Member of the Month

Meet Anita - Our June Member of the Month!

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Hello everyone!

Welcome to another edition of our Member of the Month series, where we feature some of the amazing people who are part of our Loyobo FIT family. We think it is important to share their stories to help inspire others and to celebrate their amazing accomplishments!

This month, our member is Anita Downes, who is one of our VIP members. Anita joined us a few months ago and got herself off to a running start! One of the first challenges she did with us was Loyobo FIT BINGO, and it was so exciting to watch. We quickly got to know her, to see her determination and her willingness to put herself outside of her comfort zone.

Anita is a joy to have in class and at the studio. She is so supportive and encouraging of other members, and we are so grateful to be a part of her journey as she works hard to fulfill her dreams! Her warm, kind energy is an inspiration to all of us.

This month, Anita, we celebrate YOU! We cannot wait to see what comes next in your journey and where your dreams will take you. Thank you for being a part of our family and for sharing your story with us!


How long have you been coming to Loyobo FIT and what initially inspired you to try a class?

I joined back in April when a friend had a month pass and wanted a gym buddy. I was reluctant at first because I was already a member of a gym which I rarely attended. Have to say I was hooked from the first class.

Anita & Ashley, one of our Energy Exchangers.

Anita & Ashley, one of our Energy Exchangers.

What are your top 3 health and fitness goals? 

  1. To become the best possible version of me

  2. To have more endurance and stamina

  3. To maintain an 80/20 lifestyle (no point denying yourself everything!)

What is one of the challenges or fear that you have faced in your health/fitness journey? What have you found most helpful in working to overcome it?

I joined just as Loyobo Bingo 2019 was launched. Some of those squares really pushed me outside of my comfort zone – especially posting photos of myself. Having said that, I have always felt supported and encouraged by everyone at Loyobo. The bingo also made me try classes I would not necessarily have chosen and more importantly, I had the confidence to try.

 How has your life changed since becoming a member of Loyobo FIT?

I actually miss attending classes! Never thought I would say that. It’s not just the exercise but the people. I feel more confident within my body and realize I’m so much more than a number on a scale. It’s a slow process but such a great feeling knowing you are getting fitter and stronger.

 

What is your favourite memory or achievement of your time at Loyobo FIT?

Actually, being nominated to be member of the month. There are so many awesome members in our tribe I felt honoured to have been chosen.

 

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Anita & Kenna, with their completed BINGO cards!

What advice would you give to someone just starting their health and fitness journey? 

Be patient! It takes time for weight to come off and for you to build muscle, stamina and endurance so hang on in there. Also, try not to compare yourself to anyone else. It’s your journey and no-one else’s.

 

What is your favourite class and why? 

This is a tough one as I enjoy all the classes for different reasons. If pushed, I would have to say Pilates because those small movements can be very powerful and Body Sculpt & Sweat as it is a tough class which targets different areas of the body. Always such a sense of accomplishment when that class is finished!

What is your biggest dream?

To be fit and healthy and have the endurance and stamina to check off all the things on my bucket list when I retire.

Anything else you would like to share?

I would just like to thank Courtney and her amazing staff for creating such a caring, inclusive environment. Loyobo is so much more than a gym, it is a caring community. For anyone looking for a place to work out where you are recognized and treated as an individual please give Loyobo a try – you won’t regret it!


Congratulations Anita! You deserve this moment in the spotlight as we celebrate the awesomeness that is YOU. THANK YOU for being vulnerable and open to sharing your story and for reminding us that taking to be patient with ourselves and to push past our fears! We are seriously so proud of you and feel so lucky to have you as part of our Loyobo Family!

Feeling inspired? You could be our next Member of the Month! Try a class today with our 30 day trial for first time participants! And make sure to say hi if you see Anita around the studio!

See you all again soon!
- Courtney




Meet Kenna - Our May Member of the Month!

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Hello everyone!

Welcome to another edition of our Member of the Month series, where we feature some of the amazing people who are part of our Loyobo FIT family. We think it is important to share their stories to help inspire others and to celebrate their amazing accomplishments!

This month, our member is Kenna Richardson, who is one of our Move Your Body members. Kenna’s time at Loyobo has been FULL of accomplishments. She was a participant and successfully completed our 2019 Loyobo Challenge, as well as our recent Loyobo FIT BINGO.

Kenna’s journey has been amazing to watch. To see her come out of her shell, to find her confidence and her voice, and to heal her relationship with her body. She has accomplished so much and we seriously are incredibly inspired and impressed.

On top of all that, Kenna is always a source of support for other members in our Loyobo family. It was a no-brainer to select her for this month’s special member.

