“Ryan saved my life. I weighed 220 pounds; I was miserable and quickly headed to developing the devastating chronic diseases that now plague the United States (Obesity, Type II Diabetes, Cancer, Heart Disease, Etc.). My clothes did not fit, I constantly felt tired, and I ate and drank anything and everything I wanted because I felt that this would fill a void in my life. Ryan helped me recognize that void and enabled me to fill it with not food, but with self-respect and a renewed sense of self-worth.
Over the course of several months I lost 50 pounds and added years and quality to my life. I am now able to look in the mirror and appreciate myself and no longer feel overwhelmed with a sense of self-loathing. I am certainly more physically healthy, but my mental health has been affected on a greater scale. My confidence level has sky-rocketed and I feel that there are no barriers to my success in all areas of my life. For too long I was held back from a lack of confidence rooted in my self-doubt of my physical appearance. By taking control of how I look and feel I have taken control of all aspects of my life.
Recently, Ryan has patiently worked with me to gain muscle mass to help me realize my (and my body’s) full potential. I have gained over 25 pounds of muscle and continue my journey to become leaner and a stronger. This journey has not been an easy one, and certainly not one I would have chosen (if I had a choice I would have been born with a perfect body to begin with!), but I am appreciative that I have had the chance to work with Ryan to understand the gifts of my body and physical self. My body was my first and will be my last possession in this world. It is my temple in which I live and I no longer take mine or its health for granted.”
“I had been trying to exercise, lose weight and get fit on my own for a few years but I wasn’t making any progress. I didn’t know the right way to get fit. I was very excited when ESN Health opened since it was close to home and more private than the big crowded gyms. I started working with Ryan in February and I’ll admit it was difficult the first few weeks. Incorporating three workouts each week and making time for cardio wasn’t easy. Adhering to Ryan’s nutrition plan took some effort. But it did work.
The first six weeks I lost 3 pounds and more importantly, 1 inch in my waist and half inch in my thighs. This was good but it seemed like I could do better. Ryan adjusted my meal plan and cardio schedule and I followed “Ryan’s Rules” much closer than before.
After 12 weeks I have now lost 12 pounds, 3 % body fat, 2 inches in my waist, 1 inch in my thighs and almost two dress sizes! ESN Health provides a professional, positive and friendly environment for getting fit. With Ryan’s help I am making excellent progress toward my goal of getting fit by fifty. I am 49 years old and if I can do it anybody can!”
Thanks ESN Health!
“I was a decent athlete as a kid. But after two knee operations and life in general, I had slowly gained weight and lost that drive to be fit. You know how it is, everything else takes the front seat…work, kids activities (baseball, dance, volleyball, insert your activity here) and you and more importantly your physical well being take the back seat.
I stepped on the scale one day and was 208 lbs. not good…really not good considering I’m only 5’6” tall. My self esteem was down, my son was embarrassed to be seen with me and so I said “That’s it”. I had seen a flyer in the mail over the Christmas holiday and told my wife “let’s go check it out”. My wife is not over weight but she did need to tone up. We went by and met the staff at ESN. Instantly, I knew this was for me. I’m the type that needs someone to push me, but once you start pushing I won’t quit. Ryan is that guy. Ryan went over the plan and explained that by following the plan you can’t help but get results. It’s true. The combination of the eating plan and workouts really maximize the results that you get. I know, I know, you’re thinking “Oh an eating plan…” but really, it’s easy to follow and the only time I ever got hungry was when my metabolism really kicked in (which is pretty exciting when you think about it).
I can go on for pages here, you know, running on sentences and rambling, but what I want you to understand is that these guys care about you and your well being. The way ESN is set up, it’s all about you. Ryan and his staff are great at what they do. They will motivate you in different ways, checking your eating chart, varying the workouts, whatever it takes. But ultimately, you’re here because YOU want to make a change and YOU have to be responsible for making that change and meeting your goals. That’s what I did…we set goals and worked…hard. I’m still working at it, but after 4 and a half months, I’m down to 170 lbs. That’s 38 lbs and over 11 inches around my body off. I’m proud of my accomplishments, but I’m not finished. I have more weight to lose and more inches to shed. With Ryan in my corner, I know I won’t fail and I know that if you make this commitment, you won’t fail either.”
