I was athletic and very active during my teens and early twenties, but when I injured my knees in the 1980's, I became less active and gradually began to fall out of shape. I found that although I was still active during the summer months, every winter I consistently gained about four to five pounds. After 20 years I had gained over 80 lbs without even noticing. I didn't completely acknowledge how out of shape I had become until this year, when my lower back started to bother me.
So I found myself at a crossroads. I was unfit, unhealthy, weighing about 300 pounds with two had knees and a bad back. I needed to take action now! I began physical therapy for my injuries at the Sports Medicine Specialists in Toronto. There I was referred to Josh Hewett, their Personal Trainer Specialist. Josh introduced me to his Top Form Fitness training system, which I began following religiously and in no time I started to see my body transform! Now there is no looking back... I'm already half way to my ultimate goal of weighing 200 pounds at less then 20% body fat, and loving my new body.
I recommend Josh to anyone looking to improve their fitness, lose some body fat, as well as tone up and get stronger.
As a Special Olympics athlete, Leslie participates in a number of sports including: softball, swimming, soccer, floor hockey, and ice hockey. When Leslie began training with me at Top Form Fitness she was limping badly due to a knee injury, which resulted in part from carrying too much bodyweight. At first she was very limited in what exercises she could do because of her weight and the knee pain, however, due to her hard work, persistence, and dedication to our program, she has been able to lose over 150 lbs (almost half of her body weight so far) and regain strength and stability in her knee! As a result she has enjoyed a significant improvement in her athletic performance as well as her health and well-being.
She was also nominated for the Special Olympics Ontario Female Athlete of the Year 2011 award. Leslie continues to train regularly and demonstrates consistent progress.
Josh Hewett has been a
great friend and trainer over the last few months. When
I joined the gym, I did not know what to expect from
Josh. I started at 235 lbs and waist size of 40",
wearing extra large shirts and 40% body fat. As of today,
I weigh 188 lbs, waist size 32", my bodyfat is
down to 14% and I wear medium shirts. Josh recognized
the potential in me and committed himself to reach my
Initially I advised Josh
that I wanted to be at 205 lbs and waist size of 36".
I'm glad I listened to what he said, because of his
knowledge and experience. He advised me being at 185
to 190 lbs, 32" waist and body fat under 15% will
enhance my appearance and look totally different. He
was right. Not only am I getting noticed by friends
and family, I'm also receiving compliments from people
I don't know too well. It's a great feeling to know
what a person can accomplish by working hard and listening
to an experienced trainer. Now that I have reached my
target, we are focusing on muscle building, and I expect
to look even better. There is even more work for us
When I began training with you more than 4 years ago, my goal was not to lose weight or body fat, but to develop some upper body and core definition. I already had a strong lower body because I was a runner. Working with you has taught me a tremendous about human kinetics, nutrition and resistance training.
The program you developed for me has improved my distance running because you have trained all my lower body muscles, not just the ones I use for running. It has also changed my entire body proportion, and I love my new shoulders, back, arms and core.
Some of the results I have noticed over time are my ability to lift and move heavy objects with relative ease, where I used to grunt and groan carrying cases of water. I discovered that a strong core is valuable in almost every daily activity I perform, and it feels so good to have a hard midsection. With respect to my back, I never realized how important a strong mid back is for posture, and how it has changed the way I carry myself every day.
I enjoyed training with you so much that a year ago I decided to become a personal trainer myself. Josh, you have been my mentor and a valuable resource for everything fitness related. You are a motivating, inspiring and encouraging trainer, and I think every single session with you is fun, no matter how tough the training is.
Thanks Josh!! You have changed the way I see health and fitness.
Giselle Sheer Bloch
45, healthy, strong and fit!
Throughout my two summers working with Josh and Top Form Fitness I have had an extremely positive training experience while attaining many of my goals associated with hockey. I have recently been drafted to the Ontario Hockey League 27th overall to the Plymouth Whalers. With this opportunity to reach highest level of hockey for my age group, I had to work very hard over the summer and my main goal in order to get ready for the season was to put on muscle mass. Josh and I have used specific programs in order for me to gain muscle while at the same time addressing speed, power, strength and other sport specific attributes. When I started with Josh in 2008-09, I was 170 pounds and needed a lot of work. Josh taught me how to train properly and all about correct nutrition to keep the weight gain strictly sport specific muscle addition. I am currently 195 pounds, have signed an OHL contract, competed at the Team Ontario U-17 main camp and in the best shape of my life, a lot of which I owe to Josh and the training we have done together.
Any time I start the season, I undergo fitness testing which will potentially help decide whether I am strong enough to play at that level. Josh and I have also spent time focusing specifically on these tests such as bench press, and the tricks, strategies and/or ways to accomplish my best scores possible.
Injuries are also a large part of sports and another benefit of training with Josh is the fact that when I have been hurt we are able to target the weak spot, figure why it has been injured, and the come up with exercises to make this area stable and strong.
