Wednesday, July 9, 2014

A Testimonial From Calvin

The hardest part is when it's you versus you out in the real world

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One of our long time clients, Calvin has been thoughtful enough to write up some of this thoughts regarding our process:

If you want to drop weight really fast and have someone shout at you to do more burpees then go on a fad diet and join a boot camp. But, if you are serious about your physical and mental health and want to make long lasting changes to your lifestyle that will result in healthier AND happier living then...

Join All Out Effort.


There are three: Sam, Michelle, and Cindy. And they're all very knowledgeable, friendly and fun. You get to work with all of them and each has their own style, which gives a nice variety. And you never know which of them you will get when you walk in for your appointment which makes for a nice surprise.

You might find yourself in a very heady conversation with Sam while grunting your way through your workout. Sometimes, it works in your favor because you might get a slightly longer break while he finishes his thought. ;-)


They can be hard, but never grueling. Although some would disagree. And they don't yell out you to pull more weight or do more reps or anything like that. First, they see how you move to ascertain areas of weakness like shoulders, knees and ankles.

Then they get you moving correctly. Then they get you moving well. Then they get you moving a lot. Always building. Pushing, but never punishing.

They have ropes, kettle bells, weights, rowing machine, climber, medicine balls, pretty much everything you can think of. Some days you'll just do body weight and movement. Other days you might do a lot of weights. Depends on the trainer and where Sam thinks you are in your progression.

The workouts, ironically, are the smallest part of the AOE experience. The hardest part is when it's you versus you out in the real world.


Sam is constantly providing new perspectives on how to look at both fitness and how you're living your life. Never preaching, but always sharing. To ignore this part of AOE is to miss out on the most important thing they have to offer in my opinion.


It's a very inviting, friendly community between the coaches and the clients. You start seeing the same faces. There is no "beefcake posing and flexing in the mirror" aspect to it. In fact, there are no mirrors at all.

So, no matter how you might perceive yourself, no one is going to make you feel bad about what you can or can't do or make you feel bad about yourself. It's very welcoming and inclusive.


I think what you can expect from All Out Effort can be best summed up in a blog post written by Sam Yang (head coach) on his AOE blog: The Boring Guide To Weight Loss

And like anything, you get out of it what you put into. If you don't adhere to the things they teach you then it will get in the way of your goals. If your goal is to lose twenty pounds, but you just can't stop eating a pint of ice cream every night at midnight then recognize you might never reach your goal.

But, bottom line is... these guys will make you rethink the way you look at fitness in the best possible way.

Source: Yelp

Sam Yang from an early age has been obsessed with connecting the dots between martial arts and efficiency, health, mindset, business, science, and habits to improve optimal well-being. For more info, join his newsletter. You can also connect to All Out Effort on Facebook and Twitter.

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