Life Changing Results after an illness
“I started my weight loss journey about three years ago. I had just overcome a serious illness that required me to have chemo treatments every ten weeks for two years and to be on a high dosage of steroids. I was a Mom to the best little guy anyone could ever hope for and I was ready to live a healthier life not just for myself but my son as well. I was at my highest weight I had ever been at (274lbs) and was ready for change. My weight loss journey had a slow start, for the next two years I dropped about 40lbs by trying to eat healthier and exercise about three times a week. 40lbs was great but I had a much larger goal in mind, that to be truthful never thought I would actually be able to achieve. So in May 2013 I contacted Lisa Feran with Custom Fitness Specialists and told her I was ready. I was all in, at this point I was about 235 lbs and had a goal of 150 I began working out with Lisa 2-3 times a week and immediately saw results, not just in loss of pounds but inches. I couldn’t believe how fast my body was changing, workouts that were so difficult were becoming easier and my endurance improved overnight. Lisa provided me with a nutrition plan (even though I thought I was eating pretty well) that really opened my eyes on how someone needs to eat if they have a large weight loss goal. By winter of 2013 I had reached my first milestone goal, I was under 200lbs! A number I hadn’t seen probably since grade school. That was such a huge moment for myself, tears of joy (Lisa may have had a few too ;))! At that point even though Lisa believed that I was going to reach my goal, I actually never thought I would…until that day. After that time flew by, the pounds and inches continued to come off and I hit my year in May 2014. I was down a total of 109 pounds! Never in my wildest dreams did I think that I would be able to say I lost 100+ pounds! At this point it was not even about the number, I felt great….never had I felt better. My world was changed forever, the way I see things now is so different. I no longer worry that my son is going to be embarrassed by his Momma or that I’m not going to be able to keep up with him (in reality he now has to keep up with me!) I’m not afraid to try new things, which I once thought before I couldn’t do. So, like I said my year was up in May 2014, I was done right? Nope! The workouts and nutritional information that I get from Lisa are AMAZING. In the year and half that I’ve worked out at CFS I have never once had the same workout!!!! Not once! This is why I continue to see results; she is constantly changing what I’m doing and helped me figure out classes that I could take outside of CFS to maximize my results . Lisa also paired me with other people to work out with that make me a better person, I push myself more during those workouts and for that I’m so thankful. If you are trying to decide whether this is for you are not, I say go for it!!!! You have nothing to lose but everything to gain, the time will pass anyways. Lisa and CFS provides the best of the best; personal training provided in an inviting environment that never passes judgment. Every personal trainer at CFS is amazing and was always cheering me on the entire time! How great is it to have your own little cheerleading squad?! I thank Lisa, without her I would never have been where I’m at today. She believed in me when I didn’t, so much more than just a trainer, but bestie for life! Love you girl!!! As of today I am down to 159 pounds, a total weight loss of 115 pounds. Technically I have 9 more pounds to go until I reach my goal, but I couldn’t be happier with where I’m at today. Stronger, happier and healthy”
Jessica stared eating more and working out less and got the body of her dreams
“I began searching for a personal trainer about six months ago. At the time, I was already working out six or seven days a week and eating around 1200 calories per day. Some days I attended group fitness classes and others I would do an hour of cardio followed by weight training. I spent almost two hours in the gym each day, but I was not seeing the results I wanted. I came across the Custom Fitness Specialists website and was inspired by the testimonials of CFS clients. I reached out to Lisa and began training with one of her small groups.
After training with Lisa for a few weeks, I committed to competing in my first bikini competition. Lisa provided me a customized nutrition and work-out plan to prepare me for the competition. With Lisa’s guidance, I was able to increase the amount of food I ate and decrease the time I spent in the gym while losing body fat and building muscle. My preparation time for the competition was five months. I could not be happier with the results. I lost 8% body fat and transformed my body in a way I did not think was possible. I won first place overall in the bikini division and won my pro card.
