March 2019 Member of the Month – Jen Petroelje

It is our pleasure, and with the enthusiasm of her workout peeps, to recognize Jen Petroelje as the CV Fitness Member of the month for March 2019.

She joined CVF four years ago because she wanted to start exercising before menopause.  Her personal training sessions three times a week allow her time to pay attention and focus on herself which is an unexpected benefit.

She has lifted far more weight than she ever thought she could and she credits that to her gym cheerleaders who give her lots of encouragement.

She set a goal last year to hike to the bottom to the Grand Canyon and then back up – a 27 mile trek.  She trained for six months and after a lot of hard work and many, many lunges and step ups, she made that goal!

Exercise has become a habit.  She finds it nice to feel strong and building strength came as a surprise. It’s not unusual to see her and April 2018 Member of the Month Nick Chavez ending their workouts with a rope and medicine ball slam relay that makes you feel tired just watching them.

She says the people make CVF fun and her advice is to follow the 5 Keys to Success.

February Member Of The Month – Helen DeLisser

It is our pleasure to recognize Helen deLisser as the CV Fitness Member of the Month for February 2019.  She has been a member for three years.

Helen is a Chiropractor with her own practice in San Leandro.  She was referred to CVF by neighbors.  She joined with the goal of improving her core strength and also needed the commitment of a workout schedule that had some flexibility. She was experiencing some knee issues at the start and wanted to stabilize her knee to improve her ability to walk and run.  She regularly walks her dog in areas with uneven sidewalks and wanted to protect her knee and reduce the chance of falling.  She also doesn’t want to lose the ability to run with her dog.

CVF has helped Helen find a balance between being available to her clients and time for her workouts.  She always has a smile on her face and a great sense of humor.  She finds the most improvement is in her strength – not only can she lift more, she can lift things more easily and straighter.  She feels her overall movement is better and more stable.

Her advice to the CVF community is to still watch your diet even if you are coming into the gym two to three times a week.  Also, be committed – just come in when you are scheduled regardless of how you are feeling. You will always feel better after.

January Member of the Month – Matt Lim

It is our pleasure to recognize Matt Lim as the CV Fitness Member of the month for January 2019.

Matt has been a member for a little over a year.  He found CVF through Yelp after “gym hopping” looking for the right gym close to home.  He was doing mostly HIIT workouts, but wanted to build his strength.  His goal was to gain muscle and look and feel good.  He works hard at every workout and it has paid off because you can see his progress.

He likes the quality of the programming and the variety of a new workout each month. He likes how the workouts can be adjusted to accommodate how he feels on any particular day. He feels it is well worth the investment in his health.  His workouts are also a stress reliever for him.  He likes the CVF community and felt “the love” as soon as he came through the door especially from familiar faces.

Matt is always in a good mood with a smile on his face.

His goals for this year are to continue building his strength and improve his body definition.

He finds CVF challenging, supportive and fun.

December Member of the Month – Diane Anderson

It is our pleasure to recognize Diane Anderson as our December Member of the Month! You may be saying, “Wait a minute here. Isn’t she a trainer? That’s not fair!” Well yes, she is a trainer, but she has also been a Member of Castro Valley Fitness for over 7 years.

A little over 12 months ago Diane was diagnosed with Cancer. She didn’t know what her future held. She started her chemo and still came to the gym whenever she could for own workouts and also to train our other members. All through that time she had one goal she wanted to meet: Compete in a powerlifting meet in November.

She fought through everything and competed last month. She did more than just lift, though. She matched her squat and bench press all time bests with 264 lbs and 137 lbs respectively and hit an all time best with her deadlift at 325 lbs! She did this despite having to start almost from the beginning with all of her lifts during her treatment.

Obviously, this is very impressive but what really matters is how she inspired every one of us at the gym by fighting through and always being the best she could be, both with her own training and also training our other members.

The three words Diane uses to describe her experience here are thankful, support and perseverance.

Thanks for everything, Diane!

November Member of the Month – Julie Navarro

Julie Navarro is our Member of the Month for November.  She has been a Boot Camp and Personal Training member for 4.5 years.

Julie added walking to her regular workouts about six months ahead of a trip to Bryce Canyon in Utah.  She wanted to increase her stamina, so she could really enjoy the hikes on her trip – not to mention keeping up with her two granddaughters.  You can now find her at Lake Chabot every day, rain or shine, enjoying her 5-mile walk. She likes to work out first thing in the morning as it helps her throughout the rest of the day.  She has found that walking is easier than when she first started because of her increased stamina, balance and, of course, her strength since joining our CVF family.  She likes her full body workout in a gym without machines.

