The latest episode of Weight Loss, Fitness, & Your Health is now available for viewing! In this episode, Dr. Piotrowski and I discuss tips for avoiding holiday weight gain. I hope you find it informative and helpful in the coming months! Feel free to comment here or ask any questions in regards to the video.
I apologize for my recent posts being continually centered around the FitOrbit fiasco, but I want to keep everyone as updated as possible regarding the situation. I am happy to report I have some good news. Today, all the trainers, such as myself, received an email. Here's an excerpt:
"The Company has been making every effort to send final payments and will work on completing final payments out to you by this week. We thank you for your understanding and sincerely apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused to you."
It is good to finally receive an update on the situation after weeks of silence from FitOrbit.com. In addition, I reached out to the FitOrbit support rep for more information in regards to the clients awaiting their refunds. I received a prompt reply stating:
"As far as client refunds go, I've reached out to the managing team and there has been a slight delay in completing the client refunds due to multiple requests from their financial institution and other resources. Every client will be compensated for a refund of all/any unused weeks of their remaining plan."
So although it may take a bit more time, it's nice to hear that the refunds are still planned and should occur hopefully in the near future.
I hope this provides some comfort to those awaiting refunds and gives you more information regarding the situation overall.
UPDATE 11/2/2015: Just wanted to post a quick final update regarding FitOrbit. The trainers have finally received our final payment this past week. We have been informed that they are also working on the refunds for the customers as well. Hopefully that will happen soon. If you would like, another option that has been successful is asking for a refund via PayPal. Some clients have successful received their money back by going through that method.
I wanted to provide a quick update regarding the information I have learned from some of my clients in regards to the recent FitOrbit closing. If you haven't seen my original post, please see here.
Unfortunately, FitOrbit has failed to provide any information thus far in regards to potential refunds or even an explanation as to why the closure occurred.
I have reached out and sent emails to FitOrbit support, and at this time, I have yet to receive any response from FitOrbit administration. I myself, along with the other trainers, have still not received our pay check for our final month (September) so we await that as well. Typically trainers receive payment online on the 15th of the month so I will know more very shortly. There is a reddit page where some customers are talking about it as well: Link
One of my clients has also begun the process of filing a complaint with his state’s attorney general regarding a possible lawsuit against FitOrbit if a refund is not sent out to customers. Another customer also reported on Twitter that "Chase gave me a temp credit for my dispute of the FitOrbit membership" so perhaps checking in with your credit card company may be a wise idea as well. Also, since they did business across state lines, you can file a complaint to the Federal Trade Commission here.
You can also file a fraud complaint through PayPal as well. According to PayPal, FitOrbit has 10 days to respond to the claim. If they don’t, it will be closed in the customer's favor.
As I mentioned previously, I myself and the other trainers received no notice ahead of time regarding the closing of FitOrbit. We were notified via a very brief email, similar to what customers received, on the day prior to the website shutting down. It's very unfortunate and unprofessional of them to not be providing any clarity about the circumstances or time frame for our payments. I'll be sure to keep you updated on any further news I receive.
I hope this information has been helpful for you. If you have any questions, feel free to email me. I hope to continue working with you as part of my new online program through JPZ Fitness! I have created a complete fitness plan that you can learn more about here.
With the recent unexpected closing of FitOrbit, I have received many emails and messages from clients looking to continue working with me in a similar fashion and keep striving to reach their goals. What made FitOrbit unique was that it offered convenient online personal training from the comfort of your home in a very affordable package. The weekly workout plans, nutrition plan, and ability to email me anytime to ask questions and continue making progress was a perfect combination for many and has led to some truly incredible transformations. With the benefits also came some downfalls such as a poorly designed and outdated online interface, no mobile access, a very limited exercise database for trainers to choose from, a confusing and limited nutrition log, technical glitches, and more.
Today I am very excited to announce my new Online Personal Training Plan! This online program has been designed and built by me to deliver a new and improved platform that offers much more than what FitOrbit offered, in a much easier to view layout. I have gathered feedback from others and implemented features that I've always wanted. Here are some of them:
FitOrbit's slogan was "Ridiculously affordable. Remarkably Successful." I know that value is very important and the idea of paying a trainer at a gym $50-80 per hour of training is outrageous. And many online training packages from competitors to FitOrbit charge very expensive upfront costs for packages that you aren't even sure you'll like! One very popular company charges "$377.99" for a 12 week plan, while another charges "$550" for 4 Weeks Training & Diet with only 1 Modification. Extremely expensive to say the least. I want to offer you more features for less - much less. I'll even beat the price that FitOrbit had straight from it's website. The cost there was "$40/week if paid by the week, $30/week if paid for 1 month, and $17 per week if paid for 3 months in advance. I'll beat all these prices and won't lock you in for months at a time. Here's my special offer:
$60 per month
($15 per week)
(only $2 per day!)
