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#SnapNation Success Story: Todd R.

By: Snap Fitness

As a father of two, at 510 pounds, Todd R. decided to change his life forever.  He and his wife signed up at the Caledonia, Michigan Snap Fitness in December of 2012. Since then he’s lost more than 228 pounds.


“It was shortly after my youngest daughter had heart surgery,” Todd said. “I was determined to get healthy and be there for my wife and daughters.”


His determination worked. Even on days when he felt tired and didn’t want to go to the gym, he gave it his all. He also reduced his caloric intake to 1,500 calories and started a food journal to monitor his progress.  


“I feel great, I just get this sense of accomplishment every time I complete a workout,” he said. “I couldn’t have done it without all the support from my Snap Fitness and my family.”


Todd’s next goal is to lose 30 more pounds and reach his goal weight of 250lbs. He doesn’t plan to slow down on his visits to Snap Fitness one bit. 


“I don’t want to slip back into my old habits and gain it all back,” he said. “Even after reaching my goal, I want to continue to work out and live a healthy lifestyle.”


Congrats, Todd! We can’t wait to see what else you accomplish at Snap Fitness!


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#SnapNation Success Story: Tiffany and James K.

By: Snap Fitness

When the real estate market crashed in 2008 Tiffany K. and her husband were left looking for other career options. A Snap Fitness member, Tiffany’s husband quickly suggested they open their own Snap Fitness gyms.


“He just loved the concept of Snap Fitness,” Tiffany said. “My background was sales and he’s always had a passion for fitness so it was something we thought we could do together.”


They wasted no time. In just one year they opened three Snap Fitness gyms in Illinois.


“It was easy, Snap corporate walks you through everything,” she said. “They’ve been a tremendous help, they are great at getting everything in order.”


Tiffany says the key to their success has been their attention to quality and their great employees.


“We have pretty high standards at out clubs, and we take the extra effort, and that makes a difference,” she said. “We’ve also had great staff throughout the years, and I would be lost without my manager Barb.”


Their focus isn’t just on providing quality clubs, it’s really about all about the members.


“We really enjoy it, the members are incredible,” she said.  “They all hold a special place in my heart and we have members that have been here since the start.”


Over the years the real rewards have come from the results they see in their clubs. They’ve had multiple members lose over a hundred pounds.


“It’s incredible to watch the transformations,” she said. “When I see a drastic change it’s just heart warming.”

Becoming Snap Fitness owners has changed Tiffany and her husband’s lives in more ways than they could have ever imagined.  Tiffany especially loves the flexibility it’s given her as a mother of three and she now hopes to keep it in the family.


“It’s been exciting, it feels like yesterday that we opened, I can’t imagine doing anything else,” she said. “Right now we’re in a good place, our oldest is hoping to start helping us out.”


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#SnapNation Success Story: Tony C. Columbus, OH

By: Snap Fitness

When Tony C. started looking for a job he knew he wanted it to combine his two passions, business and fitness. It wasn’t long after that he teamed up with Snap Fitness owner Kip E. and fell in love with his career.


“What Snap represents is a place that where good people care about fitness and each other,” Tony said. “I had a passion for fitness even more for owning my own business and Snap just made the most sense.”


Tony C. and Kip E. now own three Snap Fitness locations in the Columbus, Ohio area. With each new club opening they’ve seen more and more success.


“Corporates been great, they provide you with the tools and support necessary,” he said.  “They do a great job at getting places set up and getting it all installed, just really getting the ball rolling.”


Tony believes that some of their success can be tied to the environment they’ve created in their gym. He says it starts with hiring good people.


“There are so many people that come in with bad experiences from other gyms,” he said. “We try to be more than just a gym and our workers do a great job at coming in and making sure they have a positive impact on our members.”


In the end Tony says the biggest reward from owning a Snap Fitness is seeing the clubs impact on people’s lives and health.


