Here we’ve gathered a selection of our clients who were in need of a bit more weight loss than tightening up.
It’s tough for both the body and mind to be dragging around a substantial amount of excess fat, but fortunately it doesn’t have to be as hard as many believe to shed the unwanted pounds – you just need to have the right methods to do it effectively.
Louise lost weight and got rid of her cellulite
“I got stronger and stronger, inches fell off, my pants got too big, my shirts started to hang a little too much, my cellulite disappeared and people started to comment on the shape I was in”*
“I heard about Fortius Fitness from a friend who’d gotten started a few weeks earlier and had already achieved results.
My appetite was immediately whet, as all of Fortius Fitness’ values align pretty well with my search for a healthier, stronger life, and with turning training into a lifestyle.
I got in touch and chatted with the trainer, who’s an absolutely amazing person, and right away I felt at home and just really wanted to get started.
I had absolutely no doubt that I’d come to the right place.
I had a goal to lose weight, get stronger and more toned, and I wanted to “try” not to care about the numbers on the scale and concentrate on the inches and the before and after photos.
Having gone through two pregnancies, I had a lot of loose skin on my belly and was really pretty floppy.
I have a badminton career behind me, tons of cardio exercise and the wrong diet – which I believed was the way forward at the time but it’s resulted in a sagging butt, cellulite and grandma arms.
My body needed strength and a different diet.
It started off great and I loved going to train.
The trainer pushed me and taught me well. He was great at motivating, helping, critiquing, and gave me plenty of praise!
I got stronger and stronger, inches fell off, my pants got too big, my shirts started to hang too much, my cellulite disappeared and people started to comment on the shape I was in.
It was the nicest feeling of success.
Fortius Fitness has taught me how to maintain my health and fitness throughout life, not just for the short term.
They’ve helped me to realize that strength training is the way forward, and that the diet thing really isn’t so hard.
They’ve changed my life and I’ll continue my journey. I’m not even close to done…”
Louise Tvedt – 29
Dorte lost 25.6 lbs of fat in 4 months, and threw out her bathroom scale
“Since 2009, I’ve been struggling with a worn-out hip that’s been super painful. And it’s gone! I’m no longer forced to take the painkillers I’ve been swallowing for so many years and especially more lately. I was going to get a hip replacement in the spring, which was the only way the doctors could help me. That’s now been postponed, with my next check-up pushed back by two years. I’m now feeling in much better shape and I’ve thrown out my bathroom scale!”*
“It was by chance that I chose Fortius Fitness, having been hooked by an ad that I saw on Facebook!
I’d done cardio workouts for years (I’ve run regularly since 1996), and had fallen into the trap of simply training and training – but absolutely nothing happened. All I achieved was a constant increase in hunger.
For years I’ve been training for an hour a day, every single weekday. I alternated among an hour on an exercise bike, an hour of running outdoors, and an hour at the gym doing LOOP strength training.
But not even that kind of strength training could inche me towards my goal of losing a few pounds. I started thinking a few years ago that things were moving in the wrong direction – right at the same time as I was just starting to enter menopause.
I’ve gradually gained about 25 lbs over the last 4-5 years, and haven’t been able to get rid of them again through the training I’ve been doing.
I’ve tried out two dieting programs where I’ve had guidance in the form of meal plans and certain foods being out of bounds, etc. But this hasn’t worked either. I’ve tried acupuncture to lose weight, and even hypnosis. Nothing has worked, at least not for the long term.
So at 55 years old and over 20 lbs overweight, I saw an ad for Fortius Fitness one day and thought it sounded great – I wanted to take the step.
When I saw the prices they were admittedly a bit tough to swallow (I am from Jutland after all).
I thought it over and came to the conclusion that you actually invest in yourself in such an incredible way, and if you can keep it up then it’s worth all the money to be strong and agile when you hit the retirement age.
It’s great being able to put on the pants you put away years ago. It gives a sense of well-being that’s really incredible.
More strength and less pounds are the prizes here, and they’re well worth fighting for! Throughout the course I’ve felt that ‘my case’ was under control.
Tina is a skilled trainer and she’s really good at explaining why you should do the various exercises, which is really important when you have to go out and train on your own one day!
We’ve continually talked through many of Fortius Fitness’ dietary strategies, and it makes good sense that you need a persistent change in the foods you bring home to eat.
I was totally convinced that I could never drop bread, but it really hasn’t been a problem because there are plenty of alternatives. All of Fortius Fitness’ dietary ‘advice’ makes sense as soon as you’ve gotten started. Personally, I thought it would be really hard for me, but it turns out it actually hasn’t. It also has to do with being a bit creative.
Since 2009, I’ve been struggling with a worn-out hip that’s been super painful. And it’s gone! I’m no longer forced to take the painkillers I’ve been swallowing for so many years and especially more lately. I was going to get a hip replacement in the spring, which was the only way the doctors could help me. That’s now been postponed, with my next check-up pushed back by two years.
