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The MAX Challenge Employee Reviews

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Trainer (Current Employee) - New Providence, New Jersey - June 27,

In my 25+ years working professionally, I've held positions corporate marketing, Human Resources, higher education, and most recently fitness (for the past 5 years). This position has been my favorite of them all. I love the culture of this company, and the positive mindset and energy that pervades the entire organization, from the founder all the way down to the individual members. Team members want our participants to succeed and achieve their goals. Corporate team members, franchise owners, and my direct manager are incredibly supportive and appreciative of our efforts as trainers. Unlike other fitness positions where I was just "one of the instructors" and the only measurement of my success was how large my classes were, it's completely different at the Max. This organization devotes a tremendous amount of time and energy into educating and supporting their instructors, and I feel like I'm part of an integrative team. We are making huge difference in people's lives and it's a privilege to be part of that :-)


My name is Peggy Lindsay (@watchpeggyloseit), and I’m a year-old preschool teacher and mother-of-two, living in Costa Mesa, California. After battling my weight for years, at pounds, I committed to a fitness challenge and tweaked my diet. I’ve lost pounds.

My weight has fluctuated my entire life. I've struggled with disordered eating that left me weighing as little as pounds and as much as pounds, and everything in between.

When I met my husband in , I’d reached a healthy weight of about pounds. We both gained 20 pounds of what I described as "relationship weight," and then I got pregnant with our first baby. I used my pregnancy as an excuse to eat whatever I wanted (I was "eating for two!") and gained 70 pounds.

Eighteen months later, I got pregnant with baby number two and gained an additional 40 pounds. My daughter had health issues her first year of life, and the stress of that situation led to me gaining another 30 pounds.

I was eating McDonald's every day, sometimes twice a day, and a package of chocolate chip cookies every night. My entire body was in pain, my blood pressure was dangerously high, I couldn't sleep, and my relationship with my husband suffered due to my extreme lack of self-esteem. I was miserable in my body. By the summer of , I was at my highest weight ever at pounds.

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My turning point came when I wasn't able to keep up with my two toddlers.

I was humiliated when my husband had to push me in a wheelchair when we went to Disneyland because my knees hurt so badly from walking. I had completely let myself go and couldn't handle taking care of my kids and myself. I’d never felt worse. And I was so afraid of the idea of dying from being overweight and leaving my kids without a mom.

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An ad for a local gym came up on my Facebook timeline and advertised that it was a "gym for real women." I responded to the ad, but I wasn't entirely serious about committing since I was a busy mom with two young kids. When the owner of the gym called me and told me they had childcare available, I was out of excuses.

I decided to sign up for a 6-week fitness challenge at my gym.

In August , I started my weight-loss journey with a six-week Max fitness challenge. It's a nationwide gym and program that combines group fitness with nutrition coaching and a financial incentive to help you get in the best shape of your life. The way it worked during my Max challenge: You paid $ upfront, and if you lost 20 pounds or 5 percent of your body fat in the six-weeks period, you would get a full refund.

The gym only offered small group classes, which was fantastic for me because I really thrive in groups with the guidance of a trainer. I started working out five days a week. My first class ever was spin, and while I love spin now, the first time was rough. I was starting from ground zero and was completely out of shape. I was also the maximum weight limit for the bike, so that was scary and disheartening, but I got through it.

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My weekly workout schedule included lots of variety.

  • Saturday: Family activity

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Max Fitness also provided me with a meal plan from a registered dietitian and taught me about healthy portions.

I committed to a high-protein, low-carb diet and completely cut out all processed foods, starchy carbs, fried foods, soda, and alcohol, and any artificial sugar. My diet consisted of egg whites, Ezekiel sprouted grain bread, fruit (mostly apples and berries), dark leafy greens, chicken, turkey, brown rice, black beans, sweet potatoes, Greek yogurt, almonds, peanut butter, avocado, protein shakes and bars, plus lots of hot sauce for flavor.

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In the first six weeks, I lost 24 pounds.

I won my $ back, too. By then, I had already fallen in love with the gym, so I immediately signed up for a membership. Once my mindset changed and I began seeing the weight come off, I knew I was finally headed in the right direction.

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I measured everything I ate on a food scale and stuck to my diet religiously. I learned to read every label while I was grocery shopping because there is hidden sugar in items you wouldn't think they’d add sugar to. I also always took the stairs instead of the elevator, stopped late-night snacking, and brought my own food with me to parties, gatherings, and even restaurants sometimes in order to stay on track.

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By March , I’d lost pounds. Then, I hit a weight-loss plateau and had to mix things up.

