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Deadlifting 2x my body weight @ 320lbs

 Yes, I’m giving away free personal training with a personal trainer for a year. I’ll pay up to $5,000 for the winner to get 1-on-1 coaching (and get in the shape of your dreams).

  • Want to lose 25 lbs?
  • Gain muscle? (This was my goal when I started training)
  • Just look better in your clothes?

A lot of you know how I’m 5’11” and used to weigh 127 lbs. Yes, I had the body of a supermodel — a female supermodel.

So over the last few years, I learned how to eat better and work out the right way. I had illusion after illusion shattered (that I would need to do tons of cardio…that I shouldn’t eat before I work out…that a “skinny Indian guy” could never gain weight like those big white guys).

Truthfully, out of all the business and personal successes of last year, that picture above makes me most proud. I shouldn’t be able to do that. If I had pursued the default route of my life, I would have gotten good at some engineering position, taken a nice 9-5 job, and kept thinking of myself as a skinny Indian guy wearing ill-fitting polo shirts. That picture took work.

But now that I defied the default, I know most of the other challenges I face are easy.

There are 3 things I love about working out with a trainer:

  1. I don’t have to think. Unlike business, where there are an infinite number of possibilities, with a trainer, I walk into the gym, do what he tells me, and I see results.

  2. I see connections to real life all the time. When I started lifting heavy dumbbells to work my chest, I eventually plateaued. Why? Not because my chest couldn’t handle it. Because my wrists were weak. The lesson: In any field, the more advanced you get, the more your smallest vulnerabilities will be magnified. Moving to advanced levels means diagnosing and fixing the most minute weaknesses.

  3. I changed my own psychology. I used to read interviews with successful CEOs and literally 100% of them said, “The first thing I do in the morning is work out.” I skipped right over that section and went into their favorite productivity app or stupid tactic. Only later did I realize why. I used to think I wasn’t the kind of guy that works out. Part of this is cultural — Indian people don’t really work out — and part of it was my limiting beliefs. Now that I realize how much work goes into this, when I see someone who’s better at it me, I don’t just say, “Oh, they were born with it.” I appreciate the work they put in.

All of that is great if you’re a weirdo like me. But let’s be honest. Most of us just want to lose some damn weight.

So I’m making it easy. I’m paying up to $5,000 for you to hire the trainer of your choice for a full year.

All you do is show up, do what he says, and get the body (and mind) you want. All part of living a rich life.

Click here to enter now.

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KWu
KWu
2 years 7 months ago

My fitness goal would be to complete a pull-up! I’ve never been able to do pull-ups at all and I’d like to actually develop upper body strength finally.

Cindy
Cindy
2 years 7 months ago
I also had the same goal, and I finally achieved it, so yes, it is possible. After doing “pre-pull-up” strengthening exercises (about 3 months time), I was able to do a pull-up and chin-up on my own, from bent arms. But I wanted to do a pull-up and chin-up from a dead hang (i.e., arms straight). I remember trying and trying, and I couldn’t get over the “hump”. Continuing with my training, I eventually worked my way (in 3 months time) to a pull-up and chin-up from a dead hang. Here is a resource that I found very helpful in… Read more »
Wendy
Wendy
2 years 7 months ago

Love this!!

Steven
Steven
2 years 7 months ago

I’ll use this to get into honeymoon shape!

Rob
Rob
2 years 7 months ago

I’ve always been the little guy my whole life. At gym class in school, at company volleyball tournaments, and even at family reunions. I’ve always been good in academics but at the gym, I have no clue what i’m doing. I’ve dreamt of being more muscular but could never justify paying so much for a personal trainer. I’d love to finally have one and get the body I always wanted.

Nina
Nina
2 years 7 months ago

My fitness goal is to be able to run 5km so I can p articipate in races.

Reece
Reece
2 years 7 months ago

I would use this to increase my muscular endurance, and increase my cardio ability to handle high altitude so that I can trek and climb in the Andes later this year.

John
John
2 years 7 months ago

To be able to go for a run with my daughter in one of those runner’s strollers and to get rid of the gut I carry around with me

John
John
2 years 7 months ago

To be able to go for a run with my daughter in one of those runner’s strollers and to get rid of the gut I carry around with me

Rob
Rob
2 years 7 months ago

Remain healthy and continue to gain wisdom from mentors who can accelerate my progress towards adding 40lbs of lean mass and stepping on stage at 180lbs within 5 years.

Ramit, the plan is in place and ready for you to sign-off on it… I’m off to train legs.

Shannon
Shannon
2 years 7 months ago

My fitness goal? Losing 30lbs. I want to build up my endurance and look better in clothes. I want to be STRONG again.

Shannon
Shannon
2 years 7 months ago

Lose fat and gain muscle and endurance.

My long term goal is to run a marathon, but first I need to get back into shape and reshape my body and eating habits.

Akash
Akash
2 years 7 months ago

After training since August 2013, I can already
– run 5km without loosing breath
– perform in-house weight-less training for 40+minutes
– lost from 83kg to 73kg

But I’m still pot-bellied.

So now, I want to become R-I-P-P-E-D.

Enough said.

Steve
Steve
2 years 7 months ago

Most fit people with pot-bellies – like I used to be – have bad posture. Stand up straight, shoulders back (a bit), suck it in (a bit), hold it. It’s not cheating, it’s how you’re supposed to be. 🙂

Jillian
Jillian
2 years 7 months ago
Three years ago I was 20 kilos overweight and incredibly unfit but with the help of a trainer I got into the best shape of my life. Now I’m due to have my first baby and not looking forward to having to regain my fitness AGAIN. But I’m determined to do it and I know how much having the right trainer will help. My fitness goal is to get back to my half marathon PR within 18 months but this time around I plan to take the time to develop my running form properly so I don’t injure myself in… Read more »
Jesse
Jesse
2 years 7 months ago

Hell yeah! I hate running, but you know how they say “what you hate most is also probably what you need most”? Because of that, one of my goals is to try sprinting to see how I like it. Max-effort running seems like it will be fun. Maybe someday I’ll decide to do a half marathon like you.

Rajeev Bhatia
Rajeev Bhatia
2 years 7 months ago
Hi Ramit, My name is Rajeev Bhatia and I am a 5ft 10.5in guy who lives in Mumbai and weighs 82 kg(180 pounds). My weight had reached a high of 106 kg(233 pounds) and I had been overweight/obese for most of my life till about 3.25 years back. I had made some progress before that but I had graduated and started work 6 months back and found my health deteriorating badly at my desk job. I weighed 100 kg(220 pounds) then but was probably in the worst shape of my life. I stepped into a gym one evening and have… Read more »
Monika
Monika
2 years 7 months ago

You are lucky to be in India. Contact Kottakal Arya Vaidya Sala (branches in Mumbai as well) and get treatment. They are really good. It will take a little time, and effort – including diet restrictions. But if you can stick to it for some time, you will be a happier and healthier person. All the best!

Jesse
Jesse
2 years 7 months ago
I was 150.25lbs (at that weight, every fraction counts). I read and read and hit the gym, but never seemed to gain weight. Eventually, I wised up and got a coach, and gained 22(!!!!)lbs in a year. I remember looking in the mirror and thinking to myself, “This is so much easier than I was making it out to be.” I strongly STRONGLY encourage anyone trying to get fit to enlist the help of a legit trainer. Self-education can only do so much before you have to get leverage on yourself to progress. My fitness goal is now to improve… Read more »
Satvik
Satvik
2 years 7 months ago

My fitness goal is to be able to run 5 miles without getting exhausted.

Brett
Brett
2 years 7 months ago

Thank you Ramit – what a great idea and wonderful gift.

I would use the training to get as strong and fit as possible for surfing, so that I am able to use my body to do the same moves that I can see in my mind’s eye.

Adam
Adam
2 years 7 months ago

First, you’re a genius marketer Ramit. Goals; backflip and 6 pack. Be an interesting twist to an already interesting adventure in Japan. Cheers

Marc
Marc
2 years 7 months ago

Losing 15 pounds, and gaining arm and back strength

Patrick
Patrick
2 years 7 months ago

My current fitness goal will be to Snatch 135 lbs. I do Crossfit and this is one of the core movements. I got my 1st Muscle Up last weekend, so this is next on my list. To do this I need to work on my overhead squat and shoulder mobility. Little by little every day and I will get there.

Joelle
Joelle
2 years 7 months ago

My goal will be to enter my first crossfit competition. I started a few months ago but progress is slow (my upper back muscles are weaker than ‘normal’ due to them not developing properly when I was younger, and I have asthma). It’s frustrating being the slowest and weakest in the class.

Joelle
Joelle
2 years 7 months ago

Ah I see I’m not actually eligible – I’m in South Africa.

Steven
Steven
2 years 7 months ago

Also not able to enter I noticed after entering, too bad. With enough and proper training, no asthma will stop you. As I speak of experience. Be sure to checkout Buteyko breathing, also checkout Bass Rutten’s O2 trainer, its based on the same principle as the Buteyko training, coming from a world champion with asthma and also Pavel Tsatsouline and Scott Sonnen for effective training programs.

Elliot
Elliot
2 years 7 months ago

I’d like to hire an Olympic coach to increase my power output and also allow me to deadlift 200 kg. I will do this anyway, but I know I’d get there faster with a coach!

Having to buy new pants because of the increase in mass on your thighs is a good feeling.

Mike
Mike
2 years 7 months ago

Goal is to lower my half marathon time to under 2 hours. Also, to get back to the fitness level I was at in college, to help me boost my confidence and energy levels.

Rory
Rory
2 years 7 months ago

My goal is to increase my mobility while getting all-round more badass, from both a fitness and a psychological standpoint.

More quantifiable maybe? A 1.5x BW, ass-to-grass, picture perfect squat, and a picture perfect overhead squat of any weight. They would signify huge increases in my mobility, as well as probably serious strength and muscle gains.

Robert
Robert
2 years 7 months ago

I have already lost a bunch of weight and I am totally committed to hitting my goal — which means losing exactly another 25 pounds. Having a personal trainer could help me meet that goal. It would really help!

Sven
Sven
2 years 7 months ago

Now training for the Antwerp 10-mile run, and with the trainer I would like to add more muscle. You know, six-pack, broad shoulders… the works!

Shane
Shane
2 years 7 months ago

I’d like to finally drop to 175 lbs or so. I’ve struggled with weight issues since I was a kid and need that extra push and guidance to continue on down from my weightloss plateau.

Betsy
Betsy
2 years 7 months ago

I’d like to lose 10 lbs, and reposition another 10 lbs of existing weight into muscle. Ultimate goal: to reclaim the body I had at 25. After 7 years and 3 kids, I’m 10 lbs and a lot of hard work away.

Logan
Logan
2 years 7 months ago

I’ve always wanted to have the kind of conditioning that proffessional fighters have. I would train to be able to step into the ring MMA-style for 3x3min rounds. The test at the end of the year would be get into the ring and fight just one real fight, just to know that I could.

Dennis
Dennis
2 years 7 months ago
Ramit, I have taken your free advice and started building myself up. Going from 0 chin ups, to 3×5 (ok, 5 is not a lot, but to me, that’s a big achievement….for now…) was a huge thing for me. That’s the same with weights. I started doing chest free weights at 15kg per side to 27.5kg now. All I did was to stop with my excuses and create a routine for myself. So after I started building myself up, I wanted to lose weight. I’ve started a little diet, started doing cardio, and my goal is to get better tones… Read more »
Nazilea
Nazilea
2 years 7 months ago

My fitness goal is be able to do pull-ups ,to have beautifully shaped-trained legs and a straight trained back.
I want very much to bring more sunshine in my life by changing something at least, to change my mind about sports and to become an example for others, to motivate them through my example.

Thank you

zachary
zachary
2 years 7 months ago

I want to gain enough weight to where my collar bone isn’t the biggest feature of my upper body.

Sambailey
Sambailey
2 years 7 months ago

Oddly enough my goal is to be able to see my collarbones.

NVan
NVan
2 years 7 months ago

My goal is to lose the last 20 pounds (after ditching 60 in the past year) and build strong muscles and bones to avoid osteoporosis like all the women in my family before me.

Angela
Angela
2 years 7 months ago

I want to become fit enough to complete tough mudder!

Alexandru
Alexandru
2 years 7 months ago

My fitness goal si to be able to do 20 pull-ups and run 50 meters in under 7 seconds. May not sound that ambitious but I have never been able to do these things: I am at 15 pull-ups now and something like 7.4 sec.
Hopefully this will show in my belly circumference as well 🙂

RK
RK
2 years 7 months ago

Fitness goal: be more consistent and get results; I’ve given up because I didn’t see results (which is stupid). I want to get back, get results, and get motivated.

Philip
Philip
2 years 7 months ago

I’m going to Iceland for several weeks of back-country backpacking. I’ll need to lose 40 lbs to make that a reality.

Jessica
Jessica
2 years 7 months ago

My fitness goal is to strengthen my core, back, and shoulders so I can stop slouching. I’ve been told countless times that my slouch is unattractive and makes me look less professional and authoritative at my job. If I want to be taken seriously, I need to get in shape and gain some muscle on my weak, slouchy, skinny body. The problem is, I haven’t been able to commit to strength training because I don’t know how to properly use weights myself and a trainer isn’t in my budget. Help me, Ramit!

Rahul
Rahul
2 years 7 months ago

My goal is to get back into shape and do a 5k, then a tri and to get into shape for my wedding.

Hank
Hank
2 years 7 months ago

I’m a 47 year-old who has been an athlete my whole life. I’ve recently had my first child, and with her, and work..I’m now in the worst shape of my life. As you know, to be a top performer in both of those fields I need to be in the best shape of my life. That’s my goal…to be in the best shape of my life, for my daughter, career, and my mental health.. I don’t need to be huge, or fast, or win competitions…just super fit.

Thanks

MrsKruse
MrsKruse
2 years 7 months ago

I’ve lost 15 lbs this year already, but my body fat is still crazy high despite being within a normal BMI range. So my goal is to get within that 21-24% body fat percentage that is considered “fitness”…we’re ready to start a family, but I know that I need to be at the top of my game fitness wise before I start incubating a human being!

David
David
2 years 7 months ago

Abs when I sit down, and no grab-able love handles.

Michelle
Michelle
2 years 7 months ago

I have extra weight. I want and need to be more active. A trainer will keep me on the right track. I am hoping to start loving the routine of exercising. Exercise will allow my body to release endorphines, which translates in happy thoughts.

Anne
Anne
2 years 7 months ago

I had 3 children in 2 1/2 years, work full time, and have a ton of stress on the home front. Taking care of myself has fallen off the radar completely. I used to be healthy: ate right, exercised, etc. but it’s all gotten away from me. My goal is to increase my energy to keep up with 3 little boys, and be a role model of healthy living for them. More specifically, I would like to lose 25 pounds in 3 months!

Tony
Tony
2 years 7 months ago
For me it has been more psychological when it comes to working out. I would go like gangbusters to reach a certain level then I would plateau then I would stop. I would get to certain point where my like was going well then my eating habits would fall off and then my trips to the gym would fall off. then I would wonder why I couldn’t lift the chair when I was able to before without help. I want to break through this repeating cycle and keep going, having a trainer I think would help break through this. Thanks… Read more »
Kathryn
Kathryn
2 years 7 months ago

I’m a high school teacher and just launched a fitness challenge with my students. Our class challenge has six events inspired by the air force academy fitness test. I’d like to be able to accomplish four or more of these fitness targets alongside my students (timed situps, timed pushups, pullups, bball throw, 7 minute mile run, sprint etc.)

Vern
Vern
2 years 7 months ago

You are never too old to live a full and healthy life, or for that matter to renew yourself! I am 71 years old and want to get back with my trainer 2X a week. Thank you.

Wendy
Wendy
2 years 7 months ago

My fitness goal is to get the right training to craft my perfect body. Everyone I see with a personal trainer goes from good to great, and I want that too! I’m fit but have some areas, mechanics, and flexibility points that are stubborn- I want I break through.

Clara
Clara
2 years 7 months ago
I used to be of that same mentality. ‘I wasn’t born fit.’ ‘I could never be like that’ yada yada but about three years ago I bought myself some trainers and went for a run. Now i could hardly make it down the street the first time but since then fitness has become a huge part of my life. I run marathons (mini ones but still) I love the gym and try and make at least two classes a week and I cycle an hour every day to and from work. It has transformed my life. I would love a… Read more »
Carolyn
Carolyn
2 years 7 months ago

For the last 6 months, I have been training for my first half marathon in February (I also ran my first 5K and 10K.) If I had a personal trainer, I would like to become faster (maybe average a 9 min/mile; I have been running a little under a 10 min mile) and would like some cross training guidance. I also started taking yoga classes and would like to be able to do a head stand and hand stand.

Mike
Mike
2 years 7 months ago

My goal in working with a trainer would be to strengthen my “weakest links.” Specifically, I would want to pack on 15 to 20 lbs of muscle, be able to do 25 consecutive pull ups, deadlift 400+ lbs, and benchpress 250 lbs. This last one has always been a lingering goal, and while I’ve been close a couple times, I’ve never quite made it. Working with a trainer would push me over the top for sure.

One thing though, I want to do all that and still be able to run a 25 minute 5k.

Rita
Rita
2 years 7 months ago

My fitness goal is to lose 30lbs and finally get fit.
I’ve been fighting my way down and I still have these lbs to lose.

Rich
Rich
2 years 7 months ago

My goal is to do 100 consecutive pushups.

Leanne Chesser
Leanne Chesser
2 years 7 months ago

I’ve been wanting to lose 20 pounds and get into awesome shape for a while now. I’ve worked through limiting beliefs and emotional eating habits over the last year and I started building better exercise habits. I want the support and expertise of a personal trainer so that I can reach my goals.

Mei
Mei
2 years 7 months ago

To lose belly fat and to build up abs.

EK
EK
2 years 7 months ago

My goal is to finally learn the proper way to use all of the equipment in the gym. (Also general health/fitness/strength-building). I think if I can become comfortable in a gym it will be easier to go.

LC
LC
2 years 7 months ago

Ha! My immediate goal would be to get back into my favorite pair of jeans from college.

