Client Testimonials

We Let Our Clients Speak For Themselves

They can put into better words than we ever could.

Working out with Parrish prior to my wedding was just what I needed. I knew I wanted to be toned but didn’t want to “bulk up”. I also knew that in a large group setting at a regular gym, I wouldn’t have maintained the accountability needed given the distractions from planning a wedding. Parrish’s unique style is addictive- results are apparent almost immediately and reaching your goals always feels attainable. The gym atmosphere is small enough to feel personal but large enough to feel like a family. The different exercises and circuits that Parrish sets up offer a wide variety- I’m always gettting exposed to new exercises to challenge me in new ways. The results from my workouts were far more than I ever even hoped for… I am more toned than ever and my wedding photos look incredible! My confidence is high and I feel fantastic. Even now that the wedding has come and gone, I am continuing my PT with Parrish.

Thank you, Parrish, for everything!

– Jayme

“Why do I like Prime-8 Fitness? Parrish creates a fun, supportive, and encouraging environment for work-outs. At the same time, kathy-she kicks your butt. I never know what to expect when I show up for each work-out, so I never get bored or complacent. The Prime-8 fitness method is very efficient. Cardio, muscle strengthening, core, and stamina. It’s amazing and fun to feel myself getting stronger and more energetic. Parrish kind of sneaks up on you with that, always tweaking the workout to challenge you as you get more fit. I also feel that the work-outs give me a more positive outlook on all aspects of my life, and help clear my mind.
Not a bad deal! I love it!!!”

-Kathy S.

“Parrish. Just want to give you huge kudo’s for personal training me!! I just weighed in at 179. I haven’t been below 180 since college. Feels great to hit a huge goal. You are truly the man. Dedicated!! Follow through, always checking up on everyone. Varying up workouts so we don’t get bored. Getting us outside occasionally. Even cardio training!!! Watching eating patterns, even helping with grocery shopping! Now that’s above and beyond. Thanks!”

-Dave LaGree
Owner: Anytime Fitness

“About a year ago I came to the realization that I needed to be more fit, lose weight and eat more nutritionally. I also realized that Ijoe-p couldn’t do this alone without the proper direction, skills and motivation – I needed a personal trainer. While working out on my own at Anytime Fitness Gym and speaking with a number of people there, it became very clear that the person they would recommend most was Parrish McGrade and Prime 8 Fitness.

During my first interview with Parrish he didn’t focus on himself or Prime 8 Fitness. Rather he focused on my needs and goals in order to develop a fitness program tailored to meet my individual needs and goals. Along with his Belly Blaster nutritional meal plan I worked with Parrish 3 times a week focusing on full body and targeted workouts. Within a matter of weeks I achieved my targeted weight loss, and the workouts had me feeling better than I have felt in a long time. I began to receive compliments from friends and family, and most importantly from my cardiologist who noticed a dramatic difference in the tests that he ran. I’m also able to wear a lot of clothes that wouldn’t have been possible prior to undertaking this fitness program.

I would highly recommend Parrish and Prime 8 Fitness for anyone who is serious about their fitness goals and want the personal attention and highly proficient personal training skills necessary to successfully achieve those goals.”

-Joe P.

“I lost 43 lbs. and 13 {24fa9309831cb98013083628d956aa9dce7dcb94a578d2ee170a672dec3088a2} body fat!” “This is coming from someone who NEVER went to a gym before or exercised. You showed me how to take it one day, one step at a time. You also didn’t make promises, but proved that performance equals result. You inspired me to believe in myself -motivated me to work harder and make lifestyle changes that were good for me. By not being a drill sergeant, you make working out almost fun. Parrish has done so well with his new Prime 8 Fitness center. It’s always fun and exciting! You never know what you’re going to encounter for your session- it can be a one on one or a group of 2, 3, 4 or more. I’ve met some great people – all of us are trying to improve ourselves and get fit. Parrish is the one that makes that happen! He truly knows what he’s doing, enjoys it, and passes that on to the rest of us. It’s ALWAYS challenging and rewarding ! LOVE IT!!! Give him a try- you WON’T be dissappointed!”

– Nan A.

“Prime 8 Fitness has shown me that I could take my workout to the next level. I had already taken myself on the weight loss journey to remember and I wanted to see if I could push myself even further by continuing down the path of good health and well being. I wanted to challenge myself like I had never before. My goal for boot camp and personal training was to become leaner and a stronger me. I live and breath this everyday now. I have muscles that I didn’t even know existed and I will show people even if they don’t want to see! I look forward to leaving work to get to the gym and getting up at 6:30am on a Saturday for a 7:30am boot camp has become second nature to me. It is not only my release from a long day in the office, I am surrounded by great people and a trainer that believes in me. I have tried many fitness programs but NOTHING has given me results like this in such a short time. I believe that it has been support and accountability that has changed my life. I feel great and I owe it all to Parrish and the Prime 8 Family! ” -Michelle A.
“I have never used a personal trainer before, but as I entered my 60′s and gravity began to win over my body I decided it was time.david-l Parrish was the right choice. His choice of free weights and body weight exercise has not only improved my strength and body tone, but my balance and dexterity as well. I am in the best shape I have been in my life as I have stopped fooling myself into thinking I am doing the right thing, and that I am doing enough of it. Left to my own resources I would drop out of a set 1/2 way to where Parrish takes me. The change up in routine that Parrish takes me through pulls me quickly out of that “plateau” that we all reach with exercise when we start to see no change. I quickly move up to another level of fit and endurance. I am not dedicating a lot of time to training in each session as Parrish trains with a high level of efficiency getting maximum results in the shortest time. I saw noticeable changes in 90 days in my trim and fit, and now after 6 months I get expressions of surprise when someone finds out how old I am. My biggest problem is all the money I am spending at the tailor having my pants taken in. I have gone from a 36 to a 33 waist in less than 6 months. I bought a new suit 2 1/2 months ago and it has to go back for alteration, again!” -David L.

“Being in the Fitness Industry myself, I measure fitness companies with a very intense yardstick. I expect nothing less thaneileen-f excellence, professionalism, experience and superior knowledge of the discipline you are teaching. I can tell you that my experience with Parrish McGrade and Prime 8 Fitness in Countryside surpasses my white glove exam. Parrish demonstrates complete and current knowledge, fantastic challenging programs that are modified as necessary that he keeps fresh and me always wanting to go back for more. When you meet Parrish, you know that he is in the field he was meant to be in. His passion is clear, his enthusiasm contagious and sense of humor delightful. If you are looking for a place to work out that is both challenging and fun I cannot recommend Prime 8 fitness enough.”

-Eileen F.

“I’m a person that likes to work out and have been working out for a long time which includes having a 2nd degree black belt inviki-k martial arts. I’ve felt that my fitness level had not been improving at all and needed something to push me through my plateau. I’ve been training with Parrish for the past 6 months and my fitness level has improved beyond my expectations. My strength and cardiovascular endurance is the best it’s ever been. As a bonus I also have melted away 23 pounds! I’m going to be testing for another black belt in late September and look forward to fighting through the next few months with Parrish and our training!!! Thank you for everything!” -Viki K.