I was asked to write a few sentences about my experience with the UTC and realized that it is just plain silly or impossible. How can I put into words a program that addresses all the aspects of real change in a few sentences? It would take at least 12 weeks for me to share everything that has improved in my life as a direct result of the UTC. By then, if you decide to take the challenge, you will realize what I mean. My before and after pictures will never show the depth of change that has taken place on the inside. This is a comprehensive program that returned the fun back into my life… I am no longer an observer of my own life; I’m a happy participant in it!
In January of 2008 I was so far gone that I thought my life was over… over in the sense that it was never going to be as fun as it once was. Boy was I wrong! After participating in 2 consecutive UTC’s, my life has turned around in so many ways. While some people may be impressed with the outer change in my appearance, there was a much deeper change that occurred as a result of this comprehensive program. I often have trouble explaining the constant state of content and happiness that I’m in each day… but that is what this program has given to me. It’s not a diet… it’s not an exercise program… it’s a new way to look at and participate in your own life.
At one point I was 255 pounds, 4 broken ankles, multiple ligament tears, 5 knee surgeries, broken elbows, bone mice in each elbow joint, multiple shoulder separations, multiple broken wrists, widespread arthritis from my shoulders to my ankles, and my nose has been broken at least 3 times. As a participant in contact sports my whole life, I was told by my doctor what I should never do again. I was warned that I would need 2 new knees and a new hip soon. Don’t run… don’t squat… don’t lift your arms over your head… they might as well have said don’t have any more fun! Then I was introduced to the UTC… 17 months later my knees have never felt better, I’m running and playing lacrosse again, power lifting, bodybuilding, and having more fun then I ever thought a 51 year old person should be allowed to have.
I have maintained a 75 to 80 pound weight loss and continue to raise many standards in my life. Before the UTC I had many legitimate clinical excuses why I couldn’t… after 2 consecutive UTC programs, I have regained the thrill of life and have placed my focus on what I can do, not what I can’t do. If you were asked "how much would you invest in your life to get it back?" what would your answer be? My answer is this… 2 UTC programs and a constant commitment to the principles of the program. There is no dollar amount that can be placed on the way I feel about my life right now! Looking back, it was the best investment I have ever made. A special thanks to Tom Phillips for creating a comprehensive program that leaves no stone unturned. Questions? Email me at email@example.com. Be sure to put UTC Question in the subject line of your email."
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Tom invited me to do the UTC that summer, but I did not think I would be able to handle it, so I “counted points” for a few months, and was very proud of myself for losing 20lbs by mid-October. A few weeks later, however, when I stopped losing weight, I realized that I did not feel any better, and my bench press had declined with my weight loss. My friends who had done UTC and lost about the same 20 lbs were saying that they felt fantastic, and their strength had increased.In January of 2010, weighing 228 lbs, I reaffirmed my commitment to weighing under 200lbs by April and made the best health decision I had ever made.
I started the UTC with Tom and Jody, and I believe I have changed my life forever. I did reach my goal, and finished at 198 lbs, but so many more important things happened as well. I have learned not just what to eat, but how, when, and why. My bench press is at a new high, and I am more active than I ever have been. Many people think that the activity is a big part of my success on the program, but I see it the other way around. The program has made me healthy enough to be as active as I am.I can’t thank Tom and Jody enough for their guidance in helping me get on the right track.
In January 2010 I was introduced to Tom Phillips by Bryan Klein, my kids Tae Kwon Do instructor, and my life changed for the better. I am 44 years old and work 6 days a week running a catering business. In addition I have a wife and three kids so needless to say I am very busy with no time for anything beyond the weekly grind or so I thought. Many of my friends and family believed I looked good for my age and at 185 lbs was in no way over weight or out of shape, but I believed differently. After seeing an incredible and unbelievable change in Bryan, I wanted to know what he did and that's when I met Tom. Initially I joined the UTC to lose weight and get in shape, little did I know, the UTC is much more then a weight transformation program, it's a life transformation program.
Through the UTC program, Tom has not only helped me lose 35 Lbs in 12 weeks but he has also helped me find the courage to seek out more ways to challenge myself. The seminars in the program have provided me with a trermendous wealth of knowledge and the information I learned goes way beyond how to lose weight. I cannot express enough how fantastic the UTC program is. I am grateful to know someone like Tom who is very dedicated in helping anyone reach their desired potential.
