Diana Brazil

Joining SLS Fitness back in May 2012 was the best decision I have ever made in my Life. If someone had told me a year and a half ago that I’d be doing the things I am doing at SLS I would have just laughed because I never thought it was possible nor was I confident in myself, I was more ashamed at how I looked in the mirror.
I had heard about SLS Fitness though friends and I’ll admit I was curious but thats not what got me through those doors, it had more to do with what my doctor had said and was the biggest scare I had in my life. A few months before I joined, my doctor had me get some blood work done for thyroid disease because my mom who was 50 and had just received news that she had an under active thyroid and needed to take medication for that well I was just about to turn 24 and during my follow-up visit the doctor tells me I had the same issue that my mom had. She proscribed me the same medication and told me I should get an ultrasound done just to be safe. A few days later news went from bad to worse turns out they found a cyst/lump, next thing I knew I was in with a specialist and getting prepped for a Biopsy. Luckily it ended up being a cyst not a tumor but that they need to keep an eye on it.
 
Well that’s when I decided to look for a gym because lying their getting that Biopsy done was one of the scariest and painful procedure I have ever experienced and was a wakeup call for me. And as soon as I stepped foot into the doors at SLS Fitness I knew this was where I need to be, everyone was so nice and welcoming. I still can’t believe it’s already been 1 year and 3 months and it’s been an amazing journey. My thyroid levels elevated to the point where I no longer needed my medication, my doctor was very proud and shocked to see those results and the cyst has shrunk since my last doctors visit and don’t have to go back  for a follow-up for about two years. But best of all I went from a size 18 to a size 12 and I have so much confidence in myself that I have never felt in ages. I have gotten stronger and I feel amazing I have never felt this kind of energy in a long, long time and it’s all thanks to all the amazing trainers and members.
 
The support, encouragement and amazing advice have helped me so much from how I should train to what I should eat. Train smart and eat clean/healthy if youre resting youre doing it right. I am so honored to be part of such an amazing family. SLS Fitness for me is my Home Away from Home because it doesnt matter how down or stress youre feeling cause theres always someone that will make you laugh, make you determined and make you believe in yourself each and every day. So Thank You SLS Fitness Trainers and Members for making this journey an amazing one and I cant wait for whats to come.  I LOVE SLS FITNESS AND PROUD TO SAY IT

Nancy Haskell

SLS is a community, I have been a client here for 2.5 years and I look forward to each and every visit! The trainers,staff and fellow clients all make this gym the best I have ever attended. Always changing and evolving with new methods of training and nutrition. Every class is different, all with the same goal, “a stronger, healthier you”! Thanks to everyone for being a part of my SLS family!!


Daniel Demers

This is no ordinary gym. It is an experience that you have not only with yourself, but with the people who go there. You will be pushed to do better than ever before. I cannot believe how much I love this place. And to top it off, the sitters there are truly amazing.


Donna Montecalvo

I LOVE Sherri’s Boot Camp! I never want to miss a class. If I have something else to do I cancel it. I jump out of bed in the morning to make sure I am on time no matter what the weather is.  Her Boot Camp class is very high energy and motivating.  She always pushes you to do things that you never thought were possible. I am seeing results faster in her boot camp class than doing weights and cardio for a year on my own.  She makes sure everyone is doing the exercises and weights with correct form so they are not wasting their time. You know you are getting individual attention even within a class. Sherri  always sends informative emails about exercise and healthy eating and  even took the time to show everyone how to make protein shakes for a healthy snack. I have had a personal trainer, worked out at a fitness center, done workouts on my own and I have never loved a program so much and seen better results than with Sherri’s Boot Camp!

(mother of 2) North Andover, MA


Katie Brodeurr

This is not like other gym experiences. It’s mostly classes and the trainers take AMAZING care of you. They check your form, make sure you’re doing okay, and give amazing workout sessions.

This gym is for people of all shapes and sizes. There are classes ranging from super duper beginner to expert levels. But they’re here to help! I’ve HATED gyms until I found SLS and I’ll never turn back.


Dawn

Having battled being overweight most of my life, and despising exercise, it’s amazing that I have become one of Sherri’s “regulars”. I discovered Sherri six years ago when I was significantly heavier. From day one, Sherri made me feel welcome and has inspired me every step of the way. When I started the classes, I was literally too heavy to run, it was too taxing on my body. I will never forget the day I started running for the first time in her class. I had tears in my eyes, and Sherri literally dropped to her knees cheering me on! This year I will turn 40 and several months ago I was blessed with having my first child. I know in my heart, I would not have been able to have a healthy pregnancy if it wasn’t’t for the training I have been doing with Sherri. She is not afraid to challenge you, even if you don’t want to hear it. “Don’t show up and give me 50%”, “Do what you said you were going to do”, these quips stick in your head! Sherri not only works out your body, but she also works out your mind. It’s a true physical and at times emotional release. When I tell my friends about Sherri, I explain that she is like my own personal cheerleader! I feel blessed to have her in my life.


