I met Dan Bednar in 2006 when I weighed over 300 pounds—I was his first triaining pupil and I could not touch my nknees let alone my toes. My thighs were so fat, I had to wear band aids on my inner thighs so I would not get sores from them rubbing together. Dan started me on a dietary program and exercise routine and I began to lose weight. Since we met, I have lost over 120 pounds and I am 62 years old and feel like I am in the best shape of my life. Dan is inspirational and I cannot tell you how many times I have been absolutely spent in his workouts and then he motivates me to go further. I thank Dan as I feel he absolutely saved my life from Diabetes and heart problems. I have reduced my medications and I am now motivated to lose another 30 pounds so I can make my body look just like his (I’m going to shave my head).
I joined Fitness Revolution in November, 2009. At that time I was working out and thought I was eating the right foods. When I met Nate he introduced me to a whole new way of working out. I never really strength trained before, so I was surprised by the amazing results. I was a cardio only person at that time. For the next year, I lost a lot of weight and was feeling very confident. Then about a year ago I got very sick. After about 6 months of going to doctors and countless tests, I was finally diagnosed with colitis. Although it was a relief to know what was making me sick, it also caused me to gain about 20 pounds. I was at my highest weight in my life at 145 pounds and couldn’t seem to lose the weight or help my colitis symptoms. Then I began to follow Nate’s meal plans and eating tips.
The plans taught me how to eat real food and stop eating anything that was processed. Not only did my weight drop to 117 pounds and my body fat is at 17%, but I am symptom free with my colitis. I a feel strong, toned and have a ton of energy. Nate and his staff are amazing and I am in the best shape of my life and I have a chronic disease that is in remission. Without Fitness Revolution and the support I received, I would still be overweight and sick. Thanks to everyone that has made my life better at Fitness Revolution and the lifelong friendships that I have developed!
My weight loss journey began when my personal life crumbled. Married for over 12 yrs and when it was over I weighed 166 pounds, 41 yrs old, alone, severely depressed, self esteem shot and my spirit crushed. I started crazy dieting and lost 20 pounds. When this happened I started to feel slightly better. It took about 12 months to stop crying and get off the couch. I realized that I’m the only one who can make change happen for myself, have complete control over my life and I can never get this wasted time back. So I decided to take the 2 week free trial at Fitness Revolution because I had 2 friends who were going and raved about it.
I didn’t realize walking through that door back in April of 2013 and meeting Dan Bednar would change my life forever. I instantly fell in love with this type of workout and how it made me feel. I’ve always tried to do different types of fitness but always got bored and stopped. It is now Sept 19th, I weigh 124 pounds, eat healthy all the time, feel amazing, strong, toned, look like I’m in my early 30’s, have gained confidence, strength, mentally soooo happy and owe it ALL to Dan Bednar and Fitness Revolution. I felt like I was slowly dying a year ago and now I love life and can’t wait to see what the future holds! Good Luck to all of you and your own journey. Stay with it and you will be amazed at the results both mentally and physically!!!
I joined Fitness Revolution on Feb 1, 2010 at the urging of my son as he was about to get back in shape after his swimming season ended. When I started I weighed in at 245 and being as heavy as 265 during my up and down cycles of gaining and losing. With a variety of health issues and my internal medicine physician preaching that being overweight contributes to about 90% of our health problems, I finally decided something about it and accept his challenge of doing this at 5:30 am.
Since the start, Nate basically put the responsibility and commitment back on me to really succeed. If I had questions I just needed to ask and he would guide me. When I searched for a plan he told me what I needed to do. The great thing about Nate and F.R. is that he is more than a trainer. I really was able to put my trust in him knowing that he had a B.S. Degree in Exercise Physiology. When I looked this up it meant he was trained to be able to “condition a person in a higher level of fitness & health and at the same time being aware of safety issues associated with a single session of exercise”. This was extremely important to me as I experienced a border line heart attack at the age of 42.
Since September of 2010 I have consistently weighed around 175 pounds and have had glowing reports from my cardiologist to “just keep doing what I am doing”. He has changed my appointments from every 6 months to once a year.
Today I am gladly able to make a monthly payment (investment) incorporating everything I have learned into a healthier and productive lifestyle. I would definitely encourage anyone wanting to make a change for a healthier lifestyle to join us at F.R. We are group of people who know how to have fun, encourage each other along the way because we see the commitment and dedication that is put forward by everyone.
Thanks Nate and F.R. you have made my life for the better.
“My name is Kathi and I have been a Fitness Revolution client for 2 1/2 years. I will be a client for life. I was severely overweight, Dan at Fitness Revolution helped me lose weight and get in the best shape of my life. The workouts are always different, so you never feel like you are in a rut. They are also challenging, even after all this time.