My true goal, however would be to be inspired to keep working out/paying for a trainer even after the year is up. Right now, I make excuses about how I “can’t afford it.” But if you kickstarted me for a year, I’m hoping I’d be too hooked to go back to my old lifestyle!

Bill
Bill
2 years 7 months ago

I’d like to put on about 20 lbs of muscle. I was about 160 lbs, 6’1″ when I graduated school. I got into weight training by myself and managed to get up to 180lbs. I think with the help of a trainer, I’d be able to put on another 20 lbs. of muscle, then work on getting ripped.

Amanda
Amanda
2 years 7 months ago
If I win, or even if I don’t I’m looking to start a commitment to going to the gym at least 4 days a week. In the past I had gotten up to 3 pull ups and lost all those gains for no good reason except laziness. I had a project that jumpstarted my original ability to do a pull up and I feel that having someone else to be accountable toward would jumpstart my goals again to be able to do 20 pull ups and gain muscle. I feel that I don’t use weights as much as I want… Read more »
Mub
Mub
2 years 7 months ago

If I won Ramit’s PT contest, at the end of year one: my BMI would go down to 15% again and I’d be running at a 5:30 pace.

Tim
Tim
2 years 7 months ago

My fitness goal would be to do the ‘flagpole’ move.

Awa
Awa
2 years 7 months ago

My goal is to lose 25 pounds and to be able to run nonstop for more than 5 mins. I eat super healthy but exercising has always been challenging for me, with a personal trainer I will simply do as he/she says.

Evan
Evan
2 years 7 months ago

I have found that when I am in top physical condition that I am also in my peak mental state. My fitness goal is to create my ideal body/health in order to improve my life socially, mentally, spiritually and have an all around DAMN good life!

Joshua Q
Joshua Q
2 years 7 months ago
I’ve been following Ramit for about a year now. I have his book, and read each email I get. However, it wasn’t until about two months ago that I took a hard look at where I was in life and decided I needed a change for the better. So far, I’ve landed a far better job than I’ve ever had with plenty of room for growth, and lost about 10 pounds with a healthier diet. Now, I have a very small assortment of home gym stuff, but I’ve never been an active man and find it difficult to schedule a… Read more »
Dan
Dan
2 years 7 months ago

I want to be able to run the big 25k located in my hometown every year.

Alani
Alani
2 years 7 months ago

My goal is to increase my endurance for distance running. I also really need to start finding ways and effective exercises to strengthen my back, and doing a pull-ups, which has eluded me for many years, is definitely on the list as well!

Marie
Marie
2 years 7 months ago

I’d like to blaze a trail for the over 45’s and show them that fitness and a great body is possible at any age!

Alexandre
Alexandre
2 years 7 months ago

My fitness goal would be to get in shape for reaching new competitive levels at golf and tennis.

Molly
Molly
2 years 7 months ago

My fitness goal would be to run a half marathon. I have had some foot problems so I would want to overcome those with some muscle training and then get on my feet and run.

Leland
Leland
2 years 7 months ago

My fitness goals are to complete a sprint triathlon, fly out of safety lines in trapeze, and audition for American Ninja Warrior. They’re lofty goals of strength and endurance, but I know they’ll come with the right systems in place — and maybe a trainer to help along the way!

Lavni
Lavni
2 years 7 months ago

I’ve always wanted to be one of those people that can run marathons for charity – being fit enough to do a 10K would be amazing! (And of course this includes the more selfish goal of initially losing 8kg to reach my ideal weight and most importantly, MAINTAINING the weight loss)

VH
VH
2 years 7 months ago

My goal is to lose 25 lbs so I can proudly stand by my friend as a bridesmaid and focus on her instead of how self conscious I feel. It would allow me to enjoy so many more opportunities to have the increased confidence that comes with feeling good about oneself!

Lauren
Lauren
2 years 7 months ago

My fitness goal is to lose 50 pounds this year. That would improve my health and stop my Indian doctor from giving me that great look of disappointment when I get weighed at my check ups. My family has a terrible history of diabetes so if I could accomplish this goal it would in essence be saving my life as well.

Sarah
Sarah
2 years 7 months ago

I’d like to cultivate a healthier lifestyle, & learn how to lift in a way that is safe for my body, taking into account some previous injuries.

Howard
Howard
2 years 7 months ago

I play lots of contact sports – soccer, rugby, kickboxing – and at 5ft8 I’ve always been the fast little guy. It’s great because you’re always the hardest to catch, but once you’re caught, it hurts! My fitness goal is simply to build full body size and strength, while keeping that agility and explosiveness I have now.

Jeff
Jeff
2 years 7 months ago

I’ve always been a little overweight. I’ve lost 30lbs through eating better. I want to lose my belly fat and get some definition in my abs.

Heather G.
Heather G.
2 years 7 months ago

I would love to just be stronger over all and not have to make ten trips carrying my groceries in. I’d also actually like to become a runner. I’ve always wanted to do those cool running races ..like Color Run and you come out looking like a rainbow! 🙂

EmTier
EmTier
2 years 7 months ago

I have been working out regularly for the past year or so (which I’m very proud of) but still have few milestones I want to cross off my fitness list: being able to do 10 “real” pushups, running a 5k in 30 min or less, being able to do a pull-up (shout out to KWU), and developing arms worthy of a tattoo (or two :)) Thank you for the opportunity and motivation!

Kris
Kris
2 years 7 months ago

My fitness goal is to actually see the 6 pack that I know is hiding under some extra flesh. I know it’s there because I used to see it back in the day…

Deborshi Seal
Deborshi Seal
2 years 7 months ago

My fitness goal is to get between 5% and 7% body fat and weigh no less than 165 lbs. Metrics that guarantee I’ll be in my best shape ever. 🙂

SO
SO
2 years 7 months ago

I will be looking for my next job from Summer 2015. My mother has put “The Fear” into me that unfit people (specifically, women) receive fewer interview invitations and fewer job offers than do more athletic-looking candidates. I don’t want to find out if she’s right!

Amanda
Amanda
2 years 7 months ago

After two kids and three years of being either pregnant or recently pregnant, I want my body back. I recently got back into circuit training and rowing. I can do it, but a trainer will push me to make it happen quicker.

Molly
Molly
2 years 7 months ago

To learn how to use weights properly and which weights to use for my body. I practice yoga a few times a week but would would like to add strength training to my workout rotations.

HeidiW
HeidiW
2 years 7 months ago

I would take advantage of expert coaching to rebuild my core after giving birth to two sons. I need more than just cardio and sit-ups to deal with this. I need guidance, and to have someone help me define a goal for myself (i.e. how many inches should I lose in what time frame/what should my target weight be?).

jb
jb
2 years 7 months ago

I would like to be able to do a forearm stand (yoga pose).

Stuart
Stuart
2 years 7 months ago

I’ve lost 40 lbs. already, but have plateaued over the past 2 years.

My goals are:
Short term – run a 5k without walking (I’m 4 weeks into my training program for this)
Medium term – Lose 20 lbs to get below my pre-marriage weight and run an entire half-marathon alongside my wife
Long-term – have the systems in place to keep my weight and fitness routine in check

The reason I want to accomplish these goals is to show my 3 boys (aged 11, 4 and 10 months) that anyone can be fit and healthy.

Lily
Lily
2 years 7 months ago

I want to be able to bench press more than the bar!

David
David
2 years 7 months ago

To turn my pasty welsh winger’s body into a pasty welsh outside centre. Increased lifting leading to increased morning focus on work, in turn leading to making the move to develop a local social care business idea. Rugby and money combined!

Alex
Alex
2 years 7 months ago

Simple goal, make a wow! statement in every room i get in, simple as that.

Robert
Robert
2 years 7 months ago

I want to lose 30 lbs and get back in shape. I injured my shoulder and had rotator cuff surgery so I have a lot of work to do not having been able to work out for a while.

Gina
Gina
2 years 7 months ago

I am currently 5 months pregnant, so my fitness goal is to not gain 50lbs like I did with my last pregnancy. As I’ve always been the “bigger girl” growing up, so the year of a personal trianer would assist me in getting to where I’ve wanted to be my whole life, especially after having had two kids!

Gina
Gina
2 years 7 months ago

Please don’t judge me for my horrible typos. 😉

Tomas
Tomas
2 years 7 months ago

There are several fitness goals for me:
– strict muscle-up for reps
– front lever hold for 5 seconds
– full planche hold for 5 seconds
– deadlift 2.5x my bodyweight (that would be about 235 kg/518 lbs)

That’s quite a lot, but then – why set small goals?

Aivy
Aivy
2 years 7 months ago

I used to run 10ks and half marathons when I had a less demanding job. My son, who was just a toddler at the time, would usually accompany me on my training runs. Now that I have a more demanding job AND have gone back to school I have significantly less time, but my fitness goal – once I get the time management down pat – is to start training again. My son is now 6 and wants to run a race with mommy when he’s older. I don’t want to let him down.

Kevin
Kevin
2 years 7 months ago

Big-picture goal, I’d love to lose about 50 lbs. Smaller goal, I’d like to be able to do 40 pushups on my 40th birthday!

K
K
2 years 7 months ago
Actually, scratch that. Those are silly goals. You’re offering to provide a personal trainer at great expense to yourself. Why should I play small ball if you’re willing to commit that much to MY improvement? Here we go: 1. Lose at LEAST 50 lbs (I’m 280 now); 2. Get my BF% into the normal range, preferably into the low end; 3. Be able to make a passing grade on the US Army Physical Fitness Test. I’m not in the military, but I figure that’s a good standard to meet. 4. I’d like to be able to bench press 1.5X my… Read more »
Vedran Ruzic
Vedran Ruzic
2 years 7 months ago

RAMIT SETHI ON FEBRUARY 10TH, 2014I agree. Getting a trainer has been one of the top 3 investments I’ve made in the last 5 years

Ramit, would you mind sharing the other two investments from your top 3? Unless they are personal of course.

Thx,
Vedran

Mr8950
Mr8950
2 years 7 months ago

I will get back to my pre-baby weight and give my supermodel friends an image to fear and respect.

Pete
Pete
2 years 7 months ago

After 2 knee surgeries, and 2 bad shoulders, i want to figure out how to really work out the correct way for my body. Not because I want to look fabulous, but because I want to counteract age (I’m 53), and get stronger for myself, my wife, and my eventual grandkids. I want to be that grandfather who can do anything with the grandkids. Not to mention my son-in-law is doing an Ironman, and I’d like to be able to do something with him, without embarrassing myselrf

Ed Lucas
Ed Lucas
2 years 7 months ago

1. Lose 50 lbs
2. Run my second marathon (1st was 4 yrs ago 35 lbs lighter)
3. Fit back into 34 waist dress pants

Karen
Karen
2 years 7 months ago

My goal is to decrease body fat by 3% (from about 25%) and to increase muscle by 3% (from 29%). With $1000, I could do this in 6 months.
Now drop and give me 20!!

Alexis
Alexis
2 years 7 months ago

I want to be a top 10% finisher in my age group at the Spartan Beast. Last year I trained hard and just made it into the top 30% so this would be a big jump up. Doing this will require a number of things:
– Running a sustainable (5 mile +) 8 minute mile
– Substantially improving grip strength
– Ability to do 40-50 consecutive pushups
– Lift my own body weight

Morgan T
Morgan T
2 years 7 months ago
Ramit, If I won a year of personal training I would use that time to strengthen my mind and body. In 2011, I underwent a major surgery that fused 15% of my spine, introducing me to a whole new world of physical and mental limitations. I am in a constant battle with myself as I attempt to be stronger than I was the day before. My range of motion has been compromised greatly and I’d love to work with a trainer to improve my flexibility. This opportunity could offer me a second chance to live a healthy, active life, thank… Read more »
Marc
Marc
2 years 7 months ago

My goal is to bench press my body weight by the end of this year.

Omar
Omar
2 years 7 months ago

My fitness goal is to loose some belly fat and put up some meat in arms legs also to be like a good example for my 2 kids you know to see me fit and for then to see me working out. Thanks and have a nice day

Samir
Samir
2 years 7 months ago

My fitness goal is to develop muscles. I am from India, and took up running after I came to the US. I now regularly run marathons, but I don’t have any muscles.

Steph
Steph
2 years 7 months ago

My fitness goal is to turn small results into big results, and to use success as motivation to take me to the next level.

Amber
Amber
2 years 7 months ago

My goals are to run a half-marathon and increase my heart health.

Nancy
Nancy
2 years 7 months ago

Goals: get strong, and improve posture (I seem to have that permanently hunched-over look, along with the accompanying neck/back pains, from spending too many hours staring at the computer.) Thanks!

Rebecca Darwent
Rebecca Darwent
2 years 7 months ago

My fitness goal is to be consistent in going to the gym 2x per week. I have done this so far since January. In addition, I am trying to build up my muscle and ability to lift weights. I can now squat 110lbs (started at 55lbs). Having a personal trainer would help me to overcome plateaus and keep me accountable. I think it would be amazing to have a coach to help me broaden my understanding of strength. Oh – I am also working my way to doing a pull-up (started win negatives).

Maja
Maja
2 years 7 months ago
With a help of a trainer my goal would be to finally achieve a strenghtened back & tummy which would literally change my life! Since my back injury over 10 years ago, doing any strengthening exercises has been a nightmare and any abdominals are forbidden.. And yet this is precisely what i need to focus on: for my career (i am a singer and tummy muscles are where i sing from:) & to feel happy knowing I look great:) So Ramit please pick me and help me achieve a dream and goal that got shattered a bit by an injury!… Read more »
Ben
Ben
2 years 7 months ago

My is to gain endurance so I can play with my daughter without getting tired after 5 minutes.

Sobia
Sobia
2 years 7 months ago

Hey everyone,

I”ve lost 11lbs so far and a dress size (sounds great, but it took me a year). I want to lose another dress size and be fit enough for the 5k breast cancer run my friends and I have signed up for. They”re all thinner and healthier than me and I don’t want to let them down 🙂

Tushar
Tushar
2 years 7 months ago

I want to set an example for the South Asian community who seem to struggle with the idea of having their ideal body.

Stacy
Stacy
2 years 7 months ago

I want to find ways to exercise around my osteoarthritis so it doesn’t leave me debilitated. It developed when I was 22, I’m now 31 and I want to keep it from preventing me from having an active life as I get older. I already do yoga, but I think a trainer could help me find other things to do that’s effective and compatible, like cardio and strength training, that would keep me strong and flexible despite the arthritis (which is in my hip).

Chris
Chris
2 years 7 months ago

My fitness goal would be to lose 60 lbs of fat to get out pain. I have constant pain in my joints, especially my knees, which drains my will power and energy daily. I end up self medicating, sleeping, sitting, and generally procrastinating and always feel like I’m not near my full potential. I notice the few days I have less pain I get more done, it time to make it nearly all days.

Nicole
Nicole
2 years 7 months ago
I want to lose the extra weight that’s piled on since I began working from home. My goal is to drop 4 dress sizes before my wedding next spring so that I can look great in photos (my selfish reason) and so that I can be healthy when my fiancé and I are ready to start having kids (my true motivating force). It’s really important to me to accomplish that this year, but I don’t know where to start in the gym to get the results I’m looking for. I would love to have a trainer who can guide me… Read more »
Christina McPants
Christina McPants
2 years 7 months ago

I would really like to lose weight – I’ve been heavy all my life and no matter the fitness regimen, it won’t drop. But more importantly than the weight loss, I’d like to get strong. I’d like to turn my 30 minute jogs from 15 minute miles to 10 minute miles, do bodypump classes with much higher weights and not have shoulder pain from life. I also really want to get a yoga teacher certification and with the body that training would build, I’d feel much more confident in pursuing that goal.

Pat
Pat
2 years 7 months ago
My fitness goal would be to build a level of indefatigability that lets me run ultra-marathons. It would be foolish for me to say “be able to do 10 pull-ups” because strength training barely has any effect on endurance. I was running 12 miles every Sunday in high school without feeling any aches / pains the next day, but I couldn’t even do 5 pull-ups or bench press 90 pounds back then (still can’t)! So I don’t give a rat’s ass about building muscle mass, endurance is where it’s at. I’m confident I’ll be able to reach that fitness goal… Read more »
Grey
Grey
2 years 7 months ago

I have some arbitrary strength targets that I have been working on for the past couple years, and would LOVE to hit:

300# back squat
400# deadlift
225# clean and jerk

I would love some 1-on-1 coaching to help me hit these targets. Fingers are crossed!

Rody
Rody
2 years 7 months ago

I’ve been a social dancer doing swing and salsa regularly for about 7 years now.

I have 2 goals:
1. have the flexibility and fitness to do a split.
2. lift my wife like Patrick Swayze in Dirty Dancing.

Nir
Nir
2 years 7 months ago

My goal might sound the easiest, but psychologically speaking, has been the hardest for me. My goal would be to go to the gym, for a year, every week, 95% of the time.

Dave
Dave
2 years 7 months ago
Because I don’t need it, but why not use every tool and opportunity available? Always been a runner of 5k races and longer personal distances. Last year I set goal of <2 hrs for a half, which I accomplished. That lead the next goal of another half in April. In order to improve my running, I've quantified my caloric intake to lose weight (8 pounds gone out of 30 so far). Part of that weight loss should also be conversion from fat to muscle to improve form, therefor off running days are body weight training. While this has been working,… Read more »
Meera
Meera
2 years 7 months ago

My fitness goal is to be able to gain endurance to run a 5K without stopping (baby steps…).

Irena
Irena
2 years 7 months ago

I’ve signed up for this contest to give my fiancé support in winning it. Here is our deal. I will agree to have a baby with him when he gets in shape, so the baby can sleep skin to skin with him on his six pack;)

Dre
Dre
2 years 7 months ago

I would like to be fit enough to complete a full marathon. I want to prove it to myself that I did it for me.

Gail
Gail
2 years 7 months ago

i have had fibromyalgia for a long time, making it hard for me to get the exercise i need, so i have long wanted some guidance. however, now i have just almost simultaneously been diagnosed with both diabetes and uterine cancer. to control the diabetes i need to lose weight, and to fight the cancer i need to be fit. those, therefore, are my goals.

