My name is Kimberly, I am a Fitness Coach, Certified Nutritionist, and WBFF Pro Athlete. I am also the owner of FitFX Fitness, an online-based training program that helps others reach their fitness goals. I have two amazing children who are also little athletes in their own sports. I played softball for several years as a child but in all honesty, fitness has not always been a passion of mine. I found fitness at a very difficult time in my life. After being with my children’s father for 10 years and planning the rest of our future together, we lost him suddenly and unexpectedly in a motorcycle accident. This spiralled me into a huge depression. I was suddenly a single mother of two very young children. My son was three and my daughter was nine years of age. A tragedy I didn’t know how to navigate nor teach my children how to navigate through. At the time, I didn’t know my son was autistic and I had such a hard time comforting him and getting him to understand the loss. My world stopped and I was forced to start completely over. We left our life behind in Atlanta and moved all the way back home to Arizona which felt like unfamiliar territory. I was lost, I was devastated, and I had no idea where or how to start to rebuild. I had no idea what to do in a gym but I walked in and got on a treadmill. My thought was if I ran enough, I could just run out of my skin and away from my problems. Although unrealistic, I found myself more at ease when I was done. I hated running and this was the only thing that eased my mind. That was insane to me. I took it to the next level and started weight lifting and researching coaches and competing. From that moment forward, it organically took a life of its own. I trained for my first competition with the WBFF in 2017 and shortly after I received my Pro Card. It was absolutely one of the happiest and most accomplished days of my life. That title had so much more meaning to me after everything I had been through. Fitness was my outlet and a form of therapy. I had found my purpose and what better way to live out my purpose than to be my own testimony and aim to help others.
Fitness Coach and Certified Nutritionist, owner of FitFX Fitness.
In your opinion, is weight loss more of a fitness issue or a health issue and why?
I think it absolutely is a health issue. There is a lot more that goes into weight loss than lifting and conditioning. Your overall health including mental health plays a huge role. Not only are our eating habits and overall diet important but also our stress levels, our sleep or lack of, and also oftentimes our coping mechanisms to everyday stressors.
If you have 100 tokens in total and you could apply them to the following categories, how many would you apply to each?
- Fitness level: 50
- Health level: 50
Thoughts on HIIT, Powerlifting, TRX, Yoga, bodybuilding, others?
I think they are all great ways to stay active. It’s all about preference and what you enjoy.
How did your passion for fitness start? And what was the biggest challenge you have faced on your journey?
My passion grew through my healing process and competing. Competing gave me a goal and purpose.
The most challenging part of my journey would have to be creating brand new habits and ditching my old ones. You realize very quickly that this is a lifestyle.
Share your unique training/coaching methods?
I like finding unique ways to execute a workout to keep exercises exciting. I don’t like redundancy so I stray away from that with clients.
You deserve to be happy and healthy so show up for yourself and do the work FOR YOU!
My current training plan is focusing on building muscle. This will start to change as I am starting full-on prep soon to make my Pro Debut in 2022 on the WBFF stage.
This is also subject to change. Pre-prep I listen to my body and what it needs. I pretty much eat intuitively when I’m not gearing up for a show.
I take my vitamins which consist of my daily vitamin, Magnesium, Vitamin C and D, Collagen, and Hyaluronic acid. (During prep I add a bit more). I drink my green drink every morning and also incorporate my plant-based protein when needed.
Do you prefer to take and recommend all-natural (no sugar, no artificial colors/flavors/sweeteners) supplements or supplements with artificial flavors and sweeteners? And Why?
I don’t have a preference and still use artificial sweeteners in coffee and fun healthy deserts.
Please describe the importance of mental health?
Mental health is extremely important and I feel like for so long it was overlooked and under-discussed. In a society where social media rules and false representations of reality are showcased it’s easy to feel unworthy, make unrealistic comparisons, and allow depression to take hold of you. Which is why I say show up FOR YOU! YOU are deserving! It’s important to keep that self-love in the forefront at all times throughout your journey.
Take us through a typical day in life for you?
It gets busy around here! I train my clients as early as 5 am. I get my workout in after clients and while kids are at school. I handle two children in two different school districts and their own activities all on my own, one of which is special needs and requires therapy sessions throughout the week. It gets busy but I make sure everything is planned out and when my boyfriend isn’t travelling for work he is my extra set of hands. Thank goodness for him. The organization is the only way this works.
What separates Status from other fitness magazines?
Status highlights inspiring athletes from all fitness backgrounds and gives true insight into who they are and what they are all about. Giving us a platform for others to truly get to know us and hopefully inspire more.
If you could ask Status Fitness Magazine Editor in Chief Rodney Jang any industry question, what would that be?
What do you look for in an athlete in order to publish them?
Status Fitness Magazine runs model searches across North America including the largest one at the Arnold Classic for the Status cover. As part of the Status family, you will receive a special participation invite. How excited are you for this opportunity?
I had no idea and now I am excited!
Do you have a sponsor? List them and what they mean to you?
I just finished a sponsorship deal and now I am currently exploring new opportunities.
Can you share with us your goals for fitness and life?
My current goal for fitness is to make my pro debut on the WBFF stage and to continue to inspire as many people as I possibly can! In life, I want to take FitFX to the next level and I want it to touch and change lives.
5 things people don’t know about you?
- I love cooking and making everything homemade.
- I modelled locally in Atlanta and internationally prior to starting my fitness journey
- I was a radio and media personality for a short period. (Funniest experience!)
- I make my own jewellery (thank you quarantine)
- I have a real fear of heights. Like any height. I’ll freeze on a latter
What is the biggest lesson you’ve learned?
Tomorrow isn’t promised so do what you love and surround yourself with people you love to be with! Create memories and live this one life with purpose!
5 most important attributes you see in a person
If you could inspire one person, who would that be? And why?
I don’t want to inspire just one person I want to touch as many people as possible. For some people, fitness isn’t a physical journey but a mental one instead. So whether you are seeking physical or mental strength both is possible as long as you show up for yourself.
Who inspires you? And why?
My oldest sister has always been someone I looked up to growing up. When I was younger I watched her go through struggles as a single mom yet she still persevered. She put herself through nursing school, didn’t stop, and received her masters all while learning how to navigate life with an autistic child. She’s someone I can relate to and still seek guidance from. The experience of being a single mom of two, one being autistic was so challenging for me and I couldn’t have overcome a lot of what I’ve gone through without her. She’s strong, she’s resilient, and she’s honestly such a beautiful soul.
What is your number one tip for people on their fitness journey?
Find your why and keep that in the forefront at all times. On good days, bad days, and unmotivated days. That will keep you consistent. That will push you past the threshold to follow through.
What does success look like for you?
Success to me is much more than just monetary means. For me success is my family being happy and healthy. Seeing everything I’m working on and towards thriving and sustaining a life of happiness and balance.
What is your favourite quote to live by?
“Not all storms come to disrupt your life. Some come to clear a path for you.”