Karen’s success story

We hear a variety of myths about fitness and our services as people are considering becoming a part of our Fit Family.

For example:

-I need to get in shape to become a boot camp member

-I’m already in shape so 30 minutes can’t possibly be enough

-I play/ do xyz sport so I don’t need to do any strength training

And the list goes on…

Our dedicated and successful early morning client Karen C came to us already in fantastic shape but looking for something she could do on a tight schedule.

Karen was in great shape as a volleyball player in high school and in early adulthood. She had children and noticed when her youngest was about 1 year old that she had gotten out of shape.

She was inspired to resume athletics when she saw Ironman participants in the heat of their big triathlon event.  She convinced some friends to sign up and train with her for a sprint triathlon. Over the course of the next four years, she trained for and participated in many triathlon races, but eventually the time commitment (both to training and away from her family) took its toll. Karen found herself burnt out on triathlons and looking for something faster and more convenient.

Enter exercise DVDs.

For Karen, the issue was never about getting to the workouts or getting the work done. She was and is very self-motivated, but after several years of individual sports and training alone- doing videos in her basement- she was bored and lonely.

Karen says, her initial goal was to get to FBBC 3-4 times per week. Most weeks she makes it 5-6 sessions per week. She says she hasn’t lost any weight or inches but that wasn’t the objective.

What she wanted to see if she could do was maintaing her already great physical shape with less time dedicated to exercise.  She has done this AND met some new people and gotten closer to existing friends. We call that a win.

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Wins come in many forms and they won’t be the same for each person –

Whether your fitness goals including losing 20lbs of fat, being in better shape for the sports you play or maintaining great shape with minimal time invested MPower Fitness and MPower Fitness are here to help.

–  Megan K and Team

Dan’s Story

​​We talk a lot about the ladies that work out with us at FBBC but what about those awesome men that come in too? Today, I’m going to highlight one of our fantastic FBBC dudes!

Dan Martin is a great guy that wasn’t new to fitness, but he wasn’t making much effort to make fitness and his health a priority. As time goes by you wake up one morning, look in the mirror and say, “OMG, where did these rolls come from? Why can’t I fit into my pants anymore?”

Even though Dan knew how to work out he would let life get in the way as he put it and really wasn’t doing anything towards fitness.

From a workout standpoint I wasn’t doing anything and over the past 10 years I added about 30 pounds to my body. Physically I wanted to change. When I’m active or working out I have always been in a better place emotionally and mentally.”

This is true for most people. I really don’t hear people say they feel awful after a workout even if it was a tough one. Most people feel great afterwards and when they attend more often, each day they feel better and better.

One of Dan’s excuses for not working out before was “life getting in the way”. With the 30-minute workouts Dan does not allow life to get in his way anymore. He has seen how you can fit fitness into your life if that’s what you really want.

The schedule offered by FBBC is perfect since there are various sessions throughout the day and they are only 30 minutes. I am able to swing in for a morning workout to get the blood flowing and back home to get ready for the day before anyone else is even up.

My energy level is so much higher which makes is easy for me to get up in the morning and make it to my 6:00am session. I feel great and FBBC gave me the kick start I needed to get back into fitness and maintaining a healthy lifestyle.”

I honestly love how bootcamp works with anyone’s schedule. There really is no excuse not to be here. You get in and get out, bam your workout is done in 30 minutes. And when you pay attention to what you put into your body your results will come faster and you’ll be amazed. It just takes some effort and determination on your end. We got you on the rest.

During the challenge I lost 15 lbs, 3.75” and 2.5% body fat. I really like seeing the numbers going in that direction but more importantly I feel so much better physically and emotionally. 

I have made significant physical changes but more importantly I have changed my behavior by working out consistently and eating better to ensure a healthier lifestyle. I still enjoy the same foods I used to eat, just not as much or as often.”

Dan it was such a pleasure to see in the morning. We are very proud of his achievements!

