Category: Client stories

Gerry Hempstead celebrates six years of building strength at 20 Minutes to Fitness.

This is Gerry. You’ll find him photographed at various spots on the 20 Minutes to Fitness website.

Gerry — like everyone you’ll see on our website and in our ads — is a real person, not some fancy fitness model. We tell the stories of real people because 20 Minutes to Fitness delivers real results. And all it takes is working out once a week for 20 minutes.

We know it sounds too good to be true. But this is one case where it is not. Here you’ll train safely on physical therapy equipment under the direct supervision of a personal coach who handles all the details and makes sure you use proper form. We’re not saying it is easy. But it is efficient, effective and fun. It helps your mind and body feel better. Don’t believe us?

Just ask Gerry.


John Gudeman was a weightlifter and pole vaulter in college. He was an educator for 44 years. And today he is a Senior Olympian with gold medals in the high jump and running long jump.

How does he stay in such great shape?

John is a regular at 20 Minutes to Fitness, which he credits with helping to keep him competition-ready. “I can’t praise my trainer enough,” says John. “Vicki absolutely works the daylights out of me. She is totally fabulous. The people at 20 Minutes to Fitness are like family to me, and I’ve grown to love them.”

We love you, too, John! You are an inspiration to everyone you meet.

John Gudeman, Senior Olympian, 20 Minutes to Fitness client

John executes a gold medal-winning long jump at the Senior Olympics.

St. Louis Magazine reporter Jeannette Cooperman visited 20 Minutes to Fitness’ studio in Clayton and tried about our 20-minute, once-a-week strength training workout herself.  Then she wrote an article about what she experienced.

You can read it all here. Or here. Or here.  It’s all the same. We just don’t want you to miss it!

“I’ve been training with Darrell at 20 Minutes to Fitness for almost a year and a half, and I love it.  He tracks my progress and adjust my workouts to keep me safe and challenged.  He encourages me and helps me push myself to work harder.  I know I’m getting fitter by the things (outside of my workouts!) that I’m able to do with a lot less effort.  Also my clothes fit better!! Working out at 20 Minutes to Fitness has really helped me to stay motivated with my other activities too.”

Connie Palmer
Trains at 20 Minutes to Fitness Clayton, MO

Client Testimonial- Sue Matlof

Over the past 10 years I realized that my bone density needed some help. I always said I was 5’8 1/2″ and when I was measured five years ago I was 5’6 1/2″. On further investigation a bone density test indicated that I had entered the Osteopenia range, heading toward Osteoporosis. I have always walked, taken calcium and Vitamin D3. I needed some new activity to help my bone density.

I decided to increase my exercise at 20 Minutes to Fitness to twice a week. And this month I repeated my bone density after two years. I still was five 6 1/2, and my bone density had improved in both my hip and my spine. Thank you 20 Minutes to Fitness!

Why we call it “The Doctors’ Workout”

Did you know that, in St. Louis alone, there are more than 40 doctors, dentists and medical researchers who are building strength, lowering their risk of disease and slowing the aging process by training at 20 Minutes to Fitness? Vascular surgeon David Finlay, MD, 53, is just one of them!

Dr. Finlay began training here in 2003. When he is not practicing medicine, he can be found on cycling tours around the world, including one to Death Valley, Calif., this past March, where he completed a 5,705-foot climb over 23.8 miles to Dante’s View. He has this photo in his 20 Minutes to Fitness cycling jersey to prove it.

If you are in the St. Louis area this morning and near a television, be sure to tune in to Show Me St. Louis at 10 a.m. on Channel 5.  You’ll get to meet Dr. Stacey Smith, a physician and three-time U.S. Ice Dancing Champion who works out each week at 20 Minutes to Fitness.  You’ll even get to see her skate — 34 years after she retired from competition!