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Testimonials 2018-01-04T17:32:59+00:00

Voted “Best Personal Fitness Trainer”!

in the Morning Call’s Readers Choice 2016

Congratulations to Amber Mitchell “Best Therapeutic Massage”!

“Best Gym to Get a Great Workout” & “Best Trainers to Kick Your Butt at the Gym”!

in Lehigh Valley Style Magazine 2017

Top 5 Reasons Why Members Love Us!

Qualified Professionals

“Not only do Evan and John demonstrate the exercises, they tell you what part of your body it’s working, where you should be feeling it, and what the proper form is.” – Michelle

Results Driven

“The classes are small, the coaches are extremely good at correcting your posture and giving encouragement and it’s a real team atmosphere.” – Emma

Quality Individualized Programming

“In the beginning of class the trainers go over each and every exercise you will be doing and where/what you are supposed to feel and how to do it the right way without hurting yourself. ” – Bryana

Accountability

“The structure and the motivation that Evan and Shannon provide are exactly what I need, and now I look forward to going to the classes, and hate when I’m not able to make it. ” – Karla

Community

“The clients that go to FTF are so friendly and everyone works as a team. Everyone cheers and motivates you to work hard.” – Stacey

Hear More From Our Members

I joined Forward Thinking Fitness one year ago. My last baby was approaching his first birthday, and my “baby weight” was now just “weight.” I was embarrassed to have my picture taken or wear anything that exposed any part of my body. I was fed up with the way I looked and felt, and I was tired of feeling helpless to control my ever-increasing weight and clothing size. My neighbor told me about FTF and how much he loved it, so I decided to give it a shot. I didn’t have high expectations since I was never one for going to the gym and working out, but I was willing to try anything! The first couple of weeks were hard…really hard. I had to really come to terms with how out of shape I had let myself become, but it just made me that much more determined to improve. After a few weeks, I found I could keep up better and be less sore. Most importantly, I was starting to see results! After 2 months, I had lost 8lbs of fat and gained 3lbs of muscle. I had more energy and actually started looking forward to working out. Every time someone made a comment that I looked good, or looked like I lost weight, I felt a little extra boost in my motivation. It’s now one year later, and I can honestly say coming to FTF has changed my life. I’ve lost 20lbs overall, and my body fat has decreased by 12%! I’m healthier and stronger, I have so much more energy, and I like my body again! I’m not ashamed to wear shorts or tank tops or to get my picture taken. I am so grateful for Evan, Ryan, Amber, and Payton for making me “push the pace” every day and helping me improve week after week. I know my journey is just getting started, and I’m so happy to have found my fitness family at FTF!

Karla

I was surprised at how good I felt after just the first few weeks of training. I have never done personal training before, so it was a brand new experience for me. I was a little nervous, but the trainers made the entire process easy. I couldn’t believe how much different I looked! I can’t wait to do the next challenge!

Travis

I joined Forward Thinking Fitness a year ago, and I’m so glad I did! FTF has changed my life! I had been going to “the gym” for over 20 years but hit a wall. My body wasn’t responding to my fitness routines anymore, and I was putting on weight. After joining FTF and really focusing on my fitness goals and healthy eating habits, I was able to lose over 15 lbs in 6 months and gain muscle mass!! I am stronger and healthier than I’ve ever been in my entire life. For the first time ever I can do real push ups! The trainers, Evan, Amber, Ryan, and Peyton are so kind and caring and really focus on your form to help maximize your ability. I never want to leave FTF…it’s like family.

Leanne Waldin

One year ago I walked into my first session at Forward Thinking Fitness with my heart in my throat and a churning in my stomach. To say I was terrified would be an understatement! Evan and his staff made me feel immediately like I belonged there. They constantly encourage me and push me a little harder with each workout. I have made many friends and in many ways working out at Forward Thinking Fitness is like being in a close knit and welcoming family. To date I have lost a considerable amount of weight and reduced my cholesterol levels to a healthy level for the first time in my adult life!

