Success Stories

We are known internationally for helping our members experience incredible, life-changing results. Read the following successes and be inspired by their stories. If you take action today, you could be one of our success stories too!

Featured Client - Steve is an Inspiration!

Steve Pool

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I am not someone who really likes to be singled out or honored, and am very humbled by this recognition.  Much of my life I have exercised and dieted off and on without any great success.  I woke up one morning about a year and a half ago and finally accepted that I was at an extremely unhealthy weight, my body ached and my mobility was limited, my blood pressure was extremely high, even...

We started working out three nights a week for 30 minutes a night.  It was everything I could do to get through a session, and for the first time in my life, I stayed with it.  Eventually, we went to two one hour sessions a week and now we work out an hour a night, three to four nights a week.  My posture and balance have dramatically improved.  I have lost weight, my self-image is better than ever, and my blood pressure is under control and my doctor is planning to start taking me off of my blood pressure medications.  Oh, and I can even do a pretty good squat now. 

However, it hasn’t been easy.  Over the past 18 months, I have only canceled a handful of sessions, mainly due to weather or illness.  At times I have had to adjust my work and personal life around my training schedule, and my health has become a top priority.  Most importantly would never have been able to accomplish any of the things I have without the amazing support and encouragement of my wife, Joyce. 

While Alex has been my mentor and supporter in this process, I must also say thank you to Judith and Cody and all of the other trainers I have met who have been an incredible support and Irina and Donna who are always professional, supportive and welcoming.  While I still have goals to reach, I want to say thank you to Northwest Personal Training and my trainer, Alex Mazurkevich for all of the support and encouragement on this journey towards health." Read more and be inspired

"I woke up one morning about a year and a half ago and finally accepted that I was at an extremely unhealthy weight, my body ached and my mobility was limited, my blood pressure was extremely high, even on medication, my self-image was pretty bad and I had a lot of things I still wanted to do in life, and unless I got some help, it wasn’t going to happen. "

AUGUST 01, 2017

Featured Client!

Mike Wall

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Back in November 2016, I wanted to go get a DEXA scan as I was curious about my bone density.  DEXA scans are also very useful tools to show body composition.  I was horrified to find out that at the time of the scan, I was 43% fat, and had four pounds of visceral fat on me as well!  I went home from the scan and told my wife that if I didn...

I love to research, so I checked out every gym in the VANWA area.  After talking to Donna at NWPT, I signed up for a six-week promotion.  Of course, I did things backward and started group class before I had my initial consultation.  My first class was with Alicia and I was hooked.  I tried every class I could and discovered I really liked rowing.  Now I try to make it to six to eight classes a week.  I have my various injuries and weaknesses, but all of the trainers at NWPT are very high-caliber and seamlessly give me modifications as needed. 

I then signed up for a few training sessions with Marijka as I had admired how hard she made her clients work.  We first started rehabbing my left shoulder and then we started working on doing bridges.  I knew I could do a neck bridge, but I had never been able to accomplish a full bridge.  Within two weeks of working with Marijka got me past the mental block and I was able to accomplish a bridge with assistance.  Shortly after one session with her, I tried it “once more” on a whim and pushed myself up on my own.  I started laughing out loud as I was so tickled at my accomplishment. 

I felt it was only appropriate that Marijka be the star in my picture as she helped me to get to that point.

I really think that all of the trainers at NWPT are top-notch and all of the staff is so welcoming and full of encouragement.  Obviously, you have to do the work yourself to “get there”, but having a supporting and fun environment makes it so much easier.  I like all of the classes, but Judith’s rowing challenge on Friday evenings is such a kick in the pants with tons of laughter. 

I will have another DEXA scan in July, but I did see a new internist in early February for a full physical.  When he sent me the results of my blood tests, etc, I asked him if there was a mistake.  Conveniently I had a full workup in November, right around the first DEXA scan.  The results were *TRANSFORMATIVE* in only two months of working out hard.   All of my results were between 50 – 120% improved! 

