Lisa Soncini
OPEX Bethel Park client

Lisa Soncini


THE GYM”­--two words I would often dread hearing. Sometimes I still do, but not the way I did in the past. Then, I wanted to get in, put in my time, and get out. I was doing the same workout each visit, didn’t see any results, got bored and…like most people, stopped going. It was a continuous cycle. Now, the dread isn’t that I’m going to be bored; the dread is the not knowing. Not knowing what the next workout has in store and seeing how far I can push myself. For that, I have Abby to thank.

 

When I started working with Abby, I had no clue what to expect. What is this recent college graduate going to do differently than any other trainer I’ve met with in the past? The answer: ALMOST EVERYTHING! She listened to what I wanted to achieve, was concerned about any physical limitations I had and what, to my surprise, my diet was like. The program Abby designed focused on improving my weak areas and challenging and building on my strengths. She explained why I was doing a particular exercise or group of exercises and the focus is on form and quality first, rather than quantity. Abby has a very casual way of getting more out of you, whether it is pushing through the last set, the last rep, or the last few minutes of cardio when you think you aren’t going to make it. Changes to my diet were a challenge. Abby’s patience with this aspect of my programming was off the charts. Every week or two she would make adjustments to my macros and when I was eating. The more frustrated I got, the more determined she was to figure out why I wasn’t seeing results. It wasn’t that my diet was poor; it was the fine-tuning of when and how often I ate and swapping some foods. Today, my eating habits are 100% better than when I started. Meal planning is second nature and dining out is no longer a challenge.

 

When I started this journey, my goals were to “lose some weight and improve my golf game.” Three years later, I have achieved that and more. I feel better physically and mentally, and have gained more confidence in everything I do. Working with Abby has also made me accountable, not only to her, but to myself. Working out on my own, instilled the self-discipline, self-motivation and focus I lost and lacked in the past to reach my goals. All of these rolled over to life outside the gym. Much to my surprise, I find myself wanting to go to the gym. If I miss more than two days in a row, I feel guilty and out of sorts; it has become therapy. I’ve also learned not to focus on the number on the scale, but how I feel and how my clothes fit.  

 

Abby’s approach is very personal and genuine. She truly cares about her clients and their well-being. She’s continually searching and educating herself to be a better coach, mentor and teacher. I have learned so much about myself from this fresh out of college kid I met two years ago. I am blessed to call her my coach and friend.

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