March 14th, 2013
I don’t think I’m being overly dramatic when I say that becoming a member at My Stronger Self changed my life. I was in my early fifties but felt more like a seventy-year-old. I was overweight, out of shape, and full of aches and pains. My hips and knees hurt, my range of movement was limited, and my neck and shoulder ached almost constantly. I was experiencing symptoms of menopause and SAD. My weight had fluctuated up and down since I had my first child over twenty-five years ago. At times, I had gotten close to my goal weight, but I never felt strong, in shape, or in control of my life.
Two years ago I walked into My Stronger Self out of curiosity and decided to try the two-week trial membership. I remember coming home from those first few strength classes close to tears. I felt like a failure and that I would never be able to perform some of the exercises the trainer had us do. But thanks to the support of Lori, the other trainers, and fellow members, I stuck it out, and the rest, as they say, is history. I feel so blessed to be able to take advantage of the various cardio and yoga classes, as well as the strength classes. I have found all the trainers and instructors to be positive and encouraging while kicking my butt at the same time. One of the benefits I enjoy the most is the support I receive from my fellow members. Incidentally, I work out with a remarkable group of ladies (you know who you are Tuesday and Friday morning strength ladies) who consistently push the bar, and continue to motivate me to aim higher.
My Stronger Self has become such an integral part of my life now that if I don’t visit the studio daily, I feel as if something is missing from my day. Two years later, I have lost nearly twenty pounds. But even better, I feel strong, (both physically and mentally), confident, and in control of my life. Thank you, Lori, Lisa, and the entire staff and membership of My Stronger Self.
October 1st, 2012
My fitness journey started as a new year’s resolution. sometime in December my 11 year old girl put her arms around me and said “wow Dad I can’t even touch my hands” It sort of got me thinking. So Jan. 2nd was the chosen date. I rid the fridge of any tempting food and away I went. I thought I should really kick it up and do some exercise too. I checked out 3 local Gyms and took advantage of a free trial. I walked in the gym and was overwhelmed at where to start. Jumped on a elliptical and did not last 90 seconds. Tail between my legs I snuck out. I had seen My Stronger self on Facebook so I sent them an email. It read, “I’m fat can you help”. I met with Lori and she recommended strength training 2 times a week to start. In about 3 months I then added the 60 day challenge and after that boot camp 3 days a week. I now work out for at least 1 hour a day 5 to 6 days a week. I also try to add a few extra cardio workouts in right after class or early evenings. At my July physical the doctor took me off my blood pressure meds and said this was my best physical yet. Lori truly cares about your results and gives you the guidance you need. I have some limitations that she always helps me through with a modification. The folks at the classes always encourage and help. I still have a ways to go to reach my goals but when I do get there I intend to stay there forever. I’m truly Honored to be member of the month. Thank You My Stronger Self.
New Hudson, MI
August 8th, 2012
I joined “My Stronger Self” to get fit and healthy back in April 2010 and never looked back. I have a job that I sit at a desk all day and don’t get much exercise. So when my friend Lisa, told me about Lori’s studio I had to try it out. I certainly struggled for many months but could see improvement in my weight loss as well as my strength so I kept going. I was so excited when I could actually do a “guy” push up. Over the past two years I have become so strong and have maintained my weight for the last year (even with my food indulges – pizza once a week). I love to work out and feel guilty when I have to miss a day. Lori, Lisa, Theresa, and the other trainers help keep me focused and there is no greater motivation than being “pushed” by the trainers as well as the great support of the other people in the class. Plus it’s a bonus to have such varied workouts, just when I thought I shouldn’t be sore from a workout after two years, I still do (and love it) because we are always working different muscles. It’s a choice to get or stay fit and healthy and sometimes it can be a challenge to juggle all of life’s wonderful interruptions but I chose to continue to give all I can to stay fit and healthy. Thanks Master Chief!
July 5th, 2012
I’m not the gym type, pumping iron and running on a treadmill is not for me. When I heard Lori had opened a studio, I worked up the nerve to give it a try. I joined in September of 2011 and have become a dedicated member which I’m very excited about.