Emily

My journey at Forward Thinking Fitness began in May 2017 when I signed up for the 21 Day Summer Shred. As someone who has been overweight her entire life, but always active, I am always looking for new and different ways to work out. When you enter FTF you can immediately see it’s not like any other gym you’ve been to—no treadmills, no ellipticals!! I met with Evan for my first visit and fitness assessment and I was very impressed with his professionalism and knowledge and use of technology. They do your body composition analysis on a crazy high tech scale that can tell you how much each of your arms and legs weigh along with your body fat percentage, etc. My first workout was tough, very challenging but I loved the way Evan was constantly making me aware of my form and would always modify the exercises to my specific hindrances (in my case, very weak hips). After the first workout I was hooked (sore as heck, but hooked!). In my first month at FTF I lost 20 pounds of body fat!! Evan, Payton, Adam and Amber are all very knowledgeable, caring and honest. They watch you when you’re working out, there is no opportunity for you to cheat on your exercises, they let you know when your form is off, they’ll add more weight or more reps to your set when they know you can handle it (even when you don’t think you can). They are incredibly encouraging and are genuinely invested in your progress. The FTF trainers have bolstered my confidence, kicked my butt and made me laugh all simultaneously. The team training sessions are also wonderful, there is a real sense of community and encouragement with FTF, not just from the trainers but from the members as well. In the 6 months since I’ve joined FTF I’ve gone from 50% body fat to 37% and have lost almost 50 pounds! I would recommend FTF to anyone looking for a results driven, challenging and fun way to get in the best shape of your life. You will not find better trainers or a better program anywhere!!

Shannon Sibiski

Personal training with Evan has been superb! Evan hit me with an intense 8AM leg blast that I won't forget. I'm an experienced lifter and he was still able to introduce new ways of training to help me grow. On more than one occasion he corrected my form to ensure maximum growth and safety. Evan goes into a session prepared but can also adjust to the person or workout easily, which makes him an excellent trainer. He's focused and cares about you. I highly recommend Evan to any person looking for direction and results.

Brandon McCollum

2017-12-15T20:03:53+00:00

Brandon McCollum

Personal training with Evan has been superb! Evan hit me with an intense 8AM leg blast that I won't forget. I'm an experienced lifter and he was still able to introduce new ways of training to help me grow. On more than one occasion he corrected my form to ensure maximum growth and safety. Evan goes into a session prepared but can also adjust to the person or workout easily, which makes him an excellent trainer. He's focused and cares about you. I highly recommend Evan to any person looking for direction and results.
Whatever your health and fitness goals, Evan is your guy! Evan meets you where you are but pushes you to improve with every workout. He is extremely knowledgeable and dedicated to fitness,health and wellness. Not only will you be sure to get excellent personal training you will gain confidence in your ability to push yourself further than you thought you were able to.

I am beyond thankful that Evan and I crossed paths and that I am able to train with such a highly motivated and dedicated trainer who has a great deal of education. I trust Evan completely. He knows his stuff and his client's results prove it. I know that when I tell him I can't do 1 more squat,lunge or bicep curl and he says that I can- I can! I have seen my body change in ways I never thought it could after 2 babies and strength come back I never thought I would have after a terrible car accident, nerve damage and muscle atrophy. If you are looking for a well rounded, highly sought after trainer, who wants to see your reach your goals, look no further! You rock Evan!!

Amber Mitchell

2017-12-15T20:11:47+00:00

Amber Mitchell

Whatever your health and fitness goals, Evan is your guy! Evan meets you where you are but pushes you to improve with every workout. He is extremely knowledgeable and dedicated to fitness,health and wellness. Not only will you be sure to get excellent personal training you will gain confidence in your ability to push yourself further than you thought you were able to. I am beyond thankful that Evan and I crossed paths and that I am able to train with such a highly motivated and dedicated trainer who has a great deal of education. I trust Evan completely. He knows his stuff and his client's results prove it. I know that when I tell him I can't do 1 more squat,lunge or bicep curl and he says that I can- I can! I have seen my body change in ways I never thought it could after 2 babies and strength come back I never thought I would have after a terrible car accident, nerve damage and muscle atrophy. If you are looking for a well rounded, highly sought after trainer, who wants to see your reach your goals, look no further! You rock Evan!!
Evan (and John) are awesome motivators and really get you to work out at the highest level you are capable of. I've taken fit camps with both of them and the results speak for themselves. Not only do they push you to perform to the best of your abilities but I've always seen them give alternative exercises for beginners. They always have the most popular classes because they make working out fun. They also are never in a huge hurry to take off after class so you can talk to them about what's working or not working with your diet and exercise routine. I've never personally had 1 on 1 training but several friends of mine have said they will never work with another trainer after working with Evan. They are great trainers and great people to be around and I can't recommend them enough.

