Check out these success stories of ChickFit participants!
“I stumbled across Linda Mitchell and the sisterhood of ChickFit seven weeks postpartum. After having my first baby and being fortunate enough to have six months of maternity leave, I found myself extremely motivated to get my body back before returning to work. I had hit a plateau and knew that without someone pushing and supporting me to meet my own personal goals, it would be a struggle. Not only did I lose 65 pounds before returning to work, I also made lifestyle changes in my fitness and diet. Linda is a great motivator and challenges us all to always strive to push our personal boundaries to new heights. Although the workouts are tough, Linda and the women at ChickFit always make them fun for us all! Because of Linda, not only am I loving my new role as a mommy, but I am also loving myself–it does not get much better than that!”
“Deciding to join Linda on this fitness journey was one of the scariest things I had ever done. Let me just say that I am not an athlete. I am forty-seven years old and have never played a sport or been very active. I’m the type of person that enjoys being “comfortable,” not pushing myself to eat the right thing or do more than just the least amount of exercise. That kind of lifestyle tends to catch up with you at some point, and I didn’t like the way I felt or the size I had become. I came across this quote by Pastor Rick Warren. He said, “God created it. Jesus died for it. The Spirit lives in it. I’d better take care of it.” This made me stop and think that I better start taking care of my health.
So I went to my first workout beyond nervous and that is when I met Linda. I made it through the workout and I was amazed that even though it challenged me, Linda made it doable. She was patient, kind, and loving. I wasn’t sore until the next day but that was overshadowed by how accomplished and pumped up I felt. Linda always knows when to push you and when to hold back. I could not have done this without Linda’s encouragement and clear instructions. I have done eating plans before and some exercise but Linda puts everything together in this unbelievable package that works! She always works out with me and gives me tips on food choices. On top of that, her enthusiasm is contagious!
I had read countless Pinterest blogs that would say “Do these 10 things and you’ll lose 10 lbs.,” or, “Eat these 5 things and you’ll be fit.” What I found was that I had to jump in with both feet, trust God to give me the strength and courage, have someone that could teach me and hold me accountable through the process, and to be committed wholeheartedly. The best part about this journey is that I didn’t have to wait long before I saw results. Not just results on the outside (although that was amazing!), but results on the inside. I’m loving that I am taking care of this body/temple that God gifted me with forty-seven years ago. I’m proud of the courageous, strong, brave woman that I have been all along the way, but now I can feel and see it!”
As I sat down to right this testimony I thought of all the reasons I joined Chick Fit. I was praying day and night for God to lead me to a gym that empowered women and helped them to be all God created them too be. Like God always does, he led me right to Linda Lu and her amazing studio filled with some awesome ladies! Linda's gym is not like most gyms, where everyone is starring at you wondering what this out of shape woman is doing at the gym (helllllllo I am here to get in shape), it is literally a place of sisterhood. We cheer each other on, laugh about the troubles of our days, and even share with complete strangers how we got to this point in our lives. It is freeing on many levels day in and day out.I was afraid at first, thinking I would look stupid, thinking I was so out of shape, thinking that I definitely didn't have what it takes to get through the workouts. I was very wrong. With God's strength, Linda's motivation, the other women in the class cheering me on, and much prayer I kept coming back. With every step I took I could feel myself growing stronger and stronger.Today, I am much stronger and feel I can do any work out that she puts in front of me. I eat clean 90% of the time now and Linda is continuously giving me tips on how I can make eating clean enjoyable! Even though my fitness journey has just begun I have improved so much and can't wait to see where it takes me. I am so thankful that God led me to this gym, these wonderful women, and Linda Lu! I have gained so much strength and confidence training with her.
Frustrated with the unfamiliar image looking back at me in the mirror, I knew I had to dig out from under what I had let happen to my body. I decided to attend the ChickFit Boot camp 2x a week back in August 2012. It was not for the faint of heart, but my inner athlete refused to give up. Linda was very encouraging throughout the workout. The group of women I was working out with were all inviting, not at all what I expected. 2 weeks later I decided to up the ante and joined the Perfect 10 Challenge. Through diet and exercise I managed to lose 12 lbs and 2 pant sizes. I felt good, but I wanted more. Due to Linda’s encouragement and motivation, I decided to train to compete in my first Fitness Bikini Competition! What am I doing? A 39 year old, married, working mom of 2 girls… REALLY?
I have only been blessed with Linda as my trainer for 7 months and I am 24 lbs lighter, stronger than ever, motivated and determined like none other! The “BEFORE” picture that months prior I would hide or even delete, is now like a trophy to me when I look in the mirror now.
Proof that with the right people in your life, you will again believe in yourself, want better for you!
Sky’s the limit and I have my wings!