I’m now feeling in much better shape and I’ve thrown out my bathroom scale!
In 2009, I had an operation on a cyst in my rotator cuff. It meant that from then on I’ve had pains in the one side of my hip – because it was worn out and the cyst had created a “hole”!
At the same time, I took on a few more pounds and ramped up my running to lose weight.
That wore even more at my hip and eventually I was up to 8 painkillers a day, sometimes more. On some days I had to resort to taking morphine. At this time, I went to a check-up at the sports clinic, where I was advised not to do any strength training exercises or running that could strain my hip. I could swim! I hate swimming.
The exercises and training that Tina has shown me have given me so much strength in the muscles around my hip that I don’t take any medicine anymore (I’ve taken absolutely nothing the past 3 months and I’ve been training with Tina for 4 months).
I no longer have pain to the same degree as before.
I think the reason I feel so comfortable now is also because I no longer have all that medicine in my body. No more medication and 25.6 lbs lighter…It doesn’t get much better than that!
While I’ve pretty much stopped taking longer runs, I can now take shorter, 3-mile jogs without feeling any pain.
The process itself, when put in perspective, has been great and I have the utmost confidence that everyone – regardless of age – can really get something out of this course. Tina is a skilled and competent trainer who I’d very much recommend to others who’ve hit a wall or feel like they’ve been struggling down the wrong path.
Dorte Mumm – 55
Henrik lost 34.8 lbs of pure fat
“I’ve gone down 3 sizes in clothes and suddenly the baristas at the cafe are making hearts in my lattes. Never in my life have I lost weight so easily – the pounds have just fallen off. And what’s more important is that I feel healthier and better than I’ve felt in years”*
“When I contacted Fortius Fitness I’d lost 57 lbs on my own through diet and cardio.
I’d gotten to a point where I had no desire for doing more cardio exercises or cutting down further on calories.
On top of that, I had a strong desire to lose the unhealthy amount of fat that had accumulated on my upper body.
My body was probably what those in the real estate world would describe as a fixer-upper on the cheap end of town.
My rolls stuck out in the most surprising places and the skin had become looser and looser.
I wrote to Fortius Fitness, which paired me up with Simon, and I had a consultation booked with him.
I was pretty nervous about setting foot in a gym, as it’s most certainly not my natural habitat, as well as because an earlier attempt at strength training had ended up in disaster.
I was a little wary that Simon might be one of those beefcakes who could drive anyone with excessive body fat out of the centers.
My assumptions were proven immediately false. Simon was a totally normal person with a very fit, balanced body, and right away I felt like I was in safe hands.
I decided to park my vanity – along with my bike – right outside the center, and to tell him honestly about the way I’d been living: what I ate, how I’d always hated sports and strength training, what challenged me most and what I hoped to accomplish.
Simon understood immediately that my focus wasn’t on appearance but on health.
I was introduced to the dietary advice, which was completely reasonable and, fortunately, far from fanatical.
I felt well-assured and paid for a 3-month course.
Simon was in for a challenge, since I hadn’t lifted anything heavier than a glass of white wine in 10 years, and thus my starting point was at precisely zero.
But I’d decided to hand over control, do what I was told and trust him 100 percent.
With sure hands, he managed to teach me the techniques, strengthen my body and boost my self-esteem.
When we got to the first measurement after 14 days and it was time to count the rolls, I found I’d trimmed 3 inches around the waist. I was shocked at how easy it had been.
It was at my first measurement that it hit me that my joint work with Simon would change my perception of training while giving me some incredible results.
Plus, during that period I’d pretty much eaten constantly.
The training had made me hungry in an entirely new and aggressive way.
In the past, I’ve never had problems skipping meals – breakfast was not even on my radar. On some days I just wasn’t hungry and simply didn’t eat. Now I was constantly hungry, ferociously devouring my food.
I quit counting calories and started getting full on vegetables and meat.
Unfortunately, my course is over now, but wow have I gotten good value for my money.
When I started my course I was 229 lbs, with a fat percentage of about 28.
After 3 months I weighed 193 lbs. I’d lost 36 lbs – 34.8 of it pure fat.
My fat percentage is down to 15 and I’m now in the best category for my age group.
My stomach is tighter and I don’t look like someone who just gave birth to triplets.
I’ve gone down 3 sizes in clothes and suddenly the baristas at the cafe are making hearts on my lattes. Never in my life have I lost weight so easily – the pounds have fallen off. And what’s more important is that I feel healthier and better than I’ve felt in years.
As opposed to always feeling out of place in the gym, or at least as if I’d shown up uninvited to someone else’s party, I must say that Fortius Fitness feels super cozy and inclusive, a place that makes you feel very welcome.
