If I can make a difference for at least one person who has a similar story, and is considering making a lifestyle change, then I would like to share my story.
While it might seem to some a little dramatic if I said that Innovative Results saved me, but in truth, it did just that.
In August of 2014, I was a 49 year old woman fast approaching her 50th birthday. My youngest daughter was leaving home for college, and as happens to so many women at this time of life, my husband asked me for a divorce. Plus, a very good friend my age was diagnosed with ALS, and her health was deteriorating quickly. To put it mildly, I was overwhelmed and life seemed to be spinning out of control. Oh, of course, I was 40 pounds overweight and having knee problems. It was time to ante up. Get with the program, etc, etc. These were all game changers for me and I wanted to get through the next 50 years as healthy and happy as possible.
I hadn’t always been 40 pounds overweight. I have a thyroid disorder which slows down metabolism. I was a typical yo-yo carb eater slash get back on the wagon and eat no carbs dieter for years, and would exercise, lose weight, and then stop, then gain the weight back, etc. You know the story. I had belonged to a big box gym for many years, but used it only occasionally, as I preferred to run outside or take occasional Pilates classes. This time, though, I was in it to win it. A complete overhaul and lifestyle change was in order. I wanted to accomplish something for me. Since my knee was bothering me and I could no longer run, I wanted to try something different and really wanted a personal trainer. I did some research, saw the great reviews and made an appointment with Innovative Results. I remember being so scared to make the call. I was afraid I’d look like an idiot. I was old and overweight. I was afraid I would fail. I was prepared to turn my health around though, and I made the call.
Mark Elmasry was the trainer who answered the phone. I told him I had an issue with my knee and was looking for somewhere to work out that could provide specific exercises for me. He was so nice and knowledgeable over the phone. I immediately made an appointment to see him. I was met by Mark and co-owner Corey Beasley, who both listened to my health issues/knee problem and walked me through a series of stretches and exercises that would build muscle in my legs to support my knees. I had their full attention for the whole hour, and both of them were very knowledgeable. They never made anything seem out of reach. They sealed the deal. I was a new member of Innovative Results. For my first week, Mark and Corey worked on my imbalances and stretched and rolled out my legs. I never knew stretching and rolling out a muscle could make me sweat so much. During my second week, I began the Innovative Results classes. After a week of private sessions with Mark and or Corey, I was a little disappointed that I would now be in a group setting. But, this is where it gets good! No matter how many people are in the class, trainers Mark and Corey ALWAYS pay attention to what each and every one of their clients are doing. They correct us if we are performing exercises wrong and they praise us when we are doing it right. They make us work hard. No, let me say it like this. They make us WANT to work hard. Many times both trainers have modified the exercises for my knee without me asking. They do this for others as well. I want to reiterate this fact: They are ALWAYS paying attention, even when they are messing around, which is often. They are both silly. And I hope I don’t offend anyone by saying it. They are silly in a good way! And it is one of the reasons I love IR and my trainers. They are all educated about what they are teaching us. They continually challenge us to do our best, but they have fun doing it, and it crosses over to the clients. We all have fun sweating and grunting during our workouts. That is why we return day after day to this amazing playground.
On a side note, I would like to mention the other co-owner, Aaron Guyett, and IR Coach Mason and IR Intern Madison. I don’t have the pleasure of training with Aaron and Mason very often, as they are morning trainers. However, I have had a few occasions where I was able to train with them. They are both awesome too, and of course, equally as challenging and just as fun as the night crew. Madison is also an intern and assists with the training at night. She is also fun and knowledgeable and ready to step in for the trainers when asked. As are all the interns that assist at IR. Let me not forget Jessica who works the front desk during the day. She is always a pleasure to talk with and offers a friendly face upon entering. There is also Lewis who works the desk at night. He too is kind and friendly and is always cleaning something. IR is very clean.
So, did I leave anything out? Well, one thing. I know I said they were all nice. But did I mention that they are all REALLY nice? Upon entering IR, no matter where the trainers are in the room, or who they are with, they will give you a welcoming shout out. If they miss you on your way in, they will acknowledge you by name when you lay your keys down or begin your stretches. They make their clients feel welcomed.
I had been waiting to write my story and give IR the shout out they deserve when I could say that I lost the 40 pounds I had acquired during 2014. But in all fairness to IR, I couldn’t wait any longer. They are just too good and need to be recognized! I haven’t lost the full 40 pounds, but I have lost 23 pounds, and many inches. I’ve also gained muscle which takes up less space than fat and I have shrunk at least two dress sizes. So, I didn’t lose all the weight yet, but I gained back the self esteem that disappeared with my weight gain, and so much more. I feel connected to the people I’ve met at IR, as we are all in this journey together. I feel ready to battle all that life has to bring! By the way, I haven’t lost my fear of failing, but that’s what keeps me getting up and going back every day, for I know if I continue to try, I can’t fail.
