Ryan Schweizer Concludes Record Setting High School Career

IMG 1778It was a record setting season for cross country and track standout Ryan Schweizer. In the Class 4A state track meet Ryan crossed the finish line in the 800m in a meet record of 1:50.30. He also won the 1600m and 3200m in the same meet. Just two weeks later in the Festival of Miles in St. Louis, MO Ryan set an Iowa all-time best record of 4:05 in the 1600m. He also finished 3rd in the Adidas Boost Boston Boys Dream Mile with a time of 4:05. A state cross country champion and 2x recipient of the Gatorade Iowa Athlete of the Year, Ryan will continue his running career at the University of Note Dame. 
Ryan Schweizer, Dowling Catholic High School/University of Notre Dame
PR's:  400m - 49.41, 800m - 1:50, 1 Mile - 4:05, 3200m - 9:15

Client Success Story - Elyse Prescott, University of Minnesota

I began training with Coach Ives the summer before my senior year. I was coming back from a stress fracture, and was struggling with the belief that I would never be as fast as I was before my injury. Coach Ives has a keen understanding of the training you need when you need it. It is extremely personalized, and very adjustable based on how your body is feeling. The program taught me the importance of strength and recovery. I learned to utilize weights and balance hard running workouts with easy days. I became a stronger, healthier runner both physically and mentally.

Every training week with Tim was a building block, and I reaped the benefits in the spring track season. I dropped thirty seconds off of my 3000m time, IMG 6695and 9 seconds off of my 1500m. I became a more confident competitor, and I fell in love with running again. More important than the results, Coach Ives pushed me to become a better person. He is a man of compassion and integrity, and he will come alongside you to reach your goals. Tim's detailed training program helped me become in tune with my body, and I feel very prepared to transition into college running. I strongly recommend this program, and I guarantee you will leave Coach Ives' office better off than you were before.

Elyse Prescott, Urbandale High School/University of Minnesota
PR's: 3000m - 9:45, 1500m - 4:29, 800m - 2:15

Katie Flood

Over the course of my high school career, the workouts provided to me from Coach Tim Ives helped me develop into the runner I am now. Tim provided me with a systematic, progressive training schedule that allowed me to maintain a high level of performance year in and year out. His training not only emphasized quality workouts but recovery days as well. Without proper recovery I wouldn't have maintained the level of performance necessary to compete at my best. I enthusiastically recommend Tim Ives and The Body Project to any and all aspiring distance runners.

Katie Flood, University of Washington
2012 NCAA Champion in the 1500m
2012 NCAA Champion in the Distance Medley Relay
2011 PAC-12 Champion in Cross Country
6x NCAA All-American in Cross Country & Track
14x High School Cross Country and Track & Field State Champion
PR's: 800m - 2:07, 1500m - 4:11, Mile - 4:28, 3000m - 8:55

Pat Prijatel

Recently, a friend told me, "You look better now than when we first met," which was 15 years ago. I truly feel I am getting better with age, and I owe a great deal of my new look to Tim Ives of The Body Project.

After working out with Tim for 18 months, I've lost 38 pounds and dropped two dress sizes. My Body Mass Index is now a healthy 23, down from 29, which had put me dangerously close to that nasty "obese" section on the weight chart. My cholesterol has even dropped 50 points.

What's most important, the exercise and healthy eating regimen I learned has become part of my life, so I feel confident I'll be able to retain my svelte shape and the energy and positive outlook that comes with it.

When I initially signed up, Tim asked me to name an overall workout goal. I said I wanted to lose 20 pounds and get in good enough shape to climb the mountain by my Colorado cabin. Obviously, I more than met the first goal. My second was a little more elusive, and I ended up scaling a far different mountain. Nine months into training, and with 22 pound lost, I was diagnosed with early stage breast cancer and underwent surgery, chemotherapy, and radiation. While I could have done without the whole experience, I feel that my improved fitness level made treatment far easier and will help me keep cancer from recurring. In fact, research shows that chemotherapy and radiation are both more effective with thinner women. The doctors say my prognosis is excellent. And, while most women undergoing chemotherapy for breast cancer gain weight-a combination of drug effects such as metabolic change and a reaction to stress-I continued to lose. During treatment, I lost 10 pounds, most of it fat. I continued with strength training and walked two miles nearly every day. Exercise made me feel physically and psychologically stronger.

A week after I finished treatment, I climbed up to 9,000 feet on that mountain, and the hike was surprisingly smooth. I have a few thousand feet left before I make the top, but I will get there.