My initial goals were to increase my stamina and improve my mental health, gotta love those endorphins. With the help and encouragement from the incredible trainers and the rocking members of the 6:30 evening classes, I now work on improving those and have started focusing on getting my weight down.
I joined the Fit-4-Life Challenge, lost 14 pounds, 2.5% body fat and 8 inches in 60 days! I eat more often, choose healthier foods and have even given up sugar. Plus, my blood pressure medication was cut in half!!
I cannot express my sincerest thanks and gratitude to Bridjette, Debbie, Joni, Lisa and Lori for their support and positive attitudes. You are what you think; I am becoming My Stronger Self.
May 15th, 2012
My Stronger Self offers a wide variety of classes to suit anyone. I attend strength training which has me working on my core strength. This is an area that bicycling doesn’t address. I am challenged by the instructors to do my best, eat properly, drink lots of water, and get as much cardio as possible. It is really a package approach. It’s a lifestyle practice. As Lori Murphy says; “There are no magic pills people.”
Lori is a great motivator, well prepared and organized, and has an in depth knowledge of anatomy and training techniques. The classes are never the same with routines and circuits that keep our muscles guessing what’s next. It’s never boring. What really pleases me is the un-pretentious family friendly environment. Nice people!
Thanks My Stronger Self
March 15th, 2012
“Last winter I had surgery on my rotator cuff and spent 6 weeks in physical therapy. This derailed my independent attempt at working out and losing weight. However, now, in addition to losing weight, I needed to work on strengthening my shoulder. I started at My Stronger Self in May 2011 with the free 2 week trial, and I really liked it. I joined and started by doing strength classes 2 days a week, and I now go 4 times a week plus the free boot camp every Saturday. I really enjoy the classes, and the instructors are always encouraging and push me to my full potential. When I started at My Stronger Self, I had limited mobility in my shoulder, and needed modifications for most exercises. After less than a year, I can do push-ups, lift weights, and I can fully extend my arm! Additionally, I have lost 24 inches and at least 30 lbs. Although I sometimes whine about the workout during class, I am truly committed to being there, and I enjoy every minute of it!
January 15th, 2012
“Almost two years ago I started with Lori at My Stronger Self, and it’s been the best fitness experience! Two years ago I was starting to notice a loss in muscle tone and feeling fatigue. I have always tried to exercise on my own, but realize that it’s not the same as having someone push you to do more. I love the strength and confidence that I’ve gained as a result of working with My Stronger Self. I am committed to getting to my classes each week; and therefore I’m extremely satisfied with my progress and results. Life will forever throw curve balls into your schedule, but thankfully Lori offers many class times so that your health and fitness don’t have to take a back seat. I want to be healthy for a long time; and I’m certain I’ve found the way to do it! Don’t ever give up on yourself… you’re worth it!”
December 11, 2011
Thank God for Sharon Heffner and My Stronger Self!! I, like many others, have been overweight and out of shape for decades!
Losing weight has been on my mind for many years, literally everyday! But the ‘spirit’ never moved me to do anything about it. I truly believe that God helps those who help themselves, and all those decades of praying for will power (and doing nothing else!) resulted in my eventually reaching 230+ pounds! I was in the process of looking for a Zumba class when my good friend Sharon, with her incredible weight loss, told me about My Stronger Self. The other classes I had found were a distance away. No excuses now…this place was very close to home. I signed up for Zumba and did that for the whole month of April. What fun!! That was all it took to get the ‘spirit’ moving and the first of May I signed up with Lori and strength training and have been here ever since. The results have astounded me! I knew exercise was a great thing, but being essentially a rather lazy girl, never took it seriously. BIG mistake folks…GET MOVIN’!
It feels great and the benefits are awesome! I have lost 35 pounds so far! YAY!! Lori and My stronger Self have given me a new lease on life and I expect now to live much longer and feel much better! Bridgett and Terri are awesome Zumba instructors and will keep you going! Its great fun and all the gals I work out with are so supportive! Nothing but positive mojo here at My Stronger Self! I am sooo proud of myself! Thanks My Stronger Self!!!!
