2012 Transform FX Fitness Member of the Year Winner and Finalists

by Anna D

Here are the 2012 TFX  Member of  the Year  Winners !

  • TFX 2012 Member of the Year: Anja Arroyo wins a Family Portrait Session at Kaur Photography, $500 value plus prints
  • First Prize: Monica Caguin wins a 1-hour Massage at Transformational Healing Center, $85 value
  • Second Prize: Tiffany Borland wins a 1-hour Facial at Simplicity Skin Care, $75 value
  • Third Prize: Lorrie Nicoles wins a $50 Sports Basement Gift Card
  • Here are the Winners  Amazing Transformation Stories!

    Anja Arroyo TFX 2012 Member of The Year!

    “Where do I begin with my journey at Transform FX Fitness…..

    Last year I was alerted to a Groupon deal about a BOOTCAMP offer (…scared me to think about it….) and the offer was for a 4 week or 8 week time period. I was petrified that I would be ‘killed’ and not be able to handle it so I did the only reasonable thing a chicken like myself would do and I committed to 4 weeks. J I figured if I died on day 1 then at least I wouldn’t be out a bundle of money.

    I have been an avid runner (on a treadmill -in my garage -watching my realty shows that I tape) and I thought to myself that I could handle the cardio/strength portion of boot camp. It was the screaming and yelling…

    (that I thought was going to happen) that I was most afraid of. Day #1 came around and there stood sweet Ale with her beautiful accent and I had two other girlfriends do the 4 week course so we were ready and anxious to get our workout in. Round 1 of 4 and I was breathing so hard and cracking up at myself for feeling so weak and tired. I couldn’t believe that for someone that ran an hour easily every morning at 5 am could get so tired and winded by 1 round of this sweet girls workout. I made it through the first day and the next morning I couldn’t get out of bed without every muscle aching. I knew it was a good thing and I instantly fell in love with the way the class made me feel. I have been hooked since day 1. I knew I wanted this class to be a part of my fitness journey.

    Transform FX came into my life at a very sad, low point of my life. I have a very close family member that is battling cancer and this chapter in our family’s life has been very hard and emotional. I honestly believe this class has brought me 45 minutes of peace when I needed it the most. It gives me a way to release my emotions and drives me to focus on myself for at least 45 minutes 3 to 4 days a week. I NEED this class more than ever right now and I cannot imagine how I would be emotionally if I didn’t have this outlet to turn to.

    My original goal when I started boot camp was to lose a ton of weight etc but at this point in my life, my goal is to be healthy. And I feel 100% healthier now. I know for a fact that I am a lot stronger and my endurance has increased greatly. I will focus on weight when life settles down. My eating habits have changed for the better and I have learned quite a bit about nutrition and what is truly good for my body and what isn’t. I have learned to love Protein Enriched shakes and I have started enjoying one raw veggie/fruit smoothie daily. All in all – I eat rather healthy. I take it one day at a time and my intentions are always healthy.

    If I could get everyone I know to ‘just try it’, I know they would fall in love with how they feel after a workout at Transform FX.

    Thank you Ale and Anna for being so open and wonderful to me. I appreciate what you do for me and I am excited to continue my journey with you both.”

    ~ Anja Arroyo, Pleasant Hill, CA

    Monica Caguin 1st. Place!

    “I wanted to lose weight and nothing that I’d tried so far had worked. I knew I needed something structured to keep me motivated.

    Physically, I’ve lost weight (18 lbs to date), I feel more energetic, a better mental capacity throughout the day. Emotionally, I’ve gained confidence, motivation to keep going, a greater sense of self that I can’t say I’ve ever had. When I was younger I never had to work at being thin. I ate what I wanted, never exercised, but I was thin and unhealthy. Working for it, getting to watch my body transform before my eyes has changed my appreciation for myself. I went from wishing I could lose weight to watching it happen. Every sit up, every burpee was a tiny stepping stone to the person I’ve always wanted to be. Not just thin but capable of pushing aside my excuses, the doubts and fears I used to hide behind and finally reach my goal.

    I love coming to workouts and doing something that I didn’t think I could do. When I started I could barely do a push up and now I can do push-ups all through class! I love the moments in class when we all cheer because we know we’ve almost made it through the workout. I love seeing people who commit to coming every week. Everyone has busy schedules; I know that if they can make time to be here every week so can I.

    The only things you’ve got to lose are pounds and excuses. You gain lifelong skills to a healthier version of yourself and you get to do it in an encouraging and fun environment.

