From Strong Curves to Get Strong: Lesa's Gorgeous Transformation

As part of our ongoing feature, Member Spotlight, Coach Kellie Davis chatted with Get Glutes Lifetime Member, Lesa Smith, to learn more about her experience in training with both the Strong Curves and Get Glutes program.


Hi, Lesa! Thank you so much for taking the time to share your inspiring story and transformation with us. Let’s jump right in. Tell us a bit about yourself and your fitness history.

I'm 45 and am married to my best friend who is my biggest supporter of my passion for fitness. I have a full-time career, two wonderful kids and 4 German Shepherds. I began working out when I was around 19-yrs old but honestly, I would walk a mile on the treadmill and follow that up with a McDonald's burger and fries--super-sized, of course.

I finally learned to eat a little better but would spend countless hours doing cardio as punishment for eating things such as pizza, chips, or ice cream. Throughout the next 20+ years, I became more involved with running and...

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Shelley's Story: Mother of Five, Strong as Ever

Tell us a bit about you.

I am in my late thirties. I am married to the most amazing man and we have five children. I work part-time at my own consulting business. Although I was involved in sports as a kids and teenager, I don’t consider myself to be naturally athletic. My interests have always been in activities that involve nature, such as canoeing, hiking, rock climbing, etc. and fitness was more of a means to an end for me. Until I discovered lifting, of course.

Shelley Transformation

You started training with me in December 2012. At that time, what was your fitness level and what did you need help with?

That was six months after the birth of my fifth child. Due to some complications, I wasn’t really able to exercise during the last half of that pregnancy. I felt like that, combined with 4 other pregnancies, had taken its toll. While my fitness level wasn’t bad, it certainly wasn’t great. I was heading into the later half of my thirties and felt like I was at a tipping point...

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Keeley's Story: A Transformation Beyond Physical Changes

Greetings! My name is Keeley, I am a 44-year-old wife and mom, and I began my Get Glutes journey in September of 2013. I'm so honored I was asked to share my story! I truly can't say enough good things about the program. This may be an unusual testimonial in that it does not include fabulous before-and-after photos. It's true that I have seen very positive physique changes. But the best results, the changes I am most excited about sharing with you, are not actually physical at all.

Keeley Story

When I joined Get Glutes, I was looking for coaching guidance and a well-rounded strength training program. I had been trying to work out regularly for years but my progress was stalled, I was bored with my routine, and all I could see were my flaws. It seemed to me that exercise was more to be endured than enjoyed, unless you were lucky enough to be naturally athletic and energetic. I have never been athletic in any sense of the word! My endurance has always been awful (and worsened by allergies and...

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Are Diet and Fitness Breaks Beneficial for Everyone?

2011 – The beginning of my fitness journey

I began my fitness journey in 2011 when I finished graduate school, weighing in at 162 lb and a size 12. I felt absolutely awful about my body. I had maintained the typical student diet of alcohol, processed foods and very little protein since 2004, and it showed. During my university life I dabbled in the gym, but it was mostly doing bicep curls with pink dumbbells and the 30 minutes on the elliptical. I was not consistent, I definitely did not eat to support my training, and I did not lift heavy. In April 2011 I started with a trainer at my local gym, lost a couple of pounds, but nothing drastic.

Kristen Story

End of 2012 – Excessive cardio and carb restriction

Near the end of 2012 I discovered HIIT and began doing a combination of HIIT workouts, kettlebell workouts, spinning classes, Bikram yoga, and running 5 – 10 km 6 – 7 days a week. I was determined to lose weight/body fat and I would do multiple workouts a day and take 1...

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