A lot of times clients come to us with a history of being out of shape and having weight to lose. It is common for us to hear, “I’ve been overweight since xyz grade”.

Many times, these same clients have had a lot of people tell them that this is how they will always be, that it is genetics and that it can never change.

We have found that for many clients the thing that must change first is their belief that they can do it and that they can feel better at all stages in the journey.  

When our jovial, friendly and kind client Terri first started with us at MPower she was one of those clients.

She says she used to believe she couldn’t do things. She has realized that she isn’t as limited on movements as she thinks she is.  “My body is in better condition than I thought. I try to to give myself positive self talk. I also open up to the coaches that I most often work with” so that they can provide me encouragement too.

Terri got started with us at MPower Fitness, in order to “keep Type 2 diabetes off my medical record”.  Now, she finds continued inspiration “seeing people that I work out with succeed in the changes they are making”.

Unlike many of our clients, Terri doesn’t have an issue making it to sessions. She says her schedule is flexible and she easily makes time for her workouts.  

But she wasn’t without her own challenges…

Her biggest challenge was in her mindset and with negative self-talk.

She says she still finds herself doubting her ability to do things and wanting to talk herself out of exercise.  She frequently doesn’t feel like going to Boot Camp. She never lets the negative talk win though, she gets herself into the car and through the doors. Occe that happens she succeeds.

Despite frequently not wanting to go she says once she gets started she always has fun.

Terri tells us she is normally an introvert. This is a surprise to us because we frequently see her welcoming new clients, introducing herself and trying to make them feel welcome.  She told us she loves Boot Camp so much that she wants to see others have that same good experience.

“I want people to be able to enjoy their lives. If you’re overweight and feeling like crap you won’t be able to enjoy your life”.

She still experiences some negative self-talk but she says she is “proud of the work I have done and that is a good feeling”.

WE are so proud of you Terri. Keep up the belief in yourself and congratulations on your success!

– Megan K and Team

Sometimes we know we need to “do the thing” but we aren’t sure exactly how to make it happen. This was the case for MPower client April C.

Before our studio came into her life, she says “ I was busy working and raising family.  I knew I needed to take some time for self care but was unsure of how to fit it in. Now I put my workouts on the family calendar. With 30 minute, intensive workouts offered at a variety of times of day, I can always find a way to squeeze it in”.

Her inspiration to get in better shape is her mom.  Growing up, April had a great example of exercise and healthy eating.  She says her mom has been attending fitness classes and eating right for over 20 years!  Go Mom!

Since joining April has hardly looked back. She says, “I love it! The studio is so close to my home. The 30 minute group session is a perfect fit for me. The workouts are always changing, the music is high energy and the instructors are AMAZING!

I look forward to my workouts and always feel great when I am done. I get frustrated if something comes up and I miss a planned workout but I know I can always find another option that week to get it in. “

When she first started, she set out to:

  1. Feel Better
  2. Show her kids the importance of exercise and hard work.
  3. Feel better in a swimsuit for a spring break trip.

She is down 3.3% bodyfat since March 2018

But she says that the best thing that has happened for her since joining MPower Fitness is “I have the piece of mind that I am making my health a priority and I feel stronger. My two daughters know the importance of making time for exercise and how good it makes you feel!”

April we are thrilled to hear about your progress and your passion for exercise! Thank you for being a great clients.

​Megan K and Team

A lot of times we hear from our MPower Fitness clients that they came to us as a last resort.   In fact, when coach Kim Curran-Moore first joined us as a client she thought “screw it, I’ve got nothing to lose”. She had been seeing our “stupid Facebook ads” (Hahahah- it worked, right?) and thought, “I might as well just go in and try it. Even if I hate it, I’ve only lost $100.”

Kim was in a tough spot emotionally and physically.

Within the span of just a few years, she and her family had moved from Santa Barbara to St. Louis Park. She didn’t have many friends and on top of it she lost her mother, father and sister in succession.

She was depressed, lonely and drinking a bottle of wine a night. 

Thankfully Facebook ads and “screw it” won out and Kim signed up for our 28 day New Year program in early 2016.   She was determined to lose 58 lbs by her 58th birthday in October and to feel better. 

She says, “I was fat and old. I knew I couldn’t fix old, but I could fix fat”.  <– Her words, not mine. 

She noticed quickly that exercise helped her to feel better. She was hurting a lot less in just the first 28 days.