No locked in commitment - pay by the month and stop whenever you want
Secure payment via PayPal
You're getting all the features listed above at an incredibly affordable price. If you want to lose fat, strengthen and/or build muscle, and improve your health & well-being, then I dare you to find a better option out there. Together we will work together to achieve your goals and be successful. It's going to take hard work and commitment, but with my guidance and motivation, you can do it.
To join today, please visit the Services tab or click here to go directly to the purchase page.
If you have any questions, feel free to email me at any time.
I look forward to working with you!
The latest episode of our new TV show on Chelmsford Public TV, "Weight Loss, Fitness, & Your Health" is now available to view online! Episode 4 discusses why fad diets don't work, some of the common fad diets available today, and how we can learn from them to be successful with our own nutrition plan.
In addition to my position as a Fitness and Nutritional Advisor and owner of JPZ Fitness, I have been working as a FitOrbit.com online personal trainer for over 3 years now and it's been wonderful to be able to make a positive impact on hundreds of lives and help people lose weight, gain muscle, improve their health, boost their confidence, and live life to the fullest. I was chosen as one of the Top 10 Trainers and have had the pleasure of working with such a wide variety of clients across the world, helping to educate and motivate them to be the best they can be.
Unfortunately, today I received notice that FitOrbit is coming to a close tomorrow. As a trainer on the site, I am shocked because I had no idea this was coming and did not receive notice earlier. It is also unfair to the customers who signed up for many months in advance and are wondering if they will receive a refund. I am not sure what the policy will be and I have not received any replies from my emails to support. I will update you with any information I discover.
It is also not clear as to the reason behind the shutdown of FitOrbit. I feel as though FitOrbit has failed to take full advantage of it's top position in online fitness and over the past months and even year, there has been very little development and the company appeared to have basically stopped working on improvements. There were glitches and technical issues on both the trainer side and client side that have not been fixed for over a year, with no help from tech support, leading to a lot of frustration for the users, including loss of customers. The mobile app, which was very useful to all my clients, was taken down and never updated or re-added to the app store. An Android app was never created. The FitOrbit social media pages (Facebook, Twitter, etc) were no longer maintained and haven't been updated for months. The last updates were actually in reference to Kumu, another start-up initiative which also came to a close. The website itself hasn't been updated in years and the database of foods and exercises for us trainers to pick from was poor and had much room for improvement. And there were no longer any check-ins or updates from the staff or FitOrbit team. The lack of updates led to a stagnant feel that wasn't motivating for new clients or trainers alike.
I reached out to FitOrbit administration multiple times over the past several months addressing my concerns, offering my suggestions for improvements, and willingness to help improve the platform but received no reply. I feel as though there was so much untapped potential that could have taken FitOrbit from a decent online training platform, to the top company in health and wellness with the potential for helping an even larger number of people get into shape and become healthier.
People are looking for an affordable and easily accessible online personal training program that allows them to receive training plans from the comfort and privacy of their own homes and without the need to pay by the hour at the gym or follow a pre-made plan that isn't customized for their needs. With FitOrbit no longer around, I want to offer a special program through JPZ Fitness for those looking to continue with a similar format. I will be working on putting together a discount package for you all and will have more details over the course of the week. I know that many of you signed up because FitOrbit is affordable and easy to access right from your computer so I will do my best to offer similar pricing & features. In addition, we will no longer be limited by FitOrbit's out of date interface and lack of updates. I have designed a better workout template with limitless exercise possibilities that is viewable both on your computer or from your phone. For nutrition, we can make use of MyFitnessPal and other tools that are much more up-to-date and have excellent features and mobile apps. I also hope to offer an optional online community where we can interact together and motivate each other, in addition to the ability to send me private messages as well. If you are interested in continuing to work with me, please send me a brief email letting me know. I'll be in touch shortly and will have more info soon. Lastly, if you have any suggestions regarding what features you'd like me to implement into my online training program, please leave a comment below. I truly appreciate it!
For those of you from FitOrbit.com who will not be continuing, I just want to say that it has been such a pleasure working with all of you and I truly thank you from the bottom of my heart for your hard work and inspiration. I am proud of you all for the progress you've made and hope I have been helpful in educating you and guiding you to becoming fitter and healthier.