Amy

Not all gyms are created equal – July 2010

For us fat/phat/large/overweight folk, walking over the threshold to a gym is equal to walking naked through the center of town with our hands tied behind our backs. No one is eager to do it. There is a lot of time spent avoiding fitness centers and coming up with creative reasons to not join.

The only thing keeping me from joining another gym was that ever present demon in my head telling me I didn’t belong there. I couldn’t possibly show my face to a bunch of people who were 1/4, 1/3 or 1/2 my size and work out near them.

The killer of it all is that I actually like working out. I have always been athletic, I played baseball, took dance classes, played softball in high school, was a cheerleader (hush, now). I loved going to the gym, I lived for cardio kickboxing and lifting weights and occasionally running on the treadmill. But the second I got away from it, and into the downward spiral of irresponsibility, frustration and overeating, I fell down into that hole and seemingly found every excuse not to climb out of it.

Until my brother told me about a trainer/business woman who started her own fitness center, SLS Fitness. My brother knew the owner, and had given me her contact information. I sheepishly emailed her, and she invited me to the center. Now I had no excuse, I had to go. With much trepidation, and the largest tshirt I could find, I met up with her for a tour and a workout at SLS. And my world has never been the same.

I’ve held different gym memberships since I was 10. Never have I experienced the kind of support and understanding such as what has been given to me in the last few months, particularly the last few weeks at SLS Fitness. Sherri is dedicated to getting people into her facility to give them the right tools, motivation, and training to become healthy. Sherri doesn’t care if you have ripped abs. She cares if you can pick your children up without back pain. Sherri doesn’t care if you lose 5 pounds or 25 pounds. She wants your heart rate up, your blood pressure down and your mind and body working together. Sherri wants you on a path to health.

Sherri and her staff hold beginner classes for those who have never been in a gym, or for those who have been away, struggling with weight, or been injured and need time to ramp up. She and her staff teach these classes with respect, patience, and understanding. She encourages, explains every technique, and emphasizes 100% exertion followed by rest. Sherri lets people know when they can move on to the regular classes and start challenging themselves even more. That is where I started in May.

I did a stadium run at 8am on Sunday in July. It involved running up stadium steps, doing some boot camp type exercises, running down the steps, and starting again in timed intervals. Sherri asked me how I was doing, I admitted mentally I was fighting leaving because I felt like I didn’t belong. She told me to knock it off and remember how many people were still sleeping, wouldn’t work out that day, and were getting unhealthier because of it. It dawned on me that I was the better person that morning because I went, and I pushed myself – and finished and no one could take that from me.

At the end, Sherri told me she was proud of me, that she was seeing a fire in my eyes. I looked at everyone around me and realized that at one time or another, they were out of shape too, and they had to work for what they had. And I knew that slowly but surely, I would be able to run longer and jump higher so long as I kept going. I have come to understand that I need to be patient, trust the process and accept I’m in a marathon for my health, not a sprint.

Being given the support from Sherri, and every single one of her trainers, has been a revelation. I’ve never had this kind of positive reinforcement blended with understanding, compassion and ridiculous levels of energetic encouragement. They inspire me to be in class and work multiple times a week. Now, I get upset if something in my personal life affects my workout schedule. I want to be there and keep this up. I realize now that crossing the threshold into the gym in May was the first of many victories. And it all started with one simple step.


Jill Mercier

I used to be skinny fat. I went to the gym 5 days a week and killed myself doing hours of cardio. My gym didn’t have a weight over 9 pounds. In our “muscle classes,” we did a million reps of the same exercises. I never had definition, and believe it or not, I couldn’t even do one push up. I counted every calorie. I had plateaued and was stuck in a rut. I was sick of doing 30 bicep curls with 8 pound hand weights, and running on the treadmill for 45 minutes. My muscles weren’t strong, and my knees hated me from all that running.

At SLS I’ve learned more about health and fitness in the past 6 months than I had in years. I learned that lifting heavy weights is not going to make me look like China the wrestler. I’m leaner and stronger than I’ve ever been. I learned that I don’t have to spend hours in the gym every day to get results. I learned how eating whole foods will lead to a longer and more fulfilling life. I learned that what I consume is the fuel my body needs to train, and how important it is to nourish it. I’ve learned the importance of supplements. I’ve learned that it’s not about the number on the scale or what size I am. It’s about how I feel; and I feel good! My spirits are up and I have more energy than I ever have.

