CRYSTAL CLARK – LOSS OF 44 LBS | 5″ LOST OFF WAIST | 15.5% FAT LOSS
SUSAN O’HARA – LOST 34 LBS OF FAT | 15% BODY FAT LOST
LOST 53.5 LBS OF FAT | LOST 12% BODY FAT | No longer struggles to get up stairs and on and off the floor, in spite of two knee replacements. | Deadlifted 300lbs on her 70th birthday.
“I walked in the door with 10+ years of physical problems including two knee replacements, one shoulder tear, one shoulder repair, overweight, and very apprehensive that Spectrum could help me. My mindset has totally changed! Life is good again! From the initial consultation to today, no issue or problem has been too much for the Spectrum team to address and successfully resolve. The milestones I’ve accomplished felt so out of reach a couple of months ago. Amazing!”
LOST 30 LBS OF FAT | LOST 9% BODY FAT | LOST 8″ OFF WAIST
“I never would have guessed that being a part of the BBC challenge would have such a positive impact in my life. It has changed me drastically both physically and emotionally. I have lost a significant amount of weight and feel fantastic! Over the past 3 years I had steadily gained weight (about 40 pounds)- I bought every diet book and tried just about every diet out there with no success. The personal diet planning with the scheduled one to one sessions were a key to my success- writing down everything I ate helped me stay in check but having someone evaluate my choices and explain why other choices would be better was fabulous! Also, what I learned about exercise was a real eye-opener.
I have always been a cardio junkie and now I have incorporated resistance training and am amazed at the results! I now eat things that I never even thought about and enjoying it! I will never go back to the way that I ate or exercised again- I am very thankful to Mike and the staff at Spectrum for the coaching and encouragement!”
“I never thought I would lose those ‘love handles’ – well, now I am proof that, even at the age of 63, one can look forward to a stronger and healthier lifestyle at any age.”
LINDA BRUENJES LOST 7.67 LBS OF FAT 4.94% BF, 2.5 “ OFF HIPS AND 1”OFF WAIST IN 8 WEEKS
STEVE CASAGRANDE – DANVERS | LOST 31 LBS OF FAT | GAINED 7 LBS OF MUSCLE IN 8 WEEKS
CALEB POWERS – LOST 29 LBS | 11.2% BODY FAT LOST | GAINED 6.9 LBS OF MUSCLE
George has lost 21.5 lbs of fat, gained 7 lbs of muscle while rehabbing a torn labrum, rotator cuff and herniated disc.
GEORGE PAPACHRISTOS – WEYMOUTH, MA
“As a 57 year old man that rarely did any exercise, I must say that at the end of my, two day a week, eight week fitness training program at Spectrum Fitness consulting I’ve never felt better in my life. I lost over 10 pounds of fat and all my clothes now actually fit and are very comfortable to wear. I was evaluated at the beginning by Mike Stare and then at the end and I could really see and feel the difference. His expertise in this field of fitness was quite apparent after briefly talking to him. My mental health has improved markedly and my stress level is much lower. The nutrition information I got from Spectrum has dramatically changed the way I eat and I am much more aware of the things I eat and when I eat them and in what combination.
The personal attention I received from Tom and Michelle during the workouts helped me learn the right techniques for the different exercises that we did at every session. I told them at the beginning that I wanted to learn the techniques so that I could do them at home as I have little time to go to a gym. I now can do the same workout at home that I did at Spectrum (unfortunately without the encouragement from Tom and Michelle that they constantly gave me during the workouts, usually with much humor). Let there be no mistake, they worked me hard, and at the beginning my body said no more, but I kept coming back because of how good I felt after the workouts.
From my observations of their work with other people, who were in the gym at the same time I was, I could see that Mike, Tom and Michelle tailored the workouts based on the individual needs of the client and always with encouragement and positive reinforcement.
I highly recommend Mike and his crew at Spectrum Fitness for anyone who is serious about turning their health and well being around.”
BILL KELL, PEABODY, MA
“Since working with the team of experts at Spectrum fitness Consulting, I have lost over 40lbs of fat, gained 12 pounds of muscle, and my old injuries don’t bother me anymore. My workouts are quick, and extremely effective, and I’m in the best shape of my life!”
