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!

I was thinking about you this week and thinking about the mistake some of us coaches make when it comes to coaching. You see a lot of us coaches are a wee bit unusual in that we actually like to exercise. :p

Some of us even like to eat clean and pass on dessert. 

I know. It is a bit nuts. 

And sometimes we forget that many of the clients we meet (especially when they first come in) really DISLIKE exercise. 

But there is a point/ purpose to exercise and most everyone can agree that at a minimum exercise is a means to an end. 

What is that end for you though? 

  • ​Better health
  • ​Moving better
  • Free of pain
  • Free of disease
  • Size 6 skinny jeans
  • Longevity
  • Quality of life
  • More energy

I don’t know.  You get to decide. 

The key is that no matter what you want from your health and fitness journey,  stay at it. 

Be consistent with the following:

  • ​Resistance Training
  • Some form of cardio (for fun, not because it is the fastest path to fat loss)
  • Some mobility training
  • And keeping an eye on body composition

We are best known, at MPower Fitness, for our challenges and our transformations because what we specialize in is fat loss and muscle gain (or physique transformation).

But there is a heck of a lot more to life than feeling sexy in a bikini or wearing a certain size pants/ dress.  

So if the shiny or the sparkle of a physique goal wears off for you, remember we are here to help with the rest of it AND how to figure out enjoying life and keeping the other stuff in check. As a client said to us recently “the sky is the limit” for health and fitness goals.  She’s correct. (Thank you Lindsay W)

You can take your fitness and health as far as you want to go…

you can even become one of us who likes to exercise, if you aren’t already 😉

Committed to your success, 

Megan K and the team 

PS

If you like to exercise, I’d love to hear from you 🙂

I’m guessing we might be at 50% of the fit family now.  It is ok if you don’t too…we love you all the same. 🙂

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!

Today’s Pep Talk is going to be short and sweet. It was one of those mornings where I had 3 thoughts in my head but I picked this one.  

At the end of the last few orientations I used the analogy of driving a car. 

How much time do we spend looking in the rear view mirror (the past)?

How much time do we spend looking in the side mirrors (comparison)?

How much time do we spend looking at our feet (the present)?

Thank goodness cars are built with the biggest windows facing forward toward the ​future.  

In order to get where we want to go we need to

first – identify where we want to go.

Is it a firm destination or just a feeling we are after? 

Better is a great destination but it could definitely be made more specific. 

Just like leaner, fitter, happier etc (although we can talk about happy as a destination another time)

Second we must focus on the thing we want. 

Let go of the past. 

Let go of comparison. 

Leg go of how we aren’t there yet (the present).

Focus on where we are going. 

Third, right now, we must take action. 

Fit Family and Friends you can do it! 

Now is the time to reassess your goals. 

Ask for help if you need them and keep striving forward. 

Remember “most people overestimate what they can do in one year and underestimate what they can do in ten”.  (Tony Robbins)

I would go as far as to say that’s true even of 6 months to a 1.5 year span or 1 year to 3 years.  

You can do it! 

Set big goals and keep taking little, big, flying leaps etc. toward them. 

Committed to your success, 

Megan K and the team 

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

A lot of success comes from repetition. 

Repeatedly doing the things that are necessary to reach our goals. 

Following a process. 

Staying consistent. 

But a BIG part of our success comes from our beliefs about ourselves as well. 

What if you could choose to create different beliefs by practicing better thought patterns? 

You can.  Do you believe me? 

Let’s break it down. 

Many of you, as clients, have heard us talk about how we learn: from gross to fine.  Meaning we learn how to do a thing by first getting the broad strokes of a thing and then refining or finessing the movement or skill over time..  

You may be familiar with Maslow and the stages of learning. 

The two tie together.

Unconscious Incompetence: where we don’t even know what we don’t know.

Conscious Incompetence: when we realize there’s a lot we don’t know. 

Conscious Competence: when we start to know how to do things but have to think about it and be deliberate in order to execute. 

Unconscious Competence: when it flows, when we don’t even have to think about how to do the thing, we just do it. 

As we are learning we go through these stages, with all things. 

It is the same with thought patterns. 

We are not our thoughts. 

We can actually practice thinking new ones. 

​It can take some work and some practice- particularly if we have persistent thought patterns that are negative and have been our viewpoint for a long time. 

But isn’t it worth it?  To take the time and practice being kind to yourself?  To say nice things to yourself? ​

The next time you pass a mirror, why don’t you try saying something nice (in your head or aloud) to yourself. 

Instead of noticing whatever could be better or finding a flaw, point out the things that are great. 

The next time you have an oops in life, be kind to yourself rather than verbally assaulting yourself. 

Practice. 

Practice. 

Practice. 

Over time, gradually, slowly, the pattern will change and you’ll training yourself into a new habit. 

You can do it. 

We believe in you. 

Committed to your success, 

Megan K and the team