Trash your old body on this Hill
Winnipeg Free Press Geoff Kirbyson March 25 2009
VIC Keller is quick to realize the irony in working on reclamation projects at Garbage Hill, a one-time refuse dump that is often littered with broken glass and abandoned shopping carts. In Keller's case, he's working to fix the broken-down and out-of-shape bodies of his clients by pushing them to run up the 400-metre road that runs from the bottom of the hill, located a few blocks north of Polo Park Shopping Centre, to the top. Every Tuesday evening from early spring to late fall, this personal trainer oversees between 25 and 50 people, ranging in age from 14 to 75 years old, running up and down the hill at various speeds.
Vic Keller (right) with runners Jeff Vince and Kaye Grant on Garbage Hill, not far from Polo Park.
From rough to buff
Winnipeg man transforms body and mind in dramatic weightloss
Toronto Sun by Cary Castagna, QMI Agency Friday June 22, 2012
In the depths of his despair seven years ago, Jon Paintin cast a morbidly rotund reflection.
“I looked in the mirror and went, ‘What the hell have I done?’ ” he recalls.
The 6-foot-1 Winnipeg father weighed a whopping 400 pounds in October 2005.
Couch potato-turned marathon runner Jon Paintin lost half his body weight.
Success Stories -Winnipeg in Motion
From obesity to being in the best shape of my life.
In October 2005, my wife decided she wanted to call it quits. I was devastated and didn’t know which way to turn. At that time, standing at 6ft. tall, I weighed in at a scale-busting 400lbs. Then, thanks to a friend’s advice, I started working out at the gym 5-6 days a week.
After changing my diet a little and continuing to work out, I went for my next physical in January 2007. Although blood tests showed improvement, I was only down to 317lbs. I was dejected…all that work and only a 13 pound loss in a year. But I didn’t give up; instead I went back to the gym with a renewed vigor. It was during this time that I first met Vic Keller, of Vic Fitness Inc.
Vic is a fitness trainer who works out of theYMCA downtown. Meeting with Vic was one of the best experiences of my life. Through a gentle, layered approach to training and by making small, manageable changes to my eating habits, I was propelled to a higher level of training and fitness.