“After seeing ESN’s advertisement in the Katy Magazine, I decided to give them a try. I had wanted to try a personal trainer for years and finally made a much needed investment in myself. ESN has given me the physical and nutritional guidance to attain the healthier lifestyle I have resisted working toward for so many years.
Ryan listened to my expectations and worked with me to set realistic goals. My progress has been steady, as I’ve succeeded in boosting my metabolism and energy level. Tweaking my meal plans and nutritional supplements over the last few months, Ryan has provided the right adjustment to help me lose weight.
As part of Ryan’s first-class team at ESN, my personal trainer has always been positive and encouraging, motivating me to give 110% in all my workouts. As the intensity of my workouts has increased, I’ve gained confidence in my ability to maintain this healthy lifestyle change. Having been an athlete (oh so many years ago!), it feels great to be exercising consistently and reaping the benefits.”
“Ryan, did you know you helped save my life? I started my fitness program with you in August of 2006, weighed over 200 pounds and could not do one sit-up. During the following 8 months I got down to a manageable weight, could do successive sets of 20 sit-ups during the work out period, worked a strategic program with weights and improved my overall health – all under your direct supervision.
In April of the following year, I had a heart attack due to my old previous sedentary lifestyle and poor eating habits. The good news is that although the heart problem and subsequent surgery was serious, I came through in good shape. The surgeon and cardiologist told me that my excellent physical condition was a big factor in my survival. When I explained the regimen I had been going through, they told me it probably saved my life.
Ryan, your intensity with the training and nutritional coaching is one of the many reasons I stayed with the program. You are a good person and you really care about people. My sincere thanks to you that I am still here to enjoy life.”
“I have a great trainer. Both his warm and cheery personality and his professional training skills make the sessions so much more bearable. His sessions are never monotonous. He is focused during the sessions and provides constructive feedback that helped my form and also produced great results. He pushes me to perform, but is reasonable in his expectations. This encourages me to work harder at it, which is really important.
When I hurt my back, he was very focused on getting me back on track and making my back stronger. Even when I was impatient to move on, he stayed firm with his approach. I sincerely believe that his patient approach has helped me in my recovery process. I am finally seeing results and am confident ESN Health will help me meet my ultimate goals.”
“ESN Health has helped me feel so comfortable and confident again. Expert training, combined with the best service and positive attitude I could ever ask for. I could not ask for a more professional and friendly trainer. My eating habits are so much better now. It is amazing how much better I feel. Thanks Ryan!”
“I have been trying to lose weight and workout on my own for a long, long time, but due to my hypothyroid condition, I found it near impossible to achieve any of my goals. My bookshelves at home are full of books on different diets and exercise programs that I have tried over the years, and although some of them worked eventually, I would gain all the weight back and start the vicious cycle all over again.
With the help of my trainer at ESN Health, I have found a program that not only works but gives me the boost of energy I need to stick with the game plan. The first 12 weeks I lost 12 pounds and many inches, which has motivated me to work even harder. The workouts are difficult, but I actually look forward to leg days when I know I am burning the most calories.
When I began the program, I had a bad shoulder and could only do one pushup. I can now do 20 in one minute, a huge improvement.
With the help and patience of ESN Health, I now feel confident that I can reach my goal of being fit and feeling good again.”
Thanks Ryan and ESN Health.
