Farrell's Extreme Bodyshaping

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A popular metro workout program has been reshaping bodies with the help of exercise, diet and a cash prize for a little extra motivation. Full Story
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JEB

Des Moines, IA

#1 Feb 3, 2010
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Kevin Moreland

Des Moines, IA

#3 Feb 11, 2010
The difference in the type of program that Farrells provides is the structure of the workouts. The motivation of having someone push you and telling you exactly what your workout will be is the key to success. Unfortunately, most of us don't have the discipline to do it on our own..if we did we wouldn't need personal trainers, step classes or even gyms for that matter. Eat right, have a healthy lifestyle and you'd have no worries. That is a dream world for most of us. If Farrells didn't work then they wouldn't be successful. We live in a "magic pill" type of world..like or not. I'm happy for those who don't need these type of programs..but don't judge those who do. It works if you commit to what they have to offer. Yeah Max Muscle!!!
JEB wrote:
This isn't new, this is an advertisement!
Dana

Omaha, NE

#4 Feb 15, 2010
Having tried going to the gym on a regular basis and doing my own workouts, even with a trainer at times in the past, without success, this class has been different in the support and instruction you receive. The instuctors learn your name and strengths quickly to help motivate you, and all the people in the class really are there to work out, not to socialize like at many gyms.
Susan

Montgomery, AL

#6 May 24, 2010
I am not really sure why someone whould have something bad to say about this program. It basically consists of working out and eating right. Yes, people can do this at home for cheaper but the classes are really fun and keep you motivated. I have been to places that push pills, supplements, power drinks, bars, etc... and don't guarentee results unless you buy thier stuff. FXB is not like that at all. Of course it is a business to make money but so are gyms. FXB sells a good product with no gimmicks. I think it is an awesome option to have.
Jeff

San Francisco, CA

#7 Jun 11, 2010
If you do the math its 389 for the 10 weeks and after that I believe its 300 for the 12 month program? almost 60 a month. Try going to the YMCA for cheaper.
Don

Jefferson City, MO

#8 Jul 7, 2010
Lance Farrell purchased a program from another gentleman by the name of, I believe something like Jake Gridley or something like that. The program was called UBS, which I believe is what Farrell's called it in the beginning, until he didn't want to pay royalty fees anymore I guess. What I don't like about the whole FXB is that he tries to make everyone believe that he "created" this program. He didn't create it - he BOUGHT IT!! The fact of the matter is that any diet and fitness program works, as long as you put the effort into it and actually TRY to make changes in your lifestyle. Some people just need that "cash", or "prize" motivation to do it...and that's really sad in my opinion. Lance Farrell is a businessman, he's only in it for people's money (proven by how much he charges for FXB), and unfortunately he's getting it = by lying to everyone about "his" program. And then being cocky about "his" program by saying "imitation is the best form of flattery". I guess Jake Gridley, and everyone else who have taught the same type of fitness classes long before Farrell's did should be very flattered by Farrell's "imitation".
Jim V

Hazel Green, AL

#9 Jul 8, 2010
Don wrote:
Lance Farrell purchased a program from another gentleman by the name of, I believe something like Jake Gridley or something like that. The program was called UBS, which I believe is what Farrell's called it in the beginning, until he didn't want to pay royalty fees anymore I guess. What I don't like about the whole FXB is that he tries to make everyone believe that he "created" this program. He didn't create it - he BOUGHT IT!! The fact of the matter is that any diet and fitness program works, as long as you put the effort into it and actually TRY to make changes in your lifestyle. Some people just need that "cash", or "prize" motivation to do it...and that's really sad in my opinion. Lance Farrell is a businessman, he's only in it for people's money (proven by how much he charges for FXB), and unfortunately he's getting it = by lying to everyone about "his" program. And then being cocky about "his" program by saying "imitation is the best form of flattery". I guess Jake Gridley, and everyone else who have taught the same type of fitness classes long before Farrell's did should be very flattered by Farrell's "imitation".
Hmmmm...found no person named Jake Gridley or anything related to something called UBS. Good information and facts begets credibility. Somehow what you claim seems pretty hollow. Having completed this program I can say that with dedication and commitment you can feel and see the difference following what Farrell's emphasizes...solid cardio and strength training led by enthusiastic instructors and coaches with nutrition that can be done without going to the poor house. If you've not completed the program how can you specifically know it is not worth the cost? Yes...you can do something similar on your own. Farrell's doesn't do anything that anyone could not do on their own. but it takes a very dedicated person to do exercise for 45 minutes straight (and not that mamby-pamby pilates stuff). You will only get out of it what you put into it and if you don't push yourself (with the help of those people around you) not much will happen. I'm 62, never did any formal exercise, lost 35 pounds and feel better than I did 30 years ago. I even found some abs I didn't know I had. Is Farrell's for everybody? Probably not. If you're looking for something magical, this isn't it. You have to work at it, but at least there is a program and dedicated people willing to help you go through the process.
Larry Castagnoli