THANK YOU TEAM IR! I LOVE YOU ALL. XOXO.
Thank you for sharing your incredible story Mikki! You bring such an amazing energy to the IR Family, we look forward sharing in many more of your VICTORIES!
Bodyweight, calisthenics, and animal movements are a hot topic these days and can add a lot of value to newbies and advanced clients.
We tracked down a group of guys from Australia that are really adding a cool twist to this style of fitness training.
Here’s a breakdown of the weekend:
Saturday, January 31st – ZUU Level 1 (NO Equipment Needed)
- Story of ZUU
- Group Dynamics
- Policing Group Dynamics
- Culture Formation & Control
- 18 exercises broken into 3 categories
- finish 18 exercises broken into 3 categories.
- 3 hrs of primal movement drills.
- Practical applications for exercises being integrated into multiple sports & conditioning environments
Can honestly say this day will change some of the people who attend, can be life changing, change the way they look at fitness & life in general.
Sunday, Feb 1st – Ankorr Level 1
Within 9 months of showcasing Ankorr (www.ankorr.com) to the UK military, it was assigned an MOD Number (Military Of Defence) giving subsidized access to Army, Navy & RAF personnel.
It is no surprise that this occurred as Ankorr was designed by one of Australia’s leading consultants for high end conditioning, Nathan Helberg. He regularly consults within elite sports & armed forces around the world.
Nathan designed Ankorr to make his fitness training methodology ZUU harder. Nathan knew what he was looking for in creating game specific conditioning & operational readiness.
There are key & unique differences to Ankorr as a resistance harness.
- 180 degrees of movement through sagittal planes while under constant load.
- 360 degrees of movement through transverse planes under constant load.
- Programming for very high end heart & lung conditioning while remaining low impact.
- Long R&D phase to find the right design & materials.
- Premium manufacturing for harsh environments & longevity of the product.
- Load rated for high end power athletes.
- In-depth training arm.
- Re-hab & Pre-hab uses
2015 will see Ankorr being rolled out exclusively with Virgin Active gyms nationally across the UK.
These are a handful of features that has given rise to Ankorrs ongoing global success.
We are pleased to announce Jan 2015 will see the first of Ankorr level 1 courses approved by the NASM, NSCA & ACE with accompanying CEU’s being rolled out in the US! Ankorr Level 1 is worth 0.7 CEU’s.
Trainers can now be qualified in the latest training tool & methods currently being used in the elite environment!
Ankorr Level 1 course is $199.00 USD
We offer a package deal of ZUU & Ankorr Level 1 over the weekend for $399.00.
Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org to lock in your place.
Innovative Results is excited to celebrate this traditional time by helping you improve the quality of your life and the lives of the people that matter most to you: your family, your friends, your coworkers, and your community members.
During this Holiday time it is easy to fall into the traps of over-eating and under-moving, leaving you feeling tired, hurt, bloated, and sick.
Join this time of celebration with the Innovative Results family to feel amazing, revitalized, energized, and fit, and don’t forget to share this with the people you care about: family, friends, coworkers, and community members.
Just like the song, each day’s gifts are added to the next day, accumulating a dozen great gifts by the twelfth day!
On the first day of Christmas my IR gave to me, one extra session for free.
On the second day of Christmas my IR gave to me, 2 for 1 drinks, and one extra session for free…And so on!
See below for all Twelve Days, and the requirements for each gift.
On the first day of Christmas my IR gave to me, one extra session for FREE.
Requirement to Receive Gift – Bring a friend or set-up a first session for your family, friend, coworker, or community member, and get a free session.
December 26th – The Second Day of Christmas.
2 for 1 drinks (with proof of a rating or review on any one of our review or rating sites)
Requirement for Day 2 Gift – Provide proof of a rating or review on any one of our review or rating sites. Free drink must be of equal or lesser value than purchased beverage. http://www.innovative-results.com/blog/2012/write-us-a-review/
December 27th – The Third Day of Christmas.
Three ways to get rid of pain, tightness, and stiffness in your body to allow you to move freely again.
Four Shirts for $40 (a $26 savings!) Come in to Innovative Results to purchase these awesome gifts!
December 29th – The Fifth Day of Christmas.
5 Ways to Make Achieving this New Year’s Resolution a Certainty.
December 30th – The Sixth Day of Christmas.
6 Common Workout Mistakes That Are Holding You Back
December 31st – The Seventh Day of Christmas.