The other personal trainers know each other’s clients and greet and chat with you when you’re there.
Simon (or the miracle maker, as my friends call him) is a wonderful, funny and warm-hearted person.
He’s skilled and competent and takes your goals and wishes seriously.
I’ve looked forward to every single training session with him.
Even when I’ve shown up grumpy after a rough day at work, I’ve never left the training without having been put in a much better mood.
He’s taught me to love training and shown me that you can achieve incredible results – without starving or training yourself half to death.
If you’re doing it right, it’s really surprising how little is needed.
It’s exactly this attitude and balance that I was unknowingly after and that I’ve adopted as my own.
I’ve now started to train on my own and it doesn’t seem crazy at all to get up and exercise at 5:30am – something that was unthinkable 4 months ago.
A big thanks to Simon for… well, for all the things that have changed in my life.”
Henrik Agerbo – 40
Camilla lost 32.4 lbs and 27 inches in 26 sessions
“I said to my trainer: ‘I don’t believe I can lose weight – or at least I have a really hard time believing it.’ I was pretty quickly proven wrong. It’s actually been surprisingly “easy” to drop the pounds I set out to drop. Easier than I ever would have thought possible”*
“Before it started I’d tried just about every possible type of diet and training, but unfortunately without any luck.
I thought I’d been doing it right. I ate less, I ate healthy, I started running and training at the gym. But nothing happened!
The final straw broke when people started asking if I was pregnant (which I was not), even offering congratulations.
I was having an extremely hard time personally and with my appearance, and was really frustrated that I couldn’t lose weight.
Then I approached Fortius Fitness and showed up for a non-binding consultation to hear if it was something I wanted to try out.
I must admit that I was pretty sceptical at first, especially because I’d tried so many things for such a long time with no luck. So I wondered why this should work.
I said to my trainer: “I don’t believe I can lose weight – or at least I have a really hard time believing it.”
I was quickly proven wrong.
When I left after the consultation there wasn’t any doubt about what I needed to do. I needed to take up a course. I was pretty motivated when I went to the meeting but even more so when I left.
My trainer has helped me in every imaginable way – both physically and mentally. It’s been a real pleasure to train with her and I’ve looked forward to going every single time.
The diet hasn’t been especially difficult to stick to.
It’s actually been surprisingly “easy” to drop the pounds I set out to drop. Easier than I ever would have thought possible.
Besides, you get hooked on strength training.
It’s totally different from cardio exercise. First of all, cardio isn’t at all as “fun” as strength training, and you get 10 x more out of it.
I’m now totally convinced of that, and I’m currently making my own “home gym” so I can train whenever I want without restrictions.
Starting up was no doubt the best decision I’ve ever made.
I’ve become happier, I have more energy and self-confidence and am just better-equipped to take on each day.
The weight loss in my course has gone super fast – faster than I thought was possible. I’ve lost a total of 32.4 lbs and 27 inches and have finally reached my goal.
If you dream of losing weight but don’t know what to do, or you just don’t see any changes, then I can definitely recommend it.
I can vouch for the fact that it’s worth the money! Of course it was a good amount of cash to drop but considering what I got it was actually pretty cheap!
I’d be happy to recommend it to anyone looking to lose weight or simply to feel better about themself.”
Camilla Vinderslev Nielsen – 27
Mie lost 44 lbs
“I would never have achieved the results I did without FF, Anna and Mikkel”*
“I’ve been with FF for 10 months, first in Allerød with sweet Anna, who got me going with the whole process.
Anna is a very pleasant person, and you feel really comfortable with her at your side, which I thought was really nice since I was a newbie to the fitness world.
In my course with Anna I lost just about 24 lbs and quite a lot of inches.
In started my second course in Copenhagen with Mikkel.
Mikkel is super skilled at getting you motivated. There’s never a moment of doubt that he knows exactly how to treat and strengthen the body.
With Mikkel I lost another 20 lbs as well as several inches.
I’ve increased my muscle mass in a visible way, which wasn’t the case before, and that’s keeping in mind that I’m now over thirty.
Mikkel is good at switching up the training so that it’s never monotonous or boring. You really look forward to training, even on the days when you’re running low on energy or in a less than chirpy mood.
The best part of everything might be that my old hip injury has gotten much better.
I would never have achieved the results I have without FF, Anna and Mikkel.
I can only offer the most heartfelt recommendations. FF: it works :)”
Mie Friis – 34
Helena lost 20 inches and 21.4 lbs while boosting her energy levels and self-image
“I felt that my body was too big for my height and I was generally just miserable with myself. So I took the bull by the horns and I have to say that it was the best decision I ever made. I can hardly believe how happy I am, and how positively surprised by how much can actually happen in a month (13.4 inches and 12.1 lbs). It’s been worth absolutely every cent”*
“I chose Fortius Fitness because I’d been looking around on the internet and thought it looked promising.
