Success Stories

“I trained with Taylor to get back in shape. I was surprised at the measurements we took and the weight that was consistently dropped. I really like that it happened gradually and not drastically. Also, Taylor is a great trainer to work with, I was a little nervous to have a male trainer but he was able to push me at a level I couldn’t get to on my own but also could tell when I was at my limit. I would recommend Taylor to anyone looking for improvement in strength, endurance, or weight loss. I got great results!”

JORDAN SESSIONS
EDEN, UT

“When I started training I had just received my tax return and thought of all of the fun things I could do with the money. I thought about new clothes, a vacation, or sticking it away in savings. Then I realized that I’d have to buy bigger clothes, and if I went on a vacation, I’d want to go to a beach, and I sure wasn’t swimsuit ready. I then had the idea to sign up for a few months of personal training. There was no better way to spend the money than by investing it back in myself and my health. Once I was committed, I felt like I had overcome that first hard step in swallowing that humble pie. I had admitted to myself that I needed help and rather than feel weak and helpless, I felt optimistic and energized to start changing my life into what I wanted it to be.“Before working with Taylor, I was trying to squeeze into my old size 14 pants; now I fit into size 4 pants! I went from a 14 to a 4! I never would have thought that was possible before Taylor. I wouldn’t have even known where to begin if it weren’t for him.”

I chose to train because I was absolutely miserable and it was all my own fault! I’d let myself get to my heaviest, my unhealthiest, and consequently my unhappiest in life. Years of fad diets, and self loathing for retrogressing had finally caught up with me and I knew looking for short cuts to health would keep me unhappy. Because of past experience, and knowing the truth about all of the quick fix TV lies, I knew that I would only get healthy and achieve my goals through hard work. I knew that if I had someone to teach me the skills and hold me accountable, I’d actually stand a chance.

Don’t get me wrong here, the results are wonderful, but I’ve been fortunate enough to gain much more than a healthier body through working with Taylor. He has helped me learn what my body needs in terms of exercise, nutrition, and supplementation. He has also taught me valuable lessons about myself as well. He’s helped me love myself again, he’s shown me that I’m stronger than a self-deprecating attitude ever let me see, and he brought legitimate, unwavering confidence back into my life. He’s helped me change my body and my life. That is what I love about training with Taylor and what I have appreciated more and more every day.

Besides the obvious answer of looking for someone who would help me get results, I was looking for someone that I could trust. For results to be possible and obtainable, I knew I couldn’t have any walls up with him and that I’d have to put myself100% in his capable hands. That meant being vulnerable and showing a side of myself that most don’t see; even parts of my body that I was insecure with and had worked to conceal. When I went in for my fitness evaluation it was honestly Taylor being evaluated; I was already committed. I knew hiring a trainer was right for me; I just needed the right trainer. Thankfully, he was it!

When I started training, I thought I’d learn how to use the machines, how to put together an effective and challenging exercise plan, and how to eat to support my new level of fitness. We’ve totally done that! What I did not expect when I first started was how much I’d love it! I’ve thoroughly enjoyed learning new things, applying them in my life, and seeing the benefits. Taylor and I always find a way to make every session fun, even when we’re not doing abs, mine get a good workout from laughing.

Had I not started training with Taylor, I’d probably still be a size 14 with an unhealthy body fat percentage sweating away on the treadmill and frustrated that nothing was changing. Even though I hadn’t applied the knowledge, I thought I knew enough about losing weight and changing my body. That’s probably why all my earlier attempts had failed. I didn’t know what I was doing! Through training with Taylor, I now have the actual knowledge and practical know-how to go at it alone in the gym.

My life has 100% turned around completely from working with Taylor; everything has changed! My eating habits have gone from deep fried and unplanned to clean eating, calculated, and balanced in a way that actually allows me to enjoy food instead of viewing it as my nemesis. Instead of being intimidated by machines and weights and the big guys using them, I can hold my own and love the feeling when I hear “A girl was doing that?!” I have confidence in myself again. I used to look in the mirror and see flaws; now I see strength. Instead of saying “I can’t” now I say “I can!” Before working with Taylor, I was trying to squeeze into my old size 14 pants; now I fit into size 4 pants! I went from a 14 to a 4! I never would have thought that was possible before Taylor. I wouldn’t have even known where to begin if it weren’t for him. If there was one piece of advice I could give you it would be this: DO IT! You will be more successful in reaching your goals, you will gain more understanding and education, but most importantly, you’ll have someone there supporting you when you want to give up.”

