Real Results - Before & After
Growing up, I've always been a very active person but after high school I definitely gained weight in my freshman at 15. My fitness journey truly started January 2016 when Anta's Fitness & Self Defense started an 8 Week Fitness Challenge. Through this challenge I trained hard in the Fitness program and changed a lot of my eating habits. All these things I started doing eventually turned into a lifestyle that I will never change. I even took up training in the art of Muay Thai Kickboxing at Anta’s Fitness and Self Defense. This new lifestyle has not only helped me become successful in transforming my body but also my mind. I have learned patience and self discipline to a whole new level. I've even become successful at work since now I am an instructor in the Fitness program at Anta's. I am extremely thankful for the guidance and support I've received from Anta’s.
My name is Marcelo Paredes, I am 34 years old, and I was one of the proud competitors on the Doral 90 day fitness challenge at Anta's Fitness and Self Defense. To tell you the truth, at the beginning I thought I will never make it, I have tried so many times to lose weight and sadly I was unable to complete the mission. The main reason is that I was tired of traditional gym machines. I had a gym at home, but I never saw satisfactory results even with great effort.
When I started the XFT (Xtreme Functional Training) Bootcamp and Krav Maga programs on December 2012, I had three special reasons to enroll: The first and more important reason was the support and interest of my daughter Arianna, who is also a kung fu kids black belt club student; she wanted me to be in shape because of my health. Another reason was the promotional price to enroll in the programs, it is always important to save money. The third reason was of course my desire to learn something new, and something I like while getting in shape.
In January 7th when I started the fitness challenge my weight was 211 pounds, being a short person I had more than 30% of body fat. By April 1st my weight was unbelievably 167 pounds, meaning almost 10% less of body fat. Finally, after trying many methods I see real results. I see myself in the mirror and I don't believe yet what I see...my body is transformed! I enjoy so much buying new cloths in a size I haven’t worn since I was in college. I remember just one year ago after an intestinal surgery caused by being overweight, with a lazy, fat, and sick body and now I feel so light, full of energy and healthy.
I won't say it was easy because it was not, but I would definitely say it was worth it! The challenge helped me to return to a competitive mentality with discipline, character, willpower, and courage to complete the mission. I followed every advice of my instructors during classes, and especially with the diet which is a very important part of these results. I appreciate all the support received in this process not only from Master Anta, Mr. Arcia, and all my other instructors, but also the support of my family. I can proudly say now mission accomplished! I will keep on my work from now on because as Master Anta says: “Live fit, live fearless”.
As a mother of 3 I could come up with 1,001 reasons (excuses) why I didn't have the time to eat healthy much less workout. This became obvious when my youngest turned 1 and I was still almost 50 lbs away from losing the "baby fat" I gained before and during my pregnancy. In January I finally decided to make time and joined Anta's XFT Class because of the diverse workouts. Now I look forward to my "me-time workouts" and have even improved my eating habits by following Julio and Elena's suggestions. Three months later, I've dropped 3 pant sizes, 10% body fat and counting....
Dwayne Helton - Lost 17 pounds and 4% Body Fat in 12 Weeks
My name is Dwayne Helton. I have been friends with the Anta's since my family and I began going to Metro Life Worship Center in Feb 05. From the beginning, I always told Julio that I would come by the office to see what would help me lose some weight and get into better shape. Two years later, in order to help my son who studies Kung Fu at Anta's win in a VIP contest, I joined XFT (Xtreme Functional Training) In the XFT class we do kettlebells, medicine ball, Indian Clubs, kickboxing, interval training and other functional training. What a difference that choice made. I was very upset at the way I looked and very unhappy about how much weight I had put on. With the nutrition plan and the workouts, people actually starting asking if I was losing weight. That made me feel better about myself and made me want to continue in my workouts. I am very glad that God put Julio and Elena Anta in my life. Also, with my being in the military, I am very proud of the patriotism I feel any time I hear Julio speak or I am at the school. Julio and Elena, you have helped me extend my time on this earth with my family and I will never forget you. You will be BLESSED!
Angel Calvo - Beat Diabetes and lost 29 pounds in 12 weeks
My name is Angel Calvo, last year I found out I had Diabetes 2 the hard way. Waking up one morning and not being able to move. I was told that I would have to take insulin shots three times a day for the rest of my life. After starting the insulin regimen three months later I had gained approximately 40 lbs. This was the heaviest that I had ever been. Right there I decided I had to take charge of my life and not let Diabetes win the battle. At about that time I heard about Julio Anta trough my church (MetroLife) and that he had a program called XFT Xtreme Functional Training. I looked into it further and decided this was a program for me. When the opportunity came up to do a program through my church called First Place at Anta’s Fitness and Self Defense I decided to jump on board and join both programs. Through proper diet, First Place and Anta’s Xtreme Functional Training three times a week I was able to meet my goal of losing 25 lbs and surpass it by another 4 lbs. The best news I just found out last week is that I won the battle against Diabetes 2. I am completely off the insulin and Diabetes free. Trough prayer, and Anta’s Xtreme Functional Training I have achieved a very important goal in my life. I now continue to work out with Julio at the XFT class and continue to pursue my life long goal to become a better Christian.
Cristina Bonilla (XFT and Pilates Student)
I started taking XFT (Kickboxing, Kettlebell, Indian club, Boot Camp) class with Mr. Anta about 5 months ago in March. I can say that I lost a substantial amount of weight and I’m practically at my goal from when I started. I have found a comfortable place to be active and workout. I have tried gyms before but never really achieved much due to lack of training and overall not a pleasant environment. I am now working towards toning my body as well as maintaining lost weight. I have started Pilates with Mrs. Anta. I can say that I have an overall more positive outlook in general and feel pretty good about myself. I use to be completely sedentary and now I look forward to working out. Christina has lost 28 pounds since she started classes at Anta’s Fitness and Self Defense 5 months ago and her body fat level has gone from 28.4 % in May when we took it to 23.3 % in August.
Danielle Guelmes (Black Belt Club member XFT student)
Ever since I started Kung Ku at Anta’s I’ve had more confidence and I feel better about myself. Kung Fu has changed me in many ways, mentally and physically. When I walk down the halls of my school I fell less intimidated with school bullies who like to take advantage of other kids. I have also lost 16 pounds while learning kung fu and self defense in the teen’s class. I also started doing Anta’s Xtreme Functional Training Class which consists of Kickboxing and kettlebell training with my father after my kung fu class. I feel that I have achieved something that will benefit me now and in the future. I encourage all kids of my age and other ages to try Kung Fu.
Gerardo Larrea (Brown Belt, Black Belt Club member and XFT Challenge student)
I was transferred to Miami in the year 2000 to set up an international business office. I can honestly say that I was very depressed, completely out of shape and self conscious of weighing 210 pounds. Not long after I arrived I went for a complete check up. The doctor told me that my cholesterol level was quite high and I needed to improve substantially my physical condition. That was more than enough to get me to the point where I know I needed to change my life. So, I joined Antas Fitness and Self Defense as a Kung Fu student. My physical condition improved and in my first year I lost 20 pounds. Then in the second year I started coming to the kickboxing class and I lost another 25 pounds. I suddenly realized that I was no longer self conscience, embarrassed or depressed about how I looked. Today I am proud of the fact that I stuck it out and I am thankful to Mr. and Mrs. Anta for their help in the achievement of this extremely important personal goal.