My hope was to take up a healthier approach to my food, as I lived mainly on pasta dishes and old Danish food with lots of gravy. I was well aware that it was the wrong way to eat, considering that I did absolutely zero exercise.
I was always tired and completely lacking in motivation to get started, but didn’t like seeing myself so overweight.
I’d never tried anything like dieting or intense training but I knew that a personal trainer was what I needed.
I felt that my body was too big for my height and I was generally just miserable with myself.
So I took the bull by the horns and I have to say that it was the best decision I ever made. I can hardly believe how happy I am, and how positively surprised by how much can actually happen in a month (13.4 inches and 12.1 lbs). It’s been worth absolutely every cent.
My goal is to lose around 150 lbs, so there’s still a little ways left to go, but I feel so well-equipped that I’m pretty sure I’ll be able to maintain this change of lifestyle for life.
I’m so proud that it’s succeeded. I’ve become happier, I’ve boosted my energy levels and I appreciate my body so much more.
The course has been so good for me, and I’ve had the best trainer I could have dreamed of, who managed to push me forward in just the right way.
She has also been a big help with the diet, which was the part that I found especially hard, as
I’m pretty picky – but it’s all just gone so well.
I can definitely recommend Mia Schwencke. She’s seriously the best coach ever. She’s been a great support and is always nice and happy.”
Helena Skourup Larsen – 25
Lis lost 29.5 lbs and 25.8 inches in 4 months
“When I look in the mirror today I can see that my body has changed dramatically. At no time have I felt deprived in my diet and I’ve gained faith that I can easily reach my goal of losing 45 lbs – even though I’ll have to stand on my own two feet”*
“It’s been like winning the lottery.
After a look in the mirror at a body that was at least 45 lbs too heavy, I made the decision: something has to happen now.
I’ve said the same thing to myself many times, thereafter throwing myself into various diets, regular workouts, etc.
But the results never showed
That’s why the decision to find a personal trainer and a dietary advisor wasn’t an especially difficult one. The question was where to find one who could understand my challenges and limitations.
When I read the promise of “training undisturbed in private centers with specially-educated trainers – whenever it works for you,” I thought:
THIS IS WHERE IT’S GOING TO HAPPEN!
Being an old handball player I have some problems with my body. My injured knee has been especially limiting when it comes to training with weights.
But after a consultation with Christina, I was convinced. She knew what I was talking about and how the training would have to be structured around me.
TO DATE, IT’S THE BEST DECISION I’VE EVER MADE.
Today, 4 months later, I’m 29.5 lbs lighter, 25.8 inches thinner, and my BMI has fallen by 4.9.
When I look in the mirror today I can see that my body has changed dramatically. At no time have I felt deprived in my diet and I’ve gained faith that I can easily reach my goal of losing 45 lbs – even though I’ll have to stand on my own two feet.
Whatever the price, I wouldn’t have missed out on Christina, who’s been really amazing throughout the course.
And if I ever need help in training in the future, Christina will be the first person I contact.”
Lis Altmann – 53
Kim lost 44 lbs and 31.5 inches and discovered the joy of training
“I’ve gone down more than 30 inches in body measurements, cut my fat percentage by more than half, and lost a whole 44 lbs. I now sleep much better at night, without snoring”*
“I’d grown tired of my weight over many years. I lost a bit of weight with mountain biking, but then the winter came and it was hard to keep it up. And when the time finally came to ride again, it was like starting all over again.
After having tried this for a few years, I knew I needed something new. So I searched online and found Fortius Fitness. I contacted Kasper, who put me in touch with Randi Negendahl for a personal consultation.
Randi put together a workout program and guided me in what to eat. There was one weekly day off the diet and strength training 3 times a week.
Many would have predicted this to last only a month before crashing, but thanks to the ever-cheerful Randi (albeit with a wag of her finger when the measurements were less impressive than expected) I’ve found a new lifestyle in which health has a natural place in my daily life.
I think it’s awesome when someone comes up and says, “Well done” – even people you don’t know at the local gym.
I now have a much better daily routine and a lot more energy to take on its challenges.
I’ve gone down more than 30 inches in body measurements, cut my fat percentage by more than half, and lost a whole 44 lbs. I now sleep much better at night, without snoring.
Additionally, I’ve gone down 2 sizes in pants and 1 size in shirts, and it’s just nice that you can see that there are muscles in my body.
In fact, I’ve become so happy with my new lifestyle that my next vacation is going to be an active one.
I’ve come such a long way that I’ve made a deal with Randi to come by once a month to go over exercises and weight.
I can certainly recommend Randi Negendahl as a personal trainer with Fortius Fitness.”
