- State of the Art Cardio Area
- Theater style spinning class
- Yoga & pilates classes
- Personal Trainers
- Small group training
- Dietitian on site
- Far-In fared weight loss saunas
- Protein and weight loss shakes
- Group exercise classes
- Lifestyle coach
Go Red For Women
Selected as the Fitness club of choice for the American Heart Association "Go Red for Women" Makeover Challenge
Does this sound familiar?? You walk into a fitness club ready to make some changes and excited about the possibilities, only to want to run for the nearest door upon walking in? The club is filled with perfectly inshape people, fast talking salesmen and enough grunting to make your grandmother blush?
This is a common experience for many people and sadly, they usually decide that reaching their goals would better be achieved on their own instead of in a gym.
Will2Lose is a fitness center dedicated to providing an environment for you to achieve your weight loss goals comfortably and effectively. You will find staff eager to help and members who share the same goals and experiences as you do.
Whether you're looking for personal or group training, dietician, weight loss and lifestyle coach, or exercise classes, Will2Lose can help!
A random drive past Will2Lose on Central Avenue in Scarsdale turned out to be a fortuitous spur-of-the-moment decision last summer for Eastchester resident Linda Forde who has struggled with her weight for years.
While Forde took the initiative to sign up for the program last year, an injury kept her away until this past January. Since then, she's been using the Will2Lose gym on a regular basis and implementing the dietary advice that is part of this unique weight loss/fitness program.
"There was something different about the place," says Forde, who was never satisfied with the results she got from other fitness clubs. At Will2Lose, she says there was a positive energy about the facility and the staff also inspired her to join.
Forde, 49, is the kind of well-intentioned person that Will2Lose owner Vito DiMatteo knows he can help. The former chiropractor opened Will2Lose two years ago with the idea of creating a program that wouldn't so much focus on diet but on creating healthier lifestyles and encouraging participants to make positive changes in their eating habits, changes that would hopefully last a lifetime and bring about real results.
To that end, DiMatteo was eager to create a facility with a strong fitness component to it. The 10,000-squarefoot space includes a state-of-the-art cardio space, a theater style spinning studio, a weight loss sauna, as well as a café smoothie bar with lots of healthy, delicious smoothies to sustain gym goers in between meals.
Losing between 40 and 50 pounds was Forde's primary goal, but before she could lose the weight, she knew she needed to alter her diet. Forde admits to having "horrible eating habits" before she embarked on the Will2Lose program. "Unknowingly I thought I was dieting, but I really wasn't eating the right stuff at all," admits Forde, who would often nibble on the food she was preparing for her children, but rarely eat anything of value herself.
Forde blames it on her own harried lifestyle, but also on a "chaotic" culture that lends to Americans' poor eating habits. "We want super-sized, the biggest, the fastest and the quickest, but honestly, that's the worst thing for us."
With DiMatteo's guidance, Forde began to see food in a completely different light. "We definitely worked with her on her diet," says DiMatteo, who sits down with all of his new clients, inquiring about their daily food consumption and how that could be affecting their efforts to lose weight.
Forde says DiMatteo provided her with a sample menu, including foods that would fill her up instead of the useless calories she was consuming. Part of DiMatteo's unique approach means that participants must ditch the idea of dieting completely. "We don't believe in them and they only provide a temporary solution anyway," he says.
Instead, DiMatteo and his staff of 15 trainers and three nutritionists preach a much healthier lifestyle, one that includes whole foods and a low glycemic food plan, a strategy that helps increase the feeling of fullness for longer periods and includes lots of fruits and vegetables, and no mass-produced food.
It was, however, the club's signature "Biggest Loser" team challenge that got Forde motivated. "That was really the difference for her," says DiMatteo, who models the challenge after the NBC reality show that features obese people competing to win a cash prize by losing the most amount of weight possible. "It's usually the catalyst that gets all of my clients going," he adds.
To become a successful challenge participant, DiMatteo says one has to be truly invested in the program and willing to make what he describes as "some real changes." Clients of th Will2Lose program are often at the gym several times a week, participating in a number of activities, including kickboxing, cardio sculpt, Pilates mat exercises, studio cycling, step and strength, TRX training and more.
The team challenge is, however, an activity that many get involved in, says DiMatteo, and is the catalyst that keeps them motivated. For Forde this was a critical element of her success in the program.
"The team creates such a sense of camaraderie that doesn't exist in other gyms," she says. Forde credited the trainers and coaches who are essential to the initiative's success. "They're encouraging and witty and they focus on you and make you believe when you doubt yourself."
Forde, who was never athletic as a youngster, says she was amazed by her ability to take on new challenges and perform exercises she never would have done before. Being surrounded by other competitors who share the same interests and purpose was also helpful, she adds.
DiMatteo says Forde's success is due to her dedication to the program and a schedule that allows her to attend the Will2Lose gym three to four times. "She looks fantastic," says DiMatteo, referring to Forde's 60-pound weight loss.
Forde says DiMatteo is always working behind the scenes to provide the best results for his clients. It's that kind of dedication that she is particularly grateful for. "I have a conscious awareness about food and diet that I didn't have before," she says. Forde says her goal these days is to remain healthy, sustain her current weight and become stronger by toning her body.
Getting to that point takes a willingness to rearrange one's life and to make weight loss and fitness a number one priority. "I always tell my clients that they'll know themselves when they're there," DiMatteo says. "They will eventually get to the point where they will feel happy about their bodies."
~ Linda Forde