Before people find something they love they can find themselves “on and off” the fitness wagon, trying different phases and crazes and basically lacking consistency and results.

Our amazing client and coach Courtney Z was in exactly that predicament. 
She says, “working out felt like something I was supposed to do vs something I wanted to do. I never enjoyed it and never saw any sort of results because I didn’t stick with anything consistently.I hadn’t had a consistent workout regimen since high school. I was very good at procrastinating, making excuses, and then trying to dive all in to a plan for a few days before inevitably falling off the wagon again.
I had no accountability, fitness goals beyond a number on the scale, or real knowledge about fitness. 

I came into MPower for the first time the month before my wedding when I really wanted to “buckle down”. I was so nervous to start a workout program let alone a bootcamp class – intimidating. Then I met Megan K and a few other coaches who were so supportive and respectful. But the biggest difference was that they noticed when I hadn’t been in for a while. I felt like I needed to go to class to prove it to both myself and the coaches that I could stick with something. Then I just fell in love with the 6am SLP crew and didn’t turn back!” 


Since joining MPower I finally understand what people mean when they say working out helps them FEEL better. It’s not about looks, or hitting a number on the scale, it’s about feeling better all around. I have more energy, sleep better, eat better, drink more water, and feel more confident when I make it to MPower in the morning. I’ve also learned so much about nutrition and fitness from this group, I know what I should be eating and what I should be limiting now. I have developed long term habits like starting my day with 24oz of water first thing, actually measuring my coffee creamer, and limiting carbs when my digestion isn’t great. 

Like most of our clients, Courtney is BUSY. She and her husband both work full-time and have a baby.  Getting to sessions can be tough. She says, “In order to get a workout in I have to plan it in advance and put it on the schedule. Before I had a baby, the routine was easier but now I have to take it week by week scheduling what days I’ll get to work out and what days I have to do a workout at home or squeeze in an extra long family walk at a minimum. But trust me, I still get out of my routine every now and then! But, then I force myself to jump back in and set my alarm. For me if I don’t work out in the morning, it’s not going to happen. It’s too easy for the day to slip away and to get busy with work. I set my alarm for 5:00 and don’t give myself any wiggle room to second guess my plan, I’m in the car and on the way to the gym before I even realize what’s happening!”


Courtney’s inspiration to be in the best health possible comes from her family.  She says, “My husband is annoyingly fit – he can pump out 100 push ups or bike 10 miles with no training. I’m never going to be built like that, but I can do my part to keep up with him! I want to be able to keep up with him and my daughter whether we’re doing a weekend activity, or on vacation walking 20,000 steps a day. To me it’s important to have energy and feel strong and healthy. Also after I had been coming to MPower for a few years someone in my family had a life changing medical diagnosis that impacts her everyday. I have seen first hand how quickly your health can change your entire world and I want to do everything I possibly can to be proactive about health. Sometimes the workouts seem hard, so I have to work on believing in myself that yes I can do them and that I can modify the moves if they aren’t working for me.”


 I LOVE MPower. I had no idea what a gym community could feel like until I started here. I absolutely love the variety of people who come to sessions, not everyone is a specific size or has a particular ability. Everyone is doing what works for them and there is zero judgement. I love that I can do the workout 110% or 50% depending on the day and no one is counting my reps or judging how much I’m lifting. Everyone is welcoming, supportive, and truly there to focus on themselves. But the biggest difference is that the coaches care and they communicate with you on a regular basis. The accountability is critical. 

I would have never guessed I’d work at a gym! 🙂 I now get up at 4:45 to help people with their workouts and I love it- who would have thought!  I’m an introvert at heart and getting on a microphone to coach is something that many of my friends still can’t believe. But I love getting to know clients and feeling like I’m helping them in a unique way. I like sharing the energy that MPower gives me and I really like learning more about fitness each day. I have always liked learning about nutrition but since MPower I have really gained a passion for learning about fitness and wellness overall. 

It is pretty awesome to think about what can happen for someone in just 7 years! Courtney has become a “fitness person”, gotten certified as a coach and become a regular early morning exerciser. We are so glad to have you with us Courtney and excited for your continued fitness journey. 

Happy Monday

I think it is safe to say that spring is on its way, which for a lot of us means we can be outside and we get to start growing plants outside or tending to our yards. 

For many of us also, it means we do some spring cleaning. 

Today I want to talk to you about both spring cleaning and gardening- but in your mind. 

We make a conscious effort to get things out of our closets that no longer fit. 

We choose to toss or donate food items that won’t be used.

