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Imagine How Great This Feels!!!

Posted on August 28, 2014. Filed under: Uncategorized |

Congratulations to Rich!  He has lost almost 100 pounds in Train Like A Trooper Boot Camp. Here is the proof:


Rich walked into our Boot Camp in January 2013.  He weighed 350 pounds; give or take a few.  He was about 60 years old and had not worked out in decades.  He was taking medications for a myriad of things:  diabetes, high blood pressure, just to name a few. Even his color was off; his complexion looked gray to me.  We talked for quite a while that day.  He told me his goal was to lose 100 pounds in two years.  He was also dealing with a few fused cervical vertebrae from an earlier surgery.  He had limited mobility.  He was in pain; his neck hurt, his knees hurt, his hips hurt.  I was a little worried ( okay, a LOT worried)…But, I saw a spark in his eyes and I thought, “He can really do this.”  So, he got the okay from his physician and we started working on his goal. 

Rich attended (and still does) Boot Camp faithfully.  He rarely missed class when he started.  Initially, we had to modify all the exercises. It was very difficult for him to even get down on the mat to do push ups or core work.  He kept at it; slowly working his way down and slowly getting back up.  After the first four week session, Rich reported to me that he had lost almost 20 pounds.

He followed the Hauk Fitness nutritional plan. He stopped drinking soda and had really cut back on his daily fast food trips.  I watched him get stronger.  Then, one day at boot camp I noticed he jogged a little bit.  Maybe about 50 yards or so.  I ran up to him and asked, “I saw that!  How do you feel?”  He looked at me and said, “GREAT!”  I said, “Good, but let’s still take it slow.”   I saw a smile creep across his face as if he knew something I didn’t.  Well, he did.  I soon learned what it was:  He is a very determined man and he did not let anything take him off the path to his goal.

He and his wife, Cathy, continued to live life.  Just because he was working on a large weight loss, life still happens.  So, there are birthday parties, holidays, picnics, and bar-b-ques.  He still lost pounds.  He went on vacations and would actually lose weight.  He’d come back and say, “Lost another 4 pounds.”  And, there was that little smile again. 

The months fell away, the seasons changed, and Rich was steadily losing weight.  It seemed as if with every pound he lost, he gained that much strength and endurance.  He was a regular at one of the early morning boot camps (We have 3) and one Monday at one of our the 6 PM boot camps, I saw him again.  I walked up to him and said, “Are you doing a double today?”  He said, “Yes, I’m going to try it and see how I feel.”   This happened about six months into his weight loss journey.  At the end of class I caught him as he was leaving and said, “Well……?”   He said, “I’m not gonna lie, it was tough, but I liked it.”   From then on, when his schedule allowed, he would be at a morning Boot camp class and a 6PM class as well.  Yep, there was that smile.

About three weeks ago, we were at Sunset Meadows Park for boot camp (we are outside in the summer months).  I was running a warm-up lap with Rich and we were talking.  It was a Friday, which means we were getting prepared to run up and down the toboggan hill.  He said to me, “I’m going to try and run 2 laps without stopping today.”  Just so you understand how far that is; one lap is 9/10’s of a mile.  He was going to run (almost) 2 miles.  I said, “GO for it!”  I watched him move ahead of me and he said over his shoulder, “I haven’t run two miles without stopping since I was a teenager….if then!”  We both laughed.  

Remember that determination?  Yes, he finished two laps without stopping.  This time the smile went from ear to ear!  Oh, and he also completed 8 toboggan hills.

Rich is now within 4 pounds of his goal and 4 months ahead of schedule.  I asked him what advice he has for someone who is ready to lose the weight and make the change.  He said, “Look, it’s not easy at the beginning. But, it gets easier. You have to keep coming to boot camp.  You have to eat healthy and watch your portions.  You just have to do it.  Make yourself do it.  Make it a priority.”  Then he added, “If I can do it, anyone can.  I am in the best shape of my life right now. Tell them that they can do it, too.”  

He built up his overall body/core strength to a level that has now reduced the stress and strain on his knees and back.  He is painfree. He completes our training workouts without any modifications.  He has lost over 15 inches around his waist. He has increased the mobility of his neck.   Rich is off all medication and his physician is amazed at the changes he has made to his body and health.  He has more energy than he knows what to do with!  His eyes are bright and he looks ten years younger.  He has his mojo back!

Imagine how euphoric Rich feels!  It didn’t happen overnight.  But, it HAPPENED!  

You don’t need to suffer in silence anymore.  You don’t have to be frustrated and angry with yourself any longer.  Get ready to feel like Rich does!  We are here to help you get there!  Your life is right here; right now.  We know how to get you there.  We use a holistic approach:  We take care of the fitness part and proper nutritional plan/support.  You don’t have to think about what to do or what to eat.  We provide that for you.  It’s going to feel like you won the lottery!  Promise!

Let us get you the results and the body you deserve.  

Your Trainer,



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When Is It Okay NOT To Workout?

Posted on August 14, 2014. Filed under: Uncategorized |

Here I am a personal trainer and we are talking about when NOT to workout.  Really?  Yep.

I talk a lot to my members about listening to their bodies and being in tune with it.  We have been trained to overlook our aches and pains and injuries.  After all, we have a lot to do each day and we can’t let anything slow us down.  I can tell you that as a former college athlete, we were trained to deal with sore ankles and knees; sore backs; deep bruises from physical contact during games or practice.  We would get iced down after games. We had the best trainers around.  We were taped up before games.  You had to get out on the court and play.  That was the bottom line.  And, I wanted to, don’t get me wrong.  Wild horses couldn’t have stopped me from playing.  At one point I even played with a soft cast on my leg after a severe ankle sprain. Anyway, this is not  a phenomena just experienced by athletes.  We all do it at one time or the other.  We tend to ignore those warning signs and push ourselves too hard sometimes.

So, here are some times you should NOT workout:

  • Illness:  You can probably work through a cold or allergies.  But, if you have a temperature or worse, let your body heal and get better.  If you push through a workout when you have the flu or a temperature you can get other people sick or make yourself even sicker.  
  • Injury:  If you are recovering from an acute injury like an ACL or miniscus surgery or something similar, please do your rehab as ordered by your Doctor before you jump back into your training routine.  
  • Sleep Deprivation:  It’s one thing if you had one poor night of sleep and you are feeling a bit “draggy”.  Your workout will actually help perk you up.  But, if you are running on several days of less than 6 – 7 hours of sleep and you try to workout like a fiend, you’ll find yourself flat on your back.  Listen to your body.

So, yes, there are times when you must listen to your body and take a workout break for a day or two (Not a week or two).  Your body will thank you and your results will be right back on track!

Yours in Health and Fitness,

Tami Haukedahl

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