CRYSTAL, 32, WORKS FULL-TIME & MOTHER OF 3
She had known for a long time that she needed to get back to fitness. A self-proclaimed yo-yo dieter, she was always trying to find the quickest way to get to where she wanted to be, but with no real regard for the healthiest approach. Not only that, but busy doesn’t even begin to describe Crystal’s schedule: she has a husband, three kids, a full time job, and to top it all off was starting back full time at university. She knew she didn’t necessarily have the time to get fit, but she knew she needed to make time and so she did.
Joining SiS not only helped Crystal reach her fitness and nutrition goals, but the most powerful benefit was embracing the knowledge that she is worth it and that she is beautiful just as she is. There is no time she feels more beautiful and empowered than when she has just finished a workout. Recognizing her hard work and her dedication, (and her rocking muscles certainly don’t hurt!) makes her feel beautiful from the inside out.
Someone who suffered from a binge eating disorder may find it difficult to recognize how far they’ve come or see beyond the shell of what they used to see when they look in the mirror. For Crystal, she can see all her hard work and dedication and feels a sense of accomplishment for how far she has come. A highlight for her was going into a fancy boutique around Christmas time, trying on a size extra small dress, and feeling beautiful when she looked at herself in the mirror because she truly loved what she saw. For Crystal, she’s come to realize that she can be her own brand of beautiful and it’s truly amazing.
KATHARINE, 36, BUSINESS OWNER & MOTHER OF 3
A business owner and busy mom of 3 who wanted to get back in shape after some time away. She was an athlete in the past and knew how important fitness and nutrition are for a healthy lifestyle, but she also needed someone to motivate her and help her plan those workouts and nutrition goals because as busy women we can’t do everything ourselves, right? Katharine joined SiS as a Lifestyle Fit Program client and didn’t have dreams of competing – she just wanted to get her everyday life in balance and live healthy. But, as she started reaching her goals, she quickly became motivated to get back to that athletic lifestyle.
The best part of Katharine’s journey is that she loves who she has become. Staring at a her "after" photo, teary eyed because she can’t believe how beautiful she looks, she not only feels beautiful, but accomplished. What began as a desire to have fun and be part of a team quickly became so much more. It became the turning point where Katharine realized just how beautiful and amazing she really is. Plus, she has become an inspiration to others - helping to encourage them in their journeys and know they can achieve what they set their minds to.
As women we can build each other up and help each other reach our goals. For Katharine, she found this encouragement through working with her SiS coach, and now she helps inspire other women to go for their goals, reach their dreams, and be beautiful in their own unique ways.
VIRGINIA, 35, MARKETING & EVENTS MANAGER, PERSONAL TRAINER & NUTRITIONIST
Virginia always struggled with her weight, as a child and adult she was always over weight. Since becoming a personal trainer in 2002 she have remained at a decent weight but yo-yo up and down struggling with her food.
Before SIS POWER PREP PROGRAM, she never trusted the flexible dieting (IIFYM) approach so she lived off of straight meal plans that controlled her life and made being social and fun very hard. Unfortunately, this would lead to a binge period where she would pack on some extra pounds. and start the cycle again with a straight meal plan.
By trusting her SiS Coach with the IIFYM approach, Virginia says "I gained so much balance in my life, my relationship with food is different and more importantly I’ve learned to trust and be vulnerable while growing. It’s been amazing!"
Virginia says "SiS has helped me find a balance in my life I hadn’t thought possible, for this I will always be grateful."
ANTOINETTE, 28, DOD ARMY CIVILIAN
Antoinette joined the SiS Lifestyle Fit Program with a "dieters mindset" thinking that in order to have the body she wanted she had to do countless hours of cardio and only eat plain chicken, fish and broccoli. Working with a SiS Trainer Antoinette says "I’ve learned that eating clean is easy and fun and I have to eat to lose weight and tone. I’m happier and healthier and I have MUSCLES!"