Kim Nielsen – 47
Nina lost 31.5 inches and reduced her aches and pains
“I’ve lost about 11 lbs and 31.5 inches all in all over the course of my lifestyle change. Since strengthening my leg muscles I’ve had less pain in my knees, which otherwise would hurt after climbing the steps to the 4th floor”*
“I looked myself in the mirror one morning and saw a young girl who wasn’t happy at all. At that moment it hit me in that a change needed to happen.
I searched around online for a while to find the best place to get a kick in the ass from a trainer with the right qualifications.
To start with, I considered Fitness World, but of having everyone watching me – as I sweat, struggle and get a hold of the exercises – drove me quickly away from them.
I then found Fortius Fitness, becoming immediately drawn to their concept and the fact that you could only train in the center with your trainer.
I contacted them and was given a consultation with Mikkel.
Unfortunately, my course was postponed because of a broken wrist, but I was set on making a change.
I began my dietary consultation with a cast on my arm, so I could get started with my weight loss and my new lifestyle. It was relatively easy for me to adjust to the idea of eating differently and snacking less at night.
I was really happy about my course with Mikkel. He pushed me in the right ways and I didn’t feel like he was looking down on me when I thought it was difficult.
I was really glad he believed in me and always tried to get me to admit that it wasn’t all fat but also muscles that could lift and push.
Since finishing my course with Fortius Fitness I’ve been sticking to some of the dietary advice, or maybe I’ve just started to use more common sense. It was Fortius Fitness, however, that got me to open my eyes and see that there are plenty of food options beyond just pasta, rice and potatoes.
I’ve lost about 11 lbs and 31.5 inches all in all over the course of my lifestyle change.
Since strengthening my leg muscles I’ve had less pain in my knees, which otherwise would hurt after climbing the steps to the 4th floor.
Things continue to steadily progress, but it’s important for me not to push too hard – to leave some room for relaxing on the couch.
Still, that will no longer be done with a big bag of sweets and a 2-liter bottle of soda.
My goal is to keep on training and to choose physical alternatives.
I’d rather bike or walk than take public transport, and I’d like to challenge myself by going to new places – for example, when I’m out traveling.
I don’t have a specific weight goal – I just want to feel comfortable in my body and be happy to put on a tight dress.”
Nina Høyer – 21
Josefine lost 15 lbs, 13.4 inches and significantly increased her strength
“I’m now 100% motivated to continue on my own and not at all nervous about falling back into my old lifestyle”*
“My name is Josefine Bucan. I’m 43 years old and live in Birkerød. My typical day is spent sitting – in an office.
I’ve always had a hard time with my weight and – despite a very active youth with lots of badminton – I’ve never been really slim.
My whole life I’ve struggled with excess pounds. The 73 lbs I took on during my second pregnancy didn’t really help. I’ve tried A LOT of different crash diets, and some of them even work – for a short time, anyway – but then all the pounds pile on again (along with the works)!
I’ve tried to live up to all the many well-intentioned dietary tips I’ve gotten (and there have been quite a few) – but the only thing they’ve led me to is more confusion and frustration. When one person says one thing and the next says another… you’re always running into contradictions and in the end you don’t know what to believe.
I thought to myself that I needed to seek some help from a professional, someone who could set me back on track again, and since Fortius Fitness gives a satisfaction guarantee – or your money back – I thought OK I’ve got nothing to lose… (other than the excess fat!) – and it works!
I wrote to Fortius Fitness and got a quick reply from Anna. We spoke briefly and agreed to a noncommittal meeting. Anna is sweet, calm, attentive, welcoming and talented! So I agreed to taking a course with her. It might be the best choice I’ve made for myself in a very, very long time.
The first time, I was a bit shy and insecure about having to train with weights all alone with someone I didn’t know, but Anna was unbelievably sweet and calm and great at explaining things – so the uneasiness quickly faded, allowing me to focus on the training.
Up to this point I’d only played badminton, jogged (with a knee injury to show for it) and taken various cardio classes at the gym – though all without becoming slim… so the weight training thing was totally new for me.
It was surprisingly fast and easy to learn the techniques, and thanks to Anna’s patient nature and her good advice, guidance and instructions, I quickly grew stronger and could lift more than I’d thought possible.
So beyond slimming down around the waist, my body has become quite a bit stronger – which is a really nice feeling that makes you happy and proud.
On top of that, Anna is super good at focusing on form – so you don’t get hurt. She’s also super good at discussing diet with you. For example, if you’re panicking a bit over having eaten a bit too much candy (like me), she’s very relaxed about it and sets you at ease again.
I’d paid for a course of 14 sessions – and in the 2 months we went through I lost 15 lbs of fat and 13.4 inches (5.5 of them around the tummy) – Yay!
I haven’t reached the target just yet – but a course with Anna has given me the necessary belief that I absolutely CAN reach my goal – of becoming slim and looking good in the mirror. And I’ve now found a way of life that works – and one that gives me the visible results that I’ve wanted for SO long!
