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

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

Success Over Time

Happy Thursday,

This week, I am writing to you after a very exciting, learning filled weekend with our favorite celebrity guest coach Adam T Glass.

One of the common topics that was discussed this week, was success over time…

Success over time, is all about the ability to “stay in and play the game long-term”.  You may recall the coaches and myself saying that the “game of fat loss” is played 24 hours a day seven days a week.

Overall, this is the case for your fitness and health. The journey never ends and we’re never really on a break. We might be taking a break from moving toward our goals but that doesn’t mean our bodies have stopped adapting- either positively or negatively.

Every thing we do or do not do leaves a mark.

This weekend, Adam talked with both the coaches and some clients who came to transformation based workshops on the necessity of addressing 3 main areas- over time: physique change, performance and pain management (or mobility/ range of motion acquisition).

We need to have 3 areas (or more) for our focus so that we don’t get bored, so that we constantly have goals and mini goals to pursue and so that we take pressure off of one area or another.

Why? We can be a bit hard on ourselves from time to time and we can have a tendency to get frustrated or give up when we aren’t constantly seeing progress in the way we measure it.

This seems to be especially true for many of our dear physique change clients (you know who you are…)

With fat loss, our clients want the results Now.

In fact, yesterday would have been better.

And at times we see people get really stressed out and hard on themselves.

Maintaining fat loss as your goal- forever- isn’t sustainable. 

There has to be more.

We have to eventually chase down other things.

This might be the season of fat loss for you, but for the others in our fit family what is your season?

Are you chasing down a performance goal?

Are you excited to do your first 5k, mud run, or triathlon?

Are you thinking about taking up golf, tennis, pickle ball, stand up paddle boarding or kayaking?

There are so many options.

Whatever you are doing here with us at MPower Fitness Boot Camp it will facilitate your performance based goals and it  can facilitate  pain reduction and improved mobility.

Which season are you in right now?

There is no right or wrong answer…but as we get set to begin the summer and our various client only challenges the coaching team and myself would LOVE to encourage everyone to have at least one mobility and performance based goal for the summer.

Let’s remember, we must play this fitness game with an eye toward the long haul.

Committed to your success,

Megan K and the team

Kris’s story to success

Kris Bruun we are so happy for you and all of your success.
Thank you for allowing us to share your story. You have inspired many people already…may you continue to do so!
We love you and are so happy for you! <3 Congratulations on all of your success, from your Fit Family.
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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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Consistency is the key

Happy Friday-

Head Coach Jenny Donovan and Office Manager Roseanne Stephens and I were in Grand Rapids, MI meeting with several other MPower Fitness Boot Camp owners and operations managers discussing strategies to make our locations even better  results delivering spots.

We came back pumped!

A little tired, but pumed :)

This week, we announced our clients of the month and I want to take the pep talk to talk about what it is that these two fabulous clients are doing.

1- They are showing up-  consistently

2- They are bringing a positive attitude-  consistently

3- They are setting goals and working toward them.

4- They are uplifting and welcoming toward others.

5- They are coachable.  When they need help, the ask for it and then take the advice. :)

^^ the journey is exactly that, a journey but the above steps are things that are within our control that we can do to make it more enjoyable.

Thank you Denise D from Maple Grove and Melisa P S from SLP for being our fabulous clients of the month!

Have a fantastic week Fit Bodies!

Remember you can do it, consistency is the key.

Megan K and the team

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Is More Exercise Better? (NO!)

Hello!

I hope this message finds you well!

I get asked frequently if it is beneficial to work out twice in one day or if more exercise can deliver faster results. 

This is a tricky topic for many people because we are a society that has been conditioned toward thinking that more of a good thing must be better.
The reality is that just about anything can be bad for us if we have too much of it. 

  • Too much intensity in exercise (without adequate recovery) is associated with injury or overtraining side effects like body fat storage, elevated resting heart rate, trouble sleeping and even stress fractures.

 

  • Too much water intake can be associated with frequent urination and at worst hyponatremia.

 

  • Too much broccoli can be associated with gas

 

  • and we all know what happens with too much dessert :p

So the short answer is that for most people, most of the time two workouts in one day is NOT the answer. 
Examples:
Boot Camp and some gentle Yoga- maybe
Boot Camp and a walk- Yes, quite likely ok.
Boot Camp and a jog- MAYBE but better on different days.
Boot Camp and xyz sport- Definitely better on different days.
Boot Camp and Spin class- NO. Not on the same day.
Boot Camp and Martial Arts- Not on the same day unless you know your Martial Arts master and it will be a gentle day.

^^ You get the idea.

In general, you need to listen to your body and rest, relaxation and recovery are critical.

I recorded a podcast for you on this very topic:
https://soundcloud.com/megan-kruger-699499856/shou…


To expedite fat loss spend more time preparing nutritious foods, grocery shopping, actively relaxing your mind (meditation, prayer, journal, bubble baths etc.) AND GET MORE SLEEP.  

Committed to your success,
Megan K and the team

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