You will not hear about anyone that has trained with Josh who has had a negative experience, he is extremely good with all his clients and his ability to help reach each individuals goals is exceptional.
name is Robert Stephen and I am a dancer with the National
Ballet of Canada. As a full-time member of the corps
de ballet, I am required to be in shape for productions
throughout the year. Last year, however, I experienced
a major setback, when a stress fracture in my ankle
kept me off for the majority of the season. Once the
injury healed, the doctor suggested I see a trainer
to gain the strength I would need to return to my full
schedule. He recommended that I see Josh to establish
a program to meet my individual needs. Since then, Josh
has worked with me, not only to regain the strength
in my bad leg, but also to move forward with a strengthening
program for my entire body, targeting the areas I need
to meet the demands of the company's repertoire, and
organizing the program to fit into my rehearsal schedule.
In just a few months, I have already noticed a significant
difference in the power of my legs when executing jumps
and leaps, and feel much stronger in my upper body,
especially when partnering the female dancers. I am
excited to keep progressing and improving over the coming
I started training with Josh to improve my hockey performance and prevent injuries, but soon became interested in Strength Athletics. While following Josh's program in preparation for strength competitions, my bodyweight increased from 175 lbs to 225 lbs in about a year. My max deadlift went from 300 lbs to 600 lbs, and my overhead push press progressed from 145 lbs to 275 lbs currently. In addition, I was able to place in the top 3 in four of the contests I entered in my first competitive season.
The strength and conditioning that I have been doing with Josh is invaluable. He has tailored his program to suit my needs as an MMA athlete.
I am as strong as guys in weight classes heavier then me but as quick as anyone in my own. In my opinion, this was one of the key factors in my first MMA victory.
Before training with Josh
I had been working out regularly on my own. I approached
him with the goal of getting on a serious exercise routine
to become leaner while improving my muscularity. His
nutritional guidance and program design helped me get
into great shape within a few short months. He showed
me that with consistent hard work and the proper direction
you can achieve great results.
I had always enjoyed strength training as part of my regular fitness program, but I recently decided to challenge myself by entering a Powerlifting competition. I had never competed before and was unsure of where to start, so I contacted Josh at Top Form Fitness to help me prepare.
Through a combination of 1 on 1 private sessions as well as online training, Josh guided me through a personalized training plan leading up to the contest. As a result, I ended up placing third and set a new National Bench Press record for my age and weight class! I am so stoked... I can't stop looking at the trophy! Now I'm looking forward to working with Top Form Fitness to get ready for my next contest in a month!
I Love training with Josh and look forward to every session. The best personal trainer I have ever worked with. Fast and lasting results!”
I’ve been training with Josh for over a decade now. He is extremely knowledgable and stays up-to-date on the latest research on training and nutrition. He brings his expertise, his energy, and a sense of humour to every session. I would recommend anyone looking for a training program backed by science to consider Josh.
When I've worked out with other trainers they pushed me so hard that I couldn't move the next day. Josh starts with exercises that are a reasonable challenge to your current strength level then builds on your continuing successes. You will be a little sore after your workout - not overly so though.
Josh will laugh and joke with you. Ultimately he is there to be your trainer...reminding you about your commitment to healthier eating when you talk about the party or restaurant you are going to that night.
I was concerned about a past knee injury when I was initially thinking of working out. Josh has broken three vertebrae in his back in a car accident.....and torn the ACL in his knee. With these past injuries, and his degree in Kinesiology, Josh can tweak your work-out to accommodate past injuries and build strength in vital areas of your body.
I started working with Josh a year and half ago to help me rehabilitate from a hamstring tear. As a Pilates instructor, I find his work with muscle activation extremely helpful in pinpointing the "weak links" in the system, and then focusing exercises accordingly.
As well, he has an incredible roster of exercises he uses depending on the circumstances and the focus of the workout. He's always really helpful, and fun too!
This is my first time
with a trainer and it has been extremely helpful. Josh
has outlined a schedule, recommended a diet as well
as take me to a few local health food stores to help
me get started. I have worked out on my own off and
on and have never seen the results that I have seen
with Josh. I look forward to future sessions with him
and would recommend him to anyone starting off into
weight lifting. He has been an asset to my working out
and now I have become very dedicated to m y training.
This is my first experience
with a trainer after several trips for knee surgery.
I was told nothing more could be done; through Josh's
patience and knowledge, I now walk without a cane, actually
skied this Winter, and I am enjoying an active life
Josh is an attentive trainer
who knows his stuff. He has the ability to listen to
the needs of his clients. He has a wonderful sense of
humor and I consider myself very fortunate to have ended
up in his hands. Because of Josh, I will probably make
exercise a daily routine in my life forever.
Garry Marsh, CEO
For the past 5 years I
have worked with many coaches and "trainers"
involved in my sport (triathalon); Josh Hewett, by far,
has been the most professional and educational trainer
of all. Not only has he helped me obtain my goals, but
he has listened to my suggestions and ideas and appropriately
incorporated them to develop the best type of training
for me. As I believe the most successful trainers and
coaches are ones who are willing to listen and make
certain changes for each individual - as we are all
different and need specific and sometimes unusual types
For the past five month's
I have been undergoing a fitness program with Josh Hewett.
Prior to commencing his program I was frequently having
pain in my lower back. Results that I have experienced
from the training schedule that Josh set up for me are
numerous. I no longer have low back pain, my posture
improved, I have lost several inches off my waistline
and I have developed muscle on my upper body. My overall
muscle tone has increased and I now have a healthy sense
of well being.