Rob (Mr. Motivation) told me he voted for me because he wanted me to succeed.  I’m still working on getting there, but having NWPT along for the journey is a big help.  Thank you again to all of the trainers and staff.  You are all wonderful and your encouragement means so much." Read more and be inspired

"I really think that all of the trainers at NWPT are top-notch and all of the staff is so welcoming and full of encouragement.  Obviously, you have to do the work yourself to “get there”, but having a supporting and fun environment makes it so much easier. "

MAY 01, 2017

Featured Client - Andy has come so far!

Andy Ganderton

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When told that my name had been put forward for “Client of the Month” I initially laughed but then again I tend to laugh at a lot of things Alicia tells me.

It is coming up on a year since I started my journey with NW Personal Training and with all the changes in my life during that time the one constant has been my time in the gym with Alicia.

I started my workouts looking at the prospect of two Achilles tendon repairs in my immediate futu...

I was self-conscious about how badly I had allowed my health to lapse and the thought of working out in a public environment terrified me. I was also unsure about how I would respond to be ordered around by a super fit athletic trainer who had no idea what it is like to live in such an abused body and this was the biggest challenge for me.

And then I met Alicia Rose. I could not have asked for a more perfect trainer. Within a couple of sessions we were interacting like I had known her for years and getting up early and driving the 35 minutes to get to the gym suddenly were no problem. My current session is not only physical exercise for me, it is 30 minutes of humor and stories from our past week and the time flies by for me.

So what has this past year's journey done for me? I eat food I would never have eaten in the past, including strange vegetables and more importantly I think about what I eat in a totally different way. The blood test results from this year’s physical were significantly improved and looming diabetes and cholesterol issues have subsided. My Achilles tendons are healing and the daily swelling and bruising have gone. I have been able to pursue a desire I have had for 30+ years to learn how to swing dance. My lack of mobility and flexibility had made this ridiculously difficult and as both have improved this is no longer an issue.

My journey is nowhere near complete and I will be a work in progress for the rest of my life. The biggest change is not the physical one it is the mental change that has allowed me to continue improving myself and who knows maybe I will make that next step and attempt a group class soon." Read more and be inspired

"The biggest change is not the physical one it is the mental change that has allowed me to continue improving myself!"

JULY 01, 2017

Bonnie has worked so hard to get back to where she is!

Bonnie Harkins

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In July 2015, my husband and I and our two dogs relocated to Vancouver from Pasadena, CA. Six months later, in January of last year, I unexpectedly suffered a stroke. In the span of six hours, I went from being an active, energetic workaholic to having severe deficits in speech, motor control, and coordination. I had to relearn even the simplest of tasks and study body movements of others in order to replicate them. I was advised against pursuing strength training ... " Read more and be inspired

"January of last year, I unexpectedly suffered a stroke."

APRIL 01, 2017

At NWPT we STRONGLY believe that having a PLAYFUL spirit is a very important part of living a healthy life! Michelle embodies a playful spirit and we LOVE it!

Michelle Nisle

"I played collegiate volleyball on a scholarship and consequentially worked out for four to five hours every day.  After my volleyball career ended, I went directly to law school where I sat all day every day in class and studying.  As a result of this new lifestyle I gained weight and lost muscle.  Prior to coming to NW Personal Training I was able to lose some weight, but was not very active and wanted to get my strength and overall fitness back.  Workouts in ... " Read more and be inspired

"Prior to coming to NW Personal Training I was able to lose some weight, but was not very active and wanted to get my strength and overall fitness back."

MARCH 01, 2017

Featured Client - What a story!

Bethany Malcolm

"Before coming to NWPT I was a longtime smoker, poor eater and generally not fit person.  I had been toying with the idea of trying to quit smoking again and knew that when I did that the pounds would pack on again, just like the first time.  So while thinking about quitting I started researching personal training thinking that if I could start working out first then I wouldn't be so prone to weight gain when I quit.  Then as life tends to happen, none of this came to be.  Gre... " Read more and be inspired

"Before coming to NWPT I was a longtime smoker, poor eater and generally not fit person."

FEBRUARY 01, 2017

Featured Client - Brian is STRONG and DETERMINED!

Brian Alder

"3 years ago, I had back surgery.
2 years ago, I couldn't do a squat... I was missing out on things that I wanted to do with life!

