What were your workouts like before joining?  Your nutrition?

New Year’s Day 2016 I was scrolling through Facebook and saw the SKB ad for the 8 week transformation.  I was unhappy because I was getting out of a bad relationship but couldn’t give the ring back – my finger had gotten too big!  My son was going to graduate high school in May and I was afraid of being in the pictures.  I knew what I had tried wasn’t working and I knew I had to try something different, so January 4th I began at SKB!  Before I joined I wasn’t working out at all.   My knees and hips had started to hurt and it was getting hard for me to do stairs.  I’m only 45!!!  I used to work at The Works teaching Spin and I never minded going to the gym… but I had gotten out of the habit.  I ate a lot of unhealthy “comfort food” and while I thought I was eating healthy I soon learned my portion sizes – especially with meats — were way out of whack.

What obstacles did you have to overcome to join and how did you overcome them?

When I walked in to SKB the first day to meet Sara I looked at all the contraptions – it was unlike any gym I’d ever seen – and thought to myself “Oh, HELL NO.”  But I was already there so I stayed to meet with her.  It was such a cool, fun environment and the workouts were so different, and everyone was friendly.  I kept coming!  The other obstacle was (as a single mother) just taking “me” time.  I told my sons they needed to understand dinner wasn’t always going to be ready right away, cause Mom might be at the gym.  They turned out to be my biggest cheerleaders!

What are your workouts like now?

My older son is the lacrosse goalie for his college, and he’s been putting me through his winter workouts for my “strength” days.  I can’t lift the weights he can but I can do the exercises!   He and I do the med ball ab workout I learned at SKB together.   I run 2-2.5 miles on the elliptical on the “hills” setting 3 times a week.  I still have work to do but I feel SO. MUCH. BETTER.

What specific results have you gotten since joining?

According to Jenny RD I have lost 43 pounds.  I went from wearing pants that had elastic waist or size 18 to buying my first size 12 in I don’t know how long!

Would you recommend Seacoast Kettlebell? 

Absolutely 100%.  This was a lifestyle change, I was never hungry, I learned you can do anything for (30 seconds, a minute, a day, a week…), and I’ve learned so much and felt so supported the whole time!  Thank you to all of you SKBers!


About one month after joining SKB, my wife and I signed up for Jenn’s Accountables class. Two years previously, we had cut starchy carbs (potatoes, French fries, pasta, & bread) and had lost weight and belly fat — but we really didn’t know what we were doing or how to maintain our weight loss.

Accountables started with a cleanse week which was really tough, eliminating immediately all those “unhealthy” items in our diet. At the end of cleanse week, we looked and felt better. Next, as we added healthy items back into our diet, Jenn taught us about healthier eating, the ratios of protein to fats to carbs, dietary fiber and the glycemic index, and most importantly, how to properly read and understand a food label, and where to find the “good for you” items in the supermarket.

Since completing this class, we now feel that Jenn has given us the tools and means to maintain a healthy lifestyle.

Cathy & Al Thompson

What were your workouts like before joining? Your nutrition?
Before joining SKB, my workouts consisted of jogging and planet fitness when I could make time to do so. I would say that I maybe went to planet fitness a handful of times over the last year. As a self-employed new mother, I have struggled to make time for exercising since my daughter was born. I have really pretty much struggled in making time for myself in general since she was born!

My nutrition wasn’t horrible, but it wasn’t that great either; I would usually grab a quick bite to eat in between caring for my daughter and working. Therefore, I would tend to gravitate toward food/meals that were ‘quick and easy’ so I could save time. I would typically buy what I thought was healthy, but I would say I wasn’t fully informed on what ‘healthy’ really was in regard to the food I was eating. I definitely struggled to make time for eating/drinking water in my day, and would often have long stretches of time during the day where I wouldn’t eat or drink anything! Life was just very much ‘on the go’ and I’m pretty sure I was in a dehydrated state most of the time.

What obstacles did you have to overcome to join and how did you overcome them?
I don’t think that I had too many obstacles; because I work from home and am self-employed, I have the luxury to choose what hours of the day that I work. I had to readjust my work schedule, as I would usually work at night, until anywhere between 2AM and 4AM, because that was when my little one was sleeping and I could get more work done. I was hesitant in signing up for a 6AM class, mainly because I wasn’t getting enough sleep as it was! However, after the first week of classes, I started to find that I was able to accomplish more of my workload in the morning after my SKB class while baby was sleeping. I also noticed that my sleeping habits had become much more ‘regular’. It may sound silly, but joining 6AM SKB classes really helped me to organize my day to day life! Before joining, I didn’t realize how disorganized and inconsistent my day-to-day life really was.

My intentions in joining SKB were less about weight loss and more about firming up and toning my body. I was looking to get back the body I had before pregnancy, childbirth, and motherhood entered the picture. I also knew that I needed guidance in regard to my eating habits and my daily intake of water.

What are your workouts/nutrition like now?
My workouts are much more consistent and well-rounded now. Prior to joining SKB, my workouts consisted primarily of cardio and I had no real workout schedule, so they occurred infrequently and inconsistently. Since joining SKB and finishing the 6 Week Transformation Challenge, I have adopted an actual schedule for my workouts! I attend four SKB classes a week, where I get a well-rounded workout involving strength building and cardio, and I also go to Planet Fitness twice per week, where I typically get utilize the elliptical machines for straight up cardio (I have a knee injury that is currently preventing me from jogging on the roads, so using an elliptical has been a wonderful substitute). Having a workout routine through SKB has changed my day-to-day life and include, for me, more well-rounded and consistent workouts, better overall nutrition, better intake of water each day, feeling knowledgeable and confident in building meals plans and grocery lists, better sleeping habits, more consistent work schedule, and simply just feeling balanced in life overall!