Go get it Dan!

– Megan K and Team

Staying the course

Today’s message is about staying the course…
On every path there will be obstacles;
there will be setbacks:
  • Injuries
  • Stressful times at work
  • Emotional stress
  • Loss of family members/ pets
  • Financial stress
But it is crucial that no matter what you keep going forward all the ways you can. 
You might need to take a break from your favorite thing to let an injury heal or to restore financial balance to your life
but what can you do in the meantime? 
Can you keep a food log?
Can you go for walks? Can you do Youtube videos at home?
Can you do a travel workout?
We have all heard that “where there is a will there is a way”. This is true. 
It is crucial that regardless of the setback or the circumstances you keep doing the best you can. 
Listen, everyone “falls off the wagon” from time to time. Some folks fall off it a few times a year. Some seem to be in an on and off
pattern until things click…
the most important thing is to keep getting back on it, no matter how many times you fall off.
No journey is a straight line to success.
Just keep doing the best you can.
We are here for you and committed to your success,
Megan K and the team

Lisa’s Story!

For many of us finding a fitness pursuit that becomes something we enjoy or even love, can be tough. Before MPower Fitness Boot Camp, Lisa felt lost and bored with her fitness program. She had spent a year or two trying to convince herself that she loved to run for cardio.  She found it unexciting and repetitive with no variety other than the music. When she was worn out with that, she began weight lifting. Weights were more enjoyable than running but she still didn’t love them…”I would plug in my headphones, follow a plan, and go to work. There was no community. Most people who lift do it on their own.”

We are glad that Lisa found FBBC when she did. She was inspired to pursue a fitness journey by her friends, coworkers, and her husband Cory.  Cory is “amazing and hard to keep up with…but I’m trying. I want my kids to have a mom who plays, runs and teaches them why our health is so important” .

No journey is without obstacles…Lisa has to work to balance her schedule and she had to overcome a lack of confidence.   “I had never really been the athletic type so many activities were very intimidating to me (inside and outside of the gym). I also struggled with comparison. It is is really hard to realize that everyone’s journey is different. What works for one may not for another, but FBBC looks at everyone’s journey to see what will work”  then there is the time commitment piece…

“I commute to St. Cloud for work every day. That takes two hours sitting in the car daily.  So we have to schedule it. It is just part of the plan each and every week.  Plan out when and where you get your activity and how you fit in your sessions. I try to get to a minimum of 4 sessions if not 5 each week”

Once Lisa, Cory and their family got into a routine things smoothed out for her and she began seeing results.

Lisa says, “I can’t speak more highly about FBBC. This community means so much to me. From trying out a 3 week mini challenge at the end of summer last year, to now. It has quite simply changed my life and the lives of my family. Fitness and activity are a part of everyday now. I have found amazing friendships that I was challenged finding due to busy community/ work/ family schedules”.

And speaking of overcoming obstacles…Lisa says she is about to face her biggest challenge yet. “I set the goal that 2018 was the year that I would step out of my comfort zone. I am not an extrovert by any means. I have now done the FBBC Amazing Race, signed up for the Rugged Maniac, AND With a little push from a great friend and coaches, I signed up for the “My First Tri”.  These things are all beyond that comfort zone”

WOW!

Amazing stuff Lisa.

No more of the same old thing for you! In addition to stepping outside of her comfort zone, she is also down 6.9 lbs and 18.5 inches!

We are so excited for your progress and your success.

Pete’s Story

Happy Friday! I’m thrilled to see so many more success stories coming out of our recent challenges, I decided you needed to hear Pete’s story!

Working out and exercise mean different things to different people. Everyone can lose weight and inches and feel better about themselves but each person has a different story as to why they started and what it did for them. When Pete told me his story I have to say it really made me think and I got a bit emotional…

Pete was one of those guys who really didn’t do much physical fitness. He did some push ups here and there, walked at work and treated projects around his house as his exercise. He tried weight watchers and lost about 15 lbs. but he didn’t get out of it what he wanted.

