Success Stories: 5 College Students Who Know How To Stay Healthy

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School will be in session soon and these members know how to stay healthy between class. Meet five of our members who have embarked on inspirational #MyAnytimeStory journeys that can teach us a thing or two about maintaining an active lifestyle during the busiest of times. Here are their stories!

Morgan S. from Peoria, IL

I knew it was time when: “I decided I wanted to serve in the Army after graduation but was almost 300 lbs.”

“A new city and new school meant a new beginning for me. I joined Anytime Fitness as a part of my transition to a new point in my life. The staff was so inviting and wants to see their members succeed. With the help of my trainer Patrick and the motivation of my AF family, I have been able to lose almost 100 lbs. My mood, confidence, ability to concentrate and perform well in school have ALL improved. A year ago I couldn’t run for more than 30 seconds, couldn’t do a pushup, squat, let alone half the things I am capable of doing now. I am beyond grateful for the experience this far and can’t wait to see what the next years bring.”

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McKenzie H. from Waunakee, WI

I knew it was time when: “I looked in the mirror and didn’t love the person looking back.”

McKenzie #MyAnytimeStory

“Since starting my fitness journey seriously a little over a year ago, I have lost 40 pounds and 10% of my body fat. I went from a size 7 to a size 1, and am now focusing on building muscle. I struggled with physical limitations after an accident that resulted in a broken back, but after losing the weight and changing my habits I have zero issues with pain or discomfort.”

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Marina S. from Kaukauna, WI

“Being overweight and unhealthy consumed my thoughts and made me hate myself.”

Marina #MyAnytimeStory

“I decided to join my local anytime fitness center in May 2015 for the summer before returning to college in the fall in hopes of losing some weight and gain some of my confidence back. In just three months I was able to accomplish so many goals on my own and with the help of the awesome staff here. I’ve lost 30 lbs and still work everyday to achieve even more success.”

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Michael W. from Summerville, SC

“For me it wasn’t a ‘getting in shape’ moment, it was a changing my lifestyle moment.”

Tom #MyAnytimeStory

“When I started college, I had zero social time with my military schedule included, and a friend I made at college was into weightlifting. Anytime Fitness was conveniently located right down the road and was open at 11 pm when I was finally making it to the gym. Anytime helped me get out of the nightlife bars to lifting bars. Without Anytime, I am sure I would be rocking the dad bod while still smoking a pack a day.”

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Lissa F. from Chester, VA

I knew it was time when: “I wasn’t able to tie my kids’ shoes because it was too painful.”

#MyAnytimeStory Lissa F College

“I am a mom of two young girls, I work full time, and I am going back to college. I used to spend my 1 hour lunch break sitting in my car eating fast food when I saw a picture of myself. I then decided instead of sitting in my car maybe I could spend the hour walking on a treadmill. I found Anytime Fitness and began walking. So far I have lost 40 lbs and don’t intend to stop!”

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