Melissa Bankowski | The Fitness Asylum

Melissa Bankowski

WHAT A RUSH!! 12 weeks ago I began and set out to challenge myself to do something I said I never would do! The Bikini Challenge

My motivation came from wanting to look better for my upcoming 25th wedding anniversary to my amazing, loving, supportive husband – I love you so much Rick Bankowski.

After talking to a friend with a couple of drinks in me, I signed up. When I woke up the next day, I said to myself, what the f&$k did I do!! Well, dumb ass, you can’t take it back so JUST DO IT!! And this amazing journey began, the threat of walking across a stage was motivating in itself!

It all starts with our gym, THE FITNESS ASYLUM. I have told you before and will tell you again, I ❤️ this gym!! Thank you Bonnie for creating this amazing program for someone like me and everyone else, it truly is an easy plan to follow! It is a challenge but honestly the way I feel today makes the sacrifices I made over the past 12 weeks so worth it!!

It is not your typical gym, the instructors are hands down, the best!! They motivate me, make sure my form is good, push me to lift heavier weights when it’s time to move up, bust my balls when I’m being a slacker! They also m, when I am hurting- they show me an option to keep me safe and moving.

Then there are your gym mates! Cheering you on, pushing you to get through the exercise, supporting you every second that clock ticks, ending with a 👋 5, you kicked ass today!! Or how about from across the room, motivating you by saying WOW You look great!! Just the other day a woman told me that I inspire her!! WHHHAAAATTT, Me?? I think she was just being extra nice LOL

The diet is simple if you just follow the plan that is written. As a matter of fact it is so simple it kinda sucks at times! The food is FUEL for my body! And for the past 12 weeks there has not been a party in my mouth!

The exercise, anyone can do it!! I promise you can do it!!

I lost 37 lbs over these past 12 weeks! I feel and look so much better than I did! I am so F’n PROUD of myself!! I did it! I walked across that stage in 5”heels in a very small bikini, with a smile on my face the whole time!!

I will be doing this again next season. Not sure what my next goal will be yet, but I believe with the guidance of Bonnie Lefrak, the instructors and community at the Fitness Asylum, I will hit my next goal and will look back at this experience and say, Damn, I have come a long way baby 😘

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.