"Since training with Dexter I went from barely completing three pull ups to being able to complete a full set of 10 pull ups. I have also seen improvements in technique and reduce tenseness"
-Zach Briody: Member since May 2013, currently trains with Dexter Howard
“My husband, Kyle, and I live in Atlanta with our two daughters, 20 months and seven years. I had low expectations and really thought I would try just losing about ten or 20 pounds at the most. I was exercising, but wasn’t eating right and couldn’t figure out why I wasn’t losing weight. I am in sales and I travel, so it is something I can do on the road and at home as long as I plan ahead. I exercise two times a week with a personal trainer, 45-minute sessions. Personally, I need the accountability. If she isn’t there telling me what to do, I would not exercise. I also make sure to do some walking on the weekends with the kid. Life is completely different today. I lost 54 pounds and Kyle lost 62 pounds. I enjoy being active and it really helps with spending time with my daughters. I love having the strength and energy to keep up with both a toddler and a seven-year-old … We go golfing, rock climbing, ice skating, bike riding, and walking together. So we are now a completely active family and there is no excuse for not trying anything new. My husband and I are healthier than we have ever been in the 18 years we have been together. Both of us feel like we have new-and-improved spouses. It is so much fun enjoying life together this way!”
- Kim Landers: Member since December 2009, currently trains with Sandra Lisenbee
"When I joined Colony Square, I was starting my workout routine from scratch after a five month break. In order to accelerate the process of getting back into shape, I signed up for twice a week personal training with Leon. Leon took the time to get to know about me and tailor a program according to my needs and goals. We began be assessing my fitness level and discussing some physical limitations I have because of back surgery. We discussed nutrition and how I should be working out on days I wasn’t meeting with him. Over the next few months, my cardio levels were improving and I was beginning to see results so I increased my sessions to three times per week. Leon keeps my workouts fresh and challenges me every time we meet. He has even prepared workouts for me to use when I’m on work travel – accounting for whether the hotel will have a gym or not. As a result, after a year I feel great and am in excellent shape. I can’t say enough good things about my experience with Leon."
-Jennifer Ahner: Member since November 2012, currently trains with Leon Allen
"My name is Anna, and I started training with Ben in May 2013. Getting a trainer was one of the better decisions I've ever made; It's amazing to watch how quickly the changes in your body can happen. There were a lot of hard days, and to say it's easy would be a lie. However, if you stick with it, and keep going even if you get sick, have a bad day, or just flat out don't want to, you will have a feeling of satisfaction like you've never felt. Working to make yourself be the best that you can be is the best choice you will make, but at the end of the day it's up to you. If you man up and do it to it you will become the happiest version of you that you've ever known. "
- Anna Hunter: Member since October 2012, currently trains with Ben Neal
"I can’t explain enough how personal training with Dexter has changed my life. I have to admit that I am not the most motivated person, but with his help I’ve been able to lose 40 pounds in the last year and a half. In the past, I would get bored with my routines but Dexter’s varied approach keeps me interested and motivated. His positive reinforcement has helped me get into the best shape of my life. Dexter provides the right amount of encouragement without being overbearing and I really approve of his approach. I wholeheartedly recommend training with Dexter whether you need to lose a few pounds or if you just want to stay in shape."
- M. Drew Wooldridge: Member since October 2011, currently trains with Dexter Howard
"I’ve been an athlete for all of my life. I have played just about every team sport involving a ball and even trained for two full marathons. As a result of marathon training, I was fighting a losing battle of muscle mass. When I moved to Atlanta in 2010 at the age of 25, I made a decision to transform my distance running physique to a healthier, sustainable, and muscular build. At 6’4”, I began my journey at CSAC weighing in at 165 pounds with 7 percent body fat. What I did not know was that strength training was going to transform my diet, my wardrobe, and even my mental health. After six months of trying to “do it on my own”. Japeth Harrison noticed my determination for reaching my goals in the gym. He assessed my current physical abilities, nutrition, and my short and long term goals. He helped me develop small, incremental goals to reach my desired end goal. He truly listened to me. As a professional counselor, I work with a wide range of clients, from eating disorders, athletes, anxiety, and leadership development; so I am used to helping people reach their goals both mentally and physically. Japeth was able to help me utilize the strengths I already had, from my professional work and my athletic background, and helped me apply them to our personal training sessions. Over 12 months, Japeth helped me gain 45 pounds of muscle. He and I still train together once a month to help me get through my least favorite muscle groups and further define my fitness and nutritional goals. Today (June 19, 2013), I am 28 years old, weigh 214 pounds, and have 10 percent body fat. I’m still in the gym 7 days a week and working toward my next goal.