It took longer for the weight to come off but within 8 months Kim had not only met but exceeded her goal. She was down 60 lbs by her 58th birthday. Additionally she was down 10% body fat and many inches. 

For Kim the workouts were not easy.  She says, “They were tough”. There were times where she felt humiliated about what she couldn’t do, (not by us or by anyone in session) but that she felt bad and sad about what her body’s condition was. 

But she persevered…

She says, those first few months the support of her fellow “nooners” and the encouragement of the fellow clients was crucial. 

Kim says, “I felt like I belonged. 

Even though, it was hard and I didn’t love it right away, I felt accepted”.

She specifically mentioned several clients and coaches who were key in making her feel accepted and encouraged: Jal, Maggie, Tracy, Chris St, Pete, Kristie F and others.

As she formed the habit of exercise, the other habits started to follow.  She says she wanted to make changes to her eating because she wanted to continue to feel better. She wanted to attend because she knew she felt better. 

Her daughter says, “Kimber you’re so much happier when you exercise”. And isn’t that the truth? Don’t we all feel better after having moved our bodies? 

As Kim progressed, the people around her noticed the changes.  People would say “you look great, what are you doing” and she would tell them coming to workout with us.

About a year and a half in to her workouts with us, Kim approached me about becoming a coach.  She wanted to help share the mission and impact lives the way her life had been impacted. 

Kim says, “I felt like I belonged here. I’d been other places and it was awful.   You go to the locker room and want to hide because everyone looks at you… even now at a healthy size I want to hide… but here I belong. If I can help even one person feel accepted when she walks through the door, then I’ve done my job”

Kim has not only done that but more. She is a key coach out our MPower studio and a willing sub over in Maple Grove. 

She has impacted many lives, through her enthusiasm on the floor both in Boot Camp sessions and our MPower For Life 55+ sessions.  She has gone on to get several nationally accredited certifications including NASM, Precision Nutrition Level 1, FAI and more and she was on our wall of fame with a success poster!

Kim we are so glad that the ‘stupid Facebook ad’ reached you and that Rachael persuaded you to sign up for membership.  None of us can imagine our MPower studio being the same without you.

Thank you for your commitment as a coach and for trusting us to help guide you through your journey. 

Megan K and Team

A lot of times I hear people say that social media is having a negative effect on them but from time to time the effect can be positive.

Our client Karie came to us because she was seeing friends, family and social media contacts hopping on the workout wagon.  They were getting in shape and posting pictures of how much fitter and happier they were and she didn’t want to miss out.

Maybe you can relate?

Prior to MPower Fitness, Karie hadn’t been doing much physical activity at all. She says, “I was very tired and irritable (partly due to having a 1 year old that was not a good sleeper). I was also starting to feel very depressed about how I felt and how my body didn’t feel like mine”.

These feelings of fatigue, frustration and sadness with how she looked and felt, and the positive influences of her friend’s making progress was enough to propel her forward to try a new program.

Enter MPower Fitness.

Karie says she has never been much of a morning exerciser but that Boot Camp is giving her the time to work on herself- first thing in the a.m.- without it cutting into her day!

“I am able to get up and get myself out the door before the kids are up. When I get home everyone is up or just getting up and I am able to help them out the door before I get myself ready and to work”.

Karie’s initial goal was to get back into shape and lose some weight: in her short time with us she is down 4% body fat, 5 inches and a few lbs on the scale. She has come to terms with the fact that “immediate results” and massive change don’t come overnight.  

She says “I am honestly a little surprised I am still liking it as much as I do.  It is almost like a high that I get from going every (or almost every) weekday morning. One of the things I realized I like the most about MPower Fitness…I don’t have to think.  I don’t have to contemplate and consider what I should do next, how much or how long I should do something. I probably could have spent an hour in the gym (like 10 years ago) and really only worked out for 30 minutes because the other time was spent moving between machines or trying to figure out what I could or should do next without looking completely awkward.  Taking the thought out of working out is a huge benefit to me. I make enough decisions throughout my day with kids, husband, work, etc….I like that I show up and do what I’m told!”

“Karie says “I’m not as tired and I generally just feel better in my clothes/ pants. I have also started eating much better. I still cheat from time to time but I’m more aware of it and do my best to stay on track. I have also started eating more protein in the mornings to help balance my day”.

