Casey Kuperus

I met Coach Kendra during the education classes she led for our corporate wellness program through my employer. After listening to her for nearly a year and realizing she wasn’t a crazy “gym person”, I took up my employer’s offer of utilizing a personal training session. I’ve always been someone to stay away from “fitness classes”….usually with the excuse that I wasn’t able to do something like that. Fitness or “working out” has never been my thing and has always been rather intimidating.

I’ve appreciated the fact that the team at Allegro keep it very real and can meet you at the level you are at, but also push you to reach the next higher level. Over the last 8 months I’ve joined classes that I never would’ve considered a year ago and have made great friends in both the coaches and members. It’s the first time I actually look forward to (most days!) working out and pushing myself. I wouldn’t be able to do this without the encouragement and accountability from the Allegro Team!

Michelle Morrow

As a busy working mother of 3 the past 6 years have been a struggle with my personal fitness. I have been working out on and off, always having an excuse ready to go when times got tough and schedules became busy. I would often join a new gym, hit it hard, and then “take a break”. It was a vicious cycle that resulted in a state of unhappiness and frustration with my physical state. Flash forward to January 2018, 3 months after my last child was born and I joined Allegro Coaching’s 2018 Transformation Challenge. I never could have imagined the significant impact joining this challenge would have on me!

I began working with Kendra during personal training sessions where she not only helped me improve my physical fitness but she was able to get to the core of my mental and nutritional issues. Working on myself physically, mentally, and nutritionally had a profound impact on me as well as my family! After only 12 weeks I have lost nearly 30lbs, have healthy and sustainable nutritional habits, and best of all my personal confidence and happiness has improved immensely. My family and I are more active than ever!

Sure I did the work, but I could not have done it without the support of both Kendra and the Allegro Community! The personal attention and getting to know each member at their core is unique for a gym. Allegro is more than a gym- members are like family, supporting and encouraging each other as well as keeping each other accountable. Allegro has helped me change the trajectory of my fitness life!

Ross Finnie

In October 2016 I decided to start making positive changes to my lifestyle. At only 24 I had ballooned to 260lbs and developed chronic lower back pain and sciatica in my left leg. Through mainly diet I lost 30lbs in three months. In January 2017 I decided to try adding strength training to my regimen. The thought of setting foot in a gym for the first time since High School was intimidating to say the least. From the first email with Scott my fears and anxiety were put to rest. Scott has helped me achieve things I never would have thought possible – like running the full length of Central Park (over six miles). In three short months I have lost another 30lbs, lowered my blood pressure and resting heart rate, and reduced the frequency of my lower back pain and sciatica. I have Scott to thank for all of this. From the start Scott has been welcoming, helpful, and encouraging. Most important of all Scott has kept me accountable – going as far as texting me on days off to make sure I wasn’t slacking. If you’re considering increasing your physical fitness I would highly recommend Scott and the more than competent staff at Allegro. I can’t wait to see what the next three months bring! –Ross

Dr. Robyn Hubbard

I have been training with Ryan Pender for over a year and a half. When I started, I was struggling with back problems, I have a herniated disc at L5 that affects the nerve root that goes to my right leg. I have had the injury for 7 years. I was really struggling with referred pain in my right thigh and knee, it affected my everyday activities and my sleep. I tried injections, PT, and anti-inflammatory medications. I started personal training with Ryan, and meet him once a week for an hour. I have to admit, I have not been brave enough to start the classes that Allegro offers! My pain in my leg is almost completely gone! I really appreciate how Ryan understands physiology and meets me where I am each week. Some weeks I am so tight and sore that he really works on myofascial release and stretching. Other weeks he pushes my strength and endurance. It has made a huge difference in my life and I am grateful to have Ryan helping me.

Jamie Smith

I’m enjoying this more than I ever thought possible. I was super nervous to try to get into working out and you are making me love it. I appreciate your patience and encouragement! Thanks Scott!

Peter Bourland

For 25 years I have wrestled with nagging back pain that won’t go away and has seriously limited my quality of life. I have sought out every type of medical doctor and therapeutic approach you can imagine in order to deal with this. I am happy to write this testimonial today because I can unequivocally say that working with Christian Roberts and Allegro Coaching have been the most helpful step I have ever taken for my back pain. His knowledge, care and ability is as good as it gets.

Teresa Newmarch

When I started working out with Ryan two years ago, I was not in a great place. I had just sustained a significant injury – ruptured MCL, dislocated kneecap, and broken tibial plateu. (No, I am not a football player!) Even prior to the injury, I had been struggling with depression, was overweight, and found it very difficult to trust my body. I was getting ready for a trip to Australia, so I wanted to lose some weight and feel better before that adventure. I found Allegro Coaching through my workplace and have been seeing Ryan ever since.

Ryan was very conscious of my level of conditioning and worked to build strength so that I could continue to do more in the future, without injuries, rather than focusing on shedding weight. I cannot tell you the number of times that Ryan would ask me to do something with my response being: “I don’t think I can do that.” One of my favorite qualities of Ryan is that he never lets me get away with things. He will gently but firmly keep me on course until I try whichever maneuver he has assigned to me. Over time, I gained confidence that he would never ask me to do more than my body could take. And, I have enjoyed knowing that my body is capable of more than I could have imagined.

