NatalieMy story begins on September 9th, 2013.

I was rear ended in my vehicle which left me with nerve and back injuries. Whenever something is wrong with you, there is always a part of you that is hopeful and seeking answers. Unfortunately, I was given answers that I didn’t want to hear.

The doctors informed me that I would have to wear a back brace for the rest of my life; stating that nothing would ever help my pain, and that the only solution would be back surgery. Being told you need surgery is a terrifying thing, and I didn’t want surgery but I also didn’t want to live in pain for the rest of my years either.

After leaving the doctor’s office, I felt hopeless. Every day that passed, I fell deeper and deeper into depression. One pound turned into two, two into five, and before I knew it I had gained thirty pounds.

I had officially given up on myself.

But eventually, I had to return to work.. pain or no pain. Since I was in pain (with a back brace) and exhausted, my food habits consisted of anything that was quick and easy. Quick and easy generally doesn’t consist of foods that are good for you. I practically lived on coffee.. and after that more coffee! My husband, who could see that I was clearly depressed, encouraged me to re-sign up at the gym. He and I thought walking on the treadmill might help shed some of the weight I had gained. My husband was always very supportive of me, but I could tell that he wasn’t thrilled that I had gained so much weight. I was insecure about myself and what he may have been thinking of me.

On May 1st 2015, I decided to walk into Fitness for 10 and officially sign back up. They had mentioned that I would be able to get a free session with a Personal trainer as a part of the sign up deal. This session would change my life! That first day, I was terrified.

My first session was with Joshua. It was such a memorable experience. Would I be able to run up the stairs? Would my back give out? I had no idea what was in store for me. I finished the session and remember feeling proud. It was the first day that I can remember feeling good about myself. I signed up for more sessions and was excited.

Excited? I can’t remember the last time I felt that way. The next few sessions I was introduced to a new Personal Trainer, Tai. She was amazing! She spent a lot of time with me and informed on which foods would benefit me and I started watching everything I ate. Tai mentioned that because my life is so crazy that I should meal-prep my food. Meal prep? Ok, I did it… I wanted to lose weight… I felt driven and hungry for it. That same night I cooked extra chicken and had it ready for me to take to work the next day so I wouldn’t be tempted to snack or eat junk food.

She also, addressed my coffee situation. She had me start by substituting some of my coffee’s with water. The next day, I drank five waters. This sounds like such a little change but it was huge for me. Ever since, I’ve been drinking 5- 6 waters during the day including my protein shakes and my energy has increased.

When I started I wasn’t able to lift more than 5 pounds. My arms were incredibly weak from the accident. I felt like a weak duckling, but Tai encouraged me and let me know that I was a work in progress and that I would get there. Every workout I did, I was getting stronger. My weak arm was able to lift 10 pounds instead of five pounds, I was able to run the stairs and not be in pain or feel like my body was about to collapse.

My husband has even started letting me know what a difference my body and attitude has become due to Tai in our gym sessions. During the sessions I would never give up.. I would keep on going.. pushing through.. For the first time, I now see definition on my arms and stomach! This is huge to me! I never would have thought that having muscle would be in the cards for me. I went from being told that I would be in pain for the rest of my life, and accepting “giving up” as my reality, to being hopeful again.

I am so incredibly grateful for what Tai and the gym has offered me! Once I started working out my back problems went away. The pain that I had been dealing with for years has disappeared! I’m officially looking in the mirror and loving the results.

My depression is gone and for the first time in a long time I’m starting to have confidence. I’m proud of myself and what I’ve accomplished. After several weeks of being consistent I am addicted and love the gym. If I miss a day, I feel guilty!

I want to thank you Tai for all that you have done. The old Natalie is back and I can’t thank you enough.

I am forever grateful,

Natalie Ralls


CYMERA_20151217_222518The day I met Tai was the day my life changed. When I walked into the gym I was looking for change I knew what kind but wasn’t sure where to start. I had heard about her through a friend so I talked myself up and said I’m going in to meet her and see about personal training. I was scared and wasn’t sure what to feel only because this is something I’ve never done before. As soon as I met her I knew that she would be perfect for me to work with. She listens is very intelligent and knowledgeable as well as very understanding and knows exactly how to work with your needs. She even gave me tips and eating advice that i now use in my everyday life. Everything that I have learned from her I will use in future. She’s an amazing personal trainer and I would highly recommend her to everyone. The changes I’ve seen are significant from the day I started from what I started at. I’m thankful to have met such an awesome personal trainer. With that being said, thank-you

-Robin Jackson

CYMERA_20151223_055147I would highly recommend Tai as a personal trainer. My goals were to lose weight and gain muscle. Not only have I met my goals but I have exceeded them! I feel so confident coming into the gym and able to give myself an excellent workout. I have had numerous people come up to me and tell me that they are impressed with how hard I am working out. Tai has also helped me tremendously with understanding how to eat healthier. She is very knowledgeable in what she does. She has been very supportive in helping me meet my goals. I am very appreciative of everything she has done for me!

-Valerie Trainer