Geoff Conklin

2017-12-15T20:12:16+00:00

Geoff Conklin

Evan (and John) are awesome motivators and really get you to work out at the highest level you are capable of. I've taken fit camps with both of them and the results speak for themselves. Not only do they push you to perform to the best of your abilities but I've always seen them give alternative exercises for beginners. They always have the most popular classes because they make working out fun. They also are never in a huge hurry to take off after class so you can talk to them about what's working or not working with your diet and exercise routine. I've never personally had 1 on 1 training but several friends of mine have said they will never work with another trainer after working with Evan. They are great trainers and great people to be around and I can't recommend them enough.
I began working with Evan after being discharged from physical therapy for frozen shoulder. Evan was able to give me exercises both with machines and without to continue to strengthen the shoulder muscles. He firmly believes in a whole body approach to fitness so we worked on abs and legs, too. Often he would show me a new exercise and I would not believe I could do it, but he knew my abilities better than I did. Evan was always there to encourage me. He pushed me to do things I never thought I’d be able to do. Tabata is one of them. Many of the exercises we do in tabata are a bit beyond my physical ability, but Evan is always willing to show me an alternate exercise that uses the same muscle group as the more difficult exercise being done by the rest of the group. One thing I like is Evan will explain the muscle group being targeted by an exercise. Some trainers do the workout with you but then they can’t see your moves to be able to make the appropriate corrections as Evan does.

Karen Heim

2017-12-15T20:12:42+00:00

Karen Heim

I began working with Evan after being discharged from physical therapy for frozen shoulder. Evan was able to give me exercises both with machines and without to continue to strengthen the shoulder muscles. He firmly believes in a whole body approach to fitness so we worked on abs and legs, too. Often he would show me a new exercise and I would not believe I could do it, but he knew my abilities better than I did. Evan was always there to encourage me. He pushed me to do things I never thought I’d be able to do. Tabata is one of them. Many of the exercises we do in tabata are a bit beyond my physical ability, but Evan is always willing to show me an alternate exercise that uses the same muscle group as the more difficult exercise being done by the rest of the group. One thing I like is Evan will explain the muscle group being targeted by an exercise. Some trainers do the workout with you but then they can’t see your moves to be able to make the appropriate corrections as Evan does.
I have been working with Evan for a couple of years! He really knows his stuff! I was having trouble with my knees and he recommended me to an excellent physical therapy group. He knows how to get me moving and keep me moving! If you are looking for a personal trainer - meet with Evan! His goals are realistic, his knowledge superb! He is well worth every cent I spend to maintain my health!
2017-12-15T20:13:23+00:00
I have been working with Evan for a couple of years! He really knows his stuff! I was having trouble with my knees and he recommended me to an excellent physical therapy group. He knows how to get me moving and keep me moving! If you are looking for a personal trainer - meet with Evan! His goals are realistic, his knowledge superb! He is well worth every cent I spend to maintain my health!
I've had the pleasure of working in private sessions with Evan during my summer and Christmas breaks for over a year now. All the sessions are driven by his passion and enthusiasm for fitness. Evan is extremely professional, accommodating and encourages you to push to a limit that you may not have known you had (in a good way, of course!) His workouts are never the same 'ole boring routines. It is evident that Evan truly cares for his clients' success and health, which makes for one of the best personal trainers. Oh, and his Tabata workouts are the best - you leave the gym feeling so good about yourself both emotionally and physically!

Chrissy Russo

2017-12-15T20:14:03+00:00

Chrissy Russo

I've had the pleasure of working in private sessions with Evan during my summer and Christmas breaks for over a year now. All the sessions are driven by his passion and enthusiasm for fitness. Evan is extremely professional, accommodating and encourages you to push to a limit that you may not have known you had (in a good way, of course!) His workouts are never the same 'ole boring routines. It is evident that Evan truly cares for his clients' success and health, which makes for one of the best personal trainers. Oh, and his Tabata workouts are the best - you leave the gym feeling so good about yourself both emotionally and physically!
Evan is the first personal trainer I’ve worked with and I couldn’t be happier with the results so far! He will develop a workout routine specific to your fitness level and goals. He is tremendously professional and accommodating and only wants the best for his clients. He listens and is very motivating. He pushes me passed my limits to a fitness level I never thought I could achieve. Evan is also very intelligent and has significantly more knowledge then most trainers. Having some hip and back issues, he has shown me exercises and stretches to correct my form and posture and strengthen those areas of weakness. He has introduced me to Tabata and what a workout! I would recommend Evan to anyone trying to figure out how to go about losing weight and getting fit. You won’t regret it!