At Fitness Revolution you not only get a great workout, you also get nutritional tips to help achieve your weight loss goals. Dan advised me by looking over my food diary and suggesting alternatives. (I thought Lean Cuisines were real good for you) I learned to eat properly and not feel cheated.
I think what sets Fitness Revolution apart from other gyms and personal trainers is how motivating the trainers are. Dan pushes us to be our best, calling out that you can handle more weight or one more rep, just one more etc. He does this in such a way that you believe in yourself, because he believes in you. Everyone working out also looks out for and encourages each other. We notice when regulars are missing and truly care about each other. I also like the extras such as Hitman Challenge, Burpees’s for a Cause, Pull-ups for Zoe, etc. What truly great and loving hearts all the Fitness Revolution trainers have.
Fitness Revolution taught me that I do not always have to be perfect, I just have to keep trying to be the best I can be. I have so much more self confidence now.
I have recommended Fitness Revolution to all my friends, family and acquaintances. Many of them are now Fitness Revolution clients also. Keep up the great work Dan, Shaina and all the wonderful trainers at Fitness Revolution.”
I was a little apprehensive to join a group workout environment but after my first session with Cleveland Fitness Revolution, my worries were quickly defused. The atmosphere was tremendous and the direction by the instructors is top notch. Even though it is a group session, the instructor is still able to give personal attention throughout the workout. Before I started the program I would categorize my fitness level as below average. Throughout the first month of the camp I have seen excellent results losing nearly 20 pounds and increasing my strength and stamina each week. In addition to the workout instruction, Cleveland Fitness Revolution offers many other amenities including nutrition instruction, meal plans and on-line fitness guides in case you have to miss a session. I would highly recommend Cleveland Fitness Revolution to anyone wanting to jumpstart their routine or to begin a brand new program.
Frank B. – Highland Heights
I can’t say enough good things about Cleveland Fitness Revolution! Since starting this program, I have not only lost inches & pounds, but most of all gained self confidence! I have more energy and endurance and I love the different workouts each day. It’s made working out fun! This is the best shape I have been in and I wished I would have started sooner!
Kim L. – Twinsburg
The Cleveland Fitness Revolution is just what I needed to get me out of my workout slump! The variety of exercises keep me challenged, interested and wanting more. Physically I have felt much stronger and overall I have a higher energy level. My kids have even commented that I seem happier and healthier since starting Cleveland Fitness Revolution! Nate is clearly an expert in the areas of fitness and nutrition and he does an outstanding job of putting his expertise into practice.
Joan C. – University Heights
Just want to take a minute and let you know my results from the past 4 weeks. I’ve officially lost 12 pounds eating healthy by following your nutrition guide for boot camp. I was measured after 4 weeks and lost 3 ” in the waist and 3/4 ” in the arms. I ‘ve seen and felt my progress from the work out side and increased energy level. My need for antacid tablets every night before bed has ceased. Even though the workouts at times can be physically challenging for me at the age of 53, I can see the amazing progress I’ve made. Boot camp is more than a work out, it is a way of life that has definitely made me feel, look and become healthier. Thanks for everything you’ve put into boot camp. See you at the next session.
Frank F. – Aurora
I started the 5:30 am bootcamp four weeks ago. I did not think I could get up that early—let alone workout. I was in terrible shape and suffered from a sore shoulder and tennis elbow. The first day Nate had us complete a 25-minute fitness assessment. Today was my last day for this session and we ended with the same assessment. My improvement is significant. I went from struggling to complete 25 pushups to hammering out 50 today in less time than it took to complete 25 the first day. My overall fitness improved 25% and this was with 50% heavier dumbbells. My shoulder is almost perfect and my tennis elbow has subsided. I have lost 2+ pant sizes in four weeks and I have not been diligent on the nutrition end of the program. Overall I feel lighter and fitter and can move about my daily routine (including playing sports with my children) with greater ease and enjoyment. I recommend it to everyone I know.
Mike C. – University Heights
I absolutely love Cleveland Fitness Revolution! I was looking for something that could fit into my schedule and help get back into shape. What I got was so much more! I look better in the mirror, I have increased my energy levels ten-fold, and I am feeling more confident. One of the things that I love about the program is that you push yourself to the max and you don’t have to meet a certain number of repetitions. Interval training allows me to burn calories for the rest of the day while having fun during the workout. I do not feel pressured by other boot camp goers and this makes me want to work out more often and I recommend anyone looking for a workout spot to sign up for the Cleveland Fitness Revolution program! You will love it, I promise!
