This is Rick Adams a Sweat member at Old City. He suffered from a drug addiction for 5 years and weighed only about 153lbs at 6’1″. After checking himself into rehab he has remained sober for 8 years! Needing something to focus his energy on he joined Sweat and started lifting! Now he weighs anywhere from 180lbs to 190lbs intaking 4,000 calories a day.
Thank you for sharing your story Rick! You are an inspiration to those who went through recovery as well. Keep up the great work, you look great! “Friends & family members constantly look to me for motivation, health tips, workouts & even meal suggestions to help them reach their health goals which helps me stay in check because people are always sizing me up…in a positive way!
Through this journey I learned when you hit rock bottom you don’t just want to get back to where you were but you need to go further, be better & that’s where I am today. This is the best version of myself…Thus Far!” – Rick Adams
“I donated a kidney to my Dad. I gained weight while recovering, partly swelling, partly not moving much. Eventually I was feeling very blah and dissatisfied with myself and one day I came home to a flyer in the mail from Sweat Fitness with a deal for new members.
I joined in October, signed up with a trainer, Phat (who is awesome), and slowly but surely started making my way back to myself and then on to a better me! I feel better than I ever have and I’m stronger than I ever thought I could be. I joined because I wanted to lose weight, tone, and feel better. At first I struggled with 5lbs and now I’m squatting 90lbs! I love going to classes and working with my kick ass trainer and I think it’s become an addiction.” -Jessica Kolansky
“November of 2014 was the beginning of my story. I walked into Sweat Fitness in Conshohocken, PA and said I want to train with someone since I’ve never been to a gym before. I just wanted to lose weight, be fit and healthy. Ken (Sweat Fitness Personal Trainer) became my trainer and I was off. Being a novice to the gym life, Ken took things at a pace where I felt comfortable so I wouldn’t hurt myself. I would walk on the treadmill and I was proud of myself that I was able to walk two miles. My training sessions were intense and different every session. I was able to do things I never thought I had the ability or strength to do. I trained early in the morning three days a week. The days I didn’t train, I walked on the treadmill. Ten months later, I was walking four miles a day, still training three days a week and I decided to take a spin class. Ken encouraged me and said I would not have any trouble spinning. To my surprise, he was right. Not only that, I was hooked. I enjoyed spin class. In ten months I lost twenty-five pounds, had more energy and was getting healthy and fit.
October 7th everything changed. While driving I had a brain aneurysm, crashed my car and was airlifted to Thomas Jefferson Neuroscience Hospital for emergency brain surgery. The doctors told my husband there was a 30 percent chance of surviving surgery. After two weeks in the hospital, I walked out of the hospital with no deficiencies and a desire to train again. At my follow up doctor’s appointment, I was told the reason for having no long term deficiencies was due to the fact my body was strong and healthy. I have many people to thank for helping me. Recovery was sometimes difficult but what I learned at the gym helped the most- It’s hard to start something but with confidence, determination and the help of good trainer it can be done. It has been three months since my aneurysm. In late December I started to train again and it’s the best feeling.
This is my story.” -Jeannie LaCorte
“After hitting my max weight of 382lbs seven years ago, I realized that I had to make a drastic change in my life. I was not only on a path of unhappiness, but a path of self-destruction. I began my weight-loss journey in the Winter of 2009 and spent the next two years losing weight. When it was all said and done, I ended up losing 180lbs by the Winter of 2011. However, I was just beginning my fitness journey, as I then began my venture into weightlifting. Over the past 5 years, I have bulked up to around 255lbs while doing an intense strength training regimen….After moving to Philadelphia from Northern New York back in August 2015, I had to find a new gym to call home, and SWEAT Fitness welcomed me with open arms. I feel comfortable and confident in SWEAT’s facilities and staff. While I know I will never have the perfect physique due to my excess skin from my weight loss, that doesn’t stop me from being the best version of myself that I can be.” -Brian Nichols