"All my clients have had the same training based on the Ultimate Best principles of 'building your basement'.  I believe you first must build your fundamental levels of strength, flexibility and balance in order to perform in your day-to-day life.  Once you have built your baseline of muscle, tendon, ligament and skeletal capabilities, you are ready to challenge yourself, be it running, tennis, gardening, basketball, martial arts or whatever endeavor you attempt"

                                                                                  Good Luck and Good Health!

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Lanny (15) - "Through lifting weights, with the instruction of Rick, I`ve seen improvements in my speed and stamina. Also, in only one year, I could tell I really had improved my strength." 

Kristen (16) - "After a couple of weeks, working with Rick became comfortable.  I wasn’t embarrassed to work with him because he makes things fun in a personal way.  He makes sure that you know when you do good, which helps motivate you to do even better.  He knows your limits.  He doesn’t get you to do something that he’s not confident you can do.  I have noticed drastic changes in my body.  I can run faster, lift more weight, and I have better endurance.  I can do all of this because of Rick.  I have never been more motivated than I am now.  I feel better than I’ve ever felt in my life.  Rick has pushed me in a way that makes me believe I can do anything"

Logan (17) -  "We were lucky to get Rick as a personal trainer. He does his homework and has a positive attitude. He is the only one I would trust with my personal training questions."

Hootie (17) – “From the day we both started Tae Kwon Do lessons with Master You, we’ve been great friends.  We have also had our moments of glory.  For instance, there was the time when we received our black belt, but that’s another story.  Over all, I’ve been nothing but impressed with the results that I received from his training.  I was able to attain better mental and physical health.   The workouts were fun, combining our old Tae Kwon Do moves (The Touch System) along with the workout.  I am now in high school track and field, throwing the shot put.  I have been able to combine the stretches and workouts you have taught me to help me run faster and throw farther"

Palmer (17) -"Upon entering high school, I not only wanted to improve my physical strength, but make it a lifetime commitment and do it properly.  Rick guided me to become the person that I am today.  I am now a competitive runner and have completed numerous 5Ks and one half marathon" 

Byron (17) - "I’ve gained muscle, quickness, and endurance. The best part is I know exactly how I did it and why it worked." 

Chris/Ashley (19/22) - "When we first hired Rick to work with our family it was to teach the kids Ashley (22) and Chris (19) the benefits of good nutrition and working out to invest in their future through physical health. My wife (54) and I (49) both, along with the kids, went through Rick's program. I am happy to report the family is some 110-120 pounds lighter in only 8 short months, 2/3 of that being the kids. 

I can't say enough about what it has done for their self esteem, especially for my daughter who never did anything towards working on her physical conditioning as she was one of the lucky ones that could eat anything and stay fit. She got very sick and the medications changed something in her chemical make up and she gained weight quickly and was struggling to get it off. It is an activity that we do together promoting family time with continued benefits. My son had both knee and heal problems that have been improved by 90%. The roles of who is pushing who has been reversed in some ways as the kids now kind of push us towards healthier living habits. My son drinks nothing but water.  He used to drink about 6-8 coke products everyday. Thanks for the difference you have made to our lives through the education to my family about there physical health"

Jessica (21) - I really enjoyed working out with Rick.  I saw results quickly--within two months I was lifting about thirty pounds more than I could to begin with.  I had much better balance.  I had much better flexibility ( I could kick over my head!), and I had better endurance.  His program emphasizes strength training, balance, and stretching, but cardio and healthy eating is stressed as well.  It was a good program that stressed safety to avoid injuries--proper form, gradual weight increase, and stretching.  I feel that I now have the building blocks I need to stay fit at any age.  Thanks Rick!

Steven (21) - "I've always worked out and tried to stay in shape, but doing it on my own got me very little results.  That's when I got Rick to give me a hand.  With his help I learned the importance of stretching and key exercises I need in order to develop my body.  Within a few short months, with Rick's help, I felt better and toned out a lot!  I highly recommend Rick as a personal trainer.  He gets the job done right.  Thank you Rick"

Neil (21) – “When I was a year old, I was diagnosed with cerebral palsy.   Since then I have been surrounded by more doctors, nurses and therapists then I can count.  In the two decades since I was diagnosed, Rick is by far one of the best people I’ve worked with.

  After I finished high school, I was concerned about losing string due to the fact that I no longer had to walk around campus all day and carry my books with me.  Rick was willing to listen, find out what I could and could not do. He would often go the extra mile to modify a specific work out for me or invent a new one entirely.  A couple times he even paid a visit to the clinic where I received physical therapy and compare notes with the staff there.

  Throughout the workouts, he was patient and supportive.  He went out of his way repeatedly to make sure that I was safe and that I only did enough to build muscle without causing damage.  He was beyond flexible, as I had to cancel or reschedule several appointments due to various situations.  He was exceedingly patient with me, when my body simply wouldn’t cooperate.   And at times it felt like he was doing more work than I was. He’s taught me several good habits which I and still using to maintain strength.  All in all Rick is one of the best trainers you could have”

Amanda (23) - "I have learned so much through training with Rick. He always has an answer to any question about fitness or health, and if he doesn`t, he will find it for you. He gets you so excited about getting in shape and being healthy. He is truly a great personal roll model and an excellent trainer."

Stephanie (23) - "When I started my workout routine with Rick, it was the first time I had ever worked out or been to a gym.  Rick did a great job making me feel comfortable and helping me get into the routine of going to the gym and helping me stay motivated. Not only did he show me a workout routine, but he also took the extra step of explaining the importance and the benefits of the routine, giving me a better understanding of exercising.  The stretching exercises that Rick teaches are wonderful and I use them throughout my day.  Rick also showed me breathing techniques so that I can control my breathing while working out, which makes it easier to be physically active with asthma. In the few short months that I have worked out with Rick, I feel so much better, I'm less stressed, more energetic, have better balance and more strength.  I highly recommend working out with a personal trainer" 

Michelle (24) - "Through Rick I have learned that I do have muscle in there somewhere.  He has shown me how to become faster and stronger.  I enjoy the workouts that Rick puts together for me; he always keeps it interesting and challenging.  Rick made me feel comfortable and confident in the gym, making going to the gym that much easier"

Michael (25) - "I started July 11.  It's now Oct 31st and I have lost 55 pounds.  Rick's emphasis on physical balance and a balanced routine are essential for my results.  He designs a program that you can stick without killing yourself and quitting because it is too hard.  I love the results he has brought me and I am sure anyone else will too"

Glara (25) - "I decided to get a personal trainer as a gift to myself after graduating college and starting my career, building the foundation to a healthy lifestyle after eating pizza and studying all the time.  I chose Rick Almand because I agreed with his basic principles and methods: safe and proper weight lifting techniques for a lifetime.  I was comforted to learn the majority of Rick Almand's clients are older, 40 to 60 years in age; hoping I also would be continuing my weight lifting at that age by following Rick Almand's advise.  After almost a year of lifting with Rick, I feel more comfortable in a gym, have an understanding of the weight lifting machines and am confident I can keep up the routine for the rest of my life.  I began playing a lot of tennis and weight lifting is great cross-training.  I've noticed a change in my figure and love how clothes fit these days!! 
I appreciate Rick Almand's dedication to health fitness, his weekly news updates (he's always learning something new and reading new research) and feel it was the best gift I could have given myself.  Thanks Rick!!!"

Kelly (28) - "Rick has an infectious positive attitude that keeps me motivated to challenge myself.  Each time I step into the gym, I want to beat my last workout.  His structured and organized approach gave me the tools I need to maintain a healthy lifestyle of diet and exercise

Jonathan (28) – “Rick is an incredible personal trainer. He tailors your work outs to meet your strengths and gradually works you toward your goal at a pace that you're comfortable with. His friendliness and jokes make the time spent working out enjoyable”

Leslie (29) - "Thanks Rick for educating and showing me how to improve my overall health and fitness in the comfort of my on home! In a matter of a few short weeks I was able to see results! Thanks again"

Jason (29) - "Looking back on the past six or seven years of my life, I can honestly say that hiring a personal physical trainer has been the best investment that I have made since graduating college. After having implemented Rick's Ultimate Best weight training system for the last five plus months, I have dropped around 40 pounds on the weight scale. However, my body transformation has been even more significant!  Although I don't advocate a poor or not well-thought-out diet, my body transformation was achieved largely by just focusing on strength training & minimal (or, better yet – adequate) "cardio" training (i.e., no more than 35 to 45 minutes three times a week). Due to a busy schedule, my cardio training has even dropped off significantly over the past couple of months but I am still gaining lean muscle mass, thus the importance of resistance (weight) training. Now that my goals have shifted from losing weight and regaining strength towards obtaining a beach-body look, I am really starting to focus on the food (or, fuel) that I put into my body as well as “intervals” cardio training. My body transformation results thus far have given me a resolve to stick to Rick’s program and even expand upon the program by adding new exercises to my repertoire of physical training" 

I like Rick's system because he makes you a part of the success of the program by requiring that you (with assistance, of course) fill out a workout sheet that he provides every training session. Understanding the training program gives you not only the knowledge of “how” to strength train but also gives you the accountability to someone other than yourself. I hired Rick for 3 months but I strongly advocate that those without full-fledged resolve (or, weak willpower) to participate in Rick’s system (or, any trainer’s system) for 6 months so that physical training may become a way of life. If you can commit yourself to a workout program and hold yourself accountable to a trainer for 6 months, then you will have achieved in truly transforming yourself in all aspects of your life. Good luck and God bless!"