I am so thankful to have Lisa as a trainer and to be part of the Custom Fitness Specialists family. Lisa is a positive, supportive, and honest person. She has been a role model for me since I began training with her. My journey at CFS has helped me gain self-confidence, build new friendships, and become a healthier, happier person overall.”
Fun mom cuts some of the cardio and start lifting weights!
“I started training with Lisa at Custom Fitness Specialists about 10 months ago. Prior to personal training, I was a cardio-only girl. I would run 5-6 times a week–running about 25+ miles per week. However, my body was not changing at all. I had no energy and my clothes didn’t fit. I felt like I was stuck and I didn’t like it. I was tired of working so hard but not seeing or feeling any results. That’s when I decided I needed to make a change in my life. I saw a random post on Facebook for CFS and was immediately intrigued. I set up a consultation with Lisa and within the five minutes I knew that I needed to train with her.
I was extremely nervous my first couple of sessions. I had never lifted weights or done any type of strength training–this was going to be a new adventure for me. It is the best decision I have made for myself. With Lisa’s support and guidance I’ve been able to transform myself and live a much healthier lifestyle. Lisa has not only trained me in the gym, but she has also helped me with my nutrition. She has developed a personal eating plan for me (which I try to follow most days:)). I have lost over 13 pounds, lost numerous inches, dropped sizes in my clothes, gained a lot of muscle and become a lot stronger. I also have learned to love, appreciate, and respect my body!
I now look forward to each and every session with Lisa. She holds me accountable for my workouts and my nutrition. She motivates me to be healthier every day. Lisa truly cares about me and my progress. Every session with her feels new, never boring, and always extremely challenging. I am excited to see where the next year takes me!”
Doctor decides to get back into shape and get healthy
“I was the pot calling the kettle black. A family physician counseling patients on how to be healthy when I was obese at nearly 200lbs. After a blood test put me in the pre-diabetic range, I found my motivation to get healthy. I was able to loose 40lbs on my own but struggled to loose any further. I thought I was eating right and exercising enough, but my weight didn’t budge. Lisa changed my life. She gave me a nutrition plan which helped me understand a better way of eating to fuel my workouts, and create the fit body I always wanted. In 6 months, I lost an additional 25lbs, while gaining lean muscle mass. I’ve since run a marathon, completed a triathlon, and proudly sported a bikini after having 2 kids. (WooHoo!) I continue to train with Lisa on an ongoing basis to help me stay on track with my fitness goals. Each workout is unique and she provides frequent modifications to help me safely train thru injuries (none of which occurred as a result of working out with her). From a professional standpoint, her educational background & experience uniquely qualifies her to provide superior nutritional guidance, personalized workouts, and truly amazing results!
Another great weight loss story
“It has been great to work out at CFS with Lisa! I have seen my body size and pants size drop, along with losing about 22 pounds. The great thing about CFS is that they are flexible and the work with you at YOUR workout level. I have problems with my back and knees and Lisa has found a way to give me a great workout with my limitations. I also love the accountability that I get each week with my workouts. Thank you Custom Fitness Specialists.”
College student learns to love her body through proper exercise and nutrition
“I had never respected my body or felt proud of what I saw in the mirror. Once I entered highschool, I began chasing after a physique that seemed unachievable through rigorous diets and attempts at exercise. The negativity I felt toward my body intensified once I reached college, and eventually these negative feelings turned into negative behaviors. I began struggling with anorexia binge-purge subtype. In addition, I was running long distances of up to 11 miles a day despite the fact that my body simply was not changing.
After over a year of depression, deprivation, and a diet/exercise obsessed world, I was still desperately searching for another alternative. I googled personal trainers in the area, and came across Custom Fitness Specialists. Lisa caught my eye with her experience competing in figure competitions and her stellar reviews. After meeting with her for the first time, I was excited about her holistic approach and expertise not only in fitness, but nutrition as well! I had no idea working with her wouldn’t be another failed attempt at finding the health and happiness I was searching for.