Antoinette credits her SiS Coach for really listening to her and keeping her on her toes. She says "My SiS Coach, she knows what works for my body type and isn't just throwing me some generic workout."
Antoinette especially treasures the sisterhood and the bonding of all the women in the SiS client community, she says "The support and different journeys are so amazing and inspiring and I’m so glad I invested in my health."
BJ, 44, HR MANAGER
Billy Jo, or BJ as her friends call her, came to Sisters In Shape the age of 44, looking to be strong. An endurance athlete for years, she’d turned to strength training via the SIS POWER PREP PROGRAM and saw significant gain and shape change. Trained and guided by her experienced SiS Coach, BJ took home 2nd place in both Fitness Model Masters and Open classes!
BJ says, “The SiS Power Prep meals were very useful and yummy! Understanding what my macros should be during contest prep was also beneficial – this was an area that I did not know much about and still learning. I am so much more aware of the food I put into my body and macros splits.”
BJ explains, "Sisters In Shape is a group of liked minded women who actually want to help women succeed in whatever their fitness goals are and beyond. They truly care about you. These women have given me my drive back and a longing to want to be healthy and stay focused on a lifestyle I am passionate about!"
STEPH, 33, COUNSELLER
SiS client Stephanie has seen and encountered many athletes that have struggled through their journey to the fitness competition stage and knew if she undertook a competition goal it was important she remain healthy through the process. Stephanie was confident that the SiS Power Prep Program would provide her with a healthy competition prep process.
From start to finish, Stephanie has remained healthy and overall her journey has been a positive experience! In order to get into "competition" shape it gets tough at the end, but she has pushed forward with confidence and no complaints!
Stephanie took the stage after being 100% coached online, and took home a trophy in her first fitness competition ever! Congratulations Steph! Proof that award winning physiques CAN be prepped healthy.
CHRISTIE, 32, MARKETER & MOTHER
When Christie started her journey with the SiS Lifestyle Fit Program, she had reached a point of wanting more in my fitness and health. she was tired of trying to find balance and continue doing it all. She needed a group of women who would challenge me, inspire me, and empower me.
My ongoing physical transformation is just a piece of Christie's story. Christie says, "The transformation of my mind and how I approach life has been even more incredible than my physical transformation. I have embraced progress, not perfection. I have gained tools that help me to rock at every day life."
Christie is a testament that behind every woman is a story: a story of strength, dreams, hopes, perseverance, and faith. Christie says "Through SiS, I have been made strong inside and out, which is far more rewarding than any prize."
LORA LEE, 39, BANK AUDITOR
Lora says “THE LIFESTYLE FIT COACH PROGRAM has been eye opening and has definitely provided guidance for long term lifestyle changes. The use of flexible eating (IIFYM), along with new workouts every month and direct access to a trainer 24/7, is invaluable.
Lora explains “I get inspired & motivated from my SiS Coach, from seeing how she manages to fit her health and passion into her busy every day, to how she has offered nothing but encouragement and positive feedback along my journey! She 100% believes in her clients and arms them with the information and exercises to help you reach that goal, whatever it is, long term or short term.”
JENNY, 34, SOMMELIER & MOM
Jenny Lyn Goldberg came to Sisters In Shape shortly after we launched our SiS Power Prep Program. Jenny explains "I've always wanted to do a fitness competition. I've worked out for years and always been really into fitness. I'm finally going to fulfill my goal of doing a show." So together with her SiS Coach we set out to make this dream a reality.
Jenny indicated during the intake process that her goal category for her show was “Fitness Model”. This category needs a great lean muscle foundation, while still maintaining a feminine and commercially appealing physique. Jenny had a good base to start and with the right training and nutrition, so her SiS Coach agreed this was an attainable category in our 18-week prep.
It was important that one of the most important factors went into Jenny’s program, and should go into every competitor’s program - her real life. A fitness competition is a fun hobby for someone really into fitness. However, it should never take precedence over real life, no hobby should. So her SiS Coach kept the gym workouts to 60 minutes and included home DVD HIIT workouts so this busy mom to a toddler could do her fitness hobby in the pockets of time in her life.
