Living Fit For Life: Success Story: Tonya
I had the privilege of meeting Tonya when I was in the hospital with our daughter Angelina. We were a few doors down from their sweet family. We instantly bonded and occasionally hangout during our hospital stay.
When we were in the hospital Dennis and I would bring out resistance bands and workout together. Tonya spotted us one day and contacted me when she was interested in coming up with a workout plan she could do at home. Tonya shares here:
I met Michelle through our daughters-Angelina and Harper, in 2014. I learned she was a personal trainer and would see her working out in the hospital sometimes. I thought, “Wow-now THAT is commitment!” My husband ended up getting deployed in February of 2015 for nine months. I knew that there was no way I could go to the gym. I contacted Michelle and she came up with plans every month for me to do at home”.
When Tonya’s husband was deployed she didn’t have a lot of time and needed quick effective workouts. She wanted to get back into shape after having her daughter and needed a workout plan that could work with her lifestyle. Tonya expands on this here:
” I was completely out of shape after having my daughter and I knew I needed to get back into the swing of things. I had always been in okay shape, but after spending many months in the hospital with Harper, the stress and hospital food had gotten to me. I am a person who gets bored easily with workouts. I told Michelle this and when she made my plan each month, every week was different. It was perfect! I had also mentioned that I didn’t have a ton of time. Most of my workouts happened after 8:30 pm when the kids had all gone to bed. I was usually exhausted but knew I needed to workout. She tailored them so that most of the workouts could be completed in thirty minutes. After a few months, I was running some 5K’s again. I began to lose weight, was getting stronger and fitting back into old clothes again. When my husband returned home, I needed to continue to workout. Now that he was back, I was able to join a gym again, but I continued to use some of the workouts Michelle had made for me on the days I couldn’t make it to the gym. Just this past April, I ran my very first half marathon in under two hours”.
Michelle provided me with support by: “I loved the text check-ins every week. I knew she was just a text or phone call away too if I had any questions about the workouts or moves. I also like the little challenges she does throughout the year.
One thing I learned while working out with Michelle is how to lift weights. Michelle continues to motivate me and help me reach new goals by helping me understand the important components of an exercise program. Tonya expands about the components of a well-balanced workout routine: “I had never really lifted before working out with Michelle. She taught me that a good balanced workout routine included lifting. I lost weight but I also gained muscle (and definition!). She is very encouraging and willing to help at any time”.
Tonya learned to implement fitness and turn it into her daily routine by: “Once my husband returned home, I needed to get out of the house to workout. It was my time to unwind and focus on myself again. I can tell the days I don’t get a chance to workout-I am cranky, irritable, and just feel “blah”. Even if all I can fit in is a walk with my family, I try to do something every day now”.
One other important aspect of a living a fit lifestyle that Michelle incorporates when working with clients is the online Facebook group is about eating healthy. Tonya learned about healthy portions and nutrition by: “The quick articles she posts or the pictures of her own meals are very helpful in seeing what is a healthy portion”.
My name is Tonya. I am an elementary teacher. I have been married to Aaron for almost 8 years. We have three kids; Kaitlyn (11-his from a previous marriage), Landon-6, and Harper-3. Harper was born with Down syndrome and is the reason Michelle and her family came into our lives. ❤
Living Fit For Life: Success Story : Kayla
I met Kayla through a referral of a family member. Kayla has such a sweet and gentle spirit about her. She was ready to begin a workout program to help combat low energy levels and improve her overall well-being.
Kayla and I worked together through a consultation to develop a foundational program in which she could build on each month. Kayla began working out and mentions how Live Fit Women’s Fitness programs helped her here: “The Live Fit programs have helped me in so many ways, I feel happier knowing I have a way to escape some of the stress I have. I’ve also found a love for lifting and intervals on the treadmill because of these programs. I enjoy the way I feel after a workout.”
