8 Inspiring Veteran Fitness Success Stories

Anytime Fitness is proud to have military veterans among our members and gym owners. Join us in celebrating their fitness success stories this Veteran’s Day!

1. James Triumphs After Suffering Injuries in Iraq


During my second Iraq deployment, I was badly injured in a motor vehicle accident. I was paralyzed from the waist down, and informed that I’d never walk again. I was also diagnosed with severe PTSD. I spent 3 years in a wheelchair and was finally able to walk with leg braces.

As time passed, I gained over 80 lbs. My wife suggested joining the gym and after six months, I lost 82 lbs, stopped all my medications, and no longer walked with braces. Now, I’m able to spend time playing with my children, and live an active lifestyle. I’m actually living life again!

Watch James’ full story

2. Glenda Muscles Up to be a Strong Wounded Warrior Caregiver

I’m a full-time caregiver for my wounded warrior husband. I have a LOT of stress in my life. I was on medication, but belonging to my local gym, my stress levels decreased and I’m glad to say I’m off of it!

Recently, I’ve had several instances where my husband has needed me to help him physically and the muscle strength I gained has been quite handy. I really don’t believe I would be able to be the caregiver I am today without the outlet I get from exercise. It helps me mentally, physically, medically, and emotionally.

Read Glenda’s full story

3. Don Turned his Life Around After Suffering Setbacks


I’m a Combat Disabled Veteran. I was medically retired from the military after 19 years of service. Financially, emotionally, and most of all physically, I was a mess. Then, I walked into the North Reno gym and met Brandon, the owner, and I knew my life was turning around. I told him my story. With his help, I started exercising daily with a planned workout routine.

Since then, I’ve lost 45 lbs, and gained 8 lbs back in muscle mass. My cholesterol and blood pressure are back to normal. I’m no longer on any medication. The PTSD is under control, yes I still have setbacks, but my support group helps. This vet who was knocking on death’s door has been given a second chance at life and I love it.

Reach Don’s full story

4. Tammy Overcame Paralysis to become a Competitive Handcycling Athlete

I was a US Army soldier paralyzed in 2005. Angry and in constant pain, I hated what I had become, but didn’t have the drive to do anything about it. While my husband was deployed again, I decided it was time to do something healthy, so I joined the gym.

Now, I’ve worked with a personal trainer for over a year now, and I wouldn’t be where I am today if it was not for them. I use to never leave my house, but now I race hand cycles. I’m finally living life again!

Read Tammy’s full story. Note: Tammy was also our My Anytime Story Grand Prize Winner!

5. Keith Refused to Let Iraq Wound Slow Him Down

Physical fitness has always been an important part of my life. While deployed to Iraq in 2009 I was wounded in combat, and I know that being fit helped save my life that day. I spent the next year at Brooke Army Medical Center and was told I wouldn’t be able to do a lot of the things that I loved to do.

I began my recovery fitness training with one goal in mind, and that was to set a personal record for the Lincoln Half-Marathon. I’m happy to say that with hard work, I was able to complete this goal, and ran it in 1:35:41. I will continue to set goals involving physical fitness, and I know that with the right training and support I can achieve anything.

Read Keith’s full story

6. Todd Overcame Addiction and Obesity to Become a New Person

I am a Navy veteran, but I have lived a hard 39 years. After struggling with addiction for many years, I got clean and turned to food. I ate to fill the void. At 270 pounds, I decided that, if I could get clean, I could get fit. It took me two full years to lose the 100 pounds, but it was worth every drop of sweat. I still work out 5 times a week and am blessed to have made this a lifestyle change.

Read Todd’s full story

7. Christina Recovers and Wants to be a Personal Trainer for Disabled Veterans


I have served in the National Guard for 12 years. In 2013, I was ice skating with my daughter when I fell and broke my patella, and herniated three discs in my neck. Even though I could only spin, I continued to go to the gym in order to stay focused and fight depression while healing. I have made some very close friends there who’ve given me unconditional support while coping with injuries. My “Anytime” friends and my husband, Mo, also helped me to recover from surgery, and to learn to cope with being titled a disabled veteran. Disabilities are not always seen, but are always difficult. That’s why I’ve decided to focus on becoming a personal trainer and a counselor for disabled Veterans.

Read Christina’s full story

8. Philip Served for 12 Years and then Opened a Gym


I researched franchise opportunities that would fit the lifestyle we wanted: a business that allowed us to be flexible with our time and spend more time together as a family.

Read Phillip’s full story.

Remember to thank a veteran for their service today, or any day!

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