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Meet Paul Phillips

I had passed by the building hundreds of times. I even went inside to look around a couple of times. I had seen videos of CrossFit competitions and pictured everyone as an elite athlete with model-perfect bodies. I had been working out on my own in one of the big-brand gyms for quite a while and I just wasn’t seeing the results that I wanted for myself. I had gained the dreaded 19 pounds during the Covid-19 lockdown and I couldn’t get rid of it. I had always heard that doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result was the definition of insanity, so I decided to make a radical change. I let go of the fear long enough to try something different. I signed up with North Durham Fitness to work with a nutritionist and a personal trainer. One of the best decisions of my life!

First of all, CrossFit was not at all what I imagined. There is something for everyone at any level of fitness. They met me where I was, making the level of difficulty and effort fit MY needs and not the other way around. I have felt from the beginning that I was part of a team where I set the goals and had the best professionals in the business on my team helping me to achieve them. I’m 71 years old, with more than my share of old injuries and physical limitations. We work around them. I have been working with my team for 10 weeks now and I couldn’t be happier about the results. The weight is coming off, but more important my health and fitness have improved by leaps and bounds. The really great news is that because of the approach of my team of experts I am making lifestyle changes that will ensure that I get to keep all the gains that I have made.

When I first looked around the workout area I was surprised by how Spartan the area looked. No rows upon rows upon rows of fancy equipment. I soon learned that they have everything I need and nothing that I don’t. That is smart!

I have had the pleasure of working with the Amy Hogaboom and several of the staff and North Durham Fitness (my extended team), and they have ALL been super friendly, knowledgeable and professional. I have tried other fitness centers and NDF stands head and shoulders above the others.

I would be remiss if I didn’t call out two of the superstars on my team. The first superstar is Courtney Wilkerson, my trainer. She is amazing! She knows what she is doing and designs the perfect workouts for me. But she is humble enough to always be learning new ways to get me to where I want to go. I am a bit of a perfectionist with a lot of curiosity, and she is able to break things down in a way that makes everything flow and make sense. The workouts are always exactly what I need when I need it. When things get tough (and believe me they do) she is always encouraging and never pushing or judging. She is an incredible trainer and person. I’m so fortunate to have her on my team.

The second superstar is Lindsey Johnson, my nutritionist. She is also amazing! She is incredibly knowledgeable about all facets of nutrition and fitness. She worked with me to develop a diet and a plan that was tailored to my lifestyle and fitness goals.  I have done a fair amount of research on nutrition and supplements and physiology on my own. Lindsey is able to answer almost all of my millions of questions, and when she doesn’t know the answer she consults with experts, does her research and gets me the information I need to make better decisions. That, to me, is the mark of a true professional. Lindsey has given me so many tools to change the way I prepare meals, think about food, and think about how to fuel my body for optimum results. The changes I have made, with her guidance, have played a major role in changing my body composition and my level of fitness. The most important changes are how I think about nutrition now. These changes will stay with me and help me for the rest of my life. I am so grateful for what she has helped me to achieve and learn.

To sum it all up, North Durham Fitness will surprise you. You will meet the nicest, friendliest, most knowledgeable people in the business of helping you achieve your fitness goals. One of the best decisions I have ever made for my health.

-Paul Phillips 10-16-2021          


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