“I have never been much for working out or even sweating, but after my brother’s wedding in April of 2009 and seeing the pictures, I knew it was time to “buck up” and change my life style. I not only wanted to lose weight I wanted to learn how to work out and enjoy it. I knew I needed help: I had used trainers before and paid an arm and a leg to quit a few weeks later, depressed and hating the gym. Finally one day I was reading the Katy magazine and saw the ad for ESN Health, and decided to drop in and see what it was all about. In the first interview they made me feel comfortable and focused on my needs not on “what they do”. My goals were simple I wanted to get fit, and my long term goal was to fit comfortably into a size 12.
My Trainer at ESN is wonderful, he not only has become my friend, but he has become my motivator. He is fabulous! The entire team at ESN Health is supportive, informative, and approachable. And most of all, I enjoy going to work out every day. I have never once wished I didn’t have to go. The trainers at ESN help you set your goals and if you follow their suggestions, achieving them is a lot easier than you expect: just one step at a time.
I am steadily seeing improvements and realizing that losing weight is not the only measureable goal, but losing inches is also an achievement. As long as I continue on this path, I will continue to lose bit by bit, and get more and more fit as each month goes by. I am more confident, happy, and I have more energy than I have had in a long time. I look forward to continuing my fitness goals, nutrition regiments, and making workouts a permanent fixture in my life.”
“I highly recommend ESN Health for people who are ready to get fit and improve their health. I saw better results in two months of following ESN Health’s fitness and nutrition plan than I did in a year of working with other trainers and nutritionists. There advice is easy to follow and definitely works. I feel stronger, have more energy, and I am more toned. I agree and follow ESN Health’s philosophy that fitness is a journey and not a destination.“
Asra Ali, M.D.
if I knew what I needed to know I would not have been 290 lbs. It did not appear over night nor would it come off that way.
What I knew obviously was not working. What I did finally realize, is that I needed help…
I took information you gave me and ran with it. I try to live by what helps me and not hurt. Literally the list you gave me, I live by. Ok, I have to be honest, I may taste something not on list, but after you learn and realize; I have worked it off once I don’t want to have to work it off again.
And I finally stopped feeling I was missing something and purposely depriving myself of what I thought I needed…
You take what happens and make it work. You have to have chocolate. Ok fine. Make yourself a chocolate muscle milk drink…
It’s all about how you take the information you have, and use it and tweak it to what you need and get the best results from. Taking an obstacle and making it into a stepping stone.
There have been so many changes and I still continue to see and realize change. Some of the big corners when
- I started listening and stopped tuning everything and everyone out. I now wanted to know and research and learn and then I did something with it because you’re accountable for what you know
- I stopped craving those foods that are so bad; rice, breads, pastas, chocolate. They lost their hold and control over me and I was in control I did not live for the next meal. I ate to live
- I was able to see who I was and accept myself
- I left fantasy island and figured out that I was not going to wake up and the weight would be gone miraculously, or that the miracle pill would be created and I would not have to change anything in my life. I finally realized that it was going to take a huge effort on my part to change but I had to DO SOMETHING and stop doing nothing. I finally accepted I had to exercise. I started out just doing cardio and I could see and feel the positive effect it had on me physically and emotionally and one step lead to another
- I realized it’s not about dieting… Dieting has a beginning and an ending; meaning you stop and go back to doing what you were that got you to that place you did not want to be. It is all about change. Changing what I ate and knowing what I was eating. For example, most white colored food is bad for me; rice, bread, pasta, cream sauces, sugar. Need I say more? I wanted to know what that thing I was about to consume was going to do for me and not against me. I have worked so hard physically and mentally and overcome issues and emotions, and why would I want to have to do it all over again. Once was hard enough. I am going forwards not backwards.
- I realized as weight came off the walls were coming down. Issues felt different. I felt different. I was able to feel and not live in a state of numbness. And it felt like nothing before. To this day I am amazed daily at results I can physically see, but also how much more I can feel and give emotionally to those around me.
- I stopped passionately hating working out, and eating right, and providing my body with supplements that worked together. And I all the sudden had results. I started looking forward to being sore because I knew I really gave more than I thought I had or could at 40 years old. You are never too old to change!
