Joing Merritt Online!

Time to Jump In

The Biggest Loser Program at Merritt Athletic Clubs is back and ready to put you on track for 2011!  This 12 Week Program includes 24 small group training sessions, before and after measurements, group challenge and a food log.

The Canton Club will be hosting an opening meeting this WEDNESDAY, February 9 at 7:30pm in the Club for all members and non members who are interested in joining this awesome program.

Be sure to ask how you can save %10 off your enrollment fee and take advantage of our triple payment plan.

For more information contact Fleur Colimore at

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  1. Marianne says:

    After my first day, I had some real questions about whether I was going to be able to do this. Muscles were sore (of course, I haven’t exercised them for along time!), and I didn’t know if I was going to make it. When I successfully completed my second session, I felt much more confident about my abilities to succceed. The staff is great!

  2. Myia says:

    I was very excited to hear about the challenge and joined immediately. I had my first session on Saturday morning with Paul. It was also great to meet a group of people that will be on this journey with me.

    The workout was great and I am still sore. I am not a stranger to the gym, but I have gotten away from it and I am glad that Merritt is offering this program, it will help get me back on track and closer to my goal weight!

  3. Cheryl says:

    Today is the last day of week one, and it’s been a challenge! Because I was going to be out of town on my second workout day, I had to do back-to-back workouts, which was not easy on my body. The second part of the challenge was going to New York for the weekend and trying to stick to my program while in the Big Apple! I kept my food diary, did my walking, and still had fun! Tomorrow I’m doing an informal weigh-in on my own to see how it went.

  4. Myia says:

    I had a great workout with Dave yestereday along with my fellow BL team members. I am not as sore today as I was after my first workout.

    I went to the gym this morning and walked on the “dreadmill” and the “stair climber”. I completed 22 flights. While I was there I noticed the Spin cycles with the video programs, has anyone workout on these? If so, how does it work?

    I will not make my Saturady monring group session, but I will be back Monday morning for a spin class! I may not do the ARCH machine but I will surely make up for it in these classes!

    Good Luck everyone and have a great day!

  5. John Baker says:

    I can’t believe Merritt allows this to continue! Every time I come in for one of these Biggest Loser sessions this trainer named Paul kicks my a** up one side of the gym and down the other! No matter how much I cry he just keeps making me do push ups!

    I’m kidding of course. I am LOVING the Biggest Loser program so far. It’s true that Paul is kicking my a** but every time I walk out of the gym sweaty and tired I feel great about myself. That feeling is what’s motivating me to keep up with my dietary goals. Keep up the good work, Paul!

  6. Marianne says:

    Did anybody get an email with our homework for the week? Still haven’t made it to my gravity class – maybe tomorrow??

    1. Cheryl says:

      Gravity class–ouch! I’m getting ready to head downtown for our Wednesday workout, and I can hardly walk! Lower back problems!! I missed the Saturday workout because I thought it was @ 12:00 noon instead of 9:00 a.m. Came in @ 11:30 a.m. and asked Paul to sign my paper. He said, “What’s this?” Told him I was here for the workout. He informed me, “You missed it–it was @ 9:00!” So. . .I went to the gravity class, and I’ve been hurting ever since. Tell them to go easy on you!

  7. Marianne says:

    Hmm starting week 3 and still having issues with muscle soreness after the workouts. Luckily, it is not lasting as long as the weeks go by. I tried Gravity last night with Lori…she is a great motivator and coach. The entire class actually helped me out with tips on maintaining form. Turned around this morning to meet with trainer Dave for our weekly session. Ouch! But really starting to feel results!!

  8. Cheryl says:

    Had a totally over-eating day! Came home from my workout with Dave, back hurting, feeling like an old, old woman. Moving just hurt too much, so I took it easy. I guess I’m just going to have to let this back issue take care of itself. In the meantime, I must get back on my proper eating regime; I’m been doing too well to blow it. This is a marathon, not a sprint.

    1. Dave says:

      Hey Cheryl,

      Sorry your back didnt feel any better after the session today. But yes keep the nutrition up! Just to remind you that proper weight loss is almost 80% Nutrition and 20% Exercise! Do what you can, rehab, stretch, try walking, but most of all don’t break your diet due to phyiscal limitations! You’re doing great keep it up!