7 Core Exercises – Exercises Guaranteed to Challenge your Core In a new Way
January 1st – The Eighth Day of Christmas.
8 Questions Answered About IR
9 Relaxation and Recovery Techniques – 9 Ways to Renew, Recover, and Feel Your Best
January 3rd – The Tenth Day of Christmas.
10 IR Success Stories to Inspire and Motivate You to Your Success Produce Top 10 testimonials
January 4th – The Eleventh Day of Christmas.
11 Youtube Playlists to keep you looking better, feeling better, and moving better this year.
12 Training Sessions For Free
Requirements for Day 12 Gift – When three of your referrals sign up for IR Training (trials or living socials not included)
*BONUS GIFT* – All of your referrals will get 50% off their first month at IR if they sign during the Twelve Days of Christmas!
260 #IRStrong, that means 260 incredible stories that inspire the entire IR Family.
It means so much when you share your stories. Your SUCCESS is the IR Teams’ WHY.
I wanted to thank you and share a story about running that I think you’ll enjoy. As you know, I have been doing triathlons for the last few years and I’m always looking for ways to improve my performance. Coming to IR after taking a 12 month break due to injury has been one of the best decisions I’ve made. I’ve been able safely gain my strength back in order to keep myself injury free going forward. The fun and self confidence I gain are just extras!
Last week at our regular Innovative Results workout you had us do some running but it seemed odd to me at the time because we only have 20 meters to work with. I wondered how we were going to run indoors? With skill and clarity you (Coach Aaron) explained the processes of running as controlled falling. My favorite part was the demonstration of what a baby looks like when they learn to walk – you’re really good at it with your daughter’s example fresh in your mind! The visuals and the exercises combined to make for what ended up being a decent workout (as usual).
What I wanted to share was my recent experience on a run. I never said I was a FAST triathlete and my running pace has been plateaued at a pace averaging between 9:30 and 10:00 per mile. As I began my run I said to myself, “Fall forward” and tried to apply the techniques we just learned at the IR session. I was very comfortable while running, more comfortable than usual. Then I realized I was enjoying running at a pace that was in the 8:30 per mile range! At various points on the run I was even able to get into the high 7’s pace. I have not been running much so I know that much change in performance was not due to pounding out miles, rather it was MENTAL. My actual technique wasn’t really any different than before, but my mental state was. Instead of trying push my body forward stride after stride I leaned forward and consciously tried to use gravity to my advantage. IT WORKS!
I have a lot more training to do before I’m back in racing form but I expect some nice gains next year. In the meantime, I have some other physical endurance goals to accomplish this Spring and with the support I get from Innovative Result and you as my coach I have every confidence that I’ll achieve those goals and beyond.
Thanks for your passion!
Take two minutes to read this and five minutes to fill out the information below, and set-up your free trial with us, to be WAAAY MORE LIKELY to achieve your New Year’s Resolution, AND Actually LOSE unwanted pounds, increase energy, gain strength, feel better, and move better!! (Source: Summary of Recent Goals Research – PDF here: Gail Matthews Written Goal Study Dominican University), by Gail Matthews, Ph.D., Dominican University)
Innovative Results is completely focused on improving the quality of life for our clients and our community. Let us help you improve your quality of life starting today!
We have been around since 2005, and our trainers have over 50 years of collective experience and education. We get better every day to help you improve.
Why is improving your quality of life important to you?
Now for the practical stuff. According to the above study, these are the five ways to make achieving this New Year’s Resolution a REALITY!!
1. Visualize your goal, your steps to success, and your success. (What does it look, smell, feel, taste, and sound like)
2. Write it down in the SMART format.
Specific (Who, what, when, where, why, and how)
Measurable (How do you know you have achieved it, and by when)
Attainable (Is it realistic)
Relevant (How does it fit into your life)
Time-Bound (When will this happen by)
(example: I have fit into the jeans in my closet that are size 32 waist by Christmas morning.)
3. Tell your GOOD family members, friends, co-workers, IR coaches, and community members that encourage you, support you, challenge you, and hold you accountable to your goal.
4. Have short and simple daily to do’s that if done diligently will easily carry your toward your goal’s achievement.
IR and outside of IR training schedule:
Nutrition (80-90% of my nutrition choices are whole natural foods):
Hydration (I drink half of my body weight in ounces of water):
Sleep (7.5 hours of sleep per night):
Stress (I reduce my stress by…):
5. I meet and report on my weekly success to this IR coach, family member, friend, and/or coworker.
There you have it.
Five simple steps to making your New Year’s Resolution a reality this year!
Ever wake up stiff, sore, tired and unmotivated to take on your day?
