Amanda Vee BorderAmanda Gatlin's Chin-Up Challenge!

Amanda Gatlin is a very busy mom. This 38-year-old mother of three works two part-time jobs and still manages to find time to work out once a week at Exercise Inc. I met her in 2008 when I was buying a house from her and her husband, Jarrod. During the process, she told me she knew some people who worked out at Exercise Inc. Then she asked the question most people ask, “does it really work.” I invited her in for a couple of workouts. She became a client, and within a few short months she asked if she could be a Personal Fitness Coach at Exercise Inc. Within no time she went from being a skeptic to helping people change their lives in only 20 Minutes a Week.

Amanda very quickly built a lot of muscle and strength from our program. She only trains 20 minutes a week, just like the rest of our clients. After six years of training she regularly does negative chin-ups with 100 lbs.  Doing 10-second negative chins has allowed Amanda to develop amazing strength. This, in turn, allows her to do a lot of chin-ups at “regular speed.”

I often get asked if lifting weights slowly transfers to strength and speed improvements in activities of daily living. The answer is definitely yes. If you can lift  100 pounds, and it is the maximum amount of weight you can lift, you won’t be able to lift it fast at all. You can try to lift the weight fast, but it just won’t happen. But’s let say you train for three months and you increase your strength by 50% (which is what usually happens when someone starts training with us). The maximum amount of weight you can lift is now 150 pounds. You will be able to lift 150 pounds, but only slowly. But, if you try to lift your original maximum of 100 pounds it will feel light, and you will be able to lift it very quickly, if you need to. That’s a simple example of how lifting weights slowly can make you faster and stronger. Now let’s look at our real life example.

Amanda started out 6 years ago doing 10-second, negative-only chins. The reason we do negative only chins is most people aren’t strong enough to pull themselves up in 10 seconds. That’s because it requires a lot more strength to move slowly. As Amanda got stronger, we added weight to her chin-ups with a weight belt. She is now strong enough to lower herself in 10 seconds with 100 pounds hanging around her waist. Because she can handle so much weight in a negative chin-up, doing chin-ups with just her body weight is really easy, and she can do them very quickly.

So Amanda decided to do a Chin-Up Challenge to raise money for The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society (LLS). She is doing this to support her dad who was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma a few years ago. Her goal was to do as many chins as she could in 2 minutes. She raised donations of $75 per chin-up. This is a great example of someone using the results they achieved at Exercise Inc. to support an awesome cause.

As you watch her video, please understand that this is not how we train. All of our training is very slow, controlled and safe. But understand that she can do what she is doing because of our training.

Oh, and if you are inspired by this video, you can still support Amanda by going to her fundraising page and making a donation.

Thanks for Reading My Blog!

Bo Railey

Larry Varvel

Exercise Inc's Client of the Month

March 2015

Larry Varvel is turning back time. He heard about Exercise Inc on WIBC and decided to come to an open house we were having. He liked what he saw, so he gave us a try. He didn’t let being 72 years old, effect his attitude towards our program. He shared with his trainer, Chris that he wanted to lose 25 pounds and get stronger.

It only took Larry two months to achieve his goals. He got his weight down to 150, and he improved his strength and his posture. Before Larry started our program he couldn’t lift his shoulder over his head. Now he has full mobility in his shoulder and he can do anything he wants.

Larry says, “You can never be too old to do this program.”

Three years ago we started an annual tradition of raising money to give to needy families in our communities at Christmas. Last year, with the help of our amazing clients we were able to raise $5,900. This year we set out on a journey to do more. With your help we were able to do that. So here’s how we did this year.

Avon Raised $1550 for Susie’s Place

Brownsburg Raised $1000 for Habit of the Heart

Zionsville Raised $4345 for The Lebanon Welfare League


Our mission is to help people enjoy life. Thank you for helping us make life more enjoyable for folks who need help in our communities. This has been one of our greatest accomplishments so far as a business. I’m so proud of our team and our family of clients.
So the winners of 3 Months of personal training are!

Avon - Nate Troyer

Brownsburg - Denny Fulton

Zionsville - Lyn Coles

Thank you so much for helping us help others.
Merry Christmas; Happy New Year!

Julie Dawson

Exercise Inc's Client of the Month

December 2014

Julie Dawson is a registered nurse at the Rehabilitation Hospital of Indiana. She heard about our program on WIBC. She called us because she felt that as a registered nurse it is her responsibility to present a picture of health for her patients.

Within a few months Julie lost 40 pounds. But that’s not all. Julie has also gotten so much stronger from our program. As a spinal cord nurse she has to move a lot of heavy people all day long. Her strength has made her job so much easier.

Check out this video to see why Julie loves Exercise Inc.

Linda McGowan Client of the MonthLinda McGowan
Exercise Inc's Client of the Month
October 2014

Linda McGowan heard our ads on WIBC for a long to time. She actually made her first appointment with us to prove the our claim of "20 Minutes a Week" was wrong. But, just in case our program worked she told us her goals were to get stronger and lose some weight.

Her doctor told her she needed to gain some strength in her knees. He test her knee strength when she started our program. Six weeks later her doctor tested her knee strength again, and was surprised to find her knee strength had improved 50%.

Linda also lost 40 lbs in her first six months as a client. Needless to say, Linda's hooked on Exercise Inc. Check out this video as Linda shares her experience with our program. Oh, and I almost forgot to mention how much she loves working with her coach, Kyle Truitt.

Watch her video

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