Fit School for Women Testimonials

What real women are saying about Fit School

LauraNortonI took my first Fit School class in spring of 2012 and have taken the class several times since then.  I can honestly say that working with Carol Frazey in her Fit School classes has changed my life.  Although I started out as a lifelong runner who just wanted to have a more structured way to improve my running speed and lose weight, I soon found that there were so many ways to which my life was enriched through Fit School classes.  First of all, I’ve enjoyed the camaraderie of women who are drawn to take Carol’s classes, women in their twenties through sixties.  They are interesting and varied in running speed as well as vocation, and many have inspired me through their goals, both athletic and professional.

Secondly, my mindset has changed dramatically over the past two-and-a-half years of being in Carol’s classes.  Whereas before I thought of myself as just a middle-aged woman who was inevitably slowing down in all areas of life, I came to see that I was capable of so much more than I thought, and through Carol’s coaching and encouragement, I became more energized as a I got faster and stronger and my ideas of what I was capable of in other areas of my life expanded exponentially.  I lost 20 pounds, increased the number of push-ups from 4 to 30 in a minute, dropped nearly two minutes off my mile time, ran 5Ks and Half Marathons faster than before, and ran 1,000 miles in the year leading up to my 50th birthday – all while having a great time!  Carol is an encouraging, supportive coach who uses a variety of specific training techniques that keep it interesting.  She provides challenge when one wants it and support when one needs it.

LauraNortonTrailRunMy confidence in myself and my abilities has increased and my joy in life has grown.  It has been so much fun to hear my college-aged kids say that they are very proud of me for working hard and getting faster and healthier. They have told me that I am inspiring to them; I can’t imagine a better feeling.

My work life, my family life, my athletic goals, and my aspirations for the future have improved as a result of being in Carol’s Fit School classes, and I enthusiastically recommend the program to all of my friends.

Laura Norton, Bellingham, WA

AprilEatonWhen I started Carol’s class 1 year ago, I could not run 1 mile without stopping.  I’ve since shaved 2:20 off my mile pace, run 211 times, 158 hours, for 682 miles.  The number of runs are statistically even across track/road/trail, but there are notably more trail miles…and zero miles on the treadmill.  Hottest run was 75F, coldest 17F, and calories burned are approximately 100,638.  I’ve run 15 organized races, 5K to half marathon, in 3 Washington counties, and in 2 countries.  Oh, and I lost 30lbs while doing so.

In short, I run farther, faster, and more consistent than I did when I started Fit School a year ago.  I’ve met some amazing women along this journey, and have learned so much from each of you.  But I want to particularly thank you for keeping me accountable, for making me laugh, for wise counsel, and for making the miles rolling by a little more joyful.  I am grateful for you.

April Eaton, Blaine, WA

PatriceValentineI love Fit School!  For the past 3 years I have been training for one marathon or another and my training had hit a hard plateau.  I was stuck at the same pace and needed to breathe some life back into my training routine.  Carol’s class did exactly that!  She taught me new exercises and challenged me to take my running to the next level.  She helped me find the confidence that I had lost.  I would strongly recommend Carol’s class to anyone interested in establishing a consistent running or walking routine.

Patrice Valentine, President Net Solutions North America

AnneMarieFaiolaCarol is a wonderful coach, positive and inviting.  I really enjoyed the group dynamic and found myself looking forward to the conversation.  I even left a couple of the sessions with a “runner’s high” something I never thought I would achieve!  I shaved 45 seconds off my mile in the class and it was easy to do.

Anne-Marie Faiola, CEO BrambleBerry.com

KarenKeanCarol, as I got ready to start my 5 mile run today, I was thinking of how grateful I am for your guidance and encouragement.  Five months ago I started your Fit School classes and today I can decide to run anytime!  I was thinking how lucky I am that you’ve taught me to run.  As I was running, I decided to walk for a bit.  That is when I realized that the best gift you gave me is to be kind to myself!  I no longer have that little voice in my head that beats me up if I decide to walk.  I am so grateful for ALL the lessons that you taught me.

Karen K. | Ferndale, WA

ReneLaventureAs a sixty-four year old woman, I had resigned myself to be a two mile/day walker, but I no longer saw myself as the runner I had been in my 30’s and 40’s.  How pleasantly surprised I was then, when as a result of Carol Frazey’s Fit School for Women Walking or Running Program, not only was I running again, (pain free!), but had completed a 5K race!  As a coach, Carol creates a fun, positive, and safe class.  She is very knowledgeable about the mechanics of running, encourages us to push ourselves in a safe way, and creates a fun and positive group atmosphere.  Despite our different levels of walking/running, the women in the class have a shared goal of having fun, enjoying each other’s company, and challenging ourselves to do our best. I highly recommend the class to any woman who may want a group to walk/run with or to someone who wants to increase her fitness and speed.

Rene Laventure, Ph.D. | Bellingham, WA

CathyLehmanToday I ran a personal best mile at 7:41 – cutting over a minute in just 6 weeks thanks to Carol Frazey and The Fit School for Women!  My pacing partner, Laura, was an amazing inspiration too.  Join us for the next session!

Cathy Lehman | Bellingham City Councilperson