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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When you work for a big fitness company it is easy to get in your workout sessions.  It is a perk of being in an environment that is supportive of fitness and health.

But when you move on from the organization it can be hard to make hour long sessions.  You have to factor in getting to and from the gym, parking, showering and attending an hour long workout.  Fitting all of this into your lunch break can be tough. Our client Kim was in precisely this situation when she found us.  She had great habits when her environment supported them but when her work life changed things fell by the wayside…

Kim enjoys exercising and eating right but she knows, like many of our clients, when it isn’t convenient the priority can be shifted to the backburner…

Kim says she had driven past our MPower Fitness studio location for several years. It is just 1 mile from her house.  Something made her check it out. She was inconsistent with her workouts after taking a new job and she wanted that to change.   “I was turning 50- and I wanted to be strong. I had focused on spin/ cardio for so long, but never felt like I was working my whole body. Burning calories but…I knew that wasn’t enough. “ She says she wanted to go into 50 feeling STRONG.  She remarks, “Now it’s fun to hear my son says I could kick Dads ass”.

Since joining, she says “I’m stronger. And I’m consistent in getting to class. It is such a part of my life.” Her sister and friend have joined and she is hoping that they feel as strong as her. She knows when she isn’t getting in her sessions because she doesn’t feel as good.   “I get crabby if I don’t feel my body. If I go two days, and I can no longer feel my arms are sore or thighs are tight then – I know I have to get back to MPower Fitness.”

We are glad that Kim has found us and become consistent again with her exercise program!  She says she “loves the program, the people, camaraderie and energy”

– Megan K

Back in March of last year we had our Little Black Dress Challenge and wow what an amazing turn out that was. I love setting up these challenges and watching everyone work so hard to achieve their goals. The team work and excitement shared amongst everyone is so inspiring.

But as we were about to start this challenge I received a phone call and email from a lady that wanted to participate. Unfortunately, she had procrastinated (in her words) so long that she missed the orientation and the challenge was beginning the next day from our conversation. However, this gal was so determined that she begged and pleaded with me to “please allow” her to join.

Penny Forchas is this fabulous gal I’m speaking of. Take a look at what she did to ensure she started the challenge, which I’m so happy she did.

“In the two years prior to coming to MPower Fitness I had spent a lot of time on the couch and ate a lot of comfort food! I did not have a regular fitness plan. I walked a lot and went to Yoga from time to time. I had quit the gym I had been going to a year ago.

I had been receiving the MPower Fitness newsletter on my email account for some time. One day in February “The Little Black Dress Challenge” email came. I thought about trying it. I was depressed about my weight and in turn not very happy in general. I avoided going out and seeing people that knew me when I was a couple sizes smaller and way more outgoing as a person.

I called and emailed Megan. Megan said it was kind of late for the March challenge as I had procrastinated so long I had missed the orientation and the first day of the challenge was the next day. After begging and pleading and reading a lot of information Megan agreed to let me start. The last day of the challenge was on my birthday and I really wanted the next year to start out different than the last two.”

I could tell Penny was motivated and she proved to me that she could be there day one and do her best. Wow, I’m so glad we talked that day because what a difference in her now. Not only has her body changed but her attitude and happiness too.

Penny worked hard even though it was a little challenging at times, but she set her goal and she conquered it.

“I went to the workouts 4-5 times a week and followed the meal plan. By the end of the challenge I had reached my goals! I have lost over 20 lbs., several inches, and my body fat is well into a healthy range!
My self-esteem is back!

In the beginning I wasn’t sure I would be able to do the workouts and the gym was 5 miles from my house. I just kept reading my affirmations and goals every day. I was encouraged by the people I met. I love that the workouts are always different. No one is judgmental and everyone is so supportive!

Since MPower Fitness I have become more self-confident and outgoing. One day recently I was thinking “people seem so friendly lately”. I really believe that because I am happier in my life I smile more and reach out to others and that in turn brings smiles back.”

Penny has gone from a depressed couch potato to a healthy, happy and inspiring person. We are so proud of you Penny. Way to go.

If you’re ready to join our next challenge and feel better inside and out, contact us at info@mpowerfitnessmn.com

-Megan K

With a last name like Hill, there have been more than a handful of jokes over the years about being “over the Hill” but if you ask Todd and Jeannette Hill they are looking and feeling better than they ever did in their 30s. And Todd recently celebrated his 50th Birthday!

The Hills began with us roughly a year ago on our Zero Lb Challenge. Their aim was to try something new, shake things up and to avoid gaining any dreaded holiday weight. They had been actively participating in some personal training and small group training sessions but had become bored and frustrated with what they were doing.

Todd says that he had “lost interest, failed to stay committed and didn’t feel as though he was all that invested in his health”. He was afraid of becoming that “old guy” who couldn’t keep up and enjoy his life and he wanted to be a good role model for his children.

Jeannette said that she found herself “going through the motions”. She was worried that her metabolism had stopped and that she’d never be able to break through the plateau.

One of the awesome things about our MPower Fitness family is the number of couples who start this journey and see incredible success together.

The Hills are one of our amazing success stories not only because they have lost almost 50 lbs, 36 inches and 15% body fat (combined) but because they have inspired friends around them (and at Boot Camp) to improve their health and fitness. Nothing makes us happier than hearing our clients say how great they feel!

The Hills have stayed committed to their early a.m. workouts and if you attend our MPower Fitness Boot Camp in Maple Grove, you’ve likely met them. How can I be sure? They are two of the kindest, most welcoming and fun loving early a.m. clients we have.

Now don’t get me wrong, it wasn’t an effortless journey for the Hills… they have been dedicated and consistent. Jeannette remarks that one of her early challenges was her diet.

“I thought I was eating fairly healthy, but I quickly learned that I/we had to really change our lifestyle – making healthy/clean choices – along with exercise is how you see results. I had never eaten cauliflower until last December. Now, we eat it in various forms 3-4 times a week. No more potatoes, bread, bad carbs – it really makes a difference. Also, knowing that you can enjoy a glass of wine here/there—but to stick to moderation – and stay away from sweet cocktails (which I love!)” With changes in their nutrition and cutting back a bit on the treats Jeannette has not only met her goals but exceeded them!

The Hills have each other to help with motivation and the friends they have made at Boot Camp and we are so happy for all of their success!

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