This month, Kenna, we celebrate YOU! We cannot wait to see what comes next in your journey. Thank you for being a part of our family and for sharing your story with us!


How long have you been coming to Loyobo FIT and what initially inspired you to try a class?

I was following Courtney’s page on Facebook for awhile and I was interested in the classes that she taught at Exhibition Park. I then decided to purchase a trial pass in October of 2018. However, I kept making excuses on why not to start my membership. Courtney sent me a message encouraging me to sign up for my first class in November 2018, which was Zumba.

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What are your top 3 health and fitness goals?

  1. Increase my energy levels and mood

  2. Lose weight and gain muscle

  3. Fuel my body with nutritious food


What is one of the challenges that you have faced in your health/fitness journey? What have you found most helpful in working to overcome it?

A major challenge that I have faced in my health journey is FOOD. Up until about last year, I did not understand the concept of nutrition. As I am sure many others have experienced, I am constantly been faced with various “facts” about nutrition and trending diets from the media! “Carbs are unhealthy and will make you gain fat”, “carbs are healthy”, “stop eating fruit, it is high in sugar”, “drink protein shakes and eat protein bars”, “use artificial sweeteners, they are zero calories”, “stop using artificial sweeteners, they are chemicals”, “you should try a keto diet, you can lose weight fast”, “the potato diet”, “eat this and lose weight overnight”, and the list could go on.

To overcome this challenge, I have been working with a naturopath to discover what my body needs and the foods that my body does not like (such as dairy). I have also been working with Lori, Loyobo FIT’s in-house nutritionist, who has provided the resources to make healthy delicious meals and snacks and has been there to answer all my questions. Now that I have gained information about nutrition, when I go grocery shopping, I will read the nutrition labels and the lists of ingredients.


How has your life changed since becoming a member of Loyobo FIT?

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Being a member at LOYOBO, I have found exercises that I enjoy completing! And because of that, going to the gym has now become part of my weekly routine. Because of LOYOBO, I have become mentally and physically healthier.   


What is your favourite memory or achievement of your time at Loyobo FIT?

I recently completed my second baseline workout. It was very rewarding to compare my results with my first baseline work and see the difference in numbers!


What advice would you give to someone just starting their health and fitness journey?

The key word in this question is “journey”. Health and fitness is a journey, not a race, so take your time. With that being said, it is also important to recognize when it is time to take a step out of your comfort zone. Speaking from experience, it will be worth it!


What is your favourite class and why?

I really enjoy Strong by Zumba and Tone & Flex!


What is your favourite inspirational quote?
“BE STRONGER THAN YOUR EXCUSES”


Anything else you would like to share?

Thank you to the LOYOBO tribe for the positive atmosphere, encouragement and continued motivation. I am thankful to be apart of this wonderful community and I look forward to seeing you in class!


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Congratulations Kenna! You deserve this moment in the spotlight as we celebrate the awesomeness that is YOU. THANK YOU for being vulnerable and open to sharing your story and for reminding us that taking that first step is so important! Everyone has to start somewhere, and while it can be incredibly scary, it can also be so worth it. We are seriously so proud of you and feel so lucky to have you as part of our Loyobo Family!

Feeling inspired? You could be our next Member of the Month! Try a class today with our 30 day trial for first time participants! And make sure to say hi if you see Kenna around the studio!

See you all again soon!
- Courtney

Meet Kelli - Our April Member of the Month

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Hello everyone!

Welcome to another edition of our Member of the Month series, where we feature some of the amazing people who are part of our Loyobo FIT family. We think it is important to share their stories to help inspire others and to celebrate their amazing accomplishments!

This month, our member is Kelli Arppe, who is one of our VIP members and regularly attends a wide variety of classes, but her favourite is definitely Mind/Body Unwind!

We have seen so much progress over the last few months with Kelli. She has an incredibly warm energy about her, and we always see her smiling! She is a light of positivity and is so kind, accepting, and welcoming to everyone she meets at the studio. We have been so proud to watch progress and build strength.

This month, Kelli, we celebrate YOU! We cannot wait to see what comes next in your journey. Thank you for being a part of our family and for sharing your story with us!


How long have you been coming to Loyobo FIT and what initially inspired you to try a class? Since December 2018

What are your top 3 health and fitness goals?

  1. To maintain a good energy level.

  2. To increase my strength, especially upper body.

  3. To enjoy doing it!

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What is one of the challenges that you have faced in your health/fitness journey? What have you found most helpful in working to overcome it?