I would say that the knowledge I gained from taking SKB’s nutrition class has been life-changing, as well as invaluable. Throughout the program, I learned how poor my eating habits really were in regard to how often I was eating and drinking water, as well as what I was eating when I was eating. I had never really thought about how my eating habits were affecting my metabolism, blood-sugar, etc. throughout the day. I also never really looked at ingredients lists or nutrition facts, and if I did, I was somewhat ignorant to what I needed to be looking for. You would think that someone who struggles to find time to eat consistently would lose weight and look great, right? WRONG. Since joining I have followed the guidelines for eating healthy that was outlined in the nutrition course and have been eating more food, more often, and have been LOSING weight! It’s bananas…

I had said that I wanted to get back to having the body I had before pregnancy, childbirth, and motherhood entered the picture; So far, the results I have seen have far exceeded my expectations. Ultimately, I am in much better shape and am much healthier now than I was before pregnancy.

What specific results have you seen in yourself since joining?
I am really proud of the results I have seen. Since joining, I have lost 9lbs and have seen a 4% reduction in Body Fat, a 2% gain in muscle, a 1.5” loss around my waist, a 2” loss in my hips, and .5” loss around my bicep.

Aside from the measurements that have been taken from both the start and end of the 6 Week Challenge, I can say that I feel so much stronger and that I am much Happier with how my clothes fit!

Would you recommend Seacoast Kettlebell?
Abso-fricken-lutely! <3

Sarah W.

What were your workouts like before joining? I would go to the gym and be on the eliptical or treadmill for 30 minutes then I would do the same weight routine depending on the day. It got to the point where I wouldn’t go because I wasn’t seeing any changes. I would never sweat or even feel like I worked out.

Your nutrition? For nutrition I would try what ever fad diet was out and would usually fail. I tried shakes for a while and saw no change as well.

What obstacles did you have to overcome to join and how did you overcome them? Obstacles? Just getting up to go and making sure I go was difficult. I work 12 to 13 hour night shifts. Making sure I would squeeze in a work out between shifts takes a lot of commitment. Nutrition was another obstacle. Realizing it’s a lifestyle change not the newest latest and greatest fad diet.

What are your workouts like now? My work outs are great. I’m not bored. I sweat and actually feel like I am working out and seeing the changes to my body not only the way I look but physically.

What specific results have you gotten since joining? My core is stronger! My arms and legs are more defined. I feel better and stronger every day. Not to mention the inches and weight I have lost all over my body.

Would you recommend Seacoast Kettlebell? I get told I look great everyday and people can’t believe how much weight I lost. I give the credit to SKB and tell people it’s a commitment worth making. Both nutrition and workouts.


Prior to joining SKB in March 2014, my primary physical activity was walking my 13 yr old boxer, Amos. When he died, I desperately needed an alternate routine so I started with a 30 day trial. Initially, I was skeptical. It seemed I was older than most, the large group workouts were daunting, and I only seemed to see the folks who were incredibly fit and strong. But, within 3 weeks I realized the SKB community was special and welcoming to anyone interested in getting stronger and that there were members of all shapes, sizes and fitness levels–I signed on for 15 months. I was impressed by how all the workouts could be modified and that I would be able to fully participate. It took me a few months to figure out which schedule was best and I settled into weekdays @ 6 a.m. large group, Yoga and/or Foundations on Saturday. I even began to tolerate the play list. By September 2015, I was feeling fit and had lost 12 pounds but then I had surgery and gained the weight back.

When I returned to SKB in December 2015, it was so great to see everyone again and I was determined to get back into pre-op condition. I also decided to retire in February 2016 and realized I needed to get serious about my nutrition and eating habits. To my good fortune, Accountables was starting on the eve of my retirement. Providence!

The nutrition education–EXCELLENT. The food guidelines and eating plan–DELICIOUS and EASY to implement. The best part is that this is not a “diet”. I have never eaten so much and such tasty real food! “Diets”, to me, have always meant deprivation and Jenn RD’s plan is anything but deprivation. I now firmly believe the staff’s mantra that conditioning and fitness is 70% nutrition and 30% exercise. It is exceptional for a gym to have this focus. People say they workout so that they can eat whatever they want. Doesn’t work. Not for me anyway. I needed to change and have changed what I want to eat: nutrient dense foods.

Four weeks after Accountables, several of the 6 a.m. folks took the Leaner Faster Stronger Challenge. What fun we had doing this together and sharing recipes, tips, struggles, challenges, successes and encouraging each other to meet our individual goals. When I started, I wanted to get back down to my normal and comfortable size 12. The inches just came off and I am down to size 8. Have not been anywhere close to this size since 6th grade. It is truly amazing to me. I certainly never thought I would be on the success wall.

I have been a life long fast walker with no aspirations to run. With these reductions, I spontaneously started jogging and surprisingly am enjoying it. I have also been doing some extra cardio and chin-ups after WOD a few days per week. One day that bell will ring loud and long when I can do chin-ups without any assistance.

Thanks to every member and the entire SKB staff for all the support that has come in a variety of ways— from happily being a workout buddy to explaining a technique, to teaching me how to roast beets, to just saying hello. And, thanks especially for the constant encouragement and humor that makes the WOD fun–each and every time–well, most every time

Do I recommend SKB? Absolutely!

Wanda I.

What were your workouts like before joining? Your nutrition?
Before joining Seacoast Kettlebell, my workouts were very routine and boring. I would go to planet fitness 3-4 times a week, do the typical cardio, abs and whatever body part I was supposed to work out that day. The results I saw in my body came very slowly and too soon, my body got used to the mundane exercises and the changes I wanted stopped happening. I dreaded going to the gym. It was an hour out of my day I knew I needed but also an hour I wished was more exciting and fulfilling. I wasn’t motivated and I needed a good kick in the butt to keep me going. As far as nutrition goes I have been “dieting” since I can remember and I have tried just about everything- low carb, counting calories, weightwatchers, and most recently counting my macros. It becomes an obsession, weighing and measuring and sometimes eating more than you need to so that you meet your daily goal. Those diets like my gym workouts worked for a time and then stopped. It wasn’t a lifestyle that you could maintain; the food wasn’t satisfying and it was a lot harder than it should have been.