Kayla continued working out on a consistent basis and utilized a private Facebook group that is used for Live Fit Women’s Fitness clients. Kayla took part in online bootcamps that I offer throughout the year through my social media sites. Kayla talks about those how the Bootcamps, accountability of both my support and the Live Fit Women’s Fitness Group helped her stay on track to reach her goals: “Michelle is awesome at providing support and accountability. When doing bootcamps she uploads videos of herself doing the workouts and also responds to you super quick if you have a question or need assistance on any of the exercises. She also checks in about once a week or anytime you’re really needing it! If you text her she always replies. She also posts different types of things on the Live Fit Women’s Fitness facebook page. You always have access to that if you are in the group. You have the opportunity to connect, encourage and look for support from the members of the group”.
In addition to learning how to lift weights and incorporate interval training Kayla learned how to begin making changes to both her nutrition and improve her overall lifestyle by slowly adding in healthier habits. Here are a few ways Kayla serves as an inspiration to how changing and incorporating tiny changes in our habits can serve as a cataylst for life long healthy living: “I always try and work out everyday or try to get my 10,000 step goal on fitbit no matter what I’m doing. Before I thought it was silly and didn’t really care but now that I know how good I feel after a workout. I enjoy doing it. Also it helps to see how far I’ve come in progress pictures I have taken and when I increase the amount of weight I’m lifting. Michelle has helped me learn more about healthy snacking. Before I considered myself a very unhealthy snacker. Now if I have a choice I’ll try to have something healthier or even try and let myself have a few chips or something but add a fruit with it. I learned to eat to fuel my body. It helps that the ladies on the facebook page post new recipes ideas often”.
Congratulations Kayla and thank you for sharing your journey and commiting to Live Fit for Life!
A little more about Kayla: I am 25 years old. Have a degree in Early Childhood Intervention Specialists. I currently nanny and love it!
You can connect with Kayla and follow her fitness journey on Instagram: @_kayex3
I hope your summer is going spectacular. Isn’t it semi-crazy trying to fit workouts in during the summer months? Work, picnics, the pool and extra-curricular events make it challenging to fit in your workouts.
I have been wanting to post a series for a while about bodyweight exercises. This bootcamp requires no equipment and can be done anywhere. Each week this summer I will post a short video. The bodyweight bootcamp will have three exercises that make up the workout.
You can take this bodyweight bootcamp to the beach, baseball games and at the park.
What are bodyweight exercises? Bodyweight exercises can be done with your own bodyweight and no equipment is needed! Bodyweight exercises help develop strength, power, and stamina. These exercises improve your body’s ability to move with skill and efficiency. These exercises are beneficial when paired with interval training. Below are a few tips for mastering bodyweight exercises.
- Start with foundational exercises first. Basic jumping jacks,planks, squats, mountain climbers, push up’s, and dips. I don’t suggest jumping in the jump squat in the video if you haven’t exercised recently. You could simply step each foot up and squat three times. Gain strength and form before you start adding high-impact to your body weight bootcamp.
- Focus on your form. I can’t stress this enough. Know your body and your limits. When in high plank, spread your fingers wide to protect the wrists, keep your core tight, don’t let your hips sag and line your shoulders and hands. Gradually increase the intensity and time your performing bodyweight exercises. You could start in a modified wall plank and progress to the ground, and perform plank on your knees. when you feel ready perform a full plank you can then add in the taps and oblique exercises.
- Consistency is the key in making progress. If you want to see results and progress in your workouts you have to remain consistent and gradually increase your workload over time. If you look back a month or even a few weeks you will start to see small progress in how long you can hold plank and your stamina increasing while performing squats and jumping jacks.
- Check with a doctor before beginning any exercise program. Warm-up 5-7 minutes and cool-down stretch when you have completed the workout.
- Maximum Interval Training- By: John Cissik and Jay Dawes was referenced and used when writing this post.
The video below is an advanced bodyweight bootcamp. You should be able to perform a plank fifteen-thirty seconds before you begin tapping and twisting. In order to perform the bodyweight frog hop you should be able to perform a minimum of twenty bodyweight squats and maintain good postural alignment through the exercises.
You can perform the exercise video below after a solid warm-up.
- 8 plank taps
- 8 oblique twists
- 3 frog hops
- Return to plank and repeat 3-4x
- Take a 1-2 minute break between each circuit
Stretch 5-7 minutes when you have completed this workout.
