Testimonials for Excel Body Fitness

Aubrey Surgers

I’d like to express my sincerest appreciation and thanks to all of the staff and trainers at Excel Body Fitness (XBF), and a special thanks to Carolee Auslander. I was introduced to XBF back in April 2010 by Steve Poythress, a member who significantly benefited from the 12-week program and underwent a life changing transformation by losing over 26 pounds and a body fat loss of 10 percent. I thought to myself, if he could do it — then so could I! At this point I was always tired, didn’t want to play any physical games with my kids — basically I was ready for a transformation.

I joined the 12-week session that began on January 3, 2011. I began the program weighing 240 pounds. In 12-weeks, I lost 34 pounds and went down from a waist size of 40 to a comfortable 34. I have an elevator at my work. While it is very convenient, I have chosen to take the staircase. I am also preparing myself for an upcoming 5k run! I could not have done this without Carolee’s challenging and rigorous exercise routines, motivating me to go beyond my potential, and most of all her advice and follow-ups on my nutritional efforts. I also have to give a special thanks to Steve, who turned me on to XBF. He kept me focused on my eating habits, made sure I attended every class, and most of all encouraging me to compete with him at every task! I will never forget being outside in the morning doing push ups in my driveway while Steve walked out to take his kids to daycare. That’s what I call true dedication! I am a true proponent of XBF and all that it has shown me. Today I am feeling 10 years younger …


Prior to Excel I have belonged to three different gyms and one fitness facility. I went to work out and that was it. It was just a gym; just a fitness center-walls, machines, and lots of people working out. The first gym I belonged to offered group classes. I used to take some of the classes, which were usually overly crowded. You either got the workout or you did not. The instructors had no time to correct you; so you were pretty much on your own. Sometimes when you reached the gym late, especially in spinning classes, there were no bikes; there was no sign up policy and it was pretty much first come first serve.

The kickboxing classes used to be so jam packed that there hardly used to be room to move around; after taking a few, I just gave up taking the group classes. The second gym I belonged to offered very few classes. The time the classes were offered did not work for me, so I never took their classes. I just used their gym facility. The third one I belonged to offer no group classes. I just went to work out on my own there. The Fitness center I belonged to did not allow us to use their machines/facilities any other days except for the days we had training sessions there. And I desperately needed someone, who somehow would make me workout hard, push me to my limits, test my limits and made me feel I wanted to Excel. There were many times I was very tempted to hire personal trainer to help me achieve my goals. But the few I saw and spoke to in the gyms made me want to fall asleep rather than make me workout.

Body by Excel

A Series where we’ll be featuring an Excel Body Client who is living a fit life and sharing their fit tips, insights, how they stay inspired and what motivates them. We’re excited to learn more about all of you and this is a great way to learn something about the person next to you in X-Series!

Today we’re introducing you to….Meredith Heath.

Hi ya’ll…I’m Meredith! I’m a 35 year old married mother of 3 and full time kid taxi driver. The Excel Family has changed my life and I am so excited to share my story.

Prior to Excel Body Fitness

I was always active and athletic growing up, but NEVER one for “working out”. I didn’t go to the gym, didn’t do classes, or anything of that sort. I had an older and younger brother, so as the only daughter, my mom and I were naturally close. In 1992, my parents were involved in a serious car accident that left them both with severe chronic pain. As time passed, my mother became dependent on the pain pills and largely dysfunctional physically. Her weight ballooned as her health deteriorated. I tried all I could to “snap her out of it” but it was hopeless. The pain and the pills controlled her life. I thought that if she wouldn’t change for me or my brothers, surely she would change for her grandkids – her pride and joy. But still nothing.

On April 10, 2010, I made one of the most important decisions of my life. I drove 7 hours to her house, walked in and gave her an ultimatum. If she was going to have any future involvement with me or my kids, she had to enter rehab and get help. It was an intervention. Needless to say, it wasn’t a pretty situation, although she did agree to go. She was hurt and angry and kept saying she didn’t want anything to do with us as we drove to drop her off. That was the last time I ever spoke with my mom. Just three days later she died in that rehab center.