What obstacles did you have to overcome to join and how did you overcome them?
My entire life there has been skinny people and people like me — overweight people. When you’re overweight, you overthink everything from what people see you eating, to the clothes you wear, and the activities you choose to do. Even before joining Seacoast Kettlebell, going to the gym was a constant anxiety I had. I didn’t want people looking at me; looking at the extra weight I was carrying or “judging” me. I finally got over that fear at my regular gym where I could mind my own business and work out alone but coming to Seacoast Kettlebell brought a whole new rush of anxiety. I would be working out with 30-40 people at any given time and my thoughts became “I’m going to be the weakest there, I’m not going to be able to do it, people are going to make fun of me, no one will want to be partners with me and that EVERYONE would be staring.” That was the farthest from the truth. Everyone, the coaches and clients are so motivating and helpful. I have met so many wonderful people here. Working out in a group makes you push yourself that much harder. You want to keep going, you want to finish because you know everyone around you is feeling the same rush of “pain” from the exercises that you are. It’s a “we are all in this together mentality” and from the minute I walked into SKB, I never once felt out of place or scared.

What are your workouts like now?
You can find me at Seacoast Kettlebell five to six days a week. I honestly cannot get enough. It’s my favorite part of the day. I usually do small groups two days a week, which has been the most helpful for working on my form. The other days I do large group. I always feel challenged; I always leave feeling like I just got the best workout ever. I never leave this gym like I did Planet Fitness feeling I could have done more. I love that they offer boxing, yoga, and foundations classes. Its so easy to mix it up. These workouts are intense, they are hard, and they are so gratifying once you finish them. It’s always something new and exciting and worth EVERY penny.

What specific results have you gotten since joining?
Since joining Seacoast Kettlebells 8 week program, I am 6 weeks in and I have lost 8 pounds, 4 inches off of my waist and I have completely lost the anxiety of working out. But, more importantly, thanks to the dietitian, Jenn Gosselin, I have gained a sense of ownership over my cooking. I’m no longer stressed out trying to meet my macros. I eat well-balanced, delicious food and I am better informed on what real healthy eating looks like. You know what they say “abs are made in the kitchen” and I can wholeheartedly say that since I started this lifestyle change it has made all the difference. My nutrition coupled with the intense workouts has brought me muscles that I’ve never seen before, clothes that fit better, strength, and a lot more confidence and happiness in my life.

Would you recommend Seacoast Kettlebell?
I would and do recommend Seacoast Kettlebell to everyone! Sometimes I think I talk about it way too much; it might become what you call “word vomit”. I can’t help but talk about what a fantastic gym this is. It is filled with passionate trainers who are constantly motivating people, a nutritionist who genuinely cares about what you put into your body, and a fantastic facility where you get your “*ss kicked”. The trainers all know your name, they motivate you but they aren’t afraid to tell you when you’re doing something wrong, even if its six different times in the same workout (guilty). Everyone here is dedicated and loves their job. It an amazing group to be apart of and I think everyone should try it.

Heather G.

What were your workouts like before joining? Your nutrition?
In high school I was in fantastic shape, I went to college to play soccer and was extremely active. After freshman year I decided to focus more on my studies and did not continue to play soccer. But I did continue to eat the way I was when I was working out 7 days a week: pizza, pasta, bagels, Chinese food, and all other college staples. It wasn’t until my junior year that I looked in the mirror and didn’t recognize the person looking back at me. I had put on 50 pounds since high school, I started to workout and eat healthy again but I was always yo-yoing. I’d loose a few pounds here and there but then gain them right back when it got too difficult.

What obstacles did you have to overcome to join and how did you overcome them?
One day my fabulous father texted me and had me meet him at SKB. I was so nervous because of how I looked and felt. I never once felt judged when I first started. I was instantly hooked. My biggest issue has always been getting to the gym. Small group training has been the best thing for me, knowing that I am held accountable and I have to be there at a certain time keeps me motivated. Now I actually look forward to the gym!

What are your workouts like now?
I I try to make it 4 to 5 times a week and if I don’t make it, I feel guilty. The most incredible feeling is accomplishing a goal that you set for yourself. The first two months I couldn’t do a pull-up or a chin up if my life depended on it. Now with the assistance of a band, I can! And my new goal is to do one without a band.

What specific results have you gotten since joining?
Since joining, I have seen incredible results. Starting with my diet, I always thought I was eating pretty healthy… ha I was wrong. JennyRD taught me how to read labels, all about portion control and has given me some of the yummiest recipes ever! With my workouts I have become stronger, faster, I have more energy, and I am more confident. Nothing else could ever get me to wake up at 5 am to make it to a 6 am class. My clothes fit me differently, and I have gone down 3 pant sizes in 5 months. I did all of this the right way by eating healthy, and working out.

Would you recommend Seacoast Kettlebell?
I would recommend, and do recommend Seacoast Kettlebell to everyone; it has completely changed my life. The staff is so welcoming and helpful, even when I mess up on Military Press… on two different occasions. I have made wonderful friends and great connections. The second you walk through the door you are greeted by a friendly face. The hardest part is getting up the courage to just walk in the door but once you do, you will not regret it!

– Nicole P.

I can’t even explain how happy I am with my transformation! After I turned 21 and started drinking, my clean eating habits and exercise regimen went out the window. I didn’t know how to get to where I was before and I sure didn’t have the willpower to eat right anymore after endless nights of pizza smothered in ranch dressing. Three months or so after turning 21, I started going back to the gym 1-2 times per week and did yoga as well for about a month. I kept getting back on track then ruining my hard work by drinking and binge eating again and again and again…

That’s when I saw an ad on Facebook for an 8-Week Transformation Program with Seacoast Kettlebell in Dover. I signed up thinking what a great new thing that I haven’t tried yet! I eagerly signed up.

The first time I walked into the gym for my intro/evaluation, I was so scared. Loud music, thirty people throwing around these kettlebells and kicking ass at it! I went to my first class back in November and walked in not knowing a soul. Words cannot express how nice, motivating, generous, and friendly ALL the people were there, including the coaches and owner! The membership also included meetings with Jenny, the dietitian, who is so sweet, outgoing, AND motivating!

