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In short, I am very unhappy because the modest investment I made with Mike and Jen pales in comparison to the sums I've been forced to spend rebuilding my wardrobe and filing restraining orders against my new stalkers.

Here is the top-line: If you execute the plan Mike gives you and stick to the diet that Jen builds, you will just get results.

So, I am obviously really fucking happy with my outcomes, which have surpassed any reasonable expectations I had when starting out.

A bit of background on me as a baseline: I am over 40, was reasonably active when I was younger, then started living the typical American career-obsessed life (I still do, actually). Then, in August 2012 I made the decision to change as many of my bad habits as possible, and live the back-half of my years as intentionally and actively as possible. My goals were/are fitness, longevity and looking good in and out of my clothes.

Getting huge is not on my agenda. So, on to my time with SwolePT.

I have never succeeded with personal trainers. I just do not enjoy having somebody standing over me while I work out. Swole’s remote set-up is perfect for me because (1) it provides structure so you can have confidence you aren’t wasting time in the gym; (2) is personalized so you know you are working against your own goals; and (3) marries exercise and nutrition. Does the first week suck? Holy shit yes. I was sore, hungry and probably a bit more pissed off with people than I normally am. But, once I completed the second week I was more-or-less on autopilot. After two months, the compliments starting rolling in and it became impossible to stop. My weekly conversations with Mike were focused and productive; we identified problems and made adjustments quickly so I never really lost momentum. Most workouts take me just under an hour to complete. In my case, I added cardio to every workout, building from the point where I struggling to run a mile to doing 30-60 minutes of continual cardio, depending on the day. So, on average I’m spending 90 minutes five-six days a week exercising.

A few side notes/tips
  • Spend as long as you need at the beginning of your program getting organized. Get your food/protein power/exercise logs set up for ease of use so you don’t have to think about any of that.
  • One of my rules: Short of being on an airplane, don’t ever let something come between you and your workout. No excuse is good enough and you’ll regret it.
  • There will come a point in your journey where all of this will flip from unpleasant work into an honestly enjoyable part of your life. You will feel better; your expectations/beliefs about what you can achieve will change for the better; and you’ll never want to go back.
  • If you are anything like me, your palate will change and you’ll find that your food preferences have changed, permanently.

To summarize: This shit works if you want it to. You will spend more on your wardrobe than you will on the program.

Back Front

4 months ago I weighed 290 lbs. and I was tired of it. Waking up each morning was a struggle. I had zero energy to face the day head on. This was because I didn’t let myself get proper sleep. My mood was in the pits. This was mostly because I loathed myself and the way I looked.

Getting through each day was getting harder as I could feel myself burdened by my own weight. My knees were especially complaining. I realized I wasn't getting any younger and if I stayed on that path, I would be facing serious health issues later on down the line. I tried diets and exercise before but I was never able to stay on target and also I didn't know what I was doing. I just tried whatever gimmick diet was available.

I saw the ads on SomethingAwful.com for SwolePT for years and I kept telling myself “I should give that a try.” There comes a time in everyone’s life where they realize that in order to move forward and become a better person, they are going to have to make a change.

Mike takes all the guesswork out of diet and exercise and is also an invaluable source of support. When you have someone who checks on you, you feel that much more inclined to try your best, at least that's the way I work.

I did everything he told me to with no compromises and I was able to lose 92 lbs. in 5 months. I stopped getting a few hours of sleep at night and started a regular sleep pattern and I wake up refreshed and ready to take on the trials of the day. Seriously, I have a real “go getter” attitude in the morning now! I can look in the mirror and see definition in my muscles where there was once just a shapeless mass. It’s great!

Looking in the mirror and thinking “I did this” is a wonderful feeling. As silly as it sounds, a little flexing in the mirror does wonders for the attitude. I can now run 2 miles per day, non stop. This is part of my regular routine now. This would have been impossible beforehand! Not to mention the confidence boost! Going out with friends is nothing now. I used to turn them down because of body image issues. Also, when you look like you take care of yourself, people are much more open to you.