      1. Cheryl says:

        Thanks for the vote of confidence, Dave! Today I’m feeling much better (not a 100%, but MUCH better!). And I’m back on track, writing my food. I’m getting ready to go out and do a walk–and then have a healthy dinner. Thanks again for following up. . .

  9. Cheryl says:

    Back’s feeling better every day! I’m back on track with my food tracking, and I walked 3 miles yesterday on the NCR trail. I set 3 miles as my goal, but when I started out I wasn’t sure that it was a realistic one, because it was tough. But I maintained a pace that was easy on the back (turned out to be an 18-minute-mile–no speed records here). The second mile was a little faster as the back improved, and by the third mile I wasn’t even feeling it! It turned out to be a 16:47 mile. Moral of the story: KEEP MOVING!!

  10. Cheryl says:

    Week 4 begins today–Wednesday, March 9. Today was weigh-in–I’ve lost a total of 4.4 lbs. in 3 weeks. I know this is a controversial topic, but I like weighing in every day. I’ve not become a slave to the scale, and it keeps me on track. For example, two days ago, I was down 1.4 less than I weighed this morning. So. . .I can go back and examine what it was that possibly put that 1.4 back on. And I know exactly what it was! On my way to do elliptical before I meet with Dave and friends for this morning’s session.

  11. Marianne says:

    Fourth week already? I seem to have worked through the “pain”, now just really sore for a day or two after training sessions. BTW – new rule… Trainer Dave says 1 minute running stairs for every minute you are late. I seriously regretted that Mardi Gras party I went to last night as I climbed stairs. Word to the wise – be on time!

  12. Cheryl says:

    Went to the DAC last night to walk on the indoor track because it was raining so hard. In the ladies locker room after my workout I was chatting with a gal who, ironically, was also participating in the Biggest Loser program at that club. She is also participating in something called 360 something or other. What is that? This gal was no nonsense about this entire program. Made me feel like a slacker. . . .

    1. Fleur Colimore says:

      Hey – great question! Fit 360 is out group fitness program – you can join it for $15 – it basicly encourages you to get out and try all of our different group fitness classes in a specific amt of time ( 6 weeks) . It is not too late to join – email me and I will get you signed up.

      1. Cheryl says:

        I’d like to sign up, but I’m going to be in and out of town for the next two weeks, so that would mess up a great deal of the six weeks. I like the idea, though!

  13. John Baker says:

    Hey guys just an FYI my doc recommended a website called for nutrition tracking. I’ve been using it to log everything I eat and make sure I’m staying within my goals. There’s an iphone app as well. All 100% free.

    If only I could find a website that would magically make doing the plank exercise easier! :)

  14. Marianne says:

    Hey, where is everybody? I had a private training session with Dave this morning. All that undivided attention means my quads and hamstrings are going to be howling for awhile! Myia – I’m sorry to have missed spinning on Monday at 6 am, but forwarding the clocks over the weekend made that time just too early! Nutrition seminar tonight!!

    1. Cheryl says:

      Missed you, too, Marianne! I’m out of town for the week–Dave knew that (maybe he forgot. . .). I’ll be back for Saturday’s workout with Paul. Working hard at exercise while I’m on the road, food is OK (not great). But I’m trying!

  15. Cheryl says:

    Did anyone else have trouble downloading week 5′s assignment sheet? I was out of town, but when I returned I tried to download it and no luck! Fleur, could you e-mail it to me? I’m going to be in Paul’s Tuesday and Thurday classes because I have to be out of town on Wednesday (missing Dave). I’ll be in New York, and I already have my route plan for the walking I intend to do! Back on schedule on Sunday.

  16. John Baker says:

    When you’re dieting it’s amazing the strange places the temptation comes from. I’ve cut SO many things out of my diet without a hiccup. I’ve said goodbye to soda without looking back. I’ve cut fried foods out and i’m feeling good about it. So many of my favorite foods are either gone from my life or on the “once in a VERY blue moon” list – Fried chicken, ribs, pizza…

    But we keep this box of cookies for my son. You’ve seen these cookies – the cheap Keebler ones with the fudge stripes across the top? He loves those things. And despite all the things I’ve been able to say no to since I started this weight loss journey, THAT is the one that gets me. And I don’t even really like those cookies! But every time I open that drawer this voice yells EAT THE WHOLE BOX! DO IT NOW BEFORE SOMEONE CAN STOP YOU!!!!

