Sam Strausman, a long-time Great Neck resident and 46-year-old father of three, joined 30-Minute Fitness when the gym first opened in November 1997 and has been an active member ever since. He works out twice a week with a trainer and then spends another thirty minutes on our treadmill. Sam has always led a relatively active lifestyle and is one of the stronger members at our gym, but throughout the years his weight has fluctuated.
Sam Strausman, Member of the Year at 30-Minute Fitness, holds a 40-pound dumbbell, representing the weight he lost in just one year.
Over the past year, Sam has concentrated on becoming stronger and more lean. When Sam's weight gain started to affect his enjoyment of life, he made a concerted effort to regain the fitness level he had achieved years ago by working harder at the gym and eating more sensibly.
"I knew I had to change my eating habits when both my blood pressure and cholesterol started creeping up. So I completely changed my diet and eliminated sweets, which I love. I eat all day long, but I eat only healthy food, not the sweet snacks I used to crave," he said.
In the past year, Sam has lost almost 40 pounds and gone from jeans with a 38" waist to a 31" waist. "I always had to have my jeans altered, because they were always too long when I wore a 38" waist. Now that I'm down to a 31" waist, the jeans fit immediately without any alterations, he said."
Weight loss isn't the only benefit Sam has gotten in the past year. His cholesterol has gone down to a healthy level, and he plans to stop his blood pressure medication within the next two months. In addition, the weights he lifts at 30-Minute Fitness have increased 20 percent since August 2007.
"I look better, have more energy and feel great. My trainer makes sure I reach my full potential with each and every workout. He pushes me much harder than I would ever push myself. And without an appointment, I would never be able to make the progress I've made this year. I also love the fact that the workouts are just 30 minutes. With three kids and a family-owned business, I am so busy I often forget about myself. 30-Minute Fitness takes care of that for me, he said."