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She Regretted Quitting

By | Food For Thought, Health, Lifestyle, Transformation Center

The other day I received an email that came through the contact form on our website.

It was from an awesome woman who had done a 21 day challenge with us a little over a year ago.

She loved it, but thought the membership price was too high.  So for the past 18 months she tried to find something cheaper that got her the results and experience she had in the few short weeks she was with us.

She couldn’t find it, and said she is at her heaviest now and regrets ever stopping.  She realized that the ultra-low-cost fitness options out there just didn’t work for her, and that our membership rates were totally worth being fitter, leaner, and surrounded by a community of like-minded people.

So she came back and committed to 2019!

The $10/month Planet Fitness, $50/month YMCA, or the $1000/month personal trainer may very well be a better fit for you than what we offer at the Transformation Center.

It depends on many factors and when I meet with someone and it becomes clear that we aren’t the best fit for them, I will always refer them somewhere else.

At our current membership rates of $150-$250/month (depending on the program), we are able to provide much more personal attention, customization, accountability, and support than most other options out there, except for one-on-one personal training. But we are about 20% of the cost of one-on-one personal training.

The crazy thing is we haven’t really raised our rates in 12 years.  Even when we were just working out at the park years ago, it was $149-$199/month for the large group bootcamp and $390/month for small group training.  So, despite our expenses skyrocketing, we have been able to keep rates unchanged or reduced.

Our rates allow us to pay our trainers and staff 50%-100% more than most other fitness places, which is one of the reasons why we have the best staff around and turnover is so low.  Our trainers can make careers out of it, instead of it being just a hobby.

I just felt like sharing this to hopefully help you in 2019 to figure out what is the best fitness option for you.  There has never been a time in history when we’ve had more fitness options than we do now and it can be overwhelming to figure out what is best.

If you aren’t completely satisfied with your fitness, health, energy, etc. and are looking to get the guidance of professionals, in an environment of awesome people all striving to do the same, then I would encourage you to CONTACT US.

A Special Message To My Mom and Moms Around the World

By | Blog, bootcamps, Fit Moms for Life Six Week Challenge, Health, Mindset, Moms, Mothers, Transformation Center, Uncategorized

I have given a lot of thought on what to write to you on this special day. I really believe you should be celebrated 365 days a year, but I’m taking advantage of Mother’s Day to send a special message.

A TributeFor my mom:

Besides giving me life a little over 30 years ago, Mom, you gave up your peaceful sleep for constant feedings, diaper changes, and constant projectile vomiting (so you have told me). You gave up your traveling around the world lifestyle to create a home base for me and be there as my rock, my foundation. You would tuck me in at night, say a prayer, ask me what I wanted to eat in the morning and be my alarm clock to wake me up to feast at the breakfast table. You would have my lunch box packed so I wouldn’t have to eat the unhealthy food at school and then you drove me to school each day so I didn’t have to be on the bus for 45 minutes. You volunteered at my school, and were waiting there each day to pick me up, with a delicious, healthy snack.

I know life wasn’t always easy for our family, mom, but I don’t remember you worrying about how old and rusted our cars were, or how the ceiling in our mobile home leaked. What I do remember is how you taught me that life is about love, experiences, and quality time spent with people you love. You took care of me for 14 days when I had an intensive surgery 6 years ago, just like you have taken care of me my entire life. You never complained, you never got upset (at least that I can remember), and you never seemed to think about how the grass may be greener on the other side.

Thank you for teaching me healthy eating habits at a young age, encouraging me to play outside and be active, and including me in your grocery shopping, prepping, and cooking routine. Thank you for only letting me eat sweet cereal on Saturdays and limiting TV to 1 hour per day. Thank you for making me work in the garden, even though I hated it. Thank you for making me work at the strawberry farm, even though I was still under the legal working age. I developed a solid work ethic from a young age because of how you lived your life, Mom – always working and serving others.

Thank you for you. I love you, Mom and look forward to spending many more decades together.

Your oldest son,


To the rest of the moms around the world:  I just want to say thanks. Thanks for being there for your kids. Thanks for putting their needs before your wants and desires. Thanks for going through the pain of giving birth so us wimpy guys don’t have to. Thanks for doing your best no matter the circumstance.