We take time to clean the garage and to let go of children’s items that they have outgrown. 

But do we make a conscious effort to check our mental space and toss out ideas and belief systems that no longer work for us?

You tell me. 

I know I could do a better job of it.

I’m pretty careful with my headspace. Meaning, I’m selective about what I let in and what I repeat to myself but I know I still have some old cruddy negative, self-limiting (doubt filled) beliefs. 

Just this last week in a client meeting, I asked the client if she had ever stolen something as a little kid.  A lot of little kids have. And then we learn that it is not ok and we don’t do it anymore etc. But what if she had spent her whole life telling herself she is a thief? Awful right.  Completely untrue. Likely very damaging and limiting. 

So why would anyone spend time telling themselves ANYTHING other than what we ​want to be true of ourselves. 

​Perhaps because we don’t know better or are not yet in the habit of doing the reverse. 

If you have some things, beliefs, attitudes etc. that you are repeating to yourself that are harmful, limiting or no longer help you perhaps this spring you could intentionally work on releasing them. 

Join me in it? ​

​On to gardening. 

​When we plant a seed or a plant, we care for it. We water it. We make sure it gets sunshine and then we let it grow. We don’t tell it off for not growing fast enough. We don’t poke it daily and wonder why it isn’t different. We let it do its thing. 

We need to do the same with our bodies and our minds. 

When we plant new seeds of kind, loving and appreciative thoughts for all that our remarkable bodies do for us and then we focus on all the new, great things we are asking of them, we then need to then be patient and kind. 

And continue the process with care. 

Nutrients (productive food choices)

Water 

Recovery 

And Kindness

Spring is coming.

The sun is out. 

The time of transformation continues. 

To truly transform we let go of what no longer serves us and we move forward with what does.

What are you going to spring clean out of your mental house? 

And 

What are you planting there instead?

With much love and committed to your success, 

Megan K and the team

A lot of our clients begin their fitness program with us because they want to feel better and have more energy, but they don’t have time to waste doing this. 

Almost everyone we see is BUSY. 

Our early a.m. client Erin H is no exception to this. With two little ones, a full-time job, work travel and long days Erin needs fast and effective workouts. 

She says, “I don’t know how I could do it if MPower didn’t offer 30-minute sessions. My days are FULL, but with MPower I am able to get my workout in at 5:30am and still get home in time for a busy morning routine before making it downtown for work by 8. The 30 minute workout can fit into anyone’s schedule and I accomplish just as much in 30 minutes as I would at the gym by myself for an hour!”

Before coming to train with us Erin wasn’t really doing much, she says. She had gained weight with each of her pregnancies and was struggling to lose it.  She wanted to get back to feeling herself. Prior to babies she “used to run a lot and worked out at LA Fitness”.  Her body had changed though with each pregnancy and she found that she no longer enjoyed the same workouts she used to…plus there was the time piece. She needed something that she could get done quickly and effectively.   

She knew she could get back to feeling great: healthy, happy and energetic. So she got signed up with us. 

She says, “I never thought I could actually enjoy waking up at 5am to go workout – but I really do! The early morning coaches have such great energy. Big shout out to coach Jenna here! I am also usually at the gym on Saturdays and Sundays. Weekends are fun because I get to see/meet others that don’t work out or coach in the mornings. I also love the variety. In the year I have been here I know I haven’t done the exact same workout twice. There are always new moves, new variations, and new challenges. I love it!”

It hasn’t been a perfect journey for Erin, she admits. She travels a lot for work so each time she returns from a trip she needs to rebuild the habit of getting to the early a.m. sessions but she has a supportive husband and she is loving feeling stronger than ever so she is never away for too long. 

We are so happy you found us Erin and excited to be a part of your routine and your fitness journey! Congratulations on your success. We are excited to see what 2020 brings you. 

Megan K and the team 

Happy Monday!

January is long gone now.

I don’t know about you but typically with  February it feels like I blink and then the month is gone! 

How are things progressing for you? 

Did you set strong goals for 2020? 

Are you keeping tabs on how you are progressing toward those goals? 

While in Michigan this week, we talked a lot about how we see clients have the most success when they set the goal (with the timeline) but then almost exclusively focus on the ​process ​and the daily actions to get to the goal. 

For example: Lose 30 lbs of body fat

What steps do you need to take to get there? 

1- Attend 3-5 ​sessions per week

2- Sleep (7-8 hours ideally)

3- Hydrate (1/2 body weight in fluid oz of water)

4- Fuel (protein, fat and veggies 80% of the time)

5- Reduce stress

^^ simple right? (kidding…it sounds simple sometimes the execution is harder)

Here’s the thing though, when we focus on the process and take things “one day at a time” (pardon the cliché) things truly do come together.