Sherri is the Mother Hen of SLS. She calls us her “children” and sometimes I really think she means it. She’s supportive and encouraging. She’s like the mascot that runs around and gets everyone excited before the big game! She puts her heart and soul into EVERY single workout. I no longer stress over counting every calorie. I work out hard, and I’ve enjoyed every second. There is so much positive energy that exudes from SLS. Sherri encourages everyone to work to their own max, and there’s never anyone looking around to see who can and can’t do certain things. If you’re exhausted and laying on the floor, you get a thumbs up from Sherri… she’s done her job. Her trainers are amazing, caring, and thoughtful. It’s like one big happy, HEALTHY, family.


Jeanmarie Holmes

Sept 18th, 2014

Before SLS I had tried “Super Fitness”, “Work out World”, “Gold’s Gym”, “Weight Watchers” and various other “drop in/trial” classes…nothing EVER fit! I’d sign up go a handful of times and never go back. Often leaving me feeling more dejected than before I tried working out. I spun into a cycle of “I’m bound to be stuck this way” thinking, unhealthy eating, weight gain and lowered energy. My medical history also dictated my “abilities” to work out, per these other gyms. They babied me, were afraid to look beyond my history and made me feel like I should be happy with the little I could do and encouraged me to “take it easy”.

I’ll never forget my first class at SLS! My niece dragged me along saying I’d love it. I was less than optimistic! It was a ME class and I said “Weights?!?! I can’t do weights!” Well, Sherri proved me wrong! She spoke with me briefly and said absolutely, gave me weights and kept an eye on me and offered lil tip or two along the way. I felt so great after class I even tried the Interval Boxing class after! From that point on, after 2 days of “good muscle ache”, I was back at SLS and I’ve been a member ever since! loosing almost 35 pounds in the process!

Over the years, I have listened to the advice, attended seminars, participated in cleanses, did the fat loss program, had One on One check ins and recently pushed myself to complete the 21 day challenge…I can say with absolute certainty, if it were not for the knowledge, support and influence of the entire SLS staff, I would not have made these life changing decisions on my own…simply because it overwhelmed me and I didn’t have the time to invest in my own health!

Since then, we are a mostly organic (food wise, still making transitions with the rest!) home, exercise regularly, got my husband to join as well as my kids and I love trying and making new healthy recipes! An active life, cooking healthy and living healthy is not a chore anymore thanks to all the support we’ve had. I could not go back to any other way of living, eating and training!

Gratefully, a member for life!


SLS Member

“Joining SLS Fitness back in May 2012 was the best decision I have ever made in my Life. If someone had told me a year and a half ago that I’d be doing the things I am doing at SLS I would have just laughed because I never thought it was possible nor was I confident in myself, I was more ashamed at how I looked in the mirror.

I had heard about SLS Fitness though friends and I’ll admit I was curious but that’s not what got me through those doors it had more to do with what my doctor had said and was the biggest scare I had in my life. A few months before I joined my doctor had me get some blood work done for thyroid disease because my mom who was 50 had just received news that she had an under active thyroid and needed to take medication for that well I was just about to turn 24 and during my follow-up visit the doctor tells me I had the same issue that my mom has. She proscribed me the same medication and told me I should get an ultrasound done just to be safe. A few days later news went from bad to worse turns out they found a cyst/lump next thing I knew I was in with a specialist and getting prepped for a Biopsy. Luckily it ended up being a cyst not a tumor but that they need to keep an eye on it.

Well that’s when I decided to look for a gym because lying their getting that Biopsy done was one of the scariest and painful procedure I have ever experienced and was a wakeup call for me. And as soon as I stepped foot into the doors at SLS Fitness I knew this was where I need to be, everyone was so nice and welcoming. I still can’t believe it’s already been 1 year and 3 months and it’s been an amazing journey. My thyroid levels elevated to the point where I no longer needed my medication, my doctor was very proud and shocked to see those results and the cyst has shrunk since my last doctors visit and do not have to go back for a follow-up in about two years. But best of all I went from a size 18 to a size 12 and I have so much confidence in myself that I have never felt in ages. I have gotten stronger and I feel amazing I have never felt this kind of energy in a long, long time and it’s all thanks to all the amazing trainers and members.

The support, encouragement and amazing advice have helped me so much from how I should train to what I should eat. Train smart and eat clean/healthy if you’re resting you’re doing it right. I am so honored to be part of such an amazing family. SLS Fitness for me is my Home Away from Home because it doesn’t matter how down or stress you’re feeling cause there’s always someone that will make you laugh, make you determined and make you believe in yourself each and every day. So Thank You SLS Fitness Trainers and Members for making this journey an amazing one and I can’t wait for what’s to come. I LOVE SLS FITNESS AND PROUD TO SAY IT ”