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Alfredo
Alfredo
2 years 7 months ago

My fitness goal would be to workout at least 3 times a week, all the year! Of course I want a great body with less fat (specially on my chest -manboobs, arrr!), but overall what I truly desire is to get to my 40s looking young and full of energy like those Hollywood stars, hahah. I’m 31 y.o. right now, so I guess I’m looking this more as a long-term habit goal.

Chris
Chris
2 years 7 months ago

I want to look like an extra off the set of 300 with abs so defined women ask if they can touch it.

Linda
Linda
2 years 7 months ago

My goal is to remain fit with my trainer and be an example to other 70 year olds as to what wellness and older age looks and acts like.

James
James
2 years 7 months ago

Dang, would love this – but it’s US only!

I got back in to swimming about 6 months ago after getting super-slack – and fat – after an injury, and my fiancée and I have started back at the gym as of a few weeks ago. Booked in for my first bundled PT session on Wednesday! Looking to lose extra weight and sort my overall shape out first, then it’s muscle time – not trying to get jacked but definitely going to put at least my former form back on 🙂

Correen
Correen
2 years 7 months ago

I am required to lose 10 lbs for a surgery that will be a game-changer for me! I actually have a goal of 20lbs though! 🙂

scott marquart
scott marquart
2 years 7 months ago

I am 6-4″, 215 lbs. I’m always telling people I’m trying to gain weight, and they say “I wish I had that problem.” Either that or they refer to me as skinny or thin. I hate that. It’s as frustrating as being overweight. I want to be a muscular 225 lbs, 8% bodyfat or lower.

bogdan
bogdan
2 years 7 months ago

Hello Ramit. Exactly 10 weeks ago, I set as a goal for myself to start working out at home, (bodyweight exercices) 5 days a week for six month. No exceptions. Proud to say that I did it until now (even on Christmas week :D). I see some results and I noticed that as you start to look better the motivation increases and actually I am thinking about taking this to the gym instead of my house.
The reason why I started it is that if I only have one life, why not spend it in a good looking, healthy body?

Orit Mihaeli
Orit Mihaeli
2 years 7 months ago

I want to take it to the next level and push myself to do something I have never done before…. Throw on a bikini and compete in a fitness competition!! If I win I am planning to sign up for the WBFF – the World Beauty Fitness and Fashion competition, a semi-amateur bodybuilding competition.

Tony
Tony
2 years 7 months ago
My goal is to drop from 220 lbs to 180 lbs with and get back into shape with cardio. I used to run 10 miles a day back in HS, now I’d be lucky to finish a couple miles without falling out. I really just want to be able to play more with my kids and have the energy to push through and make big changes in my career. I started a few weeks ago adjusting my daily diet habits and I’m now working on adjusting my sleep schedule to actually get some.Next I’d like to fix my workout schedule… Read more »
Miki
Miki
2 years 7 months ago

I have three month old twins, and I’d love to use this to get back into shape! I need help recovering my core strength and losing some extra “padding.” 😉

Steve
Steve
2 years 7 months ago

My fitness goals include: Increasing my back squat to 250# (from 185#), increasing my deadlift to 330# (from 235#), and the ability to do a free-standing handstand.

Carisa
Carisa
2 years 7 months ago
My short-term goal is to return to the way I looked in 2009. I was happier, healthier, had a lot more energy, and was definitely more confident and outgoing. I regained all the weight I had worked so hard to get rid of in less than a year through a combination of several things (a bad relationship being one of them) and turned into this person I swore to myself that I would never become. Now that I am in a better mindset again, I have the motivation and desire to get back to that old (albeit better) version of… Read more »
Cassandra
Cassandra
2 years 7 months ago

My goal is to be able to run two miles. I can walk miles, but it’s just not enough cardio. I try to look at overall fitness and less at weight loss, but I know this goal would help me lose the 40 pounds I need to shed.

Alicia
Alicia
2 years 7 months ago

2014 Workout Goals:

1. Loose 25 lbs and gain muscle definition in my abs, arms and legs.
2. Learn how to become more disciplined and translate to other parts of my life.
3. Get more energy!

So far this year I have committed to going to gym at least 4 times a week and have lost 7lbs. I just started a 30 day paleo diet. A trainer would help so much more though!

Scott
Scott
2 years 7 months ago

With a personal trainer I would work to run a 4:30 marathon.

Griscel
Griscel
2 years 7 months ago

I want to go back to my healthy weight. Be more active and full of energy! 🙂

David
David
2 years 7 months ago

What a brilliant contest! Here is my goal: I want my chest muscles to fill in bigger and thicker, wider shoulders and more defined biceps and triceps. I want the body that I had when I played basketball in college 20 years ago. I also want to be able to touch my toes! My flexibility has always been poor and I want to be able to bend like a gymnast! BOOM!

Chris
Chris
2 years 7 months ago

I want to be able to run without losing my breath.

Also, I want to know what all the fancy machines in the gym do and be that girl that can just walk up and use them. I always envied that girl. She was rad. I WANT TO BE RAD TOO!

PJ
PJ
2 years 7 months ago

What perfect timing! I was just looking into personal trainers this week – want to be stronger and more flexible. It’s weird how I can touch one toe and not the other.

Tyler
Tyler
2 years 7 months ago

My goal is to strengthen my core so that I can build other muscles. I’ve struggled with back, elbow, and knee issues since I was young. Strengthening my core would help support these problematic areas and also allow me to gain muscle (not necessarily mass) and be able to the strength to do the things I love, like running a race or an event at the drop of a hat, without paying the consequence and having to recover for a week from one days activity.

Chris
Chris
2 years 7 months ago

I ran my first marathon last year. It was a great experience even though I didn’t hit my goal time. Crossing the finish line was one of the greatest experiences and made all the hard work worth it. I learned a lot in the 18 weeks I trained for it and now I am planning to do another marathon this year. I hope to use some of the mistakes I made last year as a way to get even better this time around. My goal is to finish in less than 4 hours this time.

Matthew
Matthew
2 years 7 months ago

I too have invisible scripts, however I now recognize them and destructive they are. ‘I don’t want to look like a juice head’, I would say.

My fitness goal is to have a stronger back and neck so that I have improved posture. A personal trainer can help with the specific tactics and even if I do not win Ramit’s ‘Trainer for a Year’ I’m still going to hire a personal trainer!

Thanks, Matthew

Jessica
Jessica
2 years 7 months ago
The past year has been tough in terms of fitness for me. We had our first baby – an adorable little girl – four months ago, so needless to say I’m not where I want to be fitness wise. My husband and I both work full time, so the combination of work and baby make it a struggle for me work out consistently. A few years ago I was able to use a trainer, and it did wonders for me fitness wise. I was able to run a 1/2 marathon in addition to numerous other smaller races. However, with the… Read more »
Martin Jones
Martin Jones
2 years 7 months ago
Dear Ramit, My fitness goal is to overcome my 35 years of weight gains, and be the healthy hero my wife and children need. I love them and they love me, but I know they are very insecure because of my obesity. I want to peel down to the real me, and I know I need expert help. I know I can succeed with a trainer, as I had joined a fitness pod in 2008, and was well on my way to becoming a fit man for the first time in my life. I lost 40 pounds, found muscles and… Read more »
Jacques Ho
Jacques Ho
2 years 7 months ago

This is awesome – out of all of the posts that I’ve read (aside from my own), I hope that Ramit selects you. 🙂

TR
TR
2 years 7 months ago

My fitness goal used to always be to hit a certain weight – that’s it. Didn’t think about measurements, how weight loss would effect me internally…just hit that damn number on the scale. Now, I just want to look into my closet and know that all I need to worry about is color – that anything I pick is going to fit me and I’ll feel comfortable and confident.

Ms. E
Ms. E
2 years 7 months ago

Consistent strength and speed to bike the MS-150 without being afraid to die!

Dodie Jacobi
Dodie Jacobi
2 years 7 months ago

Hi Ramit! I already have a trainer for my horsemanship, a pilates instructor, a dance teacher, and am planning to add yoga. I love the idea of sewing it all together in a tidy single package (well maybe one plus my equestrian trainer…) I even know exactly who I’d hire as our small amounts of past work have been amazing. Thanks for the possibility!

AV
AV
2 years 7 months ago

My fitness goal would be an expansion of techniques that I can use for myself and when I coach my little ones (u14 girls club soccer). The more you realize you don’t know it all, the more you can learn. I’ve got experience from college soccer, but one can always get better.

Pat
Pat
2 years 7 months ago

To go along with my distance running goal, I want to drop down from 155 to 125 and look like a skinny Indian guy with the body of female supermodel. That would be awesome.

Marc
Marc
2 years 7 months ago

I want to complete a triathlon. Actually I want to crush a triathlon.

Kirstin
Kirstin
2 years 7 months ago

I would use the $5k to intensively study yoga with an expert teacher. My goals would be to explore mind-body connection, develop skills to settle my mind, increase compassion to myself and others, and to be comfortable and confident in my own skin.

Elaine
Elaine
2 years 7 months ago

I would like to lose 60 pounds and be able to breathe better, feel more energetic, and get off (or at least cut down) my diabetes meds.

Zorahgail Balino
Zorahgail Balino
2 years 7 months ago

To keep working towards setting a new squat world record in the raw, unwrapped, 123 lb. weight class division.

page
page
2 years 7 months ago
Somewhere along the way, I lost my way. Without looking in the mirror, I can still view myself as the girl with the flat stomach and ability to do the splits or a cartwheel at the drop of a hat. At some point (I’m thinking its when we moved to a northern climate five years ago) things got out of whack. I’ve tried to motivate: couch to 5k, boot camps, yoga, but nothing stuck. I’ll be 50 this year, and want to run regularly, take aerial yoga and dance like I used to. It’s still inside, it just needs to… Read more »
J
J
2 years 7 months ago
My ultimate goal is to reverse the aging process: become lean and strong with plenty of wind and to look great naked. I’d like to have plenty of energy to get all the work done that I’m drawn to do and to feel healthy, vibrant and confident in my own skin — something I’ve never had in my life. I want to fix lifelong problems with my digestion — some of them are probably heredetary, but I’m also not eating right. I want to be fit enough to run a farm or mount a tour depending on what my future… Read more »
Serena
Serena
2 years 7 months ago

I want to be able to run 3 miles and do 5 pull ups. Both seem impossible now, but with the right amount of training, I think it can happen.

Jessica
Jessica
2 years 7 months ago
I’ve been able to lose about 30lbs this past year, but not break past 200lbs– yet. I just did Warrior Dash and plan on signing up for the one NEXT January, early, on my next paycheck. Not only would a personal trainer help me reach my pre-baby weight of 187lbs, but I’d REALLY like to gain the muscle and go down to 170lbs, as my current personal goal. I’d be happier because I’d be healthier, and the radiance would probably help me with my desire to stand out at work. I’d look healthier, more confident and CERTAINLY appear so as… Read more »
Lorie
Lorie
2 years 7 months ago

I would like to be able to do Pike Ups like my kids to. I can hang from the bar but I just can’t seem to pull my legs up. I watch my kids pike their legs up to their hands in repetition; I’d like to do that too.

lisa
lisa
2 years 7 months ago

I need some upper body strength so I can improve my swimming to get some cardio going too.

Julie-ann
Julie-ann
2 years 7 months ago

Now that I’m not a kid, fitness takes a better system. Everything has slipped a bit so the results will be a bit of weight off, a bit stronger, more flexible, more energy. But the real goal? For the FIRST time ever have a real fitness system so that I live in a way that produces those results, even in full adult work and life realities.

Louise
Louise
2 years 7 months ago

Hi Ramit, my personal goals would be to reduce dress size, to a UK size 10 in a year, and work on my problem area of the stomach, and reduce the pregnant look to have a flatter stomach.

Accountability works well for me, I hate to let others down, but somehow I don’t have the same qualms about letting myself down.

I’d also be very keen to develop good habits and make a lasting change in my life – it needs to be realistically and easy to fit into my lifestyle and something that I’ll always keep up.

bea
bea
2 years 7 months ago
I started to work out in earnest at the beginning of last year. Before that, I had some bad narratives about myself like “I only run if something’s chasing me.” “I’m just weak, that kind of stuff isn’t for me.” “I’m too fat to run.” I was really proud of the progress I made on my own, but when I got pregnant again, my endurance evaporated. It was pretty disheartening, but I know it’s temporary. I’m already planning to get back to training in the spring/summer. I want to re-build my core, which is kind of wrecked, and run a… Read more »
Valentina
Valentina
2 years 7 months ago

It’s change all around for me. I am tackling all aspects of my life and a big part of it is my weight which I have addressed and started working on and I am feeling great about it. A trainer would certainly help achieve my goals sooner rather than later 🙂

Alex McClafferty
Alex McClafferty
2 years 7 months ago

Hey Ramit – Great work on the deadlift – let’s see the squat next!

Jen
Jen
2 years 7 months ago

I’m a professional low brass musician who got whooping cough this year as a 30th birthday present from the universe. Yes, whooping cough (what is this 1900?!?!?). I’d use it to help me fast track restoring my now sadly lacking lung capacity.

Sanjay
Sanjay
2 years 7 months ago

Lose 40 pounds. Lift 1.5x my current weights.

Irrespective of whether I win this contest, I’m gonna make this happen 🙂

Naomi
Naomi
2 years 7 months ago

I want to do a pull-up. Then two. Then five.

stacy
stacy
2 years 7 months ago

I’m in my early 30’s, and I’ve recently been hit with a competition bug. I’ve been seriously considering a bikini competition (thanks to instagram!). I got married last May and since then, I am more than 20lbs over my normal weight. I’ve been eating right, and working out, but I can’t seem to lose it. Working with a professional would hopefully help me find the right keys to unlocking my healthiest self!

Katie
Katie
2 years 7 months ago

Hi Ramit! My fitness goal is to lose the last 10 lbs. I gained some weight my last year of college and have been up and down ever since. I’ve been working really hard and doing a 6 am boot camp class a few times every week and have lost 10 lbs in the past 6 months, but I still have 10 to go. Having a trainer would help cater the fitness more to my specific needs and get me to my goal! Thanks for offering such a great and generous gift!

Carolyn
Carolyn
2 years 7 months ago

I’ve been going to the gym at least 3 times a week for a year and while I am in better health I know that with a personal trainer I will achieve more. My goal is to do a mountain walk in Oregon in honour of my father who in January 1950 made skis to walk out from the logging camp to arrange for a train with a snow plow to come for me and my mother. I had pneumonia and I needed to get to a hospital. He saved my life…

C Jones
C Jones
2 years 7 months ago

My fitness goal would be to tone up my petite body fame.

Mike
Mike
2 years 7 months ago

I want to finally run a half marathon in under 90 minutes. I need to improve my strength and stability to avoid injury as I increase mileage and intensity. Being able to do some more pushups wouldn’t be a bad thing either.

james
james
2 years 7 months ago

My fiancé and myself are purchasing our first home and although we used to workout 2-3 times a week after work we got off track. We are moving away from our gym and we would use this opportunity to get back in shape and have more productive days at work.

clint
clint
2 years 7 months ago

I am 1 year post divorce and still find myself mentally dragging. I have 3 kids half time and would like to have the energy (mental and physical) too keep up with them. I want to show them that we all take knocks but fighters ger up swinging.

Jamie
Jamie
2 years 7 months ago
Hi Ramit! I just entered your contest and I would love to win BUT if I don’t, that’s okay too… Thanks to your site I was introduced to Tim Ferriss and his book 4-Hour Body. I’m so super proud to say that I’ve been slow carbing for a few months now- through the holidays and with two kids and a sugar loving husband in the house. I’m down to pre-baby, pre-marriage weight and thanks to the kettlebell, I am stronger than I’ve ever been before- no trainer and no gym and no huge time devotion to to this little plan.… Read more »
Ashley
Ashley
2 years 7 months ago

My goal is to be able to do high-impact stuff (like run) without messing up my injured hip. My doctors just tell me no running. There’s got to be a way around it, but if I’m left to my own devices I will probably never figure it out on my own.

Nav
Nav
2 years 7 months ago

Ashley – google “Arthur Boorman” for something that might inspire and help you. If that guy could run again, I suspect damn near anyone can. Good luck!

Simona
Simona
2 years 7 months ago
This is an awsome c This is an awesome contest Ramit!!!! Thank you so much for this offer. I have been exercising regularly 5-6 days/week- running, yoga, cardio and lifting light weights for the past 3 years now, but I still don’t have enough strenght in my arms and it’s probably because I believe my wrists are too weak, so I completely relate to your story Ramit. I cannot do pull ups or push ups, nor can I perform certain yoga posistions that requires to use my upper body strength. I have no idea how to train to have strong… Read more »
Chris B. Behrens
Chris B. Behrens
2 years 7 months ago
First, some quick background. I’ve been around 100 pounds overweight since early high school. Two years ago, I joined weight watchers, and have lost 70 pounds since then, down to about 25% body fat. My goals are two-fold – I’d like to first lose 25 more pounds (and get down to 165), and then put those 25 back on, in an 18/7 (or better) muscle / fat ratio. I think this is a realistic goal for a year, and I’m going to pursue it whether I get the trainer or not. I work out…not EVERY morning, but often in the… Read more »
Anne
Anne
2 years 7 months ago

Last year I had my second ACL replacement right before my first Physique competition. My goal is to get back into the shape I was before. That will lead to new goals!

Kerry
Kerry
2 years 7 months ago

My fitness goal is to do my first tri! I’m already working on it, but who doesn’t need extra support?

Eric
Eric
2 years 7 months ago

My goal is honestly to increase my available time so that I can make the small changes that lead to the bigger overall lifestyle change! While counterintuitive, I believe that spending time getting my health in order will quickly lead to greater productivity as my health improves for a double win of more life and improved quality of life. Simply put, I believe health will bring efficiency, and that will help me get my life in order. Thanks for the chance!

