While Christie says that her formal education has been helpful in her pursuits as an online personal trainer, fitness coach, and figure/powerlifting athlete, she maintains that her personal experience with pregnancy weight gain, weight loss and bodybuilding is what has taught her the most.
In Summer 2016, Stephanie was one year into “maintaining” a 35lb weight loss when she began contemplating her next milestone. A former distance runner, Stephanie was looking for a challenge that would benefit her health and improve her physique, yet be easier on the joints. Her knees no longer could handle the impact of running; she needed a new primary form of exercise.
In 2015, Rada was an avid distance runner looking to change up her fitness routine. “I wanted to put on some muscle, because while I enjoyed cardio and running, I felt that I looked ‘skinny fat’.” Rada began online coaching with Sisters in Shape and made great progress during her first year. And then, life threw Rada and her family some challenges that required her fitness goals to be placed on the back burner.
Natasha's transformation hasn’t just been a physical one; “I have more energy. I feel like I can balance things better. I see myself differently... We as women are our worst critics. It’s been great to have a coach to look at you. They see you from a different angle than you see yourself.”
"I have learned so much about myself. For years, I allowed fear to hold me back from following my dreams. I have grown in so many ways and love the person that I have become! I no longer allow fear to hold me back; instead, I allow myself to feel the fear and do it anyway!”
“The biggest thing Sisters in Shape has given me is the ability to get rid of ‘mom guilt.’ SiS has empowered me to taking time for myself. The SiS community has helped me to realize that not only is it OK, but it is totally necessary. It’s also helped me to be a good role model for my family. I’ve inspired my kids to workout. They know Mom takes time to work out and they are cool with it.”
"Since joining SiS, yes, my body has changed. Yes, I’m healthier…but the transformation I’ve had mentally is even greater. I identify as an athlete, where I never had before. I'm finding a better balance with food, despite certain dietary restrictions I have.”