DORI KNIGHT
SALT LAKE CITY, UT

“I started working with a personal trainer when I found out I was pregnant last year, and I felt so strong and healthy by the time I delivered. Getting back to the gym was a challenge. I was not able to perform as well as I wanted due to some personal issues and anxiety. I was feeling down when I got to the gym, but by the time I left I was more determined. I would like to thank Taylor Empey, my personal trainer, for being SO patient and willing to accommodate my needs. I would recommend him to anyone looking for a personal trainer!‪”

ASHLEY NELSON
SALT LAKE CITY, UT

“Taylor is atruly awesome dude and has helped me a lot and went out of his way to give me some solid advice about Fitness and Health. I Highly recommend this dude to anyone that needs help getting fit and healthy. Malo from NZ.”

TVITA MAFI
WELLINGTON, NEW ZEALAND

“I hired Taylor as my personal trainer in February of 2012 and saw immediate results. He is efficient, knowledgeable, creative, honest, full of energy, and truly knows what he is doing. He helped me attain unimaginable results and helped me transform my physical health as well as helped me to develop a healthy mindset and outlook. Through supporting me as a personal trainer, Taylor also taught me crucial skills that have played into my personal life as well as my professional life. You get results with Taylor because he will never let you fail.” I grew up, like most girls, feeling very insecure about myself and my body.  i was tall, gangly, always tripping over myself, not too good at sports, struggled with some subjects in school, had “friends” who made me feel worse about myself, and while i was extremely happy and well-loved by my family, internally i felt broken.

As the years progressed, so did my insecurities.  when i looked in the mirror, i saw a version of myself that i didn’t like, a version that nobody else saw.  i always focused on my imperfections, my flaws, my insecurities, and my weaknesses.  that self-deprecating attitude and behavior led to a lot of self-loathing that i was really successful at hiding.  though i didn’t feel it, i was told that i put off an air of confidence and strength.  i must have been very good at faking it because i didn’t like who or what i saw in the mirror.

I struggled with body image issues and sought gratification and validation through unhealthy routes.  relationships with people and food became toxic and when i’d start to feel worse about myself and my choices, i’d binge and purge.  i did this for years, hiding bulimia from family and friends, and i came to hate and distrust myself even more.

Amazing doctors and therapists stepped in to help what was not a make or break moment.  i wasn’t skin and bones and withering away, physically.  i was mentally.  they helped me stop the bulimia.  but i still wasn’t happy.

As more and more weight would pile on, so did the temptation to resort back to the bulimia.  i’d do the smart thing, from time to time, and exercise and cut out junk food and fast food, but i wasn’t consistent.  i’d cut calories, cut fat, limit carbohydrates, starve myself for days on end, and i even went so far as to do several rounds of the hcg diet.  trust me, people, that diet is the worst possible thing you could do for yourself.  though i lost a lot of weight, i learned absolutely nothing.  i ate 500 calories a day, felt happier to see shrinking thighs but struggled with my energy and ultimately put on the 40 pounds i lost, plus an addition 15 pounds.  it was hell.  sorry, mom, i know you don’t like that word…but i was living in my own version of hell.  i was back to totally hating myself and flirting with shoving that finger down my throat after every meal.

I hit my breaking point at about 180 pounds, my highest weight, ever.  i was struggling to fit into my size 14 and size 16 pants and i’d squeeze into spanx to help things fit better.  i’m pear shaped and am totally glute/abcentric with where i carry my weight, so my face and arms stayed slim.  it was easy to hide the rest of me while still giving off the impression that i wasn’t as big as i really was.  but all the spanx and smiles couldn’t hide what was really under there.  i started getting my nutrition back in check and began running and doing home workout dvds.  i lost 15 pounds.  that would be awesome for most people, but i wanted better results.

That’s where my hero came into play.

I swallowed my pride, joined my local gym and signed up for my free fitness consultation with a trainer.  i knew i was committed.  i knew getting my life and body back on track was my priority, and i knew that i needed to find someone that i could trust to help me with that.  that person was Taylor Empey.

We trained together for 15 months.  i saw amazing progress with my body, but an even greater sense of accomplishment with my mind and life.  Taylor went the extra mile and truly became my life coach.  helping me with everything from relationship advice to career mentoring, Taylor has coached me into succeeding. In training with Taylor I went from a size 14 to a 4!

most of us have dreams of what we want to do with our lives and careers.  most of us stay asleep in those dreams.  Taylor opened his eyes and has made his dream a reality by going into business for himself to help transform not just bodies but lives.  though i will miss him pushing me in the gym, i’m grateful that the lessons he taught me are forever imprinted in my mind and i’m even more grateful to be involved in this next phase of his life and career.

You don’t have to be living in Utah to benefit from his wisdom, experience, and his amazing story of transformation…you can work with him from wherever you are.