Then I met Cody, Judith and Molly and started training and comitted myself to health.

1.5 years ago, I found out that I had a tumor on my pituitary gland. Cody's helped me with my nutrition and I went on a plant based diet. Since then the tumor has disappeared and I have lost 15 pounds!

My squats look and feel good, I am back to b
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"2 years ago, I couldn't do a squat... I was missing out on things that I wanted to do with life!"

JANUARY 01, 2017

Featured Client - She has come SO far!

Betsy Stephens

"I’m a mom of 4 adult “kids” and a grandmother of 4. Having lost 50+ pounds 3 years ago I was thinking about getting into the gym to work on my physical fitness as part of my health journey. While playing in a women’s golf tournament I was the lucky winner of a sponsor’s gift. That sponsor was Northwest Personal Trainers; I won 6 weeks of access to their facilities and trainers. This began my relationship with Molly, my personal trainer. Working with her, we discusse... " Read more and be inspired

"Doctor’s originally predicted (based on “someone” of your age) 6 months of bed rest and rehab before returning to normal daily activities. Much to the doctor’s surprise I was back training with Molly and Derek within two and a half months of my injury."

DECEMBER 09, 2016

Featured Client - Shaunna has worked SO hard to get to where she is!!

Shaunna McCovey

"I came to NWPT over 14 months ago after I decided I needed to put my health and well-being first. I’ve always been the self-sacrificing type, so making myself a priority was new territory. My initial consultation was with Judith and it was great! I could tell right away she wasn’t just trying to sell me a membership like other gyms. Being a part of NWPT and working out with Judith (and Cody, Alex, Rob and Kristin) has been the best thing I’ve ever done for myself. I leave each ... " Read more and be inspired

"I seriously love every minute of it. I’ve also learned so much about healthy ways of living. The trainers are here for you on every level – nutrition, tailor-made workouts, advice for better sleep, etc. They go above and beyond. And I can’t say enough about Judith."

NOVEMBER 01, 2016

Featured Client - Cindy is SO dedicated and inspiring!

Cindy Middleton

"IN THE MID 90’s I BELONGED TO THE PRINCETON ATHLETIC CLUB, AND DID MY BEST TO GO TO THE NOON CLASSES 3 TIMES A WEEK. AT THAT TIME STEP AEROBICS WAS THE RAGE. THERE WAS A BASIC MUSCLE TONING CLASS WHERE WE USED 2 OR 3 LB WEIGHTS AND I REMEMBER THINKING THAT 5 LB WEIGHTS WOULD BE MY ABSOLUTE MAX WEIGHT SOMETIME IN THE FUTURE! I WAS IN MY MID 30’S AND THEN I MET SHERRI. SHE STARTED WORKING AT PRINCETON AND REALLY RAMPED THINGS UP. HER STEP CLASS WAS AWESOME – YOU HAD TO GET THERE... " Read more and be inspired

"SHE PUSHED ME TO DO THINGS I NEVER THOUGH I COULD DO – PUSHUPS AND PULLUPS, WIND SPRINTS, AND LONG JUMPS, LIFTING HEAVY WEIGHTS. AT THE END OF THE CLASS I WOULD BE EXHAUSTED, SORE, AND DRENCHED IN SWEAT. BUT ALSO ENERGIZED BECAUSE I MADE IT THROUGH!"

OCTOBER 01, 2016

Featured Client - Angie's positive, fun energy is magnetic!

Angie Carter

"I have been going to NWPT since June 2015. I still remember my first session with Marijka. When she asked me if I considered myself to be active and fit, I replied, "Sure, I walk my dog." I appreciated her discretion as I scrambled through each of the exercises. I then realized how out of shape and weak in muscle tone I was. Working with her one-on-one has been priceless. Not only does she patiently work with me through each exercise (multiple times), but she corrects my form and tells me what a... " Read more and be inspired

"I used to drive by 10ks and marathons thinking who does that? And now I am training for them!"

SEPTEMBER 01, 2016

Featured Client - Rob has inspired so many people and is a BEAST!