Ealasaid
Ealasaid
2 years 7 months ago

If I win, my main fitness goal is getting my strength and general health up enough to train hard at Aikido — I currently have to move carefully and slowly because my core and joint-supporting muscles are weak from a couple years of being on and off the mat due to injury. I want to make black belt before I turn forty, and getting in better shape off the mat will make it MUCH easier to achieve my goals on the mat.

Kait
Kait
2 years 7 months ago

My fitness goal is to fix the physical inequalities I have so that my body can become more injury-proof.

Cecilia
Cecilia
2 years 7 months ago

I’ve been working my way back from an injury and want to be able to compete at a high level again.

Terry Gillespie
Terry Gillespie
2 years 7 months ago

I’d like to be strong enough to lift my suitcase into the overhead compartment and not have to ask some young guy to heft it for me.

Erica Garber
Erica Garber
2 years 7 months ago

I’m a rock climber and fell out of fitness and practice after the birth of my son. Before he was born I was bouldering at a difficulty of V5-6. My goal is to gain my strength back and climb a V8 which I have never done before.

Karl Humble
Karl Humble
2 years 7 months ago

I would work to add muscle to my upper body. I’ve worked hard at it and would love a professional to increase my knowledge and hold me accountable.

Kartik
Kartik
2 years 7 months ago

My fitness goal is pretty clear. I am a skinny Indian Guy. I would like to gain muscle and have hands that can actually lift stuff.

Jessica
Jessica
2 years 7 months ago

My goal is to make a home team in my local roller derby league–this means I need to work more on leg/core strength and endurance. I want to do 27 laps in 4 minutes instead of the required 5. Slow and steady wins the race, but not the jam…

Nacia Blom
Nacia Blom
2 years 7 months ago
In addition to the usual goals; lose weight (20lbs), get healthy and in shape, look good in my wedding dress, etc etc. My main fitness goal is to get consistent and stay on track. Due to great genes (high metabolism, gorilla like strength) and a healthy attitude about my body, I’ve coasted through my late teens and 20s. I maintained weight while eating anything I wanted, gained muscle mass quickly, and generally looked and felt good. In my early 30’s not so much. I usually work out and stay motivated to do so with new and different workout fads but… Read more »
Macy
Macy
2 years 7 months ago
Hi Ramit, I have a challenging year ahead of me and personal training will be a fantastic way for me to keep my mental focus while seeing to my health. I am currently pregnant with my second child and anticipate returning to work full time after maternity leave. I began exercising at age 13 and have seen the benefits of a life-long commitment to health. While the baby isn’t due for anothre 10 weeks, I’m already eager to get my body back but I know I need to expand my exercise routine. I’ve essentially been a runner for over 20… Read more »
MRM
MRM
2 years 7 months ago

My fitness objective is to be able to handle my own body weight. Required evidence: Perform 10 pull-ups, bench press 185 lbs. (what I weigh).

jeff
jeff
2 years 7 months ago

I have issues with low energy and weak immune system. I hope focused fitness training will help with general health improvement. I also would relish the opportunity to ask lots of questions so I can continue to improve my training even without a personal trainer.

Jessica Loche
Jessica Loche
2 years 7 months ago

As odd as it may sound, my fitness goal is to gain muscle, and excercise daily in order to become more successful. Every step I make towards being successful ultimately hits a road block where I have to realize that something needs to change before I can move forward. I believe that exercising, staying in shape and feeling great about myself is one of the best ways to become more successful. It will also boost my memory, and help relieve stress that comes with the terroritory.

Cynthia
Cynthia
2 years 7 months ago

Hello Ramit, this is a great idea. What I would like to accomplish is to: run a 5k, lose 30 lbs, be physically able to do 50 pushups- not on the knees, 15 pull ups, and dead-lift at least 150 lbs. This will help tone and keep my physically healthy. I also would like to be able to do handstands and “walk” on my hands. My kid loves tumbling and I have to be able to keep up and teach him some new moves.

Ankur
Ankur
2 years 7 months ago
In short term, I will perfect my exercise techniques with the help of an expert. Until now, I have improved my form by approaching and requesting folks in the gym to help improve besides watching numerous videos. I have observed how slight changes can make a big difference (for example a proper squat form!). Getting a personal trainer will be fantastic ! With over five months of hard work, I have already reduced my weight by over 10 lbs and gained some muscle too! My goal is to get a picture perfect six pack while helping others on the way… Read more »
Allyn J.
Allyn J.
2 years 7 months ago

I started at a weight of 470. Thru surgery, limited diet, and limited excercise over roughly 1.5 years I have gotten to 311. Half my starting weight is 235. I would put my goal range between 200 and 250. This has me losing a minimum of 60 lbs, up to 110 lbs. I know I am no longer going to be successful without a solid training program, paired with a fully proper nutrition program.

Renata
Renata
2 years 7 months ago

I’d like to be able to run a 5k. I’ve tried and failed so many times that it left me doubtful of my ability to run at all.
I’d also like to be able to do 30 push-ups in a row.

Geoffrey
Geoffrey
2 years 7 months ago

My goal is to build a sustainable fitness practice and lifestyle that supports my health, well-being and longevity. I want to gain muscle, lose fat, and eat well.

Alex
Alex
2 years 7 months ago

My fitness vanity goal would be to regain my six-pack that snuck away over the holidays. More importantly though, my goal is consistency for the long-haul. As for career, the productivity and mental clarity is probably the number one benefit of going to the gym more consistently. As for relationships…my mood is always better when working out consistently and when you’re positive, people want to be around that energy.

Michelle Nielsen
Michelle Nielsen
2 years 7 months ago
BE ABLE TO DO THE THINGS WITH MY FAMILY THAT WE USE TO DO TOGETHER WOULD BE MY #1 GOAL such as hiking the Narrows at Zion’s National Park. After a botched knee surgery on both knees, not being able to walk much without excruciating pain for 2 years and having fibromyalgia, I was told to take CONTROL OF MY OWN HEALTH and do something other than feeling sorry for myself. But I just did not know how. They reminded me that I could start off by swimming so that is what I did. I started with some home exercises… Read more »
Michelle Law
Michelle Law
2 years 7 months ago

I would love to be able to do pullups. I have been working on this but clearly need some professional training to reach my goal since I have not been able to do and I have been trying for about a year! I would also like to run an 8 min mile. I have worked to an 8:50 down from a 10 min but again, I think I have hit a plateau like with the pullups.

Fabrice
Fabrice
2 years 7 months ago

My measurable goal is to get down to 145 lbs. My less tangible goals are to gain core strength because my back is not well supported enough, gain upper body strength just for once in my life, and get past the entrenched belief “Oh, I hate exercise…”

Stephanie
Stephanie
2 years 7 months ago

I used to want to look like Jamie Eason. Ha! Now I want to be healthy, fit and toned…the best version of MY body. I want to increase my muscle to fat ratio. I want to be an example to my son (who at 25 does look like a fitness model) I also want to be able to complete a spinning class without sneaking out halfway through it. Lastly, I want to be in a picture without holding my breath to suck in my “pooch”for the camera.

Marianne Stacey
Marianne Stacey
2 years 7 months ago
I would like to be able to lose 100 lbs. I started with a personal trainer a year ago & with hard work I lost 30 lbs. Unfortunately I switched jobs and no longer had the energy to go work out due to 12 hour day 6 days a week. I no longer work at that job & have decided to pursue running my own DJ & Karaoke company again ( I did it successfully 10 years ago). I now want to lose the weight so that I may look good in front of the customers, have more energy, and… Read more »
Sarah Williams
Sarah Williams
2 years 7 months ago
If I win I’d like to work on increasing my endurance/energy. I could stand to lose some weight, but I don’t think the results if I just focus on that will be encouraging enough to keep me going. If I can increase my energy I expect to start a self sustaining cycle to make it more likely I’ll continue past the year. It will also be more directly useful. Currently I don’t have trouble keeping up my kid, but that’s mainly because my legs are twice as long as his, and I want to keep being able to keep up… Read more »
Joe Shoemaker
Joe Shoemaker
2 years 7 months ago

Winning a year-long personal trainer would help me get back on the tennis court where my heart is. Plus I really enjoy the challenge trainers offer to open up to my body’s potential.

Rachel
Rachel
2 years 7 months ago
I would get toned and fit all over. I just had my first baby this past December, so once she gets to be three months old, I’m going to start working out. I want to make working out a regular habit again. My biggest goal aside from that is to not get out of breath when I run or exercise for a short time. It’s embarrassing to me that I don’t have basic fitness and I want to change that for me and for my new family. I want my girl to grow up in a family that exercises regularly… Read more »
Julie
Julie
2 years 7 months ago

I’d like to lose 40 pounds and feel *good* doing active stuff with my kids. I want to be a fun mom, not the one who watches from the bench at the playground.

Saimah
Saimah
2 years 7 months ago

my mom is trying to send me to pakistan to get married. my fitness goal is to become hot enough to get a guy here. LOL. save me Ramit..save meeeeeeee.

Stefano
Stefano
2 years 7 months ago

My fitness goals are simple: I want to lose fat to get back to where I was looks- and health-wise four years ago – I’m not in bad shape, just not great shape. And I want I build up muscle and increase my strength, endurance, and energy.

But for me, these physical goals are just a means to end – what I really want through this is to boost my energy level, my motivation, my work ethic, and supercharge my confidence to where it was when I was at my most productive.

Alex Ebert
Alex Ebert
2 years 7 months ago

Terrific give-away, Ramit.
My goal would be to break-through my past personal bests from high school (I’m now 25 and haven’t been in as good of shape since I was 16 and playing football). First goal – 250 squat.

Bryon
Bryon
2 years 7 months ago

My goal would be to get to 180 and gain defined muscle. I have tried off and on for the last few years to achieve this goal, but it has always alluded me. Plus looking good doesn’t hurt either.

Tanya
Tanya
2 years 7 months ago
Once I turned 41 my body suddenly changed. Now I want to lose the 20 pounds I gained in 2 years so I can do my job without injuring myself (I am a wilderness ranger) and keep up with all my younger colleagues. I love working on the trail, and I want to be able to keep doing it. Transferring to a desk job is not acceptable. Also, I know that weight training is important, but every time I go to a gym I have NO idea what I am supposed to be doing in there. I need a guide… Read more »
Daniel
Daniel
2 years 7 months ago
-This year I want to run the width of my state (Utah). Not all at once, of course, but a few miles a day. I’ve already started (first day was a mile and a half, pretty pathetic) and I’m actually about a quarter of the way there already. Next year I want to run the length of Utah. -13% body fat by the end of this year (currently at ~20) and 7-8% by the end of next year. -Adapt a diet SYSTEM so I can eat pretty healthy without having to think about it too much. -Dunk a basketball (I… Read more »
Beth
Beth
2 years 7 months ago
My goal is to lose these last 15lbs and reach about 20% body fat. I work out on my own 5-6 days a week (a mix of strength training and cardio interval training) and eat relatively healthy, but have reached a weight loss plateau and am stuck at my current weight. I could really use the guidance of a personal trainer, but cannot afford it. This contest would help immensely! Thank you for putting this on for people. Even if I’m not the winner, I applaud your generosity and efforts at promoting a healthy and active lifestyle. Best, Beth
Sabrina
Sabrina
2 years 7 months ago

I want to lose the next twenty pounds (took twenty off in the last year) and actually develop enough muscle to lift heavy things and sprint (right now, walking up a hill constitutes a sprint for me in terms of effort).

Elizabeth
Elizabeth
2 years 7 months ago

My goal is to go from 31% body fat to 18% body fat. And to continue to look hot naked. That is all.
https://www.fitocracy.com/profile/Phoenixxxx/

Joel
Joel
2 years 7 months ago

My goal is to dunk a basketball. I am 5’9, somewhat athletic, but would love to be able to dunk a basketball on a 10 foot hoop.

JoekDad
JoekDad
2 years 7 months ago

Ramit, I am 100% impressed by your commitment to that supermodel joke.

francine
francine
2 years 7 months ago

10 years ago I had a tumor removed. the doctors sliced me top to bottom. It messed up my hormones and i allowed myself to gain 50 pounds. My goal now to lose the 50 pounds but to get myself those beautiful 6 pack abs that make this scar a badge of courage and not something that makes me wince to look at.

Anna Daddario
Anna Daddario
2 years 7 months ago

My goal is more about consistency and integrating exercise into my lifestyle than about hitting a specific body measure. I’ve told myself “I would really benefit mentally and physically from exercising, especially now that I’m in my thirties,” but done nothing about it. My goal would be to exercise at least three times per week, for at least forty-five minutes per day, and then to maintain that routine, initially, for three, six and nine months as milestones. And following that, to maintain it approximately for . . . the rest of my life.

Tora
Tora
2 years 7 months ago

I would use a personal trainer to reach my weight goal (normal BMI) by my 40th birthday. I was within 8.5 pounds of it a bit over a year ago and then had surgery and have just never been able to get my weight down since. I’ve gone up 30 pounds instead of down since then!

The way I did it before (55 pounds in 10 months) was to commit to the gym 4-5 times a week and eat healthy. But I’m working full time now and can’t commit to that anymore…

Randy Martin
Randy Martin
2 years 7 months ago
I’m 6-1 and 230. I need to lose 30 lbs. I’m playing basketball twice a week and working out the 4 other days per week, but I travel quite a bit and I get off schedule and eat too much. I’ve never really had someone to tell me what I should do. I grew up on a farm in Iowa, so I never had to lift waits for sports, I got plenty of that at home, so I never learned. I was from a small school and played football, basketball and ran track and pole vaulted. Now I manage web… Read more »
Bill
Bill
2 years 7 months ago

I have about 40 lbs to lose but mostly I want to develop a good habit of working out regularly. I know that having a PT will make me show up and I’ll have to prove my results to my Asian father, Ramit.

Kim
Kim
2 years 7 months ago

My fitness goal… to prove it to myself that I can do it… with one more try.

Pawel
Pawel
2 years 7 months ago

I’m skinny guy, I want to add 15kg (~33 lbs) of muscle to my body.

Crystal
Crystal
2 years 7 months ago

My fitness goal this year is to build bikini competition worthy glutes! I just started learning about strength training, bulking and cutting for girls. Hardest part is understanding the variable amounts of cardio + diet + strength training in sculpting my dream bod. However, the safest next step is learning how to lift properly without hurting myself both mentally and physically, in the gym and others around me. Cheers to learning how to use everything else at the gym and not just running to the treadmills.

Samantha
Samantha
2 years 7 months ago

My fitness goal is to do firefly pose in yoga. I would feel like a guru!

Lesley
Lesley
2 years 7 months ago

I need to get rid of my post baby belly. I’m happy with my weight, strength, and flexibility, but this pooch has GOT to go! (That’s what happens after building and birthing two ten pounders!)

Amanda
Amanda
2 years 7 months ago
My fitness goals are pretty simple–I just want to feel better so I can enjoy life and be more productive. I’ve been cursed with severe headaches for most of my life, forced to undergo four major brain surgeries between ages 10 and 16, causing a whirlwind of hormonal issues to boot. However, despite the surgeries, headaches, and other physical issues related to my history of brain tumors, I have obtained four degrees and am moving forward in my field. I believe that a personal trainer could help me overcome some of these issues that have been such a battle so… Read more »
Zach
Zach
2 years 7 months ago
Ramin, first off, let me give you some congratulatory praise: What an awesome idea! I’m 110% going to get with this program. Thanks so much for your constant encouragement (via email) and your diversity (In that you teach and tackle the “entire man” and not just the financial and business side). Your concern for others and your well-roundedness (Is that a word? lol) are to be commended! With that, my fitness goals are very simple: 1. I’d like to be able to dunk a basketball in a game situation. I’m currently 5’11 and 3/4″ (How’s that for precise measurements?!) 2.… Read more »
Christina
Christina
2 years 7 months ago
We will be welcoming our first child in August after 14 years of marriage and thinking it would never happen. It’s a blessing and we are both over 40 so it’s also a bit of a miracle! Our finances are understandably tight as we prepare for this life change and I want to be ready to ‘run’ with our little one as soon as possible. I am a music teacher, hubby is a priest. Finances are automated but very, very tight and do not allow room for gym membership, never mind a personal trainer. It would be a dream to… Read more »
Christina
Christina
2 years 7 months ago
We will be welcoming our first child in August after 14 years of marriage and thinking it would never happen. It’s a blessing and we are both over 40 so it’s also a bit of a miracle! Our finances are understandably tight as we prepare for this life change and I want to be ready to ‘run’ with our little one as soon as possible. I am a music teacher, hubby is a priest. Finances are automated but very, very tight and do not allow room for gym membership, never mind a personal trainer. It would be a dream to… Read more »
Jack
Jack
2 years 7 months ago

I would like to develop habits where working out becomes part of my regular routine. A personal trainer would help me create efficient workouts so that I can lose 20 pounds and increase core strength and flexibility.

Derrick
Derrick
2 years 7 months ago

I would like to loose another 25 pounds but have hit a plateau and don’t know where to go from here.

Bryant
Bryant
2 years 7 months ago

My fitness goal is to lose body fat and a lot of it. My body fat percentage is way too high right now. I think going with a personal trainer will help me lower this percentage to normal levels considering my height.

Amanda
Amanda
2 years 7 months ago

I am pregnant with baby number 2 and I want to get back my body back! I never got fully back in shape from the first.

Richard
Richard
2 years 7 months ago
I’m in pretty great shape already. I work out near daily – a mix of high intensity interval training, lots of calisthenics, and some lifting, including olympic type lifts like your deadlift there. Here’s my goal as it is in my career and life: I am already much better than average, but average is a low bar. I want to move forward to truly be great. Life connection? I 4.0’d my last year of grad school while teach, yet I have an average, entry level job, way below my ability but within my comfort zone. I want to learn to… Read more »
Lauren
Lauren
2 years 7 months ago
My fitness goal is to learn how to properly exercise. It’s hard for me to take verbal/visual cues and need physical adjustment to really understand. (A simple bend your arm will take me 5 mins to figure out which direction.) A year of personal training will help allow me to build body intelligence. After the year, I hope to follow magazine articles/watch videos with confidence I am correctly executing and getting the most out of the exercise. So far my quantifiable goal is lose 15 lbs by October. I am achieving that through running my dog 1 mile a day… Read more »
Eric
Eric
2 years 7 months ago

I used to row in university and I was in the best shape of my life. My goal would be to got within 30 seconds of the national testing protocol on the 2k erg test. http://www.usrowing.org/NationalTeams/NationalTeamTesting/NTTProtocol.aspx I’m about a minute and a half off now but that’s miles away in the rowing world.

