TESTIMONIALS

Read some of Make It Happen Personal Training's success stories!

Melissa Bravo


I first reached out to begin working out with Leo three years ago. At that time, I was very inactive,
always felt sluggish, and always felt miserable because I wasn’t content with myself physically and was
close to hitting 300 lbs. I was intimidated by the thought of going into a gym, I felt lost and clueless but
decided to give it a shot. Fast forward to three years later and I am still going strong! Never in my life did
I think I would stick to this, I was not one of those “workout” people. I went into it thinking I would go to
the gym, lose weight, quit working out and my life would be perfect, but I was wrong. I will never quit, I
have learned that this is a lifestyle change, I have learned that working out is about so much more than
looking better physically. I can now outrun my teenage son, I have more energy than ever before, I have
no health issues and am not on any medications. I have confidence in myself, my self-esteem has gone
up, I’m learning to love myself once again and feel stronger than ever. I have not been perfect since I
started this journey, but the important thing is to never give up - everybody fails at one point or
another. You might go into it with one goal in mind but if you have enough self-discipline to include this
into your new lifestyle, you will come out of this a brand-new person inside and out.





Melissa Bravo


I first reached out to begin working out with Leo three years ago. At that time, I was very inactive,
always felt sluggish, and always felt miserable because I wasn’t content with myself physically and was
close to hitting 300 lbs. I was intimidated by the thought of going into a gym, I felt lost and clueless but
decided to give it a shot. Fast forward to three years later and I am still going strong! Never in my life did
I think I would stick to this, I was not one of those “workout” people. I went into it thinking I would go to
the gym, lose weight, quit working out and my life would be perfect, but I was wrong. I will never quit, I
have learned that this is a lifestyle change, I have learned that working out is about so much more than
looking better physically. I can now outrun my teenage son, I have more energy than ever before, I have
no health issues and am not on any medications. I have confidence in myself, my self-esteem has gone
up, I’m learning to love myself once again and feel stronger than ever. I have not been perfect since I
started this journey, but the important thing is to never give up - everybody fails at one point or
another. You might go into it with one goal in mind but if you have enough self-discipline to include this
into your new lifestyle, you will come out of this a brand-new person inside and out.





Nydia Arellano


over 100lbs lost!





Rick Gonzales


I have been training with leo about 10 months now. He is the reason I have been able to drop almost 40 lbs! I have also gained muscle mass working with him, something I have never been able to do. All my life I have been overweight at 34 I was my heaviest at almost 320lbs. I've tried weight loss programs that have been successful however I never made lifestyle changes. With Leo's help I developed a lifestyle change and a desire to keep that change. I am currently at 229lbs and have never felt better! I no longer have back pains, my legs don't go numb just from walking, and the best part is I'm now teaching my kids to be healthier. Leo has taught me so much, not only about exercising but about eating healthy and meal prepping. He has motivated me and my family to start living a healthier lifestyle.





Rick Gonzales


I have been training with leo about 10 months now. He is the reason I have been able to drop almost 40 lbs! I have also gained muscle mass working with him, something I have never been able to do. All my life I have been overweight at 34 I was my heaviest at almost 320lbs. I've tried weight loss programs that have been successful however I never made lifestyle changes. With Leo's help I developed a lifestyle change and a desire to keep that change. I am currently at 229lbs and have never felt better! I no longer have back pains, my legs don't go numb just from walking, and the best part is I'm now teaching my kids to be healthier. Leo has taught me so much, not only about exercising but about eating healthy and meal prepping. He has motivated me and my family to start living a healthier lifestyle.





Rick Gonzales


I have been training with leo about 10 months now. He is the reason I have been able to drop almost 40 lbs! I have also gained muscle mass working with him, something I have never been able to do. All my life I have been overweight at 34 I was my heaviest at almost 320lbs. I've tried weight loss programs that have been successful however I never made lifestyle changes. With Leo's help I developed a lifestyle change and a desire to keep that change. I am currently at 229lbs and have never felt better! I no longer have back pains, my legs don't go numb just from walking, and the best part is I'm now teaching my kids to be healthier. Leo has taught me so much, not only about exercising but about eating healthy and meal prepping. He has motivated me and my family to start living a healthier lifestyle.