I’m now 100% motivated to continue on my own and not at all nervous about falling back into my old lifestyle. It’s really easy to follow their dietary advice – and if you need to go out on the weekend or whatnot then that’s alright – and it’s amazing.
With Anna there’s no doubt that you’re in good hands – from start to finish.
I’ve been super happy about my course with Anna, and I can warmly recommend her to anyone who wants a healthier lifestyle – in terms of both dietary advice and proper training!”
Josefine Bucan – 43
Christian lost 42 lbs and 21.7 inches in 3 months
“I can now enjoy taking long walks and going up and down the stairs without becoming breathless, and I’m confident enough to be able to keep up the training on my own. It’s quite a bit of cash to have to put down, but for me it’s been the best money I’ve spent on myself”*
“I was overweight and had issues with running due to both the weight and problems with my legs, so I searched for a personal trainer to help me get my training in gear, but also to motivate me to keep going when things got hard.
My goal was to get down to a normal weight before the start of summer, which meant that I had to lose 55 lbs in 8 months.
I had the pleasure of having Thomas as my trainer.
I had sessions with Thomas about 3 times a week for 3 months: 30 sessions total. Thomas was incredibly good at motivating, instructing and knowing how much I could push my body.
He was also prepared to answer all the questions I had about the dieting plan and I saw the results right away.
I reached my goal in the 3 months I had with Thomas.
It was hard, but fun, and I absolutely would not have been able to make it without Thomas’ support.
I can now enjoy taking long walks and going up and down the stairs without becoming breathless, and I’m confident enough to be able to keep up the training on my own.
It’s quite a bit of cash to have to put down, but for me it’s been the best money I’ve spent on myself.
I can 100% recommend Fortius Fitness and Thomas Rafn.”
Christian Simson – 30
Signe lost 50.5 lbs
“My weight has fluctuated quite a bit over my life, but this course is the first one that’s actually managed both to work and keep me steady”*
“Weight at the start of the training course: 237.7 lbs. Current weight: 187.2 lbs. Goal: 165 lbs.
I had to search for a while before finding a picture that could only approximately document how overweight I was all those years. It turned out that I own not a single photo from the time I weighed the most – about 45 lbs heavier than in the “before” photo shown here.
What the picture does show, however, is roughly how I looked when I started training.
At that time, I’d lost those 45 lbs through changes to my diet, but from here I’d suddenly hit a wall, and for the next 5 months my weight barely budged.
The motivation was there but it was as if my body simply wasn’t up for it anymore. The results weren’t coming as strong as at the start and it made me lazy.
Something had to happen, as I wasn’t about to risk letting everything slip through the cracks again. So I booked a meeting at Fortius Fitness.
I’ve come across lots of militant types of training, and while there’s nothing wrong with that per se, all I can say is that it doesn’t work for me. When your reflection in the mirror is frightening, it’s an achievement just getting to the gym at all, so a seasoned, hardcore, shouting trainer would only make me feel small – in a bad way.
Fortius Fitness’ program is not some kind of miracle fix. It’s plain, common sense, mixed with hard work that’s done at your own tempo.
It’s simple principles with big results, and it’s shown me how little training is actually required to get far with my own body strength.
It’s an indescribably awesome feeling to suddenly sense your own strength, after years of being overweight and having a body that has been through a lot, where all you’d wanted was to lay yourself down and watch a bit more tv…
My weight has fluctuated quite a bit over my life, but this course is the first one that’s actually managed both to work and keep me steady.
Of course, throughout the process it’s gone both up and down, and I haven’t quite reached my target just yet, but I know deep down in my bones that I’ll get there – because I haven’t busted my ass down through several pants sizes just to see the weight return!”
Signe Nielsen – 31
Kasper lost 32 lbs and 15.7 inches and discovered the joy of training
“JI can’t count the number of times I’ve sat for the final exercise, soaked in sweat with a smile on my lips, without having noticed that an entire hour had passed, with extra weight added for each set”*
“When I contacted Fortius Fitness 3 months ago, I’d reached a point in my life where the scale read 220 lbs, take-away had become a daily routine and I was slowly and steadily becoming socially isolated.
I went to Fitness World once in a while, but lacked motivation and gave up quickly when the exercises got hard.
I was matched with Simon, and from the very first consultation he managed to get me to believe: that my goals and dreams were absolutely within reach.
Right away I began to look forward to my trainings with Simon, just as quickly becoming inspired to eat healthier.
Simon is a professional right down to his toes. He has a special talent for motivating you and for giving you the self-confidence you need to achieve results at every training.
I can’t count the number of times I’ve sat for the final exercise, soaked in sweat with a smile on my lips, without having noticed that an entire hour had passed, with extra weight added for each set.
His professionalism is also clear from how fast he can offer alternatives for both diet and training, when, for example, you have a little bit of pain in the knee or an elbow that’s bothering you, etc.
