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Success Story: Teresa Wesson

You have been such a inspiration to me on my weight loss journey, you have helped me realize that I need to take care of me first before anyone else, because I am worth it. This is still a struggle for me along with self confidence but I will get there.

You have also motivated me because of trying different types and ways of exercise keeps me interested in exercise, normally I would get bored with it and quit. You always give us that extra push that we need to keep on! I plan on continuing my weight loss with you as my trainer and will tell others how inspiring you are! I have lost 25 lbs and 14 inches since January and I have at least 30 more to go with your help!

You have so much energy and look wonderful and I want that too! I also want to say thank you for all of your help!

Love Ya Coach A!

— Teresa Wesson

Success Story: Cathy Bernhardt Plevy

My testimonial to an incredibly inspiring woman/friend: Although I don’t live close enough to physically train with April, the mental training I receive from reading her posts and inspirational messages are invaluable. They have truly gotten me through some pretty tough days. I am grateful that we found each other after so many years and proud to know her.

I have come to rely on her for my daily affirmations. Where I had been hard on myself about some aspects of my life – I don’t feel that way any longer. We all have something to tackle, and tackling those things together makes it so much easier and bearable. Thank you friend! =) Hugs

— Cathy Bernhardt Plevy

Success Story: Rick Speas

April Hartsook is an amazing person, athlete and motivator. She possesses the unique ability to challenge individuals to excel in life and to face life’s challenges with courage and a determination to overcome and succeed.

I was one of April’s students at the YMCA for over 3 years. I am 50 years old and I am in the best physical condition of my life. She challenged me to do things in her classes that I never dreamed I could accomplish. She instilled in me a self-confidence and I have a try-anything confidence in her. If April tells me to try some exercise, however ridiculous it may seem to me, I will give it my best effort. She helped me to believe that I can do whatever she asks me to try.

There is more to April than just her physical ability and incredible understanding of how to get the best out of her students. April’s enthusiasm and energy are contagious. She makes challenging classes fun and exciting. She teaches life lessons in the process of teaching exercise classes. She is an amazing motivator and encourager. She has a tremendous heart for those that have been through or are going through some of life difficulties. She helps people to see beyond their circumstances.  

In fact, because of April’s encouragement, training, motivation and inspiration, I am actually a group exercise instructor at the YMCA now teaching classes like April taught me to teach. I am having a wonderful experience doing the things April taught me to do. She is my trainer, motivator and friend! I recommend April Hartsook to you. You will never be same … and it’s a good thing!

— Rick Speas

Iron Woman Competes for Fallen Friend

April Hartsook Ironman Triathlon

April Hartsook Ironman Triathlon

Noted fitness instructor April Hartsook has entered the prestigious and grueling EnduraFit Ironman 70.3 Triathlon, which takes place June 10 in Cambridge, Maryland.

The Triathlon involves a 1.2 mile Swim, a 56 mile Bike ride, and a 13.1 mile Run “The Ironman race is really a test of your physical and mental toughness”, said April Hartsook. “It’s also a chance to compete against professional tri-athletes from around the world” .

But April’s participation isn’t just an extension of her work as a personal trainer and fitness instructor.

“I chose to do this event as a demonstration of my personal fight against ALS, which took the life of my friend and mentor Jon ‘Blazeman’ Blais,” said Hartsook.

Race officials say that this year’s Ironman event will present great challenges due to extreme conditions such as heat, winds, choppy waters, and lack of shade.

“This Ironman competition is not as tough as Jon and others who suffer with ALS, but I race because I can. I hope that by raising awareness, we can raise enough money, so that one day soon we can find a cure”, said Hartsook.

In addition, at the conclusion of the event, special recognition will be given to some of the outstanding participants.

“In honor of Jon, we will be giving the Blazeman Spirit Award to Ironman athletes who exhibit the spirit which Jon shared with all of us!” said Hartsook.