“Joining Linda was never about losing the extra pounds I had gained since high school or dropping the number I regularly read on my bathroom scale. For me, joining Linda was about something much bigger. I wanted a healthy lifestyle that matched how I finally felt about myself.
Unfortunately, my childhood was a dark one. I grew up in a divided home with poisonous step parents on either side. Many forms of abuse were common and very regular, in fact, daily. I developed little to no self-worth and maintained a constant state of "survivor mode." I definitely had a chip on my shoulder and once I turned eighteen, I moved out. I figured I could take care of myself and finally be in control. I was wrong. My childhood didn't teach me how to care for myself or how to be in a healthy relationship. I quickly developed several drug addictions as my defense mechanism to escape reality. I became addicted to cocaine, alcohol, psychedelics, marijuana, and anything I could get. You name it, I did it.
My love life was just as disastrous. Because I didn't grow up in a loving home, I didn't know what love looked like and naturally, I was attracted to what I did know....poison. After my divorce at twenty-two, my many vices increased in intensity. I started hanging out with an even rougher crowd. By age twenty-six, I didn't recognize myself. I had no idea how I had become the disgruntled woman I saw in the mirror. I knew I had to change.
I began therapy and it was quickly revealed how my dark past was affecting my decision making and why I chose drugs and alcohol as comfort. My slews of neglectful, unhealthy, and unfulfilling relationships were a result of me not valuing myself. In general, everything became clear. I became clean and started facing the past I had been running so hard from. It was an incredibly sad and difficult time in my life.
After being completely clean for six months, I decided it was time to focus on a different aspect of my health. Therapy had done wonders and gave me the tools I needed to care for myself, but I wanted more. I had been given a new foundation to build upon and wanted to be the best version of myself I could. It was time to focus on my physical self. I knew I needed support and to be surrounded by healthy minded people. I wanted a sisterhood.
Linda's Sisterhood of S.W.E.A.T. was exactly what I was looking for and needed. I've never felt so great and healthy in all aspects in my life. I absolutely love the atmosphere she has created. It’s supportive, fun, and continuously challenging. There’s absolutely no judgment from anyone. Everyone has their reasons for joining and we’re all there with a similar goal, to be better. Whether it’s to be slimmer, stronger, faster, or just healthy, Linda can help. Sisterhood of S.W.E.A.T. has given me another reason to stay clean and healthy as well as to continue to work on myself. I am proud of who I am today and how far I've come. I finally love the path I'm on!
Thank you, Linda!”
I thought I was in OK shape before…..having had completed 7 marathons and running long distance regularly I thought I was in decent shape but could use some toning; gain some muscle definition. With the encouragement of a friend who had recently started the Chick Fit Bootcamp I decided to try it twice a week in March. WOW was I wrong. The first class whipped me – in the best possible way. I was sore in places I didn't realize I could be sore. After a few weeks Linda gently encouraged me to try the 10 Week Challenge she’d be kicking off April 1st, noting that I can run and workout as much as I want, but if I don’t change my diet I'm not going to see the results I desired. Challenge accepted.
Holy cow, what a challenge! Linda introduced us to a clean diet, which was completely foreign to me. I also increased my workouts, comfortably but challenging to boot camp twice a week, jump n pump and yoga while continuing to run up to 10 miles on Saturdays. By our first check-in I’d seen some major changes, especially in how my clothes were fitting. Before the challenge was even over I was shopping and purchasing items 2 sizes smaller than when I’d started. Not only was my body making changes, I was able to gain strength which was evident to me by setting a PR (personal record) in the Flying Pig half marathon.
Through all this Linda has stayed right by our sides... answering endless emails, questions, help with the diet, plateau busters and endless encouragement and excitement. The Chick Fit classes are full of great women, who are also equally encouraging and a great deal of fun. I would encourage anyone wanting to make any body, self-esteem or just health improvements to give this a chance. It’s been worth every ounce of effort.
Challenge over; I've dropped 13 pounds and 13% body fat. THIRTEEN PERCENT!!! And I'm not done. Linda is still right by our sides with the next phase of diet and how to continue on with improvement.
Thank you Linda and the other ChickFit Ladies!!!! I don't think I could have done this without any of them!
I never would have dreamed that I would be a person that says, “I can’t wait for my workout." One year ago after delivering my second child within a two-year period, I found myself fifty plus pounds over my pre-babies weight. I had a history of being overweight when I was younger and was terrified of returning to that place in my life. I began checking into joining a local gym but just wasn't sure how I would do working on my own. It was during this process that I came across a Groupon for Linda Lu Fitness. Purchasing that Groupon turned out to be one of the best decisions I could have ever made. I walked into my first bootcamp class extremely nervous and completely out of shape. Linda greeted me warmly and welcomed me to the class. I had no idea what to expect. Linda reassured me and told me to just do what I could and that anything was better than nothing. The next morning I awoke to find myself feeling like I had been run over by a truck! I had muscles in my body that I didn’t even know existed screaming at me. I began to think, “Oh goodness, what have I gotten myself into!” Going back to that second class was one of the hardest things to do because I was still so sore. Once again I was greeted warmly and reassured that it would get better.