November 15th, 2011
I signed up with My Stronger Self because I wanted to be healthy, lose the extra weight I had been carrying around for the last 10 years, and be proud of how I looked. I wanted to ensure that my husband and our girls share a long, happy and HEALTHY
life together. In December I will be 39 years old and I am in the best shape of my life! And, it’s only going to get better. I am the strongest I have ever been and I am wearing clothes in my dream size! I have lowered my body fat percentage, I have lowered my BMI and I have lost 36 pounds since July, 2011. I have love and support from my family and friends and I have trainers who continually challenge and push me. Lori, Lisa, Michelle and all of the instructors at My Stronger Self are amazing. I am excited and proud of my progress so far and I am looking forward to continuing this journey of health and fitness with everyone at My Stronger Self!!
October 9th, 2011
“Younger Next Year” was the best New Year’s resolution I could have made. Inspired by the book, I knew I could make
fitness more of a priority than I had in the past. I joined My Stronger Self this January and have been amazed at my results. Lori and her staff have given me a new appreciation for what can be accomplished when you are committed to making change happen. In just seven short months, I’ve experienced an incredible transformation in the way I look andfeel. It’s hard to describe the sense of satisfaction and accomplishment you walk away with after a challenging workout session at My Stronger Self –an hour focused totally on “me”. Lori and team provide the direction, variation, encouragement and motivation to push hard, reap the rewards, and keep you coming back for more. The supportive environment offered by the My Stronger Self staff and its members is beyond compare!
August 2, 2011
Hi, I am Amy Neuer. I am 35 years old, my entire married life I have been on some type of diet and exercise plan. I have 5 children, and have gained and lost 50 lbs several times over the last 12 years. Sometimes it came off easier than other times. I knew that our family was complete after my last daughter, Brinley was born in June 2010. I wanted to get into a program right away. I have taken several classes before, spin, boot camp, personal training, but never had I tried anything quite like My Stronger Self! After joining in December, I have seen great changes in my body. My weight loss has not been as quick as when I was on other plans, but I am wearing smaller sizes and feel very strong. It is a challenge every week to make time for the classes and commit to the nutrition planning but I know that I am worth it! It makes me a better wife and mom, as well as a healthier person. Lori and Michelle push me hard, and are always filling my head with positive thoughts during class! It is so motiviating to hearing all the great success stories from friends in class.
I wish that everyone could feel the energy we do after a good class. Thank you, My Stonger Self!
June 29th, 2011
I’m Laura Pierce. I’m 53, and I spent over 30 years sitting at a desk and sitting on my couch. As a result, I was overweight and out of condition. I had shoulder issues, back issues, was borderline diabetic, and borderline high cholesterol. I finally got my head in the game and decided 2011 would be the year to make my health my #1 priority. No more excuses. Old age isn’t for sissies, and I want to enjoy being a senior citizen someday.
Trying to exercise by myself in my basement had not worked in the past, so I decided to join in January 2011. Lori knows each of us and can tailor each exercise to accommodate any physical limitations, like my weak shoulders. And the women in my class are the best! We celebrate progress together and push each other during the workouts. Their strength and dedication inspires me.
I never thought I would be able to work out like I am now with Strength and Zumba and have fun at it! I have more stamina and confidence, and I want to continue to challenge myself. The pounds and inches I’ve lost are certainly a bonus, but the real prize was my last check-up. For the first time in over 20 years, all my stats (LDL, HDL, triglicerides, glucose, total cholesterol) were normal. No notes or asterisks from the doctor. Both he and I were speechless!
George Eliot said, “It is never too late to be what you might have been”. If I can do it, anyone can.
I love My Stronger Self!
Livingston County Resident
June 3rd, 2011
Hi, my name is Kathy Gunter. I joined My Stronger Self in September 2010. There isn’t a week that goes by that I don’t want to be there … Lori, Lisa and Michelle keep you motivated to come back. I love Saturday “FREE Boot Camp” it kicks my butt, but I feel great when I am done! Strength training classes have made me so much stronger. I have toned my arms and legs tremendously! I’ve lost inches and gained muscle.
What do you have to lose, look at what you can gain! The gym is not only for great workouts, it’s a great place to meet new friends too …
Come Join Us!!!