She says that since joining MPower she feels stronger, fitter, has more energy and likes working out again.

We are so happy that you found us Karie and that we have been a part of your journey thus far…

We are excited to see your continued success!

We often hear of our clients who had gym memberships but weren’t using them…

It is a sad reality for many folks.

They are paying monthly for their gym dues but not attending. Then when they do attend, they either aren’t sure what to do or get stuck using the elliptical or the treadmill.  

This was the situation for our awesome client Chelea G. Before joining MPower Fitness she “wasn’t doing a whole lot. I had a gym membership but almost never went and when I did, I spent an hour on the elliptical and wasn’t really training my body”

She says before MPower Fitness, “ I was the most overweight I had ever been. I was in a bad place mentally with work and stress was piling on. Now, I go to the gym at the end of the night to get over the days stress. Physically I feel stronger than I have been in years”.

Chelsea’s inspiration was her husband. “He has joined me in this life challenge and has lost 40lbs. We have learned to cook together and meal plan. We also check on each other and get each other to the gym on days we don’t want to go”.  Chelsea says her initial goal was to lose 30lbs in 2018 and she did that! Now she is aiming for another 25 lbs in 2019. Her biggest challenge is keeping up with the habit of clean eating when she isn’t doing one of our 6 week challenges.  “I am still working on this but I feel like I have better tools to understand what to eat and what it is doing to my body if I eat poorly”. She says,

“I actually go to the gym, before I would get in a rhythm and go for a little while but life always got in the way. Now I know which days I am going and plan my week around it.

I make it a priority because I feel great after I go. Could not be more happy with the workouts. It’s also pretty awesome to go in and know all the coaches and a lot of the folks you work out with on a first name basis. Since joining boot camp, I have lost the most weight I have ever lost and for once it feels like I can keep going. Oh and I also don’t mind a burpee any more!  

We are thrilled to hear this Chelsea and very excited for all the progress you and your husband have made in 2018!

Keep up the great work!

Growing up in a fit and healthy household our client Lindsay developed a propensity toward good nutrition and an active lifestyle but even with positive influences in our lives we can fall off track…

Before becoming a member at MPower Fitness, Lindsay was a runner, a volleyball player and a Zumba enthusiast.  But during a several year long struggle with infertility she and her husband Andy both gained weight and fell out of the habit of exercise.  

Lindsay says “Before Boot Camp, I had a membership at a Lifetime for several years and only went once every 4-5 months.  And then I would only go because I enjoyed the sauna and steam room. HA

It was definitely a struggle and I never looked forward to it.  MPower Fitness came into my life when I needed it most. My husband and I struggled with infertility for four years.  We were emotionally, mentally and physically exhausted with the entire process. With that comes a little depression and self pity.  This led to poor eating habits and just a lack of self care. When it was time to look into other options (meaning IVF) I knew that I needed to be in the BEST shape possible so that it would be a successful transfer. “

Fast forward several months and both Lindsay and Andy were in better shape and had lost some weight but the next challenge for Lindsay is that she had to take time off for the pregnancy. She says

”I had to take a year off after we did the IVF procedure due to the fact that I was so high risk.  I was so very sad and missed everyone at Boot Camp so much. I would see my husband go and come back and would ask what he did, and who was there.  lol I was doing the workout in my mind with ya’ll. After delivery of our daughter, I had to wait even longer to come back and work out because I had a c-section and needed to heal.  I was so anxious to get back at it. I had horrible postpartum depression compounded with the fact that my mother was dying of cancer right after the delivery of Victoria. I can’t express to you how grateful I was that I had something to look forward to that was a positive outlet in my life.  I had gained a lot of weight because of all of the hormones I had to inject into my body and I needed to lose 40lbs. My husband and I joined two six week challenges almost back to back this year, and I am so happy to report that I am almost at my goal. 32lbs down and a work in progress. I could not have done with without the entire fit family. The coaches have been so helpful and encouraging throughout my entire journey.   Much appreciation for all of the kindness and support. “

The Winters are a busy professional couple and Lindsay says that managing their schedule has been tricky. “Our work life balance has always been extremely challenging just by the nature of what my husband and I do.  My husband is an ER/trauma physician and I am a Respiratory Therapist. With this comes insane schedules/hours, holidays, nights, and weekends. We chose to not put Victoria in daycare so we just navigate around each others work schedule.  Which basically means I can only work when he is not at work. It’s complicated for sure. I will sit for hours in front of a calendar figuring out this jigsaw puzzle we call life. Since we make working out a priority now, we look at our schedule two-three weeks ahead and mark which days and times we can go to boot camp.  Thank goodness for so many options or this would never work for us, Another bonus!!! I will say to Andy, “you can go at 9AM today, and I will go at Noon” and so on and so on a week or two in advance. This way we know if we need to ask a friend or schedule a sitter to help us out to make sure we can get to class. I would NEVER put this much time and effort into this if we didn’t see results or love MPower Fitness.”