"The level of stress in your life has absolutely nothing to do with what you choose to put in your mouth!” This is a quote that Tom posted on the UTC blog back in the spring. I always used stress as an excuse to over eat. It is a good excuse and everybody agrees with you too!!! But then I joined the ULTIMATE TRANSFORMATION CHALLENGE. My name is Barbara Gasser. I am 53 years old and have been on a constant diet (off and on) since college. I have 22 diet books, countless vitamins, and cans of protein powder and detox juices all promising the same results. I have been on every program in the last 30 years that has come on the market.I love to exercise, play tennis, and keep active but I could never get the eating portion of my programs UNTIL NOW.
I am training with Matt Maher for a year now and have always complained to him about my weight (what else is new). He had met Thomas Phillips at a seminar and eventually became part of the FIT for Life team. Matt told me about the UTC and convinced me to join. My husband was hesitant about me joining but I assured him that this would be the last time and I was going to try and lose the weight. Matt felt very strongly about the successes of the UTC and knew this would be a good step for me. I jumped in with open arms and a clear mind as I have done in the past but not sure how long I would hold out. I was amazed at how easy the program is to follow. I had no cravings and felt satisfied at every Phase of the program.
The first 2 weeks I dropped 10 pounds and never felt hungry. Tom also provided motivational seminars and eye opening facts that made me realize I am not on a diet but a total transformation of my food intake and my life. After 12 weeks I dropped 32 pounds and I am still continuing on my weight loss to reach a goal I never felt I could get to at my age.I hope to motivate another person’s life with this transformation STORY because I truly believe if I can do it anybody can. I work full time as a sales representative and travel in my car 5 days a week. I eat most of my meals in my car driving to and from appointments.
I am a wife and mother of two children, maintain a household, and cook almost every night for my family. So if you have an excuse why you can’t commit I believe I have covered most of them. Everybody is busy and stressed but eating properly can’t be easier with the UTC program. Feeling good and fueling your body properly will reduce the stress we create in our lives.
In closing, I would like to thank Matt for introducing me to Tom and Jody and being a great support. He never gave up on me and I know he could have. To Tom and Jody for having this awesome fitness studio and providing a UTC program that EVERYONE can succeed as long as YOU are complaint.
My name is Charlie Weingroff. I am a physical therapist, strength and conditioning coach, and personal trainer that has been a colleague with Thomas Phillips for almost 4 years now since returning to NJ. For appropriate disclosure for this testimonial, Tom is not only a professional colleague, he is a training partner, one of my best friends, and a very important person in my life. I hope you can look past these jades as I discuss my experience with the UTC. In typical fashion, aside from Tom and some others, as a clinician of movement, I don't practice what I preach all the time. Heads or tails, I have had shoulder pain of varying levels in both shoulders for some time.
In September of 2010, I was resigned to get surgery on the left shoulder. It wasn't by any means mandatory, but I had it in my head that I was going to get it done. So to prep for a late December surgery, I decided to try to get into the best shape of my life. Part of that was leaving some hours on the table @ work, training 4-5 times/week with Tom, and following the UTC with my wife. A few months go by, 35 pounds later and no need for surgery, need I say more that the UTC is the real deal?
I have been active all my life. I have played sports and worked out for as long as I could remember. Weight never seemed to be an issue. I have some friends who were a few years older than me and would always say wait until you hit 30 - this happens, wait until you hit 35, that happens, wait until you hit 40 ..., Well I hit 30 and it was harder to get out of bed, at 35 my body ached a little more and at 37 the weight started to stay on my body regardless of how much I worked out.
I started working out with Tom in February 2009 weighing around 243. In May of 2009, I made a decision that would change my life. After discussing with Tom, I decided to try the UTC. I was worried about being hungry, staying committed and fighting off cravings. None of my concerns ever became an issue.
The UTC is a program that makes losing weight relatively simple and easy. This program provides those who take the journey with the knowledge and structure required to not only lose weight but to change your lifestyle. The program was easy to follow, the format and blogging make it easy to maintain focus and stay committed and the group lectures provide insight into the Nutrition industry that is very eye-opening. After partaking in the UTC, I lost 30 lbs and have changed my life for the better I am leaner an stronger than I was at 30. Once the UTC ends, you don't want to go back to the way it was before. Tom and the UTC provide you with the tools to change your life for the better. It is not a diet, it is a way of life.