JED DICKMAN, BEVERLY, MA
“I am the healthiest I have been in a very long time, and I have Spectrum Fitness and it’s professional staff to thank for getting me back on the right track. I am 38, have 4 young children, work full time and have little time to devote to myself so, “fitness” got put on the back burner for a while.
In the past, I have tried to eat healthy and fit in exercise when I could, but we all know that it is easy to get caught up in a cycle of; eating the leftover food from the kids plates, choosing laundry and chores over going out and exercising, being just too plain tired to do anything except the everyday functions of work and family life. Whenever I would start an exercise program it took up too much time and I would either gain the weight back or simply stop the routine after a while.
Over the years I have researched and tried many of the new, “fad” diets that come out on a regular basis, I have also tried different workout programs and joined gyms. Most of that resulted in frustration and kept me with the, “extra weight” that I couldn’t seem to shed. My mother told me about a seminar given by Michael Stare that addressed everything I have had frustration with in the past…myths about weight loss, fad diets, time constraints…After hearing what he had to say, I signed up the next week. I was curious and it seemed too good to be true. I had appointments with professional trainers that worked with my specific abilities and I saw changes almost immediately. I learned that “workouts” don’t have to consume your entire morning, night or afternoon.
They taught me that I can use my body weight for strength training and not have to go out and buy expensive equipment or join a gym, I can get in a full workout in my own living room or yard all within a half hour. I learned that ten minutes of high intensity interval training burns more fat over a longer period of time than a 45 minute run at moderate pace, what a time saver! One of the trainers even gave me a tip on how I could utilize my children’s swing set for part of my strength training. I won’t say participating in my appointments didn’t take hard work and dedication on my part, but being guided by the trainers made it so much easier to get motivated.
Recently, I was able to travel to Wyoming and hike up to 10, 000 feet without feeling tired! Since then, I have been continuing with my workouts and high intensity training. I have lost 15 pounds, gained muscle tone and I look as fit as I did before I had children in my mid 20’s. I can keep up with my children and have made a promise to myself to keep on track with my health and fitness. The most important aspect of all is that I feel energized, healthy and strong. Thanks.”
“Michael Stare and Spectrum Fitness have the most knowledgeable, educated, scientifically-based personal training team-period. They will get you in shape faster than anyone, with a program that fits your life and lifestyle. If you’ve ever had an injury or any sort of physical limitation they know exactly how to help you to overcome your obstacles and get the body you want, not just dream about. And you’ll have fun doing it!”
BEATRICE MENDEZ, BEVERLY, MA
“What did I like most about the BBC? Very simple…the outcome. I went into this kicking and screaming. I didn’t want the work and had a lot of excuses why this was not a good time. The results speak for themselves however and I never would have had a better time to do it. It’s changed my perception of weight loss and health. It’s changed my life.
I’ve struggled with my weight since I was pretty young (I lost 50 lbs in the 5th grade using NutriSystem). I was never really able to lose much for very long though because the diet was just that, a diet. The BBC has put this progress into overdrive! I feel the best I have physically and emotionally right now that I can ever remember feeling. I am wearing clothes that fit and look much better. I have more energy. My workouts are showing real steady improvement (I don’t know when I was last able to do pushups on the floor…now I can do a bunch of them). My self-confidence is high. Perhaps the greatest improvement however is that I feel motivated to live a healthy lifestyle and have real tools to do that.
Spectrum Fitness and the BBC have given me the confidence to take my life back. This is only the beginning!”
RICH M., BEVERLY, MA
Spectrum, I would not be on my bike or in my kayak this summer. I just made plans to hike & bike in Acadia National Park this fall and to hike in the snow New Year’s weekend. Although my ankle still gives me a bit of problem, I feel happy to be active again and I do not let it stop me from doing things.
It would be shameful of me to pass an opportunity to tell you about your staff. They are the best!
Michelle is an inspiration. She spent the time to talk to me about so many issues that I thought were affecting my well-being. She took the time to know me and my abilities and interests. Her advice on nutrition helped me to change my eating style for the better. My weight is the same as when I left Spectrum at the beginning of July, so I am stepping up the “tracking” once again to keep myself in line.