Melissa Bravo


I first reached out to begin working out with Leo three years ago. At that time, I was very inactive,
always felt sluggish, and always felt miserable because I wasn’t content with myself physically and was
close to hitting 300 lbs. I was intimidated by the thought of going into a gym, I felt lost and clueless but
decided to give it a shot. Fast forward to three years later and I am still going strong! Never in my life did
I think I would stick to this, I was not one of those “workout” people. I went into it thinking I would go to
the gym, lose weight, quit working out and my life would be perfect, but I was wrong. I will never quit, I
have learned that this is a lifestyle change, I have learned that working out is about so much more than
looking better physically. I can now outrun my teenage son, I have more energy than ever before, I have
no health issues and am not on any medications. I have confidence in myself, my self-esteem has gone
up, I’m learning to love myself once again and feel stronger than ever. I have not been perfect since I
started this journey, but the important thing is to never give up - everybody fails at one point or
another. You might go into it with one goal in mind but if you have enough self-discipline to include this
into your new lifestyle, you will come out of this a brand-new person inside and out.





Cristal Rodriquez


I began training with Leo because I had hit a plateau with my weight loss and felt it was time I take my training to the next level. I knew Leo would be the perfect person to do that as we've been friends for many years and I had seen first hand what he was able to accomplish for himself. Not many people are able to say they have lost 200lbs+ on their own solely through diet and exercise. I had also seen the results his other clients were getting so I was excited to begin working with him. After our first work out, I knew right away he was the real deal. Since I had already lost about 25lbs prior, I thought I was tough and could handle any workout given to me. Leo proved to me that no matter how fit you think you may be, there's always room for improvement. Leo pushes me to an entire different level of fitness that I would've never thought I could reach. When I'm finished training with him, I feel like I'm on top of the world! Like I can achieve anything and that's really what a good trainer is, someone who can make you feel like any goal that you set is feasible. Nothing is impossible and Leo reassures me of that constantly. I look forward to not only achieving the goals I set with him but constantly making new ones and breaking though barriers I never thought I would.





Valerie Vinton


Several years ago I hesitantly walked into a gym and was greeted by Leo. Prior to that day my exercise routine consisted solely of bike riding. Weight lifting, dynamic body weight exercises and running were things I did not enjoy and avoided or had never tried out of fear, embarrassment and a lack of confidence. Leo helped change that. He had me doing wide range of exercises that were far beyond my old typical routines. My experience with workout and fitness and overall health are so different now. Some of the things I used to dread are now what I like most about my exercise routine. Leo has helped me realize the value of varied exercises and how to incorporate them into a complete, balanced and effective fitness routine. Leo pushes me out of my comfort zone, challenges and supports me in many ways. He has helped me believe in myself and the strength of my mind and body. He encouraged me to sign up for the Shamrock Shuffle and ran along with me. He has since cheered me on as I have completed two Chicago Marathons. Thirty pounds lost, strong muscles, confidence and healthy habits all gained from working with Leo. His passion for helping others strive toward and achieve there individual fitness and health goals is contagious and inspiring. His knowledge, skill and dedication to his clients has kept me in motion living a healthier life. I am so grateful that I made the decision to go into the gym that day and that Leo was there to greet me. I cannot thank him enough.





Rick Gonzales


I have been training with leo about 10 months now. He is the reason I have been able to drop almost 40 lbs! I have also gained muscle mass working with him, something I have never been able to do. All my life I have been overweight at 34 I was my heaviest at almost 320lbs. I've tried weight loss programs that have been successful however I never made lifestyle changes. With Leo's help I developed a lifestyle change and a desire to keep that change. I am currently at 229lbs and have never felt better! I no longer have back pains, my legs don't go numb just from walking, and the best part is I'm now teaching my kids to be healthier. Leo has taught me so much, not only about exercising but about eating healthy and meal prepping. He has motivated me and my family to start living a healthier lifestyle.





