FitWorkz Like it is in Members Words

Our members ROCK!  Their experiences are AWESOME!  Even better when they share them with us!

Here is what they are saying about FitWorkz!

July 5, 2013

Via email


You’ll probably get a chuckle from this. In the last 8 years I have never been without working out until my thyroid went into a tail spin and I got sick this last winter.  I haven’t been in a “group” setting since the boxing gym and that’s been 4 yrs plus.  I’ve signed up for Evolution training tomorrow–and I am nervous.   I can’t even imagine how I will do–or how sore I will be come Sunday or Monday.  Signed up for Monday and Wednesday as well.

LOVED the posting you put on facebook–about beating “her”.

It’s perfect for where I am at right now.

Yup. Nervous–and excited.


July 4, 2013

Via email

Hi Ray !

Last week while working out at Fitworkz, I thought back to when I purchased my 1st gym membership;  I was in my early/mid 40’s, now I’m 70.  Since then I have held annual memberships in 3 states, 6 cities, and 14 gyms;  sometimes 2 0r 3 at the same time.  Some kind of Junkie, huh?  Never wanted to miss a workout.

Telling you like it is, “Fitworkz is overall the very finest facility I have ever known, and the only one I will miss.”  You have done an outstanding job of creating a professionally managed gym with the most knowledgable and helpful staff I have ever known.  You, Ray, have continuously re-invested in upgrades, new programs for the betterment of members, and state of the art equipment;  most gyms only want to sell a membership and forget all else.  Fitworkz, the staff and members have created an atmosphere of belonging I will not forget.  My best wishes to all.


***Jim we miss you already!!!


June 28, 2013


MariJo had been training for a marathon before a muscular injury literally stopped her in her tracks. After a functional movement screen, gait analysis, and running analysis was performed here at FitWorkz several muscular imbalances were identified and trained accordingly. After just five sessions with a sport performance training specialist she is now running pain free and the entire FitWorkz team is happy to see her back in action! TRAIN SMART!  Have a nagging pain holding your training back?  Ask for a FREE consult with a trainer!

June 30, 2013

via facebook messaging

Tessa tagged you in a post.

Tessa wrote: “For those of you who knew me when I lived in Illinois, you knew me as an overweight woman who always had a smile for everyone. I was always happy, always smiling, but I was hiding a terrible secret behind my smile. I was 230 lbs, and behind closed doors i was very depressed & very unhappy. I slept all the time, I wasn’t happy in my marriage of 10 years, and I had gained 70+ lbs during my marriage. I didn’t realize I was depressed until one of my daughters friends said to her, ” what’s wrong with your mom? I’ve never seen anyone sleep as much as she does.” When I wasn’t sleeping, I was eating. I was in denial. Then I saw a photo of myself that was taken at a friends baby shower and I was horrified. I couldn’t believe I looked like that. I had to do something to get healthy, to feel better about myself. I joined a gym in Dekalb IL. and I met Ray Binkowski. He was the owner of Fitworkz athletic club and got me on a 16 week program. It worked! I started losing weight and feeling better about myself. In fact, the gym was my happy place. I didn’t like my job at the time, I didn’t want to be at home because I was unhappy there, but when I walked into the gym, I felt at home. I actually had people care about me and care that I was getting fit. Well long story short, I divorced my husband of 10 years, moved to Arkansas to be with my parents, I got an awesome job at a great company, I met the man of my dreams, I got married again, and in the 3 yrs I’ve been here in Arkansas, I’ve lost 60 pounds. I still have a ways to go, because I want to loose another 15 lbs and get toned, but I am so much happier now, happier then I have ever been in my whole life!



June 24, 2013

Monthly reassessment!

One month re-assesment…”shorts are falling off.  Down 5 lbs of fat!!!  “Eat by Color” is SO easy!”


June 23, 2013


From Facebook and client that lives out of the area.

“I just went to old navy and bought size 14 Capri pants. And they aren’t even stretchy!!!! I’m so excited!! Wish your gym was closer!!!”


June 23, 2013


From email

“I had a conversation this week with a person who I just think couldn’t be happy for someone. She asked me how the gym was going and I modestly told her good and that I was working on my own now and taking in a evolution class a week. I also said how you were so very kind to continue to let me check in with you once a month. She then proceed to say, “well you know that they can manipulate those numbers any way they want. I was set a back. Too bad she would have such a negative out look. I then decided she needed to hear how much I had reduced my body fat and that clothes don’t lie.


June 22, 2013

By email

“Just got this by email…. “I saw my doctor this week and my blood pressure is now too low, so she lowered my dose of blood pressure medication.”


Eat by Color made this possible for 50 year old FitWorkz member!

Posted in Fit Over 40 Fitness Motivation, Motivating Weightloss and Wellness Testimonials, Uncategorized.