My family has noticed a difference in my choices and I still don’t participate in Vince’s “famous late night snacks” anymore. I want to lose another 10-15 lbs. and I feel I can do it using the information Michelle provided.
Rob always helped as he was in the gym at the same time and gave me pointers and encouragement even though I was not his client. Tom was great in explaining the “how” and “why” of every movement. I learned a great deal from him. I like to dig deep into how the muscles work and why I need to do a particular exercise in a certain way —-he is a patient man!
I just cannot say enough about everyone there! Your staff is the best and obviously you have chosen them for a reason. After I broke my ankle, I felt depressed and believed that most of my activities were in the past – I felt old and really crummy. Now, I can once again enjoy 95% of the things I did before. I owe that to Spectrum – I really and truly believe in Spectrum.”
PATTY MATTHEWS, HAVERHILL, MA
“The results have been very good since I’ve been on the program. Tom and Dave are both great guys, and I have slimmed down more in the last few months than in a year of previous trying. I’m sure part of that is the nutrition advice, as I never really changed my diet before (besides removing soda). But a lot of it is just the right exercises at the right times with the right intensity. I do appreciate it.”
PATRICK G., MILTON, MA
“Since training with Spectrum, things are going well! I have lost 25lbs total and started to get back on a bicycle! That was one of my goals. I find it hard to get the gym 3 times a week in the summer, especially in July but I am trying to get back on track as I would like to lose another 25 lbs by Christmas!
I am still so appreciative of your time and efforts in helping me get on track. I feel so much better and look forward to improving even more, the nutrition tips have helped me change my eating habits for the better. You have a great attitude and are non-threatening to people who lack athletic habits (like me).”
NATALIE CASSIDY, DANVERS, MA
“When I first started going to Spectrum (only about 4 months ago), I was significantly out of shape, overweight and was out of breath after climbing just a few flights of stairs. After working out 2-3 times per week I haven’t felt as well as I do now in over 10 years! And, that’s from both a stamina and strength perspective! I walked 18 holes of golf last week and carried my clubs – haven’t done that in 15 years!
After the initial consultation, Mike Stare developed a fabulous program to develop and build my stamina and strength, as well as a comprehensive nutritional program. My schedule is such that I can’t make it to the gym at a regular time or days of the week, so I work with all the Personal Trainers (Dave, Tom and Michelle). They each take great notes of my progress and what exercised I perform during each session, so the next PT is able to pick-up where the last one left off. All of them are committed and dedicated to working with each individual client, are extremely professional, very personable, and hold each client accountable and responsible for their own development and success! And, they also genuinely take pride in the progress and success that each of their clients realize. They “push” when they need to and offer encouragement when it’s needed most. Dare I say that I “enjoy” going to the gym? For me, I never thought I could say that – but I am now! There is no doubt in my mind that I would not have been able to achieve the success I have realized to date on my own.
For someone considering training at Spectrum? There is nothing to “consider” – just do it! What’s more important than your life?”
MIKE M., WENHAM, MA
“I’ve had nearly 50 years of chronic back and neck pain and developed sciatica and osteoarthritis of the knees. After 18 years of chiropractics and one year of osteopathy, countless hours of exercises, weight training and miles of power walking-I’ve found it all to be NON-PRODUCTIVE!”
After training with Spectrum, “I’ve experienced increased core strength, mobility and balance, improved nutrition habits, fat loss, sharp decrease in pain and symptoms and enjoy more efficient resistance and cardio workouts, and I’m able to keep up with my four grandchildren. This is PRICELESS!”
MARILYN HOURICAN-OSBURNE, BEVERLY, MA
“Spectrum Fitness has allowed me to make many positive transitions in my health. When I first arrived at Spectrum over 2 years ago I had lost 39 lbs with Weight Watchers and was following a grueling exercise regimen which involved boot camp , running and training for local races. My only rest I allowed myself was when I would be too exhausted to exercise and came down a cold or the flu.
