Becoming Pro! 3 Case Studies- Ladies addition

Becoming Pro: Case studies

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Here are 3 amazing ladies that are part of the Protege Pride! They all have had trials, successes, detours and results in many forms. We want to give a congrats to them and hopefully their story can help inspire you to reach for your goals. We all have an amazing story, keep writing yours ladies!


Case Study: #58248 Lucia


Lucia Review of us:

I’ve been going to Protege Fitness for 4 months since I moved to Minnesota. I thought I was in pretty good shape since I’d been doing CrossFit for about 5 years. Yes, I was one of those who couldn’t stop talking about how great CrossFit was! I’ve been working out in some form for the 27 years I was in the Air Force to maintain my fitness level, but it was nothing like this. The first ProCircuit class I attended at Protege kicked my butt! It was harder for me than any CrossFit workout I had ever done, but in all good ways, and humbling that somethings I was only using 5 lbs or body weight movements.  Between the two of them, Scott and Barb are the complete package providing strength training, rehabilitation and nutritional education. Their goal is to educate their clients to become partners in their fitness journey. The combination of body weight, barbells and kettlebells exercises creates an extremely efficient and effective strength and cardio workout unlike any I have experienced not only in difficulty but safety that really take your body to the next level. Scott and Barb identified areas of muscle imbalance and weakness during my 1:1 sessions and targeted my training to correct them. I have stenosis in my lower back and had unknowingly been favoring my left leg due to sciatic pain. The exercises they gave me have corrected that imbalance as well as imbalance in my upper back and shoulders. I couldn’t do simple walking lunges when I started; now I can do them, pain free, carrying weight. My body composition has changed significantly as I’ve replaced body fat with muscle. Barb and Scott are always watching to provide feedback on form and challenge me to push myself to do better safely, whether I’m in a ProCircuit, Kettle bell or individual session. I honestly can say I haven’t been in such great physical condition in 40 years! I count on Protege Fitness to help me stay strong and active as I move into my middle 60s and beyond!

Protege Fitness: What we have seen

Lucia started with us with an already strong back ground in health and fitness but wanted to learn more. We have so many clients that start with us with an “injury history” or pain that they thought they just had to live with. When we first started working with Lucia doing a basic step or lunge was a painful challenge and also she had movement and strength issues with her shoulders. The first month working with her in classes we would always go body weight or light weight with certain movements. (And anyone that trains with us knows when I tell them to grab light weight that can be more scary and difficult than heavy weights.) So our 1on1 sessions we all geared towards muscle imbalances, muscle sequencing and mobility. Her body responded very fast and her pain subsided. After that we started working on getting the strength and muscle control in full range of motion of her whole body and she has seen so many huge improvements. She can do 5 strict pull ups, perfect push ups, deadlifts have gone up to 195+ pounds and her shoulder strength has gone up 250%. During this time we also have been working with her on nutrition (not a diet) to keep her muscle strong and strip off fat and is she seeing some of the lowest body fat % of her life.  So happy and proud of how far you have come in the past 4-5 months and we are so excited to walk with you in your journey of health and fitness.


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Case Study: #464743 Ingrid


Ingrid review of us:

I have had several injuries that I sustained in a car crash years ago. I was told that due to the permanent nature I would never be able to lift more then 35#. Up until a couple years ago, I believed that I couldn’t do it. I have been at Protégé now for 6 months and I am lifting way more then 35#. I feel empowered to keep going. I have lost weight also and feel great! My injuries will no longer define me. Scott and Barb are true professionals who know their stuff. All levels, ages, ranges in health. Give it a try! It’s so cool to have this support. Because for me, this will be life long. I know if I’m stronger my body will not break down so fast. I don’t want to be 45-50+ and laying on a couch. I can’t explain to people what it feels like to be an athlete, lose it all, and be told you’ll never be there again. Screw you all! I just grabbed life by the horns and am winning!! Let’s keep this going!

Protege Fitness: What we have seen

Ingrid came to work with us having a back ground in fitness and therapy but needed some help to accomplish some goals she was struggling with. There are many clients that have found us because of the same type of reasons, health or injury issue, and were told “sorry this is your new life”. We had to work with Ingrid on perfecting form, posture and muscle control. We started with very little weight so we could get her body in correct position to strengthen her from the inside out and get her body to work properly again. Her being and occupational therapist she know the importance for healing, correcting and strengthening properly to gain her health back. Overcoming some fear is always an aspect of starting any fitness program but especially if you have an injury history to start. Ingrid started with 1on1s and now has moved into doing both classes but still 1on1 to perfect, work on specifics and to get that individualized and specialized workout in so she can keep reaching new goals! Another goal was to lose weight but really she didn’t want to just have another diet but to learn how to lose fat. She wasn’t worried about the scale but wanted a body composition change that she hadn’t been able to achieve. She wanted to be leaner, stronger and healthier! 3 months: Went from 133.2 lbs and 31.6% to 132 and 25.7% body fat. An amazing 6% body fat lost and added 7 lbs of muscle in the same time. (Most will tell you this is impossible but it can be done, if done right) Her scale weight only dropped 1.2 lbs but became a stronger, leaner, healthier version of herself dropping 6% body fat!!! I am so excited to see where she takes her fitness next!!!



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Case Study: #54669 Kimmy

Kimmy review of us:

Meet my trainer Barb Lass at Protege Fitness Studios in Fridley. I am thankful everyday for this woman. She has helped me lose 60#’s. Not only is she my trainer but she is my nutritionist, my therapist ( both physical and mental) but she’s my friend. She’s helped me get off all my medication for diabetes and taught me clean healthy eating . 8 years ago diabetes took the life of the most precious women to me… now I’m taking the life from diabetes. They have helped in recovery from a major hip surgery and torn labrum. My doctors and therapist were shocked at how fast I recovered and that I didn’t have any complications. They said it was because of how strong I already was and the continued training with them that got me back to 100%! I can’t thank Barb enough for everything they have done by giving me back my health and educating me to be healthy and medication free!

If you or anyone you know needs help living a healthier life please see Barb or Scott at Protege Fitness Studios.Its truly life changing!!

Protege Fitness: What we have seen.

Kimmy started working with us to lose some weight and start exercising. The change we have seen in Kimmy in so many ways is so inspiring, from we weight loss of 60+ lbs, to getting off her medications. One of the greatest things in her transformation though has been how she has really taken control of her health, fitness and nutrition!! She now comes in several times a week with her own workout plans and even discusses proper eating and diet with our other clients. When she tore her labrum she trained with Barb for several (painful) months leading up to the surgery to make sure her body was as strong and healthy as it could be to recover. (As it is one of the worst surgeries and repairs you can have and recover from) She came back stronger than ever in determination and drive. She now is pain free! Medication Free! 60+ Lighter! And in Control of Her health and fitness future!



All 3 of these amazing ladies have had ups and downs, successes and detours but all stayed with the journey and trusted the process. You only have 1 body so learning to heal it, strengthen it and become the best version of yourself is priceless!

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