Success Stories

“I lost 24 lbs in 6 weeks and am now in the best shape of my life after having spinal stenosis surgery….”

Before training with Hocevar Performance my training was at a regular gym and I was just maintaining the results I had achieved in the past. I wanted to get leaner as well as get my strength levels up. To top it all of, the year before I had 2 knee surgeries and spinal stenosis surgery, this is very invasive. The doctors told me I shouldn’t lift heavy weights and had advice to restrict much of my physically demanding activities. I was frustrated and feeling like there is no solution and that I may always have to “watch what I do”.

I was skeptical that I could maintain my muscle while losing the fat as I had always done regular cardio and never had success. I was really worried about not being able to do the strength workouts because of my back and knees. I was told not to deadlift, squat, run! I didn’t know how I was going to deal with that.

At first, training with Hocevar Performance I lost 24 lbs in 6 weeks with training specifically outlined for me and my trainer keeping me accountable with my nutrition. Most importantly, my pain levels have almost completely diminished and I have never been as strong, athletic and flexible and even the doctors were amazed that I can squat, deadlift and sprint with absolutely no pain! This is all because of the great programs that were catered to my needs and constant emphasis on form.

Because of Hocevar Performance I now feel better than I ever have, lean, muscular, pain free and able to perform anything!

Dennis Williams Jr.
Renton, WA

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“35 lbs and 10% loss of body fat later”

The support and training of Luka and his Hocevar Performance were by far the biggest reason as to why I got the incredible results I did. Luka taught me and educated me on everything I know about health and wellness. He stood by my side and was continuously there for me whenever I needed his support. I have never in my life met anyone who is as genuinely passionate about helping people accomplish their goals. Was this life change easy? No, but the challenging yet fun workouts and the constant support made it possible. If you truly want a long lasting self rewarding satisfying life change, it is possible and it is in your own hands. Luka accepted me not only as a client but he also saw and understood the goal I was struggling to obtain recognized the potential in me and was able to guide and accomplish my goals with me.

At the end of three months I lost nearly 35 pounds of fat and lost 10 percent of my body fat. I think of the numerous wasted years I put in “effortless effort” into these “quick fixes” always winded up in failure and am amazed every time because I reached my life long goals in a matter of three months with Luka and Hocevar Performance. Everyday I am extremely thankful for Luka becoming a part of my life. He saved me and in those short three months changed my life for the better for my entire life.

Stacy Kelly
Auburn, WA

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“Faster, quicker on the court and 12 lbs to my frame!”

I heard about Hocevar Performance through another athlete that had trained there and swore by the training. I did not know what to expect when starting with the summer athlete program but soon realized that the training at the Hocevar Performance facility was like nothing I had ever done before, the program, guidance, motivation and especially the atmosphere!
The training addressed all my weaknesses and enhanced my strengths to where I’m going to college faster, quicker and stronger with 12 lbs more muscle.

I believe that the training at Hocevar Performance has really given me an edge over the competition and the x-factor that will help me with my dream of playing professional basketball!

Carlos Singer
College athlete


“Walked into spring training at 238 lbs and 9.1% body fat…. performance was through the roof!”

My first year and off season training with Hocevar Performance I was looking to take my performance to the next level and move up the ranks of the Tampa Bay Rays. My experience and results were way above expectations, I went from 252 lbs to 238 lbs and dropped my body fat from 15.2% to 9.1%  (measured by the Tampa Bays start of the season) and even more importantly my performance went through the roof,  from hitting power, sprint speed, etc. not to mention getting rid of my nagging injuries.

The training was challenging and there is definitely no b.s.-ing at the HP facility, but there is constant motivation, an unbelievable environment and training that is designed specifically for your goals. If you’re an athlete looking to get an edge over the competition and stand out from the rest I highly recommend Hocevar Performance!

Matt Fields
Tampa Bay Rays


“Lost 27 lbs in 3 months, got rid of pain and changed my body”

There’s a reason I’m not smiling in that first picture…

After several years of inactivity, I began my quest for fitness in 2005 by bicycling and working out in a traditional gym.  My primary goal was weight loss. After some initial results, I hit a plateau that I could not get past, no matter how many miles I put in on the bike (up to 5,000 in one year!).  I couldn’t seem to lose any more weight and my knees were beginning to complain about all that pedaling!  Being in my 50′s I knew that time wasn’t necessarily on my side, as my metabolism was slowing with age.  I needed to do something vastly different that what I had been doing in order to look better, feel better, and improve my fitness for cycling.

I learned of kettlebell training via some of the write-ups on the movie 300, describing how the actors trained for their roles in that film.  I tried a couple of other kettlebell coaches before I connected with Luka and Hocevar Performance Gym in January 2009.  Through my weekly training sessions with Luka, the workouts he gave me to do at home, and his diet recommendations I was able to lose 27 pounds in 3 months.  Since then I have continued to lose fat, build muscle, and the knee pain has disappeared.