Here at MPower Fitness we get to know our clients but we often don’t know this level of detail or struggle until they share with us… We are so grateful we get to be a part of their Weller- Winter family’s journey and that they are a part of our Fit Family!

Listen, we all have busy schedules and lives, but if we make our health a part of our lifestyle amazing things can happen​.

Congratulations to both Lindsay and Andy on all of their success!​

– Megan K and Team

Several years ago I met out dear client Barbara when I was teaching a workshop at another facility. She signed up to learn about a style of training where the main focus was on listening to your body.
Following the workshop she became a client with me at that facility. 

She had a variety of physical aches an pains that we needed to work around to keep her moving…
My goal was to get her moving in all the ways that she could that didn’t hurt. This included a few variations on the squat that to the untrained eye probably looked quite bizarre. In fact if you had seen her squatting you might have wondered why I let her do it “wrong”. Remember the key was she was doing the squat in a way that fit her body, at that time and was pain free. 

Fast forward about a year, and she had regained several ranges of motion and was able to squat “normally”. 

When I left the other facility, Barbara came and joined us here at MPower Fitness.

Boot Camp can have a stigma associated with the name:
it is tough
it is hard
it might make you throw up
a person could be too xyz for it…(insert your limiting adjective here: I’ve heard out of shape, in shape, young, old, achy etc)

But Barbara knew that our philosophy was different and that we were going to keep aiming to get her to do all the things she COULD do, 
letting go of the rest. 

Barbara has continued to train 3-4 times a week for the last 6 years here at our studio. 
She says “I get all the senior discounts and legally a senior long past. I have been working out at FBBC since the beginning and I don’t feel like a senior. I have strength, flexibility, balance and stamina. I am and have been committed to working out 3-4 times a week at FBBC because I love the 30 minute workouts and my body loves it too”.

🤗

If you are with us for the 8:30 or 9am session you’ll likely meet Barbara. If you had to guess, you’d never know that she is one of our longest Boot Camp members nor would you know she is a few years above 65. 

Doing what we can do is really all we can do. 
The best part about Barbara’s journey is that she has never given up. Nor did she ever let limiting beliefs dictate what she could do. 

Congratulations on all your success Barbara! 

I still tell her she looks more vibrant and energetic now than she did 7.5 years ago when we met.

Having a sense of belonging is HUGE.

And many of us only have a few places- if we are lucky- where we feel we truly belong. Let’s be honest, most of us don’t consider the GYM a place we feel comfortable, let alone belong.  Starting at a new “gym” or “fitness studio” can be really intimidating, particularly if you aren’t sure what to expect, are self conscious or are out of shape. 

Our client Michaela K, said she was “notorious for joining a gym, going for a few weeks, and then falling off the bandwagon”. She liked attending group workouts but never felt she really belonged.   She says she had no idea how much better she’d feel exercising regularly.  She is not someone who loves to exercise but she loves how much better she feels when she is consistent with her program. 

Knowing what to do, being held accountable and receiving consistent feedback and coaching has been a big part of Michaela’s success. When she belonged to a gym in the past she would “half heartedly do cardio exercises” and steer very clear of the free weights section.  She wasn’t sure what to do with the weights and didn’t want to injure herself or feel awkward.  

After joining boot camp Michaela has lost over 25lbs, 10 inches and 8% body fat and her family and friends have noticed her improved mood, happiness and passion for life. Michaela confessed that she still isn’t “jumping with joy” to get in her workouts but with the sessions being only 30 minutes, she plans out which days she’ll attend and then doesn’t make any excuses.

One of the most common things we hear (outside of a lack of motivation) is uncertainty about what to do and how to get results.  We are happy Michaela found us and that we were able to help her meet and exceed her fitness goals.  

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!