Kelly Barrieres

2017-12-15T20:14:44+00:00

Kelly Barrieres

Evan is the first personal trainer I’ve worked with and I couldn’t be happier with the results so far! He will develop a workout routine specific to your fitness level and goals. He is tremendously professional and accommodating and only wants the best for his clients. He listens and is very motivating. He pushes me passed my limits to a fitness level I never thought I could achieve. Evan is also very intelligent and has significantly more knowledge then most trainers. Having some hip and back issues, he has shown me exercises and stretches to correct my form and posture and strengthen those areas of weakness. He has introduced me to Tabata and what a workout! I would recommend Evan to anyone trying to figure out how to go about losing weight and getting fit. You won’t regret it!
I had the opportunity to work with both Evan and John for about six months. They helped me lose over 50 pounds and work towards my goal of running my first half marathon. I love how they explain the "why" behind the exercise, giving purpose to what you are doing. Evan and John both push you to increase your performance level and always make working out fun. Additionally, they are able to motivate you to accomplish anything! I completed my first half marathon in April, and it was because they helped lay the foundation for success!

Sydney Coffey

2017-12-15T20:15:30+00:00

Sydney Coffey

I had the opportunity to work with both Evan and John for about six months. They helped me lose over 50 pounds and work towards my goal of running my first half marathon. I love how they explain the "why" behind the exercise, giving purpose to what you are doing. Evan and John both push you to increase your performance level and always make working out fun. Additionally, they are able to motivate you to accomplish anything! I completed my first half marathon in April, and it was because they helped lay the foundation for success!
Evan is by far, one of the best trainers that I have worked with. He is professional, kind, and motivating! And, not every trainer out there has a degree in the exercise field! Evan has a better knowledge base than most and is able to explain things in a way that makes sense and makes you want to learn more! He is great at creating individualized workouts that are fun, challenging, and maximize results!!:)

Jonelle Faris

2017-12-15T20:16:13+00:00

Jonelle Faris

Evan is by far, one of the best trainers that I have worked with. He is professional, kind, and motivating! And, not every trainer out there has a degree in the exercise field! Evan has a better knowledge base than most and is able to explain things in a way that makes sense and makes you want to learn more! He is great at creating individualized workouts that are fun, challenging, and maximize results!!:)
These guys are the best! For years I had worked out without purpose,now I feel like my workouts have meaning. I really look forward to my personal training sessions with John. He helps me to stay motivated. Evan introduced me to Tabata, which is now one of my favorite workouts! I highly recommend working with these guys!

Christine Erdman

2017-12-15T20:16:45+00:00

Christine Erdman

These guys are the best! For years I had worked out without purpose,now I feel like my workouts have meaning. I really look forward to my personal training sessions with John. He helps me to stay motivated. Evan introduced me to Tabata, which is now one of my favorite workouts! I highly recommend working with these guys!
I definitely recommend Evan (& John) as your trainers. They are truly motivating and believe in what they do. Evan introduced me to Tabata, which I never thought I could do. Two years later and I still love it! They push you to your personal max and always make the workouts fun!

Vicki Romano

2017-12-15T20:17:11+00:00

Vicki Romano

I definitely recommend Evan (& John) as your trainers. They are truly motivating and believe in what they do. Evan introduced me to Tabata, which I never thought I could do. Two years later and I still love it! They push you to your personal max and always make the workouts fun!
If you want a good group personal training class, Evan has the class for YOU! It starts with great music, total encouragement, lots of energy and a smile. Evan always pushes you to excel and do your best, but nothing you can't handle. His personality is contagious and keeps you coming back. He's worth the trip to his new location. Today is a great day to get started.... So give Evan a call and see how your life can improve!