Rick Gonzales


I have been training with leo about 10 months now. He is the reason I have been able to drop almost 40 lbs! I have also gained muscle mass working with him, something I have never been able to do. All my life I have been overweight at 34 I was my heaviest at almost 320lbs. I've tried weight loss programs that have been successful however I never made lifestyle changes. With Leo's help I developed a lifestyle change and a desire to keep that change. I am currently at 229lbs and have never felt better! I no longer have back pains, my legs don't go numb just from walking, and the best part is I'm now teaching my kids to be healthier. Leo has taught me so much, not only about exercising but about eating healthy and meal prepping. He has motivated me and my family to start living a healthier lifestyle.





Melissa Bravo


I first reached out to begin working out with Leo three years ago. At that time, I was very inactive,
always felt sluggish, and always felt miserable because I wasn’t content with myself physically and was
close to hitting 300 lbs. I was intimidated by the thought of going into a gym, I felt lost and clueless but
decided to give it a shot. Fast forward to three years later and I am still going strong! Never in my life did
I think I would stick to this, I was not one of those “workout” people. I went into it thinking I would go to
the gym, lose weight, quit working out and my life would be perfect, but I was wrong. I will never quit, I
have learned that this is a lifestyle change, I have learned that working out is about so much more than
looking better physically. I can now outrun my teenage son, I have more energy than ever before, I have
no health issues and am not on any medications. I have confidence in myself, my self-esteem has gone
up, I’m learning to love myself once again and feel stronger than ever. I have not been perfect since I
started this journey, but the important thing is to never give up - everybody fails at one point or
another. You might go into it with one goal in mind but if you have enough self-discipline to include this
into your new lifestyle, you will come out of this a brand-new person inside and out.





Rick Gonzales


I have been training with leo about 10 months now. He is the reason I have been able to drop almost 40 lbs! I have also gained muscle mass working with him, something I have never been able to do. All my life I have been overweight at 34 I was my heaviest at almost 320lbs. I've tried weight loss programs that have been successful however I never made lifestyle changes. With Leo's help I developed a lifestyle change and a desire to keep that change. I am currently at 229lbs and have never felt better! I no longer have back pains, my legs don't go numb just from walking, and the best part is I'm now teaching my kids to be healthier. Leo has taught me so much, not only about exercising but about eating healthy and meal prepping. He has motivated me and my family to start living a healthier lifestyle.





Valerie Vinton


Several years ago I hesitantly walked into a gym and was greeted by Leo. Prior to that day my exercise routine consisted solely of bike riding. Weight lifting, dynamic body weight exercises and running were things I did not enjoy and avoided or had never tried out of fear, embarrassment and a lack of confidence. Leo helped change that. He had me doing wide range of exercises that were far beyond my old typical routines. My experience with workout and fitness and overall health are so different now. Some of the things I used to dread are now what I like most about my exercise routine. Leo has helped me realize the value of varied exercises and how to incorporate them into a complete, balanced and effective fitness routine. Leo pushes me out of my comfort zone, challenges and supports me in many ways. He has helped me believe in myself and the strength of my mind and body. He encouraged me to sign up for the Shamrock Shuffle and ran along with me. He has since cheered me on as I have completed two Chicago Marathons. Thirty pounds lost, strong muscles, confidence and healthy habits all gained from working with Leo. His passion for helping others strive toward and achieve there individual fitness and health goals is contagious and inspiring. His knowledge, skill and dedication to his clients has kept me in motion living a healthier life. I am so grateful that I made the decision to go into the gym that day and that Leo was there to greet me. I cannot thank him enough.





Rick Gonzales


I have been training with leo about 10 months now. He is the reason I have been able to drop almost 40 lbs! I have also gained muscle mass working with him, something I have never been able to do. All my life I have been overweight at 34 I was my heaviest at almost 320lbs. I've tried weight loss programs that have been successful however I never made lifestyle changes. With Leo's help I developed a lifestyle change and a desire to keep that change. I am currently at 229lbs and have never felt better! I no longer have back pains, my legs don't go numb just from walking, and the best part is I'm now teaching my kids to be healthier. Leo has taught me so much, not only about exercising but about eating healthy and meal prepping. He has motivated me and my family to start living a healthier lifestyle.





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