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Are you a trainer?
Yes, I have been and personal trainer since 2013 as well as certified in the group, cycle, older adults, Trx stretch, and 11 other fitness certifications.

JEAN JACQUES BARRET’S PHILOSOPHY ON TRAINING IS EXACTLY WHAT I BELIEVE REGARDING ALL COMPONENTS OF FITNESS.  HE IS PATIENT SUPPORTIVE AND EXTREMELY KNOWLEDGEABLE AND MOTIVATING.

Who is your trainer?
I have been honoured to work with so many trainers and mentors. In my last show, I had the privilege of working with JJ Barret.

What makes him so special?
His philosophy on training is exactly what I believe regarding all components of fitness.  He is patient supportive and extremely knowledgeable and motivating. Cannot Say enough great things about him.

Occupation?
The most important job I have is being a mom to 4 beautiful children (Jacob 19, Carter 15, Charlie 14, and Emma 11).  I have been a personal trainer and group fitness instructor for 12 years and teach 10 classes a week from Bootcamp’s, spin, and weights along with having the privilege of training a variety of clients to help them reach their personal and fitness health goals.

Relationship status:
Married for 16 years to the love of my life.

Fitness goals:
To become MY BEST. The most well-rounded athlete in all components of fitness. Complete bio- My fitness philosophy focuses on continual lifelong learning while working with my clients to empower them with knowledge, skills, and support to continue their fitness journey.  I always want to work with people to integrate the love of fitness in their lives and show them the benefits of fitness both physically as well as internally.

Training plan:
Monday/Wednesday/Friday- Bootcamp, bike and cardio class lower body Tuesday/Thursday-cardio classes and upper body.

Thoughts on HITT, powerlifting, TRX, yoga, bodybuilding?
I believe in and participate in all of these avenues of fitness to become well rounded, efficient, and functional. We need to train in all avenues of fitness to become efficient and strong.

Nutritional supplements?
100% real food.

Special skills:
Certified in Cross fit fundamentals Power lifting Barre Trx Group fitness Older adults Stretch Pio Insanity Body shed Cycle Nutrition  Foam rolling Women in weights Kickboxing

I ALWAYS WANT TO WORK WITH PEOPLE TO INTEGRATE THE LOVE OF FITNESS IN THEIR LIVES AND SHOW THEM THE BENEFITS OF FITNESS BOTH PHYSICALLY AS WELL AS INTERNALLY.

What do your parents mean to you? What did they teach you?
My parents have taught me to be kind to always pay it forward and to always have compassion, you never know what someone has gone through.

What separates Status from other fitness magazines?
I love Status because it showcases real people from all different avenues of the fitness industry which makes it very relatable to everyone.  It shows real stories of people who have all had their own fitness journey.

What would it mean to you to be the next status fitness cover model?
I would be honoured to be the next status fitness cover model.  I believe that there are so many amazing and deserving women out there, however, I would be so proud to represent the women out there who are moms working and trying to put themselves first and need to know that they can reach the goals they want.

If you could ask Status editor-in-chief Rodney Jang a question what would that be?
I would ask him what are some of the stories through the years have moved him.

What was it like working with Warren from Healthy Vision Photography?
AMAZING!!! I had never had a photoshoot before and he made me feel so comfortable and took the time to get to know what I wanted to represent.  High energy and so professional.

6 things that people would not know about you?
1. I have a twin sister.

2. I received an art scholarship from Emily Carr.

3. I love Judge Judy and record all episodes.

4. My husband and I are chicken farmers.

5. I won a nutrition bursary while competing in Femme Sports for “miss congeniality” because I never stopped cheering for everyone competing.

6. I have run 4 half marathons.

Who inspires you?
My participants and clients. Everyday real women manage to juggle being moms, wives and see the importance that fitness can make in their lives.  They make fitness a priority.

Who do you wish to inspire?
I wish to inspire everyone I may come in contact with to fall in love with fitness.  I wish every day that someone will leave my class feeling amazing and that they are capable of amazing things.

Transformation story:
My fitness journey never started until after I had my last baby.  I remember feeling overwhelmed lonely and uncomfortable in my own skin.  I joined the local YMCA and started attending classes regularly and realized how motivated I was, surrounded by women in all different bodies and fitness levels all there for one common goal.  I decided to sign up for a fitness competition after my cousin Heidi introduced me to the competition world.  I gave myself 1 year.  I took my fitness course I read, read, read, and soaked up all the knowledge I could regarding the body and training, and a year to the date I stepped on stage.  I placed 6th place in figure but when I was up there I realized it wasn’t about where I placed it was about setting goals and achieving them.  About learning things I loved and fitting them into my world.  I guess you could say after that the goals were endless and still are.  I completed another 17 certifications and realized the impact that fitness has in all aspects of our lives and want to always continue to pay it forward.

I JOINED THE LOCAL YMCA AND STARTED ATTENDING CLASSES REGULARLY AND REALIZED HOW MOTIVATED I WAS, SURROUNDED BY WOMEN IN ALL DIFFERENT BODIES AND FITNESS LEVELS ALL THERE FOR ONE COMMON GOAL

Life goals:
To be the best wife, mother, and person I can be.

To try and lead by example, to always learn and challenge myself.

To take on new adventures even if I’m not an expert and to live the best life I can.

5 lessons you have learned:
You are capable of amazing things if you work at it.

Everything takes time.

We are never done learning.

Always be kind you never know who needs a smile that day.

Love what you do and it will show.

Music and artists you listen to when training?

Everything!!!  from hip hop, techno, dance I LOVE MUSIC.

Favourite actors/movies?
Don’t have one favourite actor but favourite movie is Sliding doors because it shows that no matter what path you choose you will always end up exactly where u need to be.

Favourite book and author?
Carry on warrior-the power of embracing your messy, beautiful life by Glennon Doyle Melton.

5 most important attributes you see in a person?
Kindness Determination Loyal Sense of humour Humble

Advice you can give to children who want to start training?
Pick an activity or sport you love so you enjoy fitness and never think of it as a chore. Learn at a young age what your body is capable of doing.

Favourite quote?
You can do anything you put your mind to!

I am from a small town of 800 people just outside of Kincardine, Ontario. I met my husband when I was 7 and we have been together since we were 15. This year we will have been married 20 years. We have 2 girls: Kate-Lyn and Brooke.  I work as a 911 operator for an ambulance in Mississauga. We are your typical family – 2 kids, a dog, and a cat, balancing life the best we can.

I WAS ALMOST 200 POUNDS IN MY 20S AND AFTER TRYING MANY FAD DIETS AND WEIGHT LOSS SUPPLEMENTS MY WEIGHT STAYED THE SAME. I REALIZED HARD WORK AND PROPER NUTRITION IS THE ONLY ANSWER. SHORTLY INTO MY WEIGHT LOSS JOURNEY, I FOUND THE BABE CAVE.

What makes Becky so special as a trainer? 
Becky has incredible energy and a passion for fitness and seeing people exceed their goals. Nothing is impossible with Becky; she is a great trainer because she leads by example. Becky has hundreds of men and women come through her gym and yet knows everyone by name!

Fitness Goals:
To build muscle.

Training Plan:
I do strength training and cardio 2 hours a day 4 times a week

Nutritional & Supplements:
I try and stick to whole foods, and supplement with multivitamins and amino acids.

Do you have any special go-to recipes?
I’m not much of a cook, and a picky eater to boot so my meals are pretty simple.

Special skills? 
I can wiggle my nose like Tabitha from bewitched – lol

What do your parents mean to you? What did they teach you?
My parents both walked out of my life when I was young. This forced me to be independent of a young age. I’ve learned a lot from their mistakes. My husband and kids mean the world to me.

