Member of the Month

Meet Sasha - 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 Sasha Sky, who is one of our VIP members. Over the course of 2019, we have loved watching Sasha come out of her shell and become a strong part of our Loyobo community. This Fall, she has stood out to our team because of her willingness to go above and beyond to help to motivate others, to hold them accountable, and to push them towards their goals - all at the same time as working towards her own! And she always did so with a smile and sense of love/kindness.

She absolutely crushed the challenge of “Beat the Month October” and we couldn’t be more proud of all her accomplishments.

This month, Sasha, we celebrate YOU! We are so grateful to know 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 sought out Loyobo FIT in March 2019, after a friend of mine had given me a free pass to another gym. At that point, fitness was completely new to me! There were things that I liked about my first experience of going to a gym but also wanted to see what other options were out there. I booked a consultation with Courtney and started with the trial membership in April. 

What are your top 3 health and fitness goals?

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Ha! But in all seriousness:

  • To move my body 3-5 times a week in different ways and intensities

  • To eat at least one vegetarian/vegan friendly meal a week to change up my proteins

  • To practice being grateful every day


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?

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I am a pretty strong introvert and can get tired of “peopling” very easily. I remember feeling incredibly hesitant to start with a gym that ONLY offered classes because it meant I would have to engage with people I didn’t know in ways that often aren’t comfortable for me (ahem - small talk).  In the beginning, just thinking of going to classes exhausted me and I didn’t want to go (especially the ones that have high attendance!). The questions that each instructor asks us in the beginning have helped me to get to know people who attend Loyobo FIT on a different level. This has helped shift my sense of belonging from just going to a gym to meeting with friends to work out; it has made classes easier to go to, because I know there’s going to be at least one person I know there. I am often excited to go to class to see which friends I’ll run into :) 

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

The most noticeable change is the way my body now moves and recovers. I’ve gone from feeling tired from one class to doing five classes in one day!  I am also appreciating how I know when my body needs movement and engage in that movement instead of ignoring my body’s desire. As a result, I also notice small things like a change in posture which is starting to change the way that I move in the world and feel like I’m seen in the world.  I often hear Courtney’s voice in my head telling me “shoulders down and back, proud chest”. 

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

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Being able to complete a full sit up from a laying down position. I didn’t think that my body was able to do that (but to be fair, I had never tried so I really didn’t know). I remember giving it a try in a class and being completely elated and surprised that my body had changed so much to make that movement possible. I don’t know if anyone else was aware of that moment, but I remember sitting there with a goofy grin on my face before lowering back down to do it again! 

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

To remember to be kind to yourself as you start on a new journey. Even with the ups and downs, the journey will be worth the work. And throw out the scale - it doesn’t reflect anything but gravitational pull on any given day. 

What is your favourite class and why? 

This is a tough one! When I first started, my favourite class were weight based because I appreciated being able to track how much weights I was lifting with different movements. Right now, I would have to say my favourite class is Sculpt and Sweat. It lives up to its name, which makes me feel like I accomplished something great, every time I finish the class. I also appreciate how it is never the same format, so I never get bored with it. 

What is your favourite healthy snack? 

Wild, Northern Ontario blueberries. They’re like happiness in little fruit form. 

Anything else you would like to share?

I’m super grateful that Courtney had a dream that has become reality. The sense of community that her dream has created is a beautiful thing to be a part of! 


Congratulations Sasha! You deserve this moment in the spotlight as we celebrate the awesomeness that is YOU. THANK YOU for including us as part of your journey and for sharing your story. We are so proud of you and are so grateful 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 or contact us to book a studio tour to find out what we are all about. And make sure to say hi if you see Sasha around the studio!

See you all again soon!
- Courtney



Meet April - Our October 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 April Tozer, who is one of our VIP members. April is known to be a source of joy in our Loyobo community! She is a kindergarten teacher who is always sharing stories and making others smile and laugh. She is always up for a challenge and helps encourage others to step outside of their comfort zone. We have so enjoyed getting to know her and be a part of her journey of self-love and health!

This month, April, we celebrate YOU! We are so grateful to know you. Thank you for being a part of our family and for sharing your story with us!


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How long have you been coming to Loyobo FIT and what initially inspired you to try a class?
I've been coming to Loyobo since March of this year. A friend of mine from out of town had been following Loyobo on social media and suggested I try a few classes.”

What are your top 3 health and fitness goals?
”To become much stronger physically. 

increase my cardio endurance. 

To develop a healthy relationship with my body and learn to love what I see in the mirror.”


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? 
Motivation. I go through phases where I go to the gym regularly. Then I use being busy as an excuse not to go, and many weeks pass before I attend the gym again. That hasn't been the case with Loyobo. I'm very motivated by competition (specifically trying to attend more classes then Mr. August) and Loyobo's supportive members and staff have helped motivate me to attend regularly.”