In MPower we are focusing on daily questions that surround the ​processes to get to the outcome. 

This works for all goals .

​Remember consistency is the key. 

We know you can do it. 

Megan K and the team

When people walk through the doors at MPower fitness they know they want a change. They want something better for their lives. Sometimes they come in in rough shape, emotionally and physically. Sometimes they are doing pretty well but looking for something different. 

Most often they don’t know just how much their lives will positively change with consistent exercise, a supportive community and what people call the magic of MPower.

Rachael’s story is truly amazing and for those of you who know her, she (and her children) have been through a lot in the last 8 years. 

When she first came in, she was struggling to cope with the death of her husband Clay and to raise two young boys alone. 

She had gained weight, was still gaining, wasn’t exercising and was rounding out each day with a bottle of wine.  

Within a year of joining the program, her whole life looked dramatically different. For the Better! 

She had lost weight, lost inches, was in incredible shape and had earned herself a role on our MPower team. 

Roughly 3 years into her journey, she, Kellie Lillehei and I were on a trip to Florida for a convention.  We were sitting poolside and Kellie and I suggested that Rachael consider doing a bikini competition. I’m pretty sure this came about as we were sipping a cocktail and Rachael was trying to figure out how to put the exact drink into her myfitnesspal tracking app.  

I’m also pretty sure Kellie and I were giving Rachael some grief for not ever putting the myfitnesspal down :p. But what we saw was grit and dedication. The kind we knew would be what it took to do a fitness competition. 

Rachael says, “I knew nothing of fitness competitions…didn’t even know what it was. When I did find out what it was all about, I decided it wasn’t for me. 

Another 2 years passed. Now I was thinking about where I wanted to see myself at 50. I revisited the idea of fitness competition. It turns out bikini was not where I saw myself but figure was a category I could see myself doing and I had a lot of work ahead of me.”

Fast forward through a rigorous eating plan, 4-5 days per week of training and almost a year without any alcohol. This past May, Rachael walked on stage at Mr and Ms Natural MN and won 3rd place!  

“In a million years, I never could have imagined achieving this kind of goal. But thanks largely in part to the encouragement and support of my MPower family. I did the thing!”

Over the last 6 years, Rachael’s role here at MPower has evolved too. She became a certified coach and has been making cameo appearances on the floor at both studios. She is a regular meeting with clients for what we call NAG sessions: Nutrition and Goal setting appointments. 

She loves any and all client interactions- except collecting delinquent payments. (Let’s be honest, none of us really like that part.)

She says, she is always able to find the silver lining and sometimes she thinks that she is happier and more excited for their progress than they are! 

But being in great shape and being the “healthy mom” hasn’t just impacted her work life. Rachael knows her two boys are proud of her. She delights when they and their friends ask for tips and suggestions on health and fitness.  

If you had asked Rachael, 7 years ago when she sat across from me crying (and hung over) where she would be by this time I know she wouldn’t have said here.  She has made gigantic strides in the last 7 years and she couldn’t be happier. 

Also, she recently got engaged! If you see her give her a big ole hug and ask to see that beautiful ring of hers. 

We love you Rachael and are glad to have you as a part of the family. 

We can’t wait to see what this next decade brings for her and all of you! 

As a side note, 

I’m not sure what I’d do without a good Rachael story to tell when I go home to visit my actual family :p

Happy Monday!

This week I’m coming to you with a pep talk about sustainability. 

Sometimes we can be drawn in by the flashiness of BIG goals and BIG change. 

It might seem really exciting. And without a doubt, we want what is on the other side of the change, but then reality hits. 

Big changes can be hard. 

If you have a big fitness goal or fat loss goal you may want the results that come with big changes but it can be a tough road if the sacrifices we are making aren’t really lining up with how we want to live our day to day lives. 

​For those of you who know Rachael, she is training for a fitness bikini competition.  She was saying recently how hard it is meal prepping weekly, eating all the correct food (SO MUCH FOOD), getting in all the workouts, wearing the death trap high heels etc. She wasn’t complaining. She was just acknowledging that it is tough and that she can’t wait to return to normalcy. 

Maybe you have felt similarly? 

Loving the results that come with food tracking, paleo, whole 30 or low carb but disliking the disruption to your lifestyle? 

My challenge for you as we head deeper into February and closer to Spring is to ask yourself what could you do, tweak, change that isn’t necessarily massive. 