Kim
Kim
2 years 7 months ago

I would use this training to make me stronger. I have spent the past 8 years committed to running a small business with my husband. Along this path I have recently realized that I have just been “making it happen” and not striving professionally or personally to grow outside of my comfort zone. I have lofty goals this year to refocus on my business. In order to do that I NEED to have energy and be able to take myself to new limits in many ways. Here is to not accepting mediocrity anymore!

Karen
Karen
2 years 7 months ago

I am 47, overweight, and I have two young children. I want to be healthy and be around for them (and me) for a very long time. I would love to be able to lift heavy and run a 5k easily. I am not wanting to look a certain way or be a certain weight, I just want to be fit.

Doree
Doree
2 years 7 months ago
I have had two babies in the past two years, and I have gained over 80 pounds throughout both pregnancies. My husband and I are in a single income family, and I would love to use that money to get personal training with the best of the best in my area. I want the maximum results in the minimum amount of time (20 minutes ideally). Any discretionary income in our family is going towards paying off debt. This would be such a blessing Ramit! Anyhow, thanks for all you do. Your emails keep my brain in shape, which is so… Read more »
Chris
Chris
2 years 7 months ago

Fitness goals:
Climb Mt. Kilimanjaro
Develop a six-pack
Maintain higher level of energy

jonathan meer
jonathan meer
2 years 7 months ago

I would like to get in the best shape of my life and find the girl of my dreams!guess thats shooting for the stars but thats what you teach us RAMIT!

Yvette Guyton
Yvette Guyton
2 years 7 months ago
Hello Ramit! My goal is to lose 125 pounds. I just want to reclaim my military body back. I am 52 years young with a passion to just want to cross my legs. I know that’s weird but I can’t cross my legs!! My thighs are too big. I have many friends that are nice and small and at their proper weight and it makes me feel so insecure. Should I get this opportunity I will do my best to get the weight off and to be the person I was meant to be. Thank you for providing a platform… Read more »
Saleem
Saleem
2 years 7 months ago

My #1 Fitness Goal is to bring my body fat percentage down to 12-14%.

As a result of increasing my overall fitness levels though, I’d also like to be able to progress to do a crow handstand (yoga pose) and a plyometric pushup with my whole body off the ground.

Muriel Lauvige
Muriel Lauvige
2 years 7 months ago

I want to get fit again, I am 35 and about 10 kilos overweight, my aim is to run 12 km in a couple of months, this is the time to completely let go or take control. I would like that the my exterior appearance and the way I see myself finally reconcile.
Thanks for this great initiative

Alexandra
Alexandra
2 years 7 months ago

To be taken seriously (at work) and be related to like the ambitious, accomplished person I actually am (in other areas of life)

Deniese
Deniese
2 years 7 months ago

I always get frustrated on so many types of exercises and not sure what types to do in order to work
for me and to get the best results to loose weight. Also, not quite sure if I am doing the exercise
correctly. It would be a dream to have a trainer for a year to resolve of that uncertainly. My goal
this year is to loose 60 pounds.

Tom
Tom
2 years 7 months ago

Drop to below 18% body fat (that is, the healthy range https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Body_fat_percentage#Typical_body_fat_amounts)

Hilary
Hilary
2 years 7 months ago

I have struggled my entire adult life to get myself to my goal dress size. A woman’s 4. I’m a size 12 now.

I never achieved my dream career, a professional dancer, because my weight prevented me from getting hired. As time went on, I started feeling slower and weaker. I just turned 30, and I want to take control of my size and no longer let it determine the course of my life.

Tyler
Tyler
2 years 7 months ago

For a bland answer, my goal would be to bulk up and increase the weights I’m currently lifting.

For a more detailed answer, I want to do the following by the end of this year (5X reps):

Increase my bench from 130 to 180
Increase my cleans from 130 to 180
Increase my squats from 140 to 200
Increase my deadlifts from 225 to 300
Increase my step-ups from 200 to 275

Anthony
Anthony
2 years 7 months ago

Ramit,

I’d like to get BACK to my previous peak physical shape, and THEN exceed with long term habits. What this means for me:

1. 10-12% body fat
2. Add back 15-25lbs muscle
3. Complete 100 pushups without rest
4. Complete 50 pullups without rest
5. 300lb bench press
6. Better leg exercise form, and THEN increase weight
7. Create and sustain a HABIT of health
8. Get dat arm vein! Cuz that’s how you know you’re fit…

Jordan
Jordan
2 years 7 months ago

My goal would be to lower my cholesterol and swap out about 15 pounds of fat for muscle.

Mani
Mani
2 years 7 months ago
For the past two years I have been taking care of my chronically ill daughter, by myself, around the clock. I had to let go of my career and start from scratch as a freelance writer in order to do so. The result has been a whole lot of sitting and no time to care for myself on any level beyond keeping food in the house and a roof over our heads. My dream is to learn how to row, and to be strong enough to do it, with the goal of entering a regatta in a year. If I… Read more »
Neel
Neel
2 years 7 months ago

I am also that skinny Indian guy that can’t seem to gain weight. But I’ve never really belived I couldn’t. It was more I couldn’t get myself to do something regularly.

So my goal is to get to the point where I can work out completely independent of another person.

Thanks!

Heilau
Heilau
2 years 7 months ago

If I win I will build the right muscles and flexibility to become a confident and dazzling aerial silk performer.

Tatsu
Tatsu
2 years 7 months ago

I’d like to see my abs once before I die.

Rizwan
Rizwan
2 years 7 months ago

I was skinny for most of my life. Then within a year I gained over 30 lbs. I went from skinny indian guy to that fat indian guy in a matter of months. My goal is to find the inbetween, I don’t need to be a body builder, but I want to get to the point where I’m toned and can be confident with having my shirt off as opposed to being overly conscious of my bones or my fat. I need a life change and this would help immensely.

barb
barb
2 years 7 months ago
I ran a marathon in December 2002. It was a goal to run another one when I turn 50 and that happened in January. It takes a lot of training and time, but I would love to run another one, better my time from the first one, and then be done with it. With someone holding me accountable, I think I’d do better at training. I’d like to be in that great shape I was back then too. Afterwards, I’d still like to run for exercise, but do it wisely, without getting hurt and just for the fun of it.
Alicia
Alicia
2 years 7 months ago

I need to lose 20 lbs and increase my energy levels. I’m doing it on my own now but having a personal trainer would help me see results faster.

Sol
Sol
2 years 7 months ago

My fitness goal is to start running again and complete a 5k and 10k this year. I used to run a lot but suffered from a tibial tendonitis last year and have since been scared to take up running again. Getting fit again and destroying my invisible script all at the same time

Elaine Marin
Elaine Marin
2 years 7 months ago

My fitness goal is to go big…go from the couch to runnning a marathon in 4 hours and not hit the proverbial wall.

Corbin
Corbin
2 years 7 months ago

I’m pretty okay with my body shape… it’s the state of my muscles and joints that I am more concerned about.
My fitness goal would be to hire a personal trainer to develop a training regimen to rehabilitate old injuries and identify areas where I should build strength in order to ensure that I can have a long, healthy, pain-free career.

Rob
Rob
2 years 7 months ago

I’d focus on rehabbing my arm. I hurt it in high school, and 12 years later it still isn’t the same. I’d also love to lose enough weight that I can go into the normal sections in the normal stores in the mall and buy clothes.

Roland
Roland
2 years 7 months ago

My fitness goal is to develop a lasting habit and workout routine that builds my physical strength and supports mental focus. I started on this goal last year and invested in some home equipment so I wouldn’t have any excuses to avoid working out.

My strength goal is to be able to complete 8 reps with 1.5 to 2x body weight on bench presses, squats, etc, but I’ve hit a wall. My workout habits also weakened towards the end of 2013 so I want a personal trainer to help me push through the barriers and keep me accountable.

Kendra
Kendra
2 years 7 months ago

From my dad I inherited great muscle tone. All I do is run about 6 miles a week and I have really strong arms. Anytime I have put some effort into working out, it pays off really fast but i have been inconsistent and tend to get too busy. I would really like to see what could happen if I actually put consistent effort into working out. Would I get crazy abs and sinewy arm muscles like a body builder?

Avin
Avin
2 years 7 months ago

My fitness goal would be to have “everyday strength” where I can easily lift things, play with my son, etc without getting tired or sore. Also to have a relatively flat stomach and decent muscle tone again!

Kyle Tang
Kyle Tang
2 years 7 months ago

My goal is to be able to squat and deadlift pain-free again. These are the two exercises that fueled my passion for weightlifting. However, they are also two exercises that I am no longer able to do because of the pain. Achieving a 1.5x bodyweight front squat and a 2x bodyweight deadlift would be so sweet considering what my body has been through this past year.

Rob
Rob
2 years 7 months ago

My fitness goals are to dunk a basketball and look better in a bathing suit. In my younger days, I’ve been able to dunk, but only with ideal circumstances (no dribble, running start). Being just over six foot, this was pretty good. I’m now carrying a few extra lbs. which don’t help abilities. I want to not only get back to where I was, but improve my vertical jump and overall fitness level to their top potentials.

Annie
Annie
2 years 7 months ago

I want to lose 20 pounds and get around better on my injured knees.

Kyle
Kyle
2 years 7 months ago

About to turn 30 so really starting to look at my current and future health goals. I feel a trainer would best help me identify and achieve fitness goals that would be acceptable to me.

Meredyth
Meredyth
2 years 7 months ago

I broke both wrists 5 months ago, fell out of a tree, and I don’t have full mobility back yet. My goal is to lose 20 lbs. while building arm and wrist strength so I will be able to do a downward facing dog in a yoga class.

Daniel
Daniel
2 years 7 months ago

I would use the training to achieve my goal of being a paddler on Team USA. I’m on a farm team, but currently working through a shoulder injury. Specialized training would help me recover faster and help prevent injury in the future

Wendy
Wendy
2 years 7 months ago

I need the motivation of a trainer. I am working on the Couch25K program on my own at home, but I keep falling off the wagon 🙁 I need someone to push me! I want to eventually be able to do a half marathon.

Mary
Mary
2 years 7 months ago

I’m having breast reduction surgery next month to help alleviate back pain. I’ve never been in great shape because of it – it’s been difficult and painful to do a lot of things. My goal following surgery is to lose 20lbs, increase strength, particularly in my arms and back, and to complete a half marathon next year.

Paul
Paul
2 years 7 months ago

Lose At least 50lbs.

Andrew Williams
Andrew Williams
2 years 7 months ago

I have three goals.
1. Proper pull-ups. With consistent effort, I can do some fairly feeble ones now – but only one at a time.
2. Handstands. Just… because.
3. I want to look as happy as Ramit in that picture. 🙂

Mark
Mark
2 years 7 months ago

My goal is to ingrain consistency into my workout routine. So often I will “have a good week” or maybe even two, only to fall off for a week and have to start all over. I want to be automatic, like a machine. I don’t want to have to decide. Having a trainer serve as motivation and an accountability coach will be the perfect next step. After my year with the trainer I’ll have all the know-how I need to make this a lifelong habit.

Caitlin
Caitlin
2 years 7 months ago

Ramit,

I have a high-energy dog who requires a lot of daily exercise and activity. My goal is to be able to run and hike with him to the point that HE is tired, not having to quit because his exercise has only worn ME out!

Kathryn
Kathryn
2 years 7 months ago

My goal is to be able to carry groceries inside, go up stairs and play with my son without being out of breath. I’d also like to tone up.

Rhoda
Rhoda
2 years 7 months ago

My fitness goal is to be able to walk on my hands.

Tammy
Tammy
2 years 7 months ago

Finally be able to keep up with my kids!!!

Emily
Emily
2 years 7 months ago

I want to be able to run 5K in 27 minutes or less. (That’s about three nine-minute miles in a row.) This may seem quite slow to some people but I would be thrilled.

Right now I can slowly jog up to about 6 or 7K. Attempts at solo speed training have ended in boredom/immediately stopping. I want a trainer to release the hounds and get me fleeing for my life.

Triscia
Triscia
2 years 7 months ago
Most people aged 30 and over are out of shape. I fall into this category. Currently I am 4 months shy of turning 50. In my ‘hey-day’ I was quite athletic. Years of higher education, a career and several relationships later has left me ‘worn, torn, and scorned.’ During the last 3 years, I have relocated to another country, founded my own non-profit, recognized the importance of organic food thus changing my dietary routine, and fell in love with a HIGHLY active and athletic man! I wish to improve my physical ability as well as my physical appearance. I have… Read more »
Kristian Dale
Kristian Dale
2 years 7 months ago
I am 23 years old, and currently in the worst shape of my life. I´ve always been into sports, and started doing crossfit a couple of years ago. It all went well, until it became a drag to travel to the gym, and my schedule didn´t line up with my friend´s schedule. I gradually started skipping the workouts, and went from working out 5 days a week to twice a month. I am dying to get into crossfit again, but as I am stepping out as a full-time freelancer for the first time, I am keeping all my living expenses… Read more »
Ryan
Ryan
2 years 7 months ago

I’d like to not get pushed around on the basketball court as much, and I know a personal trainer could help me build the strength and balance to get there. A more specific goal would be to double my bench press, which right now is too embarrassing to post here.

Merry
Merry
2 years 7 months ago
Hi Ramit, In 2010 I took place in a pair-kidney donation. I donated a kidney so that my son, who was 18 at the time, would receive a kidney. After looking at all of the options — living vs. cadaver — I felt my chances of getting a healthier kidney would be better if I stepped up and offered one of mine. Because I wanted to become a living donor, my decision kick started the Paired Donation program at Rady’s Children’s Hospital in San Diego. It was my hope that starting this program would give other families who were in… Read more »
Jacques Ho
Jacques Ho
2 years 7 months ago

I hope Ramit sees your post, and regardless of whether or not you win, I wish you luck in achieving your goals and discovering fulfillment!

Lucinda
Lucinda
2 years 7 months ago

My fitness goal would be to run a 10k without stopping! I’ve worked up to running almost 5k non-stop, but running 10k non-stop would be amazing – this from the girl who ran a mile in 12:00 in junior high for the physical fitness test.

evon
evon
2 years 7 months ago
My fitness goals are intertwined with my life goals. As they should be. Without good health and fitness every aspect of your life suffers. I’ve learned this firsthand…unfortunately. I’ve always been pretty health and worked out consistently. I love adventure and travel and cycling, scuba, snow skiing….the list goes on. But about a year ago I started to learn how to be a network marketer. I was so into learning and creating a life for myself – a life of freedom to work from wherever I wanted…that I put my health on the back burner. I forgot to take breaks… Read more »
Misrain
Misrain
2 years 7 months ago

I am 5’10’ and peacked at 135lbs through my High School years. I am now 160lbs but have not been able to gain the additional 15lbs I would like. So, my goal would be to gain those 15lbs of muscle that have eluded for years.

Susan
Susan
2 years 7 months ago

I’ve been steadily increasing my income as a stay-at-home Mom and it’s been a great journey, but my exercise routine is suffering. I need a good system in place to get myself back in gear to work towards losing 10 pounds or so. But most importantly I want to get healthier and have more energy so I can work more and still have energy to play with my 2-year old.

Kellen Chase
Kellen Chase
2 years 7 months ago

Ramit, it is great to see your life upgrade by getting into fitness.

My current goal is to reach a 2.5X BW Deadlift in the 198ib weight class while maintaining sub 12% Bodyfat. I have signed up for my first Powerlifting competition in June and have recruited 2 lifting partners to keep me on my schedule and pushing forward.

Kaycie
Kaycie
2 years 7 months ago

I love running, but am stuck in a plateau with my times. I think I am at the point where I can only do so much myself, and I’d love to have an expert help me through the “little details” to figure out how I can get better and set new PRs!

Jason
Jason
2 years 7 months ago
I’ve spent the last two years totally re-hauling my life and a big part of that was my weight. I’ve gone from 416 pounds down to 226 – 190 pounds lost! This has affected every area of my life and I’m in such a completely different place now than I was a few years ago and well, in a different place than I’ve ever been (I weighed 250 in high school). I would use this personal trainer to finish the job that has already been started. Instead of focusing on just weight loss, I would like to consult with the… Read more »
Eleanor
Eleanor
2 years 7 months ago

Jason, your story is so inspiring!
Keep up the good work!

🙂

Bastien
Bastien
2 years 7 months ago

My fitness goal would be to physically fit to participate in a Super Spartan race and then move on to the Spartan Beast. I already completed the Spartan Sprint.

Jenn
Jenn
2 years 7 months ago

Lose 15 pounds
Run a 10k
Ski from the top of the mountain to the bottom without getting winded
Gain muscle

Michael
Michael
2 years 7 months ago

My fitness goal is to be get rid of my belly and get down to about 220 pounds. I’m a shade under 6 feet and i’ve gone down from 250 to about 240 over the last year, slowly and steady.
I would like to ramp it up, look great, fit into more available clothes and be energetic (and alive) for my 5 kids.

AJ
AJ
2 years 7 months ago
I relate to you Ramit in the slim department. I have always been slim and short my whole life and couldn’t gain an extra pound if my life depended on it . Although I can’t do much about my height it would mean so much to finally learn the best ways to gain more muscle mass in a healthy way. I like earning my results so the training would be a pleasure. I would fill into my clothes better and I know my future fiance would greatly appreciate it as well. Thank you in advanced Ramit. You’ve helped me in… Read more »
Brandi
Brandi
2 years 7 months ago

My fitness goal is to get into the shape I’m craving in time to walk across the stage at graduation and accept my Masters degree in the fall 😀

Jim
Jim
2 years 7 months ago

You know those extra slim dress shirts that some guys can wear? I want to look good in one of those. I already squeeze into the “tailored” look, but I want to go one step further. I bought a slim fit recently and looked just terrible due to my current proportions. Now it just hangs in my closet haunting me every time I go to get dressed. So, yea, slim me down so that I can rock that damn shirt.