March 15th, 2011
My name is Gail McCoy. Since joining My Stronger Self a few months back, I have re-discovered my own personal fitness and weight loss journey. I wasn’t able to start this awesome journey until I made a DECISION. A decision to improve my health and lose the extra weight that I let creep on.
I attended one of My Stronger Self’s FREE Saturday Boot Camps, spent some time with Lori and instantly knew this is what I had been searching for and missing. My Stronger Self offers strength training, cardio classes, FREE boot camps, one on one advice, tips, encouragement, and a staff that I believe genuinely cares for my success. Far beyond what any gym had offered me. With all these tools at my fingertips, I felt irresponsible to not utilize every one of them.
Lori expects nothing less from her clients. I love that she expresses her expectations and leaves no room for excuses. I appreciate her knowledge, professionalism and personal training. Her staff makes you believe your goal CAN be reached, but as with anything worthy in life, it must be worked for. I’m finally back to what works for me. Consistency, journaling, and determination.
Thanks Lori, Michelle and Lisa. Thanks for bringing what others offer, but fail to deliver.
December 29th, 2010
In December 2009, I was at my heaviest, 233lbs. I finally got tired of being tired and having no energy. I started to exercise on my own, a couple of hours a week. I started to see results, but I figured there had to be more to working out and getting in shape. I noticed a bulletin announcement in late April, and in May decided to join the free boot camps held at St. Mary Magdalen in Brighton by My Stronger Self Fitness Studio. It was tough! I thought I am never going to get through this, but with Lori by my side each and every step of the way, I did! I started to get stronger, and being able to run more, do more sit ups, and push-ups! I never would have thought that I could do the things that Lori was telling me to do. It was a process as I was only going to boot camp, so the weight came off slowly, but I started to see results. I decided to join My Stronger Self in June. My weight has dropped, and my confidence has soared! I am able to do anything, with more energy than I ever thought possible!
Thanks to Lori, and her team of wonderful trainers, I am seeing results, and have never felt better! This weight loss journey has taught me a lot about myself, and I truly have found that I am a stronger, more confident person who can do anything I put my mind to.
December 4th, 2010
Hi, my name is Sharon. I’ve lost 75 pounds in the last year. So much of that is in thanks to the last 6 months and training with Lori Murphy of My Stronger Self. Before working out at the My Stronger Self Fitness Studio and Gym, I felt uncomfortable with my weight. My future health wasn’t going to be good continuing my unhealthy habits. I began losing weight by making better food choices. After losing a few pounds, I added a cardio program by using my eliptical machine in the mornings. I felt a weight lifting routine was needed but didn’t know where to start. My friends told me of Lori Murphy and her fitness studio in Brighton. Just what I was looking for! I go to 2 strength training classes and a Zumba class every week. Every time I go I look forward to seeing my new supportive and encourging friends. I look better, feel better, am healthier and will STAY healthy as I continue attneding classes at My Stronger Self.
Livingston County Resident
September 30, 2010
My name is Lisa Johnson and I was at my highest weight of my lifetime. As so many of us do, I tried the gambit of options from joining a weight loss program, then another weight loss program, an exercise club, then a gym and another gym, purchasing some exercise tapes, an exercise ball, a treadmill, and so on. It seemed that the more I tried to lose weight, the more I either bought or joined. Nothing was working. I didn’t have the motivation nor the desire to exercise on my own. I joined a bible study group focused on putting Christ first and I am learning to treat my body as a temple of the Holy Spirit, which is how we are designed by God. I did focus and change many poor habits and began to find new healthier alternatives. Still, exercise eluded me and I couldn’t find my routine. I continually started and stopped exercising and felt like I was in a helpless holding pattern swirling around the potential to lose weight but never seeing success. I lost motivation, focus, will power and many times even the desire to lose the weight I needed to in order to become healthy.