“While I lost some weight, I didn’t gain the physical rewards I was looking for like strength or endurance. Mentally, I was frustrated by the smallest of things. I had enough experience to know that this was the probably the result of not getting any exercise. Yet I didn’t have the motivation to get the exercise as part of a routine.”

Pete found us through Amazon and all this was changed for him. He told me that every session he attends the stress drains out of him leaving him with a fresh perspective on life. This is only thing though that gave him a different perspective on life and on exercise. And this is the part where I got tears.

I asked Pete what his inspiration was and this is what he told me.

“There are a few different facets to this. On one hand, I guess I’m selfish that I don’t want to be “That guy” who looks and acts 75 when they’re 50. On the other hand, my brother was diagnosed with ALS in 2012. Here is a guy who was a second degree black belt in Tae-Kwon-Do who can no longer walk, much less zip up his jacket. I can’t really describe the pain and sorrow of watching someone wither away. There isn’t a known cause or a known cure for this disease. It just happened. While I’m not a particularly religious person, whenever I see him I’m struck by how cruel the disease is, and how lucky the rest of us are. It would be easy for Ted to cave into a mush bucket and crawl into a bottle. But he faces each day with a positive, happy to be alive, look at how fortunate I am attitude. God I wished I had that emotional strength. But I don’t. So I cope by training/working-out and counting the blessings I do have.”

WOW!!! Life really is precious and we don’t know what tomorrow will bring. I have a feeling that Pete’s brother is a strong as he is because of the exercise and physical discipline he had prior to getting ALS. I get goose bumps thinking about this.

For Pete, he is in a better place because he took the chance to come in and do something about his own health. It’s not always easy taking that step, but as you can see it paid of for him. He is a better person because of it.

“Probably the best thing that has happened to me is that I now have much more patience for everything at home and work.

I jokingly say that this is my daily Romper Room time, but in some ways it really is. For me, it’s fun to meet new people who share a common interest. It makes my day when I can sprinkle in some comments or references (often self-deprecating) to get people to laugh and engage.”

I know I say this over and over again, but I feel amazing inside to be a part of stories like this. It truly is an amazing feeling.

~Megan K

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Denise D’s Story!

When a client has made great progress with us we ask them a variety of questions about their journey with the purpose of being able to share their stories and inspire you.

Sometimes clients send back their responses in such a well-written series of statements, almost like an essay, that I can’t help but share it just as is.

Denise D is one of those clients.

Her story, in her words, is simply too true and hilariously written for me to not share it as is.

I was a “militant non-exerciser” – that is to say that I downplayed and mentally ridiculed people who talked about going to the gym all the time.  They just seemed pretty sanctimonious. Not to say I never was in shape. I swam butterfly in high school, was on college, graduate school, and adult ski teams, swam water ballet in college (hardest sport I ever did), and have always golfed.  But flat out exercise??? No way. Maybe a smattering of failed attempts here and there. I collapsed running laps in middle school while on the basketball team, and swore I’d never run again on purpose – unless someone made me.  (I’m sure I was dehydrated – in the Caribbean, outside in the afternoon, running on an asphalt court – all before the emphasis on water…). Most exercise involved running. Wasn’t doing it. Still don’t want to. I think that may have affected my attitude toward exercise???

And I really bristled when people posted about their gym accomplishments on FB.  If you’re doing it for yourself, great. Stop cramming it down the rest of our throats. Defensive??? Perhaps…

So fast forward to me as a 55 year old. My doctor told me, every time I went in for an annual physical (or anything, really), that I needed to lose weight and exercise.  “Please get down to at least the top end of the normal BMI range, ok? Do you know what that is? You can start with just losing 10%. That is shown to make a health difference. Have you ever thought of Weight Watchers? A lot of my patients have good luck with that.” [Yep.  Been through the program. Four times – the first time when I was 16… And I did Slimgenics 11 years ago and lost 56 pounds in 6 ½ months, fully intending to start exercising once the weight came off. Then I went on the road 80% of the time for the following 10 years and got to where I was.].  So after not listening to the doctor of late, I have stopped going in for annual physicals. If you pay a professional then don’t take their advice, why go?

