Who is your trainer?
Crissy and Joe Thibodeau
What makes her so special as a trainer?
Endless encouragement with high expectations. LOTS OF PATIENCE with you accepting the process.
I AM AN ATHLETE AND HAVE ALWAYS BEEN ACTIVE.
Can you talk about the Thibod community? What makes it so unique?
Living in Atlanta, I only get to spend about 3 months out of the year with them. But, regardless if it is 1 week away from them or 4 months, EVERYONE welcomes me back and tells me I am missed. The group accepts you for who you are and expects nothing from you other than to see you at our workouts. Crissy and Joe lead by example making everyone feel welcome. When away, I can hear each of them and what they would be saying to me during my workouts and I can especially hear Crissy in my head if I want to skip a workout. Thibod has changed my life, my gym life and the way I look at food.
THE THIBOD GROUP ACCEPTS YOU FOR WHO YOU ARE AND EXPECTS NOTHING FROM YOU OTHER THAN TO SEE YOU AT OUR WORKOUTS.
Consistent training and keep trying to build lean muscle
Balance of cardio and lifting 5 days a week.
SEEING RESULTS AND GETTING STRONGER IS REALLY MOTIVATING.
Thoughts on HIIt, Power lifting, TRX, Yoga, bodybuilding, other:
The quicker the better. I love HIIT classes and lifting. Regardless, I think the key to successful training is lifting. Lifting takes patience. Seeing results and getting stronger is really motivating.
Nutritional & Supplements:
Magnum and counting macro nutrients
How did you use Magnum products during your shoot prep?
I cycled on and off during my prep. I took HEAT, E-Brake, Acid, After Burn, and Carne Diem. Took Drip Dry the last 10 days.
I WAS SO NERVOUS ABOUT THE SHOOT. BUT THANK GOODNESS FOR WARREN. HE WAS SO ENCOURAGING AND MADE ME FEEL AT EASE WITH BEING IN PHOTOS.
What are your thoughts about Magnum and which products do you use from them?
HEAT, E-Brake, Acid, After Burn, and Carne Diem, Drip Dry and Opus. Love them all. I had never stacked supplements before this prep. As I added and did so consistently, I could tell a difference in my strength and stamina in the weight room.
Crafting. I make wreathS to hang on doors.
What do your parents mean to you? What did they teach you?
My parent are the world to me. I was taught that whatever you do, work hard and lead by example. Specifically, my Mom instilled in me to be active. Growing up, most moms were not in a gym lifting weights. My mom was. GO MOM.
What separates Status from other fitness magazines?
I enjoy reading stories about the competitors and real people like me. What I find interesting and need to be reminded, the competitors are just people too and often struggle. It is great to see their tools and techniques to help them push through their days. The real people motivate me too because they are me. It helps to read their stories to keep me motivated.
I CAN WORK-OUT TWICE A DAY WITH SUCCESS EVEN WHEN I AM TIRED.
If you could ask Status Editor-In-Chief, Rodney Jang one question what would that be?
What motivated you to produce stories about both sides of working out…competitors and everyday gym people?
What was it like working with Warren from Healthy Vision Photography?
I was so nervous about the shoot. BUT thank goodness for Warren. He was so encouraging and made me feel at ease with being in photos. His eye for what “looks” good is amazing.
6 things people would not know about you:
I love Gray’s Anatomy.
I’m a softy.
I love naps.
I hate to shop.
Bon Jovi’s music makes me feel 16.
I have a shy side.
THIS PAST SUMMER, I DECIDED TO JOIN A 90 PREP WITH THIBOD AND PHOTO SHOOT WITH WARREN. WHAT A GAME CHANGER. I GOT SERIOUS ABOUT LIFTING AGAIN, COUNTING MACROS AND MAKING THOSE WEIGHTS A PRIORITY.
Who inspires you?
Hard working people
Who do you wish to inspire?
Anyone on the fence about changing their fitness life especially young people.
I am an athlete and have always been active. First few years of college was not nice to me. Then, I found step aerobics and the weight room. I was on it for years then life happened. I then worked out, but was ebb and flow. I never watched my diet then the older I became, pounds slowly crept on me. Six years ago I was in a gym lifting and watched all these people flow into a Zumba class. I decided I had to find out what it was. There was Crissy and all this lead to Thibod. The more I was around she then Joe, the more I learned about DIET with the exercise. This past summer, I decided to join a 90 prep with Thibod and photo shoot with Warren. What a game changer. I got serious about lifting again, counting macros and making those weights a priority. The process was hard because I was unsure of what exactly would happen and I was over 300 miles from Thibod. Determined and focused I stayed with it. I shredded about 8 total inches and lost about 7 pounds. THANK YOU THANK YOU Crissy and Joe for all the guidance. Thanks to Warren and Healthy Vision for capturing the results. So blessed to have found these people. It is hard training by myself, but I can hear Crissy and Joe talking to me.
Find a balance between gym and life. Accepting what this wonderful life has given me.
5 lessons you have learned:
1- I won’t starve.
2- I can work-out twice a day with success even when I am tired.
3- some things takes longer than others.
4- It is food and diet…..don’t kid yourself.
5- life without friends supporting you with kind words would be a lonely place.
DON’T LET OTHERS STOP YOU FROM BEING HEALTHY.
Music and artist you listen while training:
Bon Jovi and Pitbull
Favorite books and authors:
Elin Hildebrand, Mark Kay Andrews, Mary Alice Monroe, Stuart Woods, Historical Fiction
5 most important attributes you see in a person?
Kindness, toleration, work-ethic, fitness goals, animal lover
Advice you can give to children who want to start training?
Start slow but never stop. Don’t let others stop you from being healthy.
A calorie is not a calorie.