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Adam Collett

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JeffHooks

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“I have more energy now than I have had in years”

“In August of 2005 as I approached my 45th Birthday I finally decided it was time that I got serious about my health and losing weight so I started a diet/fitness program with RobZFitness. To say that I am pleased with the results would be a huge understatement because I am ecstatic with the results I have attained. He promises results if you are willing to follow his plan. I never would have dreamed that I could lose 102 pounds in less than 8 months, but with Rob Zulkoski’s expertise and my focused determination towards his eating and fitness plan I have experienced remarkable results. The first 3 months I lost 50 pounds, 77 pounds after 6 months, which helped to motivate me to continue to train and eat healthy. Rob has been there with me every step of the way; he is always interested in what I am eating and how frequently I train. Rob never minds when I call him to ask some of the many questions that I have had during this process. With Rob’s help I have learned what and when to eat. I have also learned how to workout correctly to see the results I was looking for. I can’t say enough about Rob’s professionalism, and dedication to his clients. He is always seeking to help you reach your Personal Best. From the very first appointment Rob was confident that we could be successful if I would follow his plan, stay focused and be committed.”

“I have more energy now than I have had in years. I have been donating fat clothes by the box. I have seen my cholesterol drop more than 50 points. My waist size has gone from a very tight 44 to a loose 38. My shirt size from a 2X to XL. I even notice a difference in the way my shoes fit. I am now wearing clothes than I haven’t worn in years and my wedding ring now fits again. If you are ready to get serious about losing weight the natural way, then Rob at RobZFitness is your man. When you call Rob, tell him Jeff sent you.”

“On a personal note, please accept my heartfelt appreciation to you for your dedication to your profession. You have helped to change my life; I can now walk with my head held high, because I have changed my entire lifestyle, as far as fitness and nutrition go. Thank You for answering my call for help, and sticking with me through this entire process.”

Sincerely Jeff Hooks

First member of the Personal Best Fitness Training 100 Pounds lost club.

Thank You Rob

Matt 6:33

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Alta Schlemmer

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 ” I Felt Like The Average Woman”

“I felt like the average woman, I have a wonderful husband, two exceptional kids and two misbehaved dogs.  I volunteer at the kid’s school; they both play sports and are active within their school and our church.  So what went terribly wrong?  It was June of last year our 12 year anniversary and we were going out for a romantic dinner.  Get dressed up, leave the kids with my brother (Thanks Uncle Carmine).  Wait, before we go, let’s take a picture.  I think, Yeah, great!  I have on make-up, my hair has actually been blow dried and there is a little sun on my cheeks.  Please take my picture!”

“I was looking forward to getting the pictures back.  It had been a while (exactly a year) since my husband and I had a picture taken of just the two of us.  My anticipation turned to consternation.  Who was that chunky person with the sun kissed cheeks?  I flip through a few others and am stunned.  I don’t know if everyone has a “moment” when they know that something must change.  That picture was my moment.  I wasn’t obese; I was average, size 12/14.  I knew where to shop to squeeze into a size 10, with some Spandex.  I had to come to terms with the fact that the person who I saw in my mind was not the person in those pictures.”
“I started thinking, well, I’ll just start running, I have never seen a chubby runner. I’ll play tennis, that’s great exercise.  I could ride my bike around the trail that would be fun.  Instead, it was my knees might start hurting, it is way too hot and I still need a new tube for my bike.  Next.  Now it’s 8:50pm on a Tuesday in July and once again, I have forgotten to start my “diet” on Monday.  I realize that I need someone else helping.  I called Rob at RobZFitness and left a message.  The next day Rob calls me back, sets up an initial consultation. I couldn’t do a push up, a sit up or even get through the first 1/3 of the cardio test. I’m thinking, wait! I’ve played sports since I was in 4th grade all the way thru college, what in the world has happened. I weigh 162 lbs and had 33.8% body fat. 92% of women my age (36) were in better shape than I am.  I’ve got to try this for 3 months.”
“Enter my auspicious trainer.  I don’t think he knew what he was getting into.  There are scheduling issues, sick kids and a traveling husband.  Did I mention I’m a complainer when it comes to working out?  Who knew?  My first month, I lost 10 lbs and 3.4% of body fat.  Needless to say, I was elated.  I stuck with their supportive eating plan, tried to get in cardio 3 days a week.  For me, I required the constant motivation. I needed them to ask me “What did you eat yesterday?” After my first 3 months, my results were awesome. I had even been on vacation, but stuck with the plan. I wanted to continue to see my body change and signed up for another 3 months. While I trained with different trainers  Taylor was my new leader and he jumped right in seamlessly to take over the charge of getting me back to where I wanted to be. I made it through the holidays and still lost weight.   Nowhere in my New Years Resolution did I need weight loss as an objective.  I am now 139 lbs, 24.9% body fat and firmly (without Spanx) wearing a size 6/8.”
“During my personal training sessions at RobZFitness, I have been given the tools that have changed my life. For the rest of my life, my family and I will eat better, exercise more and be healthy. I no longer fear pictures and have actually had our first professional family picture taken in 7 years.  I don’t want to be average, I want to be extraordinary!”

