We’ve been seeing so many great things happening at Top Line, I just wanted to point out a few (even though I know that I will miss a few for sure).
The Menomonee Falls connection: Holtz, LC, Alyssa, Alissa, and Nicole are making me proud of my hometown and high school (which I feel like should have my old locker bronzed or blocked off or something, but that’s neither here nor there).
JoJo, Stizz, and Deborah all completed the Warrior Dash, getting extremely dirty in the process.
Curran is still walking in off the streets and moving tons of weight.
DeAnna, who is training for a competition, has been making significant changes as well as perfecting her routine.
The amazing team of coaches are growing and helping more and more people every single day.
To top it all off, Dustin Ortiz (UFC Superstar) represented Top Line like a true champion in his hometown of Nashville, TN, last weekend, finishing his fight via TKO and joining the Top 10 - 125lb fighters of the world now.
The vibe, positivity, and energy at the Shop is just amazing lately. We are inspired by all of you every day, and thank you all for being the best members ever.
If you weren’t recognized here, trust me that your efforts have not gone unnoticed. We know you are all grinding and pushing your potential.
Our apologies for the gym being so packed this summer, but believe me when I say that we are working on being able to correct that issue in the near future :)
Let’s make tonight an amazing night. See you all in the Shop!
Top Line is filled with massive success stories.
Just because success is expected and the norm doesn't mean that each story isn't unique and impressive.
Lydia who started training at TL less than a year ago is one of those massive success stories that has to be shared. It's the kind of story that just goes to show that no matter where you start or how you feel in the beginning, anything is possible.
Don't take my word for it, read Lydia's inspirational story below and if you are inspired, feel free to share it with others who need an extra push to make a change in their own lives.
The following is Lydia's transformation story in her own words
"As a child I was very active and loved being outside. I went through my chubby phases but would lose the weight during summer break. I put on a lot of weight during high school and the years after.
About 7 years ago after a series of health-related issues that my immediate family went through, I decided I needed to get healthy. I went to a nutritionist and a personal trainer at a strength and conditioning gym in Madison. I lost about 40lbs and kept it off for 2 years doing various activities.
I moved to Milwaukee 5 years ago and lost an additional 30lbs through kickboxing. I have put those 30lbs back on and off through the past years.
Last year, I set 2 goals for myself: to get my green belt and run a 5k. After completing both of those goals, I went back to my old habits. I barely worked out, ate out, and drank multiple times a week. In March ,I decided I needed to make a change for good. I knew I wanted to go back to how I originally started my lifestyle change -- which meant a trainer that would listen to my specific needs and not just a cookie cutter trainer that was there for a paycheck and thinks all women want to only lose weight. I heard of Topline through kickboxing and decided to check it out.
On my first day with Brett, he asked me what my goals were. My then weightloss goal was only to lose 40lbs. He responded with “give me a challenge.” The first month at Topline the numbers on the scale really didn’t change much but the inches were flying off me. I felt a difference in my energy, I was sleeping better, and I all around started to feel like a different person. Within two months, I ran a 5k and signed up for 2 more. After completing my second 5k, I even came into the gym a couple hours later to complete conditioning day (my favorite gym day). Prior to coming to Topline I had very basic knowledge of weights. I didn’t know how much I would enjoy lifting weights and now I look forward to it.
From my heaviest weight, I am currently down 77lbs and, since joining Topline, I'm down 25lbs. On June 6th, I made a new weight loss goal of losing 32lbs by September 6th. It was exactly 3 months until my 33rd birthday and will be 101lbs since my heaviest weight. I also have made other fitness goals like completing a race every month, including a 10k this fall. I am excited to see my body changing and see new muscles appear that were buried by fat before. I cant wait to see what my body looks like a year from now." -Lydia
Struggle produces strength.
In the gym, we train hard and tear up our muscles with intense workouts. We break ourselves down, only to repair ourselves...watching as our muscles grow and bodies get stronger and more resilient.
In our every day lives, we face countless outside variables that kick us in the teeth.
Working with so many people on a daily basis has opened my eyes to how much is really going on inside the lives of others. The struggles, the triumphs, the tragedies, and the victories.
Right now, everyone is excelling in the shop. In our last blog post we gave a few examples. Our culture is absolutely amazing.
However, even with all of the success, some of those very same people are going through extremely difficult circumstances in their lives outside of the gym.
In just the past two weeks, some of our members are going through the following:
You're probably thinking, hey baldy! Hello, I thought this post was supposed to make me feel amazing. And you're right!
One of my many great mentors, Mr. Tony Robbins, gave this quote in his most recent book:
"We can be grateful for our heath, our friends, our opportunities, our minds."
Whatever you focus on, you will feel. You can focus on what you cannot control and be stressed and unhappy. Or you can be there for your friends through prayer and belief that the situation can turn around for the better.
I'll choose the later when it comes to all of my friends' situations. We cannot control what has happened or the potential of what could happen in the future.
But we can control our focus by shifting to a mindset of gratitude and support for the ones who need us most.
Think of something you're grateful for. Something major, like your relationships and something small, like your favorite cup of coffee or song. Be happy.
Shift your focus and you will improve your health (which you can obviously see is very important), relationships, mood, energy, and so much more.
You can get through the tough times with the right mindset just like you do inside the gym when you're on your final set of squats or deadlifts!
Do my friends a favor and send some positive thoughts their way. It will mean the world to them and make you feel great.
See you all in the gym tonight for round #2 after our extremely sweaty sessions yesterday!