What separates Status from other fitness magazines?
I love that anyone of any age, sex, gender, and fitness level can pick up this magazine and benefit from the articles, there is so much useful information packed into one magazine.

If you could ask Status Editor-In-Chief, Rodney Jang one question what would that be? 
What has been the most impactful article you’ve published?

What was it like working with Warren from Healthy Vision Photography?
Warren made the process extremely easy. I was shy and nervous going into this but warrens professionalism and warm demeanor quickly put me at ease. Warren made this a fun and memorable experience.

Things people would not know about you: 
At my heaviest, I was almost 200lbs.
I hate bacon.
I love real crime shows.
I have great aim with a bow and arrow.
I play the trumpet and piano and I belt out the tunes while I clean the house.

Who inspires you?
Becky Overbeck

Who do you wish to inspire? 
My 2 girls. I want to set a good example for my kids so they know the importance of maintaining a healthy balance between faith, family, friends, fitness, and finances.

Transformation story: 
When I was 24 I was diagnosed with PCOS. This has been a huge obstacle in my weight loss journey. Anyone with PCOS knows how difficult losing weight can be. I was almost 200 pounds in my 20s and after trying many fad diets and weight loss supplements my weight stayed the same. I realized hard work and proper nutrition is the only answer. Shortly into my weight loss journey, I found the babe cave. I fell in love with Kangoo and started attending regular strength, training classes. After many months of hard work and a proper diet, the pounds started coming off. I feel stronger, more confident, and more energetic than I ever have.

I LOOK AT WHERE I WAS AND HOW FAR I HAVE COME AND I DON’T WANT TO GO BACK. I WANT TO KEEP SETTING AND ACHIEVING NEW FITNESS GOALS.

Why did you start your transformation and what keeps you going?
My newfound love for fitness keeps me going, I look at where I was and how far I have come and I don’t want to go back. I want to keep setting and achieving new fitness goals.

How do you keep yourself motivated to stay on track when you start to slip?
I try my best to stay on track, especially with nutrition, when I do have a slip I try not to beat myself up over it, I remind myself that this is a lifestyle change and it takes patience and practice.

Life goals: 
Continue setting higher expectations for myself to become the best I can be, mentally, spiritually, and physically.

Lessons you have learned:
Perseverance, perseverance, perseverance.

5 most important attributes you see in a person?
Patience, integrity, trustworthiness, willpower, and dedication.

Advice you can give to people who want to start training?
People always say find something you love and stick with it. Exercise to me has always been a chore until I found the babe cave. I love it! Keep trying new things until you find that thing you love – don’t give up!

Favorite Quotes:
Limits only exist in the mind,
Bio:
A full-time employee and a local hospital and a Mom to two young boys

What makes Becky so special as a trainer?
Becky is special because she makes time to speak with and has individual plans for each person at Babe Cave. She offers 24-hour support and always puts others before herself.

I STARTED TO EAT ACCORDING TO THE BABE CAVE MEAL PLAN AND INCORPORATED STRENGTH CLASSES INTO MY WEEKLY ROUTINE. I HAVE LOST 25LBS AND I AM EXCITED TO SEE WHERE MY FITNESS JOURNEY WILL BE IN A YEAR FROM NOW.

Fitness Goals:

Future Kangoo Instructor

Training Plan:
3x a week with both strength and kangoo classes

Nutritional & Supplements:
Magnum Supplements, Dripfit products and counting calories and macronutrients.

Do you have any special go-to recipes?
I rely on and enjoy all of Georgia Overbeck’s recipes.

Special skills?
Photography, painting, and writing.

What do your parents mean to you? What did they teach you?
My parents taught me to live life to the fullest and always be grateful for what I have in the present moment.

What separates Status from other fitness magazines?
The fact that Status reached out to the everyday women to feature their accomplishments and the opportunity for us to be featured in this magazine sets you apart from everyone else because we all share the same fitness passion.

If you could ask Status Editor-In-Chief, Rodney Jang one question what would that be?
I would ask where his inspiration for this magazine came from before it was reality.

What was it like working with Warren from Healthy Vision Photography?
Warren is my absolute favourite. He was so easy and fun to work with and made my 6-year-old son feel so special as he agreed to shoot several pictures of just him to help him feel comfortable in front of the lens. He made me laugh and was a pleasure to work with.

MY CHILDREN AND MY HUSBAND KEEP ME MOTIVATED AND ENCOURAGE ME TO CONTINUE ON IN MY JOURNEY AS WE ALL ENJOY TO COOK AND BAKE TOGETHER LOW CALORIE AND LOW SUGAR MEALS

6 things people would not know about you:
I love to shoot photography;
My favourite animal is a panda;
I have climbed up the CN tower twice;
I ran Disney in 2017;
I love to paint;
Scotland is my second home.

Who inspires you? 
Becky Overbeck

Who do you wish to inspire? 
My children

Transformation story:
I joined Babe Cave in early October 2018. I began with Kangoo classes once or twice a week. In the middle of January 2019, I began attending three times a week. In March of 2019, I started to eat according to the Babe Cave meal plan and incorporated strength classes into my weekly routine. I have lost 25lbs and I am excited to see where my fitness journey will be in a year from now.

Why did you start your transformation and what keeps you going?
I joined Babe Cave because the Jean’s that I purchased that were on clearance (that I figured I would need a belt for because they were a size big) actually turned out to be skin tight on me. I realized then that I would refuse to buy any larger-sized clothing, and instead, I chose to shrink my current size. My children and my husband keep me motivated and encourage me to continue on in my journey as we all enjoy cooking and bake together low-calorie and low sugar meals.

How do you keep yourself motivated to stay on track when you start to slip?
I post old pictures of myself in pain view and on the fridge so I get a reminder when I feel I want to slip into old habits.

Life goals:
To become an entrepreneur and live a life according to my rules and have the freedom to spend more time with family and friends.

Lessons you have learned:
It is very important to be grateful for every day because there is beauty in every single moment of every day; you just need to slow down and pay attention.

Favorite books:
Manifesting Change by Mike Dooley

5 most important attributes you see in a person?
Kindness; work ethic; forgiveness; empathy; loyalty

Advice you can give to people who want to start training?
Set your goals before you start. Try to imagine yourself in the mirror looking exactly as you strive to look and envision a healthier you before you start. Create realistic goals and stick to them and reward yourself along the way.

Favorite Quotes: 
“You just can’t beat the person who never gives up” Dwayne Johnson

WE SET A GOAL TO LOSE 50 POUNDS BY MY 50TH BIRTHDAY … IN LESS THAN 4 MONTHS.  WE ACCOMPLISHED IT!! NEW GOAL – 100 POUNDS IN MY FIRST YEAR … WE ACCOMPLISHED THAT!!

Bio:
53 years old, married 30+ years to my prom date, 3 kids (Son 25, Daughters 22 & 16)

What makes Becky so special as a trainer? 
Endless support.  Becky is one of my biggest motivators.  She and her family, Jay and the girls, live this lifestyle to its fullest. Like no others as far as I am concerned.  If there is a 1% club in fitness – they are it.  I may not be a regular member of “The Babe Cave” but I am on the “security” detail.  The dedication, the support, and the example of this lifestyle that she and the other “Babes” exude have been priceless.  Honoured to be an honorary member of the cave.

Fitness Goals: 
At first – to get healthy, now – to motivate others to change their story.  After being chosen by Goodlife Fitness for their #changeyourstory campaign in the Fall of 2018 my drive has only gotten more motivated.  Meeting people from across Canada, in-person and online, finding out that my story made them start, or after showing their family my story, to “got their Dad” to start … because if Darcy could do it – why couldn’t he.

