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Transformations

SARAH RITCHIE

SARAH RITCHIE SHARES HER STORY
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I was born in Toronto and moved to the country when I was 7yrs. I got involved with horses and bought my first one when I was 10yrs. I showed horses throughout the years growing up starting in hunter/jumpers before switching to three-day eventing. I went to school for travel and worked for a tour operator for a number of years. When they closed up shop I ended up circling back to the horses and got a job grooming horses at Woodbine racetrack. I worked my way up to being an assistant for one of the leading trainers there. I got to travel quite a bit at that point accompanying horses to different tracks in Canada and the US for races. Traveling became a part of life as we shifted racetracks depending on the season. Toronto for the main part of the year. Florida for the winter and Kentucky for the spring. About five yrs ago I was diagnosed with MS. I stuck it out for another couple years running the larger barns and traveling before making the decision to scale things back and do things on my own terms. I bought a horse. Wrote my trainers test and took the winter off to have a little R&R. Little did I know that’s when the biggest life change would happen. I just happened to walk into the babe cave, met Becky, and that would be the biggest game changer to date. I’ve lost over 100lbs to date training with her. She is incredible. This year marks my second year training racehorses and so far the season has been great. It’s a lot of work and early hours but to do life on your own terms is like nothing else.

LITTLE DID I KNOW THAT’S WHEN THE BIGGEST LIFE CHANGE WOULD HAPPEN. I JUST HAPPENED TO WALK INTO THE BABE CAVE…

Who is your trainer?

What makes her so special as a trainer?
She has this insane energy and complete love of fitness in general. Hands down one of the most passionate and fearless women I know about following your dreams and being driven to put in the hard work it can take to achieve them. I have never met anyone that invests as much time and energy into people as Becky does. She really cares about your success and genuinely celebrates each goal you hit along the way. She’s authentic. She’s not telling you to do something she isn’t doing. If you’re talking the talk you better walk the walk and she absolutely does. She’s someone that’s there for you no matter what and it’s out of a genuine love for helping people and wanting to see you happier and healthy. No ulterior motives. I’ve never seen someone consistently work so hard day in and day out at achieving their goals and it absolutely makes you level up your own game.

BECKY IS HANDS DOWN ONE OF THE MOST PASSIONATE AND FEARLESS WOMEN I KNOW ABOUT FOLLOWING YOUR DREAMS AND BEING DRIVEN TO PUT IN THE HARD WORK IT CAN TAKE TO ACHIEVE THEM.

Can you talk about the Babecave community? What makes it so unique?
That group of people is like nothing else. So many times in life you see women tearing each other down rather than build each other up. You’ll see it become a huge competition rather than recognizing that everyone is on a different path and have different goals. . The Babe Cave is just full of goodness. It’s full of women and men that genuinely celebrate your achievements with you and want to see you do well. That clap for you. That lift you up in difficult times. They support and encourage you to do bigger and better things. You could learn a thousand life lessons just by hanging around here long enough! Age, size, gender..none of that matters. It’s just an amazing group of people that become like family to you.

Occupation details:
Racehorse trainer

Relationship status:
Single

IT’S FULL OF WOMEN AND MEN THAT GENUINELY CELEBRATE YOUR ACHIEVEMENTS WITH YOU AND WANT TO SEE YOU DO WELL.

Fitness Goals:
Lose some more weight and then build a lot of muscle!

Training Plan:
I do the majority of classes that the Babe Cave offers so a mix of Kangoo, HIIT and weights

Thoughts on HIIt, Power lifting, TRX, Yoga, bodybuilding, other:
I’ve never done TRX but I enjoy any type of workout!

Nutritional & Supplements:
I eat a lot of fruits, veggies, and lean meats. I take some of the magnum supplements as well daily.

NOTHING WAS FREE BUT IF YOU WORKED HARD ENOUGH YOU COULD HAVE OR DO WHATEVER YOU WANTED IN LIFE.

How did you use Magnum products during your shoot prep?

I was taking Primer and DNA already and then added in Heat and Acid . Finished off with Drip Dry five days out prior to the shoot.

What are your thoughts about Magnum and which products do you use from them?
I like that they’re pharmaceutical grade and you know you aren’t putting junk into your body. I like DNA a lot before strength classes. Primer is great because it’s all in one pack and you don’t have to worry about opening ten different vitamin bottles everyday. I also love the protein powder since it lets me have something on the go when Work gets a bit hectic. Fixation helped a lot as well especially when I first started working out.

What do your parents mean to you? What did they teach you?
My mom taught me a lot about hard work. She always worked more than one job at a time and worked a crazy amount of hours. If you wanted something you had to work for it. Nothing was free but if you worked hard enough you could have or do whatever you wanted in life. She also taught me a lot about giving to the ones you love. Give them opportunities. Give them your time. Give them something that puts a smile on their face. There’s a lot to be said for giving back to others.

