Dr. John Spencer Ellis
"Rob and Shannon exemplify the title of "fitness professionals". Aside from their endless pursuit of education and emerging trends within the fitness industry, they possess excellent communication skills and dedication to their craft. Of the thousands of fitness trainers I have educated, Rob and Shannon stand head and shoulders above the rest!"
– Dr. John Spencer Ellis
CEO, National Exercise and Sports Trainers Association
CEO, Spencer Institute for Life Coach Training
Author / Co-Author of 5 Best Selling Fitness Books
Alwyn & Rachel Cosgrove
"True North Fitness & Health is the most effective, results-producing fitness facility in the Ventura County area. Through their cutting edge workouts and passion for your success, True North Fitness & Health will help you look and feel better than you ever have before! The owners, Rob and Shannon are incredibly passionate in providing what's best for their members. Always learning and striving to improve every day. We only affiliate ourselves with the best and they are one of the best. If you live in Ventura County we highly recommend you join our affiliate gym, True North Fitness & Health."
- Alwyn & Rachel Cosgrove
Co-Owners Results Fitness
Co-Owners / Directors Results Fitness University
Author / Co-Author of 10 Best Selling Fitness Books
Dr. Jade Teta, ND, CSCS
“Rob & Shannon are consummate professionals and are two of the most educated personal trainers and fitness educators I have ever had the pleasure to know and work with. They are among the few professionals I would not hesitate to send any of my patients to. They simply get results and deliver for their clients. I cannot recommend them highly enough.”
– Dr. Jade Teta, ND, CSCS
Co-Founder, Metabolic Effect
Author; “The Metabolic Effect Diet”, “Lose Weight Here”
Robert Dos Remedios (Coach Dos)
"I had the pleasure of meeting Rob and Shannon Yontz along with their whole team of trainers while doing a staff training at True North Fitness & Health. They are quality trainers who are in the business of changing lives every single day. Their dedication to their craft goes beyond their work with their clients, what people don't see is their dedication to continuing education....to continually IMPROVE their already vast amount of training knowledge via staff trainings, coaching mentorships etc. This is a common trait that I see in all of the best trainers all around the world. If you are training with the True North team, you are in great hands."
- Robert dos Remedios, MA, CSCS, SCCC
2006 NSCA Collegiate Strength & Conditioning Professional of the year
Author; "Cardio Strength Training", "Men's Health Power Training"
Director of Speed, Strength and Conditioning
College of the Canyons, Valencia, CA
Lucho Crisalle R.D.
"Rob is probably the TOP Certified Fitness Nutrition Specialist we have had the pleasure to certify since the beginning of our company. He and his wife Shannon both are amazing and extremely qualified to work not only with adult clients, but with their children as well. They both bring the whole family mentality into fitness, health, and well being."
– Lucho Crisalle R.D.
CEO Exercise and Nutrition Works, Inc.
Your passion and drive to find and follow your true north with excellence, the quality of your fitness programming and commitment to continue your own training in your field, the nutritional information and programs, everything you do is top notch, and I learned so very much about my own body, how to train, and how to fuel my nutritional needs. I am thankful to you for all of that! I always looked forward to early morning workouts because I knew they would be high energy and get me going, I loved the Spartan training, and especially the boot camps. You came up with something really special, and I benefited for it. I am very grateful to myself that when I saw that flyer in Jamba Juice about your new boot camp that I called! The best part is the ripple effect of being stronger, healthier, more vibrant, and how that allows me to be more present with my family, and my students. I love you both! Allison
Over the last 6 weeks during the New Year New You Challenge, I found I could do more that I felt capable of doing. With the help of my family and my True North Fitness Family I exercised harder and walked higher and harder than I ever thought I could or would. I learned to push myself that extra degree, whether in my eating, water intake or exercise. These weeks taught me that I can make my goal. It May take me a year or more, but I didn’t get this way in a year it took 63 years. I only know that I feel better, can do more and want to do more now. After facing cancer and the prolonged use of cancer drugs and the other problems associated with these drugs I feel like a victor. I am no longer taking high blood pressure meds, cancer meds, anti inflammatory med and multiple headache and arthritis pain relievers. I’m just beginning a new me and it’s great.
True North Fitness is very focused on results. I had a bad back, shoulder, and knee and Rob and Shannon have helped me to strengthen the muscles necessary to keep me free from injuries.
Rob & Shannon are the BEST! I love how my workout is specifically designed to me with my goals in mind!
This journey is a long one, but far from finished. Being in the contest helps me to focus on keeping my food journal and making my workouts. Maintaining my nutrition is definitely the hardest thing for me to do. I will need to continue to discover my “triggers” and work to overcome them so that I can follow the proper nutrition plan.
