This email is long overdue but I wanted to share with you how much you have helped me change me and my life during the past 8 months. Back in August 2013, you were fairly new and I was just getting used to you as the new trainer.  I had been doing boot camp with a different trainer who I really liked.  I didn’t know you and you didn’t know me very well, but I knew we were both committed to our workouts.There was a particular day that I will never forget,  where you literally changed my life.  We were doing a work out where we had to run a lap around the building, come in, do a series of dead lifts, then do another lap.   It was for 5 rounds.  At that time I could barely make it around the building once, never mind 5 times, with dead lifts in between.  As usual, I was the slowest in the class and knew I would be the last to finish.  That didn’t  bother me but I was pretty sure I would never be able to do 5 laps.  I had finished my last set of dead lifts and it was time to do my last lap. I was headed out the door,  and the next thing I knew, there you were next to me, jogging with me around the building.  You kept telling me how good I was doing and that I could make it.  I didn’t want to embarrass myself so I just kept going.  Huffing and puffing I finally made it around with you at my side.  We got back inside, you gave me a huge high five and told me that I had just run a mile!!  A mile??  I never in my life thought I could run a mile, but I did.  I went home and that night couldn’t stop telling the story of how I ran  a whole mile.  I told my family then that  wanted to start running,  and I did. In 3 weeks I will run my first 5K .  I can’t wait to do it as it really is something I never imagined I would do in my life. My goal is to run ( slow jog) the whole way and finish strong.When I started here about a year ago, I couldn’t do a squat, not a push up nor a sit up.  I couldn’t even jog 1 lap around the building. I was a 59 year old woman who hadn’t exercised in almost 40 years.  I don’t know what I was thinking when I signed up.  I knew I wanted to get healthier and stronger but the benefits that I have gained are way more than I could even have imagined back then.I am physically stronger, my blood pressure is back in the normal range, as is  my cholesterol,  and I have lost some weight.  As important as those things are, just as important are these:  I have regained my self confidence, I believe I can do just about anything I set my mind to, I am willing to try new things and I am a much happier, healthier me!!. Your way of training has kept me going for the past 8 months.  You coach, teach, inspire, and push when needed to get me to do the very best I can at whatever WOD we are doing.  Probably like many people I have wanted to give up, quit and go home many times, but just at those times, you’ve been there to push me on and encourage me and help me succeed.  I always leave your class feeling so much better than when I walk in.  I have a long way to go for sure but  I know now that  this is  a journey, not an exercise class I attend three times a week.  I know you are right there with me as well as the other members of our class. I have met the most awesome people who I consider friends, not just people I see at the gym. You have developed an atmosphere of pride, encouragement, respect, and acceptance.  I love the people I work out with and they are also responsible for keeping me going and making me want  to come back each Monday Wednesday and Friday.  There is a camaraderie among our members and I always feel like I belong even if I am the last the slowest, the weakest etc.

So thanks Damien, for all of your hard work, long hours, patience, expertise, and for being such a great trainer and a really great guy. You have helped me change myself not just on the outside but who I am on the inside.