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.