Jeremy/Ester (29/37) - "When my wife and I started getting interested in improving our health, we turned to the gym like everyone else. Unfortunately for us, we were both novices and we didn’t even know where to begin. Meeting Rick really helped us. He taught us how we could use simple exercises to begin with, and over time, we learned the tools necessary to be successful in our exercise endeavor. We’re very grateful to Rick for his kindness, his professionalism, and his amazing motivational abilities. We would recommend his program to anyone, but especially to couples like us who need a little guidance to begin with"

Kellie (30) - "Rick is very professional and well educated on personal training. I have never wanted to leave a training session early!" 

Brie/Justin ( /30) - "Rick takes pride in every client he personally trains.  He's fully vested in your success and pushes you to meet the goals and expectations you set out to meet.  His many years of experience and vast knowledge enables him to put together a personalized program, tailored to your needs, and he sneaks in nuggets of useful info on things most trainers neglect to focus on, like stretching, hydration, and safety while training.  He balances the right amount of weight training, cardio, and tips on a balanced diet as well.  I would recommend Rick's personal training services to anyone - young, old, new to exercise and well advanced.  You will certainly learn something new and benefit from them" 

Tammy (31) - "Rick is a great trainer who has the ability to motivate and educate me about my body and proper exercise technique.  I have found that I always feel better and have more energy after working out.  There is immeasurable value in keeping your body in good shape and Rick equips you with the knowledge to do just that."

Meggan (31) - “Finding a personal trainer in today’s world is relatively easy.  However, finding one that is more professional, knowledgeable and committed to ‘whole’ health than Rick Almand is, is impossible!  He is truly dedicated to helping others obtain their health goals.  Rick is helping me now. After having two children, I was not in the best shape of my life.  I needed some motivation and direction.  After four months of working out with Rick, I have lost over 45 pounds; however the weight that I have lost is nothing in comparison to the new energy that I have found"

Will (31) - "Having worked with Rick during the past few months, I have gained a better understanding of what the right work out is for me. He has helped regain my confidence in the way I work out, and the results are beginning to show. His positive attitude and motivation is also very reassuring while completing my workout training" 

Chris (31) - "When I leave for basic training, I wanted to be in the best possible shape I could.  I also wanted to learn some of the best ways to workout to get the best results.  I went to a couple of different gyms and talked with a couple of different trainers who had different ideas.  All the one I met with looked and talked like poster guys for steroids.  They wanted to talk all about supplements but not about just doing the work.  When I met and talked with Rick, I knew he would be the best trainer for me.  I learned how to workout the proper way and get the best results and it has shown up with my performance"

Tony (31) - "Although I was relatively in good shape, I began going to the gym in January.  When I started working out again, I felt the way I did when I worked out in high school and in college.  I never felt like I was getting a complete workout and never felt like I was doing it correctly.  After hiring Rick in February, he quickly showed me how to work out and how to do it RIGHT.  Rick’s knowledge in personal fitness is priceless, and will help anyone that is looking to either begin working out or anyone who wants to take their routine to the next level.  I highly recommend Rick to be YOUR next Personal Trainer"

Kim (33) - "Having diabetes, my energy level was always low. Since training with Rick, I have great energy and low blood sugars."

Stacie (33) - "Rick is really passionate about people’s health. He teaches an exercise plan that is simple, yet effective and enjoyable enough to continue the rest of your life. I had an incredible increase in energy since I started and that is valuable with 3 kids and a business! Thanks Rick!"

Damon (33) - “We came to Rick for assistance on creating a workout schedule that is maintainable but at the same time provides a progressive approach to our health.  His design has prevented us from hitting a plateau and we enjoy every workout.  Rick’s knowledge and experience has allowed us to get answers to many questions that have greatly impacted our workout schedule.  This in turn will impact our general health.  From a business perspective we have achieved a return on our investment in a short order.  Because of these physical and financial results we are continuing our training with Ultimate Best, Inc.”

Amy (33) - "Rick is an excellent personal trainer.  I looked forward to our weekly training sessions. Within 3 months I am already starting to see results.  I’m stronger and more confident.  I would recommend Rick as a personal trainer to anyone" 

Jon (34) - "Patient, Professional, Prepared, Positive, Pfun to be around - Rick has become more than a fitness consultant and trainer - he's become a friend. I never would have believe so much could be accomplished so quickly and so incrementally. Thanks Rick!"

Elizabeth (34) - "Rick provides the motivation I need to stay in shape. He has taught me that working out can actually be fun, and with his great attitude, I can't wait for my next session."

Josh (34) - "Rick's approach to fitness is really a model for healthy living.  He is very knowledgeable and eager to share his expertise.  With Rick, it's not just about building strength.  It's about improving health.  It's about building endurance, improving balance, gaining more agility and eating healthy.  His holistic approach has made a significant difference in my overall health and I wholeheartedly endorse Rick and his sound fitness programs and instruction.  Thanks Rick!"

Gary (35) - "My weight loss was immediate; I had increased energy and felt more tone even after a few of our sessions.  The accountability is a must for anyone wanting to achieve their health goals and Rick provides that along with knowledge of the industry.  I recommend Ultimate Best training to anyone who is serious about personal growth."

Scott (35) - " I am a true believer in what Rick's training is doing for me.  He doesn't just tell you what to do he explains why and what benefits you get out of each exercise.  From the strength I've gained, to the more weight I'm lifting, to the overall transformation of my body, I would recommend Rick to anyone that is ready to look and feel better or just ready to take their training to the next level.  Thanks Rick

Kevin (36) - “Rick is the best. He works with you every step and answers all your questions. He taught me so much about training. I would recommend him to anyone who is looking for help in working out. He is like a friend when he trains you. I gained a lot of strength I wouldn't of had without him. Highly recommended. Great job Rick!”

Jill (38) - "Training with Rick has been great for me.  He is very knowledgeable in the way he teaches - correct form, breathing and which muscles to train together.  He has kept me focused and on track for a healthier lifestyle

Scott (38) – “Rick has a great positive attitude towards working out. He makes you want to do more each time and push yourself each time. He taught me the correct way to get the most out of my workouts. To this day, I can ask Rick a question and he will stop what he’s doing to show me what I need to do. He really cares about your health and the way you workout. He also took the time to help and show my mom, who is not even a member, some things she can do at home to help her back problems. That meant a lot to me and showed me how he cares and is devoted to every person he trains or meets. Thank you Rick !!! P.S. Yes, I am stretching”

Stephanie (39) - "After months training with Rick, I now feel a level of confidence, health and energy that I hadn't enjoyed since I was a teenager. I've lost inches and gained strength in many areas, and I now look forward to my workouts and have goals that I feel confident about achieving"

Robin (39) - "I'm a 39-year-old working mother who has no time to visit a gym.  Rick designed a work out program for my use at home.  A simply but effective routine I do twice a week. I have gained back lost muscle mass that I had lost in the past 10 years.  I thank Rick for his motivation and the time he took to inform me not only HOW to exercise but WHY to exercise"

Marie (39) - "Rick is able to explain the functional basics and the 'why' behind exercise.  He can formulate a program that will enable you to obtain your goal......whatever the reason that brought you to his assistance.  He will continually motivate you each step of your training.  I have seen him continue to check up and give 'pointers' to those who are now working independently.  He cares for those who he has trained.  It is not just a job"

Rachael (39) – “First and foremost, thank you to Rick for taking time with me and being so patient. Hi, my name is Rachael.  I am a homeschooling parent of 2.  I signed up with Rick when I realized it was now that I needed to make a change.  I asked for Rick because he had fought so hard to get me back to the gym from a membership in the past when I wasn't ready.  Living a very stressed life and always being at home, I needed an outlet.  This has worked.  Rick knew exactly what to target and he listened to me.  He explains not only what you need to do but why you need to do it.  He has supported me and has never left my side.  I was a little apprehensive to go out on my own but, he gave me what I needed to have faith in my abilities and the security to go out on the floor with other more established weight lifters (which I would never had done before).  You cannot go wrong with Rick.  He is a lifetime coach, not a month by month coach.   Not only is my stress under control, but I now have faith in what my body can do and a better understanding of food and how it affects you.  You will not go wrong with Rick.  He is a blessing.  Thank you Rick for everything!” 

Dean (39) - “Rick is different from the cookie-cutter trainers who use the same set of exercises, and are usually geared toward clients who are already fit. Rick makes people of all ages and fitness levels feel at ease. He is respectful and professional, which really sets him apart from the pack. I like his approach and the structure of his workouts. He’s a great trainer and really concentrates on the fundamentals. Highly recommended!”

Denise (40) – “Rick’s ability to perfectly tailor workouts to meet your goals, needs, abilities and restrictions is amazing. I am 40 years old and was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis (MS) 11 years ago. I wanted to strengthen my muscles to help with every day activities, like walking, without triggering MS symptoms and didn't know how to do it on my own. He created a plan that worked at a safe pace for me. Rick listens, cares, makes it fun and I trust him completely. It’s an incredible feeling to see the differences and know I am getting stronger. I can walk through the grocery store instead of using the electric carts, most of the time. This was not the case a year ago. Working with Rick has improved my daily life and I am truly grateful!”  