I cut out more carbs and replaced them with healthy fats. I also started counting calories with MyFitnessPal and made sure I was drinking half of my weight in ounces of water every day. With these changes, I was able to lose an additional 60 pounds for a total of pounds by November

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Now, I’ve switched from weight-loss mode to maintenance mode.

I’ve added a lot more calories to my diet to maintain my weight, but I still eat a high-protein, low-carb diet because I love the way it makes my body feel. I never feel sluggish or bloated from what I eat, and I feel like I’m eating to fuel my body and treating it the way it deserves to be treated. I love filling up with organic whole foods.

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Here’s what I eat in a typical day now:

  • Breakfast: Greek yogurt with a pack of almonds and a ONE Bar (chocolate chip cookie dough is my favorite!).
  • Lunch: A salad with grilled chicken, tomatoes, whatever veggies I have on hand, a hard-boiled egg, a sprinkle of feta cheese, and my favorite ranch dressing, Bolthouse Farms yogurt dressing, which has only 45 calories per serving. I'll alternate between that and a turkey wrap on a low-carb tortilla filled with veggies and avocado and an apple.
  • Snacks: I always drink a Premier Protein Chocolate Shake. I’m big on snacks, and I typically have any of the following: hard-boiled eggs, Skinny Pop, almonds, apples and peanut butter, jerky, ONE bars, cottage cheese, or another Greek yogurt.
  • Dinner: Usually, I’ll eat the same thing for dinner as I did for lunch or do a simple grilled chicken with broccoli, Brussels sprouts, or asparagus. I also love mixing it up with a Trader Joe’s chicken patty cut up with cauliflower rice, guacamole, and hot sauce.
  • Dessert: A no-sugar-added fudgsicle or chocolate pudding with sliced strawberries.

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Looking back, I wish I would have known that weight loss doesn't have to be as complicated as I made it out to be.

Once I focused on being in a calorie deficit (where you’re taking in less calories than your body uses), I lost weight. I also wish I had known how great weightlifting is for weight loss. I always bought into the myth that weightlifting makes you bulky, but it's not true. It helps make you lean and toned and burns tons of calories.

When people ask me how I feel after losing pounds, I always tell them I feel peace and joy. I feel like myself again, like the wife and mother I was always meant to be. I'm currently training for my first full marathon, and I'm loving how strong and healthy I feel. I'm thankful for the amazing support my friends and family have given me during this emotional journey.

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My biggest piece of advice: consistency is key.

You're not going to see results overnight, but with hard work, you will be successful.

For me, the things that helped me stay on track were starting my Instagram to document my progress, accountability from other ladies at my gym, and weighing myself every day. I know frequent weigh-ins don't work for everyone, but they helped me.

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The MAX Challenge Review

Hi Everyone! My sewing room have been missing me recently because I am busy getting healthy. I recently decided to test out what my body is made off by signing up for The Max Challenge. I wanted to share my experience with all of you just in case you are also looking for a fitness makeover. If you have been following me for a while, you know I have been on a weight loss, get fit journey for about a year now. Did you read my Keto/Atkins Diet post? Well, after I finished my ketogenic diet and lost close to 40lbs, I still wasn&#;t feeling strong and energized. So, this past summer, I decided to see what my body is capable of doing by attempting this fitness challenge. Here is The MAX Challenge Review.

What is the MAX Challenge?

The MAX Challenge is a 10 week healthy lifestyle makeover that combines the benefits of nutritional counseling, fitness classes and motivation for the improvement of your appearance and overall well-being.
Classes are 45 minutes long and meet 5 days per week. The classes alternate between strength and cardio. It&#;s similar to high intensity interval training workouts. The program also offers diet counseling which separates the challenge into different nutritional phases, set to improve metabolism, endurance and weight loss. The retail price of the challenge is $ less $ off promotion.  At the end of the challenge, each participant has a chance to win $!

What made me want to start the Challenge?

I honestly just wanted to test my mental and physical ability to complete a tasks that appears challenging. After I lost the extra weight, I wasn&#;t sure what would be next on my fitness journey. I tried traditional gyms before but always quit after a few weeks. I also tried at home workouts but often get bored and never keep up. I had some extra time in the summer and thought&#;why not do something completely out of my comfort zone! Basically, I wanted to push my body beyond what my mind thought I was capable off.

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What are the pros of The MAX Challenge?

There are pros no matter what workout routine you choose. Just moving is extremely beneficial for your health. In coming up with the MAX pros specifically, I tried to think of why this worked for me and other fitness/health options didn&#;t.