After working with the various workout coaches each week, 2-3 times per week and Jenny every other week (including a dietary cleanse, so helpful for all my cravings!) I finally am back where I want to be, BUT with the muscle and tone that I always worked so hard for, but could never achieve on my own.

These are pictures from my first week and last week of my transformation program! I HIGHLY recommend this gym to every and any person who wants to get in shape in the best gym environment you could ever imagine. THANK YOU SEACOAST KETTLEBELL! I am endlessly grateful and have renewed and am now a regular member of this FANTASTIC gym!

– Ariana S..

Before I joined SKB, I would try to work out 2-3 times a week, but this would come in waves. I would get in the groove of working out consistently for 4-5 weeks, and then completely fall off the wagon for 3 months. This off and on process went on for years. I would mix up some cardio (in the form of the Stairmaster or elliptical), with some weight training. The weight-training I was doing was bare minimum, and knowing what I know now, the inappropriate form, weight, ect. I didn’t follow a specific diet or watched what I ate before joining SKB. The Pizza Factory boxes were a constant in my fridge, weekly.

I was scared when I first started at SKB. I remember walking in the first day, and having the whole place be so foreign to me. There were no machines that I recognized, and nothing there that I felt comfortable that I knew how to do. I saw everyone in large group killing the workouts, and it made me nervous that I would never be that ‘good’ or never up to par. To overcome them, I just showed up. Everyone starts somewhere, and I knew that I would just need to keep coming and that I would get there. It didn’t hurt that everyone was so friendly, and encouraging.

Now, I try to work out 5 times a week, if I only make it to 4, I feel guilty. I have shifted away from primarily small group sessions, to more large group sessions, and I love it. I love the individual attention you get in small group, and the barbell work, but large group is so different each time I go, and I love the KB work.

When I first started at SKB, I lost 15+ pounds in a few months. That was super encouraging, and made me want to keep coming. The addiction began. I am still losing pounds, but what I love even more, is that I am noticeably getting stronger. SKB has helped me shift my mindset from watching the number on the scale, to the number on the kettlebell that I’m picking up for snatches.

I would 100% recommend SKB. No matter what level you are at, the first step is to just walk in the door. Stick with it, and even if you fall off the wagon for a few days/weeks, just come back and get right back into it.

– Ashley A.

I remember the exact day that I was absolutely ready to take control of my body. After years of struggling with my weight, yo-yo dieting, joining gyms that did not motivate me to be there, I had had it. I was approaching 40 and knew I needed to step outside of the box. And that was the day I saw an ad for an 8 week transformation on Facebook! I made the commitment at that moment, as I pushed the submit button, that I was worth it!

When I walked in to SKB for the first time, I saw the success wall, and an immediate goal of mine was to be on it… I honestly can’t believe I have. I look forward to seeing myself on here again when I reach my next goal! I now know I can get there!

In September, I began my first 8 week challenge… I was hooked! I saw changes in my body fast, but winter approached and my diet and exercise was not nearly as strict. I decided to join the LFS challenge and have watched my life change! I honestly never believed I would win, I was joining for the accountability as I seem to do better in a challenge situation!

What were your workouts like before joining? Your nutrition? Before joining SKB, it was eat whatever I could find, as fast as I could as I often found myself eating on the go. After joining, I had honed it in a bit and was eating more like 65/35, as opposed to 80/20. I joined gyms, worked out here and there, ran a bit and got bored and quit prior to joining SKB

What obstacles did you have to overcome to join and how did you overcome them? TIME for ME..as a single mother, I always have somewhere to be or something else that needs to get done. Even after joining for months I would let other things come before ME; my health, my fitness goals….until I read a blog by Colin about the sayers and the doers…from that moment on, I decided to be a doer, and stopped feeling guilty about making time for me! (Thanks Colin)

What are your workouts like now? I workout several days a week. At least 3 large groups ( I aim for 4) 1 or 2 small groups and I try to hit up boxing at least once a week…plus I run once or twice a week at home and am more likely to be found out being active as opposed to on my couch!

What specific results have you gotten since joining? Since LFS I lost over 13 pounds and around 9 inches, bringing my total to over 20 pounds and close to 15 inches… I am more agile, and have more energy and endurance, then I have had since my early 30s.

Would you recommend Seacoast Kettlebell? I would absolutely recommend SKB, it has without a doubt changed my life! I feel better about myself and they have given me the tools I need to succeed. I look forward to going to the gym and am always greeted by the staff in a positive and encouraging manner. I have a long way to go to reach my goals, now it’s about increasing muscle and decreasing body fat. I have set goals and know that with hard work, dedication and determination I will be able to meet them, because of SKB. Where else can you see results like this?

– Kelly F.

Prior to joining SKB I didn’t really have a workout routine. In June 2014 I decided something needed to change. I had no endurance and no energy. It was even work to tie my shoes and carry the laundry up from the basement. I was at my all time highest weight. I started walking around the neighborhood while my kids went for a bike ride. I also started logging my food with My Fitness Pal. I would just try to eat a certain amount of calories, not necessarily the right ones. In September I tried a workout DVD but it was hard to motivate myself and workout consistently with my kids.

I am a very busy mom of three amazing kids who are involved in lots of activities. I work part time and volunteer in many organizations. I felt I did not have time to commit to a gym. Then I won a free month membership to SKB. I was scared to death to try it but a good friend who was already a member encouraged me to go. I didn’t think I would be able to do anything and I thought people would be laughing at me. Instead it has been one of the best decisions I have ever made. I was hooked after a month and decided to become a member.

The coaches are the best. They meet you where you are at and push you even more. They motivate you. After a workout at SKB I always leave amazed with myself. SKB is more than a place to work out. It is a community of devoted staff and members who want to see you achieve your goals.
I now come to SKB 4-5 times a week. I have done some large group classes and enjoy yoga. The small group classes are a great fit for me. It is more personal attention and the coaches are very patient with me- even if I need a move shown to me 100 times! I actually like working out now. I am proud of myself when I achieve something new- like 18 chin ups in two minutes!

