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!