Mary
Mary
2 years 7 months ago

I’m aiming to gain upper and lower body strength, which would help improve my bouldering skills (or lack thereof) and help me get “Michelle Obama arms.”

Dan
Dan
2 years 7 months ago

My fitness goal would be to gain weight and build a routine and habit that may act as a catalyst for other habit building. I’m 24 years old 6 ft and 145 lbs, I’ve always been skinny and it’s difficult to imagine myself any other way. I wonder if success in this more tangible aspect of my life would give me the confidence in tackle bigger goals and dreams.

Jenn
Jenn
2 years 7 months ago

Finally pay for a private trainer to help me increase my mobility and tone up all the soft spots that have formed from being so heavily injured for the past three years. I am so close now to being able to DO things physically, that I know in the hands of a pro I could strengthen without causing further injuries, and with luck and hard work, be able to walk like other people for a regular day. Maybe even run again one day!

Eleanor
Eleanor
2 years 7 months ago

Hey Jenn,
I’ve struggled with mobility as well. I wish you the best on your journey toward becoming more mobile and strong!

Josh
Josh
2 years 7 months ago

I’ve done the Crossfit thing for the past two years, but it didn’t cut the fat I wanted, so I know diet is a big part of my body transformation and have been testing various regimens the past few months to see what my body responds to.

With a $5k budget, I’d get a trainer that would:
>Help me dial in my nutrition
>Craft a routine to help me maximize my muscle mass
>And cut the fat around my waist

I’ve got three young kids, so something that was shorter intensity, but more frequent would be ideal.

Stephen
Stephen
2 years 7 months ago

I’m kind of a skinny guy. My goal is to get up to 200 lbs with < 10% body fat.

Karen
Karen
2 years 7 months ago

I’d love to get super strong, and having a trainer would ensure my form was spot on when lifting. I’d like to lose body far too, around 40lbs.

Matt
Matt
2 years 7 months ago
Over wine one night my good friend said she just needs a man who can carry her in their arms up the stairs of her house without running out of breath. We’re about the same size, so I jokingly told her that I would build enough muscle to carry her upstairs so she would be forced to change her requirement to something that made sense (although now I’m seeing “a man to carry me up the stairs” would be a decent specific for Ramit’s matchmaking) My goal, simply stated, train to carry her up her house stairs without struggle so… Read more »
Laura
Laura
2 years 7 months ago

My fitness goal for 2014 is to transform my body to it’s highest potential. I have always been the girl with the flat chest, flat ass, pot belly and love handles. I would always say “that’s just the way my body is built” but this year I am going to change that.

Keet
Keet
2 years 7 months ago
I’ve got the strength part dialed in (Mehdi Hadim’s Stronglifts 5×5 – I started with an empty 45-lb bar in the middle of May, 2013, and by August 28 of 2013 I was parallel squatting 280 lbs, and deadlifting 290). I had to take a significant break due to a soccer injury to my hip, and a motorcycle accident that took out my right shoulder. But I’m back under the bar and progressing again. I have two other goals, though. Lose weight (40 lbs) and, more importantly, increase my endurance. My daughter and I both play soccer (I play rec,… Read more »
mark
mark
2 years 7 months ago

My fitness goal is to maintain my current weight of 155#, and to convert 10# of fat into muscle.

Simultaneously, I’d like to improve my endurance for playing basketball and ultimate frisbee.

Also interested in the spillover benefits from regular vigorous exercise, such as more energy, productivity, deeper sleep.

Eleanor
Eleanor
2 years 7 months ago

Yay for spillover benefits!

Patricia F.
Patricia F.
2 years 7 months ago

My goal would be gain strength and not too much not muscle in my whole body (specially upper body) to be able to achieve more advanced yoga postures

Lisset
Lisset
2 years 7 months ago

My fitness goal is to tighten and tone my post baby body and be able to feel confident again as I did pre baby, scratch that I want to feel more confident then before.

Linda
Linda
2 years 7 months ago
My goal is lose 15 -20lbs, gain muscle strength and tone and obtain more cardiovascular fitness. Why? Not because it is the thing to do, but because it will help me be able to do something I love which is bring clean water to those without. Did you know nearly 1 billion people do not have access to clean water? I have been on 2 clean water trips to Haiti and hope to go on a 3rd to Nicaragua this spring. It requires fitness and strength to carry out many of the tasks involved with a drill….and all under very… Read more »
Beka
Beka
2 years 7 months ago

I’d like to tone up and get back into the shape I was in before teaching & commuting, back when I had all my healthy habits in place! (I could use help making new habits to fit my current life and get my former body back!)

JK
JK
2 years 7 months ago

I want to have to buy the next size up in a dress shirt because my arms are ripped, not because it won’t fit over my stomach.

Andru Edwards
Andru Edwards
2 years 7 months ago

I’d want to be able to do 10 upside-down/headstand push-ups. You are upside-down against a wall, hands on the floor, lowering yourself and pushing yourself up with your arms. Today, I can BARELY do just one.

arinn
arinn
2 years 7 months ago

my fitness goal is to get a muscular upper body to match my muscular lower body! I bike about 500km/month, and have decent arms & shoulders, but would like to build up my strength and musculature.

Kristin
Kristin
2 years 7 months ago

I want to loose 50 lbs. But more importantly than the number I just want to feel toned and be happy with my body. I have a lot of health issues related to my muscles and nerves and I know that if I could loose some weight it would really help my overall health. Additionally, it would be great to have a boost in energy!

Gill
Gill
2 years 7 months ago

Lost the first 30 on my own. Would love a trainer to help me knockout the last 10.

Penelope
Penelope
2 years 7 months ago

I want to rise from a laying down position doing a sit up.

I have never in my life been able to do this.

Annie
Annie
2 years 7 months ago

To be able to do handstands, handstand push-ups, and a pull-up!

Jacques Ho
Jacques Ho
2 years 7 months ago
Hi Ramit, My fitness goals with a personal trainer would be the following: 1. 2-tiered weight goal of first breaking below 200lbs, and then reaching the ideal weight for my height, 182lbs. I haven’t been under 200lbs since high school. (Currently at about 220lbs) 2. Build muscle in order to get lean / trim. Bulking up may come later on, but first I want to look healthy. I’d benchmark my current lifting abilities and aim to increase it by 20% within 6 months or faster. 3. Identify my own workout-related invisible scripts and demolish them through making progress and seeing… Read more »
Jacques Ho
Jacques Ho
2 years 7 months ago
Specific, long term goals: 1. Bench max of 250lbs. 2. Trim down to a size 34 waist so that my entire wardrobe looks better on me. (I have challenges with style and fashion, but I’ve discovered that it’s not because of the clothes – it’s because of the body that wears the clothes.) This will also help me look 10x better for Salsa dancing, both when I teach, and when I’m social dancing. 3. Completely give up caffeine through the practice a routine that naturally fuels me. 4. Last year, I was diagnosed with severe sleep Apnea. Making lifestyle changes… Read more »
Katy
Katy
2 years 7 months ago

My goal is to drop 25 lbs, and run a 5:00 marathon!

Christine
Christine
2 years 7 months ago

I want to learn the right way to strength train, right alignment, right amount of weight, right time to work out. I find so many different opinions about this online, and a trainer could really help pointing out what is the best way.

Suzie
Suzie
2 years 7 months ago

Lookin’ hot, Ramit!

As for me, I’ve lost a lot of weight in the last year or so–even though I was already in pretty good shape. My fitness goal: I’m thin now and want to fill out that saggy skin with muscle.

Lynzie
Lynzie
2 years 7 months ago

My fitness goal is to be able to get a routine that is easy enough that I can remember it on my own, but is versatile enough that I don’t get stuck or bored.

Laura
Laura
2 years 7 months ago

If I win, I would lose a few pounds and tone up my arms for my wedding in June! Plus it would be awesome to be able to keep up with my fiance as he trains for his Army PT tests. Currently I do a few push-ups (on my knees, of course) and sit ups to help motivate him but my upper body strength is pretty pathetic!

Julie
Julie
2 years 7 months ago

Health issues have mushroomed in the past year, and, come to think of it, that’s how I feel: like an upside down shroom, growing by the inch in the shadows of my depression. Oh how I NEED this.

Matt
Matt
2 years 7 months ago

My goals would be to drop 30-40 lbs. I work out a few times a week, but I am focused on getting stronger. I am keeping my normal workouts and hiring a trainer so I can get a meal plan and a more focused direction. Not only is weight a physical issue, but I am sure it messes with my ability to focus mentally. I would also like to do more then 3 pull ups.

Erica
Erica
2 years 7 months ago

My fitness goal would be to lose weight and tone my muscles. I need to lose the weight because I have joint pain that I believe can be attributed to my weight. I want to have another baby, and I won’t do that if I’m not the healthiest I can be. I’ve already changed my eating habits and I’m slowly losing weight, but I want to reach my goal faster.

Chris
Chris
2 years 7 months ago

To simply:

– Squat: 400lbs for 20 reps (serious!)
– Deadlift: 500lbs for 10 reps
– Bench: 300lbs for 5-8 reps
Ideal weight for lifts: 180lbs – 200lbs

Current progress:
Squat: 400lbs 1 rep
Deadlift: 400lbs 3 reps
Bench: 225 3 reps
Weight: 185lbs

🙂

Takes a lot of time, but I am proud of myself!

– Christopher L.

Matt
Matt
2 years 7 months ago

I want to build strength and gain muscle; I would spend the year trying to add 5-10 pounds of muscle to my frame.

Bryan
Bryan
2 years 7 months ago

I would like to get back into marine shape. My best friend was a marine and was killed in Afghanistan in 2013 and he was always my biggest ally, advocate, and adversary, but he is gone now. I am starting a physical fitness and life skills program for middle and high school students in our joint names and would love to have a personal trainer for a year to excel and advance my fitness and this program.

Jake
Jake
2 years 7 months ago

My goal is to be able to do a handstand to a bend arm planche and back up. Twice.

Eleanor
Eleanor
2 years 7 months ago
When I was 5, I was diagnosed with Transverse Myelitis and my physicians told my family that I would never walk again. I proved the Doctor’s wrong and spent 10 years doing physical rehab learning how to walk again. Once I hit that goal I sort of hit a plateau in my physical fitness and accepted the idea that I was just lucky I could walk. Over the last 8 years I’ve lost 70lbs and have been slowly upping my “fitness” routines at home with the addition of a kettlebell and some free weights. I’m ready to take my fitness… Read more »
Kate
Kate
2 years 7 months ago

I don’t just want to look better in my clothes, I want to look better naked!

Sven
Sven
2 years 7 months ago
Cardiovascular Exercise Long Term Goal– it was the Buller Marathon last weekend and I want to run in it next year, so my goal is to run 24mile race by Saturday 14th February 2014. Never done this before so any finishing time would be good. Short Term Goal– run for 30 minutes at a time with a minimum speed of 6mph, three days per week (at the end of this week I will look at my progress and decide how to adjust my next short term goal, keeping my long-term goal in mind) Strength Training Long Term Goal– to increase… Read more »
Sven
Sven
2 years 7 months ago

I meant 14th Feb 2015

Jill
Jill
2 years 7 months ago
If I were to win, it would help me to tackle an area in my life that I continue to be “stuck” in – fitness, nutrition and weight release. My goal would be to release 90lbs and/or 10 pant sizes. I would use the trainer to learn proper exercises for my body type and exercises that I can do that are low impact for various injuries I’ve had in the past that prevent me from running or doing anything high impact. I would also use the trainer to gain knowledge about nutrition and enjoy the accountability of having a trainer… Read more »
Annie
Annie
2 years 7 months ago

I have started and stopped working out several times. It’s getting harder to start now that I’m getting older – injuries come very easily. A whole year of personal training would get me to my goal weight and launch my health coaching career. I have people suggesting I coach as a business because I’ve helped them so much. I don’t feel comfortable coaching professionally until I’ve “walked the walk”. So winning this would not only help me reach my personal health goals – it would also launch my career!
Thanks, Ramit, for the opportunity!

Samantha
Samantha
2 years 7 months ago
I am turning 45 this year and have decided to really take control of my health after about a decade of neglect. I’m currently following a ketogenic diet and have lost 16 lbs. At the moment I’m walking and following the C25K program for cardio but I know that I need to add strength training into the mix and I’m really intimidated by the “gym” part of the gym. My goal is to reach a healthy weight for my height (and maintain in), run a 5K (and keep running) and begin a strength training program that I commit to doing… Read more »
Hannah
Hannah
2 years 7 months ago

My goal is to be able to Deadlift 220lb. I’m currently at 155lb and definitely believe that 220lb is do-able for me! Having a trainer would be a huge benefit to me as I spend a lot of time programming and trying to devise this “perfect formula” for meeting my fitness goals. Like Ramit, if I could just show up and do what I’m told, I’ll get the body I want!

Alison
Alison
2 years 7 months ago

I want to not absolutely dread putting on a bikini this summer. My goal is to lose 15 lbs by May 1st (1.25 lbs a week). I’d like to think I’m disciplined enough to do this, but since I hate waking up early and am not willing to give up drinking socially several times a week, I know I need a trainer to hold me accountable.

Arlie
Arlie
2 years 7 months ago

My main fitness goal is to drop below 12% body fat. I’ve been there a couple of times in my life, but I’ve lost it. I used to blame the losses on injuries, but that’s really just a cop out. This is one of the reasons I joined Ramit’s Finisher’s Course.

Mary
Mary
2 years 7 months ago

Good all over muscle tone so I look great in nicely fitted clothes…especially sleeveless tops. It will help me feel more at ease and confident, and benefit me every day, no matter who I meet or whatever the weather. This goal’s difficult as I’ve well ingrained resistance to exercise and have never had a long term routine.

Allison
Allison
2 years 7 months ago

Winning this will allow me to gain / regain confidence! Will be able to accomplish more physical activities even those as easy as going for a hike in the mountains. I’ll generally feel better physically and emotionally, will reduce stress, and will look better.

Thank you for offering this contest, Ramit.

Desiree
Desiree
2 years 7 months ago

My goal is to get back into working out. I was working toward losing weight and getting stronger, but then a year ago I tore my ACL. Since surgery, I have had trouble with my knee and have been too scared of hurting it again it to do much more than some exercises I learned from physical therapy at home. I want to be able to feel confident going to the gym again and I think working with a physical trainer would help me learn the right techniques to avoid reinjury.

Hannah
Hannah
2 years 7 months ago

My goal is to have a toned stomach! My dream is to one day play Ariel in one of the Disney parks. As a trained actress, I have the skills needed to play this character, and I look strikingly similar to her, except that she has a toned stomach and I do not : ). The sit-ups and other exercises that I have been doing haven’t been doing the trick for me, so I would greatly appreciate the guidance of a personal trainer.

Jason
Jason
2 years 7 months ago

My fitness goals would be to lose my gut and increase my upper body strength. I would also like to be able to run with my wife in the events she currently runs in.

Francine
Francine
2 years 7 months ago

1. Gain muscle strength, especially in upper body
2. Decrease percentage of body fat to acceptable limit
3. Tone body so clothes look better on me
4. Lose five pounds

Am
Am
2 years 7 months ago

I have never really known what I am doing in a gym, working with a personal trainer would help me not only learn what and how but also why I need to do certain things when I go. I would love to tone up my body, to feel like I did in high school where we are sent to gym class everyday, why does that stop when we hit college? Or work? Gyms should be integrated everywhere for people to stay healthy!

Devin
Devin
2 years 7 months ago

I want the help of a personal trainer just to know WHAT TO DO. Machines to use, how much of each type of exercise I should be doing, etc. I’m very haphazard in my efforts now, which I believe is why I never stick to a regimen. I want to lose 15 pounds and also want to increase upper body strength. Like most women I have trouble with upper arm flab that I would love to banish!

Katie
Katie
2 years 7 months ago

My fitness goals: lose 100 pounds, get off blood pressure medicine, and be able to do a lunge without holding on to anything. I’m already making progress, and more personal training would definitely help.

Erick
Erick
2 years 7 months ago

I want to pass the RKC
http://www.dragondoor.com/workshops/russian_kettlebell_challenge_certification_requirements/
I see this as a fantastic indicator of overall strength and fitness.
My goal is to get there within a year and I will be using a trainer to get there either way but a free trainer would be AWSOME!

Gretchen
Gretchen
2 years 7 months ago

My fitness goal is to be able to see my abdominal muscles. I’ve been at my goal weight and still those muscles are nowhere to be seen. I’m sure they are in there somewhere, right?

tim
tim
2 years 7 months ago

Going to the gym is one of the habits I can’t stick with primarily because I keep coming up with excuses after about a month of steady routine. My friends and I do 30 day challenges – this month’s is 1500 pushups in 30 days. I’m fit but I struggle to put on weight. Would really like bigger arms and shoulders.

DK
DK
2 years 7 months ago

I’d like to:

Strengthen my core muscles so that my lower back doesn’t have to suffer anymore
Put on 15 more pounds to reach my ideal weight ( I have a hard time keeping on the pounds)
Establish a permanent routine of fitness/wellness

Cindy
Cindy
2 years 7 months ago

My goal is to be as strong and flexible as a ballerina but to maintain the body of one too.

Dani
Dani
2 years 7 months ago

My fitness goal would be to be competitive in triathalon. Actually I’d even go so far as to say I want to compete for New Zealand in a triathalon. I’m working towards my first and I want to be so god damn good that it hurts.