It has made me want to try new things as well. Even if I end up regretting it (until after the workout), he always remembers when I tell him I want to do something. I came in one time having seen a video of a woman doing “around-the-worlds.” She looked so strong with her feet on the bench, while her hands walked the perimeter on the floor. I told Ryan I wanted to try it. Ryan always starts by paying attention to my current fitness status and then prepares my body to work toward the goal. What a wonderful feeling when I can finally do the move! We are working on handstands now. My feet are not away from the wall quite yet, but family and friends have been amazed when I walk into that handstand!

Physical challenges still present themselves, such as plantar fasciitis most recently. When these occur, Ryan takes the time to show me how to manage the issue outside of our session, through stretching and strengthening exercises. I struggle with back pain from time to time. In the past, my back has “gone out” several times. Since starting with Ryan, it has not done so once. Healing through exercise is a beautiful thing!

While I am not directly involved in a nutrition program with Ryan, he keeps me honest about that arena as well. Every Friday I have a session with him, he asks: “How was your nutrition this week?” We have known each other long enough that he can tell when I’m not being as forthcoming as I should be, so he has been known to ask me twice, probing a little deeper until I share. And, he gets me on the scale so that I can be honest with myself about progress. He listens patiently and understands that it all fits together – mind, body, and spirit.

There has not been a miraculous turnaround for me. But, that has been important for me too – I haven’t given up! I am making progress in both physical fitness and nutrition. When I went to my doctor recently for an annual physical, I confirmed that I have lost 16 pounds since I last saw her. I am stronger, gaining confidence, and moving in the right direction. I feel lucky to have been connected with Ryan on this fitness journey.

Corinne Muilenberg

My love for Allegro Coaching began back in 2013 when I started attending TRX classes with a few friends. I immediately fell in love. I began incorporating the TRX classes with my other gym classes and workouts that I participated in. It was a great addition and something that made group exercise fun again. (Not that it isn’t all the time). Since 2013, with the changing of jobs and letting life get in the way, my time spent at Allegro lessened. I had been to different gyms, fitness boutiques/studios, and done some at-home work outs and felt like something was missing. After realizing that fitness was one of my passions, I started working at another boutique gym in the area to try to get back into the fitness routine. It was great but then I needed another change.

Last summer, I reached out to Marnie (who is an amazing PT and group fitness coach BTW) about personal training through Allegro. I was always intrigued with her social media posts! J The minute I stepped back into Allegro, I felt back at home. I didn’t realize how much I missed the studio until I was back doing the one thing I love the most, working out! Between my weekly PT sessions and the Friday 4pm classes, I realized I needed to get back to Allegro full time. I quit my other gym memberships and jumped in at full strength. Allegro not going gives me a great workout, it also has allowed me to meet some amazing new people and create lasting friendships. My daily 5:30 AM crew have become “accountability partners” and it makes it that much easier to get out of bed way before the sun (most of the time that is). I truly owe a lot to Allegro. Between the classes and friendships, I was able to get back to a place of self-confidence and strengthen both my mental and physical health.

I recommend Allegro to all my friends and family who ask about fitness studios. What I love the most about Allegro is there is no competition, no comparing… everyone is here for the same reason, to be healthy! Beginners and advanced students both get a great workout even if they are in the same classes doing the same exercises. Also knowing that the instructors are staying up to date on their own trainings and certifications make me trust them more, they care about our success as much as we do! How great is that?! I could go on and on so if you see me in the studio and want to know more about my love for Allegro, just ask!

Trés Fuller

Allegro isn’t the gym I was looking for but I’m fortunate that it’s the one I found. After being told that my blood pressure was too high and being diagnosed with Usher’s Syndrome, learning that my vision was deteriorating to the point where I could no longer drive, I decided to find a gym I could walk to and lift weights on my own. Had I found one that met these criteria I would have gone steadily for two or three weeks, tapered off for a month or two and then finally stopped going all together. I would likely have repeated this cycle a few times but I would not have made significant strides in my health. Fortunately I found Allegro and decided to give group classes, something I had never done before, a try.

When I started going to Allegro the difficulty of the classes intimidated me and I was oftentimes confused or lost, sometimes literally due to my vision. The patience and kindness Allegro offers kept me coming back, along with the improvements I was already making thanks to the excellent coaching. Then the Allegro Transformation Challenge was announced and I decided to leave my comfort zone and apply. I had little notion of what personal training entailed but it sounded interesting and I felt I needed something more to master the parts of my body that I can still control. It was worth the risk. ATC has give me the knowledge, practices and support I need to keep myself on track for a lifetime of fitness.

Joining Allegro Coaching is one of the best decisions I have ever made. The twelve weeks as an ATC participant were challenging and exhilarating. I am in the best shape of my life and my self esteem is dramatically improved. For this I will always be grateful. I can’t wait to see what comes next.