After one short month with Lisa, things were changing radically for me. Not only was my body physically changing, but my mentality was improving as well. Her butt-kicking workouts became easier, and soon I was looking forward to every workout (which never fail to be something new and exciting). The longer I worked with Lisa, the less presence my eating disorder had in my life while my self-esteem simultaneously rose. I am now able to eat without guilt for the first time in years, knowing I’m making smart choices while fueling my body for the constant improvement Lisa is guiding me through.
Although Lisa is an exceptional trainer who is extremely qualified, she has been so much more than a coach to me. Her positivity, upbeat personality, encouragement, and patience is what has kept me on my fitness journey for over two years now at CFS. For the first time in my life, I respect what my body is capable of, and I’m happy, healthy, and strong. I’m even training for my first competition this spring, something I didn’t think I would ever have the confidence to participate in. I would never been in the positive place I am now without the help of Lisa. Thank you so much Lisa!”
Fit military mom drops over 50 pounds and gets back into shape
The environment at Custom Fitness was exceptional. Very welcoming, clean and highly motivating.
Now because of Lisa’s loyalty and inspiration I am currently in the process of becoming a personal trainer as well. I can’t thank you enough for everything you have done for me and for what you have made me become. I once only dreamed of goals, now I set and accomplish them. I feel amazing and on top of world. I can do anything now for I am super women all thanks to who now I can call a wonderful friend. Thanks Lisa!”
Another great life style change
After trying many workouts and gyms, Steve finds one that works!
Brittany finds self-confidence through weight loss, muscle gain, and personal training.
I have always wanted to be a much smaller version of myself. I tried diet plans and trainers, but my weight never seemed to budge. I dreamed of having the “model type” body, wanting to fit in a size 2 when I was currently in about a size 6. Without starving myself, I never thought it would happen. Then in the fall of 2014, I met Lisa. A friend had asked me one day if I was interested in training for a bikini competition. It was something I knew would be amazing to accomplish, but I never thought I could do it. After a few months of persuasion, I had the guts to come into Lisa’s office to meet with her. I figured one more trainer wouldn’t hurt.
It has been only 16 weeks that I have trained with Lisa, and she has literally changed my life, my perspective and my self-confidence. I trained with Lisa for my first bikini competition that I competed in in May 2015. I came in first place in the short division for bikini novice. I have learned so much about fueling my body with the proper nutrition and weight training in the gym, something I never really focused on during my “workouts” in the past. I was amazed at the transformation my body made in just four months. I could not have come this far without the help of Lisa. She has become, over the course of 16 weeks, one of the most inspirational people I have met. She pushed me to do my best on a daily basis and never gave up on my success, even when I wanted to. She’s not only the greatest trainer I have ever had, but a true friend throughout it all. You stood by my side when I needed you, Lisa. For that, I will forever be grateful. I am so excited to see what my future brings as I continue to train at Custom Fitness Specialists. This journey has officially just began!”
“I started at CFS with Lisa in March, 2014. Previously,I had been working out and thought I was eating right, but I was not making any progress. At that time I weighed 160lbs. Lisa gave me a nutrition plan which had a ton of food in it. She taught me to eat the right things at the right time. She adjusted my plan along the way and as of December, 2014, I am down to 144 pounds.My workouts with Lisa are never the same, strenuous and fun! She paired me up with like people who inspire me to bring my best each day. I have gained muscle and have dropped 4 pants sizes in 10 short months.I look forward to what my future health will be as I continue down the road with CFS.”
“What Lisa Feran of Custom Fitness Specialist did for me was not just get my butt in shape, you see, there is more to the story….I came to CFS in the early summer of 2014 looking to better myself and my confidence level. I’ve always worked out, but I needed to shake things up. I was struggling with some things in my life at the time and needed to take charge. I had heard about CFS through a couple of friends who were also training there. I decided to check it out and am I ever glad that I did! Not only did I start to see changes in my body, but most importantly I noticed changes on how I viewed myself. As time went on, Lisa mentioned competing. At that time I thought, NO WAY would I have the courage and confidence to ever get up on a stage wearing a tini bikini and feel that I belonged there. I had no clue what it was about. After weeks of trying to talk myself out of it, I finally decided to do it! With Lisa’s consistent push in training to reach my goals, I was ready to face a fear and go for it!