Japeth always has a smile on his face, a catch phrase, and is willing to listen to my needs as a client. I could not ask for anything more in a personal trainer."
-Adam R. Glendye MA MFT, LAPC: Member since January 2011, currently trains with Japeth Harrison
"Kim has been an absolutely fantastic trainer for me and over the last few months, has become someone I consider a friend. I am very selective when it comes to picking a trainer and have not had a better experience, Kim makes working out fun and the time just flies by. She is extremely knowledgeable about health and fitness and willing to share that knowledge openly. She has a warm and energetic personality that is contagious, and is always able to maintain her positivity even during my whining! I have seen great changes in my body in a short period of time and am stronger than I’ve been before. Even more importantly, Kim helped me get over my fear of using my recently damaged hand. She helped me to start to get my strength back and not be afraid to use it."
- Andrea Jordan: Member since November 2012, currently trains with Kim Diesel
"For a person who was always iffy about working out in front of others I will say that I thoroughly enjoyed every single one of my visits at CSAC. No hassle, no harassment, just hard working trainers and trainees. Very professional environment so always prepare to kick ass! I have nothing bad to say about this athletic club at all. It's super convenient and can fit into anyone's schedule. There is little traffic during lunch hours but right after 1-2pm it's back to a slow-flow of traffic, perfect for us get-in-get-out trainers."
-Briyonah McClain: Member since January 2013
"Not only does Kim do an excellent job and has been a tremendous help for me to reach my weight loss goals but the whole team Thomas, Dexter, and everyone who works there have become the best support group I could ever have. I am so happy that I did choose this gym and have seen great results."
-Winter Powell: Member since September 2009, currently trains with Kim Diesel
"I joined CSAC and signed up for personal training exactly one week ago today, and I am LOVING it. I just graduated from college at the beginning of May, and I am looking to turn my poor exercise habits around after four years of late-night snacking, poor sleep schedules, and test/presentation anxiety. I have had 3 PT sessions with Erika and they have all been great so far - waking up at 5:00 AM and hitting the gym is the best start to my day! Erika is very encouraging and helpful both during our session and outside the gym. She has sent me a helpful meal plan and a link to a website consisting of diets based on your blood type - I didn’t even know there was such a thing. She also texted me the night before a session to make sure I ate something in the morning, as I usually do not eat right before working out because I got sick during the Peachtree Road Race one year. I didn’t come to the gym struggling with a weight problem, but I have told Erika that I used to be an athlete and cheerleader and after seeing pictures of friends who are Falcons Cheerleaders, my jealousy crept up again. I always said, “DAMN I wish my abs/butt/arms/body looked like that!” I guess I finally decided to do something about it, and the fact that Erika is around my age is encouraging to me because she’s a beast and I can be one too! Can’t wait to see what I look like in 3 months. Thanks for everything so far, Erika!"
-Hannah Valles: Member since June 2013, currently trains with Erika Singleton
"My name is Mary Harris. I am 17 years old and I have struggled with my weight for the majority of my life. I recently started to train with Erika Singleton. It has only been a short time, but I feel the changes occurring. I really feel it. She encourages me to work harder, eat better, and live a healthier life without sounding condescending or making me feel guilty about my usual ways. I feel that she understands what I need from her and how I need to be trained to suit me. Erika makes working out fun! She is a great trainer that easily builds connections with her clients and makes everything seem effortless. Erika is awesome!"
- Mary Harris: Member since February 2013, currently trains with Erika Singleton
From Dr. Micheal Mcgarry:
To Whom It May Concern:
I have been a client of Japeth Harrison for two years. His work with me as a personal trainer has been the most satisfying experience I have ever had with someone in this field. Every trainer I have ever worked with over the years has been well-qualified. Few have listened to my objectives. Fewer still have given me their full attention during our workouts. Japeth has met both of these objectives and has also shown genuine caring toward me as a person. He is also the most positive, upbeat, and encouraging trainer I have ever known. Whenever I doubt I can achieve a goal, he says “you will,” or he will pick something I do well and give me one of his trademarks, “Awesome.” In a word, that is what working with Japeth is like!
- Michael McGarry: Member since October 2010, training with Japeth Harrison