- When I find myself sharing my journey with someone. There is always a new revelation or thought that I just realized at that moment…
Just about every day someone asks me what I have done or comments about how I have changed…It makes me feel more complete when I can share my journey and encourage someone
I started doing cardio, but when I added working out at ESN it changed everything
I was focused because I now had no interruptions or distractions as I had at home. With 4 kids, a husband, and 2 dogs there is always something to do, pick up, or clean.
I was accountable to someone other than myself who could see potential and help me get to the next level.
It was never boring and there is always something new to learn or accomplish.
So much encouragement and personal attention and an agenda tailored for me personally. Not a cookie cutter workout routine day in and day out. My trainer is always open and wise to new exercises and listens to me. They also help track my progress and they see areas I need to work on, and constantly tweak my program that has been designed ESPECIALLY for me! How awesome and special is that.
I feel so proud of my accomplishments especially when I know I was pushed and persevered. I want to tell everyone I have so much to share. I can’t keep it in!!!
Benefits of my workouts…
My appearance has totally changed…from 24 to 4 – Can you guess how many times I have had to get rid of my entire closet and go shopping – I never knew how much fun shopping was….I used to avoid shopping in public…nothing ever fit and reality was right there in front of me – I could not handle it….
It has changed the way I feel and how I deal with life issues. I am not numb to my life but a part of it and I now own it.
Working out has given me back my self control – self esteem and respect for myself.
Emotionally the pain I lived in was leaving one issue at a time. I cannot tell you how many times I was on the elliptical that a past memory would flash before me and I would break down and just cry and cry. I stopped holding everything in and let it go. My husband or kids would see me and ask what is wrong, and I couldn’t explain. I did not know for a long time, but I did not give up. I kept pressing on. Eventually, I realized with each step I was one step closer to me, and discovering and unveiling who I am. And I liked me, and then I loved me. It sounds so self-centered, but if I can’t love inwardly – myself – how could I really love others?
ESN was God’s gift to me! It was exactly what I needed at the time I was taking a huge step of faith and putting myself out there like I had never done before.
ESN was welcoming and non-intimidating and you could sense that in the atmosphere when you walked in.
In the beginning, you are working with someone who is where you want to be. They have been where you are and understand what it takes to get you there. They put obtainable expectations on you, and constantly motivate and encourage you and give you room to grow on your own with proper guidance and form.
I loved the ability to stay focused with a trainer in private workout area. You feel more like it’s yours and it was there just for you.
This creates a more personal experience and ability to be yourself and not worry who is watching or judging; therefore you get more out of the workout.
ESN is always looking for ways to improve, making sure all of their clients have the best and latest and greatest.
At first I dreaded and avoided the new stair master and was confused as to why they were so excited about it….today it is my most favorite machine. I am addicted to it!
I see women where I was and I see the pain and hurt and the walls. I want to let them know they don’t have to live in the excuses anymore. They don’t have to ignore themselves and look past themselves because they cannot accept or love who they have become.
You can stop the downward spiral that makes you feel that the only band-aid is chocolate or eating until you can’t move or breathe. And the only emotion that can surface is anger.
There is hope and help. And you can change. They need to see and understand they were created for a purpose, and that purpose will be revealed to them. Just do it for yourself first, and everything else will follow. Take control of your destiny now, and take your life back.
I can say this because I know I was there. I was hurt and couldn’t and wouldn’t face it. It won’t go away by itself.
Make that confession and realize you are the key to change. Open that door to and for yourself. It’s not easy. I cannot sit here and tell you it gets easier and that you just made it through the hardest part. Some days are harder now than before, but the difference is how I see it, conquer it, control it, and own it.
I own what I have because I have changed my life forever. I had to take each step and follow through, so I could own it. Every pound lost, every issue, and obstacle changed into a step forward. And every tear I can proudly say; I own and you can too.
Mother of 4 and CFO