  • The classes are 45 minutes long. I don&#;t know about you but I don&#;t have endurance to do any routine more than an hour and even an hour is stretching it for me. I love that this was just 45 minutes. I was in, did my thing and left without impacting my daily routine.
  • The attitude is contagious. I have to admit, when I first walked into the MAX, I wasn&#;t sure of the all the high-fives and smiles. I never thought of exercise as fun. Well, a few classes in and I was the one leading the high-fives. The environment and member attitudes about health and exercise is contagious. It really motivated me to go everyday.
  • A sense of community. I love that there are secret Facebook groups just for the center you are in. People are always posting recipes, their personal accomplishments, goals, videos etc. I really felt like I belonged to a team. And, our trainers always posted videos clips of the workouts to motivate everyone. The sense of community is very dominant.
  • No workout routine is ever the same. I always get bored doing the same thing over and over. At the MAX, each day you show up, it&#;s a different routine. Each day, each week and each phase is completely different from the last.

What are the cons of The MAX Challenge?

To be honest, I had a hard time coming up with cons for the challenge. This is the only thing that came to mind.

  • Nutritional counseling classes. At the start of each phase of the challenge, you are given brochures on the details of the recommended diet for that phase. For me, I wish if there were  more one on one or group nutritional counseling to compliment the brochures.  There was only one class on nutrition. I would have liked if there were a few more throughout the 10 weeks. However, I must say, that if ever I had a question, the trainers were more than happy to explain the details to me. Information was always available if requested.

What are the results from The MAX Challenge?

before and after

As I mentioned, I did not join the MAX Challenge to lose weight as I already reached my goal weight when I started the program. I joined to be stronger. That being said, here are my measured results:

  • Total lbs lost>>7 lbs
  • Total body fat lost>>4%
  • Total inches lost>>9
  • Average calories/fitness session>> (I am lbs, 5&#;2&#;)

What impressed me the most?

Like I said, I have been to gyms, yoga centers and used online videos to try and get fit. I always lose motivation and stop within a few weeks. What impressed me the most on the 10 weeks MAX Challenge is how motivating the program is. Never in the 10 weeks did I want to quit or give up. I enjoyed physically checking off each day I completed a workout as well as listening to the end of class motivation speech from the trainers. My fellow members and the trainers always motivated me to return for more. It is the people that kept me coming back day after day.

Here is a video recap of my Summer 10 Weeks MAX Challenge

What now?

Now that the challenge is over and I have bragged to everyone I know, including you all, I decided to join the MAX as a legacy member. This is a  a non-contractual monthly membership offered to members after their first challenge so that they can continue on their fitness journey.

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PS: I was NOT paid for this review. All opinions are based on my personal experience.

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The Max Challenge Helps People Lead a Healthier Lifestyle With a Simple Ten Week Program

Tina Scheer lost 90 pounds and started feeling better and more active in her everyday life. Elissa Grebler lost 20 pounds in the first ten weeks and was so inspired, she became a fitness instructor to help others achieve the same. People stopped smoking, started taking care of themselves, and became happier. How did they do it? They took it to the Max! The Max Challenge provides long-lasting results with its intricate, captivating ten-week program.

How It Began

The Max Challenge was founded by CEO Bryan Klein in after his own journey with weight loss. His goal? Help people not only lose weight, but see enduring results in mind, body, and spirit and lead overall healthier lifestyles.

The Process

The challenge is divided into three parts: engaging fitness classes, nutrition counseling, and motivation. The goal is to help members not only lose weight but to help them stay healthy and fit for many years to come. The Max Challenge is a lifestyle. You don't participate just to lose weight for one event; you do it to lead a healthier life and keep your body in proper condition.

After the ten-week challenge is over, if you decide to continue as a legacy member, you get the luxury of going to fitness classes and follow the nutrition for as long as you please. This will ensure that you will not only be fit and healthy for those ten weeks but for the rest of your life. It's definitely much more effective than a three-month diet.


The first part of the Max Challenge is nutrition. The ten weeks are split into four stages. Each stage is carefully designed to ensure members are eating the right foods in the right portions at the right times.

Stage One

First is what is called the conceive stage. This is the first three weeks of the challenge. The goal here is to build metabolism by eating clean, healthy foods in portion control. So maybe no more sugar rushes, but you'll get to try new, delicious foods that genuinely help your body run better.

Stages Two and Three

The next two weeks are the believe stage, which involves a reduction of carbs. The sixth through eighth weeks are known as the achieve stage: advanced carb cycling. Some days, a carb gets taken away from your meal plan, but no worries. An extra fruit is added, so you get the same energy boost

The Max understands that carbs are important to everyone's nutrition because the body uses them as fuel, so rather than taking them away for ten weeks, they are portioned correctly, making this more effective than those no-carb diets.

