Testimonials

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Mackenzie McDowell

 What I love about Team VIP is that they are a one stop shop for every competitor’s needs. They cover every aspect of competition prep, from training, nutrition and supplements, to the proper suit color/cut, makeup/hair tips, posing, and overall presentation.  They are 100% committed to making each one of us the best we can be. The nutrition and training plans are specific to each member’s personal goals; there is nothing cookie cutter about their plans. Having them available for support day in and day out shows just how committed they are to our success.  No question goes unanswered and no problem goes unsolved. They ARE the best, and I’m so thankful to be a part of such a wonderful team.

Anyone from a beginner in the NPC to an IFBB Pro will benefit tremendously from the guidance of Summer and all the trainers on staff. They take a one on one approach, and it works!!! The atmosphere and energy of the team is like nothing I have ever felt before! They are the most supportive and motivating people I have ever met. I am so grateful that I made the decision to join Team VIP, and I think you will be too!

Ashley Kaltwasser
2013 & 2014 Bikini Olympia Champion & 2014 Arnold Classic Champion
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I love being a part of Team VIP as both a competitor and a coach. I love that our trainers and coaches are so supportive and caring. There is a super-encouraging atmosphere and we ALL support and help each other! I love that my diet consists of LOTS of variety, and includes foods that I actually enjoy. Variety is the spice of life, after all! The coaches are all very accommodating to our individual needs, and are always happy to help with any questions or concerns we may have. As a Team VIP coach, I love being able to help other girls with their competition journey. The most rewarding part is helping make their dreams come true! Being a part of Team VIP has been an amazing experience!

Adrienne (Acie) Crenshaw
IFBB Bikini Pro
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After giving birth to my son 4 months ago, I was looking for a Team to fit my lifestyle. Competing in the IFBB is tough, so having the right coach is very important! I find it impossible to coach myself, so I made it my goal to hire a coach that could help me improve my weaknesses. Team VIP was the perfect fit, and I began seeing results immediately. I never thought I could ever build a strong upper body, but Summer and Nate designed a plan for me that works perfectly and still leaves me time to play with my kiddos. On top of that, the workouts are really hardcore, and I am done in about an hour and 15 minutes. If you’re looking for a team that provides the entire package, choose Team VIP. There are no crash diets or extreme meal plans, and the customer service is excellent. They are always around to answer any questions, and most importantly, they really care. It’s very important to train with coaches who care about your wellbeing!

Emily Herrington
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If preparation is the key to success, then I have found my key: Team VIP! Nothing compares to the total package Team VIP delivers, whether it’s prepping for a show or helping to make changes in the offseason. I have been a bikini competitor for several years, and I have had a couple different coaches, and this has been, hands down, the best experience I’ve had. I’ve only been working with Team VIP for 4 short months, but I feel like I’ve been on this team forever. They are personable, approachable, and, above all, consistently supportive. I really wanted a coach who would fight for my success as much as I’m fighting for it, and I found that in Summer, Nate, and Missy! Prep is a very arduous process, and it’s important to not feel like I’m going through it alone. This dynamic group of coaches, who are intelligent, kind, organized, and incredibly supportive, keep me on track, and they are there any time I need them.
During my first email exchange with Summer, she took one look at my photos and instantly gave me feedback about things I needed to change before stepping on stage again. I knew from that moment that I wanted to learn everything I could from her, and I ended up taking 1st place in my first show with Team VIP! I’m not only excited about my win, but I also like how Team VIP takes the time to post pics of all their competitors on Facebook. I love seeing what my teammates are doing and I love how much pride they take in every competitor they are prepping.

Team VIP’s nutrition and workout plans are very detailed and specific, but most of all easy to follow. I’ve been an athlete my whole life and I wanted to be challenged in my workouts. Let me tell you, these workouts are very challenging and I LOVE it. I get to use TRX, battle ropes, kettle bells, jump ropes, plyo boxes, medicine balls, and stability balls. I never get bored with the workouts and I look forward to doing them every day because they are fun, which helps me push myself that much harder. I also have not done more than 30 minutes of cardio a day, and I’m blown away by the change in my body. I’m more symmetrical, healthy, and energized. There is also so much flexibility and variety in my diet. I’m not doing crazy low calories and I’m not being super restrictive and my results are ten times better. I also have options! I was amazed when I was given extra ideas for meals, which was very helpful when I needed to switch things up! The variety and options make it easy to stick to, and it takes the boredom out of dieting.