To all my clients (whom I consider family): You mean so much to me. Thank you for allowing me to be part of your life in some small way. You get me up at 4:45 AM excited for what the day will bring, and you wake me up during the middle of the night with ideas of how I can help you more. You provide the financial stability for my family, along with the close to 20 people I now employ. You inspire me each day by working hard, showing up, overcoming incredible odds, and building the Fit Moms For Life community.

I especially want to thank all of you I have not yet met, but have received emails and FB messages from. I am both humbled and honored to hear that I have played a small role in making your life better. Please continue to send me stories of your success. These stories fuel me to reach for bigger and better heights.

To all mom employees who are moms: Thank you for coming to work each day, filled with such fun and excitement. Your passion for living the FM4L mission and your desire to help other moms around the world get on board this healthy lifestyle is truly amazing for me to witness. So often I hear of people hating their jobs and careers, I am thankful that this doesn’t apply to you. Thank you for financially sacrificing other lucrative careers to help start our Fit Moms For Life movement.

A reminder to all moms: Fit Moms For Life is all about living life to the fullest, serving those around you, and building deep authentic relationships. PLEASE remember though, if you aren’t healthy, energetic, fit, confident, and driven, you won’t be able to serve this world at the level you are capable of. In the process of raising your kids, don’t give up on your own passions, dreams and desires. This is why taking care of yourself is the most UNSELFISH thing you can do. This is the message I have been sharing with you for years, and the message I will keep reminding you of…take care of YOU first, so you can serve your family, your community and the world more fully.

I wish I could wave a magic wand and show you just how incredible life can be when health becomes a priority in your life. Until I find or create this magic wand, the Fit Moms For Life team will continue to work hard to create programs and tools that help you be your best in all areas of your life.

Happy Mother’s Day!

Let Me Be Vulnerable and Share With You A Secret…

By | Body Assessment, Fit Moms for Life Six Week Challenge, Health, Healthy Snacks, Mindset, Nutrition, Transformation Center, Uncategorized

Being a fitness professional is hard…

Pizza2It is hard to live up to the standards and “perfect” lifestyle that our clients believe we have. Believe it or not, most fitness professionals struggle with body image, weight maintenance, motivation, etc., just like you. I really struggled with this earlier on in my career. I would make sure none of my clients were around at the grocery store if I bought a frozen pizza for a weekend treat, or got a cookie from the gas station down the street or pulled up the Mickey D’s drive thru for an ice cream cone.

As I have been in the industry for a decade now, I have tried to do a better job at being real and the struggles I even face at eating healthy and exercising Nachosconsistently. This is why I frequently post pics on FB of me eating massive plates of nachos… Have I told you before I LOVE nachos! Side note: please don’t buy me gift certificates now to places to get more nachos, I don’t need anymore help feeding my love addiction with them. 🙂

Then there is the whole working out…

I LIKE to workout

I LOVE the pump I get after a workout

I LOVE the endorphins I feel after

I LIKE the physical benefits it gives me


Even I haven’t been able to stay consistent working out on my own. I just celebrated 15 years of working out and you would think by now it would be a habit, and it sorta is, but I can catch myself going 3-5 even up to 7 days without getting much of a good sweat in. This is after I just got done telling you I like exercise and love the benefits.

Most people don’t even enjoy exercise, no wonder it is so hard to be consistent. Since I know my tendencies, I have made specific intentions and action steps to counteract my desire to rather sit on the couch then get up and move. I have at least one if not two workout partners. Last summer you might remember I pulled off a pretty incredible fitness feat that nobody has been able to beat yet.

Leading up to that day, I had a 21 year old professional rugby player from London living with me and working out with me 5-6 days per week. He pushed me and I pushed him. Consequently the day of that challenge at the age of 30, I was in the best shape of my life. That week he left to go back to London and gone was my workout buddy. 🙁 For the next 4 months I didn’t workout consistently and when I did it was maybe 60% of my best. I was frustrated that I gained about 9 lbs, but way more frustrating was the strength that I lost and the explosive short bursts of cardio that I once had.

I decided it was time to step things up because I wasn’t happy where it was going. I asked my brother’s friend Tyler if he would be my partner. Tyler is 220 lbs with big guns, something I want 🙂 The past 4 months we have worked out HARD 4 times each week for 30 minutes, and I am now stronger then I have ever been in my life, and not too far off my cardio from last summer.

