I joined Evolve Fitness in June 2017, after struggling on my own for too long. I had slowly put on weight over the last few years since university, and woke up one morning realizing I was no longer happy with myself, or where I was heading. I first joined a big gym, and started working out on my own and trying to eat healthy. But between a lack of motivation, a too-busy lifestyle, and not really knowing the right things to do, I was getting nowhere fast. I needed some coaching and guidance, and heard great things about Evolve, so I met with Matt to talk about some personal training sessions. Within five minutes of first walking in the door, I knew this was the place I needed to be. Matt was so friendly and welcoming and it was such a relaxed atmosphere. I was able to get started right away with Alan as my trainer, and I have learned so much from him and Matt and Mitch about nutrition and exercise. At Evolve, you’re not just given a meal plan to follow or a list of good and bad foods to eat. You’re given the information and knowledge you need to make those decisions on your own. I love the challenging workouts, I’m always learning new things and lifting heavier than I ever thought I could. I have so much energy, I feel stronger and more confident than I ever have, and most importantly, I feel good about myself. Although the “numbers” have never been that important to me, I have lost 40lbs, and 20” in the last 6 months. One of the questions Matt asked me when I first met with him was “When did you feel like you were in the best shape of your life?” My answer was high school, in cheerleading, but if he were to ask me again today, my answer would be right now. I have Evolve to thank for that. You might say that you will have those effects no matter what gym or trainer you go with, but I really truly feel that if had gone somewhere else, I would not be where I am today. At Evolve, you’re not just another gym membership, you are a person, a friend, and a part of their family.