Another Endorsement for Shawn O’Brien and Excel Fitness
by Martha Price Miss Hartford County 2011
I had the pleasure of working with Shawn O’Brien at Excel Fitness in preparation to compete in the Miss Connecticut Scholarship Pageant. He helped me reach my goals of slimming down, toning up, and most importantly, living a healthy lifestyle. After several personal training sessions, Shawn has provided me with a wealth of knowledge about health and fitness which I am sure to use for the rest of my life.
One of the most valuable things that Shawn taught me was how to challenge my body using a variety of equipment and techniques. He tailored my workouts to accommodate the equipment I had at my school’s gym. Before working with Shawn, I usually played it safe by containing my workouts to the treadmill, elliptical, and stretching area. Now, I’m confident and comfortable using every piece of equipment, lifting weights in the weight-room, and lunging across the room with 10 lb dumbbells. Needless to say, I am now much better equipped to stay in shape. Since I typically travel to Connecticut on the weekends, I was wary about not being able to keep up my workout regimen at home. Shawn provided numerous creative alternatives to maintain my workouts using the limited equipment I possessed. The variety of exercises I learned was not only effective, but it also made my workouts interesting and continuously challenging. From this experience, I have taken away a wealth of knowledge about how to get fit no matter where I am or what equipment I have.
Before I started working with Shawn, I assumed that his role would simply be to help me get in shape. After our first session, I knew that Shawn was more than a personal trainer. His genuine words of encouragement helped me not only persevere through challenging workouts, but also through the stress and pressure of competing in a pageant. Shawn constantly reminded me to stay positive and keep working hard to achieve my goals. His optimism is contagious, and made me feel as if I could accomplish anything I set my mind to.
I am very blessed to have had Shawn on my support team as I prepared for the Miss Connecticut Scholarship Pageant. I took the stage feeling confident, healthy, and focused. With Shawn’s help, I was a top 10 finalist. I am excited to continue using the knowledge that I have gained from working with Shawn not only in preparation for future pageants, but also in my everyday life.
Martha Price, Miss Hartford County 2011