I am now eating healthier than I have ever been before thanks to Jen, RD. I am making good choices about the food I eat and fuelling my body appropriately. I participated in the Leaner, Faster, Stronger Challenge and learned a lot. I am now eating clean and following the 80/20 rule. I meet with Jen, RD every two weeks and she is motivating, encouraging, and helps me set a goal for the next two weeks. She holds me accountable which is what I needed.

I have lost a total of 15.5 inches and 36.5 pounds. I am down three sizes and needed to buy new clothes. It feels good when people say I am shrinking. I have gained so much more. I am no longer tired all the time. I have endurance to keep up with my kids and I am stronger than I have ever been.
I would whole heartedly recommend SKB to anyone- all ages and all fitness levels. They have changed my life.

– Beth D.

Seacoast kettlebell has been a blessing for me in many ways over the years. First, I was an athlete my entire life. We all know what happens when we grow up and the sports teams are no longer and our eating habits stay the same after years of not having to worry about it….WE GAIN WEIGHT!!

I lived in California after high school and participated a bit too much in the fabulous Mexican food and beverages. I managed to put on about 40lbs before returning home. My wife and I were set to get married in 2009 a year after I opened my business. After a few major life changes, I decided to try to find that athlete again.

I began training for triathlons and slowly but surely saw the weight coming off. I first joined seacoast kettlebell in 2010. It was the first time I was really excited about something in a long time. I wanted to go everyday. I wanted to do better, get stronger. Colin was a wonderful coach and was always helping to push me to my Max. Let’s face it, we all don’t have that internal motivation. Seacoast Kettlebell gives that to you. So I was hooked… My poor wife had to listen to me everyday explaining exactly what we did that day in the workout. I was so EXCITED!!!!

I took a break from SKB during my pregnancy. When I went back I could barely get through my first workout. After 2 months of small group I was stronger then I’d been in years. This place changes people’s lives.

I can’t say more about the community this gym has. The members are great and the staff is fantastic. It’s like family.

– Amanda H.

If I were to explain my experience at SKB in just a few words, it would be that it has changed my life in the best way possible. Before SKB, my workouts were sporadic and unsatisfying. I had tried personal training while spending an unmentionable amount of money – for something I always felt was mediocre at best. I had no idea what I was getting myself into. It’s amazing to look back and think how much I hesitated before joining, whereas now my day isn’t complete without SKB.

As soon as you walk through the doors of SKB, you realize this is more than just a gym. It is a home of like-minded people who do nothing but encourage each other. I think it’s important to talk about not only what I have lost, but what I have gained. Foremost, I have gained lifelong friends who share the same goals and consistently motivate each other to be better. I have gained confidence, and and a new outlook on living a healthy lifestyle.

I was never an athlete – when I started at SKB, there were many things I could not do nor did I ever think I would be able to do them. Multiple push ups? No way. Run a road race? Not a chance. A hang power snatch? Um, say what? It makes me elated to say that not only am I able to do those things, but I can do them without hesitation and am always looking for a new way to challenge myself.

I realized I was reaching a plateau with my workouts. I was strong, but I knew something needed to change. I took a leap of faith and joined SKB’s 8 week transformation program. I began doing small group workouts twice a week, focusing on my form while lifting heavy, and food logging. The biggest part of my lifestyle that I was missing was how to utilize proper nutrition with the workouts. Jenn taught me how to eat for energy, and never feel deprived. I never once felt deprived, even during my cleanse. My nutrition choices have changed dramatically, and I am so happy they did. I am even stronger than when I began! I am proud to say that through this 8 week journey I lost just shy of 10 pounds and inches all over. I never thought I would be able to say that!! SKB will help you reach all your goals, you just have to take that leap.

– Brittany

What were your workouts like before joining? Your nutrition? I am a longtime runner who strength trained inconsistently. As my distance goals increased, I often cut strength training out of my workout schedule in an effort to make more time for running. I came from the school of thought that to be a better runner I needed to run more. After a minor injury sidelined me and landed me in PT I learned that I had a pretty weak core and needed to add some core strengthening into my regular routine in order to stay healthy as a runner. This is what originally led me to SKB.
I’ve always been a relatively healthy eater. I, of course, have my weaknesses, but I love fruits and vegetables and overall, I like to think of food as fuel. I’ve also always believed that I needed to eat a lot of bread and pasta as a source of carbohydrates, therefore I did.

You were a long term member then got in AWESOME shape for your wedding! What did you change? First off, thank you! I really enjoyed the discipline and accountability that the Leaner, Faster, Stronger Challenge provided me last year. I was considering doing the challenge again this year, but my goals were a bit different than last year, so I contacted Sara and she suggested that I sign up for the 8-week transformation. This provided me with 2 small group workouts/week, check-ins with Jen and the same level of discipline and accountability. Overall my goals are to be a stronger runner, increase overall muscle definition and yes, get in AWESOME shape for my wedding.

I was already running quite a bit, so small group and nutrition were key elements in helping me to reach my goals. In my initial meeting with Jen, we set some nutritional goals and I jumpstarted my healthier eating with a cleanse and logging my food. I believe that logging food is critical in looking closely at where you can make improvements. I quickly saw that I needed to be eating more protein to feel full throughout the day. Setting goals and checking in with someone regularly really helps me to stay disciplined.

What obstacles did you have to overcome to join and how did you overcome them? I think that the only obstacle I really ever had to overcome to join SKB was the initial fear of the unknown. I wasn’t sure what to expect and because I like to be good at things, I was afraid that I might not be. Although the workouts are challenging, the trainers are always helpful and encouraging. “I can’t” isn’t a choice at SKB. Everyone helps you until you “can”.

What are your workouts like now? Currently, I run 3 times/week and attend small group training 2 times/week.

What specific results have you gotten since joining? I have lost weight, become more defined and feel stronger as a runner.

Would you recommend Seacoast Kettlebell? I would absolutely recommend Seacoast Kettlebell. People ask me all the time what I do to stay fit and I always tell them about SKB and what I’ve learned from everyone there. I think it’s important for people to know that they have trainers who care about helping them to achieve their goals and working with them until they get there.