I share this vulnerable story with you just to say that I can relate to you if you struggle from starting and stopping workout plans and eating consistently. I get it. It is ok to admit it, but what isn’t ok is to admit it and do nothing about it. If exercise consistency and intensity is something you struggle with you MUST find a workout partner, join an in person program that cares about you, or at the very least get together once a week with a group to make sure each are staying on track.

I have been to maybe 100 or so health clubs and gyms throughout my life and I am blown away that many of them have more a of funeral atmosphere than a fun, inviting, party atmosphere. Everyone is wearing their headphones and doing their own thing.

FitMomTransformationCenterOct13-70I guess that is one reason I am so proud of the Fit Moms Transformation Centers in Madison, Wisconsin, along with the 90 or so locations that have formed around North America under the Fit Moms for Life local Community groups. When you come to our locations or join a Fit Moms for Life group, you matter.  You always enter a place of fun and support. If you don’t have that in your life don’t just “wish” something will change, seek it out and you will find it. Click here if you want to be part of a local group around the world by joining our FM4L 6 Week Challenge.

Click here for the days and times at our Transformation Center to attend a FREE week to come check out what all the buzz is about.

Please share any stories you have of how a group or accountability partner has pushed you towards reaching your goals.

Are You Proud of 2013?

By | Fit Moms For Life Book, Fit Moms For Life DVD, Fit Moms for Life Six Week Challenge, Killer Kurves, Transformation Center, Uncategorized

There are only 2 days left in 2013, which gives us a great opportunity to look back on the past year and give the year a rating. Chances are there were areas that were awesome, while others really sucked. Only you know how the past year has been for you. Just like myself, I challenge you to take a “life inventory” of 2013 in the following areas of your life (no particular order)…







-Any other metric you are interested in 2013 2014

2013 2014This can be a painful process. There are areas in my life that 2013 was the best year ever and there are other areas that I wished never happened. That will probably be the case for all of us. It is up to you to decide if you want more of the same or something better.

I would encourage you to set at least 3 goals for 2014. Come up with at least one in each of the following areas:

-Physical achievement: this could be a weight loss goal, a strength or speed goal or something else.

-Relational: is there a relationship you want to deepen? Maybe a relationship you need to end? Or possibly a relationship you want to start.

-Spiritually: this can mean something difference for everyone, but tapping into the higher powers and our “soul” can help ground you and put life into perspective more.

Fit Moms For Life and the Transformation Center are offering more programs and solutions then ever before beginning in 2014. Our Killer Kurves program starts locally January 6th. Click here if you are looking to lose 40 or more pounds of weight. Limited spots are available for Killer Kurves so click here to sign up today. We have FM4L Six Week Challenges starting all over North America through our DVD, book, and journal based community programs. Click here if you want to join or learn more.

Feel free to email me dustinmaherfitness@gmail.com, and share your story with me. I have heard it all and will cast no judgement on anything. I will commit to answering you personally and providing a solution that I think is best.

My friends over at Prograde Nutrition are offering their biggest discount I can ever remember at 40% for any capsule based products including krill oil and multi vitamins. Click here to grab them up and enter “caps40” in the shopping cart.

Cheers to making 2014 your best year yet.



Choosing a Fitness Program | One Of The Biggest Tips I Can Give You!

By | bootcamps, Fit Moms For Life DVD, Fit Moms for Life Six Week Challenge, In-home workouts, Killer Kurves, MamaTone, Transformations, Uncategorized

One of my small group clients made a comment to me that got me thinking. She saw another one of my clients (extremely hardcore and dedicated), getting pumped up for his next workout. She asked me, “When does this ever stop? Don’t you get to a place where you are happy with your results and then just stop?” Unfortunately, some think that this whole eating healthy and exercising is a kick someone can go on for a bit, and then go back to their old poor choices and expect to keep the benefits that they saw. If you are on an eating plan or workout plan that you couldn’t sustain (or slightly modify), for the rest of your life, I would stop doing it ASAP. You are setting yourself up for failure.