The main challenge the last few years has been time, because I have been the main caregiver for my parents as well as running my business (I know time is at a premium for everyone!)  One of the biggest assets has been Loyobo! I can walk in 5 minutes so no excuses there! But mainly because it is such a positive place to be with an exceptional community and so many great people.  The climate that Courtney has nurtured here is wonderful, physically, emotionally and mentally so I can cover a lot of my needs and goals in one place.


How has your life changed since becoming a member of Loyobo FIT?

I just feel better, I am already stronger and more aware of my body but I also feel better about myself for actually showing up to classes!


What is your favourite memory or achievement of your time at Loyobo FIT?

So far my best achievement is that I can now lift my shoulder blades off the floor when doing crunches!!  Wouldn’t it be something if I also learn how to ‘shimmy’ my shoulders in Zumba!

What advice would you give to someone just starting their health and fitness journey?

Join Loyobo.

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What is your favourite class and why?

My favourite class is mind and body unwind, it is like an hour of heaven, time I really feel just for me (not to say it is not challenging, especially the mind unwind), but I come away feeling so good, and taller too??


What is your biggest dream?

Kindness

Anything else you would like to share?

I would just like to express my gratitude to Courtney and Lori and Jen for what they offer everyone, and how they offer it.  I have never been to a fitness group that is so fun and kind and supportive. To have this type of atmosphere to come to is just perfect.


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Congratulations Kelli! You deserve this moment in the spotlight as we celebrate the awesomeness that is YOU. THANK YOU for being vulnerable and open to sharing your story and for reminding us that we need to prioritize putting ourselves first - even when we have busy schedules! We can’t pour from an empty cup, so especially if we have family members that need us it is important to always take care of ourselves and make sure we are doing what makes us feel good. We are seriously so proud of you and feel so lucky to have you as part of our Loyobo Family!

Feeling inspired? You could be our next Member of the Month! Try a class today or join us for our Open House Event on April 23-26, 2019 to try up to 2 classes FREE! And make sure to say hi if you see Kelli around the studio!

See you all again soon!
- Courtney

Meet Karissa - Our March Member of the Month!

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Hello everyone!

Welcome to another edition of our Member of the Month series, where we feature some of the amazing people who are part of our Loyobo FIT family. We think it is important to share their stories to help inspire others and to celebrate their amazing accomplishments!

This month, our member is Karissa Lawrenson, who is one of our VIP members and regularly attends a wide variety of classes, but her favourite is definitely Body Sculpt & Sweat! Karissa has been with us since the very beginning (2 years next month!) and was a participant in our 2019 Loyobo Challenge, which ends on March 16th.

We have seen so much progress over the last 6 weeks with Karissa and we have been so proud to watch her have some very powerful mindset shifts regarding how she views her body, how she defines success, and learning how to love the skin that she is in!

Karissa is an example of what can happen when you are not willing to give up and when you are brave enough to recommit and reapply yourself, even when it isn’t convenient or easy to do so! We love having her as part of our morning crew and feel so incredibly lucky to have had her support along the way as Loyobo has grown and as we have learned and figured ourselves out. We absolutely adore you and cannot express our gratitude, Karissa! We truly think you are awesome.

This month, Karissa, we celebrate YOU! We cannot wait to see what comes next in your journey. Thank you for being a part of our family and for sharing your story with us!


How long have you been coming to Loyobo FIT and what initially inspired you to try a class?

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I have been coming to Loyobo FIT … since before it was Loyobo! I started when Courtney first offered classes out of a rental space downtown (April 2017). My friend (and workout buddy) Sarah told me about the super energetic fitness instructor (that’d be Courtney :) who was starting her own business and was going to offer classes a few times a week. It was close to my work and my workout buddy was doing the classes too, so it was a win-win! I was also ready for a change in my exercise routine, so I thought I would try - I was hooked from there.

I was happy when Loyobo opened at their current space - it is a quick 5 minute drive to the studio from my house (and - thankfully - has significantly fewer stairs than her downtown studio did!).

What are your top 3 health and fitness goals?

My top 3 goals changed slightly after doing the Loyobo Challenge. Now, they are:

1. Be consistent with my exercise (that was always - and still is - my #1)

2. Eat mindfully (eat healthy but still enjoy life)

3. Focus on how I feel rather than the numbers on the scale.

What is one of the challenges or fear that you have faced in your health/fitness journey? What have you found most helpful in working to overcome it?

