Losing The Last 10 Pounds

It has been a while since I have made a post on my blog!  I get caught up in my training and use facebook so much that I forget how useful a blog can be.  Today, however, I thought it was necessary to share with you all some results I have had with some great clients of mine.

Right around Christmas time I decided I would train 3 people for free in return for them following my program closely.  I was out to prove that you don’t need to spend a lot of time in the gym to get great results so I recruited some “test subjects” who, in return for free training, agreed to trust me and follow my plan for them.  The girls (Jada, Heather and Laura) came to see me 3-5 times per week for 30 minute sessions and followed my nutrition and cardio plan on their own for 10 weeks.

We set out to lose “the last 10 pounds” but came out of it with so much more.  Check the girls out:

Laura: Down 14.5 pounds and 8 3/8 inches










Jada: Down 6 pounds and 5.5 inches










Heather: Down 8 pounds and 7.25 inches










Man we worked hard! The 30 minute sessions were sweaty and intense but the results were great.  What you can’t see in the pictures is how strong and fit these girls got.  They all gained a ton of strength and endurance while gaining muscle and losing fat (inches)!!!!  I just want to thank the girls for their hard work and dedication.  They came in as three strangers in need of some fitness guidance and came out three friends who now have the tools they need to succeed with any further fitness goals.  Results are great, they really are, but what makes me just as happy is to bring people together using my passion for healthy living!  Need proof that we are all friends now……three of the four of us are running a ½ Marathon together in San Francisco in support of the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society of Canada (thanks Heather) 🙂

Interested in losing the last 10 pounds?  Contact Matt Benvie at 456-4018 or matt@evolvefitnessltd.com for more details.


A Day With Paul Plakas From X-Weighted

Let me begin by saying that I consider myself to be an honest person. When I relay information to others, it is always something I truly believe in and I try to use an appropriate level of enthusiasm. Yesterday I had the opportunity to host Paul Plakas for a seminar and bootcamp for roughly 60 people. I watch X-Weighted all the time and to be honest, I found Paul to be kind of a jerk on the show! Either way, I thought getting him to Halifax would at least be a good learning experience and great exposure for Evolve Fitness. I can now say that I was absolutely wrong about Paul. We chatted on the phone a couple of times and I could tell he was a really genuine guy then in person who was even better. He was excited to come to Halifax and share his story with me and give me advice on what helped his business (which started very similar to mine in Edmonton)!

So after a lot of work from a lot of people, the big day was Saturday, September 17th. I was completely blown away with the seminar! Paul spoke for two hours and made it seem like 10 minutes. He completely engaged the crowd and was hilarious. Aside from those attributes, the knowledge he relayed to the participants was great. The content of his presentation was completely relevant to the majority of the population as he talked about being lean, fit and injury free. Not only did I learn a lot from him, but I was inspired to continue to be the best trainer I can be for my clients. I really encourage everyone to check out his website www.paulplakas.com as it has some great content available. You can also “like” his page on facebook and get some great information there as well.
After things were all said and done and Paul finished taking pictures and signing autographs, we went out to lunch then over to the Evolve studio. This was great as Paul gave some great suggestions on how I could make things better and different things I could add to make my services even better! I should also mention that I have two new trainers Dan Evans (he helped out with me all summer) and Tracy Giacomantonio who also took in the entire day. Look for updates on those two amazing trainers on the blog and website soon!

All in all, it was a really awesome day. I am already thinking of how we can do things better next time and get Paul back here soon with an even bigger crowd. I honestly can’t say I have ever taken in a presentation on fitness this great and I really wanted to share that fact with everyone just in case he does come to the area again.

If anyone has any questions about Paul and his seminar please feel free to contact me at anytime.


New Ownership at Evolve Fitness!

Hi everyone, my name is Mathew Benvie and I am the new owner and personal trainer at Evolve Fitness.  I wish former owner Chris Hughes the best of luck in his big move to Australia.  Chris is a great guy and created a great working atmosphere at Evolve that I hope to expand upon.  I have big plans to turn Evolve into the premier place to train in Halifax, and with the help of all my clients, I know we can make it happen together.  Please visit the site regularly as I will be posting various things on my blog each week.  Here you will find great nutritious meal ideas along with tips on keeping active and healthy.  I look forward to working with everyone and helping you along your fitness journey.