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Here is a link to why IRONMAN EAGLEMAN IS IMPORTANT. I won this in 2010:

Noted Trainer to Support Paralyzed Vets

April Hartsook on bike

April Hartsook on bike

April Hartsook, Personal Training guru, will partner with paralyzed vets in the upcoming “Capital Clash on the Potomac” bass fishing tournament.

In the tournament, Ms. Hartsook along with professional fishermen, or “Bassmasters”, will team with paralyzed Veterans who otherwise wouldn’t be able to participate in boat fishing.

“I will be with them on the dock to assist with baiting and prep work. But mainly we just want to make it possible for these vets to get outside and enjoy the fresh air”, said Hartsook. “I come from a long line of military men, at least six generations, so I am truly honored that I can give something back”.

“Capital Clash on the Potomac” is being held on June 8, 9 and 10, at 2750 Sweden Point Road, Marbury MD 20658.

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Success Story: Kim

April is much more than a trainer, she is a life changer! As long as I can remember, I have been fat and had consoled myself that at 52 years old, that was a fact that was never going to change but then I met April.

She taught me that I can change my life, one day at a time, one step at a time. Her persistence and approach are refreshing. She pushed me to go further than I ever thought possible. I am so grateful for my new outlook and changing body. April’s motto is: “Want different, do different” and with April’s help that is exactly what I am doing and you can do it too!

— Kim

Success Story: Tammy White

April has helped me overcome disbelief in myself. She has pushed me to think positively, move daily, and give it all I have. Even though I was not in good shape or health, she always encouraged me to give what I had, but not to hurt or injure myself.

Sometimes doing the best for yourself is taking a break or resting. It is also about not working alone, but being a part of a group that struggles just as I do. More than anything I am more aware of the potential my body has, its limitations, and how to continue growing and improving.

Throughout my life I have struggled with my WEIGHT, but April has helped me realize that the shape that my body is in is more important than that number on the scale. We smashed a scale on our first work-out. For someone so attached to it, I was shocked, but have stayed away from the dreaded scales through this journey.

I truly don’t know where my weight is, but I know I am stronger and have lost 25+ inches:)  My new motto has been adopted from April’s: WANT DIFFERENT DO DIFFERENT.

— Tammy White

Hartsook to Judge “Art at the Heart”

Noted personal trainer, April Hartsook, has volunteered to judge an art show on Friday, May 4, from 10am until 3:00pm, at Old Richmond Elementary School. The show is part of “Art at the Heart”, a local program that enhances children’s appreciation for different kinds of art.

Prizes will be awarded for the first place winner in each grade and in each category of art, with medals awarded for 2nd and 3rd place finishers, and participation ribbons for all students. In addition, a Best in Show prize will be awarded for k-2nd grade and 3rd-5th grade.

Contest categories will include drawing, painting, photography, clay, mosaic and literature.

“We want to give our children the experience of being artists, and in a fun environment. In addition to the contest, we’ll have a reception with music and snacks. We’ll also display all of the artwork along the walls, so that children will experience their work in a gallery type atmosphere”, said Kelly Melang, Art Teacher at Old Richmond Elementary. “Our school loves to show off the talent of these young artists, and, at the same time, demonstrate to them that Art is really at the Heart of Old Richmond Elementary”.

Move It and Lose It Challenge…The Journey Continues

Move It and Lose It Challenge…The Journey Continues

Success Story: Laura Gorycki

Just wanted to catch up with you and let you know where I am in my weight loss. You helped me tremendously in conquering my current addiction, sugar and carbs, and even though I haven’t seen you in three weeks, and I took a very long and relaxing vacation, I managed to continue with your suggested meal plan.  I look forward to working with you again, and would like to meet soon and discuss goals / schedule / price, etc.  

Thank you SO MUCH for giving me the push I needed, and for helping me believe I could do this!!!  Attached are three 60 day comparison pictures (14 pounds gone!)

— Laura Gorycki