Food, and my relationship with it. Overindulging and feeling guilty about it, depriving myself and being hungry - ugh! I have found that listening to my body cues and eating more mindfully has helped. I also think more about what I am eating - if I am offered something sweet but it isn’t something I really like or enjoy, I keep that in mind and decline. However, if it is something I love and I know it is worth it, I enjoy it (aka - pecan pie, pumpkin pie, rhubarb pie … essentially anything in pie form. :)

Karissa rocking a high five plank with Kurt!

Karissa rocking a high five plank with Kurt!

How has your life changed since becoming a member of Loyobo FIT?

Physically, my body has changed. It was gradual, but I eventually noticed that consistent exercise was helping (who knew! ;) Exercising has become a routine and not something I do on and off - I can’t imagine starting a weekend without the Saturday morning class.

What is your favourite memory or achievement of your time at Loyobo FIT?

My favourite achievement is that I reached one of my Challenge goals, which was my #1 goal - develop a more consistent exercise routine. I’ve always liked exercising, but disliked afternoon or evening workouts - at that point it always felt like another chore to do. I decided I would commit to the 6:30 am workouts on Wednesdays and turned that into a habit. Now I have started coming to the Monday 6:30 am class. Do I love getting up for a 6:30 am class? No - who does?! But I love the way I feel the rest of the day for having done it. I just make sure I set my alarm with the exact amount of time to get ready and drive to the studio - I’m halfway there before my mind has fully realized what is happening and how early it is!

What advice would you give to someone just starting their health and fitness journey?

Find what works for you and take it one step at a time.

What is your favourite class and why?

My favorite studio classes are the Saturday and weekday morning Sculpt and Sweat - I like a lot of bang for my buck, so I like the full body workout offered, the option to increase my intensity and challenge myself, and the variety in the workouts. I especially like the “sneaky exercise” games we play at the Saturday class:) I also love the outdoor classes and am looking forward to them again in nicer weather.

What is your favourite healthy snack?

My go-to snack is apples slices and peanut butter

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Congratulations Karissa! You deserve this moment in the spotlight as we celebrate the awesomeness that is YOU. THANK YOU for being vulnerable and open to sharing your story and for reminding us that consistency and patience is where we will find success. There is value in showing ourselves kindness and staying committed to our goals, even when life makes it hard sometimes! We are seriously so proud of you and feel so lucky to have you as part of our Loyobo Family!

Feeling inspired? You could be our next Member of the Month! All you need to do is take the first step on your journey, just like Karissa did two years ago! Try a class today and make sure to say hi if you see her around the studio!

See you all again soon!

-Courtney


Meet Jenn - Our February Member of the Month!

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Hello everyone!

Welcome to another edition of our Member of the Month series, where we feature some of the amazing people who are part of our Loyobo FIT family. We think it is important to share their stories to help inspire others and to celebrate their amazing accomplishments!

This month, our member is Jenn Kirk, who is one of our Move Your Body members and regularly attends a wide variety of classes, but her favourite is definitely Tone & Flex! We have seen so much change and progress in Jenn since her first class in August 2018. She is an absolute inspiration, oozing kindness, love and such a wonderful energy into our studio and towards other members.

Jenn’s journey is about finding a safe space to learn to love her body without judgement. It is about finding her strength and overcoming her own fears of joining a gym! She is an inspiration to the powerful things that can happen if you allow yourself to be vulnerable and open to new opportunities.

This month, Jenn, we celebrate YOU! We cannot wait to see what comes next in your journey. Thank you for being a part of our family and for sharing your story with us!


How long have you been coming to Loyobo FIT and what initially inspired you to try a class?

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I first joined Loyobo FIT in August when I moved to Guelph. My motivation for the gym is low so I researched fitness classes where someone can tell me what to do and there is a set schedule to follow. I read such amazing things online about Loyobo FIT, that the gym is non-judgmental and let me tell you it is!

What are your top 3 health and fitness goals?

  1. To build a toned body with muscle gain

  2. To increase duration of cardio movement

  3. To create fun in the word fitness


What is one of the challenges that you have faced in your health/fitness journey? What have you found most helpful in working to overcome it?

I have always had a skinny body and sometimes get weird looks or comments “you don’t need to workout” and it is discouraging, feeling like you don’t belong somewhere just because the body type I cannot control. People believe they are giving you some sort of compliment but it affects you in the total opposite way. Loyobo FIT is a gym for all, and I have never experienced a feeling of not belonging: people are friendly and everyone is encouraged to embrace their own journey! Being in the Loyobo environment has been helpful to overcome my fear of not belonging in a gym because everyone is encouraged to love your body at every stage of fitness!

How has your life changed since becoming a member of Loyobo FIT?

I notice the changes in my body! I gained muscle that I have never gained before. I also noticed I am excited to have routine in my week and be a part of a community outside my working day feels purposeful.

