Fit Thrive Member Spotlight: Ashley

 

Ashley came to me for nutrition coaching three months after her second child was born. She was a long time member of Get Glutes, so I knew the foundation for fitness was there. I love working with strong women. Not just in the gym, but ones who know how to handle all the challenges life throws at them. Ashley is an exceptionally strong woman. 

Her husband was deployed not long after they welcomed their daughter into the world. She was determined more than ever to not only nourish her healing body but welcome home the love of her life to an athletic, sexy woman who felt incredible inside and out. 

I was honored that Ashley trusted me as her coach during this process and watching her transformation over the year has been breathtaking. Not only has her body become leaner and more powerful, but her mindset, her ability to go with the flow, handle what the day throws at her, and to be okay with what is. It's such a beautiful process and one of my favorite aspects of...

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Fit Thrive Member Spotlight: Misti Hurrikane

Please tell us a bit about yourself and your background.

I am a native New Yorker, transplant to Colorado, mountain worshiper, parrot mother, clinical psychologist, spiritual inquirer, business owner, DIY real-estate investor, lover of all things colorful, shameless introvert and complete sugar addict. The latter is my biggest downfall. It really is. And yes, I am the only person in the entire state of Colorado that does not ski.


I am a lifetime member of Get Glutes and plan to take full advantage of that. Kellie is younger than me and healthy as heck, so I think the odds are in my favor. I have been doing Get Glutes for just over three years, but I am only in Month 33 because I periodically slow the program down to accommodate my other training.

When did you discover your love for fitness? Tell us about your journey and how it brought you to Get Glutes.

I have been active and “athletic” all my life. I did not compete in any sports until I got to college, but I grew up...

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Fit Thrive Member Spotlight: Therese Atwell

It's a story we women know all too well. How many of us have followed the dieting and fitness advice of popular women's magazines only to find ourselves hungry, tired, and frankly, disappointed? 

In this edition of Member Spotlight, Lifetime Get Glutes Member, Therese Atwell, shares how she transformed to a healthy and happy strength training diva and proves it's never too late build a beautiful, muscular physique. 

Therese's Story

 

I grew up fit and active. I was always in motion, and my favorite thing was gymnastics. I birthed 8 children and easily regained my pre-pregnancy weight each time. But my 9th pregnancy ended in a miscarriage. This along with some other serious financial and deeply hurtful relationship (not marital) issues threw me into a deep despair. My weight climbed almost to what it was at the birth of my first child. I wallowed there for years, and fell for the deception that being overweight and out of shape was inevitable because...

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Fit Thrive Member Spotlight: Marisa Steiner

 

Though a lifetime exercise enthusiast, Marisa didn't pick up a barbell until her late 30's. She immediately fell in love and a couple years after she decided to get a little competitive. Just a few days shy of her 40th birthday, Marisa took first place in her first show. 

As a busy career woman of 3 young boys, she exudes what it means to be a strong woman. She shows us how exercise can enhance your quality of life and no matter how crammed your schedule, you always have time to take care of yourself. 

 

Please tell us a bit about yourself and your background.

My name is Marisa. I just turned the big 4-0 (and still can’t believe it)! I am a wife and mom of three boys-8, 6, and almost 4 years old and work mostly from home for the Department of Homeland Security as an Immigration Analyst in DC. I am an athlete -so I have been told-and after a lifetime of moving my body I am actually starting to believe that this term really does apply to me....

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Member Spotlight: Melanie Testa

A Note From Coach Kellie Davis:

 One of the greatest gifts in the work that I do is the real human connection I make with the Fit Thrive community. One of my fondest and deepest connections I’ve made in the four years I’ve run this site is with Melanie Testa. Melly came to Get Glutes after working with one of our founders Marianne Kane. She was a sponge; absorbing everything she could about fitness, asking questions like a precocious child who’d discovered something utterly fascinating in the world. She purchased Strong Curves and completely submersed herself in our weightlifting culture.

Melly came to us after a double mastectomy and round of chemotherapy. She opted out of reconstruction and made the decision to heal through fitness. Her fitness journey began during chemo and she hasn’t stopped since. Her journey is nothing short of inspiring as she has made huge waves in the body positive community. She chose not to lose her identity with her breast,...

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Member Spotlight: Annie Fields

Annie Fields has been an integral part of the Fit Thrive and Get Glutes community for years. She embodies every essence of a strong, beautiful woman. If you've been in our forum, you've likely met Annie. She is the first to greet new members, is always ready to answer questions, and is our biggest cheerleader.

I'm thrilled to have Annie as our Member Spotlight as she shows us we can be fit and strong at any age. I look forward to aging as gracefully as Annie and have learned so much from her over the years. We hope you enjoy this interview with Annie brought to you by Keeley Novotny.

 

Please tell us a little bit about yourself and your background:

I was born in Stockholm, Sweden and lived there until I was 22. I have two brothers who are still there with their families, as is my 102 year old mother. At the age of 22, as part of my education, I spent a couple of months in Switzerland and a couple of months in England, going to school part time and working as an intern part...

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Fit Thrive Member Spotlight: Naomi Sandoval

 

Coach Kellie & Naomi - March 2016

 

You discovered your love for fitness and strength training in college. Tell us a bit how your journey has evolved through the years.

In college, I discovered weights and have loved lifting ever since. In my early 20s, I discovered white water canoeing. That's the first sport I'd ever done. Learning to learn for a formerly sedentary completely uncoordinated child was a big deal. I worked very hard to overcome fear and become a solid paddler in my 20s and early 30s, using weight lifting to support this goal. I tried a few other sports like mountain biking, snowboarding and skiing, but didn't really excel at any, no matter how hard I tried.

Once I became a mom, I gave up adventure sports entirely and getting to the gym was a series of comebacks. After the birth of my second daughter, I stopped trying. I put on about 35 pounds very suddenly and got into a rut.

Enough was just enough after a few years of this. I joined a gym and worked...

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Fit Thrive Member Spotlight: Kelly Ramirez

As part of our ongoing feature, Member Spotlight, Coach Kellie Davis chatted with Get Glutes Lifetime Member, Kelly Ramirez, to learn more about her inspiring story from absolute beginner to thriving fitness brand.

 

Hi, Kelly! Thanks for taking the time to chat with us. Get Glutes has enjoyed following your journey over the past few years. Tell us a bit about your background and why you came to Get Glutes.

For years I have struggled with my weight. It's the same story as it is for many, life happens. When your daily life is happening so fast who thinks about staying healthy. I often thought what does healthy even mean? To me it was just not getting sick as much.

I never even noticed how out of control my weight was getting until it was completely out of control. It was total denial on my part.

I've tried more diets that promised rapid results than I can even remember. It was always the same story. Rapid results that made feel on top of the world to not being able to maintain...

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Mariah's Story: Because I Decided

 Mariah, everyone at GetGlutes is in awe of your transformation both inside and out. We are really excited to dive a little deeper into your story. Tell us a bit about your background. What was life like growing up for you as far your activities and nutrition?

I grew up in a family of six with a strong sense of family. Both of my parents are excellent cooks and most of my meals were home-cooked and eaten as a family around the dinner table. We rarely had junk food in the house and the only beverage we had besides water was sweet tea. I have always loved sweets and struggled with being an emotional eater. Whenever I had the opportunity to eat sweets, I took full advantage of it. I started playing softball the summer before my freshman year of high school.

Prior to that my physical activity was inconsistent and limited. Once I started playing softball, I became passionate about it. My dad and I practiced nearly every day. I played tournaments on the weekends, high school games...

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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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