Lisa Feran, you dedicate so much to your clients and your job. You are truly a great trainer and you help people realize they can achieve goals in fitness they never would have thought possible otherwise.
I appreciate what you have done for me! Not only did I come back with 3 tropies from my first competition, I came back with a different kind of confidence that was stuck inside for far too long and made new friendships along the way! I am grateful! Thank you!”
Life Changing 100+ pound weight loss
“Before I met and worked with my trainer, Lisa, I had absolutely no confidence in myself. I was obese, weighing at 250 Ibs at 20 yrs. old, and eating whatever appeared in front of me. Thanks to Lisa, who was consistently on my case whenever I told her what I ate was bad, I started to choose healthier foods over bad ones. I’m also glad that Lisa encouraged me to go to the gym on my own and not just when I saw her for my sessions. Before Lisa became my trainer, I never felt comfortable going to the gym by myself cause I always gave up after 5 minutes of being there. Thanks to Lisa, I can now feel comfortable going to the gym on off days. I also appreciate how Lisa really listens to me whenever I have a problem or needs some advice.
I come from a family that has a history of obesity and other health problems and was on the verge of being on my death bed before I was even 21. I felt embarrassed. I’ve always had weight issues throughout my life. I have a lack of support at home. One thing that Lisa has done for me is encourage me to keep reaching for my dreams and goals. Luckily, I am proud to say that I am very close to achieving one of my goals-which is to lose 100 Ibs. It’s been hard work and a struggle at times but Lisa has pushed and encouraged me throughout this year. Thank you Lisa! I don’t have many friends, but I definitely consider Lisa as one of my closest friends and I’m lucky to have known her.
I would say Lisa’s training methods are challenging sometimes but a lot of fun. Thanks to her methods that she’s taught me, I feel like I’m living again. I have a lot more energy than what I used to have. I also appreciate how she encourages all of her clients to use Advocare products. They’ve done wonders for me and for some of her other clients.”
Katie gets in shape for upcoming wedding!
“Lisa and I have known each other for about 10 years and we worked together at a gymnastics gym in Madison, so I was well aware of her enthusiasm for fitness and her upbeat personality! Over the past few years, there were times off and on when I knew she had opened up CFS that I have reached out to her thinking “I’m ready, let’s do this”. She encouraged me every time to come in and “let’s talk about it”. I think I did this about 3 times. There was always something in my way to getting into that gym-mainly, myself. It wasn’t until “he put a ring on it” that I felt the motivation to get back into shape. I didn’t know much about HIIT training; my exercise experiences were mainly limited to running, and I had done a few sprint triathlons a few years back. I started at CFS in May of 2015, thinking that it would take me a good year to get where I wanted to be in my wedding dress. I worked really hard over the summer and it only took me until mid-November to reach my goal (about 12 pounds). Not only did I meet my goal weight, but my body has changed dramatically. I never thought I would see the definition I see now on my body. I chose Lisa and CFS because I am someone who needs that extra push to stay true to work outs and diets. I need someone to motivate me each and every work out and strive to do my best. In years past, I had attempted the weight loss and fitness plan independently, but never really noticed any significant results. I can say that in the past 6 months working with Lisa, I have dropped 3 full pants sizes! I couldn’t have asked for anymore! I love the people I have met through this experience and embrace every workout. This has not been a new workout routine for me, it has been a lifestyle change. I have always thought of myself as “healthy”. Now, I consider myself “healthy and fit”.”
Kristin cuts the cardio and hits the weight for amazing body transformation
“Before I first started working with Lisa, I was a little lost in my fitness/nutrition journey. I knew I needed a change to my everyday workouts to see results, but I wasn’t sure what that something was. I caught the fitness bug in my early 20s and would do home workout videos, went to the gym and counted calories. At first, I saw results, but then I stalled. I took up running and started going to the gym daily, where my mindset was to burn as many calories as possible. I would run anywhere from 8-12 miles a day, doing 1-2 hours of cardio with minimal weight lifting. My body wasn’t changing the way I wanted it to, so I started to research. I read numerous fitness magazines and websites, and that caused me to take up weight lifting during the winter of 2014. I was still unwilling to give up the mass amount of cardio I was accustomed to, afraid I would put on more weight if I didn’t burn off enough calories. In addition to that, my lifting plan was spotty at best—and still, no results.