If so, we’ve got a solution for ya…
Here’s 50+ ways to get your blood flowing, mobilize stiff joints and get yourself motivated to take on the day!
All you need to do is push ‘play’ and follow along!
You can do these drills in the morning, at lunch or at the end of a tough day.
They are simple exercises to combat our sedentary lifestyles, improve energy and keep us moving.
All you’ve got to do is bookmark the page, play on your phone or ipad and away ya go!
- Send your friends this link
- Share on Facebook, Twitter or your favorite social network
- Tag a friend in the comments below
- Grab a group of people at work or home to watch.
Innovative Results is committed to improving the quality of life for people in Orange County, CA.
Isn’t it about time you got back on the right track?
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After just a few weeks of training, Aaron Lieberman has already experienced what “improved quality of life” means at Orange County’s Fitness Playground.
Already equip with his driving force, Aaron was able to establish his starting goals and make each day better than the last. Keep reading to hear from Aaron himself!
My daughter had broken her arm at school and we sat around my house for a whole week playing card games and board games. We sat and we sat. Little did I know that sedentary week was going to change my life for worse. I remember the day like it was yesterday, Monday January 7, 2013, when my life changed. I woke up ready to go back to work from spending my vacation with my daughter. I thought I had a stroke, I remember thinking I can’t feel my left side. I moved my left hand but I couldn’t move my left leg. I was so relieved when I moved my hand, but I quickly realized that my excitement was too soon as my leg still felt numb. It took all my strength to get out of bed. I limped to the bathroom and I felt numbness in my leg. I tried to shake it off, but the numbness persisted. I couldn’t end the pain. I dragged myself into work because nobody would believe I was “sick” the day I came back from vacation. It was an awful drive in pain to work.
I called my doctor’s office while I was laying on my office floor because I was in so much pain. They couldn’t see me until the next day, but the only time they had conflicted with my daughter’s doctor’s surgery appointment the next day, so I had to wait two days. I worked in pain on the floor in my office. The next day I sat next my daughter while we waited for her surgery. The pain was so bad I was tearing up. When I finally got to the doctor, he told me I had a sciatica issue and he told me I should have gone to urgent care for medicine before seeing him. He said sitting on my butt caused the issue. The pain kept getting worse for a week. I crawled up and down my stairs. I was a useless human being as all I could do was lay in my bed to take the pressure off. Friends brought me food and ran my errands. My weight ballooned up because I ate a lot of fast food.
I went to physical therapy and limped for four months. I took up spin to get strength in my legs and get my weight down because the weight only made the sciatica pain worse. The doctor told me that I would have to take it easy physically because I may just inflame the sciatica again. I picked up walking, but I still had a limp. I then started doing boot camp at the gym and the limp disappeared, but there was still some pain in my leg. I pushed through the pain and continued through the stretching I learned in physical therapy. I went to a “professional boot camp” next. I lost weight but the pain was still in my leg. I then tried CrossFit because I missed lifting weights. I again lost weight but I couldn’t run efficiently because of the pain in my leg. I couldn’t shake the nagging sciatica numbing pain. It wasn’t constant but it limited me nonetheless.
I stumbled into Innovative Results by accident. Somebody suggested I get their Living Social 30 day trial. I was skeptical that Strength & Conditioning would do anything for me other than remind me that I couldn’t physically handle it. Strength & Conditioning I reasoned was for the elite athlete and professional athletes. Every sports team has a Strength & Conditioning coach and I felt overwhelmed just thinking about what I was getting into before I even stepped into Innovative Results.
Nonetheless I sucked it up and came in. I came in 24 times in the first 30 days. I came in with the numbing sciatica pain. At Innovative Results, I lost the pain and I can’t think of the last time I had that pain. Everything else didn’t work, but whatever it was, Innovative Results eliminated this pain. I’ve even been running at night a few times after working out in the morning at Innovative Results. Never in my life could I have imagined what I’ve gotten out of my time at Innovative Results and yet the best is yet to come.
Thank you for sharing your story with the Innovative Results Family Aaron!
Throughout my journey with IR, I’ve had family and friends ask about what kind of gym I belong to. As I explain to them how I’ve drug a chain around the block a few times, pushed iron sleds around the astro turf, slung kettlebells around, or played keep-away with “swords” around a gigantic tire, they either look at me like I’m completely nuts or assume it must be another one of those “crossfit places.” I’ll readily admit that I have to have a few screws loose to enjoy swinging a 16kg kettlebell around for 5 to 10 minutes at a time, but IR is the furthest thing from the crossfit craze. Let me explain…
About three years ago, I began training with Aaron’s now wife, Keri. From the moment I walked into the gym, I felt a warmth and positive energy that was contagious.
