From Surgery to Strong, Fit and Healthy.

We have exciting things going on at Parallel to start off 2013. It’s always great to see pictures of amazing body transformations. They are all over the internet. But what’s more amazing is being able to get an inside scoop on the juicy details! The training, diet plan, challenges and results as we go through the transformation process.

The principle is about competing against yourself. It’s about self-improvement, about being better than you were the day before.- Steve Young

This January, we are uncovering how we help our clients reach their health and fitness goals.
At Parallel Fitness, we create a new workout experience that makes the difference between seeing results or not. With a comprehensive understanding of biomechanics with Resistance Training Specialist (RTS) philosophies and Muscle Acttivation Techniques (MAT), we help identify your weak links and work with the most appropriate forces to stimulate and strenghten those muscles, without offending your joints and creating injuries.
When you work on weaker muscles and achieve more muscular balance, you are able to experience your body differently and the workout becomes more enjoyable.

You’ll be able to watch as we work with Elizabeth and get her back on track after 5 weeks off due to surgery.

Meet Elizabeth Smith.

Age: 50
Height: 5’5
Current weight: 140 lbs
Goal:Lose 2 inches off stomach and hips BY MARCH 2013.

“Well this is not another one of those New Year’s resolutions but a new goal on my journey to continuous health and fitness.
It started 2 years ago when I decided to join a gym and stay committed to a regular workout routine.  Since then, I’ve dropped 10 pounds, 3 dress sizes and typically workout 4 to 5 times a week. 
What motivated me?  It’s simple.  I really wanted to change my eating and exercise habits to ensure I live a happy and long life.  Although I wasn’t overweight, I had lost weight many years before and just wasn’t paying attention to myself.  Unfortunately, that sometimes happens when you are a mother, have a career and just every day life keeps you busy.  As I started to workout regularly, the weight started to come off and dress sizes decreased.  There is no better motivation than feeling good and dropping from a size 12 to a 10 to an 8 (and sometimes a 6).  That little black dress is little now!  Don’t kid yourself; it’s not always easy.  There have been times where I have been a bit discouraged with my progress especially with my injuries this past year.  There are a couple of things that kept me motivated:  my trainer Jenny (you are amazing); knowing that I have come this far, nothing ever goes according to plan, sometimes you just have to reprioritize and get back on that horse; lastly, unexpected compliments from others.
This past year, I had a number of setbacks due to injuries (the latest being abdominal surgery) but I continued to find ways to stay in shape.  Weight training was one of the ways I continued to stay on track.  After surgery, I wasn’t able to workout for 5 weeks but have recently started back on the treadmill, walking 6 km and muscle activation technique work with my trainer.
So what’s next?  My goal for the next 3 months is to show a progression to a leaner me…a change to a Paleo diet, lose 7% body fat, lose 2 inches from my stomach/hips and continue to build muscle mass.  Jenny, my trainer, will be posting my progress every 2 weeks and I hope this will motivate other women that anything is possible, if you put your mind to it!  
Wish me luck and I hope some of you will continue to follow me on my journey -Elizabeth”

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