Our Member of the Month for June 2013 is not only a trainer at CEKB, but she is also a client. After a stunning transformation leading to two Top 5 Bikini Competition finishes in the last two months, we decided to feature our gym's longest standing member and show you all that she hasn't always been the Jen you know now. Here is her story:
Bikini Competition Ready at 42
Most of you know me as Jen, kettlebell trainer, nutritional counsellor, and bikini competitor, and you assume that I have always been this way. The real story couldn’t be farther from the truth. I started my journey here just the same as every other member of Cutting Edge Kettlebells, as a client.
In the Spring of 2008 I was 20 pounds overweight and ready for a change. I had lost and regained the same 20 pounds time and time again since I had my daughter in 2000. I had tried every fad diet and exercise plan under the sun but nothing stuck and every pound came back as soon as I fell off each extreme plan I tried.
I began training with kettlebells at CEKB in August 2008 and fell in love! I worked out 4 to 5 days per week and strictly followed the Nutrisystem Diet Plan and lost 20 pounds in two months. I was at my goal weight and was proud of it, so proud that I bought a skimpy Halloween costume to show off my new figure!
Then I saw the pictures from the Halloween party! How could I be at my goal weight and still look flabby? I decided to ditch my Nutrisystem diet and start the Carb Rotation Plan. It took a couple of weeks for me to figure out how to build my meals, but it was easy to stick to the plan and I was able to maintain my weight loss for the first time in many years.
I didn’t lose much more weight over the next few months, but my body completely changed. The flab was replaced with muscle, I lost 4 pant sizes, and I started liking pictures of myself again. Best of all, the weight stayed off.
Fast forward five years and it was time for a new challenge. A client approached me and asked me to train with her for an NPC bikini competition. I had never even considered the idea before. I knew I would have to buckle down my nutrition and beef up my training a bit to get my body to the next level, but I am the kind of person who needs a goal to train for to stay on track, and this sounded like fun.
I trained for 11 weeks using nothing but kettlebells and our Carb Rotation Nutrition Plan. Six days per week I worked out 45 minutes per day completing both a heavy grind style workout and a shorter 12 to 15 minute cardio intensive workout. I followed my Carb Rotation numbers to a T and did not stray from my nutrition plan once. I was not going to step on that stage and wish that I had not eaten that one cookie or drank that one glass of wine. I was going to step on the stage knowing I had done everything possible to be in the best shape of my life. Those bikinis aren’t very forgiving!
I felt amazing at my first NPC bikini competition! I was so proud of myself for sticking to my plan and completing every workout, especially on the days I did not want to. I had zero regrets and was honored to place 4th out of 16 gorgeous women at my very first show. I wanted to share that feeling with everyone I knew. Win or lose, I accomplished my goal and kept the promise I made to myself.
After my first show, I took a month to recover physically and mentally. I stuck to the standard CEKB programming and took 1 or 2 cheat days from the Carb Rotation on the weekends. Four weeks out from my next show, I began my bikini training regimen again, but this time I had no weight to lose, only inches. It was truly shocking how much farther my body came in 4 more weeks. I thought I was as lean as I could get at my first show, but I was dead wrong. The Wednesday before I did the Muscle Beach Venice show I had lost another 1/2 inch off my waist and hips and was floored by the difference in my photos from the first show to the second. I finished 4th again, added another trophy to my collection, and had the time of my life!
I am looking forward to my next show, August 17. I can’t wait to see the improvements that another 4 to 6 weeks of training and eating clean will provide. Louie always says “Kettlebells and Carb Rotation are all you need”. I am excited to be able to say and prove that he is right. All the tools are here at Cutting Edge Kettlebells and available to all members of CEKB. I am so lucky to have a job that allows me to help others set and achieve their goals. Want to join me? You know where I'll be!