One of my good friends trains with Lisa and she inspired me to at least go chat with Lisa—no pressure. After talking about my goals, I started working with Lisa because I saw first-hand that she knows how to get results. I needed a challenge and Lisa laid out a solid plan for me to get the results I was looking for. Custom Fitness Specialists is different because the style of training is far more effective than anything I’d tried previously. I feel the way I am being trained is not temporary, it will allow for me to maintain a body that I’m proud of. The girls that I train with are extremely supportive and we have become friends. Training is fun and challenging due to that atmosphere that Lisa creates in her gym. I started training with Lisa in August 2015 and following her nutrition plan. In the 3 months that I have been working with her, I lost 15 lbs and lost 8.5% body fat. I’m also proud to say that my cardio time has been cut to about an our a WEEK. I am so grateful for Lisa and her continuous support throughout the process. Her motivation and inspiration have helped me and pushed me to levels I didn’t know I could achieve.”
This mom finally finds her inner athlete
“My whole life I’ve lived in the shadows of athleticism, from my big brother who was built for speed and makes running marathons look easy to my world class karate champion of a husband who has more trophies than we can fit in our house. I’ve never been athletic; I’ve never enjoyed or pushed myself to be good at any sport related activity. I’ve always been more of a cheerleader on the side lines; I was a good one but have always dreamed of more for myself.
Then I met Lisa at Custom Fitness Specialists. She’s exactly what I’ve always needed. She might be small in stature, but she’s vast in her skills and abilities at helping others achieve their fitness goals. In six short months I’ve been guided along a journey I never thought possible for myself. This past weekend I put on a bitty bikini and walked the stage in a fitness competition, something that would have caused me to pee my pants just thinking about in the past. And I did it with the most confidence I’ve ever felt in my life. I may not have won a trophy to place on my mantel at home, but I feel like a true winner.
Lisa is amazing. With of her training, guidance and endless support, today I feel strong, I feel healthy, I feel confident, and I feel like an athlete. Lisa has helped me get off the sidelines and be that someone I once only dreamed about becoming. I cannot wait to see what I will accomplish next, with Lisa by my side.”
Tasha overcomes an eating disorder to get in the best shape of her life
“I have always struggled with my weight and body image. I was involved in sports my whole life but I was never the most athletic girl. I always wanted to be thinner which, in my mind, was more attractive. In high school and college, I struggled with eating disorders and depression.
Last year I made a serious change. I stopped drinking to get drunk and started lifting heavy. I was able to drop 10 pounds by myself and was in a much better mental state. I decided to really push myself and talk to a coach about doing a bikini competition. I did a little research and found Lisa who helped me prepare for my first competition in November.
I didn’t place in that first competition but in those 13 weeks I accomplished so much more than I could have ever hoped for! I learned how to lift properly to get the most out of each workout and all about nutrition and how to eat in order to fuel my body.
I was hooked. I continued working and following Lisa’s nutrition plan in order to compete again. This spring I did 2 competitions and placed 2nd in both and am now nationally qualified! On top of that, the changes that were made to my body in just 5 months was amazing!
Even though my competitions are done for the season I am most definitely not. I will keep working with Lisa to build more muscle to compete in the figure division. I cannot thank Lisa enough for helping me see what my body is capable of. She is a great coach and trainer and an even friend. I know she truly cares about my growth not only physically but mentally, and I couldn’t be more grateful!”
Best shape of his life at 50+ years old
“I started working with Lisa Feran at CFS in June of 2014. I was quickly approaching 50 years old and decided that I would need to be in better shape if I wanted to make it another 50. I am a former college track athlete and was in pretty good shape most of my life until I decided to start smoking, drinking beer, and sitting on the couch for that past 15 years. Walking up a flight of stairs would nearly take my breath away and I could feel my belly fat bounce on the way down. I knew I had to make some changes. That’s when I decided to contact Lisa at Custom Fitness Specialists.