Linda is a great motivator and when exercises appeared to be too hard she would give personal attention to help modify it in a way that would still give me results but also allow me to feel successful. After four weeks of attending her classes Linda decided it was time to take me to the next level… the meal plan. Six weeks after starting and following Linda’s meal plan, I had dropped thirty pounds and was as motivated as ever. Within a four-month period of attending classes and working with Linda I had reached my goal of pre-babies weight and had reduced my body fat in half!
One year later I am sitting writing this letter sixty pounds lighter, five pant sizes smaller, and in the best physical shape I have ever been in. I am doing workouts now that I never thought I’d be able to do. I never would have dreamed that I would be a person that says, “I can’t wait for my workout,” but now I definitely am. Linda and the close-knit group of girls I work out with have made the most tremendous positive impact on my life and I will be eternally grateful. I can’t express how good it feels to hear people tell me how nice I look and comment on the progress I have made. My favorite comment from people is, “You look too thin, you need to slow down on your workouts.” My response to them is, “Never! Why stop when it looks and makes you feel this good”
What had I gotten myself into?!?
In mid-August, at Voice of America Metropark, I bought a 15 class Groupon for a bootcamp. I was 270 lbs, in a size 22-24, and apprehensive. I had just had surgery on my right knee, and the surgeon said I needed to lose weight and strengthen my knees. I was working on the weight loss with my doctor, but I had plateaued over the summer. I knew I needed to do something different, but what had I gotten myself into?!? Linda Mitchell, our Bootcamp instructor, kept saying to me “Only do what you can.”, “Just keep moving.”, “Try for a little more every time.” After the first time, I was not sure there was going to be a next time. What the heck, I bought the classes, right? TRX was easy to modify the exercises and the Kangoo Boots were fun. I hadn’t run in years. In the boots, I could jog a little, even though the walkers were passing me. Then, Linda announced the Perfect 10 Challenge, 10 weeks of following Linda’s nutrition plan and 3-4 workouts per week. Could I ever get into my jeans again? I had to take a chance. Well, it worked! The weight and inches just started falling off! As of February 3rd, I am now down 94 lbs. I am wearing size 14-16, and I have my life back. I can do things around the house and keep up with my kids, instead of collapsing on the couch after work. But wait! This is the best part! I love roller coasters, but for years, I was unable to ride them because the seats and belts wouldn’t latch. It was humiliating to have spent time in line just to walk away, in front of all the other riders. This year, I have a seasons pass to Kings Island in my purse, just waiting for April 27th, the opening day. I’m going to ride every roller coaster in the park, over and over again. I’m going to wear out my kids! There is not a ride I can't fit in! Thank you, Linda! You have helped me become a better mother, wife, and person.
Nicole Considine Binkley
I knew it was time for a change. I was out of shape and unhappy with the way I looked. After talking to a friend she suggested Linda’s boot camp. I'll admit I was really nervous my first class. When I finished I felt great but it was hard. Even now the classes never get any easier – I just work harder. I immediately loved how I was feeling (with the exception of a really sore first week!!!!).
What stands out about Linda is she is always encouraging and motivating. From my first class to now Linda is always giving positive feedback. She encourages me to do more, never say I can't, and believes that we can all get the results we want with hard work and dedication.
After a few weeks Linda launched another one of her bikini boot camp challenges and I signed up for it. Linda will tell you 80% if your results are diet. Combining her diet plan and workouts in a short 10 weeks I dropped 17 pounds and 10% body fat. I was amazed but moreover thrilled with my results. The best part is when I told Linda I still want to continue to work hard and lose body fat she was immediately supportive and sent me another round of the diet plan.
The best part about working with Linda is I truly believe she cares about each and every person she’s training; she wants you to succeed as much as you want to and it shows.
Linda Sue Stransky
In July 2011 my workout program consisted of walking and a little running around the Voice of America Park Lake 2 times which seemed like a great accomplishment for a woman in her 60’s.
One day I saw this woman in a well filled out LOVE PINK tank top, blue eye liner, tan, super smile and a great body, wearing the most unusual pink boots (kangaroo shoes) I have ever seen. I could not resist going up and talking to her about her classes. Never realizing that this woman would actually change my life... or maybe save it. That woman was LindaLu.
