Hello my inspirational campers!

I hope that this finds you in a great place and ready to move forward with your goals for the day! Making lifestyle changes is difficult and motivation is the key. The problem, though, is that getting started is the hardest part. 

We’ve all experienced rough spots in our lives, whether it’s professional, personal or physical. Sometimes it’s a combination of all three, and that’s when it’s toughest to turn things around. But in order to get healthy and happy, you have to dedicate yourself to making some changes. 

Today I’d like to tell you the story of Erin B. She was facing some big challenges when she found MPower Fitness, and I’m absolutely elated that we played a part in helping her turn her life around. It’s stories like this that make me proud to be doing what I do.

Erin weighed more than she’d ever weighed – almost 200 pounds – and had just lost both of her grandmothers. She was also separated from her husband of 12 years and had just lost her job. This all happened to her in the span of just 1 year! She was in a bad place mentally and physically but knew that she needed to get stronger both for herself and for her kids.

When she met with me, Erin wasn’t in the best frame of mind. “I was at about a 6 for motivation. I just didn’t have the confidence to make changes.  But Megan really saw something in me and stuck with me. I couldn’t be more appreciative of that.” She chose to reach a size 8 as her first goal but wasn’t too optimistic that she could actually do it. “We put a number down on paper and I thought that was laughable.”

Erin did know that she needed to change but started with the exercise portion of her makeover first. “I was very conscious at the beginning that I could really only handle the exercise. I was big into eating my feelings and therefore did not think I could focus on food and exercise simultaneously.” Once she finally did start working on both, the changes that she saw were dramatic.

She’s getting close to her weight goal and has met others as well. Erin can do a deck squat, she’s below 30% body fat and she’s now wearing a size 8. She’s excited to be getting closer to her poster. Those are great but they’re not the best things that she’s gotten from MPower Fitness. She’s gained a better perspective and a sense of belonging that she desperately needed.

I think it’s fabulous that she’s losing weight and getting healthy, but the one statement that Erin made that really warmed my heart and made me proud of my job was this: “I have more confidence now and I know that with a half hour intense workout a day, change can happen. I have more energy. I feel better in my own skin.  I know that achieving goals can be a reality.”

We always had faith in her, but now she has faith in herself and that’s what it’s all about, campers. May you all achieve that if you haven’t already!

Today I’m going to talk about someone most of you know and love, Coach Kelly. If you don’t know Kelly, her story is inspiring and once you meet her you will see why everyone just loves her.

Kelly started with MPower Fitness back in October of 2013. She was working out at a “regular” gym with her boyfriend at the time and it wasn’t going to well. She always ended up crying after her workout but she hated going to the gym on her own so she continued.

First of all, it’s hard enough for some people to find the motivation to get to the gym but to end up crying after every workout. I’m not sure I would have continued if I were in those shoes.

Fast forward to a Facebook ad for a trial month that Kelly saw about MPower Fitness. In her words she said,

“I felt like sh**! I had turned 30, had gained weight and my clothes were too tight. I was miserable.”

So, the ad brought her to us, and her soon to be workouts changed her life. Now Kelly didn’t just jump right in without any fear. She actually was pretty scared and had a lot of anxiety that first day.

“I drove around the parking lot and almost didn’t come in. I had HUGE anxiety and was terrified of feeling embarrassed, looking awkward or silly, and not being able to keep up. I actually slid across the wall trying to sneak in and not be seen.”

She met Kristi and said she was extremely welcoming and kind and this helped ease the nervousness.

She started coming consistently and claims she still felt very unsure and uncertain but with her determination and the help of her fellow members and coaches she started to learn the workouts and everything became clear.

Now she was encouraged. Now she was ready to brag!

“By week 2 I was going home and bragging to my boyfriend about all the neat things I was able to do and was eager to show him the exercises I had learned. I had confidence and no longer came home from the gym crying!”

Kelly was finally feeling the benefits of exercise. She was feeling great about herself.

“I felt happy and loved how my body was feeling. I lost weight in a healthy way and felt encouraged, welcomed and loved. One of the best parts besides what I’ve already mentioned, is the new friends I made. I loved seeing the same people all the time. It’s really like a family. This has been the best thing I could have ever done for me.”