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TaylorGreen

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I was born in Ft. Worth, Texas and graduated from Bloomingdale High School in 2003 and played for the Bloomingdale Bulls baseball team for three years. I then graduated from Liberty University in Lynchburg, VA in 2007 with degree in Exercise Science and Fitness Programming. I am currently certified through AFAA and FiTour for personal training and I am CPR and First Aid trained. I am looking into obtaining future certifications through ACSM and NSCA(CSCS).

While in high school, baseball was my interest. I did exercises only to improve my baseball game. My interest of exercise and fitness started to develop when my baseball coach required team workouts. Serious workouts! These workouts were not only for the game but, a workout for our entire well being. From this point on, I began loving and enjoying exercise. Since I enjoyed exercising so much, I sought to pursue a career in fitness. While in college, my requirements for my fitness degree were to shadow numerous exercise oriented jobs. I enjoyed exploring different avenues for fitness but, I discovered my passion was with personal training. I value being able to develop a relationship with my clients, and to be able to watch their confidence and self-worth increase though exercise and nutritional achievements. I always deliver to give my 110% effort to help my clients achieve their goals. I encourage each client to reach their initial goals and help them pursue new ones. Like Rob says, “Always train for your personal best.”

In December of 2006 I married my wonderful wife, Tina. We live in the area and have a dog named, Sugar. My parents are Kelly and Beth Green. My father, a missionary, is on staff at Bell Shoals Baptist Church and my mother works as his secretary.

Even though I am a personal trainer and love working out, bodybuilding is one of my hobbies. Over the past two years I have developed a love for the sport. In the coming years I look forward to competing in my first natural bodybuilding competition. I am also a huge movie buff. My wife and I really enjoy watching all kinds of movies, especially THRILLERS!

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Taylor Green

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I was born in Ft. Worth, Texas and graduated from Bloomingdale High School in 2003 and played for the Bloomingdale Bulls baseball team for three years. I then graduated from Liberty University in Lynchburg, VA in 2007 with degree in Exercise Science and Fitness Programming. I am currently certified through AFAA and FiTour for personal training and I am CPR and First Aid trained. I am looking into obtaining future certifications through ACSM and NSCA(CSCS).

While in high school, baseball was my interest. I did exercises only to improve my baseball game. My interest of exercise and fitness started to develop when my baseball coach required team workouts. Serious workouts! These workouts were not only for the game but, a workout for our entire well being. From this point on, I began loving and enjoying exercise. Since I enjoyed exercising so much, I sought to pursue a career in fitness. While in college, my requirements for my fitness degree were to shadow numerous exercise oriented jobs. I enjoyed exploring different avenues for fitness but, I discovered my passion was with personal training. I value being able to develop a relationship with my clients, and to be able to watch their confidence and self-worth increase though exercise and nutritional achievements. I always deliver to give my 110% effort to help my clients achieve their goals. I encourage each client to reach their initial goals and help them pursue new ones. Like Rob says, “Always train for your personal best.”

In December of 2006 I married my wonderful wife, Tina. We live in the area and have a dog named, Sugar. My parents are Kelly and Beth Green. My father, a missionary, is on staff at Bell Shoals Baptist Church and my mother works as his secretary.

Even though I am a personal trainer and love working out, bodybuilding is one of my hobbies. Over the past two years I have developed a love for the sport. In the coming years I look forward to competing in my first natural bodybuilding competition. I am also a huge movie buff. My wife and I really enjoy watching all kinds of movies, especially THRILLERS!

