Dina Alwan

“I have struggled with my weight most of my life. When I reached my high of 183 pounds in my early twenties, I knew I had to make some changes. I began watching what I ate and started working out. I lost 30lbs and was able to maintain for over 15 years. Despite consistently working out and food portion control, as I reached my early 40’s, my body fat percentage began to increase and I began putting on weight. For the 1st time, I decided to try personal trainers. I met with a few who were good, but after a year I was still 160lbs and 32% body fat.
I had the opportunity to meet some of the clients who trained with Bristol Jenkins. I saw some of their remarkable transformations. They were all so fit! I met with Bristol and his lovely wife Kenyatta. We discussed my struggles and my goals. Bristol patiently explained how the body metabolizes food and put me on a nutritional plan. I began working out with him 2x/week and followed the nutrition plan. After 5 months of starting with Bristol, I exceeded my goal. I went from a size 10 to a size 4, lost 20lbs and over 12% body fat.

Bristol’s workouts are challenging, fun and always different. I love the way he designs the routines to maximize our time. At 44, I’m in the best physical shape of my life and I couldn’t have done it without Bristol!”

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“As I was growing up, I was always on the thinner side, though not necessarily fit. I wasn’t involved in any sports, and coordination was never my strong suit. I have had some periods of time where food was my friend, and I had gained weight. Though I then would lose it, it has been a constant struggle to maintain the weight that made me feel comfortable in my own skin.In the year prior to joining BBB, I had reached an all-time high with my weight, and was miserable and disappointed in myself that I had yo-yoed to that degree.My eating habits were haphazard, and decisions were not made with much forethought or planning. My job involves a lot of sitting at a desk or in the car, and is somewhat sedentary, which didn’t help. 9 months ago I started working out at BBB & I have lost 27 pounds and many inches. I have gone down 3-4 clothing sizes, and feel so proud of my accomplishments. I have increased my muscle tone, and lean weight, feel much tighter and more muscular, and am eating clean. My stamina isso much better, and so is my endurance. I am now working out 5-7 days a week, versus just thinking about how fat I am, which I had done in the past. When I first started, I could barely do 2 minutes on the Stair Master on level 2. Now I am up to 30 minutes on level 5, and am working on doing so at level 7. I feel so much better! My attitude is better, my clothes fitagain, and I feel fit and healthy. I am much more conscious of the food that I eat as well as the alcohol I consume, and am finding that my achievement is causing other people in my life to be motivated as well. It is so gratifying to have taken control, and made a conscious decision to change the way I felt and looked, and have done it! How great to also impact others,and inspire them to do the same. My daughter has been motivated by my change, and has just lost 25 pounds as well. My confidence level has increased incredibly! I carry myself better, I feel proud, and like the way I feel in my clothing. I smile more, have a better attitude, and am so much more confident. The way you feel impacts the way you present, and I have a sparkle in my eyes that hasn’t been there in a long time. I have come a long way since that snowy Friday in March where I sat at Bristol’s desk, crying and feeling so awful about myself. It has been a total transformation, both emotionally and physically. No more moaning and feeling sorry for myself! Onward and upward to the next level!”

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Darryl Washington

“Background:  Darryl is a commercial insurance manager with over 20 years experience in the industry.  Lila works for the public school district currently as a lunch aide.  We have three girls: Amber (19); Aleya (15); and Angelina (12). We have been married almost 22 years.  Although our health had not been a concern, certain issues were starting to arise at the end of 2015.  Darryl’s sugar level was inching closer toward the pre-diabetic stage and Lila was diagnosed with high blood pressure and starting taking medication for it.  We were not very aware nutritionally and not very active either.  It had been years before we engaged in any planned physical exercise and we both gained weight over the years.    In late February we walked through the doors of Bodies By Bristol on a tip from a friend.  We didn’t know what to expect; and can’t say that we were actually committed to this journey, but we just wanted to do something different.  After that first workout Darryl wondered aloud, “what did we get ourselves into?”  We kept coming and we motivated each other to follow the plan.  So glad that we did!  Thus far Darryl has lost 25 pounds and Lila has lost over 15 pounds.  More importantly, our body fat is down and our energy levels are up.  Lila has not needed to take her blood pressure medicine for the past few months!  Darryl’s adverse levels have been reversed as well.    On Memorial Day Darryl ran two miles around our neighborhood track.  The last time he was able to do that was almost 25 years ago when he was in the US Army!    Our confidence level has definitely experienced a significant boost.  We’re eating better, feeling better, and looking better.  We both dropped more than a few clothing sizes and our family and friends have definitely noticed the transformation.  We’re also being told that we’re looking younger.  We’re right on the cusp of achieving our weight goals and we’re even more determined to maintain this healthy lifestyle; for ourselves and our family!”

