My Name is Melissa and I am a 42-year-old wife and mother of three (twin 20 year old daughters and a 16 year old son). I am a retired schoolteacher and currently coaching students in voice and acting.
I have always been careful with my diet and have kept my weight “in check” at around 140 pounds (I’m over 5’7”). I always stayed fit by running, spending time on the elliptical machine and doing anything cardio. Unfortunately, my life as I knew it imploded in 2013, when I was diagnosed with a very aggressive type of breast cancer at the age of 39. Most people believe that when a person goes through chemotherapy, that they lose tons of weight. This is NOT true. On my particular “chemo cocktail” I gained over 30 pounds!!! So I wasn’t only bald, but fat too! I must admit, that during this time I would eat anything that I could keep down. This would often times include sweets and carbs. The Chemo and Radiation made me extremely weak, so much so that I didn’t have the strength to walk around the block or even to open a water bottle.
After a year of these life saving, horrendous treatments, I began to exercise again and try to get my pre-cancer body back. Have you ever tried to lose weight, and yet, you see no results? You eat “right,” you exercise, you abstain from all desserts…but zilch….not one pound comes off. This was exactly what happened to me. I charted my weight loss on a calendar that I had taped to the bathroom wall above my scale. For 6 weeks, I weighed myself daily and recorded the number. I worked out hard, I ate clean and yet, my weight stayed exactly where it was when I started 6 weeks prior. It would only go up or down by a pound or two. I was devastated and hit yet another low in my bout with cancer. I honestly thought that I was never going to lose weight again. That this was just going to be my life…a life that I was grateful to even have. I didn’t know what to do. I thought about getting a trainer but that seemed too intimidating, PLUS what were they going to tell me that I didn’t already know or already do?? But since I was at an all time low as far as my body went, I had nothing to lose and started scouting out trainers at the gym. One stood out and I summoned the courage to approach her. I am so grateful that I did. When I contacted Claudia and told her my problems, issues and concerns, she just flashed her knowing smile and assured me that she could help me, and believe me, she has.
Claudia gave me a diet and started training me five days a week. I absolutely LOVE working out with Claudia. I had no idea how hard I could actually push myself and how focused I could be. Claudia is a perfect combination of tough and sweet. She knows exactly how to motivate you, so that you will see results, all the while making you laugh. She took the time to get to know me, my body make up, my weaknesses, my fears and has created a training and diet program to help me conquer them all. She has been a great cheerleader for me on this hard but rewarding journey. In six months I have lost more than 30 pounds and I feel the strongest and healthiest I have EVER felt.
I can’t believe the diet works, because it is the most food I have ever consumed in one day! Apparently, I wasn’t eating ENOUGH food to lose weight! I’m eating every 2-3 hours…and I’m ALWAYS full. I very rarely cheat because I don’t crave “bad” food while on this diet.
At the beginning of this journey, my goal was to lose twenty pounds. Well, what is wonderful and amazing is that as I reach my goals, I find that I have developed new and improved goals. I have now started competing in Triathlons and I am actually going to run in my first marathon in October. I am seeing more and more results in my muscle tone, a huge increase in lean muscle mass and more importantly; I have much more energy and feel so much stronger. Claudia has shown me how all of this was possible and helped me achieve these results. Claudia is amazing. She is not only my trainer, she is my friend.
Hello everyone, I’m Glenda aka”Minnie Mouse”. I’m always been an athlete since grade school, high school and college and always being active and trying to make myself healthy and fit from the moment I met my late husband in 2002 until the day he passed away from the military (US Navy) in 2011. After he left, I felt like my world has come to an end, I was so lost without him and felt like I could never live without him. I became really depressed and start getting help but I was so afraid to take all the medications from the Doctors and therapist that it will only give me side effects and make the problem worst. I tried to keep myself busy and keep searching for things that will make my head occupied to get away from depression, I used to cook healthy foods everyday for my husband but got really lazy after he was gone so I just keep going outside to eat and always trying different kinds of foods in every restaurants and find that these foods makes me happy and give me comfort. Eating became my habit and food became my best friend at that time, but it gives me nightmare when I go sleep at night. I didn’t realized that I’ve been gaining so much weight and becoming unhealthy inside and out, I start having shortness of breath, couldn’t sleep at night and start getting sick. Suddenly I realized that if I continue doing this to myself and do not take care of my body then one day I will also hurt my love ones and I would not want any of them to feel what I am going through, I also realized that my husband wouldn’t be happy watching me like this so I got up on bed, took a picture of myself in the mirror and compared it to my pictures when I was a healthy and a happily married woman, I was completely shocked on what I saw and It made me even more depressed not being happy and satisfied on what I turned to look like!
That day I went to get ready and signed up a gym membership and start going to the gym but after a while I start getting really bored and start feeling so insecure and feel shy whenever there’s fit girls working out next to me. I also went to cardio but a little disappointed after talking to all these girls doing cardio for many years are still not looking so good to me and I really want a work out that will really give results and would not take many years to see. I went to grabbed one of the LVAC Magazine on my way home and start reading it and that’s how I found Claudia Aquino .I checked her website right away as soon as I get home and I got too excited after reading all the good reviews and looking at all the amazing results of all the people she transformed. The success stories and all the photos from real people really inspired me, gave me hope and gave me something to look forward to. I scheduled an appointment with her and I couldn’t help myself but cry and tell her exactly how I’m feeling about myself and I need something to push me not to give up. She was a nice and sweet lady and made me feel comfortable that day and she promised me that she will help me and make me feel so much better.
Within just four months of training with her I became more and more positive everyday, starting to have good vibes and energy , start gaining self confidence, start meeting really good people and met some really good friends, and most of all I became happier, healthy and strong! Claudia not only helped me physically but also helped me mentally and emotionally, she is such an incredible and positive minded person, an amazing friend and she is a very supportive and the most wonderful trainer I met in life. There’s not enough words for me to say on how to thank her for all she’s done for me but God knows and I just pray for a Good Karma to get her ?. The result I seen right now is priceless and she gave me more than what she promised, I am now sleeping better, eating better, more positive and couldn’t be much more happier on who I am now and I am really hoping that I am making my late husband proud and smiling down on me me now in heaven.
Special Thanks to Cindy Larkin, creator of BR Motivational Video 2014.
I now say that aside from choosing to marry my husband, making the choice to get in shape with Claudia and her Body Revision Team is the best decision I have made!! After a car accident that compromised my back and a knee surgery that left me with complications I was unsure of how to start getting back into gym. I was scared of making my injuries worse, but I was so tired of being unhealthy and weak. Thankfully I discovered Claudia! My sister in law who had started and was getting ready to compete in her second show, had nothing but wonderful things to say and really encouraged me to join. I did.
Wow, what an amazing difference was made in my whole life! I lost over 20 pounds, several inches all over and gained muscle, good posture and healthy eating habits!
I did my first show in April and loved the experience! What a way to really celebrate what you have done! I would highly encourage everyone to sign up for a show, work your ass off and really commit....you'll be amazed at what you can accomplish with the right guidance!
Although I feel confident from what Claudia has taught me to continue making progress, I look forward to going back to her and the team for my next show prep!! Thank you so much Claudia! Xoxo!