And I had been dodging the camera at all costs for at least 3 years.  If there was a group picture to be taken, I made sure I was in the back row with my head poking through.  If someone happened to get a picture of me and tagged me on FB, I religiously untagged myself. Hubby and family definitely got the message to take no pictures of me.  And my clothes sizes just kept creeping up. Suits are expensive, so no small thing. Then even the large sizes wouldn’t let the buttons close.

And then I realized that these were things that my mom had been doing for a long time before she died of a heart of attack at age 74.  That was 19 years older than I was. That’s not a very long runway from where I was sitting.

And sitting, I was. I had started my own business, home officing, in July before I started at FBBC in September.  Do you know how little you have to walk when you work at home in a job that has you on the computer or phone all day? Even the kitchen for coffee and bathroom for, well, you know… are very close.  Even my printer was now right at my knee. Not. Very. Many. Steps.

And those persistent FB pop-ups from FBBC! Finally, without any knowledge whatsoever about what I was getting into, I signed up for the Fall Fitness Challenge. No trial class. No one I knew who went there.  Just jumped into the deep end of the pool with a vision to lose 75 pounds eventually. FBBC was waaaaaay more expensive than anything else I knew about, so I figured I’d get started there then move to someplace else once I got into a groove, or on my way. And here I am 14 months later

1- How were you emotionally, physically and mentally before FBBC and what has changed?

Hmm…

Physically I was not strong. Didn’t really know how “not strong” I was until after I started at FBBC. And I had NO IDEA how poor my balance had become.  Could that have been part of the reason that I broke my hand the November before when I tripped? Perhaps. There is a high percentage of broken bones once one hits 50.  In part because of reduced bone density (not my issue). In part, I’d bet, because of poor balance. I hadn’t slept well (read more than 5 hours) in years. My skin had issues. And let’s just say it out loud – I was, um, fat. I can couch it in lots of terms: Obese according to the medical charts. Had moved up to the Women’s section at the stores (plus sizes – ugh. Just the entry sizes, but still!!!). And I wasn’t fit enough to feel confident enough to want to DO things anymore.  Time to take the dock in? Let’s schedule it when my 22-year-old son could help my husband. Thinking about a trip to the Boundary Waters? How about if hubby would go with his guy friends instead of me – I’m sure that would be more fun for him anyway. Put on the snow shoes and go tromp on the lake? That sounds REALLY cold! Skiing in January? Can’t we wait until it’s a little warmer? And when was the last time the canoe was even in the water??? Any excuse would do. Reading a book with a glass of wine in my hand ALWAYS sounded better. (Ok, that still sounds pretty nice, actually.)

Mentally I think was still in pretty good shape.  I do a lot of heady work, so that never got the opportunity to slide.  Though I’m sure that more years of not enough sleep would eventually trash that.

Emotionally, I was sick of hiding.  I was pulling into a shell just because of how I looked.  I was embarrassed. When I looked around a room, I almost always pegged myself as the heaviest.  This was perhaps an underlying reason that I left my really great job as a consultant with Gallup. I was in front of rooms of people – leading discussions, giving presentations, and giving speeches on most days.  It was starting to feel like I didn’t belong there because of how I looked. I thought about a statement that I read about sort criteria someone used when choosing to hire a consultant… physically fit appearance was high on the list.  It reflected discipline and establishing high goals for oneself. OK. That wasn’t me anymore.