I still have goals to strive towards, but I am close to get my blood work for my cholesterol and AIC down to where it is suppose to be and I no longer take any meds for insulin resistance. My overall strength and muscle development in my arms, legs, gluts, and back is great so now my abs need to get back in! Overcoming my triggers and getting my nutrition straight should help with this goal.
I love your constantly positive, upbeat attitude. You are a great role model for living clean and looking and feeling great because of it. In fact, your attitude is one of the major reasons for me returning. I've also been really impressed with your total approach teaching us about living well. Most exercise classes end when we leave the gym, however your presentations, your nutritional advice and your constantly updated website are incredibly motivating and educational. It is obvious that you have a personal desire to see us improve and to learn to adapt every aspect of our life to maximize fitness and wellbeing. I definitely have some 'crabs' in my life but Rob's presentation spurred me on to do something about that!
I hope this doesn't all sound too gushy, but it is obvious that you put a lot of time, thought and passion into your approach and I think it's important for clients to tell you how well it's working and how much they appreciate it
With best wishes
I am really excited to fit into my jeans. I haven’t worn this size (8) since high school and was skeptical at first. My goal was to stick as closely to the program as possible and establish some different habits. The accountability meetings were really helpful but I’ve also learned to be accountable to myself. When I felt myself wanting to cheat, I tried to figure out why or what was causing me to want to cheat. This really helped me to not cheat. Mostly I’ve tried making lifestyle changes and am really happy with the results. While fitting into the jeans is great, I feel healthier; I have more energy and generally feel better about myself. I feel like I still have opportunities to improve on with planning and preparation and will continue working on these areas over the next weeks/months. Thank you for all your support!
This challenge has opened my eyes on how to eat healthier. I’m a creature of habit and I have always made foods that have pasta, breads, etc. I have made tremendous changes in what we eat. I have never eaten this many veggies my whole life. Having all the meals planned out has helped me. Everyone in my family is eating healthier foods now and hope that it continues. We all feel much better!
Thank you for your help and support
The Drop 2 Size Challenge taught me that I need more personal growth to put my health needs above other non-essential needs. I really appreciated the great coaching and ideas and e-mails.
Thank you so much for all of your help. The support that you give to each of us is so appreciated and goes above and beyond. Thank you for the delicious menu and easy to follow “program” you created.
Also all of your support on Facebook while I was traveling was very helpful. I was successful because of you!
Thank you – Dusti
I learned that I had to eat more to lose the weight! It was very hard to incorporate fat and carbs into my diet, especially coming from a diet plan that brain washes you in believing that carbs and fats are bad. This was my biggest challenge throughout the last 6 weeks.
I did not meet my goal of losing 10 pounds. But I know that I lost weight!! I feel less bloated, my muscles have better tone, my clothes fit a little looser, best of all I feel better about myself.
Some day in the near future I will obtain my goal: 1.) drop my weight to 125-130lbs, 2.) six pack abs. I will continue with monitoring my eating habits and working out hard.
Thank you so much for your support!
When this 8 Week Jeans Challenge started I was ready to get back on track with the eating although I was just starting back to working out and was limited in what I could do. The 1st week was tough but I soon got into a routine and at the 3 week point my pants that had gotten quite snug had been feeling not as tight. That is a major motivation for me when I can see/feel the changes. Some weeks were better than others but overall I am back on track with my eating habits. My X meals most of the time are even better and I am not pigging out like I had in the past. I truly enjoy the support of the weekly meeting, being able to share struggles and help each other as we are all fighting the same battles with food. Staying on track for the long haul is a challenge all the time but I am feeling much better about it now. I have more tools in my tools box. Thanks for the support and the AWESOME personal training sessions.
I started out with much hesitation that results would be permanent and found over the last 6 weeks during the New Year New You Challenge how realistic my new eating and exercise habits could become. For the first time in my life I have accomplished eating and exercise goals without being perfect! What a relief that perfection is not the goal but overall health is. My biggest obstacles are eating enough meals in a day. Who would have thought trying to eat more food would be a challenge? I feel empowered and able at this moment and am ready for what I am calling phase 1. Phase 1 will be a 2 month period where I will need to stay motivated outside of a contest and team members. My mentality about eating and exercise are changing into healthier and age appropriate goals!
I had an awesome experience the last 6 weeks in the New Year New You Challenge. I really enjoyed taking classes at the studio and the positive attitudes of not just the coaches but the clients as well. I saw my body change in 6 weeks like I’ve never seen before. I learned many new nutritional tips that I will definitely carry on. The emails were also very informative. Overall this is an amazing studio that - Thanks for your motivation and support!!