I’M A BIT AWKWARD IN FRONT OF A CAMERA TO SAY THE LEAST AND WARREN REALLY PUTS YOU AT EASE AND GIVES YOU SOME GREAT DIRECTION. IT WAS SO MUCH FUN!

What separates Status from other fitness magazines?
I love that status has chosen to do some features on trainers and their clients. I think it’s a great thing to see how many lives one person has made a difference in.

What would it mean to you to become the next Status Fitness Cover-model?
I’m not sure that would ever happen but hey that would be pretty amazing wouldn’t it.

If you could ask Status Editor-In-Chief, Rodney Jang one question what would that be?

What has been the hardest but most worthwhile lesson you’ve learned along to the path to becoming editor in chief.

What was it like working with Warren from Healthy Vision Photography?
So good! I’m a bit awkward in front of a camera to say the least and he really puts you at ease and gives you some great direction. It was so much fun!

I’M PRETTY STUBBORN. IF YOU TELL ME I CAN’T DO IT MORE THAN LIKELY I’LL TRY TO PROVE YOU WRONG.

6 things people would not know about you:
1. I have MS.
2. I’m pretty stubborn. If you tell me I can’t do it more than likely I’ll try to prove you wrong.
3. I’ve owned 2 racehorses and each one I’ve bought on a whim.
4.I’ve lost over 100 pounds since starting at the babe cave.
5. My cat is pretty famous and has over 2500 followers on twitter (@gatorkitten).
6. I would love to learn at least two other languages

Who inspires you?
Becky first and foremost. She’s very positive and ambitious. At the same time so supportive of all those around her. It’s not easy I’m sure to look after so many people at once and still be focused on your own goals and dreams as well yet she always gets it done.

Who do you wish to inspire?
I wish I could spark some inspiration in those that think they’re past the point of being helped.. Losing weight is obviously harder than it is to put it on however it’s never to late to start. You are never past the point of making a change and bettering your life. It truly doesn’t matter how or where you start but that you take the first step and never look back.

Transformation story:
I had a bit of a rough patch in life and gained a lot of weight. Then was diagnosed with MS and after a year of managing that opted to make some life changes and I took a winter off from going to Florida to work. That was the winter where I was talked into trying a Kangoo class at the babe cave. After class was finished Becky asked if I wanted to do measurements and I could have cried when I stepped on that scale the first time. I knew it had gotten out of hand but sometimes it doesn’t register until you see the number blinking back at you. I signed up that night for the month. From the beginning Becky would offer any help, probably answered about a  million questions I had, spend extra time after classes working out with me and anyone else who wanted to do more and was just always there for anything. Her drive and work ethic just resonated with me and made me want to work even harder. I lost 100 pounds in less than a year at the babe cave. I followed her meal plan. I showed up to classes and worked my butt off and loved every min of it. I know there is no way I could have done what I did anywhere else or with anyone else. I can trust her to always push me to my limits and never let there be any excuses.

I HAD A BIT OF A ROUGH PATCH IN LIFE AND GAINED A LOT OF WEIGHT.

Life goals:
Be successful. Be strong. Be happy.

5 lessons you have learned:
1. Never quit. If it gets harder than it means you’re going in the right direction. Push harder. Aim to be better.
2. Patience. This was a big one for me. You will always wants something right away however sometimes it comes in small doses. Focus on where you want to be and stay positive and ultimately you’ll end up exactly where you’re supposed to be.
3. Invest in others. Invest your time and love into other people and you won’t go wrong.
4. Be true to yourself. At the end of the day you need to take yourself into consideration. Don’t sell yourself short. You can be kind and generous without letting people walk all over you. You have a voice for a reason. Speak up bc nobody else is going to do it for you.
5. Be grateful. It’s easy to get lost in the idea of wanting more but you need to be grateful for all the steps you’ve already taken and how far you’ve come

Music and artist you listen while training:
Usually workout mixes that I toss together on a playlist.

Favorite actors/ movies:
Jason Statham. Hugh Jackman. Mark Wahlburg. Greatest Showman. The Italian Job.

NEVER QUIT. IF IT GETS HARDER THAN IT MEANS YOU’RE GOING IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION. PUSH HARDER. AIM TO BE BETTER.

Favorite books and authors:
George Orwell. JD Salinger. 1984, Catcher in the rye. Tuesday’s with Morrie, The Last Lecture.

5 most important attributes you see in a person?
Loyalty. Compassion. Truthfulness . Humor. Indomitable will.

Advice you can give to children who want to start training?
Start young! I so wish I had awareness about health and fitness at a younger age and worked out. It’s easier to create a healthy lifestyle early than to fix an unhealthy one later (although still worth it!) last but not least find someone to work with that will inspire you and push you to be your best self!

Favorite Quotes:
“Never grow a wishbone where your backbone ought to be.”
“Success is born out of faith, an undying passion, and a relentless drive.”

I am a content and talent manager of Status Fitness Magazine. If you are looking to share your story or get featured in Status, contact me.

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