Kelly went from being sad to happy; from crying to no more of that!  And even better….she went on to get certified and become a coach and a bigger part of our family.

She gets to share her experience and change lives just like she had done for her. Talk about a win-win situation.

And there you go my friends’….that is Coach Kelly!

More energy and a zest for life is often one of the immediate benefits of exercise. As we age, these are valued and needed. Plus they contribute to a high quality of life.  

Our MPower for Life client Alan T says that he was missing these before he found us.  Prior to starting our program he says  “I was not moving very much and sitting in the chair watching TV Way too often”. 

​Alan says he felt older, slower and bored and now he has more energy and flexibility than he had even 10 years ago.  

Alan is a dedicated member of our 10:15am session.   He looks forward to it every day.  He says, “I’m much more focused on fitness and I look forward to it-  I’m usually early and waiting in the parking lot!” 

This is true. He is the first one through the doors M, T and Thursday for MPower for Life and despite  beginning his program with a serious knee injury and a surgery he is committed and doing the best he can.  

Alan says his initial goal was “…to build strength and flexibility – I’ve accomplished both! I’m moving on to losing weight now and building up my strength. I have a whole new community of friends and an amazing Coach Amanda that keeps me on my toes and straightened out on my eating! No more doughnuts for me!”

If you are ever around the MPower SLP/ Studio during the mid morning be sure to say hi to Alan.  You can’t miss him, he is one of our 3 very dedicated men who workout at that time of day.  

We are excited for your progress Alan and we can’t wait to see if you can out lift Rod.  😉

Megan K and Team

As you know, all of us at MPower Fitness have become more like a family than a fitness boot camp. Every once in a while, there are people who transform their lives and love being hereso much, that they decide to join our professional staff. Every story is different, but today, I’d like to share Rachel’s story with you.

Rachel came to FBBC during the darkest time in her life. She hadjust lost her husband after a lengthy, devastating illness, and was suddenly raising her two young children all on her own. She was devoting all of her time to taking care of everyone else and that process had taken its toll. 

She says, “Emotionally I was a train wreck. Physically, I was heavier than when I delivered either of my children. I was fat and tired. Mentally, I was drained.”

If that wasn’t enough, their family home tragically burned to the ground less than one year after her husband passed! Most people would have given up, but her two kids inspired her to not only keep going, but to push herself to make the changes she needed to in her life

Rachel says, “They have endured so much in their lifetimes. I’m all they’ve got. They need me. We need each other.”

Having to endure so much made Rachael realize that to be the best parent possible, she had to make herself a priority for the first time in her adult life. She didn’t have control of so many things at this difficult time, but she took control over what she could… herself!

She says, “Since MPower Fitness every bit of my life has changed. I eat clean. I am 100% into health and nutrition. I have a complete and total passion for fitness and helping others achieve the things that I know they can. I have been there myself and what it took was having someone else believe in me and show me some support along the way.”

Even though Rachael came here with the initial goal of weight loss, resulting in “35-40 lbs. of weight, and countless inches lost” (which she has maintained for more than 2 years), she decided to take it one step further and help others in their quest for health and fitness. That’s right, Rachel became the Director of Client Services here at MPower Fitness!

She says, “My overall experience with FBBC has truly been LIFE CHANGING! My life has done a complete 180 and I want everyone who walks in the doors to feel the same way and have the same amazing experience.”
Rachael likes to joke with me that she got a job here because I knew I needed to give her something to do since she clearly wasn’t even going to stop being a client :-p 

All of us a MPower Fitness get to be a part of changing so many people’s lives and I swear every story I hear makes me smile and often times brings tears to my eyes. In fact, if you cry telling me your story I’ll probably cry with you. And when Rachael made this final comment to me, well I smiled and I cried (I’m a big sap like that)

She said, “Boot camp gave me back to me and to my children.”

I am so proud to have had Rachael as a client and now as a feisty and determined part of our team. Simply put….Wow!!

Megan K and the team

Working in the fitness industry we meet a lot of people that have been exercising for

years at different facilities and yet they tell me they’re either not happy with their

results (if they get any at all) or they simply get bored and quit. I can’t tell you how

many times I’ve heard this. In fact, this is exactly what Michelle Tracy told me when

she became a member of the MPower family.