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What is your favourite memory or achievement of your time at Loyobo FIT?

We did a fitness challenge and I planked for a total of 3 minutes! I earned bragging rights for this one!


What advice would you give to someone just starting their health and fitness journey?

LOVE YOUR BODY! We all start at different stages and we all have a different purpose however that doesn’t mean we can all enjoy the exact same class! Being honest is the best way to gain change, hiding how you feel just keeps everything under the covers. Embrace what you are trying to change in yourself for the better!


What is your favourite class and why?

Tone and Flex! It is a great way to gain muscle and being a regular to this class is exciting when you choose a higher volume of weight and realize your gaining muscle before your eyes! I like the change in repetition of motion, keeps things painful - in a good way!


What is your favourite inspirational quote?

I asked my boyfriend to give me an inspirational quote. He came up with: “if you want to be big and strong eat your sandwiches.”


Anything else you would like to share?

Thanks for the recognition in my fitness journey!


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Congratulations Jenn! You deserve this moment in the spotlight as we celebrate the awesomeness that is YOU. THANK YOU for being vulnerable and open to sharing your story and for reminding us that we ALL have a story deserving of compassion and respect. All bodies are beautiful and we all have our own journey to find what health means for us. We are seriously so proud of you and feel so lucky to have you as part of our Loyobo Family!

Feeling inspired? You could be our next Member of the Month! All you need to do is take the first step on your journey, just like Jenn. Try a class today and make sure to say hi if you see her around the studio!

See you all again soon!

-Courtney

Meet Shari - Our January Member of the Month!

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Hello everyone!

Welcome to another edition of our Member of the Month series, where we feature some of the amazing people who are part of our Loyobo FIT family. We think it is important to share their stories to help inspire others and to celebrate their amazing accomplishments!

This month, our member is Shari Wiseman, who is one of our Move Your Body members and regularly attends a wide variety of classes, but her favourite is definitely Body Sculpt & Sweat! She is also part of our early morning crew, joining us at 6:30am despite adamantly vowing she is not a morning person. We are always impressed, that is for sure.

Shari’s journey is about making the commitment to self-care and to prioritizing your own health, despite a busy family and career life, and multiple injuries! She is an inspiration to overcoming setbacks and continuing to push towards your goals!

This month, Shari, we celebrate YOU! We cannot wait to see what comes next in your journey. Thank you for being a part of our family and for sharing your story with us!


How long have you been coming to Loyobo FIT and what initially inspired you to try a class?

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“I have been coming to Loyobo FIT for about a year. I came to try out a class with a friend and it was great. I also saw the outdoor classes at Exhibition Park, which looked like a lot of fun and I loved the idea of exercising outside. It was also very conveniently located for me.”

What are your top 3 health and fitness goals?

1. Create consistent exercise and eating habits to stay healthy

2. Increase my strength and endurance

3. Lose Weight

What is one of the challenges that you have faced in your health/fitness journey? What have you found most helpful in working to overcome it?

“Two weeks after starting to work out with Courtney, I fell and shattered my elbow. Courtney was amazing - she checked in at my 2 week post-surgery mark to see if I was up for a light workout. Then she came to my house a couple times a week during my recovery and modified all of the exercises so I could still stay active. She even practiced moves at home using one arm to see if they could work for me! I do believe keeping me active during this time helped speed up my recovery and build strength back in my arm.”

Shari and her son, Ben, who won first place at our Summer Loyobo FIT Games last August!

Shari and her son, Ben, who won first place at our Summer Loyobo FIT Games last August!


How has your life changed since becoming a member of Loyobo FIT?

“I love the small group classes and supportive environment of Loyobo FIT. Courtney and the other members are very encouraging. I don’t ever feel judged when I’m there. Courtney keeps me accountable and I have been working out more consistently since becoming a member.”

What is your favourite memory or achievement of your time at Loyobo FIT?

“Being able to do plank again after breaking my arm! Also, surviving my first and only Zumba class!”


What is your favourite class and why?

“I love the Saturday morning Body Sculpt classes. They is always a lot of variety and they are a lot of fun. I like the group work as working with others keeps me motivated.”


What advice would you give to someone just starting their health and fitness journey?

“Jump in and try a class! You will love the supportive, non-judgmental environment that Courtney and her colleagues offer.”

What is your favourite healthy snack?

“Spinach, Banana, Peanut butter smoothie!”