Elizabeth Keest Sedrel

Hiring a personal trainer is the best investment I've ever made. Here's what I got:
Accountability: It wasn't so easy to skip workouts when I knew my trainer was waiting. So I did it, and kept doing it. Those appointments helped me develop excellent long-term habits.
Facts: My trainer helped me sort through all the conflicting information about weight loss, fitness, and nutrition. He tailored a safe, reasonable training routine based on my schedule and things I like to do.
Motivation: We all need to hear that we're doing a good job, especially when we're pushing ourselves. My trainer celebrated my successes and counseled me through my setbacks, helping me figure out where I went off track and how to get back on.
Results: I've lost 115 pounds and dropped from a size 24-26 to a size 10. That's a 3X to an M. And in June I ran the 20K Dam to Dam race. The most important result is harder to quantify, and that's how much better I feel, both physically and emotionally. The time, the money, and the effort I've spent getting into shape have all been worth it.

Janet Hammann

When I started working with Tim Ives in March of 2013 I was convinced that I could not lose weight or get into shape, that it was hopeless, that nothing could be done, that this is what I would have to live with for the rest of my life. I was so out of shape that rapidly walking up a flight of stairs made me feel like I was going to pass out; if I went shopping at more than two stores I would be exhausted for the rest of the day. I came to Tim when the recovery from a broken leg forced me to admit how poor my health was and how out of shape I truly was. I knew that Tim was the right trainer for me when he agreed to work with me, even with a broken leg, by starting with upper body exercises.

Tim helped me understand that exercise by itself is not enough to lose weight and that a proper diet is also necessary. He has provided meal plans, which jumpstarts my weight loss when it plateaus, and he keeps me accountable by asking about my progress from week-to-week. This accountability helps keep me focused on my weight loss goal.

Starting with a trainer I wasn't sure what to expect. I was concerned that I would be judged for my weight, my size and my lack of physical fitness. I was worried for nothing! Tim was very patient and encouraging with me and I never felt uncomfortable or inadequate. He took the time to find out what my goals were and to make my workouts interesting, challenging and achievable. Looking back at where I started I can see how far I've come. I can do things I never thought I could do! I can keep up with my friends who walk really, really fast; I can do push-ups, bench press, run a mile non-stop, and 40-second planks (during my last training session)! To date I have lost 85 pounds, 25+ inches, 5 dress sizes, and a huge double chin! I have much more energy and feel so much better throughout the day.

If you are looking for a trainer that will help you achieve your goals I highly recommend The Body Project. Tim has a positive can-do attitude, he is skilled at designing workouts to attain desired results, and best of all – he has the ability to make you believe in yourself! If you would have told me back in March 2013 that I would have lost as much weight and be in the physical condition that I am now I would not have believed you. If you're at all on the fence about starting a personal training program, take my word for it, you will have no regrets.

Dowling Catholic High School

Tim Ives recently comlpeted his 15th season as Head Boys Cross Country Coach at Dowling Catholic High School. In 11 of the last 12 seasons the Maroons have finished on the podium (top 3 teams) at the state meet, including 7 state championship. At the 2012 State Championships his team average time for 5 kilometers was 15:32. 

Tim is also an assistant track & field coach overseeing the middle distance and distance runners. Among his most accomplished runners are Jason Thomas (4:10 1600m PR), Cole Decker (9:08 3200m PR) and Ryan Schweizer (1:50 800m | 4:05 1600m PRs).

Nate Abbas

I came to Tim in April of 2013 at the lowest point of my physical and emotional health. I needed a change and I did not know where to start, only that I needed to do something. When I met with Tim, we spent our first meeting just talking about what I wanted and why I was there with him to do it. He had a very open and non-judgmental approach, which made it easy for me to open up and tell him how I was feeling. I had been very athletic up until 5 to 6 years ago when life and injury took the focus away, so I was really looking for someone to help me get started and motivate me to work hard. The first couple weeks it did not feel like I was doing much, but Tim had a plan that had me moving and lifting weights 4 times a week and I decided to trust him and keep working on his plan. During the start up, we also implemented a plan to start eating healthy again. Each week Tim would incrementally increase the amount of time I was working out, as well as check on me to see how I was doing emotionally and diet-wise. Each of my workouts with him were just as much a counseling session for me as they were a workout. At the end of our sessions in 6 months, I had lost a total of 125 lbs! It was more than I could have hoped for when I started out and I appreciate all the guidance that Tim gave me during this time. I would never have achieved what I did without his guidance and support.