I prayed for guidance and then finally stumbled upon Lori Murphy’s Facebook page for My Stronger Self. This didn’t sound like just another gym or just another weight loss program. In March 2010 I contacted Lori and began a strength training regiment of 2 days per week and a cardio class 1 day per week. The workouts were hard but Lori watched and made sure I was doing things correctly. She varied the routines so boredom never set in and my muscle and core strength improved visibly each week. I wasn’t thrown into a gym to flounder around to different machines doing the same routines time and time again. Lori began offering a free co-ed and ladies boot camp each Saturday morning and I asked my husband to join me. His loving support became the stepping stone of solidifying both of our commitments to a healthier lifestyle of strength and cardio training. I now schedule my workouts at My Stronger Self like I schedule any other appointment that I must keep. My health demands that I prioritize the time I need to exercise.
Lori now trains both my husband and me. We are thrilled we have found such a gifted trainer in Lori. My strength and energy is consistently growing as is my confidence that I can exercise and I can enjoy it when I am not left to figure it out on my own. With Lori’s guidance I have lost pounds and inches. I still have a way to go in my weight loss journey, but my path seems so much straighter than that previous winding road of disappointment I traveled on before. I wouldn’t have and I couldn’t have pushed myself to this kind of success.
Thank you Lori!
September 23, 2010
Listen to Carrie’s weight loss journey and how Lori Murphy and My Stronger Self is helping her achieve all her weight loss and fitness goals.
September 17, 2010
I have worked out most of my life and take pretty good care of my health and fitness. I moved to Brighton seven years ago and have spent most of that time trying out fitness classes and never really found one that I could leave feeling ‘accomplished’ and ‘motivated’. It was always the ‘same old-same old’. So I was skeptical about joining ‘My Stronger Self’ but now I am sooo glad that I did not give up my search. I feel like I finally found a ‘fitness home’! I have been attending Strength Training, Cardio, and Boot Camps at ‘My Stronger Self’ since June, 2010 and I have lost weight, lost inches and have a much stronger mind/body connection that keeps me happy and motivated. Whenever I see old friends they now ask what I’m doing and I can’t wait to tell them about ‘My Stronger Self’ and our Trainer, Lori Murphy.
September 15, 2010
I considered myself to be a fit and capable guy. I work out to feel good which makes me
feel good about myself. I also work out to be competitive in Hockey and Off Road Motor
Cycle racing. In August 2010, I competed in an Off Road race on a day when it was 95
degrees. I was ready to do battle for 65 miles of close trees, deep mud and physically
challenging terrain for five straight hours. I used Lori’s “Breathing” technique to calm
my adrenaline and stay focused. During this race, I improved my overall race time by 40
minutes. I took second place in the race thanks to Lori’s encouragement that pushed me
out of my comfort zone during our workouts. I can now compete on a higher, more
extreme level of intensity. I give Lori Murphy of My Stronger Self my best
recommendation as a Professional Trainer. When you are ready to have the winning edge
it takes in sports and in life Lori Murphy can train you to push yourself.
June 24, 2010
It is my pleasure to share with you how Lori has been instrumental in changing my life. Here I was 51 years old, overweight and out of shape. I could not climb stairs without becoming winded. Bending over to tie my shoes? Heck that cut off my air supply! Every year I made the New Years resolution to loose weight. Well January’s would come and go and nothing changed. Until now. In December 2009 I joined Medical Weight Loss. I don’t want to call it a diet, I will refer to it as a new way of life. I saw results immediately. I felt better, my clothes fit better, I was loosing a couple of chins! So here I was loosing weight however I needed to get in shape, find my muscles. I knew they were in there somewhere. My friend Jeannine told me about Lori and My Stronger Self. I went to my first class and knew I had muscle because they were pretty sore the next day. I have been attending since January 2010 and this program has been one of the best decisions I have ever made. I have lost 42 lbs, and many, many inches. Lori is very inspirational to me along with all my fellow workout friends. I am hooked on life.
Thank you Lori, you have helped me become “My Stronger Self”
May 30th, 2010
I have known Lori for years and have had her as an instructor for many classes. Recently I have attended a few of her outdoor boot camp training sessions and it was awesome. I live in Dexter so it is not easy for me to get there but when I do, I feel great and it makes the drive worth it. Not too many trainers have that great feel about them that Lori does. It is never boring and she does whatever she can to get the most out of you. Lori will not let you down. I can’t say enough about how important it is to excercise most of the week. Especially as we get older. The older you are the more it takes. Thats why you have to do something fun to keep you motivated. Lori is always there for you no matter what your fitness level is. She can figure it out for you. Trust me, I started out doing nothing but now exercise has to be my priority each day. Well, most days. Good luck to all to find what works for you. Like I said, Lori can help you!