A huge bonus in training with Simon is also that he’s utterly nice – you quickly come to like him.
He’s 100% by your side throughout the course and is as proud and happy with your results as you are yourself.
For many years I’d accepted that it was okay to let myself down when it came to diet and training, but there was no chance in hell I was ever going to let down Simon.
We were in it together, and for me that offered the best motivation.
After 3 months I’d lost 32 lbs and 31.8 inches all across my body, and I’d discovered the joy of training.
Simon is quite literally YOUR personal trainer, and I can’t recommend him enough. Best 3 months in many years.”
Kasper Kongslev – 39
Heidi lost 11 lbs and 9.8 inches in 4 weeks, while boosting her energy and reducing her pains
“I’ve actually become totally hooked on pumping iron, something I never thought was for me, but it’s manageable and feels great to head down to the nearby center, knowing exactly what I need to do there. I no longer wander around looking at the machines and trying a little here and there. I know exactly which exercises I need to do and which weights I need to put on. It’s awesome, and I don’t even mind that there are big, pumped-up muscle men training just beside me – it’s totally fine, as my Fortius Fitness trainer has taught me”*
“Stress, yo-yoing weight and an imminent trip to Australia – where I’d like to look presentable in summer clothes – got me to begin my most awesome training course with a personal trainer to date.
I signed up for the course at Fortius Fitness after much consideration, as it would be time consuming and it was also the first time I’d ever be spending so much money on myself.
I’m a horse vet with my own equine veterinary practice and in my free time I’m an active dressage rider. It’s a physically demanding job with quite a few challenging working positions. In my free time I train my horses and often have trouble with balancing without tightening my back, lower back and calves.
Mostly, I want to stay in shape to feel good, to feel comfortable in the clothes I like, and to be able to remain a veterinarian and rider without the pains. I gain weight easily and, especially at stressful times, I’ve always struggled with opting for healthy food rather than the easy but unhealthy food I often find at gas stations when I travel around the country.
I’ve tried many diets over the years and bought many years of membership at the gym – though most often I only put it to use a few times. Once, I hired a personal trainer for 3 months. It was nice but unfortunately the trainer didn’t have a lot of education or experience, so nice as it was, the course wasn’t particularly fruitful.
Over the last 2 years I’ve been doing some running and this year I completed 2 half-marathons. And though I’ve been proud of that, I’ve actually gained some weight.
A friend of mine told me about her course at Fortius Fitness and I was especially excited to hear how much they were focused on posture during exercises and how to exercise correctly without wearing out your body.
I contacted Fortius Fitness and got a quick reply, and as I’m always quick at making decisions whenever something feels right, I began my first training on the very same day as having my initial consultation, which – needless to say – was very positive.
From day one, I had the experience of landing in a place where the trainers were well-educated and knew what they needed to do, both in terms of training and diet.
At the same time my trainer was incredibly good at being friendly and understanding my situation so that I felt secure and good about training there – despite being so embarrassed to be struggling with weight.
While on our first-ever round through all the exercises, the trainer got me pumped up with an encouraging talk, helping me to believe that I could absolutely do this, and that it works.
I had a really hard time with the squat, even without weight, but we drilled it again and again and today I can execute a perfect squat. It’s especially great because I’ve always said that there’s no way my body could do that.
By two weeks I’d already dropped the first 6 lbs and lost a lot of inches. This totally whet my appetite to keep going and to push even harder with both the diet and the training.
After four weeks I’d lost a total of 11.2 lbs and 9.8 inches had been peeled off. It feels great and I haven’t gone hungry – I’ve eaten good, filling meals every day.
I’d challenge you to name me a diet I haven’t tried – juice, retro, NUPO, etc. etc. I’ve always had significant weight loss but not without the accompanying feelings of hunger and fatigue.
In the course at Fortius Fitness I eat completely regular food, and as much as I like – and still the pounds keep falling off. It isn’t easy: there’s been plenty of sweat and sore muscles, but in a good way. I feel a lot stronger and have more energy and confidence that this is the way for me.
I’ve actually become totally hooked on pumping iron, something I never thought was for me, but it’s manageable and feels great to head down to the nearby center, knowing exactly what I need to do there. I no longer wander around looking at the machines and trying a little here and there.
I know exactly which exercises I need to do and which weights I need to put on. It’s awesome, and I don’t even mind that there are big, pumped-up muscle men training just beside me – it’s totally fine, as my Fortius Fitness trainer has taught me
All in all, Fortius Fitness has made me strong both physically and mentally. Physically, I feel stronger. It’s easier for me to get out of bed in the morning, where my body used to be stiff after my long runs and awkward working positions.
My days at work feel better and not quite so demanding. Rides on my horses are far more pleasant, I’ve achieved a better balance in my body and it all just feels easier.