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It's truly a breath of fresh air to see a supplement company take the higher road and strive for making healthy, natural, chemical-free, non-GMO and effective products, rather than following the popular trend of "proprietary blends," false and gimmicky advertising, and supplements packed with fillers, colors, artificial flavors, sweeteners, and preservatives. Most brands on the market either have an abundance of artificial ingredients or the few alternative natural supplements out there are flat-out ineffective and lacking in scientific research. To see a brand offering natural product with proper, effective dosages of ingredients rather than sprinkled amounts is a rare find. And along with that, Do Vitamins even goes beyond that by getting the top of the line forms such as CreaPure, AjiPure, omega-3 from wild Alaskan fish, and organic whey protein from grass-fed cows. I really appreciate such attention to detail and care for the consumers and am excited to be a part of it.
Soon I will be posting reviews regarding their products as well as recipes and more information regarding how to get the most out of your supplements.
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Chelmsford Award Program Honors the Achievement
CHELMSFORD July 2, 2015 -- JPZ Fitness has been selected for the 2015 Best of Chelmsford Award in the Fitness & Nutrition Program category by the Chelmsford Award Program.
Each year, the Chelmsford Award Program identifies companies that we believe have achieved exceptional marketing success in their local community and business category. These are local companies that enhance the positive image of small business through service to their customers and our community. These exceptional companies help make the Chelmsford area a great place to live, work and play.
Various sources of information were gathered and analyzed to choose the winners in each category. The 2015 Chelmsford Award Program focuses on quality, not quantity. Winners are determined based on the information gathered both internally by the Chelmsford Award Program and data provided by third parties.
About Chelmsford Award Program
The Chelmsford Award Program is an annual awards program honoring the achievements and accomplishments of local businesses throughout the Chelmsford area. Recognition is given to those companies that have shown the ability to use their best practices and implemented programs to generate competitive advantages and long-term value.
The Chelmsford Award Program was established to recognize the best of local businesses in our community. Our organization works exclusively with local business owners, trade groups, professional associations and other business advertising and marketing groups. Our mission is to recognize the small business community's contributions to the U.S. economy.
SOURCE: Chelmsford Award Program
Chelmsford Award Program
I am excited to announce that JPZ Fitness has moved to a new location!
Located off of Chelmsford Street and conveniently right near 495 and Route 3.
My office is located on the first floor inside A Chiropractic Wellness Place with Dr. Mark Chiungos and Theresa Piotrowski, MD - Medical Weight Loss Center (formerly Premier Medical Weight Loss Center).
The new office is in a much better location and I hope to expand my services as there is now a gym on-site. For more information or to book an appointment, please visit the Services page.
I am excited to highlight a wonderful transformation story about my client, Chuck Claus. Chuck and I have worked together over the past 35 weeks and he has made incredible progress in so many different aspects, from body composition, to physical strength, to metabolic health, as well as overall confidence and emotional wellbeing.
Below is Episode 3 of my new public television show on CCTV called Spotlight: Health, Fitness, & Weight Loss. This show features Dr. Piotrowski and myself and covers a variety of topics in terms of nutrition, exercise, obesity, and insight from some of our patients. In this episode, our special guest is Chuck and we cover his training plan and the steps he's taken to get to where he is today.
To view Episode 2 where Chuck discusses more regarding his nutrition plan, please click here.
Below you can see an example of part of a weekly training program for Chuck, an example of a day's nutrition log, and his training volume improvements.
Chuck's progress is inspiring to so many others and a true testament to hard work and consistency in following the training and nutrition plan that we've discussed and perfected over the past months. Due to his training and nutrition, not only has Chuck made incredible progress in terms of weight lost, but he has gained muscle mass, improved his total cholesterol levels, HDL, LDL, body fat percentage, and his hemoglobin A1C is no longer considered diabetic! Along with the physical improvements, Chuck has developed a joy for weightlifting and his passion and attention to detail has allowed him to continue to make progress each and every week.
"I have spent my life wrestling with obesity - gaining and losing weight repeatedly, cycling between 200 and 300 lbs numerous times. Nature, nurture, genes, lifestyle choices, willpower or lack of it - it all seemed hopelessly confusing and complicated. At 50 years old, I decided it was time to seek professional help in managing my weight and my health. I received guidance from a bariatric physician, a nutritionist, and a psychologist and was making good progress. But these efforts did not come into focus until I met and engaged Joe Zucchi. He provided a nutrition plan based on good nutritional practices combined with realism and moderation. But for me, his real strength is his training plan. I have now completed 30 weeks of not only weight management but body recomposition - losing fat and gaining muscle. In addition, my blood pressure, cholesterol, and diabetes are much improved and under excellent control.
I agree with all that has been written by others about Joe. He is smart, knowledgeable, professional, nurturing, reliable, compassionate - and most importantly, available when you need him. But the best advice I can give is to TRUST him. Put yourself in his hands, commit to the complete program he provides, and together you will regain strength, energy, health, and for some, life itself. Joe will be your companion and guide with you along the way. And like me, you will be forever grateful."
- Chuck C.