MDI 8 Members

Before-After - Don

I was trying to do it on my own, long walks 4 or 5 days a week, going to the gym too, but not losing the obesity I longed to unload. I decided to show up to see what it was all about. INSTANT TRANSFORMATION. The pounds started melting off. I was hooked on MDI 8. It has been 8 months now, and I’m down 30 pounds, feeling strong, and taking on the world. It’s not just fitness. MDI 8 got into my system, and is affecting every area of my life. I consider this one of the non-negotiable commitments on my calendar. The group energy is irreplaceable, always lifting me to do more than I thought I could do. And I lift others too, which raises energy even more. Thank you for making such a massive positive impact on my life! 

Don (57 years old)

Mrs. Layton

I have been doing MDI 8 for over a year and love it. I am not a natural athlete and was experiencing low energy and was unable to keep up with the preschoolers I work with as a teacher. After about a month of this fitness program I starting seeing results. The team and partner work are motivating and the instructors know just how much to push us to get the results. I am more fit at 50 than I was in my twenties! The positive atmosphere and variety of work- outs prevent burn out. I highly recommend this for any age or fitness level. 

Laura (52 years old)


MDI 8 is awesome. I am 50 years old and when I started I weighed about 220 and hadn’t worked out in about 20 years. Since then, I have dropped 30 pounds and feel great. I love the group dynamic and also being outside in beautiful California when we do the workouts. It pushes me, but I was able to start where I was at and gradually I have seen myself improve and be able to increase what I am able to do. Come out and try it!

Kerry (51 years old)

Before-After - Paul

I have been a member of gyms and tried P90X. Both were good if you had the dedication and discipline to getting fit by yourself: I did not. It was all too easy to say “Next week” or “tomorrow I’ll do that”, or, “its only one week missed, how bad could it be?”. All of these excuses are removed in MDI 8. The instructors present a knowledgeable and fun workout atmosphere that can do nothing but succeed. You actually want to do this! I find myself pushing harder and smiling throughout. I would recommend MDI 8 to any person of any fitness level. One hour a day, three times a week for 8 weeks in a fun, fast paced fitness regiment with a group of people all with the same goal: to get fit. Highly recommended.

Paul (45 years old)


I joined MDI 8 because I wanted to get in shape to complete a goal on my “Bucket List” – hiking the Grand Canyon. I didn’t really know what to expect when I joined MDI 8 and I truly had no idea how much I would enjoy the workouts and how it would impact my day to day life. I’ve never been a “fitness fanatic” so to say that I’m looking forward to these workouts is pretty astounding! But after the first week, I already saw changes in my body and I knew I was on the right track. I love my MDI 8 mates and look forward to working out with them, and cheering them on each workout. MDI 8 IS my gym…my workout, my community, it just works! 

Kimberly (45 years old)

Aaron Rogers

I wasn’t working out, I had no energy, and I was 20 lbs overweight. For me, I wasn’t interested in a gym membership or home fitness equipment that ends up not being used after a month or two. I knew someone that had been doing MDI 8 and saw their transformation. I wanted my own transformation. When I started, just making it through the workout was a challenge. After committing to the program for over 16 weeks now, instead of finishing last, I challenge myself to keep up with the advanced group. I’m seeing great results. I’m looking better and feeling better. I love the variety of workouts, and the encouragement from both the instructors and fellow members. I’m able to push harder and achieve more than I could have done on my own. I’m well on my way to reaching my goal which is to be in the best physical shape of my life. MDI 8 works! 

Aaron (42 years old)


I recently lost 75 pounds when I met MDI Nichols and I talked to him about wanting to lose the last 25 pounds and the struggles I was having. He told me come work out with us and I will get rid of the last 25 pounds. I was working out pretty regularly before joining MDI 8 so I thought it would be an easy transition. I had no idea how little I was actually pushing myself until my first class! I was sore, exhausted, and discouraged but MDI Nichols never let me give up. He is amazing at motivating and leading us towards a happier life. It is not about just going and working out – it is about being a part of something… a community of people who are bettering themselves together and making the group stronger because of it. I feel so fortunate to have stumbled upon this group and truly believe it is changing my life and it WILL change yours. It has been almost 3 months since I first started going to MDI 8 and can honestly say that I love the workouts! I never think “Oh man, I have to workout…” I look forward to going and seeing everyone and pushing harder than ever before. I am stronger now than I have ever been in my life and look forward to continuing this fitness journey with MDI Nichols and the rest of MDI 8 crew! 

Deanne (41 years old)


The first time I attended an MDI 8 workout opened my eyes to how out of shape I was, and that I needed to work out. MDI Nichols called me that evening and explained the philosophy and details of the program.  He encouraged me to come out again after the weekend. Gradually I could do more and more, and eight weeks later I am looking and feeling better than I have in ten years! I love it and can’t wait to see what I’ll be feeling and looking like in another eight weeks! 

Casey (40 years old)


MDI 8 is awesome.  I have been doing the program for just over a year and I am extremely happy with the results.  At my first class I pushed so hard that I ended up laying down, under a tree, with my feet up because I was out of breath and dizzy. That was my wake up call to how out of shape I really was.  Now I feel healthy, stronger, my endurance has improved and I have more energy.  It also helps that I dropped three belt notches. MDI 8 instructors not only have fitness knowledge but are able to motivate you to do what you think your body can’t do.  The cardio boosts your endurance while the exercises kick start all muscle groups into shape.  There is a tremendous amount of encouragement from the other students as well. Since there is a different exercise program each day, I do not get stuck into a mundane, boring workout routine. The instructors keep us on our toes and we get a great workout. I leave each workout tired, sore and dripping in sweat. 

Chuck (37 years old)


MDI 8 has made me feel healthy and strong! I hadn’t gone for a run in about 10 years. I didn’t think I knew how to run! Until MDI Nichols got a hold of me! Now I’m jogging and actually looking forward to it because I see the results. I love the group camaraderie and being outside at the gorgeous park! Plus, I bring my kids to play while I work out. It’s a win-win for me! ALSO: I had 3 major surgeries in 2011 and I was in bed for over 6 months. With the help of MDI 8, I am running, jumping, and pushing myself way beyond what I ever thought I  could do a year ago! 

Julia (32 years old)


MDI 8 is the best fitness program I have ever participated in. It has taught me to never quit no matter what the situation may be. The instructors provide great motivation during the 1 hour workout and all I have to do is give 100% dedication towards it. Its a great positive environment to workout where you meet and greet people of all ages and professions. Over the last 6 months since I have started, I feel much stronger than I was. I am inching towards my fitness goals but the most significant change in me is my improvement in running. I highly recommend MDI 8 to anyone who wants to lead a nice healthy lifestyle! 

Kumar (26 years old)


Cord lost over 30lbs since joining MDI 8 – Fitness Boot Camp.                                                                                          

Cord (26 years old)


Unnamed active duty Marine (pictured) lost 85 pounds after MDI John Watkins implemented MDI 8 – Fitness Boot Camp in Afghanistan.