I made a tremendous change in my diet for the good during the New Year New You Challenge. I’ve eaten more vegetables in the past 6 weeks that I did in the prior 3 months. The vegetables improved my digestive system and adding the vitamin supplement to my daily routine has improved my overall health. I’ve noticed I have fewer allergy-filled days, I also noticed I sleep sounder at night, although I do get up more frequently to urinate. I’ve admired the customer focus and attention Shannon and Rob give.
I have learned quite a lot from True North Fitness. Most importantly was to make a lifelong change with good eating habits and exercise. My team during the challenge, “Beautiful disasters” are just awesome because we motivate each other for better health and good eating habits. Going forward, I will remember 212 degrees where that one extra degree can make a difference. Even if our team doesn’t will the grand prize, overall, I’m still a winner because I’m making this a lifelong commitment to eat better, fell better and look better (for me)!!! Thank you True North Fitness for sharing your knowledge and guidance to better health! New goal: to continue this journey and hope to see excellent results by the end of the year.
This journey has helped me transition to living a healthier lifestyle. For me, this challenge is not just a 6 week challenge, it has been a journey in the right direction – to a place I know I need to be and want to be. I live a very busy life so the main obstacle for me was the meal planning especially on the weekends. Family events, birthdays, were a challenge. However, I worked on portion control and skipped the cake! I no longer crave fast food nor do I want it. I am more conscientious of what I eat and what I feed my family. We have all made changes in the way we eat and have become more active, working on improving our nutrition and activity. I hope to continue to stay focused and make this “challenge” a permanent lifestyle change.
"After months of praying for help to resist temptations such as donuts and other sweets, I received an email from True North Fitness & Health regarding an upcoming challenge. I deleted it and kept praying. Then it dawned on me when the second email arrived inviting me to participate that this was the answer to my prayers and oh has it been! I'm not saying it's been easy, but it is becoming a way of life for me and I feel more confident than I have in a very long time. This journey for me is far from over it's really just a new beginning! The weight lost is just one part of the journey; the other piece is people I have met along the way. Mostly women of different backgrounds, education levels, etc, we have been brought together by our one common goal, improved fitness & health. So if you share this goal, stop by and talk to True North Fitness and give yourself a chance. You might discover an amazingly health & happier person, YOU!"
"I just wanted to let you know how grateful I am to have found your company. You have helped me change my life and I am very grateful! I know I did the work but knowing that you really care how well each of us does makes all the difference.. at least for me it did. I reached my goal of 30lbs. and have been keeping it up.. it feels GREAT!! I went from a size 12 to a size 6 and my «skinny jeans» are way big.. NEVER thought that would happen. I honestly know I couldn't have gotten back here without you, all the training and guidance and the attitude you two bring every day. I love to tell people that .. if I can do it anybody can! I’ve gone from «when are you due?» to..» how did you do it?»
Anyway.. Keep it up and know you're doing a great job!! I love you guys! THANK YOU !!!"
– Jana P.
E-mail note that came from a client about Jana: "I saw Jana yesterday at a bike store. I almost didn't recognize her! She had make-up on and her hair was done but the thing that stood out the most was how happy and healthy she looked. She looked absolutely amazing! "
Kristina L. (client x 1yr; 4m pregnant)
"I just wanted to say thank you again for our talk this morning after class about simply staying positive and thinking good thoughts. Your advice really helped me to feel better about things, and I really do appreciate it. I also have to thank you and Shannon both, for getting me in the best shape of my life! I can only hope it allows my little cluster of cells to grow healthy and strong, too."
– Kristina L.
"WOW, it’s only been a couple weeks and I have to say I am really feeling like my weight is going down, I went to the mall on Monday and believe it or not I fit into a size 6 (from size 8 or 10) yippee! "
– Wendy R.
"This program has been so positive for me and my daughter. Because I am more active, she benefits. This was exactly the motivation that I needed, we are now eating healthier, and we are not eating out like we used to. The great thing is that this is a lifestyle change for me, and with the help of Shannon and Rob I am well on my way!"
"As a life-style choice, this is one of the best decisions I have ever made; it has improved my health, attitude, relationships and overall well-being. Thank you for the opportunity to be involved with such a quality program."
"For the first time in years, I feel like I am in a program that produces results, of course according to what you put into it. I feel like I have taken control of my physical well being and that is huge. Being a holistically healthy person (emotionally, psychologically, and physically) is the best gift we can give ourselves and this was the last leg for me – which proved to be that hardest one to tackle for some reason. Finding the right program that works for you is what is important and this has really been a great fit for me personally. Thank you guys so much for providing such an awesome service to us!"
I have been able to get to know both of you and can tell you love what you do and that you are concerned/care about each of the members. I have paid lots of money for personal trainers at the gym who reschedule on me or just don't push or seem distracted when they should focus on me. You both focus on all of us throughout the hour and give it your full attention. I also love the recipes, news, and health articles, oh yeah! "