I was exercising partly so I could enjoy all the foods I liked to eat and to “ stay in shape”. The Weight watcher’s leader suggested I consult a nutritionist—a very wise suggestion. After my first half marathon my knees were painful. A local orthopedic surgeon diagnosed me with osteoarthritis at the age of 49 , recommended knee replacements and said my knees would “melt” away if I continued running.
Over two years trainers Tom and Michelle have taught me so much about proper weight lifting, interval training, paying attention to what my body is telling me, working out to my maximum without hurting myself and good nutrition. My original goals were to have less painful knees and lose 20 lbs. Now my knees are comfortable during daily 2-3 mile hikes in the woods, I have much more stamina and strength. I have planned rest periods every 6-8 weeks instead of crashing and burning.
I have gained 10 lbs but a good portion of that is muscle. Learning and implementing the nutrition and not working out just so I can eat has been a harder learning process than the work outs. Also learning to gage when and how much to exercise has been a process. I am now on a downward trend with my weight and eating much more healthfully. I have not been near the surgeon yet.
Michelle is a trainer and a nutritionist. She has been very instrumental in helping me change my eating habits and also very persistent in bugging me to record my nutrition/eating and weigh in regularly. She measures my fat and muscle as well as my weight and I know exactly how much protein fat carbohydrate I should be eating daily.
She has been very supportive as I have struggled with the metabolism slowdown that comes with menopause and my quest to get on bioidentical hormone replacements to combat the all the side effects of menopause. She has dealt with my mini rebellions when I didn’t want to give up my morning granola or my concept that I could eat as much butternut squash as I wanted because it is a vegetable. She is, as Mike says, “A velvet hammer”. She really will never give up on you.
Working with Spectrum Fitness has made the transition to “over 50” a much better journey for me. I plan to work with one of their trainers weekly for many years to come.”
LIZ B., SALEM, MA
“My success in the BBC is less about how much weight that I lost and more about what I learned about myself in the process. I was never a big eater, but I was a poor eater. So I always thought that as long as I didn’t eat a lot, my weight should stay in control. However, that didn’t turn out so well. I was a huge carb eater, a big sweet eater and basically lazy, lazy, lazy about food and its preparation. So what I learned over the past 8 weeks is that I can eat more protein and eat less carbs and still be satisfied. I really don’t mind preparing my meals and I have figured out how to eat out at a restaurant without blowing it. I have stopped eating dessert every night. And guess what? I feel so awesome that I won’t go back to eating my old way because feeling good is soooooo much better than the temporary joy I get from eating “junk” food. Even on Thanksgiving, I ate very cautiously. I did have some stuffing, but a few bites. I did have dessert, but only a sliver. I was fine with that. I was able to get back on track even after eating differently on the holiday. So basically I learned that I can eat healthy and enjoy it. I learned I can enjoy the “treats” for what they are – treats!
The other huge lesson was about exercise. I hate to exercise. I just do. But I accept and understand the fact that it is an essential part of my feeling good. It makes me feel younger and more energetic. Again, I’d rather feel good. I CHOOSE to feel good.
This program provided me the structure to learn these lessons and I would recommend it to anyone who wants to gain control over how they FEEL. It’s a great benefit to get thinner and wear smaller clothes, but the take-away for me is the great feeling of health and well-being!”
LEE M., SALEM, MA
“For 20 years, I have carried the baggage of extra weight. I am well on my way to being in the best shape of my life. BBC kept me focused on the goals I set. Meeting those goals has been exhilarating. I am in the process of setting even more goals which will take me to an even higher level of fitness. Recently I was walking around my house wearing my junior prom dress for fun! It was a great moment for this 40 year old mother of four. Thank you Spectrum Fitness.”
KELLIE DONLON, HAWTHORNE, MA
“Spectrum fitness has been THE amazing tool in my once lacking arsenal towards my health changes. Everyone here at Spectrum has been influential and beneficial towards my continuing success.
The individual focus and dedication they give to every client is fantastic. I used to think my food and life choices were OK but working with my trainers I have found a better way to eat, exercise and live. There is no way to turn back once spectrum starts helping you feel and do better. It becomes addicting to better yourself and everything around you.