Training Plan:
6-7 days a week, lift min. 4 days, cardio & active recovery, stretching – every day.

Nutritional & Supplements: 
Magnum Nutraceuticals products,  Liquid Muscle,

Do you have any special go-to recipes? 
Not really … love my chicken … cooked any different way

AFTER BEING CHOSEN BY GOODLIFE FITNESS FOR THEIR #CHANGEYOURSTORY CAMPAIGN IN THE FALL OF 2018 MY DRIVE HAS ONLY GOTTEN MORE MOTIVATED.

What do your parents mean to you? What did they teach you?
Everything.  They are my parents, but we are also business partners.  They started the family retail businesses before I was born, over 53 years ago.  Businesses have changed, still retail and they are still involved daily.  My father turned 80 this year and is still an important part of my business.  I could not have started without them … I probably wouldn’t be able to do what I do now without them either.  No stopping them, work constantly, travel, and enjoying each other’s company.  A great example of marriage, and work ethic.  I hope I can do what I do, as well as them, for as long as them.

What separates Status from other fitness magazines?   
The motivation, tips and tricks, and support it gives the industry are unmatched.  The “leg-up” that it has given athletes, and the features on different clubs, studios, and even manufacturers are awesome.  A good read … and excellent photography!!

If you could ask Status Editor-In-Chief, Rodney Jang one question what would that be? 
What did you do before this and what made you start STATUS?

What was it like working with Warren from Healthy Vision Photography?
OMG … the best. Lots of fun. His ability to make you feel at ease – to turn my nervousness into being very comfortable.  I should have booked a longer session!! Too much fun!!

Things people would not know about you: 
Pretty open book.  I work out, work, eat and sleep.  Love to travel.  Play euchre and crib with the family.

Who inspires you? 
Anyone that keeps going.  Starting is a hard decision … to keep going is something special – failure happens – restarting is heroic.

Who do you wish to inspire? 
Those that haven’t started.  If I can do this – why can’t you?

Transformation story: 
Four months short of my 50th birthday, I made the decision to change.  I was having a tough time with sore knees & ankles.  I had not gotten “the scare” from a doctor, but I knew it was time.  I contact the Goodlife Fitness that my family had joined 2 years previous (I had never been), and asked to meet with a trainer.  We met, did the initial measurements, and much to my disappointment, I was 350.4 pounds.  We started training – 3 times a week.  I would still come in the other days – I knew I had to commit fully, to make the change in my lifestyle, to make new habits.  I changed my diet, I joined a group that was based on a portion control diet … I always ate good foods in the past, generally (with some treats of course) – just way too many, too much, too often.
We set a goal to lose 50 pounds by my 50th birthday … in less than 4 months.  We accomplished it!! New goal – 100 pounds in my first year … we accomplished that!! I was hooked. I wanted more. My trainer, Kyle, and I continue to train together to this day.  Even more focus on diet with my coach, Brandan Leadbeater, and supplementation with Magnum Nutraceuticals products have further advanced my training.  I have currently lost over 160 pounds and now the focus is on building a stronger, healthier body – not about the weight loss.

SHE AND HER FAMILY, JAY AND THE GIRLS, LIVE THIS LIFESTYLE TO ITS FULLEST. LIKE NO OTHERS AS FAR AS I AM CONCERNED.  IF THERE IS A 1% CLUB IN FITNESS – THEY ARE IT.

Why did you start your transformation and what keeps you going?
I must say it was for longevity.  A couple of friends, who were “healthier” than I, had some serious scares.  I didn’t want that … I had to make the change.  For my family, my friends, especially for me.

How do you keep yourself motivated to stay on track when you start to slip? 
Small goals – always changing them.  Seeing the results, getting a heavier lift, seeing a new striation, makes us want more.

Life goals: 
To be here, continuing my training, for a long time.

Lessons you have learned: 
You are going to slip – everyone does – learn from it, start again, move on.  Works in my health journey, work in life

Favorite books:
Not really a reader but I do enjoy a good biography – mostly motivational, self-help books and business plan orientated books

5 most important attributes you see in a person? 
Honour, integrity, loyalty, support, honesty

Advice you can give to people who want to start training? 
Just do it… it’s not easy, it’s hard, but making the change in my lifestyle has been one of the most rewarding things I have done … besides marrying my best friend and having three awesome kids.

Favorite Quotes:
#changeyourstory

I am a 37-year-old working mom of 2. I am married to an RCMP officer whose hours are crazier than mine. I work as an optometric assistant. My son Jack is 10 and my daughter Sydney is 6. And we have two rescue animals, a dog named Sophie and a cat named Bernadette.

I LIKE TO THINK I’M THE ETERNAL OPTIMIST. I ALWAYS TRY TO LOOK FOR THE SILVER LINING.

What makes Becky so special as a trainer?
Becky wants you to crush your goals as badly as you do. Two years ago I joined the babe cave with the goal to “tone up”. I didn’t have a big weight loss number but knew I had sausage arms. After a few months, Becky gave me a book to write my goals down. She told me to write something, even if it was totally crazy. I wrote that I wanted to run a half marathon. With Becky’s training and encouragement, I did just that. A year later I ran my first full marathon and at the 10km mark was Becky. Screaming my name and running alongside me.  My wall is full of metals from races I’ve run over the 2 years. And she’s always cheering me on. Pushing me to lift heavier. Run faster.

Fitness Goals:
To run the Boston marathon.

Training Plan:
I run 4 days a week. Attend strength classes as well as strength train at home and cross-train with Kangoo jumps 3 times a week.

Nutritional & Supplements:
I only trust magnum supplements. I use primer daily and before running Carne Diem. When prepping I take the heat and afterburner. The only protein powder I trust is Quattro. It tastes great and like all other magnum, products are of the highest quality.

BECKY WANTS YOU TO CRUSH YOUR GOALS AS BADLY AS YOU DO.

Do you have any special go-to recipes?
Grilled shrimp tacos. I make healthy substitutes to keep them low calorie and high in protein.

Special skills?
I like to think I’m the eternal optimist. I always try to look for the silver lining. And I try to help others do the same. It is very rare to find me without a smile on my face.

What do your parents mean to you? What did they teach you?
Where do I begin?  My parents are awesome. They are hardworking, caring, hilarious, and extremely supportive. For as long as I can remember my parents have to lead an active lifestyle. From running to going to classes at the gym. They have taught us to love and appreciate food, and how to make healthy choices. My mom was the one who gave me the idea to run a half marathon. And she completed it with me. My parents raised me to believe I could do anything without my gender limiting my options. And I carry that on with my children.

What separates Status from other fitness magazines?
Status magazine is very positive. I like that it features people at different stages of fitness and ages. I find it very motivating because my fitness journey is constantly evolving.

If you could ask Status Editor-In-Chief, Rodney Jang one question what would that be?
Why haven’t you put Becky Overbeck on the cover?

What was it like working with Warren from Healthy Vision Photography?
Warren is one of my favourite people. He is so easy to work with and makes you feel very comfortable. Most of us doing this photoshoot are moms, we take the pictures we aren’t usually in them. Warren made me feel like a real deal fitness model. And we do laugh a lot. Most of my pictures I’m cracking up.

WHAT KEEPS ME GOING IS THAT I LOVE BEING STRONG. I LOVE THE DISCIPLINE A FIT BODY REQUIRES.

6 things people would not know about you:
Yikes! 6 things?