– Roxanne M.

I just wanted to send a big thank you to everyone at Seacoast Kettlebell!

After 3 months at Seacoast Kettlebell I lost 10 pounds and am ready for my college reunion this weekend. This is my lowest weight since I had both of my children! I have not enjoyed working out since I was an athlete in college. The workouts were always challenging!

I went from not being able to do a pull up to doing a whole set with chains!!! And I just ran my first 5k of the season and ran my fastest time ever. I took almost a full minute off my time!

Thank you again. I hope to return at some point as I miss working out even at 6 am already!

– Kelly B., Dover NH

I have been up and down 20/40 lbs. over the last 15 years; following fad diets, running on the treadmill, then watching it collect dust, joining the gym and eventually skipping the gym! I had always wanted to have a “toned” body, but there was always an excuse…it’s too much money, I don’t have time, too much work, etc….NOT ANYMORE!

I saw a Facebook post with Seacoast Kettlebell’s transformation program and immediately signed up before I had a chance to change my mind. I am so glad I did! I feel better, stronger and happier than I have ever felt before. I would never have been able to do this without the wonderful staff here and the welcoming, fun environment they provide.

The employees at Seacoast Kettlebell are committed to seeing you reach your goals. Jenn, the registered dietitian, and all of the trainers take the time to get to know you, your strenghts and your weaknesses. They pushed me to challenge myself and the results have been amazing! I feel that this is not just a job to them, it is their passion and that passion is contagious! Thank you…I am never going back to the old me!

– Stacy B.

In May 2014, my friend finally convinced me to go to a Seacoast Kettlebell bring-a-friend day. I was nervous, intimidated, and out of shape. But I had reached what I liked to call, “critical mass.” I couldn’t continue to live the way I was- making poor food choice after choice, getting little to no exercise, and scorning the post-baby weight…..a year post-baby. I knew I wasn’t going to join another big-box gym. I’ve been there, and it doesn’t work. When I go, I don’t know what the hell to do with myself. Treadmill? For how long? How fast? Then what? What do I do with these weights? Is that a medieval torture device or an exercise machine? From the first workout at SKB, I was hooked. I knew this was the key to making the big change I so desperately needed. The structure, the fast-pace, the encouragement of the coaches (who seemed to know everyone’s name?!), the vibe was unlike any other gym I’d been to. “Discover your potential” as it is displayed on the wall, became my own personal mantra. The workouts are continuously challenging but I felt myself getting stronger every day. I never imagined how empowering it would be to break a PR, or to just know that two months ago you never would have been able to accomplish something that you just did with relative ease. The coaches are encouraging and are always there to push you just a little bit out of your comfort zone. And let’s not get me started on the wonderful people I’ve met since I joined and how the support and camaraderie serves as an additional motivator. A few months in, my first consult with Jenn the dietician kept ringing in my ear: “weight loss is 70% nutrition”. Then, as if by fate, a 10-day cleanse was posted. After losing 7 pounds in 10 days, I continued on by joining the Accountables 6-week program. The nutrition piece was essential- Jenn explains the rationale and science behind healthy eating and it just clicks. For the first time in my life I’m not “dieting”, I’m eating clean, healthy, and wise. The Accountables group was invaluable for ongoing education and reinforcement- not to mention peer support and awesome recipe ideas! Another 10 pounds later, I’ve lost a total of 28 pounds since joining. Several inches off of my waist, hips, bust, and biceps. I feel AMAZING.

I can’t say enough good things about Seacoast Kettlebell. Joining has been life-changing. I’m physically and mentally stronger and for the first time in my life I consider myself (somewhat) of an athlete. I’m proud of myself, I’m confident in my capabilities and this strength and confidence travels with me far outside the doors of the gym.

Thank you to everyone at Kettlebell who has been and will continue to be a part of my journey. You’re so awesome and there is no place else in the world like this, of that I’m sure.

– Beth G.

The Couple That Sweats Together, Stays Together!

Before Seacoast Kettlebell Steve went to Planet Fitness Monday-Friday at 5:00am and lifted weight. I ran pretty regularly. I signed up to do a Spartan race and wasn’t sure how to prepare for that besides running. My cousin, Scott P, told me about Seacoast Kettebell and said it would be great to get you ready for a Spartan race. I signed up in March 2012 and loved it right away. I kept telling Steve about it because he was getting kind of bored at the gym. He started a month later and like me, loved it right away. We ate just OK, trying to eat healthy but nothing consistent.

We were very excited to do the Leaner, Faster, Stronger challenge in April. It was very easy to follow but it was also challenging. Sometimes you just wanted to eat what you wanted to eat. Knowing it was a challenge we wanted to do the best we could do. Having another couple, Mark and Ann B, to feed off of encourage each other and get food ideas from and share how we were doing helped. Jenny RD was wonderful knowing we couple pop in or email with any questions or concerns and she would be there with helpful advice and encouragement.

Steve lost 42 LBS ad 16 inches and I lost 18 LBS an 11 inches.

We feel great! We have decided to cut out diary from our diet and complex carbs. That being said, the weekends we have cheat meals. We will have pizza with cheese, sandwiches with bread, etc. Monday through Friday we are strict with out food intake. Steve’s favorite exercises are the ab wheel, bench press, shoulder press and snatches. Steve hates thrusters and pistol squats.

My favorite exercises are snatches and squats. My least favorite are planks.

Our favorite cheat meal is Pizza from Station.

We LOVE Seacoast Kettlebell!! We have met some wonderful people who have become great friends. This gym is like a family. There are great trainers who truly care about you, who encourage you, push you and praise you.

Thank you Colin and SKB Staff for all you do!

– Steve & Corinne V., Dover

Intimidation came to mind the moment I thought about joining SKB. And for me, after years of sitting at a desk job for 10+ hours a day, having twins & 1 of them being diagnosed with a chronic illness, I finally said – it’s time. It’s time to focus on me and find that athlete that I used to be. But I was scared….it’s tough to come right out & say that, because I’m typically not scared of anything new. I was scared of the expectations of me – especially b/c I had been a scholarship basketball player in college.