Lori/Max (40/47) - "Rick has done an excellent job of showing us how easy it is to fit working out into our busy lives.  My husband and I each have our own strengths and weaknesses and Rick designs our workouts to suit what works best for us individually.  After so many years of inactivity I thought I would be stiff and sore and really dreaded working out again, but Rick plans the workouts so we get the maximum benefit to our muscles without injuring ourselves.  This alone makes working out an enjoyable experience that I look forward to each week"

Bruce (40) - "You will not regret investing in Rick as your trainer.  When I started with Rick I was very out of shape and heading toward serious health problems.  Within 12 weeks I had lost 40 pounds, regained tremendous amounts of energy, lowered my blood pressure, slept much better at night, and began to regain the muscle and strength I had 15 years ago.  I do not believe I could have made such positive changes in my lifestyle without Rick’s expert assistance.  Rick is a great motivator, teacher, and friend" 
Jimmy (40) - "I  am forty years old and thought it was too late for me to start strength training but Rick told me it's never too late.  He has been great for me.  He is very knowledgeable in his skill of teaching.  He really cares about how important it is for us to be in good health.  After two months with Rick I can tell a big difference in my body and confidence.  Rick is an excellent teach.  Thank you Rick"

Heather (40) - "During the several months that I worked with Rick I felt the best I ever have.  I lost weight and had so much more energy.  Rick taught me how important exercise and stretching is now and in my older years. He also taught me the muscles and their functions.  I highly recommend Rick to anyone who is looking to work out with a personal trainer"

Dan (41) - "Rick's teaching workouts have done a lot for me. I have more endurance and muscle mass than I did in my twenties. The workouts are professional and well planned to get the most out of our time together."

Gail (41) - "In my opinion, Rick is the best personal trainer you could get.  He actually teaches the fundamentals & explains the “whys”.  Why it’s important to stretch, why it’s important to drink plenty of water, why it’s important to eat protein within an hour after your workout.  There are many more “whys” but I think you get the point.  Rick understands the importance of building the core muscles.  He understands how to train women.  Not everybody wants to be a body builder!!!  Most women want to get in shape & tone and Rick can show you how to do that.  He also understands that everybody starts out at a different level and some people have limitations.  He ADJUSTS the program to YOU.  What a concept!!  I had a “complimentary” workout at a local gym after training with Rick & the “trainer” never once had me do ANY stretches & as a result I pulled a muscle in the back of my leg.  This was doing an exercise to strengthen my knee that I was having a problem with.  Whatever your goals are, Rick can help you get there" 

Carol (42) – "Working out with Rick was the best thing I ever did for myself. I'm in better health now, than I've ever been. I've lost a total of 60 pounds and I feel Great ! I really feel so much better and stronger than ever. Ultimate Best has helped me become my ultimate best and I would recommend Rick to any one wanting to improve their overall health and fitness ability." 

Lisa (42) - "I didn't realize the affect Rick and his program had on my physical and mental well-being until I gave it up -- Now I'm back!"

David (42) - "I am 42 and have never worked out with weights and would like to thank Rick for teaching me the correct fundamentals of why and how to workout properly.  I look forward to continuing having Rick work with me in the future"

Pam (42) - "I had been stagnating in my workouts and not making any progress. I had observed Rick for some time working with other clients, and I was impressed with his enthusiasm and professionalism. I have never been in better shape in my life and I have only been training with Rick for 3 months. To say I am impressed is an understatement. His training has been the best investment I have ever made” 

Doug (42) - "Rick's knowledge and passion for fitness shows in everything he does. He explained how and why the workouts would work certain muscle groups. Strength and flexibility returned just as he said it would. Thanks Rick" 

Patty (43) – “I have always been intimidated by working out.  I felt like I did not know what to do, so I would give up because I thought I looked silly.  Rick eased me into a workout program that did not overwhelm me.  He made me feel comfortable using the weights so my confidence grew.  I feel better now that I did when I was in my 20s!” 

Joan (43) - " Prior to my time as Rick's student, I was a couch potato.  I had no experience with weights and very little experience with exercise machinery.  I had lower back pain almost daily.  I meet with Rick and explained by limitations.  He encouraged me that I could success with a planned exercise regimen.  I call myself Rick's student because he did more than just give me exercise instruction.  He explained the 'why' behind the exercises, the order of the exercises and everything I would need to know to go it on my own.  I worked with Rick for 3 months.  I now have a much stronger back with only occasional pain if I over do it - not the every day pain I experienced before.  I am confident enough now to go to the gym alone and work out.  I know what I'm doing and why.  If I can do it, anybody can!"

Robert (43) - "I've lost over 40lbs since beginning my workouts with Rick. After 6 months of strength training twice a week with Rick, interval cardio, recommended by Rick, 3 days a week and 2 days rest, along with a healthy diet I have returned to a healthy BMI. Not only does Rick tailor training to your age and strength, but he educates you on proper technique, importance of stretching, muscle groups worked, and why the exercises were selected. I was involved during the beginning of his IMPACT core training (ICT) and I love IT!! The cardio kicking breaks up the monotony of running like a gerbil on the treadmill or elliptical. The ICT program really tightens the core, improves your balance, and relieves stress (you get to kick Ricks butt for an hour!!)"

Lori (44) – “When I started I could barely do 1 pushup. With just a little effort and a short amount of time I could do 10 pushups!” 

Michele (44) - "I have always wondered what it would be like to have a personal trainer and now I can say that it is an extraordinary experience.  I have been training with Rick for nearly 6 months now and I am so impressed with what I have accomplished.  I enjoy each workout and look forward to the next one every week.  I actually train with a friend as well, which makes the experience that much more enjoyable.  He can train us at the same time and still keep us at our own level.  He is an investment that you will never regret!"

Maria (45) – “At 45+ years and out of shape, I didn’t think there was a fitness plan for me.  Having used trainers before that literally drove me away form exercise, I have found Rick’s program to be exactly what I needed.  Thank you Rick for the professional way in which you run your business and for “coaching” me back towards health and fitness” 

Nancy/Tim (45/47) - "Rick's common sense, gradual approach to training makes it easy to build strength and endurance for the activities performed in everyday life and his sense of humor makes it fun and easy to stick with the program.  Through Rick's training and guidance, my husband's bad ankle has greatly improved and we have both gained strength and stamina.  I highly recommend Rick and his method of training to anyone who wants a safe, effective program that is easy to follow and stick with"

Sandy (45) - "I have really enjoyed training with Rick.  He takes extra time specializing the work out specifically for me.  His routines give you maximum results without leaving you so sore you can't get around.  His technique has you stretch out the soreness immediately.  I work out with my 14 year old daughter.  We did different exercises at the same time and both had great results.  If you want to get in shape, Rick Almand is your man!!" 

Gail (45) - "At 45 years old I'm tempered to brag about how Rick was able to bring me with ease and with no injuries to the point of being able to do more push ups than my younger children in their 20s or how I can actually squat 85 lbs (a lot for a small woman) or how I have nice muscles in my arms and shoulders or how I'm slimmer, with my clothes fitting the way we all want them to.

Now getting up that flight of stairs with ease is a snap!  Getting those groceries lifted and out of the trunk of the car happens without a struggle.  Getting the top of the jar of pickles is something I don't have to ask someone else to do!  I don't grunt anymore when trying to get out of a low chair.  You know what I'm talking about!  It's these things that truly get our attention as we age....not just the extra weight and appearance of our bodies but the frustration of feeling like we are losing our own ability to control everyday situations with strength and confidence.

Rick's approach is practical and calm; he doesn't yell or push you past what you can do but only to your true limit in its proper time.  Rick has truly taught me that with life changes on many levels you can feel and look great as you mature and, most importantly, YOU can keep your life on a level of "I can do this" instead of "can you help me do this".

I would recommend Rick to anyone who needs to learn strength training, anyone from a teenager who needs to lean how to workout safely to a 60 year old who has never worked out in their life.  Rick is one of those people who changes lives and makes a difference, so feel comfortable and great about choosing him as your trainer!  I did and so can you.  Go ahead.  Jump in.  It's the best investment you will every make.  You wouldn't be disappointed.  Gail Davis, 45 years young and getting younger" 

Joe (46) - “It's a great total body workout.  Doesn't take as much time as you would think.” 