1. My husband and I have moved 7 times (RCMP life)
2. My favorite colour is white (yes it’s a color)
3. I love ‘Jersey Shore’ and use it as a sounding board for my own life. FYI I’m doing alright.
4. My husband won’t play board games with me because I’m too competitive.
5. I love to cook (everyone knows that) but I did audition for master chef Canada.
6. I do not like camping. There is nothing about it I enjoy. It seems like a lot of work to live outdoors for a weekend.

Who inspires you?
I had a hard time answering this question, without making it sound like an Oscar acceptance speech. There are some pretty awesome women who push me to try harder. Go further.  Run faster. I’m inspired by anyone willing to try. To put excuses aside and just try.

Who do you wish to inspire?
Truthfully I started on this journey to be healthy for my kids. But now I’m showing them you can do anything if you’re willing to put the work in. Anyone can be motivated what sets you apart is your discipline and your drive.  The best way to teach my children is to inspire them through my own example.

Transformation story:
I have always been petite, weight wasn’t something I struggled with too much. Until I had my daughter. In my thirties, those extra pounds hung on. But for me, it wasn’t the number on the scale. I looked out of shape. The way my clothes bunched bothered me. But I really didn’t enjoy working out. I hadn’t found anything I really loved. When I started doing Kangoo and strength classes with Becky it forced me to clean up my diet as well. My body doesn’t tolerate high-fat foods very well. But I could take down a loaf of warm bread if left to my own devices. After working out and giving it my all for two hours at the babe cave the last thing I wanted to do was eat poorly and feel sick. I started eating more protein and complex carbohydrates (fruits, veggies, etc). As a result of my husband’s crazy schedule and having young kids at home I needed to find something to do when I couldn’t get to the gym. We bought a treadmill off Kijiji and I was hooked. One kilometer quickly turned into 5km and then 10 and then into marathon running.  I now get up at 5 am to log my runs, I love the time to myself. I love feeling strong and healthy.

I’M LUCKY TO BE SURROUNDED BY A GROUP OF VERY STRONG WOMEN.

Why did you start your transformation and what keeps you going?
If I’m being completely honest. I started because I wanted toned arms when I wore tank tops.  What keeps me going is that I love being strong. I love the discipline a fit body requires. And I love being able to open my own pickle jars.

How do you keep yourself motivated to stay on track when you start to slip?
I’m lucky to be surrounded by a group of very strong women. And a driven and motivated husband. They help to keep me going. And I have a little voice in the back of my head that tells me the only bad workout is one that didn’t happen.

Life goals:
To be happy and healthy. To raise happy and healthy children and to grow really really old with Kevin.

Lessons you have learned:
I have learned that your body is stronger than your mind. Your mind will tell you to quit long before your body is ready.

Favorite books:
I love anything suspenseful. Mysteries. It’s got to hold my attention because I can’t sit still for very long. I did just finish Can’t Hurt Me by David Goggins. Very inspirational, if you’re looking for a good kick in the pants this is an excellent read.

5 most important attributes you see in a person?
Integrity, kindness, honesty, a sense of humor, and a sense of humility.

Advice you can give to people who want to start training?
Just start. Don’t wait for Monday. Or September. Just go for it. Whether it’s 50lbs or 50 km everyone started in the same spot. Everyone had a first day, a first-class. I still have 5km runs where I struggle to finish but I do it because the real change happens when you think you can’t go any further.

Favorite Quotes:
“It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows, in the end, the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.” – Theodore Roosevelt

The 43-year-old mom of 2 beautiful daughters, Emma & Hannah.  Been married for 17 years Mike.  I was born and raised in Newfoundland, moved to Ontario when I was 19.  I work as a clerk at an Elementary school and absolutely love my job working with children.

I RECENTLY BECAME A CERTIFIED KANGOO BOUNCE FITNESS INSTRUCTOR AND, IN A SHORT PERIOD OF TIME HAVE HAD THE PRIVILEGE OF TEACHING A FEW NEW SONGS (CHOREOGRAPHED BY MYSELF) AT THE BABE CAVE.

What makes Becky so special as a trainer?
Becky is the most genuine, kind-hearted, caring, loving, and selfless person.  She is so unbelievably passionate about fitness and thrives deeply on helping others achieve their goals.  Whether it be fitness or nutritional advice, meal planning, progress tracking, or needing some encouragement and support, she has your back. Not only is she, in my opinion, the best trainer, she is also my amazing friend and I feel so privileged to have her in my life.

Fitness Goals: 
I recently became a Certified Kangoo Bounce Fitness Instructor and, in a short period of time have had the privilege of teaching a few new songs (choreographed by myself) at The Babe Cave.  My goal is to one day teach classes at a fitness program in a school setting (High School/College) and hopefully inspire students and show them how important but also FUN fitness can be.   I also hope to receive my CanFit Instructors certification.

Training Plan:
I work out at least 3-4 times a week and train for 2-3 hours at a time…a combination of cardio and strength training.  My goal is to develop and maintain a daily routine of physical activity.

Nutritional & Supplements:
Magnum products have become my absolute favorite supplements….my daily intake consists of Magnums Primer Performance Packs, Mane Brain, Fixation, Opus, and Pre4 pre-workout.  I also love Magnums Acid, G-Spring, and E-Brake.

Do you have any special go-to recipes?
I am a salad JUNKIE and love any form of greens combined with my favorite proteins, chicken, and shrimp.

Special skills? 
I am a Certified Kangoo Bounce Fitness Instructor and LOVE IT!!

What do your parents mean to you? What did they teach you?
My parents were never wealthy when I was growing up…dad was a fisherman and my mom stayed home to raise 5 children.  We never had expensive things but had everything we needed.  I appreciate everything my parents did for my siblings and me and I know they did the best with what they had.  They mean the absolute world to me.

IT IS UP TO US TO MAKE PHYSICAL FITNESS A PART OF OUR DAILY ACTIVITY.  LOOKING AFTER OUR BODIES IS IMPERATIVE.

What separates Status from other fitness magazines? 
I’ve read through many fitness magazines and feel Status, through its transformations features, gives hope to people (average athletes/fitness guru’s) in helping them build confidence showing them that results are achievable and anything is possible if we just believe in ourselves and give it all our efforts.  It offers an inside look at Status’s personal trainers and their thoughts on the nutrition, supplement, and training process but more importantly, motivates upcoming athletes with inspirational quotes and advice.  I also feel Status Magazine has the most current nutrition and supplementation information available.

If you could ask Status Editor-In-Chief, Rodney Jang one question what would that be?
One question I would ask is “Where do you see the fitness industry going in the next 10 years?

What was it like working with Warren from Healthy Vision Photography?
Warren was absolutely amazing to work with.  He is so down-to-earth and easygoing, making me feel quite comfortable to pose in ANY form of attire I showed up in.  He gave great advice and knew exactly what poses to request in order to bring out the best physique in my shoot.  His knowledge of the fitness photography world is absolutely inspiring.  I thank him immensely for my amazing transformation shots.

Who inspires you?
BECKY OVERBECK…without her and her beautiful family, I would not be where or WHO I am today.  I have grown so much because of her and have found a new me….one I’m never giving upon.

Who do you wish to inspire? 
I hope to inspire anybody who is feeling they are unable to become a healthier, stronger version of themselves.  To show them they are capable of doing anything if they just remember IT IS POSSIBLE!!!

