“John designed a diet regimen and a training program specifically for me… I hit my goal of losing 50 pounds!”

After & before photos…

50 pound weight loss in 7 months!

After several visits to resolve nagging back pain, my orthopedic surgeon told me that, at the age of 53, the only real cure for my chronic, severe lower back problems was to lose 50 pounds and get my core strength back. He told me that he would only consider giving me cortisone injections in the affected areas AFTER I had begun to lose the weight.

Losing 50 pounds would put me at my high school weight, something I had not seen in over 30 years!  A big challenge for me but motivated by constant nerve pain in my legs…and a paunch and low energy levels… I decided that it was finally time to take action!

I know myself well and knew that I would likely not be able to achieve the necessary results needed on my own.  I realized that the only way I could really follow through on any program, to get back into shape, would require the help and continued guidance of a personal trainer.

Working in Marin, I did some online research and found John with Personal Training in Marin.  I contacted John, set up my first appointment and as they say… the rest is history!

My goal was to lose 50 pounds and regain muscle and core strength. John designed a diet regimen and a training program specifically for me that he estimated would take about 6-8 months to reach my goal. We worked together 2-3 days per week and I stayed true to the food recommendations he gave me. Sure enough, at 7 months, I hit my goal of losing 50 pounds!

My orthopedic surgeon was happy that I was able to solve my issues without invasive surgery and gave me the injections. I am totally pain free now and in the best shape of my life. I went from wearing 38 inch “relaxed fit” jeans to wearing 34 inch 501’s with room to spare. I even had to have all of my watchbands altered to fit me! According to my girlfriend, I am now “like a teenage boy”.

I am still using John’s food recommendations to maintain my weight and now find the “diet” to just be common sense.  I highly recommend John Spongberg and Personal Training in Marin. Contact John if you want to call me and I will tell you myself!

Michael Friedman, Moraga, CA


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