What sets Luka apart from the other trainers and gyms I have worked with is that he was able to identify my weaknesses, understand my goals, and put me on a precise path to achieving my goals and overcoming those weaknesses.  I look and feel better than I have in 20 years.  My next goal is to obtain my RKC (Russian Kettlebell Challenge) Certification in February, a feat that would have been inconceivable a year ago!

I highly recommend Luka to anyone who asks… in fact three of my cycling friends and my wife have started to train with Luka because of my results.
John Calnan
Auburn, WA


“Best shape of my life after cancer and surgery…”

I spent most of 2007 undergoing 5 surgeries and 33 rounds of high dose radiation so due to recovery time from each treatment, I was unable to maintain my previous level of exercise, as a matter of fact most of the year was spent not exercising except for walking when I was able to. .  I also spent a good share of recovery periods with my arms elevated on pillows due to the pain associated with movement so muscle tone became nonexistent.

As I started working out again, I just did not seem to progress. Due to the numerous surgeries and recovery periods, I had lost certain functions in my right arm.  It just seemed like I was always dropping things and my arm just didn’t want to do what I wanted it to do.

Then a friend told me I needed to go to Hocevar Performance and meet Luka in July 2008. I was a little skeptical just because I had a tough time getting any results after the surgery.

My goal was to be back to the level of fitness I was in prior to getting sick by my 45th the end of September.  Luka helped me meet and surpass that goal. I have learned a whole different lifestyle through his advice on eating, exercise and how to look at life and rid it of negative influences.  Though I always have had a positive outlook on life, getting rid of outside negativity makes every day even better.

The level of fitness, muscle tone and energy I now have is amazing!!   My right arm has recovered and now is stronger than the left arm.  I have a great 6 pack and have dropped to a size 2 – who would have thought that a year after undergoing surgery that left me with so many scars – including one 20 inches long, that I would be swinging around bell weights and flipping around a 200 pound tire with what I would consider ease.

Shari Richardson
Maple Valley, WA

“Got ready for the basketball season in 5 weeks”

I was coming of an injury and I needed to get ready for the basketball pre-season in a short amount of time. I turned to Luka and Hocevar Performance for the training expertise and I have to say I had one of the best pre-seasons. I honestly didn’t believe I could achieve the high level of conditioning in such a short amount of time.

The training is customized to your goals, the atmosphere is great and you will use tools from kettlebells, strongman implements, bands, sleds, etc. all to take your performance beyond what you’ve experienced before.

Eric Sandrin
Seoul Samsung Thunders


“I put on 42 lbs of muscle in 9 months and won the state championship…”

I started training at Hocevar Performance playing multiple sports (wrestling, football, and track) and had a goal of getting a college scholarship in football and/or track. In the next 9 months I transformed my body and went from 186 lbs to 228 lbs as well as improving my 40 yard dash, increasing my vertical jump by 5 inches and winning the state championship in discuss! I went on to finish 3rd in the nationals!

The training at Hocevar Performance is like nothing I have ever experienced; it challenged me physically and mentally and made me believe of how much more I am capable of. The things I set out for myself are far behind and I have much higher goals which I now I will achieve!

I received a college scholarship for track and field and sky is the limit from here as I will continue to train with an unfair advantage – the Hocevar Performance Gym.

Armin Basic
College athlete


“I lost 63 lbs in 3 months and won the competition…”

I finally became honest with myself after looking in the mirror and I knew that I had to do something about my weight and about the way I was feeling. I was always felt sluggish with low energy levels and I found myself being unproductive throughout the day. I decided to enter a weight loss competition and chose Luka and Hocevar Performance as my personal training corner.

Training with Luka was definitely out of my comfort zone but one of the best decisions I ever made. I had constant accountability, motivation, nutritional advice as well as training that pushed my every day and a kick in the butt when I needed it! I ended getting results I never dreamed with a 63 lb weight loss as well as losing over 10% of body fat. Many of my friends and family didn’t recognize me….

If you are serious about achieving incredible results and you stop convincing yourself that there are short cuts then go to Hocevar Performance and change your life, the results are nothing short of spectacular if you are willing to dedicate yourself.

Jim Tweet
South Seattle


“Baby fat has now became a 6 pack after 35 lbs of fat loss…”

I have been an athlete and in great shape all of my life, so I thought that after having a baby my body would fall right back into its normal shape with some training. That was not the case. I spent hours upon hours in the gym feeling discouraged because I could not get the baby fat off or gain any muscle back. That’s when I discovered Luka and Hocevar Performance. After watching him train his clients with passion, expertise and the extra push I knew he was exactly what I needed.

I started training with him and literally watched my body change in a matter of 2 months.  Time spent with Luka at Hocevar Performance taught me all about training, and nutrition, something I had never truly cared about.  This new found interest made me want to keep pushing forward with him, and I am so glad that I did. 6 months later I am now 30 years old and back at my college weight. Since the baby I have lost 35 lbs and I have a six pack, my body is toned in a way that it has never been before!  I love Luka for all that he has given back to me, my body, my health and most of all my confidence.

Hocevar Performance training and Renton Results Boot camp made a difference in my life and there is one undeniable truth – they work! So what are you waiting for, try it…..

Pam Johnson
Renton, WA