Anna (46) - "Rick is very knowledgeable and knows how to get you in shape in minimal time. He includes all areas of training cardio, stretching, and strength training.  The workouts he teaches you can even be done at home with minimal equipment.  Quick results for time spent" 

Charlie (46) - "There are many things I enjoy about working out with Rick, but one of the things I appreciate most is that he assessed where I was starting from and has tailored the workouts to me individually.  I've seen steady progress because I've been challenged, but we've never risked injury.  That's important to me because I'm not a kid anymore. Rick knows what he's doing" 

Kathy (46) - "I have never been a person who participated in sports while growing up - I was not very good at any sport. I decided that as I grow older I should try using a trainer to learn how to use weights. I feel that I have gained so much more. Rick has taught me the importance of balance, drinking water, proper form, different exercises using weights and the use of different machines in the gym as well as how to appropriately stretch. I actually use more weight than I ever thought possible and look forward to my sessions with Rick. I no longer feel intimidated when I walk in the gym. I feel comfortable and confident

Kevin (46) – “If you are looking for a good trainer, Rick is your guy. I have lost 35 pounds since working out with Rick. I have gained 4X flexibility in my body. The best compliment that I have had is I was stretching my legs out on my 18 wheeler when a 21 year old kid walked by and asked what was I doing. I told him that I was stretching and getting my flexibility back. He looked at me and said ‘You’ve got pretty good flexibility for a fat guy”. I was laughing about it for days. My health is much better and I can work a 14 hour shift without getting tired. For us old folks out there, Rick is the guy that you need training you”

Gwen (47) - "I had never worked with a personal trainer before but I thought I would give it a try. We worked together for a few weeks, and, as a result, I learned methods of exercise that strengthened my body over a very short period of time. These techniques, along with other important elements that Rick stresses, helped me get back into shape from the winter break that I had taken." 

Leah (47) - "It was obvious to me from the start that Rick had a passion for what he was doing.  He taught me the importance of working out to achieve a lifetime of well being.  The knowledge I have obtained from Rick was well worth the money spent.  You can't put a price on health"

Suzanne (47) -  “After a decade of chronic back pain from bulging disk in the cervical, thoracic and lumbar spine; countless sessions of physical therapy and other forms of pain management including epidural injections; and finally surgery of the cervical spine that still left me in a great deal of pain; I was invited to a consultation with Rick and his program.  I went into the program with the mentality, “what have I got to lose”, never imagining what I would gain.  My pain is pretty much non-existent most days.  If someone had told me that I would regain flexibility, stamina, and strength the way that I have (not to mention – me – strength-training!)  I would never have believed it without experiencing the program.  Rick has taught me “how” to work out with confidence that I am not going to hurt myself.  The program is simple but so effective.  The simplicity is what has given me the confidence that I will always do this.  I have been in the program for 4 months and for the last several weeks, people often say to me, “you look like a different person” - including my surgeon!  The best part – I feel like a different person.  Rick’s wisdom and knowledge of his profession is amazing as is his professionalism.  Thanks, Rick.  God used you as an answer to prayer.” 

Robert (47) - "47 years old, 400 plus lbs, legs red and swollen from poor circulation and taking 6 pills for my blood pressure, not to mention having a hard time sleeping and poor breathing habits.  My family members even admitted later, they hated for me to come over because they would get depressed thinking I was one step from death.  Everyday I was seeing fewer and fewer people worse off that I was.  I woke up to reality and realized I was on a one way street and that I needed to get off soon.

I stepped into the gym and met Rick.  On my first session, Rick taught me the importance of muscle confusion, good breathing habits and stretching.  He built up my esteem with my workout, getting me to want to come back.  We talked about how small strides would turn into bigger steps as you progressed.  He helped pick up my ego when it got knocked down from only being able to do about 5 minutes of cardio the first time.

Now, 6 months later, working 2 hours a week of strength training, I am over 70 lbs lighter.  My cardio workouts involve 20+ mile bike rides and 100 flights of steps on the stair climber.  My legs have cleared up and I get compliments about my calves.  I sleep great and feel like breathing is not a task anymore.  Not to mention, no more meds to keep my blood pressure normal! I must admit, Rick can't do the work for you, and I know I have got more to do, but without him, I would not have the strong foundation to pursue my dreams of one day being able to do a triathlon.  Rick helps you turn your desires into discipline to reach all of your dreams.  Rick, thank you for helping me save my life and bring back my dreams"

Shirley (49) - "You motivated me to get started with flexibility, strength and I can say I was surprised after 6 knee surgeries how well we did together. I often felt like I was still in professional physical therapy rather than a professional personal trainer. I have gone from feeling debilitated to empowered. Thank you for your encouragement and professionalism."

Frank (49) - "Through Rick`s professional analysis of my needs, he has been able to construct a custom exercise program for me that works, even when I travel. His methods allow me to carry out the workout even when getting to a gym is not possible."

Frank (49) - "I have been working with Rick for about 13 months and have never felt better physically than I do now.  As a youth soccer referee I took pride in being able to keep up with even the fastest of players and when I started to lose that ability I sought out Rick's help.  With his "less is more" and methodical approach to personal training I am proud to say that today there aren't many players that I can't keep stride with. 

I have had other personal trainers in the past, each with their own unique style but have found Rick and his tailored training sessions to be the best match for me.  Yes, it is still hard for me to understand why I only have to lift weights two times a week when others lift everyday, but in the end, the results from listening to Rick speak for themselves.  If you have ever had a notion of working with a personal trainer but, for whatever reason backed out, I strongly urge you to check out Ultimate Best and let Rick do for you what he has done for me. 
Frank C - 49 and holding"

Kim (49) - "Your vast experience and knowledge in all facets of fitness beamed through every minute of my workout with you. You answered all my questions with care and kindness and really helpful and practical answers. The joy and enthusiasm you express for your profession, and fitness in general, is amazing and inspiring to me. It was *fun* working out with you!

I was at first concerned that a male PT would make me feel somewhat uncomfortable and self-conscious; but your friendly, respectful, professional, and easy approach put all those concerns to rest from the get-go.  While our sessions were hard work and really pushed me, at no time did I feel unsafe or over-extended. Your ability to carefully and wisely guide me through a challenging workout routine which never *hurt* me is a testament to your experience and careful attention to your client's fitness.

Did I reach all of my goals? Yes! All of the goals were successfully achieved. I am much more flexible, limber, energetic, **knowledgeable**, and have lost 2 dress sizes. I've recommended you to a number of family, friends and neighbors. I highly recommend you to anyone of any age, body style, and fitness goals.
Thank You for everything"

Doug/Barbara (49/54) - "When we first hired Rick to work with our family it was to teach the kids Ashley (22) and Chris (19) the benefits of good nutrition and working out to invest in their future through physical health. My wife (54) and I (49) both, along with the kids, went through Rick's program. I am happy to report the family is some 110-120 pounds lighter in only 8 short months, 2/3 of that being the kids. I can't say enough about what it has done for their self esteem, especially for my daughter who never did anything towards working on her physical conditioning as she was one of the lucky ones that could eat anything and stay fit. She got very sick and the medications changed something in her chemical make up and she gained weight quickly and was struggling to get it off. It is an activity that we do together promoting family time with continued benefits. My son had both knee and heal problems that have been improved by 90%. The roles of who is pushing who has been reversed in some ways as the kids now kind of push us towards healthier living habits. My son drinks nothing but water.  He used to drink about 6-8 coke products everyday. Thanks for the difference you have made to our lives through the education to my family about there physical health"

Danette (50) - "I have been working with Rick for 4 months. During this time, Rick has helped me develop excellent workout patterns, has helped me lose weight and inches and has created for me a lifestyle that I intent to follow through for the rest of my life. I would highly recommend Rick as an extremely competent personal trainer."

Steve (50) - "I signed up with Rick to achieve goals that were personal to me, not the trainer. I wanted to tone and not bulk, Also I needed to strengthen my core to improve my balance and my golf game. After the first six weeks of sessions, I was so impressed with the results, I signed up again."

Laurie (50) - "I was referred to Rick from a friend.  Through him I learned about strength training and stretching exercises.  Rick was absolutely wonderful.  He gave me the confidence I needed to take that step to begin physical training" 

Carolyn (50) - "Working out with Rick really does make you feel better, no matter what you are doing now.  He seems to know how hard to push you so that the next day you are not too sore, but just enough so that you really do feel good!  He says you don't have to run the Peachtree to stay in shape, but at age 50, I did it for the first time and it wasn't nearly as hard as I expected. Setting and meeting physical goals for yourself is very satisfying"

Fay ( 50) – “The past few months of working with Rick Almand has been a true pleasure!  This is the longest I have 'stuck' with an exercise program, and I feel that this is in large part due to the fact that I have not experienced any significant pain.  Rick starts you out slow, and insists on stretching between exercises, which I feel like is the secret to success. I have definitely improved my balance and strength, and sleep better as well. I would recommend Rick to anyone, no matter how "out of shape" you feel.  It's never too late to start improving yourself!” 

Meredith (50) - "I just wanted to take this opportunity to thank you for working with me.  I had become somewhat stuck in a rut, performing the same routines at the same level, twice a week for the past 2 years.  No wonder my weight was beginning to creep back up and I was showing no signs of improvement.  Through your personally designed 3-stage process of strength training and cardio, I have jumped from my plateau and am already seeing results after only 6 weeks of working with you.  I can't wait to see what the coming months will bring for me.  Thank you for making me work smarter and stronger"

Candy (50) - "After learning that my Mom was diagnosed with level 4 Osteoporosis, I was haunted by the realization that I was heading down the same path.  I had been ignoring one of the most important factors related to preserving bone density, which is strength training.  It was more than coincidence that Rick presented me with his unique program shortly after learning of my Mom's prognosis.  With 3 months of strength training behind me, I not only feel 10 years younger, I know that Rick's program is an insurance policy for securing the optimum level of bone mass now and in the future"

Mike (51) - “Working with Rick as my personal trainer has been a great experience for me. I have learned how to work out without burning my self out. With the right program and the proper hydration you can turn back the clock and feel better than you thought you could. Its good to have that get up and go that had got up and gone.  Thanks Rick”

Kathy (51) - "I did not realize that having a trainer would be so instructional, motivational, and just plain fun.  My daughters and I enjoyed the time we spent together, not only working out, but laughing and enjoying each other's company.  I liked that we started out slow (our fitness level) and built week by week.  I also liked the fact that your program is only 2 days a week and I am not required to workout every day.  It also helps a lot that you really take time to explain why your program is designed the way it is and why it works.  Thank you for providing me with the knowledge and tools to work out on my own and know that I'm doing things right; right form, right stretch and on the right track." 

