Member Testimonials and Stories

“Back when I originally moved to Pennsylvania over a year ago I started my search for a local gym with little success. It was fairly easy locating a few gyms that were close by but I never left any of them feeling excited about joining and knew that I would only be settling. Thankfully I eventually found myself in the Horsham Athletic Club and quickly noticed the difference. The HAC had a significantly more personable staff, it wasn’t over crowded, there was plenty to do, and it had a better overall atmosphere. Once I was back into the swing of things I went back to an old hodge podge routine of cardio and free weights. I saw some success but eventually ran out of motivation, creativity, and felt like I was plateauing in my routine so I decided to take advantage of some of the classes the club offered. I was hooked almost immediately. I’ve worked with a variety of the trainers doing classes like Spin, the Morning Rush, Synergy, Gravity, and P90X Remix. The class atmosphere helps a lot because you never want to look like a slouch in a small group training but everyone is really supportive and encouraging! Currently I’m taking class 5 days a week participating in Gravity two days, Synergy, and P90X Remix two days. Each of these classes offers something very unique and challenging which always keeps me excited and motivated to work hard. I honestly haven’t ever seen results like what I’m getting now ever prior to my time in the HAC and that’s a big reason why I keep up the routine. I’ve noticed major differences in my body composition, my strength, stamina, and stability. Certain areas, like my knees, that used to give me a hard time aren’t much of a problem anymore so I can test my limits even more which means a lot to me. I love getting after it and finding out I can do more than I ever thought I could. The only other thing, besides the results, that always gets me pumped is when people tell me how much of a difference they see or tell me how crazy they think I am for how much I do. While showing up to class is the first step, I have to give a lot of credit to one person in particular because she’s been integral to this whole process. Jewel Kessler is a wealth of fitness knowledge, creativity, motivation, and passion to get people where they want to be. I always want to work hard in her classes and she’ll be the first to tell you she has no problem calling me out if she think’s I’m slacking. She’s great at getting you to push just a little out of your comfort zone every time without putting you at risk. I’ve learned a lot participating in her classes and even share her tips and trainings with my friends  out of the area. I would highly encourage anyone who feels like they need a little guidance, some motivation, or that extra push to connect with a trainer at the HAC. It could make all the difference.” – Ryan O.
Ryan O'Neill

“Back in January, after one of my P90X classes, I told Jewel that I was planning on going on a hiking trek to Machu Picchu in June. From that very day, Jewel began to modify our training to include the strength, cardio, and endurance I would need to accomplish my goal. Our Wednesday class evolved into what is called Synergy CS, a continuously challenging class I would recommend to all. With Jewel’s thoughtful flexibility, expertise and motivation, I was fully prepared to complete the four day trek over challenging terrain, reaching altitude of 15,2741 feet! But, more importantly, I was able enjoy every single moment of this beautiful journey with no cares other than to enjoy the next incredible view around the corner!  Thank you, Jewel! You are the best! And thank you to all my class mates for their flexibility and continued motivation. Working out and a healthy life style is not all about the clothes that fit, it’s about enjoying life to the fullest  whatever age we are and passions we have!” – Jen R.

Jen Renz

“I am coming up on 7 years of Gravity classes, 4x a week, and no class has been repeated! Classes are always fresh, motivating, tests of strength, yet individualized. I am stronger, have more energy and still look forward to every class. I also enjoy being in a small class of 12 individuals. Try it! Stick with it, and you will see your body and energy change.” – Jacque B.

“Gravity saved my cat!  On a recent cold, dark evening my wife and I found Rockyboy hopelessly stuck high up in a twisted oak tree in our back yard. While my wife trained a flashlight on him I went to get my ladder. As I opened the garage I remembered that I had lent my 40 footer to a friend and all I had was a small step ladder. This was barely high enough to get me within reach of the lowest crooked limb. At that moment I thought that If Rocky was this adventurous 5 years ago he would still be up in that tree!  Three Gravity classes a week have turned back the clock and given me back my strength and muscle definition that I haven’t seen in quite some time. Lucky for my cat I was able to grab that limb from underneath and pull myself up into the tree.  From there I worked my way up several more branches of the old oak until I could grab the little guy.  Using one arm to hold Rocky, who weighs 24 lbs, and the other to carefully maneuver back down towards that low limb, my legs had to be strong and steady, gripping each branch as we descended. Once on that lowest limb I gently dropped our boy down to the ground where my wife was able to scoop him up in her arms. I can honestly say that without Jewel and Gravity and could never imagine that, at age 64, I would be able to climb a tree to save a cat. Rocky and I both thank you Jewel!”  – Rick B.

Jacque and Rick Blum

“I had my first experience with Holly’s Gravity classes during the Gravity “Hunnies and Bunnies” group training. My mom and I signed up as partners for the day, and I was very anxious coming into the class. I had no idea what to expect from both the workout and the social atmosphere. My mom had been going for a while, and she would come back from each experience raving about how excellent the workout was and how great she felt after each class. This particular class was no exception, and we found ourselves enjoying the workout and the class dynamic.  Holly would help out anyone who was struggling, and taught us about the machines settings as we progressed. Her energy and enthusiasm made the class fun and entertaining. She also provided a workout that was easy enough for beginners such as myself, but challenging for those who were more experienced like my mom.

After the first class, I was hooked. No other workout felt quite as intense as the Gravity training, so my mom and I signed up for a class once a week with Holly. The classes are never repetitive, and I feel as if I am doing something new every week. Holly is an excellent trainer that pushes you to your limit. She makes sure you are doing the exercises correctly for the best results, and consistently urges the class to challenge themselves. At the same time, Holly makes the extra effort to connect with every person in the room. She will not let you feel left out and will make sure you are getting the work out you wanted. I would recommend this class to anyone who wants a trainer to connect with them and provide a challenging workout with exponential results.” – JoAnne and Casey S.

Casey and JoAnne Stuhl

“I started working out with Donna a year and a half ago. After losing 80 pounds doing strictly cardio, I needed to add more into my workout routine. I started with TRX and immediately loved it! Since then I have also added Donna’s kangoo, boot camp, HIIT, gravity, and spin. Donna always keeps me motivated and changes the workouts up every week so I never get bored. I look forward to going to her classes because I know she will always give me the best workout possible. Thank you Donna for pushing me every single day!” – Stephanie M.