I’m right where I need to be and it feels amazing. I’m so happy about working with Team VIP. They take the guessing out of every prep detail, and I feel like I couldn’t be in better hands! I’m excited to take on this year with Team VIP!

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Kaitlynn Kollar
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I’m a busy mom of 3 young children ages 7, 4, and 2.   Any time I spend away from my family has got to be worth it. And I can say that training for competition with Team VIP has most definitely been worth all the sacrifices! I wasn’t a novice to competition when I came to Team VIP, but I was struck by the difference in atmosphere and training, which wasn’t like anything I had been used to. From day one, I felt like I was part of a team; I wasn’t on my own. There is so much camaraderie between the girls, and everyone is so motivated!

During the actual competitions, there is always someone there for you. We all help each other, and despite the fact that some of us are competing against each other on the stage; we are always a team off stage. This sport is a competition between you and yourself, and Team VIP instills those values, and encourages all of us to cheer for and support each other. Team VIP is a full package. You get help with all aspects of competition, including suits, makeup, and skincare, with an added bonus of friendship and support. I love it more than anything. If I’m going to make the sacrifices to compete in a show, I would never do it without a team backing me up. And I know that Team VIP ALWAYS has my back!

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Remy Lazar

I have tried many different teams and trainers to get results, and none of them have been the right fit. Now that I have Team VIP guiding me, I could not be happier. I feel unstoppable, and I’ve already reached some of the goals that I’ve set for myself after only 5 weeks. The coaches are very supportive and always respond quickly to all of my questions. My workouts change every week and I’m sore every single day, which is my favorite part of the Team VIP training! I can’t wait to see what I can accomplish with this team backing me up!

Angela Leong
IFBB Bikini Pro
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I began competing as an IFBB bikini pro in 2010, but decided to take a hiatus in 2012 to focus on both running my tennis academy in Portland, OR, and learning how to live a balanced and healthy lifestyle while not in competition mode. Despite the fact that I was not competing, I had a desire to find a program/coach/team that would continue to challenge me in the gym and hold me accountable to my physique goals. Finding a coach who would be supportive of my decision to not compete was also very important to me.

I was referred to Team VIP by fellow teammate and friend Missy, who shared some of my same concerns, and who had a very positive experience with Team VIP. Summer and her staff offer great programs for all types of goals, and I was pleased to learn that one of her programs best suited mine. I have been a part of Team VIP for over 8 weeks, and am enjoying the program very much. Their support, knowledge, and customer service is impeccable.

I don’t know what lies ahead for me; however, I am pleased with the support and knowledge that I have received from Team VIP. Who knows? Maybe there will be a day when I will be back on that bikini competition stage representing Team VIP!

Alexis Burke
IFBB Bikini Pro
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One of the most important aspects of competition prep is having the right coach. I have been competing since 2009, and for the first time, I do not feel stressed about my preparation to walk on stage. Team VIP’s training programs are designed to get a competitor stage ready without starvation, without hours of cardio, and without pressure to perform when injured. Health is a priority with Team VIP! There have been so many times I forget I am prepping for a show because the training and nutrition fit into my lifestyle, instead of consuming it. Recently, I didn’t have a coach, and was so discouraged by my experiences in previous competition preps. I stopped enjoying what I was doing and was completely burned out. I heard Team VIP used HITT cardio, and couldn’t believe I had been doing 2-3 hours of cardio a day, while Ms. Bikini Olympia herself was only doing 15-20 minutes a few times a week! I knew I had to give it a shot. The staff has been so incredibly welcoming and supportive. Team VIP showed me a new way of competition prep that taught me I don’t have to spend every waking moment in the gym. I lift heavy, I am strong, and I am now mentally tough for the first time in years. I love Team VIP!!!

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Madison Christa
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Author and politician Bruce Barton once said, “When you are through changing, you are through.” Approximately two years ago, I thought I was completely “through” with the journey when I finished an NPC show, and then crashed mentally and physically due to overtraining and a lack of necessary support. After a few months break, my heart told me otherwise, and I knew I wasn’t completely finished with my love for fitness and the competition industry. However, I lacked discipline and felt quite sick as I approached any gym. But I wasn’t willing to give up!
After about a year and a half of trying to independently regain self-control and a desire to again train heavily, I decided to try another team and a new set of coaches. After much research and observation of winners, social media, etc., I decided to contact Summer Montabone and Team VIP. Although my goals were different this time around, and I knew how lightly I wanted to “tread” in order to regain self-control, Team VIP was there to lead me in the right direction, handling my situation with sympathy.