Rob Preece

"After rotator cuff surgery in November 2014, I came to NWPT in February 2015 at the urging of my wife and started rehabbing my shoulder with Marijka.  My first thought was this gym is way too small, but I was so wrong.  I have always been active and worked out, but right away I found NWPT to be different.  I love the variety of workouts and always find myself wanting to push to the next level.

In November 2015 my cousin Cory suggested we do an Ironma
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"People ask why, I say Why Not!!"

AUGUST 01, 2016

Featured Client! Stan is the MAN!

Stan Morin

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STAN’S STORY

I very nearly fell out of my chair when I read in an email from Cody that I had been nominated for NWPT “Strong” Client of the month.  Initially I thought myself undeserving of such a grand distinction given that my arm circumference is but a fraction of Robs.  Then it dawned on me that if human arm circumference follow......

Not wanting to be pigeon holed for my brawn alone though, I must point out my prowess in the arena of endurance racing.  In the past 3 years, I have completed multiple half marathon and 5K and 10K events winning my age category more than once AND winning the overall title at the Blooms to Brews 10K race when the super-fast 10K runners were diverted onto the half marathon route by mistake!  The only award for being super-fast that day was an extra 7 miles to run!

I have not always been the well-rounded uber-athlete I am today.  Before coming to train at NWPT, I was full of excuses.  There were never enough hours in the day to exercise.  I had back pain, shoulder pain, hip pain and Ibuprofen was my constant companion.  I was convinced to give NWPT a try by my lovely, intelligent, and very beautiful wife and after filling out the longest intake form I had ever seen, I signed on for 12 weeks on Saturday mornings.  Those early months at NWPT passed by breathlessly in a dizzying blur of sweat and shackles as Trevor put me through the paces.  Then an enthusiastic newcomer named Cody agreed to be my trainer.  He promised to make me strong and fit and we would enter an enduring partnership which remains solid to this day.  He is the WOO to my HOO so to speak.  

I have worked with many exceptional trainers throughout my time at NWPT but none can hold a candle to my sainted mentor Cody McHaney whose expert tutelage transformed me from a 140 pound weakling to NWPT Strong Client of the month.  He knows how to deliver results as he knows the true inspirational value of a skillfully conveyed WOO!!  Thanks Cody and the NWPT team!

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"Before coming to train at NWPT, I was full of excuses.  There were never enough hours in the day to exercise.  I had back pain, shoulder pain, hip pain and Ibuprofen was my constant companion."

JULY 01, 2016

Joni works so hard to stay fit and healthy!

Joni Berinstein

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It is hard to believe that I have been coming to NWPT for 12 years. I had never been active in sports in high school or college and once I started working, fitness was not a priority. As a stay at home mom my life was all about carpooling and volunteering. Once Carly started first grade I had no excuses to avoid actually working out. After a few years at the YMCA I wanted to get serious about training properly so as to not incur injury since I w...

Leah is my third trainer and even I am amazed at how much I've learned. It took a few years before I would schedule workouts and now I schedule everything around the workouts.

As I've taken on more challenging workouts I've also learned about my body's limits. I have back and disc issues that keep me from doing all that I want to do, yet Leah always has good alternatives.

I would like to push harder or go further, but I'm learning there is only so much I am able to do.

I am very proud of the fact that although I've had several surgeries, including a major one, I still keep working and moving forward.  I know I will never run a marathon or break any records, but I can do something every day to use what I can use.

My fitness goal initially was always to lose weight (is there any other reason to work out?), but it has evolved.  Now I'm striving to be strong and balanced so I can continue to travel.

Thank you Leah!!" Read more and be inspired

"After a few years at the YMCA I wanted to get serious about training properly so as to not incur injury since I was starting on my fitness path so late in life."

MAY 01, 2016

Trainer Love

Kristen Morin

"It's me again!  I just wanted to take a moment to recognize my overly caffeinated trainer Derrick DeLay since I have never taken the time to do so.

I was walking (yes, walking) up the hill by my house this morning.  It's long, about 1.5 miles and pretty steep in some parts.   I haven't walked the hill  in quite a while with all the running I do now and I was struck by how different it felt.  I was not out of breath.  My legs felt strong.  Nine y
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"As I near 45 years,  I'm in much better shape and feel worlds better than I did 20 years ago."