How has your life changed since becoming a member of Loyobo FIT?
I’m a lot stronger than I was 6 months ago. I love the baseline workouts because you can see your progression over the months. I've been attending classes regularly and I never thought I'd be a gym regular. I actually miss it when I'm unable to go...who am I?!?”

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What is your favourite memory or achievement of your time at Loyobo FIT?
Being able to do a plank for 30 seconds, and a wall sit for nearly a minute. Also, I feel pretty damn powerful when I nail those clean and presses in Tone and Flex.”

What advice would you give to someone just starting their health and fitness journey?
“Throw out your scale! That number doesn’t define you! Also, those mirrors in class aren't just for checking your form. They're for checking out your butt while giving yourself a little wink. Cause your badass!”

What is your favourite class and why?
Surprisingly, Tone and Flex!  On my studio tour, I remember telling Courtney that I didn’t like lifting weights, and preferred cardio classes. She told me she used to think the same but that she feels the most powerful when shes lifting weights. I laughed and thought she was nuts. And now here I am attending Tone and Flex twice a week. “

What is your favourite healthy snack?        “Celery and hummus”

Anything else you would like to share?
I really appreciate how welcoming the Loyobo family is. I found that other gyms had a very "get in, get it done, get out" attitude. I like coming a few minutes early before class and chatting with the other members, laughing during class, and being wished a good night by the staff before I leave. It's the little things that make the biggest difference.”


Congratulations April! You deserve this moment in the spotlight as we celebrate the awesomeness that is YOU. THANK YOU for always being such a positive presence in the studio and for including us as part of your journey. We are so proud of you and are so grateful 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 or contact us to book a studio tour to find out what we are all about. And make sure to say hi if you see April around the studio!

See you all again soon!
- Courtney

Meet Erynn - Our September 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 Erynn Wiltzen, who is one of our VIP members. It has been an absolutely joy to watch and be a part of Erynn’s journey. From her very quiet beginning, she has quickly become a pillar of our Loyobo family and community. She is always so encouraging and supportive of others, is always willing to challenge herself and try something new, and we adore her joyful smile!

This month, Erynn, we celebrate YOU! We are so grateful that you found our studio and have embraced the Loyobo way of life. 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 have been coming here since May, when i was looking for a yoga class online and stumbled across the gem that is Loyobo Fit. After meeting with Courtney i decided to try the 30 day trial, but it didn't take me that long to realize this was where I wanted to be!

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What are your top 3 health and fitness goals? 
My top three fitness goals are to be stronger, to improve my cardio endurance, and to simply maintain a healthy active lifestyle long term.

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?
My biggest challenge along my fitness journey has been staying motivated. I have been going to the gym on and off for several years but I was never able to stick to it long term. The ability to preregister for my classes, and knowing there is a consequence if I don't show up, is really helpful for me. It prevents me from getting comfy on the couch after work and deciding to stay home. The tight knit community at Loyobo also helps me to keep up my routine, having people who will notice and care if I stop showing up.

How has your life changed since becoming a member of Loyobo FIT?
Since joining Loyobo I have been more active than I ever have been long term. I still have a lot of work to do on my journey to healthy living such as learning to eat better, but I now feel like I've found a fitness routine that I can stick to, so I can focus more attention on improving my diet. My mental health has also improved so much since I joined. I never expected to find a gym like this, with so many wonderful, encouraging, supportive people. I am so grateful to have stumbled across this family.

What is your favourite memory or achievement of your time at Loyobo FIT?
My favourite memory/achievement was probably the One Year Anniversary, doing all three master classes. How could I pick just one? It was a long day but lots of fun! And I loved seeing everyone at the member party that night as well. 

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What advice would you give to someone just starting their health and fitness journey? 
My advice to someone at the start of their journey would be not to stress about what you can do now, just focus on where you want to get to! Also, don't worry about numbers on a scale. Remember, muscle weighs more than fat!

What is your favourite class and why? 

My favourite class is probably a tie between Kickboxing (punching and kicking things –need i say more?) and Zumba, because I love to dance but I'm not very good at it and Zumba makes it easy!

What is your favourite healthy snack?

My favourite healthy snack is watermelon. :)

Anything else you would like to share?

I would also like say what an honour it is to be responsible for dethroning Mr. August ;)


Congratulations Erynn! You deserve this moment in the spotlight as we celebrate the awesomeness that is YOU. THANK YOU for always being such a positive presence in the studio and for including us as part of your journey. We are so proud of you and are so grateful 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 or contact us to book a studio tour to find out what we are all about. And make sure to say hi if you see Erynn around the studio!

See you all again soon!
- Courtney


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.

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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. :)

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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?

Jeff & his wife + workout buddy, Lori.

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