Success Stories

“The Journey of 1000 miles begins with a single step.”

We are so proud of our amazing members who have committed to making lifestyle changes, and the INCREDIBLE results they have experienced!


 We are incredibly fortunate that our fitness community is filled with members and coaches who are amazing role models both inside and outside of the gym. Coach Jocelyn is always an inspiration:

“I stumbled upon CrossFit my senior year of high school as a competitive hockey player needing to get stronger before beginning my first season of college hockey. My diet consisted of mainly bagels, fruit loops and chocolate milk. I will admit I pretty much had no knowledge on what proper nutrition looked like!

Fast forward a few years and I began testing out different ways to fuel my body and gain more knowledge on ways to eat for performance. I tried out diets that resulted in me being extremely weak and sluggish because I was fueling for what a “woman of my age and height” should be consuming.

After years of working alongside John and many other knowledgeable coaches at MV Wellness, I have had the opportunity to not only learn about healthy eating but what MY body needs and what MY body’s definition of “healthy” is.

For me, my goals have always been to increase my lifts, improve on gymnastics skill and speed. Ultimately, to be the best athlete possible. I exercise to hit these milestones; therefore, I eat to hit these milestones. I think something that is so commonly overlooked is the uniqueness of each one of our bodies and how they function. 

Something John ALWAYS asked me throughout the process of altering my food intake was, “How do you FEEL, and are you performing the way YOU want to?”. If it was not the best fit, big whoop. Make adjustments and push forward. It may be a challenge to discover what it is that works for you, but you’ll never regret discovering what clicks.”


Colleen shares her INCREDIBLE journey of battling a disease, overcoming obstacles, the importance of movement, and eliminating medications. 

“Not everyone goes to a gym for recreation. Some go to improve mobility; some go to improve their health and some go for weight loss. I went for weight loss, but what I got was so much more. Something that I have kept closely guarded about myself is that I was diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis several years ago. I only shared it with a handful of people because I don’t want to be defined by my disease. Oftentimes it is difficult to separate the disease from the person. RA is a part of me, but it is not who I am. 

This isn’t about me though. I feel the best that I have in seven years. This post is about a facility, it’s owner and my trainer. Mohawk Valley Wellness is not just a gym. It is a community. Everyone does business with everyone else. Everyone cheers each other on. Two things you will hear John say often is, ‘We are really, really good at what we do’ and ‘We are building community through fitness’. Both statements are true. Within those walls you will find people to help you succeed both inside the gym and outside of the gym. Everyone encourages you to be better both personally and professionally. I have made invaluable connections. 

They are really, really good at what they do. I’ve lost 25 pounds. Movement is the single most important part of my treatment. Through the right combination of medications and the work put in at the gym I am able to do things that I couldn’t do less than a year ago. My doctors say that they will not send me to physical therapy if I continue what I’m doing. 

They have also eliminated one of my medications. Less medications and less doctors are a result of trainers that are invested in my success.”


“Make small changes that accumulate to an overall lifestyle change. Consistency is key.” John started an intermittent fasting group/challenge and I decided to hop on board because I was looking for a change. Turns out this was exactly what I needed! This was the start of many small changes that really accumulated to an overall lifestyle change. Once I started the fasting, I also starting paying more attention to what and how much I was eating. Turns out I wasn’t eating enough food in a day and certainly not enough healthy food. My goal now is pretty simple… to eat as clean as possible and to limit my alcohol and sugar intake. I still love to have treats and pizza, but not every day. 

Along with the nutrition aspect was my training. I’ve always found this to be the easier part of living a healthy life. But for a time period, I was not consistent with going to the gym. I would complain that I was too busy and couldn’t make it happen several times a week. In reality, I was making excuses and I wasn’t making it a priority. My days are just as busy if not busier now than ever, but I make it a priority to make it to the gym at least 6 times a week. This even means going to the killer 5am class a couple times a week and let me tell you mornings are not for me, but I always leave there feeling so much better and ready to start my day!”

“One year ago, I met with a guy by the name of John Bartholomeo. If you have not heard of him, friend him on Facebook now. 

What I thought was going to be a normal insurance review, turned into a day that literally changed my life, no exaggeration!

The pictures you see below are almost exactly a year apart. Sure I have lost 30lbs and feel and look a lot better, but that is only the surface of change that Mohawk Valley Wellness has provided me. 

A year ago, if you told me I would be getting up for the gym at 4am, I would have laughed & then go back to bed for 3 hours. 

Mohawk Valley Wellness is more than just a ‘gym’. They are truly a wellness center, hence the name…. John, Jen & all of the staff strive each and everyday to bring men and women closer to wellness, a better mindset and a better YOU!

I do not share this for my own satisfaction BUT because I know someone out there is like me a year ago. “I can’t do that, I don’t have the time, I’m too busy”…. BLAH BLAH BLAH. 


Change is hard… Buckle up and get it done!”

“MVW has been the only gym that I have stuck with consistently in my entire life. I’m typically a yo-yo dieter and get bored quickly, so I’ll drop a couple pounds and then gain it all back. After a year and a half at MVW, I am at the lowest weight I’ve been since middle school, have a healthier consistent diet, and crave hitting the gym as many times per week as possible. The community, coaching, and support made it an easy lifestyle change that I wish I knew about years ago.”