    I did a lot of wishing. I wish I could lose weight, I wish I wasn’t tired all the time, I wish I could stop eating, I wish my belly wouldn’t shake when I brushed my teeth. Now there is a lot more doing. I feel more in charge of myself, when I used to diet before I was always afraid to go somewhere I knew there would be food I couldn’t eat. I didn’t think my self-control was strong enough. With the nutrition coaching I’ve learned that I can say no to certain foods, and if I’ve been good I can say yes to them every once in a while. The best part is that I can still live my life, I can enjoy a meal out with friends and know that I can make smart choices and still see results.

    This might be the hardest question to answer only because how do I put into words how much Ale has done to encourage me? So many times her confidence and reassurance has been the voice that drowns out the doubts in my head. I always have fun in her class; I’m always encouraged and challenged. Ale’s support has meant the difference between giving up and pushing for one more rep. She has shared my excitement with every lost pound; she cheered me on when I went from doing modified push-ups to the real thing. I have borrowed her enthusiasm on more than one occasion and it’s gotten me through nights when I just wanted to go home and rest. I’ve never once regretted choosing her class over the couch no matter how I felt during warm ups by the cool down I knew that I had won.

    P.S. I wanted to share something that I posted on Facebook a while back that I think was a turning point for me, when I knew that my circumstance did not have to dictate my ability to succeed. That was a night I did not want work out at all! Normally I would have just gone home but I pushed myself to be there and I haven’t missed once since.

    “Tonight I did not allow a headache and a bad attitude get in my way. Tonight I added one more grain of sand to the slow and steady climb of my success. Tonight I overcame my biggest obstacle and reason for every failure, Myself.”

    ~ Monica Caguin, Concord, CA

    Tiffany Borland  2nd Place!

    “I tried it for a month. I bought a deal on Living Social. After the month trial I knew it was the program for me. I liked that I knew exactly what I was going to do and felt fantastic after each circuit workout.

    I am stronger and feel great. I’ve thrown away 20 pounds. I am better equipped to handle stress. My skin is clear and I like the varied, functional workouts. They are challenging, fun and never the same. What’s more, there is a set schedule and the gym isn’t open 24 hours! It works for me and I hope it will work for others, too. And on days when I just don’t want to come in, I remind myself how good I will feel after and I ALWAYS feel better, no matter how tough my day was.

    Try it and you will see. There is no denying it when you realize how good you feel. Trust me.” I would encourage them to try it and join me in a workout.

    Stressful. I was unhealthy and heavy. My weight was out of control and I looked haggard. I had tried many other programs before. The one thing that makes Transform FX Fitness work for me is that I know exactly what I am going to do. There is someone there showing me proper form. Injuries can be avoided if you know how to execute. At other fitness clubs I input my information into a computer. There is no comparison!

    Ale keeps me going. Her reassurances make such a difference and her calm presence is a constant. It is mind over matter and when I tell myself I can’t, she reminds me I can. When I hear her encourage us Transformers to keep at it, it resets my head and I give it my best. Ale challenges us to push ourselves and not settle for mediocrity– supporting all of us as we strive for excellence!”

    ~ Tiffany Borland, Pleasant Hill, CA

    Lorrie Nicoles 3rd Place!

    “I started working out with Transform FX Fitness because I was offered a free month. At the time, I had lost all interest in the daily walks I had been taking and was not interested in joining another gym. I was, however, very interested in structured workouts that someone else thought up. I JOINED because I was hooked after the first workout!

    I’d like to think that I’m an average person who’s in decent health and moderately fit. I do not want to be a runway model and I like food too much to go on any sort of rigid diet. But I need my body to keep working, because my physical assembly requires at least stronger legs and abs so that I don’t fall apart.

    At TFX, I get three great, and different, workouts a week. I am steadily taking off those pounds that I do not really need and dropping inches around my belly, hips, and thighs. I am also getting stronger, having tons of fun, and feeling incredible!
    Better yet, other people tell me how good I’m looking.
    I give TFX all the credit. I’ve done lots of workouts – by myself, in a gym, classes, and trainers – and none of them have done for me what this bootcamp has.

    I love the supportive atmosphere at TFX. The group I work out with is so much fun. We laugh, tease, and support. None of us take ourselves very seriously. Since I work from home, my workouts are good for my sanity too. I’m getting out of the house, interacting with people, and letting go of everything that has nothing to do with getting in a great, and safe, workout.
    I love the TFX philosophy and how the trainers implement it. I feel challenged, pushed, encouraged, and supported. Nothing is impossible and modifications are allowed for the really difficult.”

    ~ Lorrie Nicoles, Pleasant Hill, CA

    Congratulations to all the  nominees! you guys are an inspiration!  keep up the good work, Continue to TRAIN HARD! and keep up with that TFX Attitude! you guys ROCK!!!


    Ale Adaui

    TFX Coach

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