About 18 months ago, I became very unhappy with my weight, appearance, and overall health. I was apprehensive about joining a gym because I had no idea what types of exercises to do or how to use the equipment. I felt uncomfortable, embarrassed, and was afraid of being judged by people in better shape than me working out in the same space. Enter New Start Fitness, Brooks and Jama Dean, and my Fit Fam. There is no room for any of these negative feelings in the NSF culture! The classes at NSF are designed to work for anyone and everyone. NSF has trainers who create workouts that get maximum results and can be modified to meet every person where they're at. The environment is welcoming and supportive - NEVER judgmental. I quickly started to see the benefits of working out at NSF as my body began to alter, my clothes became too big, family and friends began to comment on the change in my appearance, and I became more confident in myself. Since joining New Start Fitness I've lost 20 pounds and gained lots of lean muscle. I can now hike 20 miles in a day and I ran my first 5K last weekend in 37 minutes. I feel confident wearing clothes that show my legs and upper arms because, not to brag, but they look great and I am proud to show them off, which is a huge change in how I see myself. The benefits of joining NSF go beyond just the physical results, which are substantial. The mental, emotional, and psychological effects are also astounding. NSF workouts were key to getting me through the final semesters of graduate school. The exercise cleared my head, allowing me to both think more productively and sleep soundly at night. Additionally, the support and encouragement that I get from my NSF family is more valuable than I can put into words. These people are always there for me and aren't about to let me quit on myself, no matter what. If you told me I would ever love going to the gym, I would've laughed in your face. But I do love it, and I love the results. What are you waiting for?- Abbi S
NSF has been a total game changer in my life. A year ago I was almost 70 pounds heavier and to be real honest I was so nervous about trying my first class. It took one class and I was hooked. NSF is not intimidating and so welcoming. No matter your fitness level EVERYTHING can be modified to suit your needs. NSF offers many variety of classes to meet all fitness levels. Another thing that's important to me is all trainers are encouraging and get to know each person as an individual. I have made so many new friends that are not only great to workout with but fun to be with outside the gym as well. If you haven't tried NSF you are missing out!- Stacy B
New Start Fitness has given me a new outlook on fitness. I have found that I enjoy working out and look forward to each class. I do it 1st for myself to feel better and 2nd for my family so I am healthy for them. When I'm at NSF I am happy, motivated and energized. I forget for that hour of class the stress of the day. I have built my confidence and made a whole new group of friends. Personally I have lost almost 20lbs but toned my shape to the point I for into a size I haven't seen in over 13years. NSF is the least intimidating gym with the most warm and friendly atmosphere. I can go on and on about why I think everyone should join NSF.- Allison W.
I seriously cannot say enough good things about New Start Fitness! I joined at the beginning of the year. I was in terrible shape and worried about being able to actually do the things in class, but one of the big things everyone at NSF will tell you is “Everything can be modified!” The trainers give you options and encourage you to go at your level! I have always hated exercising, but now I do 4-5 classes a week. I honestly look forward to coming in and working out with everyone because the environment is so great! Everyone is always building each other up and pushing you to keep going. I also love that you have to sign up for classes on the MindBody app because it makes me plan out when I am going to go and I have to commit to being there. I have lost 25 lbs since joining, but I have gained confidence, strength, and a #fitfamily that is going to help me continue working on my goals! Come try it!- Danielle W.
New Start Fitness has helped me accomplish not only weight loss goals but an overall healthier lifestyle. I always feel welcomed, I feel energized while I'm there, but most importantly encouraged. The people I have met I have built awesome friendships with and it makes working out enjoyable! I love the fact that the instructors are in tune with each individual and know what their limitations are. It is also nice that all exercises can be modified based on your personal ability. Thank you New Start Fitness for helping me reach my goals!!- Aundrea W.
Growing up I was always fairly athletic, I played soccer for 8 years, played field hockey, was always on a rec kickball league. Then I had kids, after my first baby it was fairly easy to lose the weight by constantly cutting calories and thinking I needed to starve myself, but that quickly comes back. When I got pregnant the second time I gained 60 pounds and worked so hard to get that off by running miles and miles a day not eating properly, and once again it came back. I finally took my first class at New Start Fitness with no intention of sticking around because I thought I knew what I was doing at the gym.... 10 months later, I am still here. The environment that Brooks and Jama have created is unlike any other. You can do classes from barre, to yoga, to hiit. to weights. They have something for everyone. Brooks has the most energy even when you don't think you want it at 5am! He never gets offended when you're "mad" at him, because he knows he has pushed you to do something you were capable of the whole time. The friendships I have made are unbelievable, they help hold you accountable and keep you encouraged and motivated at the same time. I would never go anywhere else, it is truly the best gym in Knoxville!- Erin H
New Start is exactly that a new start to a better, happier, healthier life. I have been looking for a place I feel connected, comfortable and able to make good choice to better myself. Honestly from that difficult day one it felt like home. There is tremendous support and such a sense of happiness. Through the sweat there is laughter, smiles, encouragement and best of all real results. I am down 30lbs since December 2017 and the scale keeps moving in the right direction.I start with doing 2-3 classes a week and now I am at 4-6 classes a week. I feel amazing. Plus I am excited for each and every workout which is something a few months ago I would have never ever said.- Amye L.
My girlfriend bought this belt for me for a Christmas present in 1997. It has been with me ever since holding up my pants (and sometimes holding back my body). It was with me when I married the belt girlfriend, 6.5 moves (3 of those across the country), and finally ended here in Knoxville, TN. I have used pretty much every notch on that belt in the 20+ years that we have been together. When I weighed 280 lbs, I was near the long end, and now, at 210 lbs, I am near the tighter end and the tightest notch is my eventual goal. I may not get there soon, but someday I will.
Why the belt? Well, I have heard the word “journey” a lot lately to describe the approach to weight loss and ultimately becoming more healthy. For me, this belt is a record of my journey, and it is not over yet!
I started at New Start Fitness in July 2018, when my wife Erinn dragged me to a 5am class. She had started months earlier and loved the experience, but I knew that the treadmill and weight bench in the spare room was all that I needed….until I went to my first class. I immediately understood why she liked going to NSF and I have found more reasons to continue to go. And believe it or not, the home gym is being used way more than it did in the past!
From the looks of it, NSF is like any other gym, but it is NOT. I can ramble on about the trainers (who are amazing) and the variety of classes (they offer almost everything) or the equipment, but for me, those are not what keeps me coming back at 5am. It is the people. I find inspiration every workout from those that I am working out with and the trainers that are trying their best to burn our calories.
Brooks and Jama Dean have created an environment where inspiration to work as hard as you can and come back for more is everywhere. I am so glad that I found New Start Fitness for this stage of my “fitness journey”!- Dan F.