Chris/Diane (51/59) - "You can still get back into optimal physical condition even in your fifties!  My wife and I both have hectic work schedules that do not lend well to working out at the gym.  Rick offers in home fitness training that is tailored to your individual capabilities and needs.  Aside from Rick’s wealth of knowledge, what impressed me the most is his positive attitude.  Rick has an innate quality to motivate and encourage you without all the dramatic yelling! Time spent with Rick is time well spent.  I’d recommend training with Rick to anyone that wants to improve their quality of life!"

Annette (52) - "Rick helped me see what gaps there were in my current training and what I needed to do to improve my workouts. He made the workouts challenging and yet fun. He was always encouraging me to do better and yet not to exceed my current limits. I plan to go back to him in the future for more assistance. Training with Rick is a worthwhile investment!" 

Bobbie (52) - "Three of my co-workers and I worked with Rick for several months.  He was awesome!  I love the way he teaches you so that you can train yourself.  He is great to work with and extremely knowledgeable on strength training. You can do things you never thought you could by allowing Rick to teach you the Right-Way to exercise.  Save money for the future by listening to everything he says. He can teach you the way to a longer and healthier life" 

Chris (52) - "Can exercise be fun & productive?  Yes, it can! Working with Rick has been great.  The program is challenging and his understanding & focus have given me a great workout every time" 

Jenny (52) - "I've been working out on my own for about a year before starting with Rick.  What a difference working out with Rick has made!  I spend less total time in the gym, but I can actually see a difference in muscle tone after only 8 weeks.  Rick's program is challenging, yet I have never felt overwhelmed or inadequate.  He designs a program to meet the fitness needs and goals of each person he works with.  Rick knows how to tailor the workout to get the most benefit for the time invested.  And he has a total program for lifetime fitness, strength training, cardio fitness and healthy eating"

Rhonda (52) - "I have enjoyed having Rick as my personal trainer for the last 5 months.  I am in a group of 4 ladies who Rick trains once a week.  He gives us all the individual attention we need for our own fitness goals.  Rick has a genuine passion for all of us to achieve and maintain the best health we can have.  Anyone who has him as their personal trainer will find that working out can be fun and yet disciplined at the same time.  I look forward to my weekly workout because I know I am investing long term in my health"

Mac (52) - "Hello, my name is Mac McCoy and I have to tell you, at first I was skeptical, 52 years old and what Rick had me doing just did not seem to me what would build muscle.  Was I ever wrong!!!  I had to move from the area but Rick has always answered questions when I call.  I have added about 3 " to my biceps.  I went from struggling to get 10 to 15 push-ups to doing 45 easy.  I have gained about 2" in my chest.  I am pretty toned for an older guy and feel a lot younger, so just TRUST Rick, do as he instructs and you WILL see the difference" 

Tom (53) – “After years of neglecting my fitness and overall condition of my body, I began a weight program with Rick at the first of 2006. 8 months later I can see a noticeable difference in my level of fitness, flexibility, and balance. My general level of health has helped me feel more in shape than I’ve been in 25 years. Rick has the ability to push his clients, while explaining the reasoning and benefits of each exercise, and the concern and attention he gives during each session allows his clients to each reach their ‘ultimate best’.”

David (53) – “It was a pleasure learning and working out - having my very first ever, in life personal training program with a fitness trainer - that being you, and reaping some the benefits of your personal training fitness expertise.  I am 53 year old and have gone through major surgeries. As one can imagine, I was more cautious than anyone about the idea of going into a gym, but I also knew that I needed to regain my strength and attitude. At first, I must say I did have some misgivings about hiring a personal trainer, but you exhibited a great quiet confidence and passion for your work that I saw in you from your one-on-one consultation - that I immediately took hold of and haven't let go.  Although I'm not directly in your training care right now, I hope that one day I eventually get back with the program.  You will see my "homework progression" and train me to get to yet another level of being on my journey to ‘Ultimate Fitness’.”

June (54) - "In years past resolutions came and went with no commitment, just a lot of hot air.  In 2008 no resolution was made; however, a unique opportunity came my way and I met Rick.  Rick has made working out fun.  He set goals that I could achieve and he has inspired me to be healthier.  I am now 42 pounds lighter and stronger.  They say it's not over till the fat lady sings. Well, I say it's not over until the healthy lady sings"

Mike (54) – “When I joined Anytime Fitness I thought I was all set.  However, the use of the equipment, how much weight and the number of reps….well, I was overwhelmed.  Then I hired Rick and, let me tell you, he made this experience very enjoyable.  With Rick’s knowledge I was quickly in a workout plan I could understand and benefit from.  I would recommend Rick’s training to all.  Thanks Rick!!”

Susan (54) – “When I first met Rick I told him that I was quite strong for a woman my age, and that I got regular exercise, but my flexibility was comparable to that of the tin woodsman from the Wizard of Oz. Rick's consistent and persistent reminders about the importance of stretching have convinced me of the value of this aspect of physical health. He is competent, knowledgeable and professional, and I have benefited greatly from his expertise and encouragement”

Debra (54) – “Becoming overweight in the last 6 years of my life has not been any fun, but I also realized I had lost muscle and the energy to work out. When I joined the gym, we were offered a personal trainer option. How great is that!! What is even better, Rick is a great trainer. His beliefs of balance and core strength has helped me even with my posture. The day after a workout you know you have worked out. But a day of rest and stretching will also work that out. Rick keeps you motivated and encourages you to strive just a little more at each workout. I would recommend Rick to anyone out there who thinks they can't be in shape”

Jan (54) - “I've been active and worked out all my life.  As I aged, I realized that I needed to add a weight regiment to my workout program.  I thought I knew what to do....uhhhh, no.  Rick happened to see me working with a weight machine,(incorrectly I might add), and intervened with some tips.  I was hooked and ready to go.  Rick will customize a workout based on your abilities.  If you have any kind of physical limitations, he can adjust the exercise to suit your needs.  I think what stood out the most is the fact that I never ever hurt or was sore after a workout.  Rick is VERY GOOD about emphasizing the need for stretching.  It makes all the difference in the world…..especially as you age!   I can always tell when I haven't stretched when I work out on my own because I hurt.  Then, I can hear Rick in the back of my mind.....stretch! stretch! stretch!  Rick definitely will get you to where you want to be with your exercise program.  He has the tools and knowledge to do it correctly and safely!”

Barbara (55) - "What can I say about my trainer Rick?  He is professional, motivational and knowledgeable.  He creates a routine that works for my individual needs.  I feel stronger and more confident.  So strong in fact that I decided to walk a 13.1 mile walk for the Loran Smith Center for Cancer this fall.  Keep me in your prayers.  I'm going to need it"  

Zenek (55) – “Thank you for all the time you took to teach us the correct way to workout.  I appreciate everything you did for my wife and me, especially listening to our needs and making the exercise fun and worthwhile.  All your suggestions we are continuing to use every time we workout.  Thank you again”

Joan (55) – “Thank you Mr. Almand for the opportunity to offer my testimony here today.   My name is Joan Wakefield and I am the Risk Management Manager for CHICO 'S FAS in Winder, GA.  The measure of fitness is not based solely on physical appearance. The metamorphosis that takes place occurs mentally as well.  To achieve success in a fitness program you must improve in every area of fitness.  Not too many exercisers’ can stake claim to improving their flexibility, strength, cardiovascular, balance and coordination. The basis of  the Ultimate Best program is these five components and I have achieved these components.  In order to truly excel one must improve on their attitude; you even have to apply maximum effort, tremendous focus and a really positive approach to your life.  Thank you Rick.  You are the best fitness trainer that I have worked with in all my years spent in the gyms” 

Steve (55) - "So, I joined a gym – again – took them up on the introductory personal trainer session and decided to try the program.  WOW, what a difference Rick has made for me with his fitness program. I’m 55 - never was sports or fitness oriented and now, have never felt better. I can see real results from Rick's program across the board: better flexibility, better muscle strength and tone, improved endurance, more energy, less stress, the list goes on. Rick customizes his approach based on where you are today being sensitive to your present level of flexibility and conditioning. His approach uses weight training, stretches and cardio for a balanced approach to conditioning, and the results are tangible with each session. In the process, his clients learn a healthy and achievable approach to fitness. Rick has my enthusiastic recommendation"

Dave (55) - "My name is Dave, I'm a 55 year old male who has been working with Ultimate Best trainer Rick Almand for the past 8 months. I'm really impressed by the level of professionalism Rick displays in his process of teaching. The strength training compounded with the stretching routines are steps toward optimum health I've never seen emphasized in any training in the past. Thanks Rick. Thanks for showing us how to refine this tool (our bodies) God has given us. Since working with you there has been a new vigor to life and a zealous spring in my steps. Thanks again Rick"