Burnout and when people aren’t consistent are two big problems. You must learn to enjoy how eating healthy makes you feel, and how the act of exercising pumps you up! If you ask those close to me, they will tell you I get SO excited for a big crisp salad, with a can of tune and vinaigrette dressing!  Please check out my latest blog post in which I talk about this subject of consistency, and getting back on track when you fail.

FitMomTransformationCenterOct13-45 I would like to give you my top 5 things you should look for when choosing a fitness program.

1. It should be fun! I have found that if a person hates what they are doing, they will eventually quit. There might be times in the workout that aren’t pleasent, but as a whole, you must get excited and look forward to the workout. You might enjoy the actually exercises, the muscle burn, the cardio, the stretching, the socializing, the comaraderie, the muscle soreness the next day, or some other aspect, but whatever it is, you must enjoy some parts of it.

2. The instructor must be well likable and someone you can trust is knowledgable and you get along with. Similar to the first one, if you can’t stand the person who is telling you what to do, you will most likely hate it and quit. The instructor must be good at finding those buttons in you, to push you past your comfort level and do things you never thought were possible. They should be a role model for you and someone who inspires you to be your best!

3. The program must have variety and progressions. Variety is important for two reasons. First, it keeps you guessing and prevents you from getting bored with the workout. Second, it keeps your body guessing and limits the likelihood of plateaus. Progressions are so key, and one reason why places like curves will begin to struggle to keep their customers satisfied. The body needs progression, as the body gets more fit, it also begins to get more efficient at what it does and burns less calories. In order to keep moving toward your goals, larger and larger stressors need to be put on the body to continue the process towards change.

4. A combination of cardio, core, strength training, and stretching should be part of an effective program. If fat loss and muscle toning is your goal (which is seems it is for FitMomTransformationCenterOct13-4895% of the people I work with) all of these components are necessary to have to reach your fitness potential.

5. Must fit your budget: It is best to find a fitness program that fits your budget and one that is convenient for your schedule. If a program takes a long time to get to, or costs too much for you to continually be part of, you need to find a better program!

I hope these 5 tips help you in choosing the right fitness program for you! Of course if you are in the Madison area, I would love to get a chance to work with you! I hope you will find that all of my programs meet these 5 points. I believe they do, and is the reason why I get to work with about 150 clients each week to help them reach their fitness goals and feel strong and healthy.

My programs include Fit Moms, Fit Fun Bootcamps, and Killer Kurves.



I Answer Your Questions…

By | Behavior Change, bootcamps, Mindset, Nutrition, Transformations, Uncategorized

podcast1I get asked almost daily to get interviewed for various magazines, blogs, newspapers, and podcasts. Most of the time I never mention them, but I wanted to give access to a podcast I recently did that I thought was exceptionally good. Not because I did anything great, but the dad who interviewed me was an incredible interviewer.

I love to learn through listening. I try to listen to a podcast/audio book at least an hour a day. So if you are an auditory learner like me you should really enjoy this.

Click here to listen to the interview

When you go to the webpage you will be able to see the topics and thoughts that I cover and jump directly to that part in the interview if you would like.

Click here to listen now

If you’ve become inspired to make some changes in your own life consider Leading a Six Week Challenge.  As a Fit Moms for Life Leader you can enjoy the interaction, community, and support found within our exclusive Leader’s network.  Also you can earn some money while helping others transform their lives along with you transforming your own!

If you live in the Madison area join one of our Fit Moms Transformation Centers (Men and Woman Welcome)!  These programs offer the same inspiring interaction, community and support!

Check out below the inspirational interaction happening in our programs!




It is OK To Be Scared…

By | Behavior Change, Cardio Workouts, Core Training, Fit Moms For Life Book, Lowerbody toning, MamaTone, Transformations, Uncategorized

DustinI can’t tell you how many times I hear, “Dustin, I really want to get in shape and feel better,  I’d like to join one of your programs but I am scared I will (fill in the blank).”  The most common answer is, I am scared I will fail or I will give up. Doing something different or uncomfortable is scary, stressful, and nerve-racking, but the alternative to that comfortable, boring, stagnant, isn’t pleasant either.