I’ll be posting these every Friday! Happy bootcamping! A special thanks to my hubby who is my videographer. I was gardening and decided to get a quick bodyweight bootcamp in!
Living Fit For Life: Success Story: Lisa
I met Lisa at our church where she is in charge of the Tree House Kids program. I love Lisa’s heart for children and all those that she comes in contact with. Lisa is just such a beautiful person both inside and out.
Lisa was looking for someone to help her work on implementing a fitness regimen into her schedule when she contacted me. Lisa and I sat down during the consultation and problem solved ways that she could slowly begin to incorporate a training plan into her current eventful life.
It was during summer when Lisa and I met and we were able to get outside and workout together. Lisa wanted to have a way to workout with me when we weren’t together so I would let her video me doing the exercises I incorporated into her training plan.
Lisa shares more about that here: “ Michelle has allowed me to record our training sessions so I could duplicate them at home. She is very motivational with her own health and wellness program. Besides the fact that there is something very intimate about praying with the person you are working with, that takes new meaning to emotional health”.
Lisa began forming a schedule that consisted of a weight training, cardio and flexibility plan. I was able to meet Lisa where she was at and help progress in her training.
A positive mindset and coaching helped Lisa stay consistent with her goals. Lisa talks about this positivity and attitude here: “Michelle regularly checks in through text messages, encourages me through Facebook posts and her own positive attitude. Michelle always changes things up, encourages you to move ahead or not if you aren’t ready.”
Lisa was also able to take the information that was shared during our sessions and in the online private group for my Live Fit Women’s Fitness clients and apply it to her life. She talks about that here: “ I love the articles that Michelle shares on facebook regarding recipes and the challenges she gives us regarding sharing what we are eating too. I actually won a fitness session from her for doing this challenge”.
Lisa even involved her family with cooking new meals. Lisa realized: “ I have learned that fitness is a way of life, not just a binge to lose weight. I have also learned that my entire family has to eat the way that I do and promote to them as well the importance of some sort of exercise routine”.
It was such a joy working with you Lisa and I am so proud of how you made this a lifestyle!!
You can continue to read Lisa’s Testimony here: “ My name is Lisa Glaser and I am a 50 year old female. I have never been overweight but have reached my weight limit and knew that I needed to do something and fast. That’s when I reached out to Michelle Volpe. I needed a good routine that could become a way of life, not just a 30 day weight loss program. I have to admit, that I have fallen off the wagon a few times but manage to catch myself and get back on. I do notice that when I don’t meet with Michelle that’s when I have the most problems. She manages to keep me accountable for my eating/exercising habits through motivation and just her gentle presence.
One of the things I enjoy the most about working with Live Fit, is that you can take these exercise routines anywhere. Over the summer, she helped me develop a routine that I could utilize while camping.
I feel like this has to be a complete way of life through food and weight training and with help of God and Michelle, we will do this together.
My goal is to be stronger, healthier and just feel better about myself overall. I have lost a few pounds and several inches but I think it’s more about my self-evaluation rather than a number on the scale.
I encourage anyone who needs this accountability, to contact Michelle and sit down and discuss your goals with her”.
Thanks For Sharing Lisa!
Living Fit For Life: Success Story: Rachel
I met Rachel through LoveCanton Church way back when I first started Live Fit Women’s Fitness. I loved her zest for life and genuine personality. We instantly hit it off and trained for a turkey trot 5kt together.
It was after Rachel had her first daughter she was ready to start working out again and she contacted me.
During our consultation Rachel was trying to decide if Live Fit was a good fit for her.
She recalls a conversation from our consultation: “Michelle said something that has stuck with me. She said, “Big goals are great and really helpful, but I want you to set one goal every day and work towards that.” That completely changed my attitude and approach. That’s what has helped me stick with my training regimen and not get frustrated. I also love that Michelle keeps my workout routine fresh. I get bored really easily, so her constantly switching things up has been perfect for me.
Rachel and I met on a weekly and monthly basis. I worked around her schedule and was able to set up plans tailored to her hectic lifestyle as a new mom. When we weren’t meeting I would check in with her.