Stage Four

Finally, the last two weeks are the inspire stage. For more information on the specifics of what you should and should not eat each day and portion control, please click here.

Fitness Classes

Next is fitness. Fitness classes are five days a week for 45 minutes each day. There are multiple throughout the day. To find out times of classes near you, you would have to contact your local Max. Fitness classes are taught by an instructor, use engaging exercises, and are available for all ages and levels.

Mondays and Wednesdays are cardio, Tuesdays are upper body strength training (aka arms), Thursdays are lower body strength training (aka legs), and Friday is kickboxing. You get a taste of all different types of exercises that are fun, engaging, and work every part of your body. And the best part is, programs are never repeated in one challenge, so you won't ever be bored.


Finally, motivation. The instructors and other people in your classes want you to succeed. Every class is incredibly supportive and always include a few high-fives.

The Max Challenge has changed more lives than we can count. People have seen their bodies completely transform in the ten weeks, and it has made them happier, healthier, and in a clearer mindset.

Get Involved

For more information on how to become a member to learn more about the fitness classes and nutrition specifics, go here. It will walk you through the steps of signing up. Or, call the Max location near you. Facilities are scattered throughout New Jersey and Staten Island, and they are also found in Brooklyn, Florida, and Atlanta. With a little time and a whole lot of interest, maybe one will open right near you.

The Max is your opportunity to live a healthier, happier life with supportive people who have the same goals. So if you're looking for a way to improve your health and overall way of life, stop searching. Start now, and take it to the Max!


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Recent Reviews:

The friendly, caring staff designs fun yet effective work out programs. They are also very helpful in modifying the nutrition and fitness programs to best meet your needs.
It's the highlight of my day, the time I take for myself and my wellbeing. It is such a positive and friendly atmosphere.
I absolutely loved the max challenge. It helped my eating habits and my gym habits so much - I lost about 15lbs! I was so sad when I had to leave due to work and location to home
I’m a busy mom who works full time and The Max Challenge offers effective, quick workouts that fit my schedule. Even though I take the 5 AM classes I have tons more energy in the day. They offer an easy to follow nutritional plan and may class times, give them a try.
The environment the staff and the ppl that attends they are friendly.
I love the instructors! Their energy and love are what make the program! I love the music and the vibe there. It’s so fun! The theme-days when you change the music are my only feedback. Please don’t change music. We can’t workout to music that’s about Christmas Vacation or Under the Sea. That’s my only complaint. It’s perfect otherwise!
I enjoy the early class times so I can get it out of the way before starting my daythe varied exercises taught by many instructors which gives a different spin to each workout!thus resulting in never being bored& knowing that no muscle group is forgotten by week's end!the camaraderie of the classeswe're all sweating & groaning together as we work toward the same goal!TO LOOK & FEEL GOOD!the enthusiasm of the instructors ( each with their unique & enjoyable playlist of music )all these factors help motivate me to get in my car & drive over to Montclair each morning!& the best part is that it's only 45 minutes long instead of a dreaded hour!INGENIOUS!
It is a convient way to exercise. I like the fact that classes are 45 minutes long. And there is variety in the exercises and modifications as needed.
The people are so kind and supportive. The program is as easy or difficult as you want to make it for yourself. I’m so happy here because I feel like I’m getting healthy in every part of my life. Not just my body.
I love the trainers and group atmosphere. What I love the most are the various class times that make it impossible to make excuses not to go : )
The trainers, the support, the food plan are excellent. I love the variety of the workouts. The experience is amazing!
I love how encouraging everyone is. It truly feels like we're all on this journey together.
I like the variety of exercise and instructors - I personally like having rotation of cardio and weights - keeps it interesting - also - the classes are upbeat and the great music is a plus . the instructors are wonderful and keep you moving and instruct if you are doing something wrong - I have definitely spread the word of "The Max"
Push on the diet and the extra reinforcement to do all the exercises in the class sessions
Love the energy at MaX. The trainers, and staff are externally helpful and knowledgeable with all the exercises and nutrition programs Max has to offer. I've noticed considerable results in my overall Fitness regimen ever since I started my program. I even recommended my Next door neighbor to sign-up, and he did.
I'm having the best experience doing this. Unfortunately I have no time do any meal prepping (packed and moved into a house and have a baby) but have been going every day and I have so much energy after.
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IFPG Review: Brian Klein of THE MAX Challenge

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