Salt Lake City, UT

#10 Jul 21, 2010
Don wrote:
Lance Farrell purchased a program from another gentleman by the name of, I believe something like Jake Gridley or something like that. The program was called UBS, which I believe is what Farrell's called it in the beginning, until he didn't want to pay royalty fees anymore I guess. What I don't like about the whole FXB is that he tries to make everyone believe that he "created" this program. He didn't create it - he BOUGHT IT!! The fact of the matter is that any diet and fitness program works, as long as you put the effort into it and actually TRY to make changes in your lifestyle. Some people just need that "cash", or "prize" motivation to do it...and that's really sad in my opinion. Lance Farrell is a businessman, he's only in it for people's money (proven by how much he charges for FXB), and unfortunately he's getting it = by lying to everyone about "his" program. And then being cocky about "his" program by saying "imitation is the best form of flattery". I guess Jake Gridley, and everyone else who have taught the same type of fitness classes long before Farrell's did should be very flattered by Farrell's "imitation".
Don, You truely are an idiot! You make some pretty abrasive "rants"..such as:
1-"He's ONLY in it for the money"...I sure as hell wouldnt take the risk for free-would you? duh!!
2-Show me where he states "created"??
3-"...only in it for the money-"proven by what he charges for FXB"-now I believe it is around $379 for 60 classes=$6.30+ per session. Now that is for 45 minutes per session-now we have all had trainers(except you)in the past and the charge is $40-60 per session. When I attended FXB I was emailed 3-4 x's a week by the coaches-they assisted my monitoring of my diet,etc. There was constant interaction by his staff, and I mean CONSTANT!! Now these coaches do it out of passion-they are not paid, unless they get free classes--the instructors get paid $8-10 per class.
Now Don, I want you to think..."V-A-L-U-E! It may be beyond your
grasp!
4- You mention that he "lied"--now that is a strong word to be putting on the internet! I'm guessing your net worth does not exceed the value of a Big Mac because no one would make that statement without some strong information to back it up! I don't read any of it here. Do you want fries with that, sir??
Anonymous

Madison, WI

#11 Aug 6, 2010
The other program is UBC - Ultimate Body Challenge - the founder is Jim Graden
super puke

Des Moines, IA

#12 Aug 6, 2010
I cannot believe all of the "large-butted" women you see on the streets anymore !!
People are to lazy to get involved in a weight reduction program anymore.
They would rather push more food down the organ under their nose, and add a few more pounds.
I have a very sexy young wife (-20yr), and we work out every day, to keep ourselves in perfect fitness shape.
FXB is worth it

Des Moines, IA

#13 Aug 17, 2010
I think it should be pointed out that bad comments you hear about FXB will usually come from people who have not tried the program. They ask why they should pay for a program when they can get in shape themselves. FXB is there for those of us who need the extra interaction, motivation, and accountability that programs like FXB provide. I used to have access to a nice fitness facility 24hrs a day, but was never motivated to go. So what should I have done? Pay a personal trainer? Just as expensive (if not more) and I would not have the opportunity to make the friends I have found at FXB. I also have never gotten as good a workout as I get from a good 45 min kickboxing class with a room full of people to push me.
Some people are extremely self motivated to stay in shape, and that is fine. But don't put others down because they are trying a program to help better themselves.
In response to several of the comments above, I have met personally with Lance Farrel, and he is a very sincere and nice person. He is genuinely excited about FXB and the results people see. Obviously he is operating FXB as a business, not a charity, so he is going to try to make some money. I certainly don't find fault with him for that. I very happy I signed up and paid him my ~$400, and would happily do it again. I have been a member of FXB for over a year now, have lost 40 lbs, and am in the best shape of my life.
Lori - Urbandale

Urbandale, IA

#14 Aug 31, 2010
Farrell's program really worked for me. It may seem more expensive than regular fitness clubs at first glance, but if you join a regular fitness club for say,$40.00 a month, you have to pay extra to get the services of a "trainer". The way I see it, Farrell's is a fitness program with a consistent trainer built into one. Plus, I enjoy the type of exercise Farrells offers. I don't really like pilates, and I've always hated "aerobics classes". I find Farrell's classes more interesting. By the way, isn't the goal of every owner of a fitness center ultimately to make money? What's wrong with that? Who would start any kind of business if they couldn't make a profit from it?
Gary B Omaha W Dodge

New York, NY

#15 Sep 14, 2010
FXB had made a new man out of me that is all that's to it. The group setting is what makes all the difference to me. I'd never be able to do it alone and myself. Meet new friends and watch ourselves "transform" together. I've lost the weight I needed to and replaced it with toned muscle. I get up almost everyday at 5:30 anxious to get there and kick my own butt AT 6:00 AM. I've not felt and looked like I do ever in my life and I'm 51! Everyone is different and what works for one doesn't always work for another. I started in January as my New Years resolution. The first 10 weeks were tough there is no discounting that but
it does get somewhat easier as your body gets used to it. No pain is no gain, such a true statement! GET OFF YOUR DUFF AND JUST DO IT.
LARGE BUTTED WOMAN

