Our Stories

“My daughter trains here and asked me to give it a try. I’ve always been a goal-oriented, push-it-to-the max person regarding fitness, and 20 Minutes to Fitness has helped me rehabilitate a shoulder injury and build my overall strength. I’m thrilled with the way it works all the major muscle groups.”

John Gudeman Senior Olympic Champion St. Louis

“My bone density had been decreasing, and I decided I had to add strength-training to my exercise. After 14 years, I keep coming because it’s fun, and I can do a lot for my health in just 20 minutes.”

Sue Matlof 14-year client of 20 Minutes to Fitness St. Louis

“The people who train at 20 Minutes to Fitness work hard every week to attain their personal goals. That is why the other staff and I enjoy coaching our clients through the process. It is motivating for me to see people of all ages get stronger, lose weight, overcome orthopedic issues and live a healthier lifestyle.”

Darrell Connor 20 Minutes to Fitness Trainer and Physique Body Building Champion St. Louis

“I was skeptical at first. But I was looking for a strength-training program, and 20 Minutes to Fitness helped me achieve the results I was looking for. 20 Minutes to Fitness? It works for me.”

Gerry Hempstead Five-year client of 20 Minutes to Fitness St. Louis

“After I had back surgery, my three-month rehab turned into three years. Training at 20 Minutes to Fitness has decreased my pain, increased my strength and helped me return to professional golf.”

Jay Delsing Pro Golfer St. Louis

Dick Smothers

“This is no joke: The 20 minutes I spend each week at 20 Minutes to Fitness have made me a stronger and happier guy. This workout will be part of the regimen for the rest of my life.”

Dick Smothers Comedian Sarasota

“This unique training program increased my energy and stability, it improved my golf game (hitting the ball 20 to 30 yards further!), and my recent bone density test showed a significant gain in my bone density.”

Barbara Robinson Sarasota

“My friends ask me if I’ve had Botox. Not only are my muscles toned, my skin looks healthier. I have more energy. My clothes fit better.”

Ann Illig Sarasota

“I’m 72 years old and I love to play tennis, and as a result of this unique training at 20 Minutes to Fitness, my tennis game has improved simply because I have more energy, more stamina, and I am much stronger!”

Dee Wernick Sarasota

“Within a couple of months, a miracle occurred. I could feel myself getting stronger. I could see more definition in my body. For the first time in a LONG time, I had actual muscles! My core was stronger. I today stand straighter and taller. This is an incredibly powerful feeling!”

Diana Houston Sarasota

“After a diagnosis of breast cancer, maintaining most of my weekly workout sessions while juggling surgery, chemo, and radiation was an important part of my recovery, helping to keep me strong and moving forward. The love and support I received from the 20 Minutes to Fitness staff was as helpful as the training itself. I’m pleased to report that today, at 5’4” and 120 lbs., I’m feeling strong and healthy – and the muscle definition in my arms is better than ever.”

Jan Girard Sarasota

“My goal is to continue to be active – doing those things that allow me to maintain a happy, healthy, and active life. That’s what 20 Minutes to Fitness does for me and it is a gift that I give myself year after year.”

Ken Harriman Sarasota

“I can hit a golf ball further. My knees don’t creak. I feel great. I’ve dropped two dress sizes. And how about this: I’ve got actual muscle definition in my arms. Yes, I can go sleeveless!”

Maleta Dunne Business Owner Sarasota

“Within the first three months, I had increased my strength by more than 25% – a fact confirmed by my trainer’s careful record-keeping and progress reviews. Since then, my core has continued to grow stronger. My balance, flexibility, and range of motion are also better. My back pain – it’s gone!”

Yvette Varnadore Sarasota

“I’ve lost fat in my stomach and other places I never dreamed would be flab-free again. The fat has been replaced by muscle, which increased my ability to burn calories. Within just a few short months, I dropped from a size 10 pants to a 6 or 8. My blood pressure is the best it’s ever been in my adult life. My shoulder pain is gone. Perhaps most importantly, I no longer feel like I'm on the verge of becoming a frail old woman.”

Ginny Ornstein Business Owner Sarasota