An example from my own life. I am scared…

If you have been reading my newsletters for the past few months you are aware that I have launched a brand new facility called the Fit Moms Transformation Center.  At the same time my team launched the FM4L 6 Week Challenge in 65 communities around North America.  I’ve been coordinating all this while still teaching 20 plus classes each week.  In one week alone I hired 8 new people.

I am scared…

-I am scared I can’t keep up the 16 plus hour work days that I am putting in.

-I am scared that I won’t be able to generate enough new clients to pay the very high rent at the beautiful space (for the past 7 years no fitness place has been able to pay their rent).

-I am scared that I have people joining my team/mission who are leaving cushy 6 figure careers to pursue a dream of longing to help as many moms be as healthy, connected, and happy as possible.

I am scared of failure…

Can you relate to this in any area of your life?  So what can you do, and what am I doing to get through this challenging time in my life? I first ask myself the question, “What is the worst thing that could happen?”  If you are scared to start a new eating and exercise program, the worst that might happen is that you fail again, your friends think you are crazy, your kids complain about the healthy food, or you waste a few dollars.  To me all these things aren’t too serious compared to the potential and highly probability towards the upside.

Second question I ask myself is “WHY” do I want to do this?

You need to have a HUGE why.  People who are close to me were shocked when I decided to open up such a large Transformation Center.  They knew this wasn’t my first desire, but I felt I owed it to all my long-time clients.  I wanted  to give them the space they deserved, and they had been requesting it for some time now.  I also felt I owed it to my community (Madison), which has been so good to me.  I wanted to offer a safe place for the family to come in such a way that I didn’t see being offered other places.Fit MOms

For the FM4L 6 Week Challenge and everything that entails my “why” is even more massive…  I know based off of research, personal conversations, and experience that we are “starving” for meaningful relationships in our lives.  Being unhealthy, overweight, low-energy sucks, but if you have great relationships it doesn’t suck nearly as bad.  Fit Moms For Life is all about creating nutrition and exercise programs that connect women to one another and help facilitate those relationships.

One other big question I ask myself is who can I talk to, work with, hire, or get mentored by who has done what I am looking to do?

This one is so huge…

I would rather take someone’s painful and expensive lessons and learn from them instead of having to go through them myself.  Each year I invest upwards of 50K in seeking mentors, coaches, seminars, books, etc.  I would rather live in my small one bedroom apartment at 30 years old and be able to invest in coaches rather than live in a 6,000 square foot home and not be able to continue to grow as a person through personal development.  My coaches and mentors have been where I have been earlier in their lives. They provide me the tools and confidence though advice and a systematic plan so I too can get to where I want to go.

Same thing goes with fitness.  Investing in a program that you know has a great track record and gives you an “UNFAIR ADVANTAGE” compared to anyone trying to do it on their own. This could mean joining a gym, investing in some DVDS, hiring a personal trainer, a nutritionists, or a wellness coach just to name a few. Seeking the advice of someone who lives it day to day, and has studied it will help you progress in making changes you want to make.

As I wrap this up, I want to remind you that feeling scared is OK.  We all experience it.  Asking yourself the questions above and then surrounding yourself with others who have been successful in the area that you want to improve upon will help you gain the confidence needed to be successful.  For me, I am confident that with a couple more months of super long hours at the Transformation Center membership will pick up.  I’m confident it will become a household name in Madison, and the go to place for moms and families looking to transform their lives to healthier, happier, and more connected.  I will continue to hire a team that believes in the same things and are all there to support that mission.Women

The Fit Moms For Life movement, which I believe is in the stage of being a spark, will be taking off life wild fire over the next 18 months as moms find out how much fun and incredible life can be when healthy, fit, and connected, and how much better of a mom they will be to their kids if they themselves feel successful, full of energy, and empowered.

If you want to start that journey with me (as opposed to other great programs out there) I have a couple programs starting up in Madison and also a national program.  I have a 28 Day Skinny Jeans Challenge starting Monday at my 5 fitness locations.  Three spots remain.  Click here to learn more about this, close to $3/day.

I am also launching FM4L Six Week Challenge groups on Tues/Thurs nights in Madison as well as anywhere around the world.  You can sign up by clicking here.  If you are in the Madison area, let me know if you want to come to the Tuesday or Thursday 7 PM session.  Here is a pic of all those that signed up a couple days ago at our 6 Week Challenge open.