Vaneet
Vaneet
2 years 7 months ago

Hi,
This is like law of attraction 🙂 I was thinking about same 🙂
Actually, I had back injury couple of years back doing dead lift after that my back is week.. I am working on it to make strong. I would use personal trainer for my back and muscular lean body which has been my passion always:)

Andrew
Andrew
2 years 7 months ago
My fitness goals would be to: – After 6 months off from the gym (just being a slacker) do the following – Bench my BW – Deadlift 2x BW – Squat 2x BW – Lose 10% body fat But most importantly I would like to be a healthy role model for my three girls. Show them how eating right, taking care of your body, and having discipline can help them conquer nearly anything they set their minds too. Plus it would be nice to be around for another 50+ years to see them grow up, see their kids, and just… Read more »
Marshall
Marshall
2 years 7 months ago

My fitness goal would be to lead sport climb at a 5.10d grade outdoors, lead sport at a 5.11a grade indoors, and lead trad at a 5.9 grade. I’d want to be able to climb different routes at those grades around the Pacific Northwest. It is a little different than a typical gym goal, because it requires working a lot on technique, mental toughness (fear of falling, and failing/rejection), and physical strength. It’s something that is possible to do on my own or with friends, but having a trainer and teacher would greatly increase my chance of success.

Monica
Monica
2 years 7 months ago

This is amazing and I need to win this. Simply put, I have a lot of hot clothing and shoes, but my body does not look hot. My goal is to rock my favorite LBD and look like a sexy mofo.

Amber
Amber
2 years 7 months ago

My fitness goal is to run a half marathon. I’ve tried training on my own before, but I end up giving up 4-6 weeks in. This would really improve my self-esteem and self-discipline, and motivate me to complete other goals in my life.

srf
srf
2 years 7 months ago

My Goal is to take off 50#, and to learn to keep it off, and battle the stress that contributed to it in the first place.

Ketti
Ketti
2 years 7 months ago

Sure a trainer would be great, but what I’ve been dreaming of for the last year, and what I would do if I won, is start training muay thai kickboxing.

Greg L.
Greg L.
2 years 7 months ago

I’m already in pretty good shape and have always relied on myself to get where I am. But I hit a plateau a while back and need help moving on to get in the best shape I possibly can. No one has real success completely on their own.

jakub tejchman
jakub tejchman
2 years 7 months ago
I recently started a training camp at my gym; 3 times a week I show up and literally just do what they say. Its brutal. But I don’t have to think about it, or plan my workouts. And being in a room full of people sweating, grunting, and rolling on the floor with you helps keep things in perspective. Plus it gives me the advantage of giving me someone to directly compete with! A full year of that would be awesome. Could I pay for something like this myself? Sure, I’m doing that now with the training camp, but as… Read more »
Kristin
Kristin
2 years 7 months ago

I used to have a trainer, and got in fantastic shape!! Then, I got out of school into the real world and couldn’t afford it. Then, I got caught up in everything else that was “more important.” I lost track of health as a priority, and am now back where I began all those years ago. I’d love to have someone around to kick my butt into gear and make me love the gym again!! Force me into healthy habits! 😉

Neil
Neil
2 years 7 months ago
I have also noticed that when I work out I am more motivated and have more energy to focus on other things throughout the day. Unfortunately, because I work out on my own it’s easy to push it back or say “I’ll catch up tomorrow.” I’ve never had a personal trainer and could imagine that it would, like Ramit said, take the guess work out and see results by just showing up and doing what the trainer says to do. I hope I win this as it would not only get me to exercise on a regular basis, but give… Read more »
Amanda
Amanda
2 years 7 months ago

Squatting. Everyday. I’m trying to grow some booty!

Jenean
Jenean
2 years 7 months ago

I have avoided exercise my entire life, however this year I am currently self-training for a 10k and I have a goal to do a yoga handstand by the end of the year….but my real reason….to earn $100,000 in my business this year.

I have learned the correlation of how I take care of my body is equal to my self worth which regulates my income.

So, that is what I would do, run a 10k, do a handstand and earn 6 figures for the first time ever.

Mary
Mary
2 years 7 months ago

I want to lose 60 pounds – then I will feel so much better in my body. My fitness goal is to be able to cycle 100 miles. This is the year to achieve these goals!

Megan Kane
Megan Kane
2 years 7 months ago
My fitness goal is to be able to do a pull up with one arm. I have never done a pull up in my life. As a trained ballet dancer, upper body bulk was discouraged and I read that as strength (my own delusion- dancers need crazy strength) after suffering a neck injury from a car accident, I all but gave up 1pound weights be cause it just hurt. While I am active, lifting metal truly intimidates me and lifting my own body weight is not a remote possibility. But I’m a mom now and my fitness goals are specific-… Read more »
Gina
Gina
2 years 7 months ago

I sit at a desk way too many hours every day. After I force out the alien that has taken over my body, and regain my former fitness and IQ level, I will bag one more Colorado teener (14,000′ mountain peak).

Christopher
Christopher
2 years 7 months ago

Drop 25 lbs. by June 1
hit the following strength measurements (multiples of body weight):
1.5x bench press
2x deadlift/squat

30 pull-ups (currently at 15)

Vera
Vera
2 years 7 months ago

I want to do a headstand without the support of a wall. My class instructor keeps saying I need to isolate different muscles but I’m not sure which ones she’s talking about! Also, I want to not fear being upside down.

Jennifer
Jennifer
2 years 7 months ago

I just had a baby October 2013. Ive lost the baby weight due to breastfeeding, but would LOVE to tone up and get back to the shape i was in say 10 years ago in high school so i can become a *soccer mom* and run all around town with my son!

Virginia
Virginia
2 years 7 months ago

I will fully engage and breathe into my body to awaken my lagging ambition and lift my self-esteem to reawaken my true self and embrace my soul’s purpose to be of service to others.

Jen
Jen
2 years 7 months ago

I started juicing every morning and am walking 30 – 45 minutes a day. Due to an injury, I’m not able to pace myself faster than a brisk walk. My fitness goal is to replace all junk food with fruits and veggies and be able to work my way up to a jog by summer.

Andrew
Andrew
2 years 7 months ago
Thanks for this contest Ramit. Just getting people to talk about fitness and writing out their goals is a good step towards meeting them. My goal is to stop the cycle of getting into shape and falling off the wagon again. I’m a generally a ‘skinny, fat guy’ even when in shape. That needs to change so I’m lean and mean. I am after all, a father to a beautiful daughter. Young suitors will have to think twice about their intentions… Bottom line; I need to be and look like a fit example for my children. It’s important to me… Read more »
LKay
LKay
2 years 7 months ago

I’d love to build up my flexibility and cardio, so I can keep up with my little nieces and nephews all day any day.

Malia
Malia
2 years 7 months ago
I was a competitive long distance runner for over 10 years and finally had to stop due to work and a persistent injury. I still exercise 3-4 times per week but like a lot of ladies (and runners) I lack upper body strength and would like to even myself out. Additionally, I’d like to strengthen whatever muscle group weakness that contributed to my persistent injury. I know the excessive sitting at my desk, as well as my commute doesn’t help, but I’ve addressed those as best as I can at the moment. Would also love to have more knowledge about… Read more »
Brad
Brad
2 years 7 months ago

Goals: lose 30 lbs of unwanted weight
Dream: use what I learn to help my 16 y.o. (responsibly) put on the muscle that wants so stops getting pushed around on the basketball court

Tara
Tara
2 years 7 months ago

My fitness goal is to locate my abs. To actually be able to see them! If I won a year of personal training, it would for sure help me reach my goal!

Erica
Erica
2 years 7 months ago

I’d like to lose the weight I gained while on antidepressants. I finally took charge of my mental health after 30+ years and it’s the best thing I’ve ever done for myself. The downside is 30 pounds of puffiness, when I’ve never had a weight problem before. Layering physical health on top of mental would make for the ultimate, unstoppable me!

Veenu
Veenu
2 years 7 months ago

After successfully working on my inside, (so much so that I am able to help others work their way inside out) I’m hoping to get some TLC for myself. The goal is to accelerate my journey, so the glow of the inside shows outside!

Anna M
Anna M
2 years 7 months ago

Love this! I want to be able to do a flawless pull-up as part of my recovery from a really old (read: too old for insurance to help!) injury from a car wreck. It caused a lot of myofascial problems in my back/shoulders that require a lot of corrective strength training to fix, but it’s difficult to exercise that area on my own without either hurting myself or failing to push hard enough.

Would love to be able to afford work with a great trainer — they might help me reach my half-marathon goal this May as well!

Lou
Lou
2 years 7 months ago
Personal fitness and health Goal Establish exercise patterns that methodically change my existing habits to a pattern of exercising for 1 hour Tuesday’s at 6:00pm, Thursdays at 6:00pm, and Saturday’s at 7:00am every week. This schedule will be in addition to walking 30 minutes each work day. The ultimate goal to reach and maintain my personal goals by exercising and maintain the following: • Educate myself on fitness, terms, measures and metrics to improve my goals. Learn and apply cardiovascular exercise plans to be executed on Tuesday’s and Thursday’s. Learn and apply strength building plan to be executed on Thursday’s… Read more »
Birgit
Birgit
2 years 7 months ago

I want to loose 8 pounds of fat and sharpen the visibility of my muscles.

richa singh
richa singh
2 years 7 months ago

I want to have better discipline to force myself to wake up early and accomplish more. with a trainer in the morning, id have no space to slack or leave the trainer high and dry by procrastinating. I’d also stop looking like a scrawny young indian girl and more my age where people can take me seriously in the finance field.

Beth P
Beth P
2 years 7 months ago

I want to not get winded doing normal everyday things.

Kiwi
Kiwi
2 years 7 months ago

1. Walk into a gym without feeling like an idiot.
2. Use all equipment properly with correct form.
3. Show up. Every. scheduled. time.

Torah
Torah
2 years 7 months ago

My goal is to drop 15 pounds back to my “happy” weight. I used to have full, complete control over my weight but for the past 1.5 months, nothing I do gets the weight to drop. It’s beyond frustrating.

JK
JK
2 years 7 months ago

I recently lost 40 lbs of fat, and seeing a trainer 2x/week and making my health automatic was key to this achievement. I am amazed at what I have been able to accomplish personally and professionally since then! Now, I am focused on improving my core strength and flexibility with an end goal of being that yogini that can effortlessly master any pose.

amanda
amanda
2 years 7 months ago
I have practiced yoga for over a decade -6 days per week, first thing in the morning. I need a new, shorter routine and have thought about that place they call “the gym” for at least an every-other-day alternative. With a trainer, I aim to learn how to work out in a gym and hit a balanced routine. I am very flexible and I’d like to focus on getting stronger in general. More specifically, I’d like to finally get that “yoga butt” that everybody talks about and be a rock-star with handstands. Ha! Knowing that you’ve got a trainer waiting… Read more »
Jess
Jess
2 years 7 months ago

I would increase my overall energy levels, my cardio-vascular fitness and sculpt my curves into perfect shape. I think it would have amazing knock on effects to everything else I’m doing in life too – I honestly think it would improve my motivation.

Tai
Tai
2 years 7 months ago

I’d strengthen my back and learn proper form.

Jeff
Jeff
2 years 7 months ago

Gain 10lbs of muscle
Actually have fat loss goals that I’m pursuing right now, but I’m handling them quite nicely (lost 5 of 20 lbs at ~1lb/week)

Madison
Madison
2 years 7 months ago

I would use a trainer toteach me how to properly deadlift, and then deadlift twice my weight!

Brian
Brian
2 years 7 months ago

I really want to increase my core strength and finally get definition in my abs.

Hannah
Hannah
2 years 7 months ago

In my adult life, I’ve always hung on to an extra 15-20 pounds. I know there’s a lot going on regarding the psychology of that, but I know a personal trainer would certainly help! 🙂

SG
SG
2 years 7 months ago

Crazy everyday Functional Strength plus being able to chase my 2 year old around the yard all day without getting tired. Also want to create a process around working out (Hello Finisher’s Formula) so that is part of my normal life and not something that I get excited about for a few weeks and falls apart when I hit a speed bump.

Tiff
Tiff
2 years 7 months ago

To do 3 pull ups with 18kg Kettlebell strapped to me.

Cassie
Cassie
2 years 7 months ago

I want to be strong. I’m skinny and people always say that I don’t need to work out because of it. But I can’t do anything with skinny. I’m tired of being weak, it makes me feel self-conscious and boring. I want to be able to rock climb and punch things and run. I just want to feel tough, but I’m so embarrassed going to the gym and lifting the lightest weights there.

Darla
Darla
2 years 7 months ago

I’d like to be more confident in my workout. My aging body needs toning, and I want to work on my balance and flexibility. I would also like to increase my stamina to be able to run longer without getting winded so fast.

Liz S
Liz S
2 years 7 months ago

I want to break 2 hours in the half marathon which should help me be able to break 6 hours in a half Ironman distance triathlon!

Celina
Celina
2 years 7 months ago

I want to get 4-pk abs before I start having children.

Tim
Tim
2 years 7 months ago

My goal would be to get in a steady routine of getting up early in order to increase health and energy levels.

Bryce Petty
Bryce Petty
2 years 7 months ago
My goal is to weight train to prepare for bodybuilding competitions. I’m a skinny (123 lbs) 5’4″ female who wants to compete. You can imagine the road I have before me!!! I’ve wanted to do this since last April. I cannot afford a trainer, and have been trying to do it on my own. I have made progress, but I also know that I can’t do this on my own [you can check out some of my progress here http://bodyspace.bodybuilding.com/Diamonds415/%5D. I don’t have the expertise, and I need someone to push me beyond my limits. Being a Type A personality,… Read more »
Tim M.
Tim M.
2 years 7 months ago

I am planning to take the next CSE for Houston FD. My goal is to be in the shape I was in during the height of my Marine Corps career by February 1, 2015 next year. I pulled a hamstring a few months ago off the job and with 60 hours a week at a brown delivery company I haven’t had time to let it heal. (I hate time off).

Kwame Som-Pimpong
Kwame Som-Pimpong
2 years 7 months ago

I ruptured my right Achilles tendon a few days before the first game of my senior football season in college. That was back in 2008. I let that injury take over my psyche rather than push to come back for a 5th year. I’ve seen that attitude extrapolate into other parts of my life. My fitness goal is to land a tryout with an NFL team as part of overcoming this mental barrier.

Candi
Candi
2 years 7 months ago

I am leaching bone mass even as I sit here typing. Yes, I am a bone fracture waiting to happen. Please do not tell my insurance company. So, what do I want? I want to learn to work out with weights – not being a ‘fraidy cat because I happen to be a girl. I’d also like to reshape the lower half of me that sits in a chair 8 hours a day.

Matt
Matt
2 years 7 months ago
Here’s the deal. In the early 2000’s, I was very, very thin. 139 at 5’11”. I lifted my ass off, got to 206 in one year. I loved it. Then I had to travel all year, lost the muscle, ended up in the 180’s. I committed to get in very good shape for my 2009 wedding and a jiu jitsu tournament that I wanted to enter in a lower weight class. Got down to 165, in great shape, stronger than I was when I was power lifting. I then snapped my shoulder in jiu jitsu training, went out for 8… Read more »
Laura
Laura
2 years 7 months ago

My goal is to learn to lift weights correctly, and with a program that corrects a lot of the muscle imbalances I have developed as a lifetime endurance athlete (running, biking, swimming.) I’m strong in many ways, and ridiculously un-fit in other basic movements. Those imbalances are starting to show up as injuries, back pain, etc. I want to fix that.

Brandon
Brandon
2 years 7 months ago

My fitness goal is to get back down to my weight when I was wrestling which is between 250-265. After that start participating in events like Tough Mudder and live an overall longer and healthier life.

Evan
Evan
2 years 7 months ago

change the self-image that im just a skinny dude and will always be a skinny dude. i did weight training at a gym for about a year and barely saw results… i also had no idea what I was doing and didn’t stick to a schedule. I saw some small improvements in terms of how much I could lift, but it didn’t change the way I look, fill out my clothes or think of myself.

Nathan
Nathan
2 years 7 months ago

Hey Ramit,

Love your work. This is a really generous offer.

When Richard Branson was asked his number one piece of advice for becoming a successful entrepreneur, he simply said “Work out”. He went on to explain that no single thing will improve your chances of success more.

For me, I’d like to get into a really sustainable routine at the gym so I can see the long term effects of working out. Building some muscle around my arms, developing a chest and losing that belly!

Tom
Tom
2 years 7 months ago

My goals would be 2-fold:
1. drop 100 lbs. (2 lbs. a week is a nice, healthy pace)
2. get strong enough to deadlift my current bodyweight (320 lbs.). I have no idea how fast I would progress on deadlifts, so I might revise that goal upwards

Wendy Wang
Wendy Wang
2 years 7 months ago
I want to be in the best shape of my life and maximize my energy levels so that I can maximize the use of my time efficiently in creating art, illustrations and stories. I also wrote a song when I was young but want to post in on you tube after I get my ideal body shape. I worked hard for the past two years on my own just to jump from a medium to an XS. I did it through changing my eating habits from 3 plates of noodles a day to 5 meals a day 20g protein and… Read more »
Fatima
Fatima
2 years 7 months ago
I’m a 58 year-old female, work in an office all day, commute an hour each way and when I get home at 6:30, I usually have a lot of other stuff [husband, 2 sons 16 & 21 year-old, mother-in-law, dog and cat] to deal with, and though I try to fit in a work-out, it doesn’t always happen. If I won a year of personal training, I would use my lunch hour to get into the best shape I have ever been in, ramp up my marriage and with the confidence of my “new” body, possibly launch into an exciting… Read more »
Amanda
Amanda
2 years 7 months ago

My fitness goals for 2014 are:
– Reduce my body fat by 30%. Fuck the number on the scale, it doesn’t tell even half the story.
– Be able to do 3 pull ups. I’m so, so close to doing one!
– Perfect my standing bow pose. Full split FTW.
– Get an ass worth watching! Squats, squats, squats.

Abhinav
Abhinav
2 years 7 months ago

My fitness goal is to gain muscle mass, increase core strength and flexibility.

Miroslav Helcl
Miroslav Helcl
2 years 7 months ago

I want to feel better and have more self-confidence. My goal is get in shape – lost weight (from 95kg to 85kg) and create habit of running or exercising every morning. Personal trainer would be great help, but I will achieve it anyway!