Being out of shape at the time, I felt slightly apprehensive joining a new fitness community fearful of my inability to keep up with those around me. Keri began where all IR training does, working on my mindset.
As I reflect on the ways IR has changed my life, I realize that while my physical strength was dormant, my mental fortitude needed a lot of work. As a full-time student and employee, I often found myself frustrated, tired, and easily giving up when stress seemed to be at every corner of my life. During the summer of my first year at IR, Keri trained me for the one-mile rope pull—one of IR’s notorious fitness challenges. At first, I thought it seemed nearly impossible to yank a thick rope 16 times around a pole in the dead heat of summer. Chipping away at each pull, Keri pushed me to reach beyond what I thought my physical limits were; one mile of rope and two blistered hands later, I completed the challenge. From that moment I was hooked on the ways of IR, and I became a glutton for their butt-kicking, mind-over-matter, brutal workouts (insert towel taz, bear crawls, jungle gym relays and slosh pipe jump squats here).
Fast forward a few years, and throw training with Aaron into the mix…talk about reaching a new level of fitness. I took a few months off in 2013 returned to the new facility. I thought IR was rad before, but the new place blew me away. It is a complete embodiment of what Innovative Results stands for. Fitness is a lifestyle; it isn’t stagnant or confined within a room of steel (that half of the members don’t even know how to use correctly), or flexing your muscular ability to the gym-goer next to you. IR understands fitness as a whole and makes “working out” functional to our lives. I’ll be honest, I was totally a closet gym rat who saw progress as a means of perfecting my dead-lift form, or maxing out a few unrealistic-weighted squats.
For the past 12 months, Aaron has guided me through a significant growth not only as an athlete, as well as my outlook on life. He introduced me to my most recent fitness addiction of Givroy Sport… a time saving translation: swinging a kettlebell as many times as you can within ten minutes with perfect form and mental focus to not give up. I faced a couple set backs that prevented me to reach my ultimate goal of competing with the rest of IR’s kettlebell addicts. Whether it was school on the weekends or a back injury, Aaron coached me through some pretty frustrating plateaus. Ultimately teaching me to dig deep and keep the bigger picture in perspective, turning negative emotions into motivation to push further and harder than I have yet. I’ve shared the following thought with Aaron before, but it is worth sharing with the rest of the IR community and those who are looking to start their own fitness journey…I can honestly say that my preconceived understanding of ‘fitness’ completely morphed through kb training. It’s so easily confined within a definition that is restrictive in its physical or aesthetic attributes. I totally dig that perk of being fit (I’d be lying if I said it wasn’t a factor), but that is only scratching the surface. The mental fortitude and clarity I’ve developed gives ‘fitness’ a new level of awesome in its meaning both inside the IR playground and my everyday life.
So, for those of you who are reading my story who are on the fence about making a lifestyle change, wanting to drop a few pounds, or add a new dynamic to your life… let Innovative Results get you there. I promise, it will be the best decision you make and don’t be surprised if you find yourself craving a metabolic workout in the middle of your day. Thank you Aaron, and the rest of the Innovative Results Team for the muscles I never thought I would have. Oh and most of all, the sanity to get through my non-stop week through your insane workouts and smile you bring to my face the moment I walk through the door. You’ve changed my life for the better.
Share Your English
Innovative Results realizes that part of improving the quality of life for our community means we have to spend some time, money, and energy.
The way the IR team and clients can participate in this purpose is to come to Innovative Results every Saturday morning for a charity training session at 10am. 100% of the ten dollar suggested donation is given to programs of our partners at The Crossing Church’s Local GO Ministry.
Sharing Your English is just one of the many community improvement programs and opportunities developed at Local GO Ministries.
Did you know that English as a Second Language classes are in extremely high demand?
There are many people in our community eager to learn and improve their English, so they can experience an improved quality of life just like the Innovative Results’ client.
This provides an amazing ministry opportunity: Share your English!
Both easy and fun, providing a teacher to lead the class, The Crossing’s Local GO Ministry members work one on one with a student to help them practice their English.
We invite you to serve your community and make new friends.
In addition to the ESL class, Local GO Ministries offer story-time and homework assistance for school-age children in other classrooms.
Volunteers are available to read stories out loud, perform educational activities, and offer limited homework assistance.
This takes place in a fun, but purposeful environment for children in Grades K – 6th to work on their reading and literacy skills for the Costa Mesa community schools.
If you are interested in volunteering to help in the Reading Room, contact Marsha Dopler.
Looking forward to seeing you at the next Innovative Results charity training session every Saturday at 10am.