Hopkins, MN

#16 Sep 28, 2010
super puke wrote:
I cannot believe all of the "large-butted" women you see on the streets anymore !!
People are to lazy to get involved in a weight reduction program anymore.
They would rather push more food down the organ under their nose, and add a few more pounds.
I have a very sexy young wife (-20yr), and we work out every day, to keep ourselves in perfect fitness shape.
AND LET ME GUESS...YOU ARE 50?? Hmmm...GOOD FOR YOU THAT YOU HAVE THE PERFECT SITUATION AND THE MOTIVATION TO WORK OUT WITH YOUR "TROPHY WIFE"...NOT EVERY BIG BUTT WOMAN IN THE WORLD HAS THAT LUXURY. WHAT DOES YOUR POST HAVE ANYTHING TO DO WITH FARRELL's EXTREME BODY SHAPING ANYWAY?
Ladyboy

Des Moines, IA

#17 Sep 28, 2010
I watch what I eat to stay in perfect health.
Stay away from meats, potatoes, bread, pizza's, and other fat foods
Eat mostly garden grown vegs.
Kimberly

Grand Rapids, MI

#18 Oct 14, 2010
Why the rant on Farrell's?? Seems to me maybe some people have a personal vendetta; maybe a chip on the ol' shoulder. It is a business, yes, and just like any business the owners have to make a profit and the employees have to get paid (unless you also think it is selfish to work for money). Clearly, it is a bit more expensive than your traditional gym membership, but far less expensive than similar programs like Krav Maga or other personal training clubs which can be upwards of $500/mo. People that join these types of clubs are looking for something other than what they get at the local YMCA. It's more personal; you have comraderie and accountability. I am set to start next month and I can't wait !
Anonymous

Des Moines, IA

#19 Jan 18, 2011
I joined Farrell's almost 2 years ago and haven't looked back. I lost about 15 lbs in the first 10 weeks and have dropped about another 20 lbs since. I now am an instructor--NEVER in my life did I think I would instruct a fitness class. It has trully been a transformative experience. I'm in better shape now than I was in High School (when I played 4 sports). Lance Farrell has done some wonderful things for the folks that have gone through his program. Further, this program has never been touted as a "Weight Loss" program--rather, it's about "transforming" your body and shaping it. In the process of my tranformation, yes, I lost weight...but that process involved a TON of hard work which both eliminated fat and packed muscle onto my frame. My arms and chest have grown considerably and my belly has shrunk.

As far as the money, welcome to capitalism my friends. He's a business owner he's entitled to make all the money he wants as well he should--he's providing an INCREDIBLE value for the money spent. 6 days a week with a personal trainer would cost you HUNDREDS more than the cost of this program.

It's fantastic and if you follow all 3 aspects, cardio, resistance band training and nutrition, you WILL see really great results.

Rod McCrea
Iowa City
Level10

Pequot Lakes, MN

#20 Jan 25, 2011
I agree with the previous post that stated that most of the rants against FXB come from people that have never even tried the program....and perhaps, they are involved with a direct competitor of FXB. Many copy cat programs have come and gone since Lance started this program almost 10 years ago. And while it is a business, his passion for helping people change their lives for the better is evident in every conversation you have with him. Thanks Rod, for pointing out that we do live in America, and capitalism is what built this great country. He doesn't let just anyone open a franchise either. If the person doesnt share the passion and desire for the program, it won't happen. That is EXACTLY what happened to a direct competitor of FXB (who I won't give them the benefit of naming) who has stated that their mission is to "put Farrell's out of business". "They" were turned down for a franchise. Now, "they" will.....on the other hand, let anyone who has the money open a franchise just so they can have centers open. To them, and others that will come and go, I say BRING IT ON!! The biggest difference between Farrell's and any other program is the people at FXB. And that my small minded "friends" makes every penny you spend at FXB, worth it.

And to the guy with the "trophy wife"....Kudos. Hope you had a prenup.
Level10

Pequot Lakes, MN

#21 Jan 25, 2011
And to the first person to respond "GetYourFigure"..... I assume by your Name on this page, you have, or are a part of, a program you feel is better than FXB? Or perhaps people chose FXB over you. Just a hunch ;)
FXB Bellevue

Oklahoma City, OK

#22 Feb 2, 2011
"Farrell's Extreme Bodyshaping is a waste of money" Pretty bold statement, probably from someone that did the program without success. If you follow all three aspects-Cardio, Resistance, and the nutrition plan- it will work. I will agree that for SOME people, they can make it work at home or at another type of fitness facility. Then there are others who enjoy or want the group atmosphere that FXB provides. The money spent is well worth it to me. FXB is a gym and just like at any other gym there is a membership fee. If you think investing money in your self is a waste of money, then your priorities might be a little off. Good luck to you in what ever exercise program you choose.

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