Over the past few months, I have been making slow but steady progress to re-learn healthy eating habits, patience, and trust, and although I have no plans for competing at this time, I am making strides in the business end of the fitness industry. I am currently a rep for Quest Nutrition, I am the 2014 Shawn Ray Classic Event Coordinator, and I also have a couple photo shoots lined up!

Regardless of your fitness goals, Team VIP is an encouraging, healthy, and reputable choice! They will reassure you that your goals are always just a lifestyle choice away. You CAN be consistent and happy at the same time, and you’re never “through changing.” Stay confident, classy, and curvy!

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Sharon Rusnock

Who can say that they have been working out with the SAME gym and personal trainer for about 10 years!? I can! I have been working out with Summer Montabone and Summer’s Fitness for that long! I have always been active, playing three sports in high school and intramurals in college. Finding Summer was what I needed to stay in shape after I got married. I am a long-time personal training client and have participated in many of the bootcamp classes held at the gym. The cost of the gym membership and personal training are very affordable. Over the years, Summer and the other trainers, have taught me to value myself and be the best I can be! They all have pushed me past what I thought was my limit and have encouraged me to push even father and harder! I am even competing in physique at the age of 40! Can you believe I began this new journey when I was 37?

Being a member of Team VIP is like being adopted into a new family! Summer, the trainers and staff, and all the members of Team VIP are so supportive and encouraging! When I first decided to take on this new journey, I asked Summer, “Can I do this? Do you have the time and patience for me?” She said, “I can if you can. TRUST ME; we’ll do it together!” Trust her is what I did, and I just can’t believe that I still love competing! She and the staff work together on nutrition, exercise programs, and overall well-being. The brain power and knowledge that Summer and her staff have is so beneficial to me and Team VIP. Someone is always accessible to answer any of my questions or concerns.

Summer’s Fitness and Team VIP are gems! I cannot say enough about the staff and the gym itself. It is a small gym without some of the fancy equipment found at other giant-chain gyms, but you learn how to take the basics and turn them into a whole new workout that kicks your butt! The staff and members are super friendly and want you to succeed. When you are feeling down or just can’t do one more rep, there is always someone there to pick you up and keep you going! I don’t know what else to say other than “I Love My Gym!” and I am proud to represent it!

Tessa Graham
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I joined Team VIP not only for its reputation, but because of the results and the positive attitudes of the Team VIP members. They have inspired me to compete! The training is always different, which tricks the muscles and makes them grow, and it’s individualized for pace and progress. I like the fact that I can register for private training and posing sessions at Summer’s Fitness, and I’ve adjusted well to the nutrition plan. What I love best about Team VIP is the camaraderie and the constant support and motivation we give one another. The coaches and team members are always willing to help beyond training and meal plans. We constantly support and push one another to reach goals that at one time seemed impossible. At competitions, experienced teammates stand by with guidance and support. This team will help transform not only your body, but your entire life! I love my results from Team VIP, and can’t wait to carry on this healthy lifestyle beyond competing, while hopefully encouraging others to do the same! Team VIP can inspire you to go beyond your limits!

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Alyssa Eaton

I trained with others prior to joining Team VIP, but I never felt like I got any time or attention from my trainers. Now, I never feel alone on my journey! The Team VIP coaches have been nothing but attentive, supportive, and readily available for all of my questions, and I know I always have my team behind me. As I prepare for my first NPC competition, I’m proud to represent the curvy, classy, confident Team VIP!

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Lindsey Salinsky

Last year I began my competition journey with so many unanswered questions. I would spend countless hours researching effective workout and diet programs. It was not until I decided to join Team VIP that I felt 100% supported in what I was doing. Team VIP works very hard to recognize each member’s potential in so many aspects. The customized diet does not leave me questioning whether I am eating the right foods, and the options are absolutely delicious. The detail in the workouts is precise, and let me tell you, I was terrified to lift heavy until the day the Team VIP trainers assured me that I could. I also felt confident with the information I was given on suit, hair, makeup and tanning. I am proud to say that I am a member of Team VIP! I could not make this journey without the support of the team, staff, and of course, Summer.