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Congratulations Shari! You deserve this moment in the spotlight as we celebrate all of your amazing accomplishments and perseverance. THANK YOU for showing us the type of amazing things that can happen when you are committed to yourself, are willing to try new things, and make the choice to remain positive, no matter what. We are seriously so proud of you and feel so lucky to have you as part of our Loyobo Family!

Feeling inspired? You could be our next Member of the Month! All you need to do is take the first step on your journey, just like Shari. Try a class today and make sure to say hi if you see her around the studio!

See you all again soon!

-Courtney

Meet Jeff - Our November Member of the Month!

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Hello everyone!

Welcome to another edition of our Member of the Month series, where we feature some of the amazing people who are part of our Loyobo FIT family. We think it is important to share their stories to help inspire others and to celebrate their amazing accomplishments!

This month, our member is Jeff Wilson (aka - Mr. November), who is one of our VIP members and regularly attends a wide variety of classes, including Tone & Flex, Body Sculpt & Sweat, and Power Tabata. His journey showcases the power of perseverance, patience and self-belief.

In February 2018, his wife Lori convinced him to try his first Body Sculpt class, which didn’t feel like the right fit. In March, she once again pushed him to try a class again: this time, Mind/Body Unwind which ended up being a hit! He began coming a few times a month. Getting to know the other members, the instructor, and slowly opening himself up to the possibility of exploring new fitness and class options.

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In August, however, something changed. Jeff started trying new classes like our Outdoor Bootcamp and Tone & Flex. A few times a month turned into a few classes every week! We have watched him make the choice to commit to himself, to turn desire into action, and to push outside of his comfort zone. He has become a huge part of our community, connecting with others and especially encouraging other male members to try more classes!

We could not be more proud and filled with excitement for Jeff and everything he has accomplished. It was a no-brainer to make him our first member of the month in our new studio space.

He is an example of what can happen when you put your health as a priority and incorporate movement as a positive aspect of your daily routine.

This month, Jeff, we celebrate YOU! We cannot wait to see what comes next in your journey. Thank you for being a part of our family and for sharing your story with us!


 How long have you been coming to Loyobo FIT and what initially inspired you to try a class?

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Jeff & his wife + workout buddy, Lori.

“My Wife had been going to Loyobo FIT for the better part of a year and was trying to get me to come out for a class, after my first class (Mind/Body Unwind) I was hooked and slowly started going to more classes. Now I am up to 4-5 classes a week and loving every second of it!”

What are your top 3 health and fitness goals?

1 - Establish a healthy lifestyle that revolves around regular workouts, clean eating  and a
positive mental attitude.

2-  Hit my overall weight loss goal.

3 - Run 5km and be able to do at least one pull up before my 30th birthday.”


What is one of the challenges that you have faced in your health/fitness journey? What have you found most helpful in working to overcome it?

“The biggest challenge I have had in my health/fitness journey has always been weight loss and self confidence. What has helped is reminding myself that everyone progresses at a different rate and you have to find what works for you specifically rather than what someone says is supposed to work for your body.”


How has your life changed since becoming a member of Loyobo FIT?

“Since becoming a Loyobo FIT member I have seen massive improvements in both my fitness as well as my attitude toward everything in life. My confidence has gone up and I have learned to embrace fitness as a staple in my life.”

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What is your favourite memory or achievement of your time at Loyobo FIT?

“Being able to come to 4-5 workouts a week! When I first started I had to force myself to workout once a week, Now I look forward to workouts and even try to squeeze in mini workouts while I’m working on the computer or cleaning the house.”


What advice would you give to someone just starting their health and fitness journey?

“I would tell them this. You have to be willing to put in the effort to make changes. It will take a long time before you start to see differences, but if you are willing to stick with it and embrace the journey then you will be rewarded with results.”


What is your favourite class and why?

“Tone and Flex is definitely my favorite class. Lifting weights is always fun and combining that with highers reps as well as slowed reps makes for a great workout! Your arms and legs will hate you when your done :) “


What is your favourite inspirational quote?

“Dead Set On Living, Dead Set On Life” - Liam Cormier (Cancer Bats lead singer)

Anything else you would like to share?

“I would just like to say the biggest THANK YOU to Courtney and Loyobo FIT for helping me with my fitness journey and giving me the self confidence that I now have in my life! I couldn't imagine my life without Loyobo FIT and everything that brings with it.”


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Congratulations Jeff! You deserve this moment in the spotlight as we celebrate your Mr.November status. THANK YOU for showing us the type of amazing things that can happen when you are willing to be try hard, be open to the journey, and show yourself forgiveness. We are seriously so proud of you!

Feeling inspired? You could be our next Member of the Month! All you need to do is take the first step on your journey, just like Jeff. Try a class today and make sure to say hi if you see him around the studio!