Michelle had been working out at another gym 2-3 times a week. She took spinning

classes and sometimes did a little weight lifting. She has other activities outside of

the gym because she likes to be busy. But she just didn’t seem to get enough from

the workouts she was doing, so like many others, she gave MPower Fitness a try.

It’s great to see and listen to the difference in her attitude since becoming a part of

the family.

“I am generally a happy person”, claims Michelle. “ But what has changed is that I

am more focused on a workout and short term goals. My physical appearance and

feelings have improved greatly. “

Michelle is an awesome person who has always been happy go lucky but now she has a

confidence level that has increased her happiness ten-fold. The workouts she gets

with this group and the friends she has made has made a big difference in her life.

Check out what she told me. I just love this.

“I am sure it is not feminine to do, but I ask a lot of my co-workers and family

members to feel my bicep because it has gotten so much stronger”, adds Michelle.

“Their reaction is typically, HOLY SMOKES!”

When I heard this I couldn’t help but smile real big. How can you not? This is great.

Not only has her bicep gotten stronger but so has her self-confidence. And some

people might view this as cockiness. It’s not. It’s a result of hard work, being proud

and wanting to share with those close to her. Plus, lets be honest seeing our muscles

developing is pretty darn cool!

“My overall experience with MPower Fitness has been one of a kind”, states Michelle. “When I

talk to family and friends, I say, I have found my niche for a fitness routine. It only

took 20 years, but I found it.”

Remember I mentioned earlier that Michelle worked out 2-3 times a week. This

is a result of not being motivated and interested in the program. It really isn’t an

issue with time because if you’re enjoying what you’re doing and seeing results it

becomes a part of your daily routine.

“Since joining MPower Fitness , I have really found something that I am so passionate about

that I can do it every day”, adds Michelle. “It’s motivation that gets me through the

day because I know I will be going to boot camp that night.”

“I have gone to so many gyms before. The last one I went to, I bought personal

training sessions. The trainers never remembered my name, they barely tuned

in for the half hour I was there, and they typically said poor things about the

establishment they represented. I am thankful for a place like MPower Fitness . They always

know your name, greet you and create a workout routine that is different and

challenging.”


MPower Fitness members tell me all the time how inspiring we are to them. But they don’t

realize how inspiring they are to us. Seeing people improve not only physically, but

mentally is true inspiration and motivation to us, and Michelle is a great example of

this.

Sometimes we reach out to our clients to ask them about their journey and the answer questions for us…other times they simply write us a heartfelt note about how they feel about their journey. In their words.  Margie G is one of those clients.

Thank you Margie for all your dedication, hard work and your (mostly) very positive attitutde.

We LOVE having you with us as a client.

“I joined FBBC/ M Power Fitness,  for the first time 5 years ago. I came to classes religiously but wasn’t ready to do anything about what I was eating. I loved the camaraderie but really wasn’t ready to walk the walk. Then my mom got sick and I didn’t have the time to devote to myself. During her illness and after she passed away I was having back issues and needed surgery.

Fast forward 3 years and my daughter Amy wanted to come back to FBBC and encouraged me to join her. I wasn’t feeling great about myself but thought that I would give it a try. It was like coming home. Everyone was welcoming and nonjudgmental. There was so much that I couldn’t do when I started but I persisted. I didn’t want to get weighed when I started because my initial goal was to feel better about myself and get stronger. I think in the beginning I was overwhelmed and depressed.

Now I look forward to working out for both the physical and social aspect. And on days I can’t make my 4:00 session I come at 5:30 in the morning. That is dedication because truly it is still the middle of the night.

But, they are such a dedicated bunch. It is an amazing feeling to be working out with 25 people when it is still dark out.

FBBC is a priority in my life. I attend sessions 6 days a week.

I now feel good about myself and hitting 60 in the very new future. I am able to get on the ground and play with my new grandson, but more importantly I am able to get back up. I love FBBC, the classes, the trainers, and the fellow participants. It is like a family.

During this time, I have also started to eat healthy. I no longer eat processed foods and I limit my sugar and dairy to almost nothing. I honestly have never felt better. I won’t lie, there are days where I ache but again 60 is just around the corner.