Transformation Story:
For most of my life, I thought I knew what being fit and healthy was all about.  I was never overweight, keeping a pretty consistent weight on the scale even after two children, took part in sports, ran short distances, and tried various fitness programs. I struggled with arthritis in my knees and was advised by my physician to discontinue some of my activities.  I joined The Babe Cave (shortly after my arthritis diagnosis almost 6 years ago) and was immediately hooked. The classes were exactly what I needed.  Arthritis did not cause issues during or after my classes, in actual fact, the only time I ever felt pain was when I discontinued going for a longer period of time.  I continued on with Becky’s classes when in my mind, “I had the time to attend”.  And although I absolutely loved attending Becky’s classes,  I often used excuses such as “I’m too busy to go today”, “I worked late”, “I’m too tired”, “I have to cook dinner”, “my hamster died” (lol), etc.  BUT, let’s face it, we are all busy in our own way…LIVES ARE BUSY….raising children, working, keeping a home, cleaning, cooking meals, running our children to and from events, etc.
It wasn’t until recently, (6 months ago) I really stopped and took a long look at my life and where I wanted it to go. It is up to us to make physical fitness a part of our daily activity.  Looking after our bodies is imperative.  ‘You can’t run a car without fuel’!!  I LOVE EXERCISE AND FEELING STRONG.  I started to take my fitness program and health to a different level.  I attended more classes, lifted heavier, pushed a little harder, started taking specific Magnum Supplements, and watched my calorie intake.  YES there were times I wanted to quit, YES there were times my muscles hurt and there was a little voice in my head saying quit now, YES there were times I thought of grabbing a chocolate bar and eating the whole thing.  (Protein bars are an amazing alternative for that craving – I actually enjoy my protein bars instead of chocolate) BUT, I would not allow those little voices to get in the way of my goals…not this time.  I WOULD NOT QUIT!  I started to notice some big changes in my body – my physique, my energy level, my health, and even my ability to handle daily stresses with a clearer mindset.  I CAN NOT stress how much this has changed my life as a whole…Mentally, Physically, and Emotionally.
Not everybody in my life’s circle of friends and family may agree with my choices to become this happier, healthier version of me.  So many have said, “do you even eat”, “that can’t be healthy” or requesting I “eat a burger”, or even “you’re exercising too much”.  Every negative comment I hear, fuels my fire even more.  This is MY LIFE, and this is how I chose to live it.  HEALTHY, FIT, STRONG!

I have many aspirations and goals set out for myself in the following year.  I want to be stronger, leaner and my dream is to hopefully inspire others to become a better, healthier version of themselves.  If I can give a message to anybody it would be:  Commit to your goals.  Keep your mind strong.  Celebrate your progress.  Love yourself and NEVER give up.  And always surround yourself with positive energy; people who want to support you and help you achieve your goals.

I could not have done this without the love and support of some very special people in my life, Miss Becky Overbeck and her 2 beautiful families, The Overbeck Gang and The Babe Cavers. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.

How do you keep yourself motivated to stay on track when you start to slip?
Always remember what my goals are….I set goals for myself and I stick to them.  Accomplishing and achieving them just makes any progress that much more rewarding.

I COULD NOT HAVE DONE THIS WITHOUT THE LOVE AND SUPPORT OF SOME VERY SPECIAL PEOPLE IN MY LIFE, MISS BECKY OVERBECK AND HER 2 BEAUTIFUL FAMILIES, THE OVERBECK GANG AND THE BABE CAVERS. THANK YOU FROM THE BOTTOM OF MY HEART.

Life goals:
To live a STRONG, HAPPY, and HEALTHY lifestyle (mentally and physically)

Lessons you have learned:
Quitting is not an option!

Favorite books: 
Self Help….Manifesting Change,  Awaken The Giant Within, You Are A Badass, The 4 Languages of Love

5 most important attributes you see in a person?
Genuine – a true/real person,
Honesty,
Kind,
Compassion (without it, it’s hard to understand others),
Strength and Courage (being able to fight for what you believe in and don’t give up on your dreams)

Advice you can give to people who want to start training?
Commit to your goals.  Keep your mind strong.  Celebrate your progress.  Love yourself and NEVER give up.  And always surround yourself with positive energy; people who want to support you and help you achieve your goals.

Favorite Quotes:
“Strong is the new beautiful”
“You must expect great things of yourself before you can do them” – Michael Jordan
Project Manager by Day,  Dog Trainer/Competitor by night.  I live a very active lifestyle with my family, friends, and dogs.  Outdoor adventures captivate me and I’m always chasing waterfalls.  I’ve never felt as healthy and whole as I do now.  I really feel my “cave” family has provided such an inspiration for well being for me.  My heart is honestly full!

What makes Becky so special as a trainer?
Becky’s positive spirit and energy are addictive to be around!  Every time I come into the room she welcomes you with her amazing smile.  No matter what kind of crappy day you may have had, her bubbly spirit will get you going.  She has encouraged me to believe in myself when all I wanted to do was toss the towel and call it a night! One of the best attributes of Becky and the Babe Cave is the lack of comparison.  Everyone has a story; everyone has goals, and everyone just builds each other up. The supportive atmosphere is truly special and for sure the main reason I continued to push myself.

ONE OF THE BEST ATTRIBUTES OF BECKY AND THE BABE CAVE IS THE LACK OF COMPARISON.  EVERYONE HAS A STORY; EVERYONE HAS GOALS, AND EVERYONE JUST BUILDS EACH OTHER UP.

Fitness Goals:

I plan to keep attentive to my well being and focus on building my personal strength.

Training Plan:
On a regular basis Kangoo Jump classes and Becky’s strength training.  I have a very busy life schedule and have incorporated home strength training as much as possible.

Nutritional & Supplements: 
Magnum Heat on a regular basis Magnum Drip Dry just before the shoot.

Do you have any special go-to recipes?
YES go to the option of someone else making it LOL – I have a weakness in food prep and timeline………HOWEVER I am very good at preparing Egg muffins for my breakfast.  Since joining in the “cave” I’ve learned about making educated food choices to help with my goals – Blondie’s baking has taken the lead in the kitchen many times!

Special skills?
I’d have to say I’m creative in my teaching applications for my students within the Dog Agility Community.

I’M INSPIRED BY BECKY AND JAY WHO FOCUS ON THE HEALTH AND LIFE CHANGES OF SO MANY YET KEEP THEIR RELATIONSHIP AND IMMEDIATE FAMILY FIRST AND FOREMOST.

What do your parents mean to you? What did they teach you? 
My parents mean the world to me – They are my constant support system and the reasons behind who I am today.  They’ve taught me that the hardest rewards are worth working for, there will be easy days followed by hard ones, and that relationships take work.  From the early hours of ice time to the early hours of continental travel, my parents have encouraged me towards all my hopes and dreams.

What separates Status from other fitness magazines?
I’m not diversified in Fitness magazines; however, I believe Status highlights the “fitness journey” of many and not just professional athletes.

If you could ask Status Editor-In-Chief, Rodney Jang one question what would that be?
How has fitness impacted your life?

What was it like working with Warren from Healthy Vision Photography?
Working with Warren was great – I’ve been involved in many photo shoots but my dogs were the ones in the photos, not me!  I was super nervous and out of my element – Warren’s coaching was appreciated his calm demeanor was perfect

Things people would not know about you: 
This is a tough one – I live two very separate lives LOL My “Babe Cave” family would not know
• I traveled to Slovenia to get a puppy
• My van is for the dogs not kids
• I’ve judged International Level Dog Agility in Finland and an upcoming assignment in Germany
• I’m a 6 time Canadian World Dog Agility Team Competitor within 3 different organizations
• Figure skating was my YOUTH, I was the first person from the area to earn Gold Medal status in Free Skate, Dance, and Figures.  I judged and taught figure skating for years

Who inspires you?
I’m blessed to have so many inspirational people around me. Certainly, my parents have been instrumental in my life!
My hardworking Grandparents
My Skating Coach
My students
I’m inspired by those who are medically affected with the disease yet rise above their diagnosis and live every day to the fullest.
I’m inspired by Becky and Jay who focus on the health and life change of so many yet keep their relationship and immediate family first and foremost.
I’m inspired by those who aim to make a positive difference within the local /social community.
I’m inspired by those who keep pushing their personal challenges to pursue their own happiness.