What could you sustainably adjust to help you get better results? 

Fitness and fat loss are about the long haul. 

There is a time for a short-term push. But that time is NOT all the time. 

The remainder of the time needs to be focused on small, gradual and sustainable changes. 

Those changes really add up. 

– Megan K and Team

P.S. If you’re ready to make sustainable changes in your life to help you meet your health and fitness goals, we can help! Just reply to this email!

If you lived to 100 would you be ready? Follow the steps in this blog post to help get you there.

Most boomers and seniors expect to live a long life. After all, this is the age of medical technology, and life expectancy has never been longer. The centenarians are the fastest-growing age demographic in the U.S. (and maybe the world). 

Chances are pretty good that you will end up joining those ranks! It is an exciting time. 

I often ask the attendees at my seminars and lectures which they would prefer: 

1) to live to 85 with a guarantee that they will be mostly healthy and able-bodied or 

2) to live to 100 but with no guarantee on what kind of quality of life they will have. 

Almost without exception everyone chooses option 1.

It seems that people don’t want longevity if it means the possibility of poor health, nursing homes, medications, and being dependent on others. People want quality of life over quantity of life.


But there is a third option. What if you could live to 100 (or more) in good health and physically capable of doing all of the stuff that you currently enjoy doing? Would you choose both quantity and quality?


Well here is the thing, as I said, you might live to 100 whether you want to or not. The science and medicine have come so far… Although you can’t do anything about your genetics or past health choices or the development of certain diseases you still have a lot of control over your destiny. 


The following are steps we can all take to have our best chances of living both a healthy and high quality life. 

1. STOP self sabotaging. That means giving up vices, especially smoking. 


2. START doing Functional Fitness.

A functional fitness routine is the way to go. It improves upper-body strength, lower-body strength, core endurance, muscle power, balance, agility, coordination and so much more. You will be able to keep doing all of the things you love to do and you will feel better doing them.

3. HIIT: For aerobic exercise nothing beats high-intensity interval training (HIIT). HIIT uses intervals of high-intensity exercise interspersed with intervals of lower-intensity exercise. Basically you will get outof breath and sweaty during the hard intervals and will mostly recover during the easier intervals. This is far superior for improving fitness than the traditional steady-state aerobic exercise.

4. Nutrition: Eat more lean protein, healthy fats, complex carbs and fiber. Eat less or no saturated fats, sodium and sugar. Pack your diet with a wide variety of fresh (preferably organic and from your own garden) vegetables and fruit. Eat whole grains (brown rice, couscous, oatmeal) as a staple. Consume fish, chicken breast and pork loin (lean protein sources) at every meal.

5. Relate: Keep those relationships healthy and strong. Find good folks with whom to spend time and when possible surround yourself with health minded friends. 


There is no guarantee of longevity just as there is no guarantee of a high quality of life but we can always be working toward better and improving our current situation. 

Curious about our functional fitness based 55+ exercise program? 

Give us a call at 763-710-5065


Happy Sunday Fit Family-

My experience with February has been that before you know it, it is gone and you’ve either gone forward toward your goals or not 🙁

Some people stall out in February. 

What one thing can you do today to move toward your goals? 

Have you set up your week for success? 

Our Office Manager Roseanne has a lot of tasks that need to be completed, daily, weekly, and then surrounding challenges. 

Last week, she and I met and I shared with her some of my top tips for productivity. The biggest thing I do- ahead of the next week- is block out segments of time for certain key activities and I plan as much of my week ahead of time, as I can. 

Guess what goes in first? 

My top priority for work.

Second: my workouts. 

Now that might not be how you schedule your week, but I’m confident that if you make it a habit of pre-scheduling your workouts (unless you are an early a.m. habitual attendee) you’ll make it a priority to get there. 

You can do it! 

Committed to your success, 

Megan K and the team

PS I posted this quote on facebook because I watch people succeed and give up all the time and it really hit home with me…

“If you don’t get what you want, it is a sign either that you did not seriously want it, or that you you tried to bargain over the price.”  (Price: time, effort, money, etc. )

Rudyard Kipling

Recently our client Cassi K made a big post celebrating her 1 year anniversary with us and all of her accomplishments. 

We are so proud of you Cassi and what you’ve done this past year. 🙂

Thank you for sharing your experience with us and for allowing us to be your fitness family. 

“After a quick google search, I impulsively joined a 6 week challenge with a gym I had never heard of – MPower (then Fit Body Boot Camp).  

