Trainer: Lesley Corydon transforms body and mind

February 1, 2019

Lesley Corydon had accepted the fact that she was getting older, and she believed her metabolism no longer worked the way it used to. She had tried everything to lose weight, with little success, and was ready to do something different. It was at that point she stumbled across one of my online articles and decided to give me a call, and I’m sure glad she did. Since our meeting in September, she has lost more than 30 pounds, dramatically reduced her blood pressure, cholesterol and triglycerides, and learned that you can train your body to burn fat more efficiently if you are willing to make a lifestyle change.

“I had tried everything and had limited success,” she said. “I ran marathons, tried numerous diets, made appointments with famous weight-loss gurus, and was starting to think it was just bad genes and age, and I was going to be big for the rest of my life.”

However, after the first week of changing her diet and workouts, she began to lose weight on a regular basis. By the third week, she had already lost more than eight pounds of fat. Unfortunately, life was about to throw her a curveball that would test her on a level she could never have imagined.

Lesley had just finished a workout with us and was on her way home when she decided to stop and see her dad.

“Something just told me to stop and see him, so I did, and we were getting ready to go for a bike ride when he suffered a massive stroke right in front of me and passed away,” she said.

As traumatic as this experience must have been, Lesley was now even more determined to finish the program.

“My dad and I had a conversation the day before about my training, and he thought it was great and was really supportive,” she said. “He felt like this was something really good for me and my health, and he was really proud of me, so knowing how he felt combined with the structure of the program allowed me to focus and push through.”

In addition to losing her dad, Lesley’s job requires her to travel every other week, making it difficult to eat healthy and get in all of her workouts, but over time, she learned to prepare portable meals and find restaurants with healthy food choices that would fit into her diet plan. She also spent a lot of time in hotel gyms, but as the results continued to add up, it motivated her even more to continue. 

By the time the initial transformation had finished, Lesley had changed so much, both physically and mentally, that she decided to continue and signed up for another 12 weeks. At this point, she has lost more than 30 pounds and continues to see results on a weekly basis.

“Before I started this program, I felt terrible,” she said. “I was sleeping too much, my thyroid levels were off, and when I looked in the mirror, I didn’t like what I saw staring back at me. I had gained 15 pounds in the last 18 months and had scored in the obese category in my work physical.”

However, Lesley took action and completely changed her life, and she is now healthy from the inside out. 

“I pretty much lost at least two pounds a week the whole time I was on the program,” Lesley said.

Halfway through the program, she went in for a physical for work, and her blood pressure, cholesterol and triglycerides dropped so much that she received a cash reward deposited into her health account. 

“My husband and daughter think my transformation is nothing short of a miracle,” she said.

Lesley also says she has never had more energy, been more alert or been more on her game at work than she is today, and we are not even done round two yet. Congratulations, Lesley, you look amazing! But the best is yet to come, so stay tuned.

  • Chris Antonio is a personal trainer and former world-class weightlifter. He has been lifting for more than 20 years and has trained a wide variety of clients ranging from All-American athletes to the average person trying to get into shape. To send a question to the Ask the Trainer column, email Chris at or check out

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