Who do you wish to inspire? 
I hope to inspire those with self-doubt.

THE FIRST CLASS HAD ME GASPING FOR AIR WITHIN 30 SECONDS OF THE FIRST SONG.  I WAS SO EMBARRASSED TO HANG OUT AT THE BACK AND I QUICKLY REALIZED THAT THE WORKOUT I HAD ARRIVED AT WAS ONE OF CATCHING MY OWN BREATH!

Why did you start your transformation and what keeps you going?
I woke up one day and was sick of being tired!  I had zero motivation outside of my busy calendar and life was oh but a routine.
My local hairdresser had found her passion and a total life change with Becky and these boots!  -I loved hearing her stories but just never made the effort or time to invest in this me –  I had seen Kangoo on youtube and thought it’d be fun to do. I found out that the “Babe Cave” was nearby and I found a pair of boots for sale within my area.  I bought the boots called a friend and enrolled in classes the next day.
I thought I was in decent shape I just wanted to “dance”.  The first class had me gasping for air within 30 seconds of the first song.  I was so embarrassed to hang out at the back and I quickly realized that the workout I had arrived at was one of catching my own breath!  I was shocked and embarrassed at how out of shape I was!
The encouraging environment of the “babe cave” family helped me finish the first class and I honestly don’t know why I kept going back LOL – The sweat, the aches, the pain was enough to drive anyone away, but I honestly never felt better.  I’d say within a week I had increased energy and was so energized to learn the steps and just enjoy ME time.  Within the first 2 months, I lost 11 lbs. My body had started to physically change, and I got rid of so much negative energy.  For the first time in years, I felt so accomplished and I had done nothing but EVERYTHING all at once.  I didn’t realize how much of a slump I was getting into.  I didn’t realize that eating clean would change my energy the way it has.  I honestly didn’t know what I didn’t know!
The positive energy and the influence of real success stories are why I keep going back.  When you see people working out class after class literally sweating their stress away……..it’s enlightening! Partaking in real conversations of LIFE and life changes with new friends is rewarding.  Dedicating time to ME has been instrumental in my personal growth of wellbeing.  With a busy day job and a demanding hobby, I was just going in circles and operating with fast-food chains.  Since acknowledging that 24 hours can be utilized in so many more ways than I was doing, I have a newfound level of energy for so many positives in my life. I’ve learned that being “present” is more than a gift you can ever purchase for anyone.

How do you keep yourself motivated to stay on track when you start to slip?
I really don’t like the feeling of being tired – this is motivation to keep me going.
I have had to empty my closet 3 times and purchase a new wardrobe – feeling good in outfits has never felt better.

Life goals: 
To remain balanced with healthy amounts of stress and surround me with like-minded people.  I will inevitably grow old, but I don’t want to be old.  I want to enjoy what I can when I can with people who embrace my existence.

Lessons you have learned: 
Your parents know best! Trust your gut. You can never be happy with someone unless you are happy with yourself. Surround yourself with likeminded people who support you through challenges and praise you through growth
If you love someone  – tell them. Stay close to family.

Favorite books: 
With Winning in Mind by Lanny Bassham. The subtle Art about not giving a F*$k Mark Manson
Girl Wash Your Face – Rachel Hollis

5 most important attributes you see in a person?
Honesty/Trust
Ethical
Self-confident
Passion/Compassion towards animals
Listener

Advice you can give to people who want to start training?
What are you waiting for?  Scheduling YOU time is the best thing you can do for yourself.  So many bodyweight exercises can be done at home, you don’t need to go to the gym.

Favorite Quotes: 
You don’t get the ass you want by sitting on it – Becky
You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take – Wayne Gretzky
My name is Kimberly Adams (Beaton) and I am 40 years old.  I was born at Women’s College Hospital in Toronto, Ontario.  I was born premature weighing just over 2 pounds, so I spent quite some time in hospital after that.  I was such a fighter and that is why I am able to tell my story today.  I grew up in Tottenham Ontario then headed north to Barrie in my teenage years.  After High school, I started to work at Mcdonald’s and that is where I spent the next 18 years.  I worked my way up in the company worked in many different restaurants and met such amazing people.  I got married in September of 2005 to my amazing Husband Mike.  Soon after I wed my Father fell sick and passed away that December, my life changed that day forever.  In 2006 we had a beautiful baby girl, she brought such joy and hope that life will get better.  After a long 6.5 years we had a bouncing baby boy, our family was complete.  After 2013 I left my career to stay home with my children, so fortunate to have been able to do that.  In September 2017 *****************
Growing up I spent my time enjoying life, playing sports, and spending time with my Friends & Family.   (There wasn’t much else to do growing up in a small town)  I was born premature and weighed 2 pounds, the Dr.’s were positive I would have had health issues in the future.  Well, I fought every day and showed them what “Strong” was!  Nothing would slow me down, I gave everything 100%.  After graduating High school I started to work at a local McDonald’s restaurant and ended up spending the following 18 years with the Company.  In 2003 I met my Husband Mike, he is exactly what I needed at that time in my life.  We got married in 2005, it was the most magical day of my life.  Only a couple of months after we were married my Dad got sick and passed away shortly thereafter.  My life was turned upside down and changed forever.  I was then later diagnosed with Arthritis in all my joints, badly affecting my hands, knees, and feet. In 2006 we welcomed our Daughter McKayla, I never thought I could love someone as much as I love her.  She is my sidekick when it comes to shopping, baking and she is my workout partner.  In 2013 we welcomed our son Hudson, my love grew even more than I knew I was capable of.  I left my career to stay home and raise my children as they grow up way too fast and life was flying by so quickly.  In 2013 I joined a local gym I attended classes, signed up for running groups, dragon boat races, you name it I tried it.  I was in desperate need of changing how I felt inside about the way I looked on the outside.  I trained day in and day out and wasn’t seeing the results I was expecting.  We moved our Family to Alliston in 2017 and I joined a local fitness facility.  I couldn’t believe the change happening after belonging to the Babe Cave for such a short period of time.  I trained daily, followed a meal plan and my fitness goals were being crushed daily!  The results I was seeing were amazing.  The Babe Cave is filled with such an amazing group of women (and men) that support each other to keep going and to never give up.  I have met such amazing friends, that I consider as important as family.  In 2018 I completed my very first ever Photoshoot with Warren and it was mind-blowing!  Who knows that he could make it easy as I was beyond my comfort level.  I was so happy with the outcome of my Photoshoot and wouldn’t have changed anything.   Looking at my pictures I realized I felt as good as I looked, Strong, confident and happy.  I have continued to attend the Babe Cave and continue my fitness journey. I kept up with my fitness routines and then was part of the Photoshoot again this year.  I was much more relaxed this time around and was able to enjoy every minute without any insecurities.  I still train daily at the gym and if not there I bring the gym home as I started back to work this year and having 2 kids in Rep sports, a husband that I work opposite shift work form sometimes makes it difficult.  Overcoming my daily struggles with Arthritis my goal moving forward is to continue to Run Races, complete fun Obstacle races and continue my fitness journey, Bounce like no one is watching, and work harder every day.