Keri Pettit
Keri Pettit
2 years 7 months ago

I have three goals:
One, to run a 5K, actually run it. Not walk and run, not trot, not jog, but run it.
Two, continue losing weight, I’m down 40lbs, and will lose 20 more. (switched from “would like to”)
Three, get everything toned up and flexible.

Bridget
Bridget
2 years 7 months ago
I used to focus on weight-based goals but I realized that it was causing me to focus on the wrong things (because skinny doesn’t necessarily equal healthy). My new fitness goal is to improve my diet and exercise to the point that I feel energetic throughout my day and to be able to walk up the four flights of stairs in my office without getting out of breath at all. That might seem like a tiny thing but I’ve not been able to do that for as long as I can remember so it would be a huge moment for… Read more »
EDB
EDB
2 years 7 months ago

1. 200# DL – I’ve been stuck at 180# for weeks. (BW = between 100 and 105lb)
2. 100# bench – stuck at 80# for weeks.
3. 15 consecutive pullups – stuck at 10 before, probably even less now.

Anjili
Anjili
2 years 7 months ago
My goal is to get to that place where I love exercising again. I used to play field hockey and lacrosse, and let me tell you how GOOD it felt to push yourself, to feel the burn. I miss that. I want the wherewithal to establish a good work out as a ROUTINE and I want to be in it long enough to want to come back for more. Yes, I want to lose weight (at least 40 lbs over the next year) because my industry is very unforgiving to women who have let themselves go a bit, and yes,… Read more »
Audra
Audra
2 years 7 months ago

I’ve been working out on my own for a year and a half, but I think I could benefit a lot from some guidance! I want to keep building up some muscle and get even more health/de-stressing benefits from working out.

Amanda
Amanda
2 years 7 months ago

I have very weak arms, and I really just don’t know how to build them up without a proper trainer. I want to be strong enough to stir-fry a full wok with one arm in a commercial kitchen. Who knew my talents at cooking was hindered by my arm strength?

Kamil
Kamil
2 years 7 months ago

If I win I’ll strengthen my body to deal with the back/neck pain I get from sitting at a computer.

Michelle
Michelle
2 years 7 months ago

I want to run a 10k in under 1 hour, whittle my waist from 27″ to 25″, go from a size 5 (yeah, it doesn’t exist…) to a size 4 and stay there, and finally, learn to love running like I love spin class.

Thank you for this opportunity to become a better athlete.

Raena
Raena
2 years 7 months ago

Hello! My goal is to be able to lift heavy. I would like to work with a personal trainer to learn and master the basics of powerlifting. I’ve already started on my own, but I would love the opportunity to work with a coach who will show me the proper form.

Charlotte
Charlotte
2 years 7 months ago

My fitness goals are to increase my energy levels, and get fit enough to run a 10k with my sister!

Danielle
Danielle
2 years 7 months ago

I dream of getting off blood pressure meds! I’m motivated to actually do it!

Nadine
Nadine
2 years 7 months ago

I want to keep pursing my goal to become a stunt woman. However, I have to do 10 pullups. I’m at 6 right now and that has taken a year. I was working out with a trainer and loved it. I improved so much. I do not have the money to continue though, so this money would help me further my goals. I also want to get in better shape overall – stronger and improve cardio endurance.

Rachel
Rachel
2 years 7 months ago

I’d also love to be able to do a pull up from dead hang! And a head stand in yoga has always been a goal too.

Colleen
Colleen
2 years 7 months ago
I have a couple of categories for my fitness goals–The number one is that I’d like to increase my core strength–be able to lift myself off the ground in a pike position and hold there. Then I’d like to be able start in a handstand (balanced!) and lower myself slowly to the ground in a push-up position. I’d also like to increase the flexibility of my spine– be able to be in a certain yoga pose where I can touch the back of my head with my foot. I’m a yoga teacher and work on all of this on my… Read more »
Sukhneet
Sukhneet
2 years 7 months ago

My goal is to do 15 pull-ups straight.

I also want to become flexible enough to get my palms under my feet while standing.

Travis
Travis
2 years 7 months ago
My Goal: Fix chronic issues and stop my body from being in debilitating pain. I am 25, fairly athletic, but years of slightly wrong lifting habits have led me to develop chronic pain issues that are so bad I can’t stand for long periods of time, I need to lay down to do my work, and I simply can’t relax like a normal person. This means that every moment I am talking to that cute girl in the bar, most my attention is on how bad my back hurts. The sad part is this started when I was 18. I… Read more »
Liz
Liz
2 years 7 months ago
Hi Travis, I feel for you being in that much pain. Having suffered from herniated discs myself, I know what you’re going through and it CAN get better. When I was in as much pain as you are now a doctor gave me one simple exercise- a backbend raising up on my belly against gravity, lifting my head, hands and feet off the floor (locust pose in yoga). I did several sets of 10 reps a day and was pain free in about 6 weeks. This worked for my injuries because I had posterior disc bulges. Your condition may be… Read more »
James
James
2 years 7 months ago

My fitness goal is to reverse my pre-diabetes by running the Walt Disney World Marathon with my Kate, my best-friend and significant other. I’m currently working with a trainer that has pushed me hard to make my first 5K race sub 30 minutes but with over 50lbs left to hit goal weight and many many miles, I need his support and can only afford his time for another couple months despite the budget changes I’ve made to make our training time a priority.

Kurt
Kurt
2 years 7 months ago

Put on 10lbs of muscle…the goal I’ve had since highschool, but never attained due to lack of knowledge and every excuse in the book.

I’d like to feel great about my accomplishment to improve my confidence that I can achieve what I set out to achieve.

Chakri
Chakri
2 years 7 months ago

For last 6 months, I am trying to build ab muscles on my own and get rid of the pot belly but could not able to make it. I am trying hard. I just wanted to take a picture with a 6-Pack body.

Anne
Anne
2 years 7 months ago

I’ve got dips and pulllups – can’t get the muscle up. Every time I get close, I slack off, get inconsistent and slide back to where I need to work on pullup and dip strength again. I’d like to get the muscle up before I turn 50 this year and break the cycle.

kriss
kriss
2 years 7 months ago

I don’t want to be a certain weight or size …my goal is to feel healthy! I do need to “loose” lbs. But I don’t want to focus on a number. I want to learn how to change my lifestyle!

Debbie
Debbie
2 years 7 months ago

I had a kid later in life. I am 45 and my son is 4. I am not in horrible shape but need to go ahead and get in the best shape I can so that when he is 14 and I am 55 I can still keep up with him in whatever physical activities he’s interested in. Also I want to be in good health and not be a burden on him as I get older.

Scarlett
Scarlett
2 years 7 months ago

I would like to be a lot more toned and have higher endurance. I trained for a half-marathon last year but unfortunately I had an injury just before the race. I do have fun working out but I regret not having someone to make my time at the gym more efficient and to actually see better results. This not only regarding exercises but also the diet that is essential for the good result.

Janie
Janie
2 years 7 months ago

Three goals:
– Lose 3 inches around my tummy. (Strength)
– Take the 170 steps up the bluff 2 at a time. (Endurance)
– Touch my toes with the flat of my hand. (Flexibility)

Steve
Steve
2 years 7 months ago

Hi Ramit, my fitness goal is to be able to run a 5k and then a half marathon. And go from scrawny arms to some muscle!

SueEllen
SueEllen
2 years 7 months ago

My goal is to be able to finish a Spartan Race in the fastest time, and do all levels of them within a year.
Also, I want to have better abs than my brother 😀

brina
brina
2 years 7 months ago

My fitness goal would be to last an entire hour long fitness class without giving up halfway due to poor stamina!

N Shah
N Shah
2 years 7 months ago

1) Reduce LDL level by working out.
2) Increase my muscular endurance
3) Look better in your clothes.
4) Long-term goal is run marathon.

Traci
Traci
2 years 7 months ago

I have lost 15 pounds on my own, and I would use this to get to the next level! I only have 15 to go, and I can’t wait to be in great shape!

Robin
Robin
2 years 7 months ago

I have managed to lose 25 pounds which is skinnier than I have been since before my children were born (18 & 14). I would like to loose 25 more and tighten my core muscles to improve my overall health.

Stephanie
Stephanie
2 years 7 months ago

I want to be able to do 20 pushups!

Jaclyn
Jaclyn
2 years 7 months ago

I want to get shapely legs back, and remove the “extra padding” that has developed around my mid-section and hips.

Wade
Wade
2 years 7 months ago

Love to lose some weight, but more important is the need to become more fit/healthy. Smoked for years, have quit 2007, never have recovered from being active at my job to now being somewhat sedentary.

Liam
Liam
2 years 7 months ago

My fitness goal is to put on 15 lbs of muscle and increase my squat and deadlifts to 300 lbs each by Dec. 31, 2014. I will go to the gym on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays for weight training. No cardio. And I will increase my caloric intake to 4000 calories a day, more if I need it. To hold myself accountable, I will write a friend of mine a check for $1000 to cash if I miss a day. Unless of course I end up in the emergency room.

Dana
Dana
2 years 7 months ago

My fitness goal is to be able to do 20 push-ups…not on my knees! And run 3 miles without wanting to pass out.

Rachel
Rachel
2 years 7 months ago

Hi, I want to (a) run a marathon and (b) be able to lift be own body weight – and in doing so turn the way I see myself (I’m-uncoordinated-and-really-not-sporty) inside out

Brock
Brock
2 years 7 months ago
First I would like to concentrate on losing about 20 pounds of fat the is not needed. Second I would like to develop a strong base foundation of strength with weight lifting. I would also like to work on some sort of cardio program to get my heart into better shape. I have lots of events that I would like to do in the future (GORUCK, Tough Mudder, etc), but mainly I want to be a health role model for my wife and kids. I want to be able to go through the rest of my life as a capable… Read more »
Nora
Nora
2 years 7 months ago

My fitness goal is to gain muscle. I’ve changed my diet in the summer of 2012 and lost about 10lbs. But I always thought of myself as too lazy to workout. That changed last year and I’m now working towards that toned & healthy body goal !

Marco Tulio Ribeiro
Marco Tulio Ribeiro
2 years 7 months ago

I have been going to the gym pretty consistently, and I’m ‘in shape’ already. My goal with a personal trainer would be to improve my lifting technique, in order to: (1) train harder while avoiding injuries and (2) make more efficient use of my training time.

Betsy
Betsy
2 years 7 months ago

I want to lose weight, and as I’m approaching 60, I want to increase my cardio and respiratory health levels. A little metabolism boost wouldn’t hurt.

BDB
BDB
2 years 7 months ago

With a trainer I figure I could improve my current lifts a lot. I weigh 125lbs right now and my squat, bench and deadlift are 165, 105 and 200. So I’m going to say 2-plates, 1-plate and, uhm, 2-and-1/2?

One of the best decisions I ever made was deciding it was okay to hate cardio, by the way. I am a lot happier in the gym now I know I can basically ignore the treadmills and bikes beyond warmups. I’ll walk my dogs to keep my heart healthy.

Mandi
Mandi
2 years 7 months ago

I’m in nursing school now and I would like to be in shape by the time I graduate so that I can help inspire others to do the same without looking like a hypocrite. It’s just though for me because I try to work out but I really don’t know where to start. And as helpful as the internet is, I find myself wandering from one routine to another without results. It would be nice to have someone tell me what to do and hold me accountable.

Amber
Amber
2 years 7 months ago

I want to run 3 miles in under 20 minutes. I want to bench press more than I currently weigh. I know that it’s possible, when I was 13, I was in judo and did weightlifting too. I could press 200lbs. Now I’m doing a piddly 55lbs and struggling. I want to enhance my learning capabilities (work your body, work your brain, right?).

NT
NT
2 years 7 months ago

I have a neurological disease. My goal would be to retain my mobility and gain strength and flexibility and stamina.

Christina
Christina
2 years 7 months ago

My fitness goal this year is to squat twice my body weight.

Cara
Cara
2 years 7 months ago

I want to be in better shape in my 40s than I was in my 20s, and maintain that so I can continue to run half marathons on my 80s.

Brit
Brit
2 years 7 months ago

My ultimate fitness goal is to become an independent personal trainer and Pilates instructor. I’m currently exercising, and studying fitness & business on my own while I save up money for classes.

Stuart
Stuart
2 years 7 months ago

I have started eating healthy and my fitness goal is to put an evenly spread weight on

Dan
Dan
2 years 7 months ago

I love the concept of putting the workout plan in an experts hands and just ‘showing up and doing what they say’ to build a new system and get better. I’ve never had a problem staying in decent shape, but because of that I’ve never gone to the trouble to get into great shape. This would take me to another level.

Bukka
Bukka
2 years 7 months ago

I desperately want to see my abs! I want to take my shirt off and not have my belly pouring over my jeans. I know getting to this point will give me the habits I need to stay fit and healthy. I also know I need training with a coach, as with anything else, in order to succeed and this is the bump I need to make it happen!

Thanks for the opportunity!

Becca Tilley
Becca Tilley
2 years 7 months ago
I have one specific fitness goal – work my way up to a pull-up! I’d also just love to get stronger – letting go of my perception of myself as weak and incapable (reasons my brain gives me for that perception: just because I’m me, AND because I’m a girl. logical… not!) And lose that little bit of pudge which just isn’t quite right around my belly. what I’ve been doing so far: – signed up last september to a local “group personal training” thing called “Booty”, run by an awesome trainer, twice a week. They offer various awesome classes… Read more »
Mark
Mark
2 years 7 months ago

I want to be stronger. I’m sick of feeling weak. I want to be able to keep my balance when someone nudges me!

I want to look and feel better, and for my clothes to fit better.

I wanna have more strength to be more competitive in my sport and also to prevent injuries.

Laurie
Laurie
2 years 7 months ago

I would love to win this so that I can build up my muscles and develop upper body strength. I’ve taken boot camp classes (loved them!) and they made such a difference in 2 months — a whole year would be awesome. I would love to have legs of steel!

Matt
Matt
2 years 7 months ago

My fitness goal is to keep off the 40 pounds I’ve lost since being diagnosed with diabetes in November, and still look sexy for my wedding in September.

melissa
melissa
2 years 7 months ago

My goal is to gain stamina and energy, lose 10 lbs of fat and over all tone my body.
My date of completion will be June 30 2014.
Thanks for the push to set goal.
Having more energy and stamina wil allow me to get involved with my children more and have the extra push to work on my side business (which also involves heavy lifting so the muscle gained won’t hurt either!)

Misty
Misty
2 years 7 months ago
My fitness goal is to tone and strengthen and get rid of about 20 lbs. of fat. I am 40, but I’m not ready for the rocking chair yet. I recently worked with a personal trainer for one “introductory” session, then I continued going to the gym for about 4 weeks working on my own until my free gym passes ran out. I absolutely LOVED working out, but I have very low self esteem and always second guess myself. I convinced myself I wasn’t doing it correctly, but I simply can’t afford a personal trainer to tell me how to… Read more »
nadia
nadia
2 years 7 months ago

My goal : gain muscles and be in my right weight 🙂

Esther
Esther
2 years 7 months ago

After a dramatic hospitalization in September 2013, (my first ever, and in ICU, no less!), I was diagnosed with diabetes at age 26. My goal is to become healthy enough to get off of all medication (insulin, blood pressure, and cholesterol), and maintain my condition solely through diet and exercise.

Julie
Julie
2 years 7 months ago

I want to run a 5k race and finish in the top 10%.

Stephonee
Stephonee
2 years 7 months ago

I’d like to gain some muscle, but my overall “goal” is just to “be fit and healthy.” I don’t have a particular look I’m going for, or something I want to lift or be able to do, I just want to prevent problems down the road (I’m 27 right now). This “lack of a clear fitness goal” drives my fit-geek fiance up a wall, but I can’t help it! The only thing I want is to be healthy.

Jamie Taverner
Jamie Taverner
2 years 7 months ago

My goal is to increase strength in my body as well as my mind. with 2 young children it is time to stop with the excuses and lead a life that demonstrates how to keep a healthy mind and body. I also want to go to the beach, pool, walk the road and everything else with energy!!! lots of energy!!

Alex Ball
Alex Ball
2 years 7 months ago

I’d like to learn the olympic lifts. In addition, I’ve always been interested in the fitness industry from a business perspective; a year of interaction with a coach would give me a much better perspective than training on my own has done.

Ashlee
Ashlee
2 years 7 months ago
My goal would be stepping into the gym at least 4 times a week, training in heavy lifting. I want to get back to the shape I was in a while back (Can you say, “Spot me, girl?”). I slipped on my routine, blaming my hectic schedule and non-stop travel. Working out every morning caused me to be more focused at work, gave me more energy throughout the day, and caused me to update my wardrobe because clothes were not fitting the same anymore. I’d like to get back into that routine. The first couple of months are brutal! But,… Read more »
Li
Li
2 years 7 months ago

As a 6’1 ~150-155 lb Asian male, my goals by the end of this year are:
– to be 175+
– make going to the gym a regular routine/ritual/habit

Pamela
Pamela
2 years 7 months ago

I would like to get down to my goal weight of 140 and find ways of staying there as the daily stress of life takes its toll.

Sruti
Sruti
2 years 7 months ago

My short-term goals for 2014:
By April – run a 5K
By July – reduce belly fat/muffin top in time to be a bridesmaid at a wedding
By Oct – be able to do the “plow” in yoga (by improving core strength)

Pamela
Pamela
2 years 7 months ago

And I would like to be able to drop into yoga bridge pose, then lift into handstand! I love yoga and it has made me much stronger and leaner in the last two years, but there is always something new to learn and tackle!

Veronica
Veronica
2 years 7 months ago

With a year of personal training, by the end of it, I want to be able to have my body fat percentage maintained at 19%.

I’m at 23% right now and with the right combination and dedication of nutrition/cardio/weight training, I KNOW I can do it. A trainer can give me all of that knowledge and all I’d have to do is follow his/her guidance.

Laura
Laura
2 years 7 months ago

Goal: lose 15 pounds and look awesome in and out of my clothing 🙂

Kiesha P.
Kiesha P.
2 years 7 months ago

My goal is to lose 40 lbs. The personal training will benefit my strength and conditioning to work up to successfully completing a 5K run that I’ve wanted to do for 20 years.

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