“It speaks volumes when you have members that have been here for years,” he said. “Our goal is always to be an asset to our community and it’s nice to see that it works, I think that it shows we have good people on board,”


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#SnapNation Success Story: Fab Four La Crescent, MN

By: Snap Fitness

No matter your age, Snap Fitness can make a positive impact on your life. Just ask the “Fab Four” from the La Crescent, MN club.


Barb S., Faith H., Julie E., and Lois C. are all regulars at their local Snap Fitness. The ladies range in age between 63 and 82 years old, but as the saying goes, age is only a number.


“There are limitations when you get older, but it’s important to work around them,” Julie said.


The club opened five and a half years ago. The women said they joined because the location is close to their homes. But what started out as simply a gym has evolved into a second home.


“It’s not just a gym, it’s a community,” Julie said. “I met Barb, Faith, and Lois here. We all have the same mentality, which is to maintain our health and progress."


The ladies found they had plenty in common, like grandchildren and a desire to make the most of their workouts. While accessibility to the gym brought the “Fab Four” together, the club’s personal training program allowed them to reach new fitness heights. Like being able to dead lift over a hundred pounds.


Faith H’s record is 163 pounds. Lois C. can dead lift 173. Julie E has lifted over 200 pounds. At 82, Barb S. can dead lift more than 75 pounds.


“My biggest accomplishment has been getting strong,” Barb said. “My grandkids will say, ‘Don’t’ mess with grandma!’”


Some of the ladies initially were skeptical about getting a personal trainer.


“I have exercised my whole life, mainly cardio,” Julie said. "It took one of the personal training sessions to make me realize how important strength and endurance training is.”


For Barb, she wanted to learn more about targeting “trouble areas."


“I had been exercising and didn’t know what moves worked what parts of the body, so it seemed like a logical choice to get a personal trainer,” Barb said.


The women agree that working with personal trainers Jordan and Shannon has been “phenomenal.” Julie said they are well-educated and know how to motivate them the right way.


Jordan said each of the “Fab Four” have their own workout regiment, including strength and endurance training.


“It’s exhilarating to say, ‘one year ago, we couldn’t do this,” Julie said.


If you’re on the fence about joining Snap Fitness, Faith said the answer is easy.


“Absolutely sign up! Don’t even hesitate,” Faith said. “And seriously consider getting a personal trainer. You learn how to do things correctly and you’re not as apt to give up.” 

Member Success Story: Tristan R. of Houston, TX

By: Snap Fitness

Tristan R. of Houston, TX, has been a proud member of Snap Fitness for a year and a half now, but his lifestyle transition began in October 2011.


At that time, Tristan said he was “overweight, depressed, and very uncomfortable." He ballooned to 270 pounds. Unhappy with what his life was becoming, Tristan turned to medical help.


“That’s when I knew enough was enough,” Tristan said. “My doctors helped me through the (healthy lifestyle) phases.”


Phase by phase, Tristan saw results. By simply controlling his meal portions,  drinking more water, and using his apartment gym, he dropped 60 pounds. 


Next up in his plan was weight training. His apartment gym didn’t have weights, so Tristan looked across the street to Snap Fitness. Right from the moment he walked in, he felt at home.


“When I first walked in to sign up, Austin (the owner) was very helpful. That made me feel comfortable,” Tristan said. 


His initial goal was to lose 20-30 pounds at Snap Fitness. A typical workout for Tristan is 60 minutes of cardio on the elliptical (three 20-minute sets), weight training, and lower-body exercises. One of his favorites is an arm workout with a dumbbell in each hand while he sits, rotating his arms simultaneously. 


Tristan said Austin has been extremely helpful in his fitness journey. From answering questions about equipment to giving words of encouragement, Austin makes the gym feel “home-like with the level of comfort.” Tristan also received advice from the club trainer, Troy. The monthly member newsletter, Snappenings, also provided Tristan with helpful tips and motivation for staying dedicated to his healthy lifestyle.