See you all again soon!

-Courtney


Meet Morgan - Our July Member of the Month!

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Hello everyone!

Welcome to another editon of our Member of the Month series, where we feature some of the amazing people who are part of our Loyobo FIT family. We think it is important to share their stories to help inspire others and to celebrate their amazing accomplishments!

This month, our member is Morgan Baker, who is one of our VIP members and regularly attends a wide variety of classes, including Tone & Flex, Mind/Body Unwind and Zumba. Morgan's journey has been an exciting one.

In February 2018, she tried her first Mind/Body Unwind class. This gentle, low impact class was a perfect fit and introduction into movement. Over the last 5 months, we have watched Morgan gradually push outside of her comfort zone: trying more and more new classes, taking on new challenges, and working to incorporate more movement into her life!  

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Watching her progress has been amazing and, quite frankly, inspiring. Her confidence now shines through during class and we know that she is going to have such a bright future ahead of her! We cannot wait to see what she accomplishes.  

We are so excited to celebrate Morgan this month! We love her kind energy, joyful laugh and fearless attitude. She deserves a huge round of applause for her dedication and progress towards her health and fitness goals.  

So, without further ado, we are pleased to introduce you to Morgan!

How long have you been coming to Loyobo FIT and what initially inspired you to try a class?

"I’ve been coming to LOYOBO Fit since February (I think?). The first class I attended was during the free week, and I loved it and was looking for more activity in my life and LOYOBO fit right in."

What are your top 3 health and fitness goals?

"I want to feel strong, build confidence, and be energized in my life!"

What is one of the challenges that you have faced in your health/fitness journey? What have you found most helpful in working to overcome it?

"I have an autoimmune disease that often leaves me uncomfortable and fatigued, and makes activity and exercise really challenging sometimes. I had gotten to a point in my health where even so much as going up a flight of stairs would leave me winded and tired, and being so out of shape discouraged me from pursuing activity of any type.

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I found that starting at Loyobo Fit in the Mind/Body Unwind class was a great way to ease myself into fitness classes. It was the first step I needed to make to start changing my lifestyle and bring health and fitness into it."

How has your life changed since becoming a member of Loyobo FIT?

"I definitely feel stronger already, and I can see change in my body. I feel more energized and active and ready to take on the world!"

Can you describe one of your favourite achievements or #Loyobo moments?

"My first Tone & Flex class was really rough for me. I got very dizzy and light headed and had to sit out for half the class. Courtney was really cool and checked up on me, but it was kind of embarrassing anyways. This was really typical for me when I would over exert myself before. Recently, I did 2 classes back to back, gave it my all, and sweated a storm. Not once did I feel light headed or weak. It was a moment when I realized how much my health has already improved."

What advice would you give to someone just starting their health and fitness journey?

"You do you! Take the high paced cardio classes if you’re looking for fun, take the relaxing stretching classes if you want something slower! Whatever you do, whatever you try, it’s a step in the right direction!"

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What is your favourite class? (And why?)

"My favourite class is Zumba. It’s so much fun, and makes me excited to work out!"

We are so happy to have Morgan as part of our Loyobo FIT family and look forward to seeing what comes next in her journey to health! Congratulations Morgan and THANK YOU for showing us the type of amazing things that can happen when you are willing to be open, vulnerable, and step outside of your comfort zone. We are seriously so proud of you!

Feeling inspired? You could be our next Member of the Month! All you need to do is take the first step on your journey, just like Morgan. Try a class today and make sure to say hi if you see her around the studio!

See you all again soon!

-Courtney

Meet Judy - Our June Member of the Month!

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Hello everyone!

Welcome to another editon of our Member of the Month series, where we feature some of the amazing people who are part of our Loyobo FIT family. We think it is important to share their stories to help inspire others and to celebrate their amazing accomplishments!

This month, our member is Judy Keheler, who is one of our VIP members and regularly attends a wide variety of classes, including Tone & Flex, Strong by Zumba and Body Sculpt & Sweat. Judy turned 60 this year and used it as an opportunity to make the choice to re-commit to herself and her health.  We are so happy she did because it has been so awesome to get to know this amazing woman and see her progress. 

We are so excited to celebrate Judy this month! We love her energy and sass (especially when Courtney is making her do burpees) and are constantly amazed at her strength, as well as her willingness to push herself to try new things outside of her comfort zone. She deserves a huge round of applause for her dedication and progress towards her health and fitness goals.  

So, without further ado, we are pleased to introduce you to Judy!

