet and staying focused on our plan has really helped me.”

Ellis’s diet consists of clean proteins, lots of fresh veggies and healthy fats and her workouts consist of lower-body, core and upper-body with strength training and cardio.

As she navigates her way through her career and professional designation, Ellis is excited about the healthy life/work balance that Free Form Fitness gives her.

“Now that I’ve been doing the training for almost a year, I can’t really imagine what my life would be like without it.”      

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