Rachel enjoyed the accountability piece of our partnership together. She explains a little how it works here: “ She’s always texting me verses, quotes, songs, recipes, etc. I love it! She makes me want to do something on the days that it would be easy to come up with excuses not to work out. She’s also set up a private Facebook group for all of us clients where we can check in after workouts, ask for prayer requests, and share in successes.”
As Rachel progressed through her training regimen she had some minor setbacks that we worked through together. We were able to persevere through these and celebrate her victories together.
Rachel shares how the encouragement helped her stay motivated during her exercise program: “She’s always encouraging me to keep going! I had to start a new medication that my doctor warned me would make me sick, and she has been both empathetic and encouraging. I missed a lot of workouts this month, but she’s kept me from getting discouraged and helped me persevere. Additionally, when I hit my first goal, she celebrated with me but followed it up with encouragement to add weight for lifting and add time to my cardio. She didn’t let me get stagnant”.
Rachel has learned how to implement the time we shared together into living a fit and healthy lifestyle. I really love what she has taken away and applied to her life through our sessions.
I love this Victory she shares: “Michelle constantly reminds me that fitness is a lifestyle not a quick fix. She’s helped me to realize that it’s as important to my health as eating and sleeping. Fitness is crucial, not optional. Healthy habits have become just another part of life, and I feel so much better as a result. For example, it’s become more relaxing to put the baby in a stroller, grab the dog’s leash, and head out for a walk than to sit and watch TV. I feel much more productive and better at the end of the day when I do that”.
Rachel and I talked about how “abs are made in the kitchen. That we eat to work out and don’t work out to eat.”
She reaches for avocados and carrots these days instead of buffalo dip!
Thanks for sharing in your success with us Rachel and Living Fit for life!
Rachel Hunka and her husband Corey live in Canton, Ohio with their precious two girls. They recently launched a church called 3rd Street Community Church. When Rachel isn’t mothering her two little ones or helping at church, she is on the side-lines coaching the Malone Cheerleaders.
You can connect with Rachel on
Facebook: Rachel Elyse Hunka
Living Fit For Life: Success Story : Jen Kauffman
I first met Jen at a bible study and we became friends quickly. She grew up in West Branch on a dairy farm and shared a similar love for running like me. Jen is a busy wife and mom of four (Blake 11, Mason 8, Kariyas 6, and Aniela 4).
Jen approached me looking or help to get out of a fitness rut that she had become stuck in.
As I began to work with Jen we really focused on incorporating strength training along with a three month training plan for an upcoming half-marathon that she was training for.
Jen started to lift consistently and loved having the training programs to keep her on track.
“ I didn’t have to think about what I was going to do that day, it was already laid out for me. I felt like I was working towards a certain outcome and that was exciting”.
As Jen progressed in her training program she started to see the benefit of consistent weight training.
I love this victory she shares:
“Michelle made me realize the importance of lifting weights. My fitness was lots of running and cardio before I started working with her. I’ve never felt better about how I look since I started lifting. I have more control over my weight and my confidence about myself has increased”.
Jen learned that as she turned fitness into her daily routine living that she is was a much happier and pleasant person if she got her workout in. It’s her time and she can’t live without it! It recharges her to care for her family. It prepares her to have strong arms for the tasks ahead of her each day.
Jen has also learned the importance of healthy portions and has enjoyed content I provide my clients in a private online group.
Jen states: “Her posts on the facebook page have been informative about healthy portions. I love that they aren’t long articles but sometimes just what she is doing at home. I love her transparency with her own fitness journey. It makes it real”.
Jen enjoyed the check-in’s via text message as they helped her keep going. She loved being encouraged if she felt off track or had a rough day. It helped her learn healthy habits that she has continued over the last two years.
I love how Jen took the knowledge she learned from her sessions to grow both in strength and confidence. Jen used the information I provided and has created healthy habits and a solid foundation keeping her feeling healthy and strong for all the adventures, love and memories she makes with her family of five! Way to Live fit for Life, Jen. Thanks, for sharing your story!