Robert MD (56) – “Rick is the real deal when it comes to personal training.  As a medical doctor who invests a lot of time in personal fitness, I have found his methods to be anatomically and physiologically sound.  Rick is a master at motivating his clients.  He is professional at all times.  He is sensitive to any limitations one may have due to age/medical issues and is always able to recommend an alternative exercise that will produce the same result.  If one will put the time in and follow his methods, they will get RESULTS, plain and simple” 

Theresa (56) - link to testimonial>>  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BmnKimNrDI8

Cheryl (56) - "I began working out with Rick because I was at the end of my rope.  I had been diagnosed with Type II Diabetes and my cholesterol was high.  I hated exercise programs (and I had tried a number of them) because of the soreness that always followed a workout.  After seeing what Rick’s program did for a co-worker, I decided to give it a try.  I have never regretted that decision.  After just a few workouts I could tell a difference in the way I felt, and it wasn’t long before I could tell that I was stronger as well.  My goal is to reach a point where I can stop taking all the medications I take now, and I can really see that happening in the future.  Before Rick, I didn’t have much hope of reaching that point" 

Kathy (56) -  "I have never been a person who participated in sports while growing up - I was not very good at any sport. I decided that as I grow older I should try using a trainer to learn how to use weights.  I feel that I have gained so much more. Rick has taught me the importance of balance, drinking water, proper form, different exercises using weights and the use of different machines in the gym as well as how to appropriately stretch.  I actually use more weight than I ever thought possible and look forward to my sessions with Rick.  I no longer feel intimidated when I walk in the gym. I feel comfortable and confident"

Elaine (57) - "The personal training program that Rick is helping me with is meeting my goal of becoming physically fit for the rest of my life.  I always feel better after a workout session and I’m beginning to achieve the improvement in strength and flexibility that I was looking for when I discovered Ultimate Best.  It’s a lifestyle change that I’m very glad I made" 

Kathy (57) - "Rick’s confidence in my physical abilities comes through each time that my husband and I workout. We are now on our own with some monitoring from Rick. His confidence in me has led to me being able to perform exercises and weight training that I would have never thought I could have done. He is the ultimate motivator and confidence builder!"Janice (57) – “Rick’s workout program has taught me the how and why to exercising.  It is a program that is well worth the time and money to me”

Cindy/Joe (57/58) - "Working out under Rick’s leadership gives new meaning to “date night” for my husband, Joe (58), and me, Cindy (57). We have both tried various independent exercise programs independently, but found that we were inconsistent with meeting a regular schedule in trying to maintain our fitness level. About one year ago, we both began to follow Rick’s program. We have found our team workouts, personally designed for us by Rick, to be the best program we’ve ever followed. Rick met us at our level and has continued to move us forward. We can honestly say that we are in much better shape in our 50’s than we were in our 30’s or 40’s!"

Kathy/Mark (57/60) - Ultimate Best is exactly the exercise program we were looking for.  It fits our lifestyle, without having to leave home.  We can work this program into our hectic schedule and we have seen the results we were hoping for.  Thanks Rick! 

Lily (57) - "I have worked out with Rick for three months and already see the improvements in my strength and energy.  I had never been successful with strength training despite many attempts on my own, but need to be using it for overall health as I get older.  Rick adapted the training to my needs as well as consideration of a torn ACL and some hip problems.  My workouts have strengthened my body, and my overall endurance is increasing steadily.   Rick tailors the workouts for a gradual increase in weight and intensity so I feel like I have worked hard but there is no pain or discomfort. Seeing results with only two weight training workouts a week is amazing!!  By showing me how to train efficiently, Rick is helping me balance weight training and cardio for maximum benefit"

Suzie (57) – “I began training with Rick in March 2012. I joined Anytime Fitness in February and enjoyed my workouts but I knew I wanted and needed a more structured and balanced workout. I really liked the way Rick tailored my training, taking into account my 57 years and my goals. He has been really patient and always encouraging at each workout. I have suffered with sciatic nerve damage for many years and thought it was something I just had to live with. I found as my workouts progressed and my body strength improved, my pain went away. To this day, I am pain free. Rick continued my training, progressing me to higher levels of strength training and cardio workouts.
Three months into my training, I suffered (during my vacation) a severe sprained ankle and a ligament tear. I continued to train and Rick adjusted some of my exercises to rehab my ankle but kept me on track with what I had already mastered. I have completed 6 months with Rick and am doing 6 more months because I know I can achieve my current goals and make plans for new ones. I am excited to see how I continue to progress. Thank you Rick! You are a kind and patient person who always finds the best in your students”

Susan (58) - "Rick sensitively evaluated my physical limitations associated with arthritis. He designed a program to build strength and balance. Although I've been 'working out' for years, I am lifting weight that I would never have seen myself as being capable of lifting." 

Allyson (58) - "Working with Rick has made a big difference in my life. Strength, stamina, flexibility and balance have all improved. I am doing more than I ever thought I could do. I am an improved version of myself! Thanks Rick for your knowledge and support." 

Larry (58) - "Rick is an excellent personal trainer for me because he teaches while he trains. I have asked my wife to use him. That is how much I respect his knowledge and professionalism."

Jim (58) - "Rick designed a program and process tailor made for my needs. He's knowledgeable and takes time to educate. He gives the 'why' behind the 'what'."

Kathy (58) - "I thought the bulging disk in my back would end my ability to maintain a fitness program, however, Rick designed a workout program for my specific needs.  The strengthening gained through Rick's program has given me increased stamina, energy, and strengthening in my back and allows one to age gracefully and not show it.  Rick is understanding, encouraging, knowledgeable and an excellent teacher.  His workouts are lots of fun, I have lost weight, and the fact that he comes to me, I have no excuse to skip the workout"

Juane/Carole (59/64) - "Rick Almand has been our personal trainer.  He has had such patience with two older ladies who were completely uncoordinated and a challenge to any trainer.  He helped us with great information and we enjoyed his good nature.  I am very grateful for the time we have spent with Rick" 

Phil (59) - "For years I have attempted to start a fitness program but, not knowing enough about it, I usually pulled a muscle and quit. Rick's careful, balanced approach has put me on the road to fitness with a detailed plan. There's a lot of peace of mind knowing that you are maintaining your body properly."

Ron (59) - "Rick and Ultimate Best has taken me from a person who was tremendously out of shape to a person who is now not only in better shape physically, but also a person who has confidence that I can continue to maintain a healthy lifestyle. I know that I have extended my 'quality of life' expectancy through this program." 

Ron (59) - "After participating in the Ultimate Best workouts for about a month, I found that my golf game in particular was changing.  Changing for the best.  I noticeably was hitting the ball longer.  I actually had to 
adjust my iron play as I was hitting the ball further and over the green.  The Ultimate Best workouts have really improved my golf game." 

Karen (59) - "I started training with Rick 3 months after my second knee replacement. I was unable to climb stairs or do much bending. After his 12 week program I can go up and down stairs with no problem and have more strength and balance than I ever thought I would have again. Thanks Rick"

Debra (59) - "At age 59, my physical health and weight were good.  I made the decision to seek a personal trainer as I am in the very early stages of osteoporosis.  My medical doctor would suggest each year I should consider weight bearing exercise but I would just listen and think, maybe one day.  I met with Rick and felt comfortable from the first moment.  My muscles surrounding my bones are organized and much stronger in less than six months.  I have been pleasantly surprised in added benefits such as arthritic relief in all joints, especially my knees.  I have been able to lift more pounds than I ever imagined!  Rick and I both think the stretches he has taught me to do in between exercise are just as beneficial as the exercise itself. 

I am a workaholic but thoroughly enjoy the workout routine with Rick.  He is experienced in planning a workout routine to fit any age.  I look forward to the workouts each week.  I am very proud of my accomplishments and look forward to being challenged in 2011!"

Bob (60) - "Rick Almand is a dedicated and professional fitness trainer. I appreciate his sincere interest in his clients and his desire to help me achieve the goals I need to achieve. As Rick has taught me how to use the gym, he makes the workout both a pleasure and satisfying. I have been working with Rick for about 6 months and highly recommend him." 

Shari (60) – “Since working with Rick, I have the energy and strength to keep up with my grandchildren.  I am sleeping better and just feel better in general”

Ron/Mary (60/62) - "They say 'Old age is hell', but it doesn't have to be!  We both retired in the late nineties and, over the years of fast paced daily living (and a lot of extra pounds!), we had been negligent in focusing on proper nutrition and a regular exercise program.  We had 'let ourselves go' to the point that our general health was being affected (I.E., high blood pressure, high cholesterol, borderline diabetes, etc.).  It was way past time for a life change!  This required better choices in eating healthier food, portion control and reading the nutritional content labels while grocery shopping.  Over a period of three months, we lost a combined total of 75#, but this was only the beginning.     We joined Anytime Fitness Auburn in December 2008 and received a free consultation with Rick Almand, Ultimate Best LLC, Certified Personal Trainer.  Working with Rick over the past four months has made a tremendous difference in our life through his balance, flexibility and replacing fat with muscle.  We owe Rick a world of gratitude because, through a lot of encouragement, genuine concern for our well being and planned structured workouts, we continue to improve in our daily physical abilities.  The commitment to better health and sharing a longer life with your loved ones is a goal that everyone should strive for...before it is too late!"