Since joining Snap Fitness, Tristan surpassed his goal and now weighs 198 pounds! 


"Throughout my journey, I've been getting a lot of thumbs up, and my family and friends are truly amazed,” Tristan said.


His new goals are to tighten up and lose body fat. Tristan said the biggest benefit of working out at Snap Fitness is that it's 24/7 and small, yet has the amenities of any gym.


"If someone was considering joining Snap Fitness, I'd tell then it'd be one of the best decisions they've ever made,” Tristan said. 


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Success Story: DeNece C. from CO

By: Snap Fitness

For most of her life, DeNece Crowe has prided herself on being in good shape. From her high school cheerleading days to training for marathons in her 40s, staying active has been a big part of DeNece’s life.


Running was DeNece’s primary workout in her 40s. She completed several half and full marathons – which is quite an accomplishment! However, DeNece was ready for a change at age 46.


“I took a serious look at myself. I was newly single, and my youngest child was leaving for college,” DeNece said. “I had a great career, but like so many women, I was haunted by the question ‘what’s next?’"


Her next move? Competing in a Figure Competition. To kickstart her new fitness plan, she joined the Snap Fitness in Montrose, CO and hired Personal Trainer Nik Obert. Nik taught DeNece how to eat clean, lift heavy, and live well.


“Nine months later, I stepped on stage and even took home a few trophies!” DeNece said.


With all the success DeNece had with Nik’s help, it’s no surprise her next move was to become a Snap Fitness personal trainer. 


“Snap Fitness is my home away from home,” DeNece said. “Life is good, and I know no matter what’s next, physical fitness will be a top priority."


Way to go, DeNece! We hope you are enjoying training others at Snap Fitness.

Success Story: Jason R. from TN

By: Snap Fitness

In December 2009, Jason R. turned 39 years old. At 305 pounds, he vowed to get in better shape before his 40th birthday. His mother was diagnosed with diabetes at age 36 and had her first heart attack a few years after, so he knew he needed to make a drastic change to avoid following in her footsteps.


Jason joined Snap Fitness in Tullahoma, Tenn., and took full advantage of all the tools his club provided. Once it got a little warmer outdoors, he discovered a passion for cycling and took his exercise outside for the rest of the year. By his 40th birthday, Jason dropped down to 172 pounds.


"This weight loss was purely the product of understanding the difference between what my body needed versus what my stomach wanted and lots and lots of hours of disciplined exercise and training,” Jason said. "No pills, no shots, no fancy shakes. Just hard work and discipline.”


Fast forward to 2013. Jason had maintained his healthy weight for three years. About halfway through 2012, his mother's health condition worsened and she lost her mobility. 


"Given her loss of mobility, combined with her diminished mental acuity, I was put in a position where I managed every aspect of her medical care and finances. After several tough months in a nursing home, she passed away at the end of February,” Jason said.


The death hit Jason hard, and old habits began to kick back in. 


"Grief set in and I coped the only way I had learned for 39 of my 43 years: I ate. And then I ate some more,” Jason said. "I ate like I did when I was 300 pounds."


By the end of 2013, Jason gained 60 pounds and knew he had to take action. He decided to enter a 10-week weight loss competition at a local pharmacy. 


"I was asked by my wife and her friends to join the Winter 2014 contest and lead their team. It didn't take too much deliberation to decide to join the group,” Jason said.


His goal was a 20 percent loss (47 pounds). No one had ever hit the 20 percent mark in prior competitions, which motivated Jason to be the first. 


During the competition, Jason's part of the country experienced a very rough winter. It became very evident that his workouts and trainings would have to be conducted inside. So, that’s what he did.


"Morning, lunch, evening, middle of the night — whenever I could squeeze in a trip to Snap Fitness, I was there,” Jason said."On average, I spent two hours a day at the gym five times a week. Every single machine in that gym, along with a lot of the free weights, had the unfortunate pleasure of being doused in my sweat."  