Rachael S. – University Heights
I never thought I would look forward to waking up at 5am to work out, but I love the bootcamp sessions. I have far more energy than I’ve ever had before! The group atmosphere is tremendous – everyone is very friendly and supportive, but you’re still getting individualized attention from Nate. I also love the variety of our workout. I can’t say enough about bootcamp. I’m more confident and comfortable with myself than I ever have been!
Katie M. – Mayfield Heights
Cleveland Boot Camp has jump-started my enthusiasm to get in shape. I am a busy 45 year old mom of three who works out of the home. My weekly workouts consist of bodysculpting, pilates and yoga. The 5:30 am hour is perfect for my life; home and showered before anyone even wakes! Osteoarthritis in one knee has made running a thing of the past, and I needed a new form of cardio. Dan’s class is a great mix of weights and cardio and truly the best sweat I’ve had from a workout in a long time!
Dan’s a great instructor who takes the time to get to know his clients strengths and weaknesses, pushing us to our unknown potentials, all while offering the right modifications. The class is always different which keeps it interesting…and makes the hour fly by! For someone who doesn’t LOVE to work out, this may be the best part, unless you count the fact that you get results. In a few months I have lost a couple of inches all around. My clothes fit better, and I have a ton more energy. No more “hitting the wall” in the late afternoon.
Dan has a wealth of info about nutritional as well and is always willing to stay after class to answer a question or concern or do an assessment. He’s a great trainer who seems genuinely concerned that you reach your goals…and a sense of humor that makes the pain much easier to take!
Michele H. – Bay Village
I highly recommend Cleveland Fitness Revolution. I have lost about 20 lbs. and 23 inches through Dan’s workouts, nutritional advice and guidance. I have recommended Cleveland Fitness Revolution to my friends and as a result 3 friends have joined the 5:30 a.m. workout. We like being able to get our workout finished and out of the way at the start of the day. Dan is a wonderful instructor who can encourage andmotivate you toward your personal weight loss and fitness goals.
Boot camp has been the only exercise regiment that I have ever stuck with and that’s because I love the workouts and I have seen real results. Workouts change day by day and minute by minute so I never get bored. Also, the interval training has made my body more reactive to the exercise. If you only have a limited time to give to exercise and you want the most out of it, then boot camp is it.
Margey L. – Bay Village
In the 8 months that I have been attending Cleveland Fitness Revolution, I have not only loss pounds but inches and have gained self confidence. I feel better about myself both inside and out. I owe it all to Dan, he keeps me motivated to keep coming back class after class, month after month. I feel the healthiest I have in years.
Lisa – Bay Village
I have been training with Dan Bednar for almost two years now. I had lost about 25 pounds before I met Dan. I have lost another 55 pounds by training with him. He is AWESOME!!! He has a wonderful personality that you even like him when he is beating your body up at each workout. If you are committed and ready to do what you are taught, he has the formula to melt the fat off your body. I have lost over twelve inches in my waist and over 30 inches off my body in a year and a half. I am 54 years young and feel like I am 21 again. I know I am the same weight I was in my 20’s. I have gone from 308 pounds to 228 pounds. I have more energy than I have had in fifteen years.
I have learned that interval training works, coupled with the RIGHT diet. I have never been hungry on this plan. I eat 5 – 6 times a day with smaller portions and a higher protein less carb mixture of foods. What I learned from Dan was when you discipline yourself and when you burn more than you take into your body the fat melts off.
If you are serious about weight loss and are able to discipline yourself, talk to Cleveland Fitness Revolution as they have the knowledge and the programs to help you achieve your goals.
Gari C. – Brecksville
John’s methods, patience, intelligence, and his commitment to fitness, nutrition and excellence have been transformational for me. In October of 2013 I was struggling with an ankle fracture; I was unable to run without pain and I couldn’t walk down the stairs without an assist. After 6 weeks of working with John both issues resolved. He provided me with a nutrition as well, and a year later I am stronger, leaner and fitter than I could have ever imagined. He has been inspiring and supportive the entire time. Working with John has been one of the best decisions I have ever made.
PJ M., Attorney, fitness coach, and client of 3 years
I started working with John in September 2009, and after the first session I was hooked. When I originally heard about him it sounded like exactly what I needed in order to reach my fitness goals and become a better athlete. Since starting I have gotten stronger and increased my endurance. He incorporates all different types of movements into one amazing workout. Since I started I have also noticed a significant increase in my overall fitness. From kettlebells to jump rope, deadlifts to overhead squats, and everything in between you never know what concoction of exercises they will have in store for you! Not to mention how motivating he is during every workout!