Kathy/Gary (60/62) - “I had known for a long time that I was “out-of-shape” and needed to do something about it. But it took my husband saying, “Look, let’s do it together.” for me to make that life- changing decision in January of this year.

My husband, Gary, was in pretty good physical shape because of his job. However, being a school teacher isn’t physically demanding and so I was starting at the “bottom”. The closest I had ever been to gym equipment was walking on a treadmill, so going to the gym (at age 60) was like a trip to a foreign country in a way and very intimidating.

I am so thankful that we chose Rick as our personal trainer. He was very patient and understanding and encouraging. He made me feel comfortable from the start and challenged me to improve each week. I feel proud of what I have accomplished over the last 6 months. I started doing squats with no weights and I am now doing 85 pounds. I could only do the plank for about 15 seconds at the beginning and last week I did 100 seconds. I can lift 17 1/2 pounds (in each hand) on the bench incline. I could go on, because there has been improvement on every piece of equipment--though pushups are still difficult for me! :) Gary has also improved in flexibility and, at 62, has developed and defined his muscles.

My improvement is not just in the gym, though. It is all about how you want to live your life. We went to California this summer and hiked around some areas near Big Sur. In the past, I would have been winded and would have had to stop often to catch my breath on the inclines. That didn’t happen this time. I can carry my 15 month old grandson (he weighs about 28 pounds or so) up the steep stairs at their place with no problem, and I can keep up with him as we play and crawl around on the floor. I went for a walk this past Friday with my friend and walked 5 miles feeling no strain. I have a lot more energy and endurance to help me tackle my life every day.

Rick has done a great job as a trainer, and has given us a lot of instruction along the way. I appreciate that he has helped us work on strength as well as flexibility. I know that this is something that we will continue to do to give us an improved quality of life for the future”

Robert/Carol (60/67) - "Thanks to Rick, my husband and I are in the healthiest state we have ever been in. I am happy and energetic. My husband had hip replacement surgery last year, and Rick has been instrumental in his recovery. We need accountability and Rick is it. Being toned and active Really feels great! Of all the investments you make in life, your health should be number one. I want to be around to enjoy doing things with my family. This meant I had to make the decision to ensure a healthy life style. We called Rick, and the investment we have made is PRICELESS!”  obert/Carol (60/67) - "Thanks to Rick, my husband and I are in the healthiest state we have ever been in. I am happy and energetic. My husband had hip replacement surgery last year, and Rick has been instrumental in his recovery. We need accountability and Rick is it. Being toned and active Really feels great! Of all the investments you make in life, your health should be number one. I want to be around to enjoy doing things with my family. This meant I had to make the decision to ensure a healthy life style. We called Rick, and the investment we have made is PRICELESS!”  

Harry (61) - "Almost 2 years ago, I joined the YMCA and started working out on a regular basis.  I had a set routine that I followed, but I wasn't sure about the equipment that I chose or whether I was using it properly.  I didn't feel like I was getting the full benefit out of my efforts and that's why I turned to Rick.  After a few weeks with Rick, he designed an exercise program that fit my specific needs.  I am almost 61 years old and feel that I am in the best shape of my life.  I can't say how much I appreciate the guidance and encouragement that he gave me.  I would recommend Rick to anyone" 

Ken (61) - "I got started working out 6 years ago about the same time that I decided to buy a new motorcycle.  I hadn't been in the gym in more years than I care to remember.  Since it has been such a long period of time since I had been in the gym, I decided to use a personal trainer.  I have used two different trainers in two different gyms but neither of these trainers seemed to understand that I was looking for more flexibility than strength training.  I joined Anytime Fitness and meet Rick Almand.  In the two months I have been training with Rick, I have accomplished more than the previous six years and two other trainers"

Carol (62) - "When I retired last April 2007, my dream was to hike the Appalachian Trail.  While the desire was there, I was terribly unfit. I started to work out on my own that same month, but didn't understand the equipment or how to use it.  After working out with Rick's guidance, I was able to achieve my goal--75+ miles and plan to hike Vermont next year!  The way Rick teaches the six components of health--nutrition, cardio, resistance, ROM, balance and breathing has been instrumental to my success with backpacking. This many sound funny coming from a retired nurse, but Rick started me thinking health and that's the encouragement I need to keep heading for the gym three times a week. Retirement sure is fun, Thanks Rick!" 

 ***********************************************(recent email from Carol)*********************************************

"I am age 65 now and just walked the entire AT this past summer starting at Springer Mtn. April 1st and ending at Mt. Katadin Sept.4th.. 

With a group of eleven other hikers and van support to carry our tents, food, clothing and other supplies, we finished in 4 months with only 3 zero days the whole trip.  The dream was there, but I needed a lot of work to get into shape physically.  You got me started on the right foot and 2179 miles later I finished, reaching my goal and fulfilling a lifelong dream. 

What a wonderful adventure that was.  I am so grateful to you for helping to get me into shape for the hike.  The breathing techniques you just sent out were invaluable to me going up those steep ascents.  My trail name was "Little Engine" for "The Little Engine that Could", a children's book.  Every mountain I climbed at first, my inner voice was saying 'I think I can, I think I can'.  By the time we reached the state of Virginia, it finally got a little easier as I became trail fit and knew I could to it. 

What you do for your clients is so valuable in so many ways and I hope you know how important what you do is to all of us who benefit from your expertise.  Two thousand, one hundred and seventy-nine thank-yous are not enough to express my thanks to you. I continue to workout at the Y and walked those other days with a neighbor.  You started me on a course to maintain my best possible level of health"  

Linda (63) - "Rick is a great motivator.  I never thought I could do what I am doing now.  He has taught me that I can lift weights without hurting myself.  My strength, stamina and flexibility have all improved.  I am proud of the progress I have made...I have amazed myself.  Thanks Rick"

Ray (63) - "Before I signed up with Rick as my trainer, I weighed 256 pounds and just found out I was a diabetic with a blood sugar number of 356.  When I started training with Rick, he taught me the proper use of the machines, weights and treadmill.  He also taught me the importance of stretching , as well as the order in which you use machines, weights and treadmill.  The treadmill is always last.  I have really benefited from Rick's help.  Currently I weight 216 pounds and my blood sugar number range is between 127-130 each day"

Lynn (63) - "I have been working with Rick for 6 months.  After having a discetomy, I would try to exercise, hurt and quit.  Working with Rick, I have gradually progressed more than I thought possible.  Thanks Rick!"

Warren/Cynthia (64/60ish) - "Rick does a great job as a personal trainer for us.  It has helped our balance, flexibility and muscle tone without being too strenuous but enough to know we are in better shape since having Rick for the last 4 months"

Mary Jane (64) - "When I first saw Rick, I was a member of the YMCA.  He impressed me with his enthusiasm and friendliness, although I really had never been introduced.  I saw his articles in the Barrow Journal several years late.  At that time, I wanted to find out about a physical trainer.  Being a very frail person due to genetics and a medical issue, I have to be very careful how hard to push myself.  Rick is friendly, dedicated to his work and extremely inspiring"

Dianne/Tom (64/66) – “Just want to say thanks for showing us that 'senior citizens' can get back on track with physical fitness.  We wanted to find someone who could evaluate our individual situations and develop a training program to fit us.  And you have done just that.  We have only been working out for a few of months and can already see a difference in our strength and flexibility.  It is very apparent that you tailor the programs to the individual and gradually increase the workout based on their performance.  Thanks!” 

Melvin/Donna Lee (64/67) – “Before starting our workouts with Rick Almand, we realized the importance of exercise and healthy eating.  We walked 2-3 miles nearly every day and ate nutritious, well balanced meals.  However, we did nothing to improve our strength.  We began working with Rick and soon realized how much we needed strength training as well.  Rick has been excellent at helping us learn how to exercise properly and increase weights at a safe pace.  Under his training we have become more balanced and flexible and we have a lot more stamina.  We are in our mid sixties, active and healthy.  Working with Rick has been a great investment in our well being”

Lee (64) - "Rick I would like to thank you for working with me.  You had a real job with all my busted up bones to work with.  I feel so much better and now I know how to safely use the gym.  I have given your name to a lot of my friends to use you as their trainer and I hope to see you sometime at the winder gym
soon.  Thanks so much" 

Randall (64) - "I was a member at the fitness center for a year before I came to the conclusion that I was not getting anywhere on my own in my attempt to become fit.  Almost everything I was doing in the gym was a long way from being done correctly and I had no specific goals set for myslef.  Rick helped me get on track and designed a specific program for me.  Now I can see the results that I was not seeing from working out on my own.  I like the way Rick explains why and for what reason we do certain routines.  Keeping a notebook of my workouts really makes a statement when you are able to see where you were.  For me having a personal trainer is wonderful and is the motivator that I needed in my quest to become fit.  Thanks Rick"

Corky (65) -"I've used Rick as a personal trainer.  He taught me how important it is to stretch after each exercise.  He challenges your balance skills.  He also teaches how important core exercise is by maintaining good stomach and lower back muscles to prevent injury."  

