Taylor successfully completed the Catalyst program in the spring while a student at SU’s Newhouse school. She graduated & is now in law school at Fordham University. Here's her story:
My cousins started Method 360 early this year & were enthusiastic about it. One, Jillian Fiorini, is actually becoming a Method 360 trainer! She would post all of this Method 360 stuff on her Facebook, and several of those were links to articles about the methodology behind Method 360. The way the trainers look at fitness really resonated with me, so I decided to try it.
Method 360 is like a family. When you walk in the door, everyone greets you by name; they care about how each client is doing physically & emotionally. When I was going through Catalyst, Jen & Trish would say how good I looked and the changes she noticed. Little things like that keep you motivated. I’ve had people I had never met before encourage & push me harder during the workouts. We all help each other because we’re all in it together. The community is what keeps me coming back.
The trainers, the staff, and the other clients bring me back class after class. The support you get is unbelievable, and the trainers each take the time to correct each person’s form. They get to know each person & can tell when you aren’t giving it your all, and they call you out on it, which really helped me push my limits, even when I thought I couldn’t go harder or for longer.
The physical changes in my body are an awesome plus. The way I feel after I get done with class is what inspires me to keep going, even when it is difficult. You get sore. You get tired. Sometimes you just don’t feel like going. But, there’s nothing like that amazing feeling when you get done with the last station in the circuit or when you get done with the last floor exercise. Anyone who runs the class always lets us all know how big of a deal it is to complete a whole class; they always make us feel accomplished.
I’ve toned my body completely. My stomach is flatter and tighter. I can run farther. I can lift much more. On my first day of Catalyst I used five-pound weights. I grab 12, 15, and 20-pound weights now. I’ve lost inches on my waist. My weight didn’t go down, & I think that’s important to know because I obviously made big changes to my body, but if I had been looking at the scale alone, I would’ve probably given up. In the future, I hope to continue to stay fit and active. Being a student, it can be difficult to find a balance, but I have become addicted to the feeling I get when I work out.
Trish is one of the best people I have ever met. She goes on each person’s journey with them. During my reassessment, she was just as excited as me (if not more) about all of the changes in my body. I’ve learned what real fitness looks and feels like. I’ve learned to throw away the scale & I’m so thankful for that. She shows up to every class with such a great attitude and enthusiasm. The most important thing I’ve learned is that failure is an option, & you should fail. If you push yourself, you’ll fail, and that’s ok. If I needed to modify something, instead of looking at it as a weakness, we learn to look at that as a strength. Trish is the real deal. She inspirational in and of herself.
Overall, Method 360 is unlike any other training program I have ever done before. Anyone would be lucky to train here.
We asked Taylor some questions about Method 360:
How would you describe yourself before and after reaching your goal?
Before coming to Catalyst, and before reaching my goal, I was much weaker & had less energy. I was much more self-conscious about my body as well. I felt weak and very unfit. After achieving my goal and going through the program, I have so much more confidence in myself. Going to Method 360 changes the way you look at yourself. I remember Kristen and Trish talking about all the negative things we say to ourselves. At one point during Catalyst, Kristen said it bothers her when someone looks at her and rolls their eyes because they don’t think they can do something. Because you experience real change at Method 360, those negative thoughts start to go away. But also, when you have trainers who constantly try to build you up, those thoughts disappear before your body starts to change.
What would you tell someone who is on the fence about trying M360?
If you’re on the fence about Method 360, get off the fence and go! You will not regret it and you will not be intimidated. Everyone welcomes new clients with open arms. Everyone is at different fitness levels. I was very intimidated to go to any other classes besides the Catalyst ones. After I took the plunge and went, I found just as supportive a group as Catalyst was. If you are a student, you should absolutely go the Method. When you’re fit, you do better in school, you have better focus, and more energy. It is hard during the academic year to find time, but you should make this part of your routine. It will pay off. If you can go to Method 360, and you don’t, you’re missing out on interacting with great trainers, staff, and clients and you’re also missing out on becoming the best you can be. So, the bottom line is, just go.
What is your favorite day to go to M360? Upper, Lower, Full body?
My favorite day is Lower body day. I love working out my legs. You really feel the burn on lower body day. My legs were the first thing I noticed getting toned during Catalyst.
What is your favorite Method-ism?
“Keep the pan hot”! There are times when you want to take a break, get some water, etc. But, Trish reminds us, pretty much every class, that in order to maximize the workout and get the best results we have to keep moving and fight the urge to stop.
Taylor, thank you so much for being our Success Story for September. We have seen you change and work with such determination & enthusiasm! We look forward to seeing you use your free 5-class pass the next time you’re home in Syracuse!