Dan D., Client of 6 years, former Junior Olympian, and holder of a Taekwondo Black Belt
I have trained with John for 15 years. John is the consummate professional. He has the knowledge and ability to work with clients at every fitness level. He listens to goals and expectations while always placing safety as a priority. I would highly recommend John to anyone seeking quality personal training.
Neil K., successful area dentist and client of 15 years
At age 56 I felt that I needed to do something to get back into shape. I then found Personal Trainer John Scardino. I have been working out with John for the last 4 years and I am in better shape than I was when I was 40. John is extremely talented and provides great motivation (which I need). I still hate going to the gym but I love coming home. The best feeling is the day after the workout. John targets different parts of the body each week. When I feel the burn the day after I am so glad that I went to the gym.
I think that the most valuable thing that John does for me is that he makes sure I work out in a controlled and safe manner. He makes certain that all motions that I do are done in a safe manner. If I start to get sloppy on anything he stops me, has a discussion with me to explain what I am doing wrong and then corrects the motion. I feel entirely safe in John’s hands. John knows that I love golf and one of the things he does is open my hips which has dramatically improved my game. I am hitting the ball further than I did when I was 40. Simply put, John will improve your life.
Frank A., area businessman and client of 4 years
Since day 1, my husband and I knew this was going to be a different and better experience for our re-entry into the “work-out world”. We have been training with PJ for just over 2 years now and are so excited at our improvement. She has built a program for us that is focused on core strength, mobility and balance, as we are in our late 50’s and are not looking for any fancy fixes, and this has impacted our lives now and has set the foundation for a healthier future. PJ has been so accommodating and incorporates movements that are focused on our abilities, and routines that we can replicate at home as well. The bonus is she looks at us as a “whole” and has suggestions on diet, weekend activities and even posture. We have never been good at keeping up with routine work-outs, and for the first time in our lives, we look forward to exercise! Thank you PJ!
PJ is a great yoga instructor!! She is very accommodating and adapts poses to the level of the students. The pace and atmosphere really helped to open me up and relax. It is the perfect balance of stillness and practice. You will want to return when you see and feel PJ’s spirit and commitment resonate. Highly recommended!!
When I went back into CrossFit for the second time in my life, I wanted a coach who knew what they were talking about. Being that I am older, I needed someone who was patient but also knew how to push me when I needed it. Also, I wanted someone who was willing to take the time with me that I needed. My first experience was anything but that. Then I met PJ. PJ was exactly what I was looking for in a coach. Her knowledge is amazing and she is great at teaching it! She was very patient with me when I needed her to be patient but then pushed me when she knew I needed to be pushed. She was always upbeat and encouraging and always with a smile on her face. She always just knew exactly what I needed. PJ is the best coach I have ever worked with and I highly recommend her for anyone. She is simply the best!
PJ is a great trainer for a number of different reasons. She really listens to your needs and goals and develops a program to help you achieve those goals. She is knowledgeable about so many forms of fitness; crossfit, spinning, running, yoga and weight lifting. And most of all she is your biggest cheerleader! She helps you to build confidence in your athletic abilities and makes you better and stronger in the process. I would recommend working with PJ to anyone!
“I decided to hire Laura for multiple reasons. One was to ensure I was exercising correctly so I would not injure myself and another was to improve my strength and flexibility. I had tried other trainers, but did not feel a connection. Working with Laura has been wonderful because we discuss everything that is happening in my life—a struggle with weight gain, a family challenge impacting my drive, physical issues and even relationship issues. She listens and then pushes me to use the time with her to refocus and reenergize.
Before I started working with Laura, I was hesitant to try certain exercises. Now, I feel confident and self-assured, and I have faith in my abilities. I also make healthier choices. My husband joined me three months in, and taking this journey with him has been amazing. We are both feeling more positive about our relationship.
Laura is a very upbeat coach—she gives encouraging feedback and recommendations. She is interested in making me “a better me” and she is “all in” with her training. She truly cares about her clients and their needs, and she is dedicated to helping them reach their goals.”
Tina Dame, current client
“Although I box regularly, I began working with Laura in May of 2017 to increase my strength training. I realized after observing non-attentive trainers that I was getting better-individualized attention and Laura has strong communication skills. She demonstrates proper technique and ensures that I’m doing things correctly. Laura is committed to my sessions by being prepared and not just going through the motions with me. If I pose a question that is out of her scope, Laura researches and finds the answer for me through her network. Since May, my eating habits, self-confidence, endurance and muscle strength have all improved. I’m proud of the fact that at my age, I’m pushing/pulling sleds, lifting more weight than I thought possible, and getting through the high intensity interval-training portions of the workouts. Laura’s coaching style embraces encouragement, support, and inspiration.”
Kim Koncelik, former client