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“I’ve always worked out in some way or another.  I ride a bicycle during the warm weather, I ski, I’ve lifted weights, had gym memberships, and workout equipment at home.   Until I joined Bodies by Bristol, I didn’t realize all the things I should have been doing or doing wrong.  It’s not about how much weight I lift, but more about the total workout (proper form, engaging your core, slow and controlled movements, and the right combination of exercises).  Thanks to my nutrition log and guidance from Bristol, my eating habits and food choices have improved.  I’ve eliminated a number of foods that were preventing me from reaching my goals.  I started working out with Bodies by Bristol in April of 2011 and can’t imagine my life without them.   I’m happy to be part of the family.  Weight-loss and fitness achievements:I’ve lost a total of 20+ lbs. and the best part is that I’ve kept the weight off.  In the past, my weight would go up and down but typically up.    Benefits and physical changes you have experienced from the start of training to now:I sleep better, I have way more energy, and I feel better than I did 10 years ago.  When I started training with Bristol, I was taking Celebrex for back issues and within 5 months I stopped taking it and haven’t had any back issues.  And, I went from size 12 to size 4.   And, did I mention that I have pretty good biceps.   Everyone’s busy. . .find time to take care of yourself.  Eat well, exercise, and have fun because it will change your life.”


Bodies By Bristol Mt Laurel NJ 20“I have played competitive sports my whole life, soccer, basketball and track. Basketball was my passion and I continued to play in college. After college I struggled to find a balance between exercising to stay in shape and the competitive edge I was looking for. I finally found running. Registering for races kept me motivated. After having my daughters they were my motivation! I wanted to show them that it is necessary to have a healthy balance in life between your family, career and your health.  I have been training with Bristol for 3 years and he challenges me with every workout. He never preaches or lays on the guilt but just reminds me of what my goals are. Since training with Bristol I have had a decrease in my body fat, consistent weight (no more huge peaks and valleys), defined arms and confidence. I have always struggled with my body image for as long as I can remember. Being a tall girl at a young age I spent many years hunched over and hiding my body. I am the most confident and comfortable with my body then I’ve ever been.”

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“Bristol Jenkins has been an integral part in helping me change my body since I started working with him in May.  I came to him at 15% body fat and have recently dropped to a much leaner 10% body fat.  I also put up the second most weight on my collegiate baseball team when we tested various exercises earlier in September.  However, the most important thing he has done is improve my flexibility.  I have always been stiff and he has allowed me to move more fluidly.  This has helped in every aspect of my life and I feel much better on a day to day basis.  I owe a lot of my success to him.”

Bodies By Bristol Mt Laurel NJ 10“For years my fitness goal was one dimensional, “Get big”.  For just under 3 years now training with Bristol has taught me that real strength is not only about size, it’s about functionality. The combination of strength, endurance, and flexibility. Through Bristol’s functional training style, I have increased my endurance substantially, and have watched my body fat drop from near 17% to 9.1% without sacrificing my strength. Bristol keeps my body working hard by constantly changing his workouts.  I can’t think of any time I have done exactly the same workout in 3 years.  I feel amazing and I’m in better shape now at 37 than I have ever been at any point in my life. There’s no magic pills or crazy diet plans here, it’s all about hard work and disciplined eating. He gives u the guidelines and tools to succeed, all you need to do is apply yourself. My confidence has grown not only in the transformation I have seen in the mirror, but in my ability to achieve what I set my mind to, and it’s all in thanks to the Bodies by Bristol philosophy.”

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“I have overcome many health challenges in the last 16 years that I have been training with Bristol. I was diagnosed with later stages of cervical cancer at 36 years old. The treatment plan was aggressive. It was surgery, radiation , internal radiation and chemotherapy …That was a fight that truly took my body 5 years to overcome . In the wake of treatment, I developed thyroid disease and nuclear radiation was necessary . Thyroid eye disease proceeded and digestive issues have been a daily struggle due to the amount of treatment my body endured. My journey in the fight against cancer created many health challenges following my treatment plan. I always refused to throw in the towel , and in the process I have reinvented myself.  I learned about natural health, nutrition and herbs. These were compliments to the clinical care I received that were necessary to heal. These certifications have proved invaluable to me. In the wake of my treatment there were constant health challenges to overcome. Bristol and I learned a lot together through the years. Not only did we make each other better but opened ourselves up to many educational programs together. We inspired one another and we pushed and pushed , never to give up!  I am committed to actively training with Bristol 3x weekly at Bodies by Bristol. Through his commitment and guidance ,I always keep my nutrition, weight and fitness achievements in check. Let’s face it.. It’s easier to do in your 30’s. than at 51. I thank Bristol for the mindfulness to always keep me at the top of my game.  My cardio of choice is spinning – Obsessed!  Yoga is a practice my  type A personality definitely needs to slow my roll !  My Profession as an interior designer brings me great joy! My company name is : Distinctive Image & Design . What a passion of mine! I am so blessed to get up everyday and enjoy what I do…..I have amazing clients who add another dimension to my life. They say do what you love and success is a natural process. I am clearly an example of this ! It’s how I treat my body and how I live my life. Thank you for recognizing the challenges and successes that has come my way over the years. Bristol you were there through all of it! I  got your back…. always! Your ability to always keep it fresh is what makes success possible.  You are the best!”