Today I am strong.  I am physically strong (my kids gave hubby grief that I was the athletic one in the family now, even though he started going to the gym last January – and he spends 2 hours there whenever he goes!) and mentally stronger. Emotionally I’m still on my journey since I still have a long way to go to hit my goal.  I think what I posted on our FBBCMG group page is a pretty good indication of where I am:

A revelation on vacation: I started at FBBC 14 months ago to lose 75 pounds and to get smaller a different way. I’m down 40… Haven’t hit “goal” yet but have stumbled (or rather didn’t stumble) upon the benefits of being FIT. I’m stronger. I said “Yes, let’s do it” to a tough 4 mile bike ride followed by a difficult 1 mile hike in the dark over broken lava (each way) to see an AMAZING lava flow. I said yes to a 2-tank scuba dive when in the past it was one tank (on the second tank we got to swim with a 30′ whale shark!) I hiked up and down Diamond Head volcano and then said, “Sure. Let’s walk the 2 miles to the beach” instead of taking an Uber. (On our walk we found there was going to be a Phillip Phillips concert on that end of the beach in 4 hours…)

I have never given any credit (or thought, really) to the benefits of being FIT. Today I can proudly say that I get it.

And I will still SLOWLY lose those other @#$! 35 pounds. Thanks Megan, Abby, and all the rest of the Fitbody family.

 

2- What or who is your inspiration? Tell me about this.

What was my inspiration? Perhaps fear of dying young. Perhaps wanting to regain confidence. Perhaps watching my previously-competitive-Irish-dancing daughter start to behave physically like me and gain weight (OK, maybe it was the Freshman 20…). I was tired of hiding – that wasn’t me. And really? Since I only saw hubby who home offices in the same office I do every day, it was a way to get out and see other humans in person.  A little bit of a lot of things.

 

3- How do you balance your work life, family life and your day to day agendas with fitting time in for yourself at FBBC?

FBBC is a part of my day to get out of the house! If it’s a low energy day at my desk, I take off at “lunch” and hit the noon class. Since intermittent fasting has become my norm, I drink a protein shake at 11, so midday is open (no eating time needed…) I’m lucky as both of my kids are adults now (though my oldest, my son, still lives – and eats – at home), so I have more flexibility to be selfish and take time for myself.  It also helps A LOT that hubby goes to the gym also (though not as often as I do.) We talk about what moves our respective trainers are asking us to do. We complain about which muscle groups hurt. We pick vacation hotels that have gyms and actually go together and use them. And I love that FBBC has so many time options. (Though I wish there was an earlier Saturday one as many times it would be easier to fit in other plans if this was done sooner.) I’m pretty committed to showing up at least 4 times a week, and I try for 5. Seems to be working as I’ve been at it for 14 months!

And it’s only an hour door to door.  Not a bad investment in myself – and then it’s one fewer hour that I have to think about not drinking my wine in the cellar! (Ok, wine closet…)

 

4- What is your overall experience with FBBC?

It’s great that it is about a lifestyle change and being fit – a totally different mindset that I had entering. The transition is still a journey… My experience has definitely gotten better over time as I’ve gotten to know the coaches – some of them pretty well. Now I look forward to seeing who is there coaching, and usually chatting with her. It’s nice to go someplace where the leader in the room looks genuinely happy to see that I’m there – and knows my name. But honestly, it started off pretty rocky. My first coach assignment didn’t really connect, and thankfully Jackson sort of stepped in an picked me up.  Since I was just starting, that was important and probably a turning point. My first challenge did not deliver the results I was expecting either. I believe there were tears at weigh in… Coming to terms with the slow progress when one is over 50 has been tough to swallow. Working on that. I think the entire FBBC knows I’m working on that.

Every so often it strikes me that I’m usually the oldest person in the room. It doesn’t change how I do the work – so that’s good.  Just an odd realization… Kim’s success and passion is a great role model!

 

5- What is the biggest obstacle/challenge you have had to overcome at FBBC and how did you get through it?