No gimmicks, just good old fashioned exercise and proper eating. You get what you put into the program and if you give it your all (and then some!) you'll achieve great results! I feel better now than I've ever felt in the last 10 years, no exaggerating! Do it, do it now!

Front before after

By January I had lost a bit of weight and thought I had figured things out - except I had two problems. I was getting weaker and I was still flabby. Do you know how frustrating it is to lose a lot of weight, get your BMI in the normal range, and still be flabby? I needed something to get me over that bump. Like any goon that has been around a year or two, I've grown accustomed to the SwolePT banners. On a frustrated whim I decided to check the thread out and was blown away by the transformations. I was convinced. I wanted to be one of those transformations.

This is what Mike helped me do.

I'm stronger, fitter, and faster than I've ever been in my entire life. I stripped off a ton of fat and got stronger in the process - I can do pull-ups now! My run volume tripled.

And I have more energy than before. I sleep better. My clothes fit better. I eat better. I feel better.

One aspect that doesn't get mentioned often are the recipes - many of the recipes Mike and Jen shared with me are now regular staples in my kitchen. They are easy, delicious, and healthy. This is a comprehensive program that covers more than just an exercise plan. Mike will help you fix your sleep, your form, your diet, and your energy. A 5k used to leave me drained. After adjusting my diet and sleep based on Mike & Jen's help, a 5k is just my warmup. Even now, a month after wrapping up, Mike is still keeping in touch.

I so strongly recommend this service. If you are truly interested in molding your body, this is a fantastic service for it.

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Wanted to post here again now that its been about, what, nearly 2 years out?

I cant stress anymore how much SwolePT helped change my life and confidence. Mike gave some really expert advice and guidance through the early stages of getting my fitness and diet in check, instead of stumbling through conflicting opinions and guides that are everywhere on the internet.

I only had one package with SwolePT, but it gave me enough knowledge about fitness, nutrition, goalsetting, and my own body to take it from there once my time expired. I'm now on nutritional and fitness routines I've tweaked for my benefit, but it would have taken me forever to get to it without the program.

I've got a topless bartending gig in two weeks and I can't wait.

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Making the decision to lose weight has been the single best decision of my life. Joining SwolePT has been both extremely rewarding and incredibly easy to maintain. Mike is incredibly helpful, easy to talk to, and knowledgable about everything that I've had questions about. He has been with me every step of the way with positive encouragement when I needed it and words of praise every time I passed a milestone.

I think the two best things of having Mike to talk to have been accountability and the ability to sift through the deluge of fitness information on the web. The knowledge that I would have someone disappointed in me if I slacked off has helped me lift that one more rep, run those few extra steps, or bike up that hill that I probably wouldn't have if I were doing this on my own. Secondly, he provides a consistent diet and training regimen that, if you follow it, will definitely give you results. It's easy to drive yourself insane looking at all the conflicting dietary and training regimens available online, so having a person who has distilled that information and is willing to back it up with proof has been an incredible help.

Not content with just telling me the things he wanted me to do, he was devoted to making sure I did it correctly. We talk about the way I exercise and diet, and he critiques videos I send him, giving me tips on how to improve my form and do the exercises correctly.

I can't really put into words how much this has changed my life. I have so much more energy than before. My self-confidence has gone up and I get compliments every single day on how much I've lost weight and how I look like a completely different person. You owe this to yourself. Watch TV, play videogames, or browse SA just a few hours less each week and you'll be a completely different person in mere months.


I know a lot now just from things I absorbed through talking with Mike. I’ve even been able to help a lot of people I know with their fitness goals. Some people are even convinced I took steroids. Nope, just Swole, and it costs a lot less and my balls are still of average adult male size.