It was September of 2018, I was in a rough spot mentally, emotionally and physically… desperate to find something within my own power to change.  

Previously I had a couple(!) dusty gym memberships; attending a few classes at LA Fitness, and enjoying them… but hating the big gym vibe.  

From day one I fell in love with this place.  Rachael & Ann Marie shared their stories at orientation and I instantly felt a sense of community and realness.  

Real people, real life, and what I would later see as REAL results.  And in 30 minutes a day?  For once, it felt obtainable. 

The 5:30 am sessions quickly became my favorite way to start the day.  The coaches are so encouraging but yet challenge my abilities!  And really, who can start their Tuesday without some 90’s music and a morning groan-er? …compliments of  Coach Abby.  I leave feeling sweaty and sore, but oh so accomplished… and while it’s still dark outside!   Jam balls and Kettle bells are definitely my fave, plus it’s cheaper than therapy!  😉 

The biggest challenge has been overcoming my poor -long time in the making- eating habits.  After participating in a few challenges, I’ve recognized the when and why I eat, and am making some great changes.  Healthy eating and especially food prep felt intimidating, but I’ve learned that I can do it, and I don’t have to sacrifice taste either. 

My four girls, three of which are teenagers, are my inspiration… I desire for them to have a healthy body image, see their inner beauty and know their strength. They have cheered me on from the get-go, and one of my girls even joined me for a challenge! 

At the beginning of this year I set a goal for myself, and have met with MK monthly in pursuit of that.  I cannot say enough about this amazing lady.  It’s clear this is her passion, and she lives it.  🙂  

1 year down, and I am so dang proud of myself for jumping in eyes-wide-shut.  While weight loss was my original goal, I’ve gained so much more in knowledge & support… it can’t compare to the few pounds I’ve lost. 

I feel insanely grateful for my FitFam.  It’s like having 25 personal trainers and a gang whose only goal is to MPower you… 

It’s been amazing to see how far I’ve come, and I’m not done yet! 

I never knew how strong I could be.  <3 “

Cassi has lost 25lbs, 23.5 inches, 9.9% bf in 15 months – WOW!

HappyMonday Fit Fam-

If you’ve been reading this newsletter for a while you’ve probably heard me mention (1 or 10 times :-p) that we are the product of our environment.

What I mean by that, is that we frequently end up similar to those with whom we spend the most time. 

  • Negativity breads more negativity
  • Disrespect of our bodies (whether with unproductive food or drink, lack of exercise, general lethargy etc.) breads more of that
  • Undisciplined management of our personal lives leads to more of this…

Yikes. 

It turns out my mom was right when she told me that 

“birds of a feather flock together” …

That being said we can’t always immediately change our environment nor do we want to necessarily cut out our friends who are doing stuff that doesn’t align with our goals, so we instead need to consciously choose to be the positive influence, whenever and wherever we can. 

Lead by example…so to speak. 

Now there’s a difference between leading by example and alienating your friends by pushing your views about health, exercise and healthy eating on them…and you’ll need to find the balance for yourself, right? 

In the mean time, since this is a pep talk, I want to give you some tools of empowerment that you can use when you find yourself in tricky “peer pressure” situations. 

1-Ahead of a dinner party/family weekend or meal speak to your host/ family and ask if you can bring a few things to help yourself stay on track. Mention to the host that you don’t expect he or she to change the menu for you but that you are very committed to eating in a way that fits your goals and as such you’d like to help so you can stay on track and so that she feels no extra pressure. 

2-When you are heading out to happy hour or a party plan to be the sober driver or mention ahead of time that you’ll be leaving at xyz hour so that you have primed everyone for your choice to step out early and or drink less or nothing. If you receive any flack for your choices you can confidently assure your friends that your health and fitness are priorities to you right now and that you really appreciate their support and encouragement. IF they don’t support you feel free to pass their info to me so I can mail them dog poop. 

Just kidding. 

Sort of kidding. 

If they are unsupportive then that’s another thing you’ll need to figure out for yourself…

3-When you are in a situation where your “wine glass” magically keeps getting refilled, put it down somewhere and leave it. You don’t HAVE to drink the wine. 

Better still, ahead of time, mention that you are only having one drink and explain why. 

As hard as it may feel in the moment to stick to actions that align with your goals, the sense of personal satisfaction and pride you get from following through on the MOST IMPORTANT COMMITMENT YOU HAVE (TO YOURSELF and YOUR GOALS) will outweigh any of the immediate gratification of doing something that doesn’t fit your plan. 

You’ve got this. 

We believe in you. 

Megan K and the team