January 2012, just 6 short months from that meeting, finds me 30 lbs lighter, 4 sizes smaller, and 20 years younger. The workouts are hard but I feel wonderful. I do not do everything perfectly but each class I am always encouraged and motivated to keep going. Thanks to those silly shoes… and ChickFit I am a new person who has a healthy lifestyle and I'm growing stronger and better every day.
Linda Mitchell is by far the best trainer I have ever worked with and I am so lucky I discovered her. I have pretty much tried every kind of fitness craze that has been around for the past 20 years and none of them have had the same results as Linda's Bootcamp class. Linda is incredibly motivating and inspirational. I actually look forward to working out with her every single opportunity. I decided to try Linda's Bootcamp class as an attempt to lose those last 20 pounds. Her Bootcamp class boasted that it would only take 6 weeks to get bikini ready. To my surprise I lost 10 pounds within the first month and dropped a clothing size! I had never achieved results like that in my life! Not only did I look better but I felt significantly better. I felt stronger, healthier and had a newfound energy. Linda was there every step of the way, making sure my form was correct and that I was getting stronger in each class. She takes the time to explain the benefits of proper form and knows so much about nutrition and diet. Without a doubt I can say that Linda is responsible for my new outlook on life and exercise. I recently dropped my gym membership as I now consider the gym to be a waste of time. Working out with Linda is far more beneficial and produces the results I am looking for. Plus her classes are always a small and welcoming group of encouraging women that have become my friends. I would recommend that anyone who is looking to lose weight, gain muscle, gain energy, and improve their quality of life go to Linda Mitchell. She is by far the best in the fitness industry!
I had read about Linda's suspension training boot camp in the local paper and was mildly interested. A few months later I was out at VOA park and saw what I assumed had to be her getting ready to have a class using the suspension trainers. I walked up and asked a few questions. Linda demonstrated a few exercises and I was hooked! I signed up for her ChickFit Bootcamp a few weeks later and I've never looked back. I love it! It is the perfect blend of cardio and strength work. At 46 years old, I'm in the best shape of my life. I would highly recommend this class to any woman interested in taking her fitness to the next level.
I am so glad that I discovered Linda Mitchell and ChickFit Boot Camp. I had just cancelled my gym membership (after only 2 months) and was looking into everything from personal training to different places that offer boot camp like programs. I have loved working out with a personal trainer, but it wasn't really going to fit my budget and a bunch of machines at a gym are not for me. A friend of mine had picked up information on ChickFit Boot camp at her nail salon in West Chester and it sounded perfect! So, we signed up for our first 6 week session together. Even after suffering through the first week (Monday and Wednesday night that week), I knew I had found my workout solution. First of all, I love Linda! She is lots of fun and very encouraging no matter our fitness level. And, the variety of workouts we do always make me feel strong and energized! Walking lunges and running sprints are also more fun with a half dozen other ChickFit Boot Camp women! But, one of my favorite pieces of equipment is the TRX which I didn't even know existed until boot camp with Linda. The combination of strength & cardio, with the suspension element, makes for an amazing (and tough) workout. I also knew I had to change my diet and establish better eating habits in order to see the results I desired. Linda provided just the guidelines and motivation to help achieve my goals. In just my first 6 weeks, I lost 10 lbs and 15% body fat (which is how I became a “Bikini Girl”. I am still not where I want to be, but thanks to Linda and her ChickFit Girl Boot Camp, I can continue getting in the best shape of my almost 44 year old life and have fun in the process!
Please take a look at the Weekend Get Away page. My friend and personal trainer of over 10 years is offering a weekend getaway next spring (April 30 – May 2) in Gatlinburg that should be a lot of fun. Don't worry if you don't feel “fit enough” to go. I know Linda well enough to assure you that she won't push you to do things you are uncomfortable doing; she will offer modifications to meet your needs (example: arthritis in my knees prevents me from doing anything that requires more than a 40-degree bend); she is 46 years old and her primary audience is the “fit over 40” crowd. She doesn't push a lot of “rules” but offers encouragement to motivate you toward a healthier lifestyle. She is fun, motivating, personable – one of the most inspiring, down to earth, encouraging, enthusiastic people I have ever known – you can't help but catch her enthusiasm for health and fitness. I am acquainted with some of the people who will be going – no one is an athletic superstar – all just regular ladies like us who are very nice, very accepting -- a very supportive group of gals. Some of them are also bringing friends so I don't really have a “buddy” to hang out with and would love it if you would come. We will have a BLAST!
I would LOVE IT if you would consider joining me for this fun-filled weekend! Spread the word! Let’s act quickly – I know this event will be sold out in no time! Early bird deadline 7/31 for best price.