Davie Ferraro

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DavieI have been a long time friend of 15 years with Rob Zulkoski. Rob was after me for three years to come on board and help expand the business and change the way people feel and look for the better. It was a long time passion of mine to be fit and to do it the right way and I joined with Rob and RobZFitness on December 1st 2007.

I was born and raised in Tampa, FL and now reside in Brooksville, FL. I am a graduate of the University of Florida with a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and a minor in Management and Sales in Agribusiness. I am a Certified Personal Trainer through Aerobics and Fitness Association of America. I have been married to my wife Robin since March 25, 2006 and we are cherishing our bundle of joy, Emma Kate, who was born on August 10th 2007.

I grew up learning and experiencing the outdoors that God created for us with my father. I am proud to say that I am an avid outdoorsman who enjoys both fresh and saltwater fishing, hunting whitetails, hogs, and turkeys, four-wheeling, fitness and most of all, time with my family and friends. I am a huge fan of country music and my favorite artist is George Strait.

I was introduced to the fitness industry when I was a junior at the University of Florida. It was my goal to reduce body fat, increase lean muscle, and to achieve the most desired “six pack”. By making a change in my lifestyle, exercise program, and with a sound nutritional program I was able to reach my goals. Little did I know that I could take it this far. And oh by the way, I did it the “natural way”. I have had my body fat tested at 3.6% and Rob constantly reminds me of it every day by not allowing me to slack off. There is one thing that separates both Rob and I from other trainers…it’s that we walk the walk and talk the talk.

Both Rob and I are very passionate about what we do. Nothing excites us more than watching our clients reach their goals. Rob and I are committed to get you the ultimate strategy for lifetime physique transformation through a sound nutritional lifestyle and exercise. If you are ready to get in the best shape of your life, join us today. Our motto is “Always train to gain, never to maintain.” So give it your best and make the time each and every day.

MarieGilmore

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Month 2:     Counting Carbs & Losing Despite Vacation

By Marie Gilmore

It is hard to believe that in my whirlwind life, two kids, three deadlines, vacation, two months have already passed with RobZFitness owner Rob Zulkoski at my side. This month, after getting a three-times weekly workout routine established, Zulkoski started really honing in on eating habits. Although he started eight weeks ago with encouraging me to eat lots of protein six times per day and watch my carbs and fats, he also put me on a high-carb, low-fat dinner two nights a week. This month, Zulkoski really got my eating established. Each meal, I am looking to eat 30 grams of carbs and 20 grams of fats. For me, for three of the meals this is a low-carb milk chocolate protein shake with a tablespoon of olive oil to get the fats in. I know, I know, sounds weird, olive oil… but it is the balance of protein and fats and low carbs that puts us into “fat burning mode,” according to Zulkoski. For the other meals, I am looking for high protein, low fat and low carb. This is really achieved by lots of chicken, fish, cheese, nuts and broccoli, cauliflower, salad, etc.

My secret, shhhh, don’t tell Zulkoski, is that I try to make it to Ruby Tuesdays at least once a week for some to-go low-carb cheesecake. A couple bites each night helps keep me on track.

For the next four weeks, Zulkoski is going to tackle my in-between meal snacking to keep the fat burning up and continue the three-times weekly workouts. Last month, I actually went on vacation for a week to Canada and can’t say I was a saint, but during my seven day vacation, I did do my cardio workouts five of the days. But, on my carb night I really indulged with chocolate fondue. Upon my return, both Zulkoski and myself were thrilled that I had lost a pound!

Regardless, I am feeling good and like I am accomplishing something. It is getting easier to follow the diet especially when a pair of shorts from the back of my closet actually buttoned this week! The workouts are not fun; sweating is not fun but, feeling good is fun and the thought of having to report my results again next month….terrifyng! My next goal, to get under 30 percent body fat.

For more information or to contact Rob Zulkoski directly, visit his website at www.RobZFitness.com  or call 571-3700.

Month 3:   32 Sit-ups is Good

By Marie Gilmore

At this month’s fitness test, even I was surprised by the number of situps I did. In one minute, I did 30 pushups and then following with 32 sit-ups in one minute and I am happy with those results. Especially considering that just 12 weeks ago, I couldn’t achieve a single sit up. My blood pressure is excellent and all results are improving. In addition, weight is down 18 pounds overall and I will be excited to hit the 20 pound mark.