By | Behavior Change, Blog, bootcamps, Transformations, Uncategorized

I really like the story you are about to read about Fit Fun Bootcamper Kaitlin because it goes to show that despite growing up in a family of poor eating habits, it doesn’t have to be a death sentence.  Change is possible and results will be achieved.  Losing the weight has not only transformed her body, but has given her extra drive and confidence to build her growing massage business.

Here is her story…

“I’m 22 years old. I grew up in a less than healthy family; McDonald’s and other fast food choices were a regular meal. This unfortunately, continued on as a habit into adulthood. I developed a regular diet of processed food and Drive-Thru, in addition was not exercising at all, and as you can imagine this did not equate for a pants size that I was pleased with. I tried “dieting” a few times, but my idea of dieting at the time

Kaitlin Before

was getting grilled chicken instead of crispy chicken in the Drive-Thru.

My idea of exercise was doing 10 minutes on the elliptical and 20 sit ups twice a week. So obviously I wasn’t seeing many results. Well they always say opportunity knocks, in my case, it rang; my best friend called me at about 11 pm on a Monday night telling me about this boot camp class she found on Groupon, and she wanted me to do it with her. I said “whatever” and agreed, although I was not as excited as she was. I signed up for it, and then after the fact I realized I would be waking up at 5 am, so my initial reaction was “you better be lucky I love you!”. On the first day, I enjoyed a tough workout, definitely more intense than I was expecting but a lot of fun at the same time. The rest of that entire week I was so sore I couldn’t even sit down on the toilet my legs burned so bad. By the second week, the classes were still challenging enough to keep me motivated, and the instructors would give us modifications if we needed them. I started noticing changes in how my clothes fit. And I was suddenly able to pump out 10 push-ups no problem, when before I would struggle with 2. My favorite thing about the classes is after you force yourself to get out of bed at an ungodly hour, THAT’S IT the hard part is over. Once you get there, the trainers keep you moving, motivated and telling you what to do so it’s not like being at home trying to mentally convince yourself to do one more sit up, everyone pushes you and motivates you.

After about 6 weeks I had lost about 5 pounds and one pants size. I decided to take it up a notch and start taking some of the trainer’s advice about eating. So I slowly started changing my diet, first by choosing healthy snacks for while I’m on the go, and committing to one healthy home-cooked meal a day. These things became habit and now a typical 3 Days of meals for me may look like this. Read More

What is your excuse?

By | Uncategorized

Liza before starting Fit Fun Bootcamp

My one year Fit Fun Bootcamp anniversary was not a day I ever thought would occur. If I am being honest, the only reason I signed up for bootcamp was because there was a three week deal, and I convinced myself that I could do anything for three weeks. When I first told my husband he said, ‘You? Are going to get up at 5am? And run the Elver Park hill?’ I mean, when you put it that way I suppose it doesn’t seem like the greatest idea I had ever had. But, like I said – it was only three weeks!

So, imagine my surprise when three weeks had turned into 52 (and now close to 60). Around my anniversary, I looked up the pictures from just before I started, and because I know he likes to visualize success I sent them to Dustin. He then asked if I would be willing to write this post, and I immediately forgot everything I have learned and started making excuses.

First, I feel somewhat unqualified to do an ‘after’ post, as I feel that I am not quite ‘after’ enough. I am not literally half the woman I used to be. I look like a slightly thinner, more toned version of myself, and we all know that this is not what after pictures are made of. I also didn’t want to post my before picture. Who wants to take a picture so unflattering that it caused you to decide to voluntarily wake up at 5am and run around and put it on the internet? Not me! But I decided that even if I don’t feel like a true ‘after’, there are so many things that are different, many of which you can’t see. So why did it work?

I can’t commit

While we know that committing to a fitness program and healthy lifestyle is important, it was actually the lack of long-term commitment that got me started. If you had told me at the beginning that I would have to get up at 5am three days a week for a year, I never would have signed up. I think often we try to commit to too much – working out every day, giving up lots of food we like, etc – and then aren’t perfect, and use that as an excuse to give up. What I did do is make a strong commitment to those three weeks. I promised myself that I would not skip. Ever. For any reason. In the end I made it to nearly six weeks without skipping once. I have been to bootcamp hungover (brutal!), I have been on 4 hours of non-consecutive sleep, I have been there with a sinus infection. Now it is a habit, and it is hard to skip – I am committed to my three days, which is very manageable. So don’t say that you’re going to exercise two hours a day every day if you are currently exercising less than two hours a week. Make a realistic goal, and stick to it.