One of her first Skype posing sessions had her little son popping into the screen regularly. Her SiS Coach (also a mom) loved it as it kept the whole experience “real” and in context of what it really was – a mommy doing a fun hobby for herself.
The whole strategy paid off as Jenny took home two trophies at UFE Spring Bash, placing 1st in Fitness Model and 2nd in Bikini Model.
MILITARY SPOUSE REALIZES TRANSFORMATION IS POSSIBLE WITH SISTERS IN SHAPE
When Kristy decided to join Sisters in Shape it was because she was looking for something different – a new approach. She had already gone down just about every diet and fitness route available and wasn’t seeing the results she desired. Having been a follower of her SiS coach Christie Nix for a while on social media, she reached out to her to learn what it would take to get started with personal trainer.
For Kristy, it wasn’t that she had never worked out before. She was working out with her husband already, but the problem for Kristy was that they were doing the same routine that her husband had been doing for years. While it might have been working for him, it wasn’t what Kristy needed to reach her goals and find that fit lifestyle she knew she could accomplish. She reached out to her now SiS online personal trainer, signed up, and has been a SiS member since April 2016.
Kristy loves being part of SiS because of the power she finds in having an online trainer by her side. With someone cheering her on who is fitness minded, and able to provide advice when she needs it, or a new routine to get her motivated and moving forward, Kristy is seeing results.
One of the best things about being with SiS is that her online trainer encourages her to get stronger. She also understands where Kristy is coming from as a military spouse, and can encourage her through the busy lifestyle that comes with going through deployments, moving around, and a hectic schedule. Most of all, Kristy appreciates how her coach pushes her to get stronger. She recalls a time when her coach encouraged her to find a gym that offered an Olympic 45 lb. bar so she could continue to push herself to new levels.
“She encourages people to believe in themselves the way she believes in them. And guess what, she is right! I am stronger than I thought I was. I was letting fear get in the way.” ~Kristy
To those thinking about joining SiS Kristy says just do it! If you think about it, whether you join or not, this year is going to pass by. You might as well spend it getting stronger, healthier, and more confident in yourself.
We couldn’t agree more! #stronginsideout
MONICA - FROM SOCCER STAR TO FITNESS COMPETITOR TO SIS COACH
Monica was already fit when she decided to join Sisters in Shape. As a former NCAA Soccer player, Monica was already used to working hard to reach her fitness goals, but after college she started looking for a new challenge - the world of fitness competitions. Hearing about Sisters in Shape from a friend, she decided to check it out and see if SiS could help her with her new found goal of getting ready for her first competition. As someone who was already really athletic and considering becoming a fitness coach herself, it wasn’t that she needed someone to help her understand the why behind working out - she needed someone who could push her to do her best, and challenge her along the way. Impressed by her soon to be coach’s experience in the fitness competitor world, Monica joined Sisters in Shape Power Prep Program and went on to win her very first competition.
Already pretty fit when she first joined, Monica was looking for something different that would challenge her and help her reach a new goal. She had never focused on building muscle like she did for her first competition and remembers the experience as one that was challenging and made her feel accomplished and beautiful. She felt better, stronger, and confident. She was proud of what she had achieved and felt confident in her body - even when wearing a bikini.
After 8 months in the SiS program she got more out of it than she could have imagined and went on to become a SiS Personal Trainer where she can help others achieve their goals. Her advice to those considering becoming part of the SiS community is that when you have the right mindset and it’s the right time SiS can be one of the best decisions a woman can make for herself mentally, and physically. Having a community of supportive women by your side, gaining better fitness, and reaching your goals are all key here at SiS. Whether you’re a busy mom, business owner, or corporate employee, being part of SiS goes beyond the physical benefits and can help you find that balance, be fit, and be healthy. Monica is proud to be part of the SiS team helping her clients achieve their goals and live their healthiest lives now!