RobZFitness owner Rob Zulkoski is also happy with the results and says that the more muscle that I build, the faster the pounds will fall.

Getting into a routine to work out or do cardio more than three times a week is tough. On deadline week especially, it is hard to find the time. But, I have also found that after 12 weeks, exercise is becoming habit and I enjoy getting it done at the beginning of the day so that I can feel a sense of accomplishment all day. Much easier to stay on diet if I feel that I have started out well.

Next month, I am going to work with Rob to explain the three minute step test and what heart rate recovery and fitness have to do with each other.

Bear with me and thank you for all the well wishes! I look forward to continuing the path to fit!!

For more information or to contact Rob Zulkoski directly, visit his website at www.RobZFitness.com or call 571-3700.

Month 4:     Metabolism Key To Program

By Marie Gilmore

Month 4: Working out with RobZFitness owner Rob Zulkoski and still feeling great and working towards a goal. Total weight loss at this point is right at 25 pounds overall with a final destination of 40 more pounds to lose. Starting out weight training with Zulkoski is a learning experience; he doesn’t try to say that just working out with him three times per week is the key to weight loss but tries to encourage an overall program of weight training, cardiovascular training and nutrition. With the weight training, we work together three times per week. Then, I work out at least three times per week with 45-60 minutes of cardio workouts, treadmill, elliptical trainer etc. and then the final piece of the puzzle is nutrition. As you are working out, Zulkoski will explain that all three pieces are needed for jump starting your metabolism and turning the body into a fat burning machine.

“In an effort to lose fat, you need energy,” describes Zulkoski. “You’ve probably heard that exercising will give you energy, but how can you exercise if you don’t have the energy? It’s simple. You’ve got to consume fuel (food).”

When most people think diet, they think that they have to go hungry but actually, Zulkoski is going to encourage you to eat six times a day; it is just what you eat that is important.

Who wouldn’t like bacon and eggs for breakfast, grilled chicken smothered in cheese with steamed broccoli for lunch and grilled or broiled salmon with a fresh salad and asparagus on the side plus three snacks in between? Doesn’t sound too much like you would have to go hungry, actually, I am eating much richer foods now that I am dieting and the best part is that after a couple weeks of kicking my carb habit, I don’t find it as hard to resist carbs and make better choices and….I haven’t been to Ruby Tuesday for my low-carb cheesecake for three weeks.

And, unlike the Atkins or South Beach diets, Zulkoski encourages carbs on some days, lots of carbs, big plates of spaghetti, pizza, oatmeal on two days per week for the final two meals. One hundred carbs per meal is preferred but…don’t mix fats and carbs. Have pasta and marinara or veggie pizza but don’t mix fats and carbs which will stick.

Zulkoski’s program makes a lot of sense and leaves you feeling satisfied. Eating perfectly every meal is tough but following the general guidelines has been working for me. The hardest part is making good choices at restaurants.

Regardless, I am still learning and eating my three meals with three milk chocolate protein shakes in between and eating every three hours when I am awake. I acknowledge that I have been a carb addict for a very long time but I am trying to make a lifestyle change for good!

So far, I am very happy with the results and can’t wait to lose 40 more pounds and do a ‘fat pants’ picture.

For more information or to contact Rob Zulkoski directly, visit his website at www.RobZFitness.com or call 571-3700.

Month 6:    Half Way To Goal: Stay on Track

By Marie Gilmore 

When I first started working out with Rob Zulkoski, owner of RobZFitness, we had in mind a series similar to “The Biggest Loser.” Do a series of feature stories following the progress of one person’s working out. I didn’t have a lot of big hopes since my former efforts at a commercial gym and with a trainer didn’t really pan out, so I said, ‘Hey, why not!” But, now, six months into the program and more than half way to my goal, I am saying, “Why did I wait?”

This month, despite some back strain that kept me on the treadmill but away from strength training for two weeks, I marked a loss of five pounds which brings my total to 35 pounds from the time Rob and I started. I had a goal of losing 65 pounds and now, I have just 30 to go. When this is achieved, I promised Rob I would splash it all over the front page of the paper and I will, because this is a huge accomplishment that means so much for my overall health.

Working out has a lot to do with the program and maintaining three times per week workouts with Rob keeps me on track. We do a series of strength training exercises geared to maximize muscle tone and increase repetitions, not build a body building physique. In addition, I can still use some fine tuning on the diet which will help me reach that 30 pound goal faster.

