SOTA STORIES

 

 
 

At SOTA, we strive to help our clients formulate their “why” statement. While our testimonial page gives our clients a chance to talk about what they love about SOTA, our stories page is dedicated to talking about what they love about themselves and what fuels their progress day in and day out.

JANUARY CHALLENGE FINALISTS:

$500 WINNER: MICHELLE TANNER

 
(1/2) “When I turned 29 I made a decision to “get in shape” before I turned 30. I joined a small gym and got a trainer- but realized it wasn’t intense enough. I somehow learned about SOTA- probably a Google search, and me being cheap saw they had a free first class was all about it.  The first class was hard. I was so sore. I thought I was strong from all those yoga classes... wrong. I was strong, but in a different way. I signed up for the three class package and that lasted a month- I realized I needed to commit! And I needed to commit to not just one month or two. I went for 6.  I admit the first few months I was kind of going through the motions. I wasn’t really pushing myself or adding more weight to exercises. I didn’t feel guilty if I missed a class. I felt comfortable. Comfort doesn’t create change.”

(1/2) “When I turned 29 I made a decision to “get in shape” before I turned 30. I joined a small gym and got a trainer- but realized it wasn’t intense enough. I somehow learned about SOTA- probably a Google search, and me being cheap saw they had a free first class was all about it.

The first class was hard. I was so sore. I thought I was strong from all those yoga classes... wrong. I was strong, but in a different way. I signed up for the three class package and that lasted a month- I realized I needed to commit! And I needed to commit to not just one month or two. I went for 6.

I admit the first few months I was kind of going through the motions. I wasn’t really pushing myself or adding more weight to exercises. I didn’t feel guilty if I missed a class. I felt comfortable. Comfort doesn’t create change.”

(2/2) “I made excuses that I could eat out or have a breakfast sandwich from the work cafeteria because I “worked out that day”. I had the exercise potion fulfilled but was extremely lacking in the kitchen.  When this challenge came up I knew I had to do it and I had to give 100%. I wanted to see change; not just the scale but everything that goes with it. I wanted to be complimented at work about looking great, having friends tell me my complexion is looking flawless, and I wanted to wear clothes that I couldn’t fit into, dammit!  So here I am, Feb 20. I turn 30 on March 16 and I’m down 21 lbs (according to my scale at home). 8 of those pounds alone from the challenge I just completed. I feel like I’m on a path to better health, new found strength, and oh my god a new appreciation for all the work it takes to get there.”

(2/2) “I made excuses that I could eat out or have a breakfast sandwich from the work cafeteria because I “worked out that day”. I had the exercise potion fulfilled but was extremely lacking in the kitchen.

When this challenge came up I knew I had to do it and I had to give 100%. I wanted to see change; not just the scale but everything that goes with it. I wanted to be complimented at work about looking great, having friends tell me my complexion is looking flawless, and I wanted to wear clothes that I couldn’t fit into, dammit!

So here I am, Feb 20. I turn 30 on March 16 and I’m down 21 lbs (according to my scale at home). 8 of those pounds alone from the challenge I just completed. I feel like I’m on a path to better health, new found strength, and oh my god a new appreciation for all the work it takes to get there.”

Total Inches Lost: -6.5”
(1” Arms, 3” Waist, 1” Hips, 1.5” Thighs)
Total Body Fat Lost: -1.7%
Total Weight Loss: -8.9 lbs


$1000 WINNER: DAN SULLIVAN

(1/3) “Everything you need to know is in the attached picture.”

(1/3) “Everything you need to know is in the attached picture.”

(2/3) “9 years ago my dad died unexpectedly of a heart attack as he was driving from the gym to meet a friend from dinner. Unlike me, he was fit; an avid road cyclist and marathon runner. The heart attack was his third and final. Stress the doctors said. He left behind a wife, four kids and a thriving law practice that he had founded. He was 55. I was 24.”

(2/3) “9 years ago my dad died unexpectedly of a heart attack as he was driving from the gym to meet a friend from dinner. Unlike me, he was fit; an avid road cyclist and marathon runner. The heart attack was his third and final. Stress the doctors said. He left behind a wife, four kids and a thriving law practice that he had founded. He was 55. I was 24.”

(3/3) “In the time since then, I have been trying to pick up the pieces. Now that I am a dad, I am determined to do everything I can to be here for my girls for as long as I can. I am FAR from a morning person, but when the alarm goes off at 4:47am, they are the reason why. Also, I look great in spandex.”

(3/3) “In the time since then, I have been trying to pick up the pieces. Now that I am a dad, I am determined to do everything I can to be here for my girls for as long as I can. I am FAR from a morning person, but when the alarm goes off at 4:47am, they are the reason why. Also, I look great in spandex.”

Total Inches Lost: -11.25”
(1” Arms, 2.25” Chest, 5” Waist, 1” Hips, 2” Thighs)
Total Body Fat Lost: -2.8%
Total Weight Loss: -20.5 lbs


TERRY NELSON

(1/2) “I thought about this for quite awhile, and the answer is complex. But in sorting through the list of “I want to look good”; “I need to lose weight”, etc., I finally came to realize that I am participating in the challenge simply because I can.  Many people my age either do not have the health, inclination or means to participate in a high intensity, monitored exercise program fitted with great dietary and lifestyle support.”

(1/2) “I thought about this for quite awhile, and the answer is complex. But in sorting through the list of “I want to look good”; “I need to lose weight”, etc., I finally came to realize that I am participating in the challenge simply because I can.

Many people my age either do not have the health, inclination or means to participate in a high intensity, monitored exercise program fitted with great dietary and lifestyle support.”

(2/2) “I have this opportunity - so it shouldn’t be squandered. Throughout my lifetime, I have been committed to my husband, family, career, church... and now I need to be just as committed to my own well- being.”

(2/2) “I have this opportunity - so it shouldn’t be squandered. Throughout my lifetime, I have been committed to my husband, family, career, church... and now I need to be just as committed to my own well- being.”


Total Inches Lost: -9.75”
(1” Arms, 1” Chest, 3” Waist, 2.25” Hips, 2.5” Thighs)
Total Body Fat Lost: -1.5%
Total Weight Loss: -11.3 lbs


VOTING!

We have three awards for our challengers, including Grand Prizes of $1000 and $500 for two best overall transformations,
and a 90-Minute Massage for our MVP Award.
VOTING IS CLOSED FOR THIS CHALLENGE but stay tuned for our Summer Reset, kicking off this April!
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Please vote for one of our final challengers!
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