The personal attention I received from Tom and Michelle during the workouts helped me learn the right techniques for the different exercises that we did at every session, always with encouragement and positive reinforcement. I now can do the same the workout at home that I did at Spectrum but sadly I couldn’t bring home Tom and Michelle. Let there be no mistake, they worked me hard and meant business, but the rewards are worth every sore muscle I got. But I kept coming back and pushing harder because of how good I felt after the workouts, Spectrum really helped change me into a better healthier person.
They brought me back from my brink, helped me work harder than ever by tailoring a workout based on my individual needs and goals. Hands down if you are serious about getting in shape this is the team to get you there! This is one investment you will not regret.”
KATELYN M., BOXFORD, MA
“I came into this program with the attitude “I’m not giving in to getting old”. I have always been fit and active but have gained weight and “symptoms” the last few years – tired, neck and shoulder problems, high blood pressure, Ugg! So I wanted to lose weight and body fat, mostly I wanted to feel better. I have been frustrated with not losing more weight and fat but am thrilled with how much better I feel – sleeping better and neck and shoulder pain is better. Blood pressure is also much better and I’m not done!”
KAREN SHORR, BEVERLY, MA
“The BBC helped me learn nutritional life lessons that I wish I had learned 2 decades ago. Some of the basics premises’ of muscle building have been hidden by for years by marketing and media and Spectrum Fitness helped put a very pragmatic view on what works verses what are commonplace misconceptions. Mike has helped me reform and change bad habits and replace them with good ones. The simple principal of “brown bagging” a lunch is something that will change my family’s health for years to come. My wife and I both feel this class has been a significant investment in us. Thanks for hosting such an educational class.”
JOHN DONLON, HAWTHORNE, MA
“Having participated in the Beverly Fitness Challenge and learned the fundamentals of a regular exercise regimen the next logical step was to participate in the Beverly Body Challenge to learn proper dietary habits.
During these eight weeks, with the guidance of Mike Stare, I gained knowledge of the proper foods to consume and the nature of these foods, i.e. fats, carbohydrates, protein. By following the strict meal plan laid out for me (and with accountability sessions with Mike!) I was able to lose body fat and gain lean muscle. But, more importantly, I now have the information to more forward to continue good nutrition coupled with the exercise knowledge previously learned to lead a healthy lifestyle.
As I approach the age of 66 I feel as if I’m getting younger rather than older! Thank you Mike and the wonderful staff at Spectrum Fitness Consulting.”
JOE PRINCI, BEVERLY, MA
“I truly could not be happier with the results I’m seeing!”
“Three years after having back surgery that went very badly and resulted in numerous supposedly permanent complications, including nerve damage to my right leg and continued chronic back pain, I consulted with Mike Stare. Mike immediately came up with a plan that took into consideration my many issues through a reasonable approach to exercise and nutrition.
In addition to the improvements I’m seeing in my back and leg, as a bonus as I was not considered “overweight” to begin with, I have transferred about 5 pounds of fat into 5 pounds of muscle. Mike has a great team of trainers that are extremely knowledgeable and have many years of experience. I truly could not be happier with the results I’m seeing and look forward to continuing to work with Spectrum!”
JERRY TRUPIANO, ROCKPORT, MA
“Thank you for inspiring me!”
“The BBC has opened my eyes with regard to the proper way to eat. I thought I knew how to eat well! My workouts have improved immensely as well as my strength. I am more focused than before and feel as though I can continue to improve in the future. I have recommended this program to several of my friends who I think would benefit from its educational content. Thank you for inspiring me all over again!”
“I changed my life with the BBC!”
“A lot of people say, “BBC changed my life”, but I prefer to say that I changed my life, with the BBC. It takes commitment, but if you are “all in”, you will succeed.
The opportunity to participate in the BBC came at a good time. I was going through a stressful change in my life and felt vulnerable. Emotionally, I needed to feel strong and in control of my life, confident in the choices I had made. Physically, I had so much joint pain every day, in my knees, back and even my feet. I could not get up from a chair without pulling myself up with my arms. I felt like 82 instead o f52.