My brother in law walked with me into SKB for the 1st time and kept telling me that I’d be fine. He had a lot more confidence in me that day than what I had in myself. I quickly found that same amount of confidence and support from everyone at SKB…. For the 1st few months, I did 2 days a week in small group. Once I was feeling stronger, I started adding in large groups… before I knew it, I was also running again!!

Then I heard about the Leaner, Faster, Stronger Challenge. After 8 weeks, not only had I lost 20+ lbs and over 10 inches, but my team ended up finishing 2nd place!! All with the support of an amazing partner, the SKB coaches & the awesome members of SKB. I truly felt my body & mind transforming….
11 months & 35 lbs later, I have definitely found that inner athlete again – my mind is still ahead of my body most of the time… but I’m working on never having to say that I ‘used to be an athlete’. I still have to modify often but the modifications are progressive. The coaches know exactly how much to push and get the maximum result out of me.

I’ve learned that fear & intimidation is truly mind over matter. Most morning I won’t even look at the WOD before I come in! And I’m not going to say that most mornings I still drive back north on the Spaulding working hard to make it home without tossing my cookies….but if I had known that facing that fear would’ve resulted in where I am today, I wouldn’t have waited so long to finally walk through those doors. The journey continues….

– Tiffany D.

In August 2013, I made a decision to send an e-mail to Jenn about Nutrition and needing some help setting some goals for myself.

Over the past 3 months I have made some huge changes in my workouts and nutrition all in thanks to Jenn.  Jenn has met with me on a weekly basis and provided me with the greatest tools I needed to get a jump start on my weight loss and overall nutritional goals. Jenn is amazing and was instrumental in providing me all the support I needed over the last 3 months.

I started attending Small Group Training at least 3 times per week, along with my regular Large Group Training. The Small Group Trainers pushed me to give 100% and I am convinced that this combined with Jenn’s nutritional plan has been the only reason for my weight loss.

I owe a huge Thank You to everyone at SKB.

Weight  –9lbs    Waist –2 ½”    Hips -2 ½”    Chest – 2 ½”

– Susie B., 90 day challenge

I am so grateful for the amazing support and encouragement I received from the entire team at Seacoast Kettlebell.  They took what could have been a very intimidating experience and made me feel welcome and included from day one.  Colin and his team are warm and engaging from the moment you meet them.  I was and continue to be so impressed with how all the coaches know and remember everyone’s name.  The 90 Day Accountability experience gave me just the jump start I needed to get on the path toward making good nutrition and exercise choices every day.

Thank you SKB for making me part of your amazing healthy family!

Weight  -12lbs   Waist  -7 ¾”   Hips  -2”   Chest  -3 ¼”   Arm  – ¾”

– Molly H., 90 day challenge, Dover, NH

AamandacomboMy challenge at Seacoast Kettlebell ended today.  It wasn’t easy, it was definitely a challenge, but I finished it and am successful!  17.5 pounds lost, 10.5 total inches lost (4″ from my waist, 3.75″ from my hips, 1.75″ from my chest and 1″ from my arms).  In a little over 6 months, I have lost a total of 34 pounds,15% body fat and gained a ton of muscle.  I can’t begin to tell you how good I feel inside and out.  I am a better person!  Thank you to Colin McGarty for giving me this opportunity, to Jenn Gosselin for being my awesome nutrition coach, to Roxanne Monmaney for helping to get my butt up and motivated and inspiring me to be fit and healthy, and last but not least to Brandon Connors for being my biggest supporter through this crazy healthy lifestyle change we have done together.  I couldn’t have done it without you.

-34lbs & 15% body fat since June 2013!

– Amanda C., 90 day challenge – Rochester, NH

In 2011 I gave up. I was not investing in my health or my body.

I walked into Seacoast Kettlebell with major back issues and arthritis. My body weight was out of control for my short 5’3 stature. I was hitting 6’s and 7’s on a pain scale of 10, some days it hurt to walk down the stairs. Being veteran of rugby, a sport I played for nearly 10 years, I needed some sort of extra push, walking on a treadmill, hanging out on an elliptical machine just wasn’t doing it, I wasn’t committing, I wasn’t working very hard.

Meeting Colin (the owner) for the first time I was overjoyed at knowing that he had a sense of humor, not something I thought I would find in an army kind of guy. He made me feel comfortable, showed me how to do the kettlebell movements before I was even allowed to go to class to ensure I was being safe and was pumped that I was there. Not just because I was another person spending money at the gym, but because he thought he could help me. And he did.

Right away I realized this was not your typical Planet Fata$$ $19.00 a month gym. He knew everyone’s name, remembered which weights they should be using, challenged them when they didn’t work hard and joked with them when he hadn’t seen them in a while. All the trainers are like that, they make you feel like family and come to find out, so did a great number of people that go there. No one looked at me like I was fat and didn’t belong, they pushed me when I slowed down, asked me if I was ok when I needed to stop and challenged me to go heavier and harder. Someone even ran with me one of my first workouts, after he had already done the running, just so I wouldn’t give up.

I’ve lost weight, lost inches, my back doesn’t hurt anymore and beyond that I’m more invested in my body and my strength and my will more than I ever have been. I am in very little to no pain, my arthritis is handled and instead of hitting 6’s and 7’s on the pain scale, I’m hitting PR’s on my weights, barbell and kettlebells alike.

Is this the place to go if you’re looking to walk around, waste time, maybe burn a couple calories and eat some pizza? Not at all. Well, maybe, you’ll just get disappointed when there isn’t pizza and someone is pushing you to your max. This is the place to go when the gimmick of $10 a month fails you and you realize that you need more. This is the place to go if you want to meet some of the most incredible, inspiring people you’ve ever met in your life. This is the place to go to become part of something bigger than yourself. Lastly, this is the place to go if you want to change your life, just like I’ve changed mine.

– Andrea B., Dover, NH

Seacoast Kettlebell…where do I start? SKB is awesome.