I think the biggest obstacle is the incredibly slow progress on losing weight and really size.  I keep working on coming to terms with the benefits of being fit and strong, not just smaller. But I still want to be smaller!

Denise! Thank you for sharing your story with us.

I didn’t edit or cut anything because your words tell it all.

I think many of us can really relate to wanting to be a smaller size but a lot of that is really negative media influence.  We need to celebrate being fit, strong and healthy because that’s what it is really all about.

Megan K and Team

Seasons of fitness

Happy Thursday,

This week I had the privilege of meeting with a chiropractor friend and a massage therapist.
We were discussing the clients we see and the types of fitness programs available these days…
There are a lot. Things come and they go. Some fads are great and some are really harmful. 

The three of us acknowledged that there are seasons of fitness (whether we want them to be or not)…
As we age, we need to consider the longevity of what we are doing.

What you and I were able to do in our teens and our twenties required less recovery time
and was substantially more aggressive than what we can get away with now: high impact, strain on tendons, ligaments and joints etc. 

But at what point do we (re)evaluate what we are doing and change course? 

We need to always be navigating and walking the line between honoring our bodies and
challenging them/ having fun/ pursuing new things. 

Here at MPower Fitness, we seem to be in an ongoing battle with the philosophy of “more is better”
“no pain no gain”,  “if I am not extremely sore it didn’t work”, “I need to have my a** kicked to see results”.
Thankfully these things are not the case. The science doesn’t support the above statements.
We don’t need to do more, have our butts kicked or be extremely sore to see results.
But sometimes we want that for different reasons. 

It isn’t up to me, or us, as coaches to tell you what you should want but we will coach you to consider
the science and the long term ramifications of “ass kickings” and other sports/ hobbies/ fitness programs
that trash your joints and put you at risk of repetitive use injuries.  

Why? Because we are wanting as much as possible to have our clients for a long time (if not life) and to consider the BIG picture: sustainable movement.  We need to be able to use our bodies for a long, healthy, happy life.
Not just short term asthetics. 

For example, I don’t practice Muy Thai (anymore) because I got tired of being beat up (literally) and the fed up with the strain I was putting on my body.
I do play tennis…I hope to/ plan to play for the rest of my life.
I wanted something competitive. I wanted an occasional adrenaline rush but I needed to consider the long term impact on my body and tennis was much more sustainable

Consider what sustainability means to you.
Consider modifying what you do/love to continue doing that thing you love for years to come.

Your body will lead the way.

– Megan K

Joli’s Story!

A lot of times when we think about being teased for how we look, we think it happens to only those of us who have a few lbs to lose.

Unfortunately, all shapes and sizes can be teased for their appearance.

Our client Joli, is one of those women who was teased and given a hard time for being too “skinny”.

She says, “I grew up always being teased about how thin I was. After kids and growing older, I was still thin, which was nicer at 48, but I wasn’t toned or strong”.

Before MPower Fitness Boot Camp, Joli says that she would “look at magazine spreads about actresses her age that looked fabulous. She thought ‘if I could have a personal trainer, I could look like that’ but she says she didn’t think she had the time or money for it.”

Her motivation turned around though, when she and her husband Harry booked a beach house for Harry’s 50th birthday. She knew this meant wearing a swimsuit and she no longer wanted to be regarded as the woman who was too thin.

Joli’s goal wasn’t to lose weight, when she began at MPower Fitness.  Her goal was to feel good about herself and to gain some muscle and strength. Prior to joining she was busy- like each of you- raising two daughter ages 16 and 19, working full-time and doing a couple of Yoga classes here and there.

She says she did what she set out to do though, “in the two years that I’ve been there…my clothes look better, my waist is more defined, my legs look toned and I’m not embarrassed about having skinny “stick arms” anymore! I have never been this comfortable in my own body in my entire life! I never want to go back to my old way of life! I may not be a runner or a body builder or a cross-country skier, but I have found the exercise program that works for me and that I’m GOOD AT! Thank You!”