I COULDN’T BELIEVE THE CHANGE HAPPENING AFTER BELONGING TO THE BABE CAVE FOR SUCH A SHORT PERIOD OF TIME.  I TRAINED DAILY, FOLLOWED A MEAL PLAN AND MY FITNESS GOALS WERE BEING CRUSHED DAILY!  THE RESULTS I WAS SEEING WERE AMAZING

What makes Becky so special as a trainer? 
Becky has always been there no matter the time of day.  She is such a positive role model, she practices what she preaches 110%!  She is the real deal, she pushes me harder every day so that I can achieve my fitness goals.

Fitness Goals: 
My fitness goal was to be FIT at 40!  Now that I am 40 my goal is to get stronger EVERY day!

Training Plan: 
Train hard daily and make sure that I am making the right food choices

Nutritional & Supplements:
Fitness isn’t all about the workout so I make sure that I am eating healthy and adding Magnum supplements to my daily routine

BECKY OVERBECK IS THE REAL DEAL, SHE PUSHES ME HARDER EVERY DAY SO THAT I CAN ACHIEVE MY FITNESS GOALS.

Do you have any special go-to recipes?
Anything by @blondiesbaking_

What do your parents mean to you? What did they teach you?
My Dad was my role model in every aspect of life.  He was the provider for the household and was the most genuine man I have ever met.  He was a successful business man and provided everything I needed when growing up. Even though my Dad is my Angel now I will remember that he always said “DO WHAT KEEPS YOU HAPPY, HEALTHY and STRONG”

What separates Status from other fitness magazines?
I choose Status Fitness Magazine because it covers everything I need to know in the fitness world.  It represents local businesses and products that are absolutely amazing.  It covers REAL people and their transformation journeys, who are true inspirations to the fitness world and need to have their stories out there!

If you could ask Status Editor-In-Chief, Rodney Jang one question what would that be?
Why did you choose Fitness as a choice of magazine?

What was it like working with Warren from Healthy Vision Photography?
Warren was nothing but amazing. This was my second time working with Warren and his talent goes above and beyond anything I could have ever imagined.  He made the session feel so natural and there was no pressure or stress.  His sense of Humour puts you at ease and he was so patient as this is not a regular thing for me.  Warren Craig is one of a kind!

Who inspires you?
Becky Overbeck inspires me to be the best I can be.  She has taken me under her wing and shown me that you can do anything you put your mind to.  Her kindness and energy are infectious.  I have not only taken this journey with Becky but I have taken it with such an amazing group of women ( and a few men) This group is my family away from home, the Love and support we have for each other is indescribable.  And not one of us would be where we are today if it wasn’t for our fierce leader Becky Overbeck and her amazing Family.

Who do you wish to inspire? 
All Women are out there willing to make a positive change in their lives.  Health and Fitness are so important and I stand behind everyone who has the same beliefs.  You can do anything you put your mind to!

Transformation story: 
I started my fitness journey just after my son was born in 2013. I wasn’t happy with the way I felt and was very conscious about the way I looked, I used clothing to hide my body. I joined a gym when my son was 6 months old, I attended strength classes, did workouts with friends, and joined a running group. I worked out daily and my changes were minimal, I wasn’t seeing the progress I was hoping for. And having arthritis in most of my joints and knees was making it hard to have any motivation. The first day of school on September 5th, 2017 I took my kids to school, then a friend and I headed to the Babe Cave. I was so scared as I didn’t know what to expect, I thought “was I going to be able to keep up?”, “I don’t know what I’m doing!” After walking down the stairs into the Babe Cave I instantly felt welcomed and at ease. I did my first Kangoo workout and was hooked! No pain! No gain! Becky took the time after class to explain the Workouts and schedule, she also introduced me to her meal plan, there was turning back now! From this day forward I have changed my eating habits, my fitness routines, it has made me a better person mentally, physically, and emotionally. Being an active mom/wife to 2 kids aged 6 and 12 who are actively involved in Rep sports, working a full-time job of opposite shift work to my husband, I always make time for a workout daily! I have met so many amazing people and beyond that have made some really amazing friends

Why did you start your transformation and what keeps you going?
I started my journey because I wasn’t happy with my body image and being unhealthy was bringing out the worst in me.  I wasn’t happy.

How do you keep yourself motivated to stay on track when you start to slip?
I always reflect back on how I felt and looked before my Journey started, then I think of all the support I have from my Babe Cave family, and I realize I can’t stop now!
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To live a long and healthy life to be there for my Family.  I hope I can be a motivation for my children that you can do anything in life if you put your mind to it.  I AM going to be  “stronger every day”

BEING AN ACTIVE MOM/WIFE TO 2 KIDS AGED 6 AND 12 WHO ARE ACTIVELY INVOLVED IN REP SPORTS, WORKING A FULL TIME JOB OF OPPOSITE SHIFT WORK TO MY HUSBAND, I ALWAYS MAKE TIME FOR A WORKOUT DAILY!

Lessons you have learned:
Don’t give up, push through and you can do it!  Do what makes you feel good, and be with people who are after the same goals for the support!

Favorite books:
Right now I’m into reading and watching anything Rachel Hollis

5 most important attributes you see in a person?
Drive, Willpower, Patience, Genuine and must have a sense of Humour.

Advice you can give to people who want to start training?
Just do it!  You don’t know what you are capable of until you try.  And with that you have to give it a chance, don’t give up!

Favorite Quotes:
“Your limitation is only your Imagination”
“Every Rep brings you closer to your goal”
“The harder you work for something the greater you’ll feel when you achieve it”
In September of 2018, my good friend Sarah suggested I come and try bouncing. Sure! why not? she seemed to be having fun, so I agreed to give it a try. It was FUN, I returned again and again. I wasn’t very coordinated in the beginning and it was a struggle for me to get through the class.  In October I made the commitment to join the Babe Cave. I talked to Becky about setting goals, we talked about my current diet and what I was eating. I listened to her advice on how to make positive changes to reach those goals. I learned to make better choices in the foods I was eating, count calories and follow Blondies Baking for meal ideas.
My first goal was simply to lose 40 lbs. I started with Kangoo classes then added strength training classes. I have lost 48 lbs and 49” in 8 months.  I feel fantastic, I have more energy and am stronger than I have ever been. I am 56 years old, a mother to 4, grandmother to 2 and I never thought this was something I could ever do, but here I am exceeding my goals. It has been an incredible journey; I have not only been exposed to the most powerful and positive environment, but now feel part of this.I look forward to getting to classes and ensure that I make time. My next goal is to continue my fitness journey getting stronger and more fit.
I am grateful to be a part of such a strong supportive group of people, who consistently energize and provide encouragement on and off the gym floor.

I FEEL FANTASTIC, I HAVE MORE ENERGY AND AM STRONGER THAN I HAVE EVER BEEN. I AM 56 YEARS OLD, A MOTHER TO 4, GRANDMOTHER TO 2 AND I NEVER THOUGHT THIS WAS SOMETHING I COULD EVER DO, BUT HERE I AM EXCEEDING MY GOALS.

What makes Becky so special as a trainer?
She truly cares. What you see is what you get with Becky. I have never worked with another trainer, so have nothing to compare her to, however, the support, encouragement, being available any time, and she responds. She has a way of making everyone feel special. She truly wants everyone to succeed meet your goals and will support and provide you with whatever information you need to meet those goals.  All that energy we parents always talk about being able to bottle from our kids……..Becky has it LOL. Her energy is infectious and when you are ready to give up because you are exhausted, somehow her energy radiates and before you know it; you DID IT!! She continually radiates positivity and has built this into her Babe Cave environment.

Fitness Goals:
To continue to get stronger build some muscle and maintain my weight.