Jason refused to give up. He was dedicated to his goal every single time he walked into the gym — even when a stress fracture set him back.


"When I experienced a stress fracture in week 2 of the competition and the treadmill and elliptical became unbearable to use, I found a way to adapt using the stationary bikes and Life Strider machines,” Jason said. "Never once, did I walk out of Snap thinking I could have done more than I did."


Jason was proud to report he hit his 20 percent goal during the final competition weigh-in. To be exact, he lost 20.3 percent and 47.6 pounds in 10 weeks! Jason has attained a BMI in the "normal" range and that his resting heart rate is down to 52 beats per minute. Jason fully anticipates being able to maintain his recaptured healthy lifestyle.  


"2013 was a rough year for me, but I fought back and am looking forward to a lifetime of great years going forward,” Jason said. Thank you, Snap Fitness, for helping me get back to me!"


You are more than welcome, Jason! You deserve nothing but the best with your hard work and passionate attitude.

Success Story: Michele W.

By: Snap Fitness

Professional bodybuilder Michele W. always strives to be the best. She used that same mentality a year ago when she took over as Snap Fitness owner in Avon, CT.


“I wanted to do something unique,” Michele said. “I’m passionate about fitness and I’ve always believed that Snap Fitness provides all the tools you need to reach your fitness goals.”


Even before she took over ownership, Michele has always been a leader in the gym.  She was the first member of her Snap Fitness club and has long used the facilities to train for her body building competitions.   


“Members knew I was body builder and would always approach me while I was working out,” she said. “I loved being able to help them and offer them tips.”


The previous owner knew Michele was popular in the club. When he wanted to sell the club, he approached her to take over the helm. Michele had never thought about owning her own club, but believed it was important to have a locally owned gym in town.


“When I took over, it was a challenge, but that’s what happens when (another) gym opens up down the street,” she said. “Thankfully, I had incredible support both from the Snap Fitness corporate support team and my members.”


Michele wanted to try something new to bring people into her club and to have a positive impact on her community. Her idea? To use her experience as bodybuilder and her passion for helping others to make her club the best in town.


“What makes a facility special is the level of support,” Michele said. “I wanted to get creative and offer my members something unique.”


She ramped up her facilities personal training efforts and started offering members detailed nutrition tips. Taking it one step further, she started collaborating with local restaurants to place her own “Michele Approved” menus at their establishments. She also worked with the local grocery store to give customers personal “Michele Approved” grocery lists.


“I wanted to keep it fresh, keep it new,” she said. “In the end, it’s all about getting it out to the community and exposure; the more, the better.”


The exposure worked. She’s seen a steady increase in members each month, but the ultimate reward for Michele is seeing her community taking active steps to get fit and eat right.


“Am I proud? Absolutely!” she said. “I’ve worked hard, and it’s amazing to see the impact we’re having on our community.”


Want to inspire your community like Michele? Own your very own Snap Fitness today. Get started here.

Success Story: Tiffany D. from MI

By: Snap Fitness

We had the opportunity to chat with Club Manager Tiffany Duffield from Greenville, MI, about her recent weight loss. Tiffany has a passion for health and fitness and believes that anything is possible if you put your mind to it. Not only is she a sensation in the news, she was recently nominated for the Governor’s Fitness Award. We are proud of Tiffany! Her dedication, determination, and passion for helping others is infectious.

How has losing weight changed your life?
TD: In every way imaginable. I am a whole different person. The struggles of being morbidly obese make doing simple daily activities almost unbearable. Now walking a flight of stairs, playing with my children, and even going to the movies are enjoyable.

What do you think helped you the most in your weight loss?
TD: Choosing to surround myself with motivating active people and having my whole family eat healthy.

What was your turning point in wanting to lose weight?
TD: Fear. I was scared that I was going to die from complications brought on by my weight. I had three girls and a loving husband to live for and I really wanted to live.