During the last 2 years my appendix ruptured and I had 2 related surgeries. I think that my appendix actually ruptured on the way too FBBC because I suddenly felt so sick and turned around and went home to bed. It killed me not to be able to attend classes for an extended period and was ecstatic to be cleared to return. My hero and my inspiration in my daughter, Amy. She encourages me every day and guides me during sessions. Also, I so admire all the people I work out with and the trainers.

I have fun and kid around during the session, and whine a little (maybe a lot) but I take my workout very seriously and my mantra is “you can do anything for 30 seconds.” The best thing that has happened to me is that I feel good about myself and the friendships that I have made. Thank you Megan and FBBC for making such a difference in my life.

 

If you are interested in trying us out, please contact us at 763-710-5065 or info@fitbodysaintlouispark.com to schedule your 3 free sessions!

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

​​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

Today I want to discuss weight loss surgery. There are about 6-7 different procedures today and it has become one of the fat loss trends. Although this drastic measure can be successful, it comes with a list of side effects and dangers. There are requirements one must have before even being considered for these procedures, one being a male must be at least 100 pounds overweight and a female 80.

Some of the requirements of the procedures state that you must be dedicated to making dramatic and permanent changes to how you eat, exercise and live. Hmmmm, isn’t that what we teach all of our fantastic members here at FBBC?

It was that kind of conversation that got Emily Myslivecek to walk in our door. Emily was not an active person at all, prior to joining our fitness family. This is what she told me about why she joined.

“I was constantly exhausted, overweight and ashamed. I didn’t feel like I could go anywhere I’d be seen without shape-wear, a full face of makeup and doing my hair.

I had a physical where the doctor had asked me about what I’d been doing actively. When I told her I’d been going to school and working, both full time, and hadn’t had much time for anything else, she’d brought up weight loss surgery. I was mortified. I knew I was overweight, but I didn’t think I was at a point where surgery would be appropriate. I knew I was capable of losing the weight myself, and that conversation had inspired me to try some pretty drastic diets before finding FBBC and learning about food logging.”

It’s sad Emily resorted to drastic dieting. You would hope the conversation would have had a positive effect instead of making her feel desperate. However, the good part is, she didn’t do the drastic measures too long and soon found out about FBBC where she can have all the support she needs to change her lifestyle.

Emily shared a little about her mom and how her lifestyle also played a big factor in Emily’s decision to take control of her own life.

“Growing up, my mom ran marathons. She’s always been physically fit and continues at 62 to take classes at the Y, ride motorcycles, change the prop on her boat by herself, and fully enjoy life. I was slowing down at 27. I would get to the second story of my house and have to stop and catch my breath. I knew I needed to change my habits if I wanted to live a long, healthy, fulfilled life like my mom.”

Emily had one more inspirational person in her life that also helped her take initiative to get her weight off and that was her husband.

“My husband had lost 90 lbs. on his own when I found FBBC. He did it by running up and down the stairs everyday, starting with 10 minutes and working up to 1.5 hours at a time. He enjoyed it, but I knew I had to find something for myself that I would enjoy–and to me that wasn’t running up and down the stairs, I wanted to find a fitness community.”

Thankfully Emily had other people to inspire her and she didn’t resort to the surgery. She found her community and what a difference it has made.

“My goal in the beginning was to lose 50 lbs. At the end of my 2nd challenge I’d lost 35. I’m hoping to reach 50 lbs. lost by the end of my 3rd challenge.

I love FBBC. I’m addicted. It’s the longest I’ve stuck with anything since high school volleyball. It’s fun, it’s fast, and everyone is supportive, welcoming, and respectful. I also love the diversity–at any age, size, shape, or athletic stage–you can make FBBC work for you, and you won’t ever feel out of place!

I’m now confident. I don’t curl my hair and put make up on every time I know I’ll be seen or where there will be pictures taken. I just feel more comfortable in my natural skin. I’ve been able to connect with others who’ve struggled on their fitness journeys. I’ve paid more attention than ever in my life on what I’m eating. I pay attention to portions and try to focus more on proteins and vegetables (still working on that–lol).

I don’t know about all of you, but to me this sounds much better than having a drastic weight loss surgery that could have some serious side effects.

 

We are so proud of you Emily. Keep it going!

If you are interested in learning more about our boot camp sessions, email us at info@fitbodysaintlouispark.com

-Megan K

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.