Being a busy working professional it can be hard to make the lifestyle change to add exercise. Joli says it became a priority and that “the funny thing about this is that once you do it enough, you don’t even think about it anymore! I’ve been coming at 5:00/ 5:10pm for most of my 2 years at FBBC. Now my brain and body are trained to go straigth there from work! I’m usually able to make plans after 6pm. “ She says now there are many times when she’ll do a quick change back to regular clothes to be off to the next thing after her workout.

“The other thing that makes it easier and more fun is having an accountability partner and mine is my husband! I love working out with him! We have a shared experience and a good workout at the end of a stressful day, puts us both in a better mood!”

Joli says her goals have changed a bit since joining MPower Fitness. “My goals are to be here for a long time!  I want to travel without using a walker, I want to keep up with my future grandchildren, I want to wear a swimsuit and be proud, I want to avoid injuries from falls or back problems from lack of flexibility… I want to enjoy my life as an empty-nester along with my favorite workout partner! I feel stronger, healthier, happier! And I never want to let go of those feelings!”

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Kris B’s Story

When we lose someone we love there is often a long period of grief, sadness and uncertainty about the future.

This was the case for our client Kris Bruun.  Before becoming a member at MPower Fitness, Kris’ mother passed away and Kris fell into a deep sadness and depression.  She said that she “allowed the grief to consume her every day life”.  She was lonely, missing her mother, exhausted from the sadness and very worried about the possibility of no advancement in her career. With the loneliness and her future uncertain she said she was essentially “watching her life pass her by.”

Physically she was out of shape and unable to work, grocery shop or do daily activities without getting winded and feeling pooped. She found herself in a pattern of binge eating, gaining weight and then regretting it and wanting to change and see results. She would join fitness clubs but she felt that she didn’t quite belong.  She wasn’t sure what to do to get in better shape and she felt uncomfortable attending classes…

Kris knew things had to change. She wanted them to change but she wasn’t sure how.

 

One fateful evening, the MPower Fitness team went to Park Tavern for a staff bowling event.  Coach Kim knew and recognized Kris (who was bartending at the Tavern) and when Kris saw Kim and how great and happy Kim looked she was amazed. Kris asked Kim what she had been doing these last several months. Kim told her how MPower Fitness Boot Camp had changed her life.  Kim had been in a tough spot emotionally and stumbled across MPower Fitness Boot Camp. She had committed to the program, stayed consistent, seen incredible results and at that time Kim was down over 50lbs.  Kris was blown away.  Kim promised Kris that if she gave MPower Fitness Boot Camp a try, she too, could change her life.

 

Kris was nervous to come to MPower Fitness Boot Camp but hopeful as well.

She was desperate and willing to try what coach Kim had promised would work.

 

Kris joined on the Body Transformation Challenge.  She said was nervous about “actually being able to do all the movements.” Her fear was that she would “fail or the program wouldn’t work”.  By the end of the first session she knew it wouldn’t go like that. “Within the 1st week, I felt better mentally and physically. With each day I grew stronger and when I rang that bell for the first time, a feeling of accomplishment washed over me…not to mention love from the cheers of support from all the others in the studio.  The support and encouragement from my coach and all the others made me feel like I was home”.

 

With consistent attendance,  MPower Fitness Boot Camp became a part of her daily schedule.  She says it is now “her new routine. I work late so I usually go work out around noon then go do some errands before work. 1 of my 3 children has joined with me. I’m so much happier, healthier and stronger.” Since starting a year ago Kris can deadlift over 150lbs, do sit-ups and fit her entire body into ONE of her old pant legs. She is down 34lbs, 22.75 inches and 7.5% body fat.

