Makayla Barker

Makayla Barker

5.0 (6)
2 hires on
2 employees
5 years in business

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North Chesterfield, VA 23237
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6 Reviews


  • Michael D

    I’ve struggled with weight my entire life, getting made fun of as a child, well into adulthood. About 10 years ago, I took control and lost almost 50 lbs. However, in 2017 that all changed. In January of that year, my dad had a stroke and passed away a month later. It was an unexpected and devastating loss. Less than 5 months later, my grandmother died, and shortly after that, I lost a job. On the year anniversary of my dad passing, I found out I had a chronic medical condition. Needless to say, that year broke me and I gained all the weight back and then some. I finally decided to take control again and signed up for Gold’s and training with Makayla. Despite my medication making it almost impossible to lose weight and making my joints very achy most days, Makayla’s support and encouragement, as well as the friendly atmosphere in the gym, made it easy to get the process started again. I’ve been steadily losing weight and becoming more confident in my body and myself. I’m very appreciative of everything that Makayla has done to help with my success, and I hope to stay a part of Gold’s even after our sessions end.

  • Evelyn Bellett

    I joined Golds Gym with a friend a little over a year ago. It was a way to spend time together while using the treadmill. The environment was foreign to me, and I felt a little uncomfortable. However, after being a member for over a year I now feel very comfortable being there. It took determination and effort to stick with the routines that my trainer would work with me on. I had very little muscle in my overweight body and aches and pains that just seemed to get worse. There was also the family history of high blood pressure that ran in my family and which seemed to be inching higher for me too as I aged. The thought of going on medications in the future scared me more than any soreness and aches that I felt after a workout. Then too, I kept remembering how my mother had lost her sense of balance and strength as she got older. I didn’t want that to happen to me. It is clear to me at this point that I am stronger than I used to be. My balance seems to be good and I am not on any medications. At 68 Years of age, I feel that the decision to stick with the program has been a good one. Last but not least is the prospect of being able to hold and move and play with grandchildren. I get up every day thankful that I feel strong and healthy. I am happy to have Mikala as my trainer. She is absolutely terrific! Without her encouragement this would have been much, much harder. I feel very lucky indeed that I have remained at Golds.

  • Joseph G

    I'm 73 and overweight, have COPD and haven't been in shape in decades. Last summer I started visiting Gold's Gym every day. Then, last August (1918), I signed up for once-a-week sessions with a trainer. Has it been worthwhile? Well, I'm no longer out of breath after climbing to my third-floor walk-up. I can stand straight up from our low-slung couch without strain and grunting. Bending to pick something up isn't a major operation anymore. Friends tell me I'm walking more steadily. And I weigh 25 pounds less than i did last August. My trainers have been excellent: patient but demanding, continually pushing me to do a bit more. An example.... In January, my trainer taught me to use the leg press machine, doing 30 repetitions with weight set at 40 pounds. I'm now doing 50 reps at 240 pounds. I'll confess to being a demanding consumer. When I pay for goods and services, I insist on getting my money's worth. At Gold's Gym, I've gotten just that: a pleasant facility, good equipment, and first-rate trainers. I'm one very satisfied customer.

  • Benita F

    I met Makayla in October if 2018. My goal at the time was to firm up and gain muscle. Thru the year I have done both by losing 41 inches overall, increasing my strength and feeling stronger. No longer are the grocery bags too heavy, a 5 mile walk is not exhausting and my clothes looking and fitting better. It was Makayla’s fun personality and encouragement that made the physical changes possible.

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