    I don’t do it, of course. I haven’t and I won’t. But it’s so weird the strange ways that temptation can sneak up on you.

  17. Marianne says:

    Hey everybody! I’m blogging alone!! Had another private training session with Dave this am, and can honestly say…this is not getting easier! I notice that my form is better, and I don’t tire as quickly, but both these guys keep mixing it up enough to find new places to hurt!! Wish the scale woulkd start to move a little more, but I’ve got to start watching diet more carefully. New catchphrase – “No, thank you”.

  18. Marianne says:

    Hey everybody! Had another private training session with Dave this am, and can honestly say…this is not getting easier! I notice that my form is better, and I don’t tire as quickly, but both these guys keep mixing it up enough to find new places to hurt!! Wish the scale would start to move a little more, but I’ve got to start watching diet more carefully. New catchphrase – “No, thank you”.

    1. Cheryl says:

      I’ll be back with you next Wednesday–actually, Sunday (if you go on that day). My schedule for the past two weeks has been a little off because of traveling; I went to Paul’s sessions on Tuesday and Thursday. Anxious to get back on my “regular” schedule, though. I guess we’ll find out how we’re doing next Wednesday when we have to measure/weigh. The way I see it, we’ve been doing our very best–and we’ve still got the second half of the session to go!

  19. Cheryl says:

    Had a private session with Dave today. He told me he was being easy on me; too bad I didn’t feel that way! It feels good to get back on my original schedule, and I plan to stick to it for the rest of the session. Wednesday is measure/weigh day!

  20. Cheryl says:

    I don’t know about anyone else, but the food part of this program is the part that has me most perplexed. My scale tells me that I’m 4 lbs. down, which doesn’t really bum me out because I have been traveling lately, but I really don’t have a clear picture of what to do. For that reason, I’m starting a GAME that my friend is doing with her faculty. It’s called the GAME ON DIET. It has many components–nutrition, water, exercise, habit changes, and SLEEP! They are having a great time doing it; they started in January and just recently started their 3rd game (each game lasts 30 days). It’s a friendly competition, but the benefit is learning new lifestyle habits. The winner is not the person (or team) who loses the most weight; it’s the person or team who accrues the most points for changing their lifestyle. Since I live alone and no longer work, I don’t have a network of people with whom to do it, but I’ve just joined an on-line group! If interested, go to the web site–GAME ON DIET!

    1. Marianne says:

      I’ve got the same issue, weight not really decreasing, but I know that I feel much better than I did when I started. I have to miss Satuday workout with Paul and go Sunday afternoon this weekend. I’ll be moving furniture Saturday morning, which will be sort of a workout, but I need the real thing.
      I tried Lori’s Guts and Butts class Thursday morning at 6am – an excellent way to start the day. Challenging, but fun.

  21. Cheryl says:

    I’M SO STUPID!! Yesterday I went to Merritt in Towson and tried a Zumba class–LOVED IT!! I was feeling so good and full of energy that I then went to the treadmill and decided to walk for 30 minutes on an 8% incline. This is absolutely against the orders of my doctor who told me to 1) stay away from treadmills and 2) if I do go on one, keep the incline at 0. It wasn’t hurting while I was doing it, but last night I felt my knee getting warmer and warmer and today it’s hot and puffy. So instead of going out and taking my doggies for a 2-mile walk and meeting Dave at 4, I’m sitting on the couch with an ice pack on my knee.

  22. John Baker says:

    One tricky thing I’ve found: if you’re trying to get over some fairly significant obesity like I am, is that the changes don’t show right away, and when they do they can be subtle. I know I’m losing weight, and I know I’m getting stronger, but for the longest time, I didn’t really LOOK different to myself.

    Now that we are 8 weeks or so into this program I’m finally starting to notice things about myself that are different. My pants are looser. My gut is a little smaller. My face is less pudgy. Couple that with the fact that some of the “just your body” exercises (like the plank or lunges) are getting easier, and I’m a happy camper.

    Paul, I said easiER! Not EASY. Don’t start sitting on me while I plank or anything!

    When’s the next biggest loser program? I’m going to want to do this again.

