SUCCESS STORY: Congratulations, Jim Hayden! Lost 45+ LBS and much more!


I met Jim in late December of 2013 and we started working together shortly thereafter. As soon as I first met him, I knew that he was going to achieve his goals and become the next featured success story.

Jim’s goals were to lose fat, gain muscle and get stronger. More specifically, he wanted to lose 30+ lbs in about 4 months, which I thought was very realistic and attainable.

Below is what Jim looked like before:

Jim set himself up for success. Here’s why:

1. His goal was specific and measurable

2. It was also attainable and realistic

3. He was willing to do whatever it takes to achieve it and he used the “tools” I gave him.

Although Jim wasn’t happy with his fitness level when he first came to me, I immediately saw his potential. He understood right away that transformation takes commitment, patience and dedication.

Right from the start, he has been a pleasure for me to work with.

Here is what Jim had to say about his transformation and what it’s like working with me:

“In December of 2013, I had hit my limit! Age 26, 6’5″, 231 lbs. (vs. 190 lbs. 5yrs. earlier) and I was not feeling my best.  Something had to change. I needed help!!! I started January 1st in Yana’s 12 week body transformation program.

Here we go! Starting off the program was a bit of a struggle, barely being able to do 10 push-ups and feeling worn out after 30 minutes of our first 1 hour session. Fast forward to mid February. After a change to a much healthier diet and more importantly – Yana’s discipline and persistence – I had lost over 20 pounds and, more importantly, I was getting into the best shape of my life. I never felt better.

At that point, I was flying through training sessions, having fun every second of the way! Yana made achieving my fitness goals attainable and fun! It has now been over 9 months and I couldn’t be happier! Weighing in at a stabilized 184lbs (off a low of 182 lbs) and never felt so good, I’m stoked!

Thank you, Yana! You’re a true inspiration, an incredible fitness instructor and I am proud to say a friend. I hope you can continue to help inspire and motivate people the same way you did for me!

I still train with Yana once a week and I love it! Now I’m doing 10 sets of 15 push-ups just to warm up! As Yana would say ‘FITNESS PARTY!”

Below is what Jim looks like now. I see abs.


All I can say is, it is an honour and a privilege to work with you, Jim. I’m very proud of you and how far you have come. You worked hard and succeeded. Your story is an inspiration to many. You are a champion and I’m very excited to see your amazing progress, as you keep on getting stronger, leaner and fitter.