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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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!

Happy Friday-

This week is all about summer.

Just the other day someone said to me, summer is half over!

I said, no way. We are only a month in 🙂

This means we can technically still get a lot done this summer…

Run that 5K race

Clean out the garage

Go stand up paddle boarding…

You name it, there is probably still time.

There is also still time to wrap up summer feeling leaner, stronger and happier than ever.

Here are my top 10 tips to finish summer your fittest.

(These are not in order of importance)

1- Get your zzz’s. I know the days are long and the sun is up early.  But GET TO BED. Seriously. This is crucial to feeling great, recovering faster, building muscle and losing body fat.

2- Cut out Dairy OR Gluten. 

You could cut out both and feel fantastic but it is tricky to do both and still maintain a social life.

Most people notice an almost immediate reduction in bloating and inflamation when they cut out one or both of these.

3-Limit alcohol.

Try having a drink and then a soda water, a couple of waters or even an iced tea.  The summer is filled with out door socializing which frequently includes alcohol but there are ways to moderate or have none and still have fun.

Kombucha is also a GREAT alternative to alcohol. 🙂

4- Get your workouts in, first thing in the a.m.

Get up a bit earlier and get it done. That way you have the entire beautiful evening for you and your family.

5- Sprint

One day a week, add in a few minutes of sprint work. Warm up thoroughly.

Sprint no further than 50 yards. Recover fully and then try it again. If you beat the time you did your first run in, then go for a third. The first occasion you slow down or don’t beat your best time is your cue to stop.

This will be a maximum of 10 extra minutes of exercise and no more than 2 minutes of it will be spent running.

6-Get Outside

Stand Up Paddle Board

Canoe

Swim

Kayak

Bike Ride

Garden

Walk

Jump Rope

Play

7- Use your grill

Protein is a big part of a nutritious muscle building, fat shedding diet. Grilling adds a lot of variety to the ways we can prepare our favorite proteins and it makes for easy advance prep/ meal planning.

8-Hydrate

When we are busy and on the go it can be tough to remember to get in your water but more than any other time of year we need to stay hydrated.

Try adding cucumber or orange slices to your water for a refreshing mix.

9-Have sex

​Yes, I said it 🙂

*I’m making the assumption that if you are reading this news letter you are over the age of 18*

It is a huge mood booster and can be an effective source of exercise.  Not to mention all the other physiological and psychological health benefits… 🙂

10- Still feeling stuck? 

Connect with one of us so we can help you get and stay on track. Summer can be the easiest time to shed body fat, if you are on track.  We are here to help so reach out and let’s do this!

Committed to your success,

Megan K and the team

PS there is still time to register for our Back to School Program! (You don’t need to already be in great shape to do this…this program is for those with 5-10 lbs or more of body fat to lose)

Click https://fitbodybootcampslp.clickfunnels.com/step-into-summer-pf ​ to get more info.