Andrea (64) - “In 2012 I was diagnosed with cancer. I had surgery and against Doctor's recommendations chose not to get radiation. Two months later, I had a detached retina. The doctor was able to reattach the retina and I was on restricted activity for 3 months. Then, in 2013 I was diagnosed with cancer again. Following the surgery, I had to have chemo. I had been a part time caregiver for my Dad since my mother passed away in 2007. In 2014, at the age of 89, he fell and fractured his back in two places. He spent a month in the hospital before passing away and I spent a lot of time at the hospital with him. Just as I was starting to feel better and get back on my feet, I went on a hayride with 2 of my grandsons. At the end of the ride I jumped off the wagon and tore my meniscus and fractured my tibia plateau. I was on crutches for three months. I had no surgery, but got physical therapy to regain the strength in my leg. 

So as you can tell, I went for several years of being sedentary (not by choice). In February of 2015, my husband, (who had been going to Rick for personal training) gave me some visits with Rick for my birthday. I was not happy about it since I do not like going to the gym. I prefer to do activities such as swimming, walking, or riding my bike which I had not been able to do for several years. I begrudgingly went each week however. I had always prided myself on being strong and healthy and had thought that I would just have to accept this new me. I was actually surprised when I began to regain my strength and my attitude about going changed. I know Rick could tell I had a bad attitude and was surprised when I kept showing up each week and when I paid for additional training sessions. I have been going for almost a year now and am beginning to feel like my old self. 

Rick is patient when I forget which stretch to do after the workout or what to do on some machine. He is encouraging when I have pushed myself to go beyond what I thought I could do. I look forward to my training each week, which I thought would never happen, and I make sure to schedule things around my training time. I enjoy the fact that he is not some young thing who does not understand the working of an old body!”

 Andrea is a Certified Professional Life Coach and National Certified Counselor 

Bill (65) – “At age 64, Jesus knocked and he came back into my life 100%.  At age 65 I was divorced after 12 years of marriage.  At age 65 ½ I started with Rick as my personal trainer.  Can only say how much he has helped me.  He comes to my house where my pastor and I work out under Rick’s instruction.  After 34 weeks I have been able to do anything Rick has thrown at me.  87% of bodyweight for squats, jump lunges, diamond pushups, spiderman pushups, clap pushups and bench inclines with over 50% of my bodyweight.  The scissors (an abdominal exercise) are still my toughest exercise and the speed step ups push my cardio.  Rick stresses breathing, hydration, stretching and form.  My flexibility is equal to or better than most 30 year olds.  My son, who runs marathons, cannot sprint as fast and when we went hiking out west this summer, he was challenged to try and stay up with me.  Thanks again Rick”

Ed (66) - "A few months back at age 65 my friend Bill invited me to workout with he and a friend with Rick.  Since then I now look forward to working out and learning the different exercises .  The past few years I had been going to the gym without a trainer and got bored with it, but now, with Rick, it's educational and exciting.  He makes working out fun and encouraging"

Beverly (66) - "Shortly after I joined the gym, I realized I wasn't making any progress.  After a few weeks, I started working out with Rick.  I began to see a difference almost immediately.  Rick is very knowledgeable and professional.  He had me lifting more weight than I ever imagined I could.  My whole outlook is better.  My posture has improved, along with my self-confidence.  Rick is always available to answer questions or give you advice or encouragement.  Rick is an excellent trainer"

Penny (67) – “I was scheduled to have knee replacement March 2008, and I thought I would be able to “rehab” quicker if I built up my strength and toned up my muscles.  My doctor told me he was going to have to cut through my muscles and it probably wouldn’t help.  Well, I bounced back quicker than he thought I would and was back to better than my old self.  I contribute my recovery rate to the strength training I leaned from Rick.  My balance is better than it has been in years and I learned how and what to do to keep myself fit.  It’s just keeping and sticking to my training schedule”

Dale (67) – “I would like to say that Rick has helped me in several areas.  He has helped me build up my strength as well as helped me get out of a chair.  My balance is much better than it was and I am thankful for that.  Since I started this training, it seems like I have more energy.  I appreciate the encouragement he has given me and would recommend him to others” 

Glenda (68) – “I’ve been working with Rick for about 2 ½ months now and find him to be a very sincere trainer.  He starts you out slowly, working on building muscle strength, giving you the encouragement and confidence you need to know that you can do this.  I’m beginning to see improvements in everyday tasks such as walking further, climbing stairs, breathing easier and so much more.  I have more stamina and energy and I’m able to keep up with my kids and grandkids much better.  He’s doing good work with us older kids!”

Marion (70) - "Having survived two bouts with cancer, I was having difficulty regaining my strength. After a few weeks with Rick, I am thrilled with the progress I've made." 

Dora (70) - "Rick got me back on my feet after two total hip replacements. I found him to be unfailingly courteous, caring and professional." 

Beverly Clement (70) – “After 3 years, 3 surgeries and 3 years older, I found myself aching more with very little energy and bad posture. With all of that, plus more weight gain than I needed, I decided to re-join Anytime Fitness and find Rick. Rick had been my trainer the first time I joined Anytime. Rick is an excellent trainer. He is very knowledgeable and professional. I definitely wanted and needed his help. Shortly after starting my training with Rick, I fell in July 2014 and had surgery in December. After 8 weeks of physical therapy, I returned to the gym. Rick has been a huge part of my recovery with a torn meniscus. Even though my knee is much better, I will continue these exercises even after my time with Rick ends. I would definitely refer Rick's skills as a trainer to anyone.”

Spencer (72) - "I feel better and it (the exercise program) has improved my golf game. And my endurance is better." 

Hubie (72) - "Rick trained me after I had a heart attack.  Start slow and check your heart rate and stretch and then walk and increase as you get stronger.  I'm much stronger now and able to do an hour without stopping." 

Betty (73) – “Rick is a dedicated and very personable fitness trainer.  From nutrition to physiology to goal-oriented workouts, he is the Ultimate Best.  He is more than a trainer--he is a teacher. After a short time working out w/my personalized program, I felt better, was more flexible, stronger and had lost weight.  He is as determined to reach your goals as you are.  I hope I can carry his lessons with me as I continue the program on my own”  

Jane (73) - "I write to you today so thankful for what has been accomplished over the past few months training me.  I was diagnosed with the dreaded diseases of Parkinson's and PSP without a cure for either.  My PT at Emory Movement Center instructed me to get a trainer near my home.  I really did not know what might happen.
I truly trust your ability and am grateful for you and your contribution to my future life.  Thank you"

Grady (73) - "I have been training with Rick Almand for 7 or 8 months and feel much better and have more energy than when I started.  I am retired military and, before I retired, I was running two miles a day, doing 30 or more sit ups and push ups.  After I retired, I stopped doing any exercise, gained 35 to 40 pounds and got to where I could not do 2 pushups.  Since working with Rick I can now, on a good day, do 30 pushups again.  Rick starts you off slow with low weights and small repetitions and works up to higher weights and more repetitions.  He lets you work at your own pace within your age group.  I'm 73 years old and working to get back to my 60 year old shape.  My daughter has also started training with Rick and she is getting stronger each week"

Jane (73) – “I write to you today so thankful for what has been accomplished over the past four months training me. I was diagnosed with the dreaded disease of Parkinson’s and PSP without a cure for either. My physical therapist at Emory Movement Center instructed me to get a trainer near my home. I really did not know what might happen. I truly trust your ability and am grateful for your contribution to my future life. Thank you Rick”

Don (75) - "Since joining Anytime Fitness at age 75 and training with Rick, I have regained lost muscle tone, have greater flexibility and feel better about my overall physical health.  I am doing things I thought I would never be able to do again.  Thanks, Rick"

Francis (76) – “I have been on the fitness program approximately 3 months and have attained many goals with Rick Almand’s training.  I now realize how essential it is to keep my body in shape – a fitness investment for me”

Richard (80) – “I have been on the fitness program approximately 3 months.  I am limited on some of the exercises due to age and some health problems, but I do realize the importance of these exercises.  I am gaining more strength in my legs and am able to get up and down much better.  I am appreciative of the encouragement from my personal trainer”

Florence (83) - "Wow!!! This octogenarian speaks from experience when she says Rick Almand is changing her life from a sedentary couch potato to a weight lifting, high kicking great grandmother.  His method is rational and acceptable, explaining why as we go along.  I am looking forward to continuing in the program since I feel it is helping me live a fuller and healthier life" 

Sandy (85) – “Approximately 6 months ago, my wife decided to do something about her physical appearance.  After a search for the best physical fitness trainer in Barrow County , she selected Mr. Rick Almand.  After a consultation in our home, she accepted his plan.  I was a skeptic and decided not to join along with her.  After several months, I detected a gradual change in her appearance.  This skeptic decided to get himself in better condition and joined in therapy with Rick.  At the age of 85 I am coming along slowly.  However, the change in my body after 2 months is amazing.  I am no longer a skeptic….I am a believer, thanks to Rick, my physical fitness trainer” 

Robert (90) - "He does his job and does it well. It is a pleasure to 'work for' Ultimate Best and receive the benefits there of." 

 "You are what you repeatedly do.  Excellence is not an event...it is a habit"

                                     Arisotle 384-322BC  Greek phiolsopher & scientist