Lisa not only pushed me harder in my workouts than I ever would have myself, but she also helped me change my diet. I experienced amazing results almost immediately. I’ve lost more than 20 pounds of fat and increased my muscle mass. I’ve never had so much fun getting my ass kicked three times a week. Thanks to Lisa, I am in the best shape of my life at 50 years old.”
40+ pound weight loss story
When June 2011 came around, I was determined to get back into shape! When I first started Boot-Camp with Lisa, I was pushing 180 lbs. I was seriously unhealthy and completely out of shape. Even though I played volleyball and softball a couple nights a week, it still wasn’t giving me what I needed. When Lisa started offering Boot-Camp sessions, I thought this would be a great opportunity to try and get back into shape. I committed myself two mornings a week through the summer and to Lisa and Spencer. Within the first couple of weeks I started seeing results instantly. I was excited and it made me want to come back for more. The best part about the workouts is that they are always different and they target all areas of the body. I am not going to lie…It was tough and Lisa pushed me and others each and every morning. When I didn’t show up I was regretting not going and new if I wanted a better me, I needed to stick with it. As of March 2012, I have lost over 40 lbs and 6 inches in my waist! AMAZING!!!! If you are looking for professional, dedicated trainers you need Custom Fitness Specialists! I Thank Lisa and Spencer for dedicating their time and efforts into shaping the person I am today
Personal trainer achieves goal
Better health and lower medication
“Prior to coming to CFS, I had gained significant weight and started to see a rise in my blood sugars to the point that I was considered pre-diabetic. At that point I really knew that I had to make a change in my life. With the past health clubs I tired, I found that I did not have the day to day support that I needed. As time went on, not seeing the results that I wanted I just stopped going.
A friend of mine had told me about working with Lisa at CFS and she had amazing results. I decided to contact Lisa and talk to her about my health goals and some of the deconditioning that I had experienced over the last few years of no exercise. Lisa worked extremely diligently with me and was very encouraging even though I was out of my comfort zone.
I am very happy with the result that I have scene. Currently I am down 28 pounds, my energy is high, my strength and balance has improved, my blood pressure is lower, and I am no longer in my pre-diabetic condition. I would encourage anyone who has a concern for their health to consider Custom Fitness Specialists for a great place to get personalized training.”
” Working out and eating healthy is what we all aim to do in life. It is the one personal goal that hardly seems attainable to achieve. That is until you meet Lisa. If you are like me, you are most likely unmotivated and apprehensive about trying one more diet and exercise program that claims it can help you lose the weight and keep it off this time. Lisa is more than just the claim. She is focused and determined on helping you achieve your goals, and maintaining or excelling your own expectations. Within a week, I was more than just sore. I could already feel the difference in my clothes and the way I felt on a day-to-day basis! There are no words to describe the gratitude I feel towards her and her program. My life has been changed, and not just for the short term, but an everlasting change. I owe her my health, and my self-worth.”
Carla changes up workouts and sees results
“Before I met Lisa, working out wasn’t fun. I did the same thing all the time. I would run on the treadmill and do the same exercises because I didn’t know what else to do. I wasn’t really losing any weight, more just maintaining where I was.
Then a friend of mine wanted somebody to go with her to this new boot camp class run by Lisa. I thought I was in pretty good shape, so I went in thinking if I could lose 3 or 4 pounds that it’d be good.
Now, through Lisa’s help and encouragement, I’ve managed to do a lot more than that! I’ve lost twice as much weight as I thought I would. I’m lifting 3 times more weight than when I started which you can see in my arms. Best of all, I’ve lost inches in my stomach and now almost have that 6 pack of abs I’ve always wanted!
Lisa makes each class just as challenging as the last, but with different exercises every time. Working out is now fun and I look forward to every time I see Lisa because I know she’ll make me work hard! I look and feel great because of her!”