  23. Cheryl says:

    Trying Diet-to-Go for a week–getting food tomorrow. Just got back from visiting parents in WV. I’m starting to feel like it’s all coming together. Oh, yea, last week Myia and I got our body fat measured in BODPOD. Mine was not a pretty picture, but at least it gave me a baseline. Dave was there to read our results and give us advice on calories intake. Seems as if I’m taking in TOO FEW calories!! I’d always heard that a person could do that, but it was hard for me to believe. Now, knowing what I have been eating and how much exercising I’ve been doing and how the scale hasn’t reflected the results I had hoped for, I’m starting to become a believer. At any rate, after that day (last Wednesday), I’ve been trying to stay in the calorie range that the report/Dave recommended. We’ll see!

  24. Cheryl says:

    Dear Fellow Losers (I use the term with affection),
    Ask me about my experience with Diets to Go.

    Is there going to be another session of BL? I’m trying to weigh the $$ difference in using a personal trainer as opposed to doing another BL. With a personal trainer I can set the dates for my workouts; BL workouts are already scheduled. I have missed some of my group sessions because of travel, and can’t work them in unless I do back-to-back days (which my body complains about). I do workout every day, but the sessions with the trainers are more intense. Am I being a slacker by not scheduling back-to-back sessions just so I can get what I paid for?

  25. Marianne says:

    After travelling for a week and missing two consecutive workouts, it was tough to come back and start again, but well worth the effort. I exercised while I was away, but hotel gyms generally dion’t offer much beyond a few treadmills. Paul and Dave got me right back on track, and I am amazed and the cardio capacity I have developed in this short time. I cranked up the treadmill to a jogging speed today for the first time!! Of course, I’m not staying there as long as I’d like yet, but everyday it gets better!

  26. Cheryl says:

    Did my second Body Pump class today. Roseanne is a marvel! I told her at the end of the class that my goal is to be able to complete her “Around the World” exercise that she does at the end of the workout.

    1. Roseann Booz says:

      I love having you in class….you work hard!
      I will help you complete your goal :)
      See you next time.

      1. Cheryl says:

        Thank you!

  27. Cheryl says:

    As we’re winding down the Biggest Loser contest, I like to stop and reflect on how the program has served me. Here’s what I gleaned: 1. I have been doing this program as a “guest” of Merritt; part of my plan was to see if I wanted to leave the club at which I currently work out and join Merritt. The answer is YES! I’ve enjoyed the classes and the luxury of visiting different clubs, depending on which part of town I’m in that day. Variety is important to me; others like routine. 2. I’m hoping to have a 10 lb. weight loss on weigh-in day. Some may look at that as a small victory over 3 months, but for me it’s a HUGE one! I’ve traveled and missed some workouts with the trainers (even though I made a point of always exercising when I’ve been away). The food part continues to be my biggest challenge, but I keep trying different strategies that works for me. 3. I’ve been EXTREMELY pleased with the two trainers who have worked with the BL program. Dave and Paul are knowledgeable, patient, and driven. They’ve pushed us to reach our potential, while at the same time watching us to be sure we didn’t hurt ourselves (very important when you’re not a young person anymore!). Most of all, however, they are both NICE! They always greeted us with welcoming comments and acted like we were the most important members of the club! Even when it wasn’t our workout time, they’d always greet us and speak to us when we came in for workouts. They are great ambassadors for Merritt!

  28. Marianne says:

    I notice that while our Wednesday morning group still meets regularly, the call of the weekend must be too much for our formerly large Saturday morning crowd. Nonetheless, Paul always goes the extra mile to keep us motivated and push those who dare to go just a little bit longer and harder. Thank you Paul and Dave – you are both terrific trainers!

  29. Lanell says:

    Large fan of this page, lots of your articles have really helped me out. Looking forward to improvements!

  30. Fleur Colimore says:

    Teresa – it is not too late to join – we just started in CANTON on Tuesday the 15th! We would love to have you in our group – please contact me through my email or in the Canton Gym 410 563 0225 to get signed up – I will be in Thursday 12-8p and Friday 530a-2p for your convenience.

    Our workout times are as follows ( you would pick 2 slots)
    TU at NOON, TH at NOON, WED at 7A, Wed at 6P, Sat at 9A and possibly SUN at 4p.

    Take care


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