In the months that followed, I slipped into a very dark place. I can’t even begin to describe the guilt and the pain that I felt. In my mind this was all my doing, this was all my fault. Over the next couple of years I struggled desperately to find peace. My health began to suffer and my weight jumped from 140 to 160. I finally realized that if I didn’t get this under control, I could end up going down the same path as my mother. I had to choose to be healthy.

I was referred to Excel when it was still at the church. My first day wasn’t pretty. I remember we had to warm up by running a lap around the parking lot. I thought about just running to my car and driving home. I literally felt like I was going to pass out. But, Carolee and the team at Excel didn’t give up on me. She was so patient and encouraging which kept me moving forward. As time went by, I found myself able to do a little bit more and a little bit more. One day, out of the blue, it was like it all just came together. I felt like I was regaining control over my life and my body. If I just kept setting small goals a little further each time, I could accomplish anything I set my mind to.

In the year that followed, I broke through physical limitations that I had once thought to be completely impossible. Seriously! When I first began, the idea of running a mile seemed crazy. But in less than a year, I ran a half marathon! I’ve dropped to 125 lbs and am physically stronger than I’ve ever been. But most importantly, my mental outlook has changed. Excel was the outlet I needed to get through the pain and know there was hope. I can’t do anything to change my past but I can do everything to change my future.

One day we were doing a station with dumbbells. I was using 8lb weights because that was all I was used to doing. Of course, Carolee saw it differently. She brought me 12’s. I looked at her like she was insane but I knew I wasn’t getting out of trying. To my surprise I was actually able to do it. This was such an exhilarating feeling. This discipline came in handy again in August of 2013 when I participated in my first Spartan Race. It was a nearly 10 mile track through the ski slopes of Virginia. The race consisted of running up and down double black diamond hills – It was insane. Racers were passing out left and right and being carted off the course with injuries and dehydration. I truly believe my ability to finish was based on the continued pushing and encouragement that Carolee had instilled in all of us. Just take it one step at a time and you can accomplish anything.
In my early 20’s I was diagnosed with both Arthritis in my lower back and Fibromyalgia. I lived in constant pain so working out was not something I really wanted to do. I still experienced this pain when I started at Excel, but after strengthening my core, the pain began to go away. Today, I don’t take any medication and feel better than I have in my entire life.
First, Carolee really does care. She knows all about your injuries, your setbacks, etc… She knows how to pull the best out of everyone there. Second, the group environment is key. We all have such a great time and push each other in a fun, competitive way. I literally look forward to spending time with all my peeps every day.
I usually run 3-5 miles – or I will go to Excel for one of the other classes (or I will do both of these things)
My advice is you just have to make it a priority. My life is crazy busy just like everyone else’s, but I have to get this hour in at least 5 days a week. It’s the one thing that I give myself as a mom and a wife. It makes me better for my family. The great thing is they have all joined me in this Journey and exercise has become a family activity.
My results are my biggest inspiration. I’m shocked with what I’ve seen happen to my body and I push forward with anticipation of what I can do next. I’m also inspired by all my friends at Excel and seeing their personal achievements.
X Commando. I really enjoy pushing myself with weights. I always thought that weights were just for body builders and that they would make me too bulky. But, weights mixed with cardio have really changed my body shape. It’s not just about losing weight. It’s about losing weight and getting stronger.
Hands downs it’s the camaraderie among the group. It’s like a big family (the kind you actually want to spend holidays with)
Just eat whatever you want and don’t tell Carolee (just kidding). I love eating good food. I have really just learned to modify choices and control portions. For me it has been about making a few good choices throughout the day as opposed to completely going cold turkey with a diet. I still splurge occasionally but the majority of my eating decisions are good.
She has been an amazing guide, coach, mentor and friend. There is no way I could have ever figured this out without her.
Come try it out; get engaged; meet other people and ask them about their journey. You can start out slow and modify every exercise if necessary to get where you want to go. We are all going through this journey with you. Believe me,If I can do it, ANYONE CAN!

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