Here’s me in a nutshell: 3 sport varsity athlete through high school, continued ice hockey through college and then coached for a couple of years, met my hubs, had two daughters and didn’t workout for about 3 years. Not pretty.

Last February I started at another gym doing 6am classes. With 2 small children I needed a early morning workout so I could spend the rest of my day energized and strong. The tough part – feeling motivated enough to get up at 6 am, which I have never done my entire life! The first gym I tried was lackluster. After 4 weeks the teacher still didn’t know my name and the workouts did not kick my butt. Then my chiropractor, In Motion Chiropractic in Dover, recommended SKB, and now 10 months later I am in the best shape of my life.

The first day I started SKB, I had the intro with Chris and was immediately impressed with his knowledge and enthusiasm. He was very thorough, being sure that I understood how and when to move for the best workout and to avoid injury. The very next day I started my first 6am class and I have never looked back. Each and every workout is different, each instructor is knowledgeable and supportive, and I feel challenged. The progress physically happened fairly quickly – but that is not surprising since I was terribly out of shape. After having two children I had told my husband that I didn’t plan on ever wearing a two piece bathing suit again, and this past summer I not only got to wear a two piece, but for the first time I actually felt comfortable in it!

I really can’t say enough about Colin and his crew there. He is so passionate about his job, and has a way of making you feel important and supported. He has done an excellent job training his staff and ensuring that every workout is worth getting out of a warm bed at 5:30 am!

– Tara H., Dover, NH

” ….and then your accounts/clients start saying “what have you been doing, you look amazing”…and it all makes sense. THANK YOU SKB!”

–  Jess P., Dover, NH

Before doing Accountables, I was in pretty good shape and ate decently most of the time. However, my portion sizes were all out of whack – I’d eat until I was uncomfortably full, and I drank way too much too. What I wanted from Accountables were some ideas on how to control my portions and also some ways to get more variety into my diet. After 6 weeks of Accountables, I now know what appropriate portion sizes are, I’ve tried at least 10 new recipes, I am better at making healthier choices when I go out to eat, and I barely drink alcohol (and I feel better!). The crockpot is my new best friend. On top of that, I’ve lost 5 lbs and inches all over! Unhealthy, greasy food doesn’t even taste that good anymore

I would highly recommend Accountables for everyone – even people who think they can’t benefit from it.

– Heidi H., Age 31

Just overall the whole [Accountables] program was very realistic to everyday life, I never felt like I had to withhold the things I loved, just instead viewed them as a reward
for having a great work week and sticking to my plan. Walking away with tangible strategies, meal plans and nutrition information; instead of just the typical “philosophy” type stuff, really makes this program stand out. And like I said before, I’m really looking forward to the nice weather and feeling that motivation to go through the cleanse and get through the packets again. Thanks!

– Katelyn R., Age 27

Since joining Seacoast Kettlebell 6 months ago, I have lost 13 pounds, 3 dress sizes and dropped 13 minutes off of my 5 mile time! Thanks Seacoast Kettlebell!!!

– Rochelle Y., Dover, NH

Thanks to Seacoast Kettlebell, I was able to cut 6.5 minutes off of my 5K time from the year before, 1.5 minutes from my 5K time from the month before, added an additional 15 pound weight loss to the 50 I had already lost, and dropped 2 pant sizes… And I’ve only been going for 3.5 months!

– Lauren A., Dover, NH

I just wanted to take a moment to let you know how grateful I am for you and Seacoast Kettlebell. You make the difference! It really has changed my life. Thank you for pushing me. I am learning how important exercising is at this point in my life. How crazy is that at 44 years old? I have met so many great people that truly inspire me to be a better me. I couldn’t even run to my mailbox before without being out of breath never mind around the block just for a warm up! LOL!! Terri and I even went after bells today just for a cool down. I am lifting weights, and doing crazy workouts that are so challenging I never think I will make it. Always do, Thanks to you.
Thanks so much.

– Susan P., Somersworth, NH

I started classes at Seacoast Kettlebell several months ago and cleaned up my diet. Now I am 10 pounds lighter than my pre-pregnancy weight!!!!

– Joan W., Somersworth, NH

I have lost 5 inches and am down over 20 pounds since starting classes at Seacoast Kettlebell—with no dieting! Kettlebells rock!!

– Kiarna B., Portsmouth, NH

Sure, I made resolutions to get in shape before. I would go to the gym in bursts, but before long I’d find excuses to skip those boring hours on the elliptical. Getting engaged gave me the incentive I needed to find something I’d actually stick with. I’m so glad I found Seacoast Kettlebell! The classes are short, so they’re easy to incorporate into my routine, and they’re never the same. You never know what diabolical workout Colin has planned! The sense of community really helps, too — it’s so much more fun than working out independently in a room full of strangers. It hasn’t even been two months, but the little bells I started with are already too light! It’s empowering to see results so fast. Thanks to Seacoast Kettlebell, I’m looking forward to feeling toned and strong on my wedding day and beyond.

– Jennifer K., Durham, NH

After just 12 weeks of working out with a kettlebell I lost 3 inches from my waist and dropped a pant’s size! I feel strong and toned. I love the workouts at Seacoast Kettlebell, Colin alwayshas something fun and different planned. It never gets boring. This is the longest I’ve stuck with a program.

– Karen O., Epping, NH

I was already in shape to begin with, but I love the challenging workouts. Sometimes we just use the kettlebells and other times we do crossfit style workouts. You never know what to expect, and you work cardio and strength at the same time. It takes the boring out of going to the gym!

– Kelly W., Dover, NH

I have been going to the gym for years and have even worked with personal trainers. I recently quit the gym and now do all my workouts at Seacoast Kettlebell where I don’t have to think – I show up, do what I am told, get individual attention in a small group format and have fun. Even better – I now need less than an hour to get a great workout! After just a month I have seen big improvements in my stength and stamina and feel great about my body. Seacoast Kettlebell Rocks My Body!

– Dawn Z., Dover, NH

The workouts at Seacoast Kettlebell are really fun and challenging! I have only been coming for a few weeks but I have already lost a couple of inches! I also feel better and stronger.

– Deb S., Gloucester, MA