The BBC changed all that. I fell so much stronger, because I am! I have much more energy – I am not dragging myself out of bed in the morning and I am not dependant on caffeine to get me going. When I want to get up from a chair, I just stand up! Doesn’t seem like much, but to me it’s huge. And just as importantly, I feel like I am in control of my life and the choices I make. Emotionally, I am strong and calm. I lost over 20 pounds of fat, two pant sizes, inches all over and even an inch off my wrists!
The program is great because it is individually tailored to each participant. The meal plan makes every calorie work toward your goal. If you follow it, you will see dramatic results. The exercise plan is so efficient, which is what real people need. It was even something I could do on the road in a hotel room. I need accountability because I am great at fooling myself. I like the one-on-one sessions with my trainer, where my food log was reviewed in a supportive way. That is important; you are supported, not coddled.
If you are ready to take control of your body and your life and are willing to commit to achieving positive changes, the BBC is the healthiest, fastest and most successful way I know. I absolutely recommend it!”
“Spectrum helped me put my goals into perspective!”
“It has been such a wonderful experience working with Spectrum Fitness. I have always been an active person and conscious eater. But I did need a boost to my efforts, and weight loss goals. Spectrum helped me put my goals into perspective by first looking at food issues and then looking at my workout. I have seen the biggest changes in my eating habits and choices. The weight loss has stayed off and I feel that I am embracing a whole new mindset. Thank you Spectrum!!!”
“Progress is a really good feeling!”
“What is most enjoyable about the BBC program is that it works! My increase in energy and decrease in clothing size is a joy.
BBC offers lifestyle information to carry within oneself into the future. Awareness and knowledge is the key to acceptance and success. I have accepted certain facts about nutrition and embraced making changes in my day. Mike and I talked about deciding being the turning point. You can have all the knowledge in the world available to you, yet it is when you decide to make good use of it, is when you gain success. Progress is a really good feeling.
I definitely have a ways to go. But I have a game plan now. I am no longer fighting myself along the way; I am incorporating changes I believe in and have seen firsthand to be legit.
Advice for those considering BBC? Put it all on the table. Issues, worries, concerns, frustrations. It is proven that the lifestyle of BBC works. Decide to do the work and enjoy your journey!”
“It was simple and I got great results!”
“I now have the knowledge necessary to lose weight and keep it off. I have finally learned HOW to eat well and take better care of myself. This is not to say that I was totally clueless before, far from it, rather I was able to take my game to a new level with BBC. I had a target weight/body fat % that I had been working toward for the last 3 years! I am now within striking distance of that goal in just 8 short weeks! No doubt it will be just another month or so, and I’ll be there!
I enjoyed the education, the camaraderie, and the no nonsense results oriented BBC. It didn’t take up a great deal of my time, it was simple, and I got great results. If you want to build better fitness and nutrition habits, lose weight, get in shape, or just take your game to another level I cannot recommend BBC enough! It will change your life.”
“This program really works!”
“The Body Balance program was a great way to jumpstart weight loss and reach new levels of fitness. In seven weeks I was able to get rid of body fat I had been battling with for years. While nothing about the program was “easy” exactly, the built-in coaching, accountability, peer support and education made it possible in a way that “do it yourself”, or less comprehensive approaches don’t. I look forward to using my new tools to continue my transformation! This is a program that really works and gives you what you need to make a true commitment to your health.”
“This program has been life changing!”
“I finally understand what I need to do to get physically fit and achieve a healthy body weight. I know these things because my body has told me so – I feel better. Much better!! Plus, many people have told me I look better – what a wonderful side benefit! Three things about the program made it work for me: the combination of both food choices (I won’t say diet) and exercise, the accountability of food logs and the checking in with the supportive staff! Thank you for encouraging my efforts to live more healthfully. I feel stronger and empowered to continue improving my life!”
“I’ve dropped from 20% to 10% body fat since working with Spectrum. My back and shoulder don’t bother me anymore. The Spectrum team has helped me change my diet, and develop a program that I can stick with, in spite of my busy schedule, which I’ve never been able to do in the past.”
Randy Tsu, Beverly, MA