 

But like anyone who has had success, Kris’ story isn’t free from bumps. She had to overcome plateaus and she is not yet totally to her goals. She said just a few months in she had stalled out in progress and stopped losing weight. With the help of coach Kim, they discovered that she wasn’t eating enough food!  Getting in more calories and trying to increase her sleep helped Kris overcome that plateau and see the scale number start dropping again.

 

Kris says she never knew how different her life could be just by feeling better and being in shape. “I enjoy the outdoor activities again. I love and eat fruit, veggies protein. Sweets are not a part of my daily diet anymore.” Best of all, Kris says she has had friends tell her they have been inspired by her. “I didn’t realize I could inspire someone to workout until people have told me they see my posts on FB and it inspires them to go workout. My workouts are the best part of my day. When I have rest days from FBBC I play with my 3 year old niece by teaching her jumping jacks, planks and sit ups. We chase each other all around the yard.”  If you’ve met Kris in session at our SLP studio, you probably remember her. She brings a lot of joy and positivity with her to every Boot Camp workout.

 

Kris said if you’re considering coming to MPower Fitness, “just give it a try”.  You need to come for more than just 3 sessions but just do it.  Come in and follow the tips from the coaches.  Before you know it you’ll be a part of an incredible fitness community where the coaches and the members really care about you.

 

We are so proud of you and all you’ve accomplished Kris!

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Lisa JM’s Story

Happy Friday,

For many of us finding a fitness pursuit that becomes something we enjoy or even love, can be tough. Before MPower Fitness Boot Camp, Lisa felt lost and bored with her fitness program. She had spent a year or two trying to convince herself that she loved to run for cardio.  She found it unexciting and repetitive with no variety other than the music. When she was worn out with that, she began weight lifting. Weights were more enjoyable than running but she still didn’t love them…”I would plug in my headphones, follow a plan, and go to work. There was no community. Most people who lift do it on their own.”

We are glad that Lisa found FBBC when she did. She was inspired to pursue a fitness journey by her friends, coworkers, and her husband Cory.  Cory is “amazing and hard to keep up with…but I’m trying. I want my kids to have a mom who plays, runs and teaches them why our health is so important” .

No journey is without obstacles…Lisa has to work to balance her schedule and she had to overcome a lack of confidence.   “I had never really been the athletic type so many activities were very intimidating to me (inside and outside of the gym). I also struggled with comparison. It is is really hard to realize that everyone’s journey is different. What works for one may not for another, but FBBC looks at everyone’s journey to see what will work”  then there is the time commitment piece…

“I commute to St. Cloud for work every day. That takes two hours sitting in the car daily.  So we have to schedule it. It is just part of the plan each and every week.  Plan out when and where you get your activity and how you fit in your sessions. I try to get to a minimum of 4 sessions if not 5 each week”

Once Lisa, Cory and their family got into a routine things smoothed out for her and she began seeing results.

Lisa says, “I can’t speak more highly about FBBC. This community means so much to me. From trying out a 3 week mini challenge at the end of summer last year, to now. It has quite simply changed my life and the lives of my family. Fitness and activity are a part of everyday now. I have found amazing friendships that I was challenged finding due to busy community/ work/ family schedules”.

And speaking of overcoming obstacles…Lisa says she is about to face her biggest challenge yet. “I set the goal that 2018 was the year that I would step out of my comfort zone. I am not an extrovert by any means. I have now done the FBBC Amazing Race, signed up for the Rugged Maniac, AND With a little push from a great friend and coaches, I signed up for the “My First Tri”.  These things are all beyond that comfort zone”

WOW!

Amazing stuff Lisa.

No more of the same old thing for you! In addition to stepping outside of her comfort zone,she is also down 6.9 lbs and 18.5 inches!

We are so excited for your progress and your success.

lisaJM

 

Megan K. and Team

 

If you are interested in learning more about our boot camp, please email us at info@fitbodysaintlouispark.com or info@fitbodymaplegrove.com. Come check us out for 3 free sessions!