You’ve heard my story.  you’ve seen my results.  you’ve seen what Taylor Empey is capable of.  why not see what you are capable of with his help?  whether you are interested in signing up for coaching packages, or you want to benefit from his free content, there’s no better time to start writing your own success story.” – Dori Knight

DORI KNIGHT
SALT LAKE CITY, UT
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“This time last year, I decided I was going to change my image. I dedicated a lot of my time going to the gym working my butt off to achieve a certain goal: To get toned and increase muscle mass. It was not easy as the classes were intense and made my muscles shake and my body sweating like crazy. In all that madness, what kept me going was my motivation. My motivation was to stop considering myself weak and hating myself for it, as well as, stopping those who looked down on me. I needed to show those who were strong than I was that I will be stronger than they will ever be because of that motivation.
Within the year, I have succeeded in toning within 6 months of joining the gym and have had a personal trainer help me with techniques and muscle growth. Along the way I found a passion of working out, not just a forcing factor to meet my goal, but as a new lifestyle. I started to actually looking forward to my workouts because they brought a sense of accomplishment whenever I had a bad day or even a good day. I have made friends along the way that have cheered me on, and return cheered them on and we gave each other a sense of encouragement, even though we were extremely tired and had barely any strength left over to finish our workouts.

In the end, I am happier than I have ever been in a long time. Shockingly, I have started hating myself less than I had before. I am surrounded by people who understand what I have been going through and have supported me this past year.
After all this time, I would like to give a few special thanks. First, I would like to thank those who have looked down on me, rejected me, and those who made me invisible in their daily lives. Without you, I would never have started working my way to where I am now.

Second, I would like to give thanks to my family and friends. I know I could sound like a gym rat at times but thanks for being there anyways. I am thankful for the all the compliments, teases, jokes, and for the times of just hanging, cause we all know I need a break every now and then.

Third, I would like to give a BIG special thanks to Lena Gibb, Taylor Empey, Monika McKamey, and Mindy McCutcheon Cline. You have put me through hell and back every time I have attended one of your classes. You guys pushed me to a limit that I could not excel on my own and gave me insane workouts that not any normal person can handle… and I am not kidding, you guys are insane (lol). But in the end I am glad to have formed friendships with all of you, you guys are the greatest…”

DAVID RAMIREZ
SALT LAKE CITY, UT

%image_alt%During my training sessions, he was always focused on me. He corrected anything that I was doing improperly. He offered genuine encouragement when needed. But he didn’t shy away from having fun too. We had a lot of laughs!”My time spent training with Taylor Empey has been an amazing learning experience. I’ve worked with him for over a year. I was in good shape when I started due to an active lifestyle and work, plus great genes. But I had issues with certain parts of my body that I simply didn’t know how to address. Taylor is extremely knowledgeable. After getting as much information from me as he could, he designed a program with my goals in mind while taking into account certain physical limitations. With his teaching me the correct forms to use, I was able to successfully incorporate many exercises into my routine that targeted my issues. I was pleased to see my strength and size develop as a result of this.
Taylor always had information available covering almost any question I might ask. If he didn’t have it, he found out for me. He was available via text or email outside my regular session as well. That’s handy when you have a question but aren’t scheduled to see him for several days or more.

As important as his training expertise is his compassion for his clients. I had emotional meltdowns on several occasions. He truly cared about that. He listened and offered support. That’s something I never expected out of a personal trainer.

I’ve had to take a break from my training for several reasons, but Taylor was and will always be the man I go to. I wouldn’t train with anybody else.” – Kent Weigle (Olympian, National Figure Skating Champion, & Professional Figure Skating Coach).

KENT WEIGLE
SALT LAKE CITY, UT

“I have been going to the gym for six months now and I wanted to show you that I have been through some incredible changes. It’s been very exciting working hard on my body, my business, and my life as well. Thank you all for being so supportive through these changes, some of which have been very drastic.

I can remember, almost six months ago looking at my body and thinking about how much I had let myself go, and I am extremely humbled by the effort I’ve had to put in to turn myself around. It was very hard at first to get over the embarrassment of letting myself slip away, but now I am stronger, I am happier, and I want to say thank you for checking out this hot body I have carved out.

A special thanks to Taylor for training me in the initial months of my transformation, if you have thought about getting a trainer, I highly recommend his guidance and knowledge.
If you haven’t had an experience you liked with a trainer, than you have got to meet Taylor. This guy made meal plans and exercise routines customized to my life and my goals. This guy cares that you reach those goals by helping keep you accountable and on track.

Friendly, determined, knowledgeable, and in great shape himself, Taylor is my trainer…is he yours?”

ALIX COURT
SALT LAKE CITY, UT
I look forward to coming to the gym!

Chad Murdock

“Taylor is an outstanding Personal Trainer, team member, leader and friend. He has a great work ethic and is always willing to go out of his way to assist his team members and managers without expectations. I endorse Taylor and would trust him with whatever endeavor or task asked of him.” – Brandon Rogers

BRANDON ROGERS
LOGAN, UT

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