Training Plan:
Continue to attend Kango and strength classes at the Babe Cave on a regular basis.

Nutritional & Supplements: 
I take Magnum PreFo before my workouts

Do you have any special go-to recipes?
I go to the Blondies Baking to get recipe ideas my diet mainly consists of fish, chicken, vegetables and fruit.

Special skills? 
I have trained dogs to do a variety of behaviors

What do your parents mean to you? What did they teach you? 
Tough question, I was close to my mom who passed when I was young, she meant everything to me. She was not able to be a part of so many things in my life I wish she could have been.

What separates Status from other fitness magazines? 
Another tough question, honestly I am not versed on fitness magazines, only Status Fitness since the opportunity to be part of it. I like the idea that it embraces all fitness levels.

If you could ask Status Editor-In-Chief, Rodney Jang one question what would that be? 
What does fitness mean to you?

What was it like working with Warren from Healthy Vision Photography? 
Warren has an easy going personality and was easy to work with, he was interested in who we were.

BECKY HELPED ME SET REACHABLE GOALS GAVE ME SUGGESTIONS ON FOOD CHOICES AND CALORIE COUNTING, I DID IT, I MET EACH ONE AND HAVE NOW REACHED AND EXCEEDED MY GOAL WEIGHT. IN A SIZE 4 FROM A 16.

Things people would not know about you: 
– I have 4 kids, not 2
– I was very active with my dogs on various levels and put agility, obedience, and conformation titles on them.  They have also been in movies and commercials.
– I have been told I have a tough exterior, however, I am truly an emotional marshmallow on the inside.

Who inspires you? 
People who are strong and those who don’t let obstacles get in their way of reaching their goals. People who are honest, genuine , truthful, and are happy for others’ successes and are willing to offer help, suggestions and encouragement to help them reach those goals.

Who do you wish to inspire?  
Anyone I can, those who have seen what I have accomplished, are happy for me and want to do the same.

Transformation story: 
Weight has always been a struggle for me. It became a huge struggle when I quit smoking and I gained 50lbs.  I didn’t realize how big I was until I saw a picture of me and was not happy with how I looked.  I successfully lost that 50lbs and in time gained 40 of those back. 8 months ago my friend suggested I go to The Babe Cave and bounce.  Sure! I said why not.  I was totally lost on the spring boots, but it was fun.  I kept coming back and enjoyed being there. Right away Becky made me feel that I belonged and welcome. I was not very good at it and I still have a lot to learn, but I am now able to sustain the bounce and strength classes. Becky helped me set reachable goals gave me suggestions on food choices and calorie counting, I did it, I met each one and have now reached and exceeded my goal weight. In a size 4 from a 16.

Why did you start your transformation and what keeps you going?
Not being happy with how I looked. What keeps me going is that I have worked very hard to get here and will keep going to classes for the fun it is, the positive environment and my desire to maintain what I have worked so hard for.

How do you keep yourself motivated to stay on track when you start to slip?
My friends and family’s support and encouragement, and my desire to stay in all the size 4 clothes I have bought!

Life goals: 
Stay healthy and happy, avoid negativity and stressors, look more positivity at the world and situations, take time to stop and appreciate life and the world of beauty that surrounds us.  Stopping and taking in a beautiful sunrise or a rainbow, things that I would typically make a mental note of and then hurry off the beat the clock somewhere.

Lessons you have learned:
Stay true to yourself, surround yourself with those who have the same passions and desires that you do.  Love your family and don’t take them for granted.  Look for the positive in everything, don’t focus on the negative.

Favorite books:
The Secret by Rhonda Byrne

5 most important attributes you see in a person?
Trust
Respect
Their smile – if its genuine you will see it in their eyes
Being genuine
Honesty

Advice you can give to people who want to start training? 
Set goals, ones that are attainable, and continue to set them. Find those who share the same mindset and will support and encourage you.

Favorite Quotes:
Teamwork makes the dream work

I’ve always been very active with a mind that just keeps going. I was first ever diagnosed with hyperactive ADHD when I was only in grade 2. My whole life I was always told that there was something wrong with me. A combination of childhood trauma and an unstable upbringing was just a recipe for disaster. I was given labels and diagnoses that became my identity. At 15 years old, I dropped out of high school and was admitted to the eating disorder unit. My mind never stopped and I would easily get bored which led me to become very destructive. I fell down a slippery slope of drugs and alcohol. By age 17 I was addicted to crystal meth and selling myself to get my next fix. My life didn’t feel worth living anymore. I was lost. I did a lot of physical damage to my body due to my own choices. I now have hypoglycemia as a result of my eating disorder. I needed to make changes or I was going to die. I was frail and malnourished when I first started working out but I quickly took a liking to the gym. I began training every day, I finally had something constructive to put my energy into. I had a complete lifestyle change. I no longer hung around with people who only wanted to party, I made friends who also liked to work out. I didn’t miss my old life, I never belonged there. Fitness has become a way of life that I will never give up. I am so thankful to be a part of such a supportive community.

Discuss your prep for the show: I had been training every day for two years and I knew that I wanted to compete, I just didn’t know where or when. Once I was registered for the comp, I found a coach right away. I had a coach for 3 months prior to the show. My prep was quite similar to the way I was already living. I continued to train every day but started a new workout plan. I started a new meal plan that wasn’t far off from the way I was already eating and I quit drinking. Things only got better and I was so happy to have something to work toward. I felt like I was finally doing something for me, something that mattered to me. I worked hard and the entire process was amazing. After the TNT show, I did two more back-to-back, including the Vancouver pro qualifier.

Any challenges? I had people in my life tell me that it wasn’t a good idea but that didn’t stop me because I know myself best and know what’s best for me even if others don’t understand my personal goals.

How was the TNT Muscle show for you? It was the most incredible experience of my life and it was a major turning point for me. It was at the TNT show that I realized this is what I want to do, this is what I want to pursue wholeheartedly.

Tara and Tamen put on a great show, what stood out from the show from your perspective? Everything about the show was a great experience for me. I loved how they had the pose-down a couple of months prior and I was so happy to be able to participate in that. I also liked how connected everyone was on social media, I got to know some people through Instagram who I met in person at the TNT show and I thought that was super cool. I love how connected everyone was and how I was able to follow others who were in prep for the show. I made some friends that I wouldn’t have made otherwise. I love that they offered the transformation contest and I felt so supported by the people there.

How was your experience at the Van pro show? I got the flu the day of the show, I woke up incredibly sick. I was very unwell but that didn’t stop me. I was the only junior figure competitor so I ended up taking first place. It was a good experience. There were a lot of people and it was different being in an unfamiliar city but I felt like things went well considering how sick I was that day.

What are your future fitness plans? My next competition will be the Toronto pro qualifier in October which I am registered for. I will be doing the figure open class. My goal is to become a certified figure coach, go for my pro card and help motivate others to be the best that they can be. I want to be able to share with others that anything is possible and that hard work always pays off. I will continue training and continue with a healthy lifestyle and I want to be part of helping others who want to make positive changes too.

What would it mean for you to go to the Olympia or Arnold Classic? My goal is to compete at Olympia in 2020. It would mean the absolute world to me. I know that I will make it there, I am willing to do whatever it takes. It would mean more to me than I can put into words because this is a huge goal of mine that once felt so far off. I believe that we can do anything we set our mind to.

What are your thoughts on our Status Model Search? It was a blast! I had so much FUN! And I felt like I was able to really express my true personality. It was different from anything I’ve ever done before. I am so blessed to have been able to be part of such a cool opportunity. I thought the model search went exceptionally well and I had a great time.