MAY 01, 2016

Client of the Month - Diane has

Diane Woolard

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I started working out at NWPT after getting injured and I could no longer rehab myself and get myself back into shape. I needed PT and a therapeutic environment to stay moving so I made a commitment to keep healthy and stay moving. My body needs additional support to do that and NWPT provided just that. The trainers have the skill and knowledge to keep me healthy and moving forward. Cody and Judith have been my trainers and have been aware of my needs and commitment to stay moving.... " Read more and be inspired

"My body needs additional support to do that and NWPT provided just that."

APRIL 01, 2016

Our Dedicated Featured Client!

Heidi Palena

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Dedication

I started at NWPT in 2006 after my second child was born. I was unfit, lacked confidence, and was pretty sad that my body didn’t seem to melt away the baby fat I had gained. I jumped right in with NWPT and joined in my first FAT LOSS CHALLENGE.   My trainer helped me to rock the challenge and I went from soft to strong with his guidance and encouragement—I felt like a new person.   ...

10 years since that first challenge, I have trained with a trainer almost every week—keeping off the 25 pounds that I initially lost.  That weekly session acts as my “set the bar” workout for the rest of the week. Until working out with a personal trainer, I had NO IDEA how hard I needed to push for results.  It’s amazing how much I have been taught to reach for those uncomfortable edges and push just a little beyond because THAT is the point where progress is made.   My workouts are a priority and the secret to stress relief, keeping my weight in check, and giving me happy energy to run and play with my kids.  My husband kindly states that I’m “reverse aging” which is just about the best compliment ever.

While my workouts are consistent, I sometimes need to refocus on nutrition; my trainer Kristin is ready with her “What can I do to help you succeed” attitude.  I never feel like a failure for needing a little guidance and cheerleading, she just helps me get down to business and focus.   Every week, I walk out of NWPT with my head high, my limbs sweaty, and my heart full." Read more and be inspired

"Every week, I walk out of NWPT with my head high, my limbs sweaty, and my heart full."

MARCH 01, 2016

Featured Clients - Nichole & Nerissa are hard working gals!

Nichole Reitzenstein & Nerissa Fallon

"Our partner training and team training at NW Personal Training has provided us with a path to reach our exercise and health  goals in a safe and healthy way. With the customized instruction from the trainers we get to work with we both have experienced amazing results.

We began our NW Personal Training journey to better health and fitness in 2012. We continue to advance our flexibility, strength, and overall tone. We have enjoyed the flexibility of working with several amazing tr
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"Learning from others, my inspiration comes from anyone who has had physical or mental challenges of their own, far worse than mine, living their life with a positive attitude and carrying on as best as they are able."

OCTOBER 01, 2015

Client of the Month - Donna has improved so much in such a short amount of time. She came in with a fear of falling all the time. Now she keeps bragging how confident she feels about her balance and she's not worried of falling anymore!

Donna Tinsen

"My name is Donna Tinsen, and I'm 75 years old. I was widowed last year after my husband's prolonged illness. The strain of caring for him took all the energy and life out of me.

I was exhausted and overweight, and having terrible trouble with my left knee. I resolved to take my Weight Watchers program seriously again, and under the care of my doctor joined NWPT to strengthen my knee and improve my overall conditioning.

With the help of Marijka, my trainer, I gained confide
... " Read more and be inspired

"I was exhausted and overweight, and having terrible trouble with my left knee. I resolved to take my Weight Watchers program seriously again, and under the care of my doctor joined NWPT to strengthen my knee and improve my overall conditioning."

NOVEMBER 01, 2015

Client of the Month - Lois offers Inspiration!

Lois Deckard

"If someone had told me a long time ago that I would get cancer after working for 41+ years and retirement in full swing,

Never would I have believed them, because I’ve always been active, watched my nutrition, and never smoked.

So, five months after having my annual mammogram, I found a lump and my GP called with bad news about the results of a second mammogram.

Positively confirming
... " Read more and be inspired

"Learning from others, my inspiration comes from anyone who has had physical or mental challenges of their own, far worse than mine, living their life with a positive attitude and carrying on as best as they are able."

OCTOBER 01, 2015

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