I’ve gained more mental energy and it’s made me happy getting dressed in the morning. Best of all is that I’m now actually feeling alright with having to wear a swimsuit on my upcoming trip to Australia.”
Heidi Nielsen – 38
Camilla lost 18.7 lbs of fat
“And moving on to the strength training, which I never believed I’d be able to figure out or be happy with – as far as I knew, strength training was just something for guys who were training to get big muscles. That’s turned out to be far from the truth. It’s absolutely also for girls/women, and I must admit that I’ve been convinced by my own body”*
“After having had two slipped discs in my neck in the summer of 2016, my weight went up from 115-120 lbs to being the highest it’s ever been: 162 lbs, along with a chest that had grown significantly.
After a talk with both my physical and manual therapists, we came to the conclusion that it would be good for my health to investigate whether I qualified for a breast reduction, as my chest has always been naturally large and pretty detrimental to both my back and my neck.
My doctor didn’t doubt for a second that it could easily be done, though with one single “but”: I’d probably have to lose a good 10 lbs or perhaps even more in order to get down to my normal weight group.
My appointment at the hospital was two months later, so I tried out the training I’d had with a previous physiotherapist, while being mindful of what I ate.
But despite doing those two things, nothing happened with the weight, and I received a new deadline from the hospital. I now had 3 months to lose at least 10 lbs or perhaps more in order to have the operation approved.
As such, I did some research on what was on offer in terms of a personal trainer, and several times I came across an ad for Fortius Fitness, that I eventually went in and checked out.
What caught my attention were the really good stories and experiences of others, as well as that here you could train alone with your personal trainer. It was a place where there was only you and possibly a few other people with their own trainer, and not a giant gym with tons of people where you were more or less left to yourself.
When I had my non-binding consultation, my clear goal was to lose weight in order to have the operation. I was also after a strong body that could follow me the rest of my life, as it’s not something you can simply replace when it no longer works.
I also wanted to be happy with my body again and to get a workout that worked, a program I could relate to as well as help to build further on my progressive training while also knowing how to do it.
Not least, I wanted help with a diet that would get me on the right track, and help to lose the pounds I’d gained. Who wouldn’t want to lose 11 lbs or even more?
In December, after we’d had our consultation, I started up my course with the diet, following Fortius Fitness’ food pyramid.
Already at that point things started moving – despite that over the holidays you eat quite a bit, including a lot of unhealthy things – so I was 110% focused on losing weight and only used the free meals that I was allowed.
When I started my training in January, I’d already lost the first few pounds, so I was even more fired up to lose more and to get the drive – in working with my trainer – that was needed to reach the goals I was headed towards.
Since half of my time is spent on the water – where I work 14 days before being off for 14 days – I’d be on my own half of the time from the start.
But with really good guidance and an invitation from the trainer to get in touch with her any time, whether I had any questions about training or just wanted advice or support – I could do it.
Now that I’ve been in my course since January, and have had all my allotted sessions with her, I’ve lost up until now 18.7 lbs.
And moving on to the strength training, which I never believed I’d be able to figure out or be happy with – as far as I knew, strength training was just something for guys who were training to get big muscles.
That’s turned out to be far from the truth. It’s absolutely also for girls/women, and I must admit that I’ve been convinced by my own body.
I’ve also become completely confident in my training and have my focus in the right place. Not least, I now have motivation, which has gotten my colleagues at work started with the things I’ve been doing.
It’s an amazing feeling to look back at the best course I ever could have imagined, and not least to have gotten my self-confidence completely back on track.
I’m not at all depressed seeing my body in the mirror or asking for a new uniform at work in a size 2 and thinking back to being a size 6 in November/December. It’s definitely a huge victory.
I also feel more fresh and have become so excited to train that I no longer care so much about where – as long as I can carry on with my program.
I’m not at all ashamed of my body and what I do. I now do it with my head held high and tell myself:
“I can do this.”
For having come so far, I can thank myself – and not least my trainer.
I have the momentum to keep on training and I know I will for the rest of my life, to keep my body strong and to feel good about myself.
I know that I can easily train, despite having had two slipped discs, one of which plagued me with pains in my right side, making me completely lose my grip on things. I can now train with full strength without being hampered by pain.
It’s an incredible feeling of relief to be left with.
I certainly wouldn’t have wanted to do this without the course. It’s the best investment I’ve ever made on my own body and I will certainly place myself in the competent hands of my trainer once again once I’ve had the operation and been given the green light to start training again.
She is without a doubt the best support and strength that you can have, and is so incredibly skilled at what she does.
I can only recommend you invest in yourself and give yourself a course with Fortius Fitness.”
Camilla Niemann – 30
* Mandatory disclaimer: The results obtained will naturally vary from person to person in relation to basic shape, body fat percentage and muscle mass at the start of the program.
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