1. How long have you been coming to Loyobo FIT and what initially inspired you to try a class?

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Going on my 3rd month. I tried Zumba with Courtney at a Ladies Night event with Fun Fearless Females.

2. What are your top 3 health and fitness goals?

To become fit, healthy and lose weight.

3. What is one of the challenges that you have faced in your health/fitness journey?

I find it very hard to get down in my weight and maintain it. I also find it difficult consistently getting to workouts more.

 4. What have you found most helpful in working to overcome it?

Keeping up and just trying and working harder.

5. How has your life changed since becoming a member of Loyobo FIT?

Well, I feel good after my workout. If I'm down or frustrated it picks me up.

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6. What is your favourite memory or achievement of your time at Loyobo FIT?

I think it is pretty good that I do my best to keep up witht the younger ladies! At least I do my very best to. :)

7. What advice would you give to someone just starting their health and fitness journey?

Try Zumba, its fun and it's not like working out!

8. What is your biggest dream?

To be healthy and in good shape in my old age.

 

We are so happy to have Judy as part of our Loyobo FIT family and look forward to seeing what comes next in her journey to health! Congratulations Judy and THANK YOU for being the awesome lady that you are. 

Feeling inspired? You could be our next Member of the Month! All you need to do is take the first step on your journey, just like Judy. Join us for our FREE WEEK today, which starts June 4 and runs until June 10th. First time participants can try up to 10 classes FREE (once per format). 

See you all again soon!

-Courtney

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Meet Kathy - March's Member of the Month!

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Hello everyone!

Welcome to another editon of our Member of the Month series, where we feature some of the amazing people who are part of our Loyobo FIT family. We think it is important to share their stories to help inspire others and to celebrate their amazing accomplishments!

This month, our member is Kathy Rawson, who is one of our VIP members and regularly attends a wide variety of classes, including Tone & Flex, Strong by Zumba and Body Sculpt & Sweat. While she hates burpees, she loves working on her core strength and using fitness not only to feel better about herself, but also to manage diabetes. 

We are so excited to celebrate Kathy this month! We think that she is absolutely incredible and deserves a huge round of applause for her dedication and progress towards her health and fitness goals. Just look at her posture! Her confidence is absolutely beautiful.

So, without further ado, we are pleased to introduce you to Kathy!

 

1. How long have you been coming to Loyobo FIT and what initially inspired you to try a class?

"I've going since around April 2017.What initially inspired me to get back to working out is my husband. He became very ill at a young age and I almost lost him. It made me realize that I needed to take my health more seriously."

2. What are your top 3 health and fitness goals?  

"Keep my diabetes in check, stay in shape and eat healthy."

3. What do you find challenging in your health/fitness journey? What have you found most helpful in working to overcome it?

"Most challenging for me is the up and down movements when working out and I tend to get light headed and my heart rate gets really high. So far I have not been able to overcome this, but Courtney provides me with modifications to help reduce the effects."

4. How has your life changed since becoming a member of Loyobo FIT?

"I have more energy, sleeping a little better and I am in better shape and more toned."

5. What is your favourite memory or achievement of your time at Loyobo FIT?

"My favourite achievement is that I have been able to reduce my insulin intact from my workouts which in turn will make me healthier in the years to come."

6. What advice would you give to someone just starting their health and fitness journey?

"Don't give up, it seems very hard at first but when you start feeling better and start see the results of all your hard work it is well worth it."

7. What is your favourite inspirational quote?  

"Be Bold, Be Brave, Be You"

8. What is your favourite healthy snack?

"Celery and peanut butter!"

9. What is your biggest dream?

"To retire and travel in a RV south during winter months."

10. Anything else you would like to share?

"I really enjoy my workouts at Loyobo Fit.  I have always struggled with self esteem issues and social interactions. Courtney’s classes have a great atmosphere. Friendly, outgoing, motivational and the right amount of push to help you reach your goals."

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We are so incredibly proud of Kathy's dedication to her health and are so happy to have her as part of our Loyobo FIT family! She always brings such a warm energy to class and is so welcoming and friendly to everyone who walks through our doors. Congratulations Kathy! We can't wait to see where your fitness journey takes you next and look forward to many more workouts with you in the future. 

Come meet Kathy and the rest of the crew by trying your first class today! You never know where your journey will take you: all you have to do is take the first step. 

That first step might be entering our Class Pass Giveaway, where you can win a 5 class pass completely free! All you have to do is click here to enter. The giveaway is open until March 30, 2018 and there are three prizes up for grabs. 

Do something today that your future self will be thankful for and who knows - you might be our Member of the Month soon! 

Thank you so much Kathy! <3

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