Eating six times per day, every three hours and trying to maintain a high protein, low carb, low fat diet is not always fun, but now it is hard to remember another way.

Rob’s protein powder (30g protein, 2 carbs, 2 grams fat per shake) still makes up the majority-three of my daily meals.

I do a protein shake for breakfast at about 7:30 a.m., another at snack at 10:30 a.m. lunch of chicken or lean meat and fat-free cheese and raw vegetables at about 1:30 p.m. dinner at 5:30 p.m. and then another protein shake about 9 p.m.

Doing this program, it feels like it is always time to eat, but it is geared to keeping the metabolism burning for the maximum number of hours per day.

So, if your New Year’s resolution includes getting in shape, think about calling Zulkoski for an initial consultation to see how his program make sense. Call 571-3700 or visit www.RobZFitness.com.

 

2 Year Mark:    Editor Completes 100 lb. Weight Loss

By Marie Gilmore

Two years, 100 lbs., two 5K runs and 14 clothing sizes later, I am happy to say that I am not quite half the person I used to be….but I am 100 lbs. lighter.

My weight loss journey started just after my now 2-and-a-half year old son Troy was born. I was done being a ‘big’ girl and tired of being embarrassed that as a good mom, a successful businesswoman and a happy wife, I was ashamed of the one aspect of my life I couldn’t get a handle on, my weight.

So finally, I met Rob Zulkoski, a local personal trainer who came to homes to train clients and offer his unique eating plan of low-carb, high-protein options coupled with strength training and a secret weapon of high-carb meals twice a week to offset cravings and give the body much needed respite.

So, working out with Rob three times per week with my own cardio workouts in between were the key. Following the diet plan was a great guide that I have tweaked over the years to include my own ‘treats’, low-carb of course.

But, I also have to appreciate the support of the community, my neighbors (Thank you Anne St. John and Dawn Henderson), my family and friends for always looking out for me and keeping me on the straight and narrow. In addition, setting up workout dates really helps to keep me accountable.

“This weight loss is absolutely incredible,” said Zulkoski who adds that I am the first female client he has had to reach this milestone. “This is a remarkable weight loss and Marie now has a great improvement in overall heath with top statistics in blood pressure, body fat, cardiovascular endurance and I have been proud to guide her. This has been all her work with just my help and guidance in between. People have to do this for themselves and have to want to make a change for themselves.”

I am proud to announce that after watching my success, my husband Doug has just joined our now twice weekly workouts with Rob and has dropped 25 pounds in three months. Zulkoski, now working out of his 2,400 sq. ft. training studio in the Stein Mart Plaza is available for evaluations and monitors his clients every step of the way.

Watch for me to continue pursuing the low-carb lifestyle and watch for my healthy eating articles which will debut next month called, Taking Out The Carbage (thanks Jose Melendez!).

For more information on personal training with Rob Zulkoski or his highly-trained staff, watch his tips on MyOspreyTV.com or visit his site directly at www.RobZFitness.com or call him directly at 571-3700. If you need someone to talk to about weight loss, diets, low carb eating, email editor@ospreyobserver.com!

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Thank you for taking the time to find out more about us. We offer all types of fitness training programs to reach your long-term goals that work!

We are a private personal training fitness studio located in Valrico, Florida in the Lithia Crossing Shopping Plaza. With 2,400 sq ft. state of the art equipment and a proven training program that gets results!

We are your only personal training studio you should consider training at.  Stop trying to do it on your own and never getting results.  Let us show you the natural and right way to get results!  By joining, you will be given all the proven training strategies and advice you need.  My testimonial page will provide all the proof you need.  If your looking for the quick fix, the cheapest trainer or studio with inexperienced trainers…we are NOT the place for you!  We want clients like yourself who want proven results, flexible hours and a plan of action that will inspire you to get into the best shape of your life.  I have over 24 years of personal training experience and education to pass along to you.  We are your fitness training headquarters. Strive to be your Personal Best.  Achieve a healthy and strong body.

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We become your partner in your fitness program providing you with constant challenge, motivation, and supervision throughout each exercise session. By monitoring your training intensity, duration, frequency, and type of exercise, we offer a safe and progressive training program designed to achieve results!

Whether you want to build strength, body tone, increase flexibility, or just get back into to shape I can bring it all to you.

 

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