Carrick O'Brien | The Fitness Asylum

Carrick O’Brien

Thank you to Bonnie Lefrak, her world class instructors, amazing Team Captains, my Team mates and my family. Without
you, my life would look very different right now. I woke up one very early morning in Disney World last November and was really concerned if my jeans would zip. My shorts certainly didn’t fit; they hadn’t even made the trip. Would I have pants to wear?

CollagecarrickClothing aside, I am looking 40 in the face this year. Not only do I want to be Fit & Fabulous at 40, but my Dad had a heart attack followed by quadruple bypass when he was 46. So while I have always known that my family history has serious heart issues, it was beginning to really frighten me that I too could be facing major heart surgery or worse if I didn’t make any changes.

At the urging of Christa Duprey and Angelica Vlahos I joined the Winter Body Challenge at Fitness Asylum. In 12 weeks I lost 28 lbs and over 19 inches. I am stronger physically, mentally and I finally feel like I have married diet and exercise & can take on the world. That is no small feat, as you might imagine. I always felt like I had either the diet side perfected (not really, but losing weight) or the exercise part perfected, but never could I get the two to work together.

The atmosphere at Fitness Asylum is unlike any gym I have been to. I have learned to work out in a far more efficient way than spending an hour on a spin bike. Being part of a team has been an integral piece for me. We support each other, we cry to each other, we laugh, we cheer each other on, and we are THERE for each other. We even tell each other how good someone’s arms are looking or how muscular their legs have gotten!

The Ultimate Body Challenge is not a diet. It is truly a lifestyle change. I’ve learned so much about eating and the general food supply in America. I’ve learned that clean eating – simply cutting out processed foods – makes a world of difference. I eat. I eat a lot. It’s true, what you eat is 80% of the battle. I have learned or rather, am learning, to tell the negative committee that meets in my head on occasion to tell me such things like “you’re not good enough”, “you’re not smart enough” – to sit down & shut up. The Fitness Asylum isn’t just a gym and Bonnie isn’t just a trainer. It’s a community; it’s a place to find peace. Bonnie’s a tremendous wealth of information and someone that will tell you “cut the crap and do one more” and in the next breath tell you how great you are doing. Bonnie pushes you to do your very best; even when you are pretty sure you have given all you can. If it isn’t Bonnie pushing you, it’s one of the instructors or one of your team mates.

If you are on the fence about joining the Ultimate Body Challenge or any other program at the Fitness Asylum, please know that I am living proof that it works, and just do it! I have found a place I can call home for my wellness needs! Thank you Bonnie – you are an amazing woman who has created a community of caring, strength and wellness!

Disclaimer: Weight loss results will vary from person to person. No individual result should be seen as typical. This training is not intended to treat, cure or prevent any disease. Seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health care provider before undertaking rigorous physical training.