What is one thing you can do now that you never thought possible?
TD: I can race bicycles, run 10 miles, and lift massive weights, but honestly I am happy being able to tie my shoes.

If you could thank one person for your success in losing weight, who would it be?
TD: My husband. Losing over 200 pounds is an emotional experience. My husband has always been a fit, competitive athlete, never blinked an eye when I flipped my life upside down. I needed to take control of my health, and he has been there every step of the way. From bike rides, 5Ks, 10Ks, every new jean size, and every struggle, he has been right by my side.

How long have you worked at Snap Fitness?
TD: I have been at Snap Fitness in Greenville for two and a half years.

How do you motivate members at your gym?
TD: I am just me: 100 percent unfiltered, work my butt off, sweat all over the place me. I talk to them like I would my friends. I weigh them and celebrate every loss and every non-scale victory. I work hard, and people respect that. I think in a small way, they want to make me proud.

What sparked your interest in Snap Fitness?
TD: I needed a career in the health and fitness field. There wasn’t even a second guess about it. I have a gift for motivating people and I knew that I was able to transform my life. I wanted to do my best to pay that forward. I heard Snap Fitness was coming to town and instantly applied. It was an instant perfect fit for me.

What’s the best part about working at Snap Fitness?
TD: Everything! I love our members. They inspire me every day – from the beginner who can barely walk on the treadmill to the elite athlete spending 10 miles running. Every pound they lose, every weight they lift, every extra mile they are able to do makes me smile. To know I was a tiny little part of that gives me purpose. I am here to live my life to the fullest and have this amazing opportunity to help others live theirs.

What is one piece of advice you have for those who are starting out their weight loss journey?
TD: Give it time and clean up your diet. All of the exercise in the world will not work if your diet still isn’t clean.

What will 2014 look like for Tiffany?
TD: 2014 is starting off to be an exciting year. I have road races and mountain bike races lined up throughout the year, motivational speaking engagements and a strong focus on keeping my gym rocking and rolling with new boot camps, cycling classes, and weight loss challenges.

My Snap Fitness Success Story: Raya K. from South Dakota

By: Snap Fitness

Raya K. is a 28-year-old woman who struggled with diet and exercise her whole life. She joined Snap Fitness in Sioux Falls, S.D., more than five years ago, but it wasn’t until last year that she found her passion for a healthy lifestyle – thanks to the support from her club’s staff members and owner.


“It makes a world of a difference when the staff is approachable and call you by your name,” Raya said. “They go out of their way to get to know you personally, and I think that’s exactly what I needed to start my journey."


Raya lost 100 pounds in a little over a year. She went to the gym almost every day for at least one hour. Her workouts consisted of cardio on the ARC trainer (her favorite machine!) every day and weight training every other day. 


Working out at Snap Fitness has been a rewarding experience for Raya. She said her club has all the necessary equipment needed to get in shape, and the 24/7 access makes it easy to fit her workouts in her busy schedule. The small club size was also a perk. 


"I'm very self conscious so just having that smaller gym atmosphere helps me,” Raya said. "It’s not like other gyms where I would walk in and feel extremely overwhelmed; my anxiety would kick in right away."


At her Snap Fitness club, Raya said she walks in with confidence and doesn’t have to worry about the other people. Not only does Raya feel better physically, she’s emotionally in a better place.


“Ask any of my friends or family … they will tell you that I'm a totally different person. I’m truly happy now that I've got my health on the right track,” Raya said.


The hardest part for Raya on her fitness journey was to understand and accept that this has to be a complete lifestyle change and a total commitment. She admits the only way to achieve permanent success is both a healthy diet and exercise.


Her journey isn’t over yet, though.


"I have about 70 more pounds to lose before I reach my goal weight,” Raya said. "I look forward to the day that I accomplish that goal with Snap Fitness.” 


Thanks for sharing, Raya! Keep up the good work. Do you have a Snap Fitness success story? Send it to

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