Liza all toned up now.

It’s expensive

Not being able to afford a workout program is a reality for a lot of people. However, there are plenty of workout programs that are not expensive that you can do at home. My one suggestion would be, however, that you invest in the BEST program you can afford. If that’s a DVD, do your research, find one that people like and have good results with. If you can join a gym, join the best one you can with the most options. For me, the fact that bootcamp is so expensive is highly motivating. I used to workout at the campus gym, which was so reasonable that I had no problem wasting my membership. With bootcamp, I know exactly how much I pay per class, and I don’t want to waste it. So, find the best option you can afford, and then you won’t want to waste your money, which will increase your chances for success.

It’s too early

Years ago, I always exercised after work. After kids I started exercising on my lunch hour, but found I was going less and less. There were meetings and conference calls that would sneak into the middle of the day. Friends would call to go out to lunch, and since I had so little time to socialize, I would go. That is the beauty of 5am – there is really nothing else that you would be doing. Obviously you could be sleeping, and I will admit that is a precious thing to give up. But the only reason I can’t go workout at 5:30am is because I am out of town, or because I am being lazy. That’s really it. There are no meetings, nowhere to be. And the added bonus is that on days when I go to bootcamp, I am up for two full hours before dealing with my kids or my day for the first time. This has been one of the greatest benefits – two hours to focus on myself without listening to any whining or requests, without telling someone to hurry up or trying to remember all the things I have to do. Find a time to workout where there will be a limited number of excuses, and protect that time!

So what does a year get you?

While I was of course hopeful that bootcamp would help me get rid of some of the extra weight I was carrying around, my main motivation was to get fit, to get stronger, and to feel better. I really felt as though I wasn’t taking very good care of myself, and I finally decided to do something about it. I am happy to say that all those goals have been accomplished. However, I was unprepared for all the other ways in which it has changed my life for the better. There are big things: I feel better, I sleep more soundly, I have more energy, I have more confidence, my mood is improved, and I have some great new friends. There are little things: I look like less of a dork when I run across the street, I can carry the 40lb bag of dog food in one arm and use the other arm to keep the kids out of traffic, I can help old ladies get their suitcases down on airplanes. I also have a more positive attitude, and am more willing to try new things. All it took was a willingness to stop making excuses, and invest in myself. Trust me – try it, and you’ll like it.

Dustin now… Thanks Liza for sharing with us all you have overcome.  It has been so cool to see your outward and inward transformation you have made in the past year.  For those reading this who live in the Madison area, I would of course love to see you at one of our 9 bootcamp locations, or to our MamaTone program.  If that doesn’t work for you, check out any of my DVD programs to the left of this article or email me directly at dustinmaherfitness@gmail.com to ask which one I think would be best in your situation.   The bottom line is DO SOMETHING, if you have been uphappy with your body and the results you have been getting, you have to do something different.  Eistein’s most overquoted statement is so true, “the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over again and hoping for a different result.”

Bootcamp July 13, 2011

By | Blog, Body Assessment, bootcamps, Uncategorized

Posted by Roger,  a contributor to this blog.

In case you haven’t had a chance to experience one of Dustin’s bootcamps in person, just wanted to share this video to show you what it’s like. My wife had a stress fracture and can’t participate right now but she did me a favor and got up at 4:30 am to take the pics and video. Hope you enjoy.






Hello, I’m Back

By | Blog, bootcamps, Cardio Workouts, Mindset, Uncategorized
Posted by Roger, a contributor to this blog.

Me, after my first day back!

It’s been a while but I’m finally back at fitness boot camp. As some of you may remember I had a rather inauspicious beginning to 2011.  Well, after finally getting my car situation resolved and my back settling down I was all ready to return and then…I got sick. Was out of work for 3 1/2 days. Looking on the bright side, I did miss two of my heavier class loads.

One thing that was definitely reinforced during this time was that one cannot always trust the scale. Read More