Who is your trainer?
The illustrious Crissy Thibodeau
What makes her so special as a trainer?
She is easy to approach and talk to, even if some of the things you say seem silly. She leads by example without being intimidating.
EVERYONE AT THIBOD IS WARM AND WELCOMING AND WILL TRY TO BE INCLUSIVE, WHICH IS A NICE FEELING IF YOU ARE NOT IN YOUR COMFORT ZONE.
Can you talk about the Thibou community? What makes it so unique?
Before ThiBod, every gym I had been to always seemed super judgmental. I’ve never felt that at ThiBod, everyone is warm and welcoming and will try to be inclusive, which is a nice feeling if you are not in your comfort zone.
Photography editor/ Stay at home mom and wifey
I DID CRISSY’S 3-MONTH PHOTO SHOOT PREP WHICH INCLUDED 5 DAYS A WEEK OF BOTH CARDIO AND WEIGHT TRAINING.
To do them. No seriously, Crissy preaches consistency which is something I have a hard time with.
I did Crissy’s 3-month photo shoot prep which included 5 days a week of both cardio and weight training. I will continue to use this plan but on a more limited scale, until I’m ready to prep again. Spring Break!
Thoughts on HIIt, Power lifting, TRX, Yoga, bodybuilding, other:
I LOVE trying new things and incorporating them into my workouts. Lately I’ve really been enjoying Buti Yoga.
How did you use Magnum products during your shoot prep?
I took everything Crissy threw at me! I needed specific help with focus, energy, and overeating.
I WAS SUPER NERVOUS, BUT WARREN WAS ABLE TO PUT ME TO EASE RIGHT AWAY…
What are your thoughts about Magnum and which products do you use from them?
I really felt healthier, more energetic, and less snacky. I don’t believe I would have met my macro goals without my Quattro. I also took Ebrake, Afterburner, Acid, Heat, Opus, Pre-Fo (my prep MVP) and Drip Dry at the end.
I’m well versed in Photoshop and Auto-Cad, I can change a diaper on a standing toddler, I’m a great painter, and I always carry magic sprinkle dust that makes boo-boos feel better.
What do your parents mean to you? What did they teach you?
They are still a huge positive part of my life; they taught me about love, sacrifice, and integrity.
What separates Status from other fitness magazines?
Me being in it!! Joking aside, the fact that you would ask someone like me who is at the beginning of my fitness journey in my mid thirties to answer these questions sets you apart from the rest. I think being relatable is a huge feat for a fitness magazine, and you’re killing it!
THERE IS NO GREATER LOVE THAN A MOTHER’S LOVE FOR HER CHILDREN.
What would it mean to you to become the next Status Fitness Cover-model?
Well I certainly don’t expect that, so it would be a complete surprise.
If you could ask Status Editor-In-Chief, Rodney Jang one question what would that be?
What is YOUR favorite workout?
What was it like working with Warren from Healthy Vision Photography?
I was SUPER nervous, but he was able to put me to ease right away and gave great pointers, so I could feel like I was portraying my best self.
6 things people would not know about you:
I love working with tools and building things.
I can recite the fine print banner on the Budweiser can (thanks Dad).
I can bake the BEST gluten free layer cake, but not a ton else.
I’ll be a bargain shopper ‘till the end (thanks Mom).
I pronounced pergola incorrectly until my early thirties.
I enjoy eating Spam fried rice (that’s a Pacific-Islander delicacy right there!).
Who inspires you?
My family, and everyone at ThiBod. I think anyone can be an inspiration, if you just listen.
I JUST WANT TO WAKE UP EVERYDAY AND FEEL LIKE I’M A BETTER PERSON THEN THE DAY BEFORE.
Who do you wish to inspire?
My kids, and really any other person out there who feels like they are on the outside looking in and wants to feel like themselves again.
I was thankfully blessed with a petite frame, but along with that when weight is gained, it’s noticeable. I cannot tell you how many times I was asked if I was pregnant again when I wasn’t (seriously people, if it’s questionable don’t ask) It’s easy to lose yourself and put everyone else’s needs before your own, which is what happened to me. I was tired and lazy and ate terribly. It was during the process of moving and huffing and puffing up and down a staircase that I had had enough, which coincidentally was when Crissy was taking her last calls for her 3-month photo shoot prep program. I’m so happy I made that spur of the moment decision. I was out of my element, since I had not lifted weights in so long and there were somedays during her body rock classes that I thought my little heart might just decide to quit and move out, but all worth it! There was laughter all the way- just ask Crissy and Joe about my seated row.
I just want to wake up everyday and feel like I’m a better person then the day before, and that I’ve made a positive impact, no matter how small.
5 lessons you have learned:
Regretting the past doesn’t change anything in the now.
Everything that has happened has brought you to today.
Family is everything.
There is no greater love than a mother’s love for her children.
True love isn’t perfect but it’s worth it.
IT’S EASY TO LOSE YOURSELF AND PUT EVERYONE ELSE’S NEEDS BEFORE YOUR OWN…
Music and artist you listen while training:
Depends on my mood, I’ll listen to almost anything! Any kind of loud techno is my jam when I’m finding it hard to focus though.
Favorite actors/ movies:
Too many to list, I’m easily entertained, ha-ha.
Favorite books and authors:
The Harry Potter series, The Shack, and The Secret are on the top of my list. Currently reading Rise Sister Rise. I LOVE to read- besides working out it’s how I destress. Definitely getting my Kindle Unlimited’s worth.
5 most important attributes you see in a person?
Humor, happiness, loyalty, kindness, and compassion
Advice you can give to children who want to start training?
I would encourage children to be active and healthy in any way they found was fun.
Pretty much anything from Moulin Rouge, one of my favorite movies.