Kelsey’s circuit training involved Les Mills BodyPump. “The magic happens between the music and the “Rep Effect” – light to moderate weights + high reps = results! That is what the program promises and I am here to tell you that they don’t lie. I have lost a large breed dog or 112 lbs thanks to Les Mills classes – particularly BodyPump!
I will never forget my first BodyPump class…it was at a GoodLife Fitness. I was a new mom carrying a whole lot of extra weight and suffering with depression. Let’s just say I was ready to quit before I started, but something about that class made me feel like I could conquer the world!
Les Mills got me hooked on fitness. BodyPump saved my life and inspired me so much so that I became a Group Fitness Instructor and now teach multiple Les Mills formats including BodyPump. I’ve now been a certified instructor since 2012 and this past August was 2016 Group Fitness Instructor of Excellence Award recipient for GoodLife Fitness Canada.
BodyPump is for anyone and everyone. Where you start doesn’t matter. It’s never about the number on the bar but rather the range and technique, so pick up a bar and move some weight – literally.”
This journey has not been easy, but then again what is easy in life 🙂 You see we don’t wake up one day after years of bad habits wanting to have a healthy lifestyle….it takes time and once we realize that this is actually not a task then we will be just fine…. I was a binge eater for ever and still have my days… I am also that person that gets sick, issues at work, disagreements with people and runs for food!!!!! I realize that I associate everything with food.
It was not until I had my son and daughter that I really thought wow is this how I am going to live? I am at a park with my kids and run out of breath the first five minutes. I am wearing clothes that don’t represent me and my style, I avoid certain functions because you have to get dressed up.. is this really ME?!!! I then decided I had to take control and stop with all the excuses…. And my excuses were I am a mom (took time away from them), work, house, and anything I could to make pretend I had no time!!!
I joined a gym and it took a while to figure out what to do there, but then I realized it’s not just about showing up and doing cardio I have to change the way I eat… I am Latina and we celebrate life with food!!! Amazing food, but I knew if I wanted to really get skinny (that was my mentality) I had to change it up… I started getting rid of certain processed foods and then started to add more veggies and just healthier options…
As time went on I did research on what workouts to do, what foods to eat, and I had an amazing support via Instagram as that is where I shared my journey!!! Let’s call it my diary…I never thought that in my thirties I could meet some amazing people that would turn into my friends!!!! You see for me social media was a waste of time, or that’s what I thought!!!! Well now I post everything fitness, health, and me on Instagram and snap chat! I love meeting amazing people on similar journeys we support each other and that’s important….
Well you remember I said I wanted to be skinny right? Well that was my mentality back then, today I just want to be strong because for me I realize Fit comes in all sizes and being strong mentally and physically is more important then just being skinny!!! This journey is a mental transformation and once I realized I can do this I can control my happiness it fell into place…
I started as a cardio bunny, because it’s easy: just press Start. I then added weights, and then joined online challenge groups for workout ideas… as I got more confident I joined fitness classes and feel in love with Bootcamp… the instructor was amazing and it peeked my interest… so today I workout 6 days a week. I enjoy the fitness classes because you don’t have to think, you show up and follow the instructor, I do these classes 3 days a week the other 3 days I do my own thing, cardio and weight lifting. I have leg days, back and shoulders, and triceps and biceps!!! I love walking into the weight room and working out with the guys, makes me feel like a bad ass… I have also incorporated heavy lifting and love to do deadlifts…I have come along way from the clueless chubby girl (I hate saying FAT) who just wanting to be skinny!!!! I want to be strong and help people realize that they too can control their happiness…
I have gone from being over 200lbs depressed, a size 16 and double x-large to now 179 a size 8, OK a tight 8 lol, and a medium large… my biggest transformation is mental. I have the mental ability to do what I love and I am realizing I can do this I CAN Love my life!!!! Meal prepping and gym time for me now is not a task, it’s a way of life. I enjoy it and, honestly, it’s my therapy, my stress reliever…
What I am doing now!!! I am currently working with a trainer who has me on a meal plan as I want to drop 40lbs by December. No, I am not obsessed with the scale. I feel the scale is horrible and does not reflect your hard work!!! But because I want to loose these 40lbs I need to step on… I still workout 6 days a week, do 3 Bootcamps, 1 kickboxing class, and the rest is a combination of cardio and lifting… I also do my own challenge groups and offer help to those that need it, let me add that I do this all while having two children, one who is two and one who just turned 5. I have a home, two dogs, a cat, hermit crabs, and fish!!!! Let me add I work 40 plus hours a week, work an extra 15 to 20 developing my own brand, details below. My husband is self employed so I help him run his business, and I have a small social life with people that matter in my life!! JUST SAYING!!!!
So what else is in my future????? My new life has helped me to develop a new goal and dream… I am working on my certification to become a group fitness instructor and because I have a passion for looking amazing as we workout, this comes from always wearing what I had to versus what I wanted to… I will have some amazing workout gear that everyone from a size x-small to a triple x-large can wear!!! And fall in love with loving their lifestyle and loving their bodies at every stage! My brand is called Love Your Lifestyle because it’s all about controlling your happiness… if you are not happy let’s do something about it… fitness and health can improve a lot in everyone’s life, and remember we are here to get strong, not skinny!!!! So join us and realize that fitness and health does not have to be a task, but a way of life is what this brand is all about…. 🙂
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