February 2, 2010
To Whom It May Concern:
It is with extreme pleasure that I share with you my experience with Lori Murphy. About two months ago, a friend recommended that I join a weight/strength training class. I was extremely reluctant … and here’s why.
I am a woman of 67 years of age. My health has deteriorated over the past five years due to spinal stenosis, degenerative disc disease and a total knee replacement of my right knee. How could I possibly participate in such a program? Well, I can … and it’s all due to Lori Murphy! She not only tailors her one-hour sessions to accommodate my limitations, without chastising me, but also manages to encourage me to higher levels of participation. Through her program, my pain has been reduced, my stamina has increased and my overall attitude has improved. I am amazed at the feelings of euphoria that I experience after each session.
Lori also goes above and beyond her normal class routine. It’s all the extras that make her program so unique. Lori has incorporated good healthy practices in her program, continually monitors each individual’s progress, provides us with many healthy tips, nutrition guidelines, goal setting and tracking, and personal follow-up phone calls.
Although I know this training will be a long-term process for me, I am committed to my goals of fitness, good mental health, and overall well being. We will celebrate my successes together!
Thank you, Lori!
Jan 23, 2010
Lori Murphy has been my personal trainer for 18 months. The fact that I have continued to work with Lori three days a week during this time period is just amazing. I have tried several other trainers but it was always easy to drop out due to boredom or lack of results. Not with Lori! Each day the exercise/workout routines are different and are fun. There is not a muscle on my body that has not been worked on.
I am 62 years old and feel 42 years old. It is wonderful to be this age and touch the ground flat handed and do “man” push-ups. I don’t mind getting older but I did not like the creaks and groans my body was making. I was having a problem with my knees but that pain is completely gone. My sleep is sound and restful. My life is extremely stressful but my ability to cope has improved dramatically with this training. My personal physician’s mouth dropped open when she saw me for an annual exam. She was very happy that my overall health had improved so much. I have lost weight and reduced dress size.
These excellent results are because Lori is the most professional and dedicated trainer you could find. Her rates are so reasonable that I look forward to working with Lori for the rest of my life. I know that because of her the quality of my later years will be the best they can be.
February 9th, 2010
I wanted to take a moment to thank Lori Murphy for being the best personal trainer anyone could ask for. Had I not met her a year ago I’m not confident which direction I’d be heading with my fitness goals.
I was a very athletic person all the way through college, but as I began having children, I did what all Moms do and put my family’s needs first. Before I knew it, I had become very out of shape and overweight. I dug myself into a pretty deep hole that I thought I’d never get out of.
So, I joined a gym where I took lots of classes and started seeing some success but quickly leveled off. It wasn’t until I started training with Lori that the real results started happening. I’ve worked with Lori one on one, within a small group, participated in her boot camps as well as taken her cardio classes. She monitors my nutrition and helped me establish realistic goals. There is no need for me to go anywhere else and I never will. I’m getting stronger, losing weight and dropping inches. I feel better physically and mentally today than I have in a very long time. I’m getting that inner athlete back and it feels awesome! For the first time, I know I will reach my goals and it’s all thanks to Lori.
Working with Lori is kind of like getting the big sister I never had. The one you look up to, turn to for advice, encouragement, support and yes, the occasionally kick in the pants we all need from time to time!
February 1, 2010
For a long time I had been playing hockey, running and other, generally aerobic activities. However the closer I’ve gotten to 40, it has been harder and harder to feel strong and really feel like I’m healthy. Two months ago I began working with Lori, and after only a couple of weeks I began feeling stronger and more energized. Lori’s workouts are tough, and it had been a long time since I had pushed myself that hard, however, she seems to have an uncanny ability to know exactly how hard she can push you without over doing it. She truly seems to be just as interested in helping you achieve your goals as you, and it’s caring about her customers that separates her from other personal trainers. I feel healthier now than I have in years, and am planning on using Lori for a long time.
Thanks for everything Lori!