My body fat has decreased though. I can actually see my abs now and I felt like what Gutzon Borglum must have felt like when he saw Teddy Roosevelt’s furrowed brow finally taking shape in the mountain. And my strength has increased across the board- deadlift, bench, preacher curl, whatever, it’s like I’m able to lift as a warm-up set what I used to max out at (for a specific example, 50-60 pound dumbbells in each hand would get me struggling for a bench, and now I can lift 90-95).


Mike's experience is so amazing for a person like me who started out knowing nothing. I needed him to explain the very basics from square one, and he always stayed upbeat, engaged, and never minded answering a million questions, from explaining form, to dietary questions, to sleep issues, and so on.

My confidence and happiness with myself physically touches almost every aspect of my life in one way or another, and I can't believe it took me so long to start living like a champ! I absolutely couldn't have made the progress I have without Mike, and I look forward to staying on the path with him and seeing what I'm capable of!


I've always been pretty chubby/fat, and I was ok with it, but as I kept getting fatter and more out of shape, I'd look at myself in the mirror and realize that if I kept like this, I'd be fucked once I'm older. I had no clue what to do, so I signed up with Mike for his 12 week training and diet program.

Together we realized that I not only wanted to lose weight, I'd like a lifestyle change to keep the weight off and build some muscle in the process. Mike has been very knowlegable and has answered everything I've asked him about lifestyle change, diet change, and workout. Not only does he answer it effectively, he can back up his information with proven science.

I started at ~245lb, with a 47 inch waist. After 3 months with Mike's help, I am down to ~225lb, with a 41 inch waist and am on the track to lose even more. And honestly, it's difficult, you need to really want to do it no matter what people around you might say about your diet or exercise time. It gets better as time goes on, you will feel more energetic, stronger, healthier, and those same people will be complimenting you on your weight loss.

You will get as much or as little out of the program as you put into it, but Mike tries hard to keep you consistent and motivated. Mike will work with you to help you exercise with any equipment you have (or dont have) and helps you fix your workout forms, encourages questions, and goes as meticulously through your diet as you want him to.

If you're interested in putting in the time and effort to lose weight, I'd definately recommend to try him out.

Second Testimonial

6 months ago I signed up with swolePT, 3 months ago I had a very happy first testimonial.

I'm ready for some more. Mike has been great at teaching me how to change my lifestyle for the better, and everyone I know is impressed. This is the best money you'll spend to make your life much better.

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Before SwolePT, I would occasionally lose weight, promptly put it back on, had no idea how to eat a healthy and balanced diet, was tired and sluggish all the time, and generally felt like crap. Signing up with SwolePT is by far the best thing I've ever done for my health and well-being, and will honestly probably lengthen my life by 10-20 years. From the first appointment, Mike listened to my specific situation and came up with a diet and exercise plan that was not only effective, but not totally unrealistic.

The difference between SwolePT and others (other than the ridiculously awesome price) is that he doesn't just tell you to do something and then scoff when you can't do it. He works with you, taking into account every detail of your life to come up with a realistic lifestyle that suits you and gets you the results you want. I use the word lifestyle because there's so much more to getting fit than just diet and exercise. Sleep, stress, rest and mood are just a few of the things can affect us in different ways that I didn't understand until working with Mike.

I have lost 27.5lbs in 3 months. I sleep better, I don't want to fall asleep every afternoon at work, and have so much more energy. I met up with a friend a few weeks ago who walked right past me because he didn't recognize me because of the weight I'd lost! While I still have a long way to go, for the first time in my life I feel like I can actually achieve my weight loss goals.
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Mike helped change my life in a way that's hard to describe. You have to have the motivation to begin, but if like me you've never been "fit" before, you're going to be utterly overwhelmed by the excess of information out there, most of it bullshit, a lot of it accurate only for certain situations and a lot of it accurate only for certain people with certain goals.

Mike was a beacon through the dark for me and with his help I've transformed my body in just a couple months, have changed and stuck with a new, healthier and most importantly enjoyable lifestyle, and will continue to improve myself, mentally and physically until I've reached the goals I'm satisfied with maintaining for the rest of my life.

I can't recommend him enough!

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