She likes the personal attention she receives and having other members around her same age.  The three words Julie uses to describe CVF are “fun, healthy and stronger”.

October Member of the Month – Kim Butterfield

Kim Butterfield

It is our pleasure to recognize Kim Butterfield as our Client of the Month.

Kim used to go to a large gym, but has found she has improved her strength, stamina and is lighter on her feet since joining CVF. She feels really good and happy about her progress.

She likes the personal attention she and others receive. She enjoys the CVF community and won’t go back to that large gym. She especially likes the Facebook posts and emails on the different fitness subjects.

Her advice is to keep going – sometimes you won’t feel like going to your workout, but after the warm up, it’s all good.

Overall she’s had a positive experience since joining CVF.

September Member of the Month – Frank Robertson

Frank Robertson

It is our pleasure to recognize Frank Robertson as our Client of the Month.  He is celebrating his first year with CVF this month!  We can always count on Frank to keep the group laughing.

Frank has found that his mental attitude, strength and mobility have improved in the last year.  He has seen this in little things like the ability to walk over a beam at work easier and a stronger golf swing (which isn’t always a good thing!)

He has more self-confidence outside the gym because of what he has accomplished inside the gym.  He has found that CVF helps him overcome obstacles easier and it has “woke up the athlete within.”

He finds CVF a safe and warm place to work toward your goals.  The personal programs really help you reach your goals.  He recommends that clients have faith in the process and to stay positive.  Don’t become complacent and continue to push to improve.

The three words that best describe his experience at CVF are “challenging, safe and confident”.

July Members of the Month – Dave & Carol Yamane

Castro Valley Fitness Members of the Month – July 2018

Dave and Carol Yamane

It is our pleasure to recognize Dave and Carol Yamane as our Clients of the Month. They have been members for 8+ years and have the honor of being Mitch’s longest standing clients!

Since joining CV Fitness they both find they have more stamina, strength and just feel healthier.  Dave, especially, is much more aware of his posture. They like that sessions are scheduled to help keep them honest.  Carol appreciated the partnership to help with her rehab after knee surgery.

Workouts are tailored to their needs instead of being regimented where everyone does the same thing.  The workouts are challenging and they have evolved over time.  They also like the added cardio part of their workouts.

They like the encouraging, positive, environment with a nice group of people.  CV Fitness isn’t a judgmental place and there aren’t any “drill sergeants”.  One of the best features is they can bring their dog!

The three words that best describe their experience at CVF are “fun, encouragement, and accomplishment.”

June Member of the Month – Pavneet Mavi

Castro Valley Fitness – Member of the Month

June 2018 – Pavneet Mavi

It is our pleasure to recognize Pavneet Mavi as our Client of the Month. Pavneet has been a member of Castro Valley Fitness for over a year.

The initial concentration on his core has improved his posture and he has had less back and neck pain. He has never lifted as much weight before – he’s found a new strength he didn’t know he had. He also finished a full marathon!

He enjoys the smaller environment of CVF with a friendly group of people – “it’s like a family”. The acknowledgment when you walk in the door and the way others cheer you on make it a fun place to work out.

He recommends that once you get in the door and go through your workout, your whole perspective can change – you are more positive and you move better. He also suggests that you challenge your comfort level whether it is with a new exercise or more weight.

His ultimate gym goal is to do three pull ups without the assistance of a band.

The three words that best describe his experience at CVF are “friendly, welcoming and challenging.”

May Member of the Month – Goretti Allenbach

May Member of the Month –

Goretti Allenbach

Goretti Allenbach

Goretti regularly brings her smiling face to Bootcamp at 6 a.m.  She has been a client of CV Fitness for 4+ years.

Since joining CVF, Goretti has been able to move without pain.  She has had some chronic injuries and her regular workouts have allowed her to feel better without pain.  The notable improvements are her increased strength and her breathing.   She finds the exercises in Bootcamp challenging and enjoys the variety.

She says it is worth it to make an investment in yourself. She recommends that new members be patient and be consistent for three months.  You won’t imagine the benefits – beyond appearance and weight loss.  She finds it is her “healthy addiction”.

She has really enjoyed spending time with a group of the nicest people she has ever met.