Kelley Young

2017-12-15T20:17:32+00:00

Kelley Young

If you want a good group personal training class, Evan has the class for YOU! It starts with great music, total encouragement, lots of energy and a smile. Evan always pushes you to excel and do your best, but nothing you can't handle. His personality is contagious and keeps you coming back. He's worth the trip to his new location. Today is a great day to get started.... So give Evan a call and see how your life can improve!
This is a great fitness center. Not your typical gym! I love the classes, you won't get a better workout. The trainers are very knowledgeable and the small team training sessions are an excellent way to get one-on-one instruction without the personal trainer price tag! At the team trainings sessions I have taken both the Burn class and the Modern Strength class and would highly recommend them to anyone and any fitness level. Everyone that comes in is supportive and friendly, if you're on your own you don't feel like you're out of place. Love this place!

Elizabeth Churilov

2017-12-15T20:18:07+00:00

Elizabeth Churilov

This is a great fitness center. Not your typical gym! I love the classes, you won't get a better workout. The trainers are very knowledgeable and the small team training sessions are an excellent way to get one-on-one instruction without the personal trainer price tag! At the team trainings sessions I have taken both the Burn class and the Modern Strength class and would highly recommend them to anyone and any fitness level. Everyone that comes in is supportive and friendly, if you're on your own you don't feel like you're out of place. Love this place!
All my life, I was pretty active with sports: cheerleading and swim team. Needless to say I was in pretty good shape. It was until I went to grad school, when I became very inactive. I ate poorly and my stress level was through the roof. Stress, poor eating habits, and not exercising is recipe for weight gain. One day, I looked at myself and was absolutely disgusted. I was no longer this tiny girl that I was throughout high school and college. I didn’t even recognize the person i was looking at in the mirror. I tried joining gyms and work out videos at home, but was so unmotivated. I kinda gave up. Until 5 months ago, I started this journey at Forward Thinking Fitness. Personal training, team training, kettle bells, were all new words for me. I had no idea what I was getting into, but I am glad I did. Forward Thinking Fitness was one of the best things that has ever happened to me. They continuously pushed and motivated me to get me to where I am today. Not only that, but I became a part of a bigger family - my gym/teammates. These people have become my outlet, my rock, and my biggest motivation. Without any of them, I wouldn't be where I am today. 
If you are truly thinking about changing your life, stop making excuses now. Pick up the phone and give Evan a call. Train with the best personal trainers in the Lehigh Valley. Become part of our FTF family. I promise, you will never regret this decision.

Ali Lance

2017-12-15T20:18:27+00:00

Ali Lance

All my life, I was pretty active with sports: cheerleading and swim team. Needless to say I was in pretty good shape. It was until I went to grad school, when I became very inactive. I ate poorly and my stress level was through the roof. Stress, poor eating habits, and not exercising is recipe for weight gain. One day, I looked at myself and was absolutely disgusted. I was no longer this tiny girl that I was throughout high school and college. I didn’t even recognize the person i was looking at in the mirror. I tried joining gyms and work out videos at home, but was so unmotivated. I kinda gave up. Until 5 months ago, I started this journey at Forward Thinking Fitness. Personal training, team training, kettle bells, were all new words for me. I had no idea what I was getting into, but I am glad I did. Forward Thinking Fitness was one of the best things that has ever happened to me. They continuously pushed and motivated me to get me to where I am today. Not only that, but I became a part of a bigger family - my gym/teammates. These people have become my outlet, my rock, and my biggest motivation. Without any of them, I wouldn't be where I am today. 
If you are truly thinking about changing your life, stop making excuses now. Pick up the phone and give Evan a call. Train with the best personal trainers in the Lehigh Valley. Become part of our FTF family. I promise, you will never regret this decision.
If you're looking for a fitness center that takes a different approach to exercise, look no further than Forward Thinking Fitness. I have been working with Evan for several years and he still continues to consistently provide challenging workouts. He and his staff are knowledgeable, helpful, and caring trainers. Their programs are individualized and include amazing features, such as body composition analysis and a dietician on site, in addition to other benefits. I am grateful that Evan brought this different concept to the Lehigh Valley. Come on over and join us. You won't be disappointed.

Susan Berger

2017-12-15T20:18:51+00:00

Susan Berger

If you're looking for a fitness center that takes a different approach to exercise, look no further than Forward Thinking Fitness. I have been working with Evan for several years and he still continues to consistently provide challenging workouts. He and his staff are knowledgeable, helpful, and caring trainers. Their programs are individualized and include amazing features, such as body composition analysis and a dietician on site, in addition to other benefits. I am grateful that Evan brought this different concept to the Lehigh Valley. Come on over and join us. You won't be disappointed.

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