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Beachbody Before and After Success Story: Kimberly Hogan

14 Jun

How do you sum up a best friend? Here’s my shot at it in 140 characters:

Wife. Mom of 2. Commercial Leasing Agent. Former Police Officer. Faith Driven. Classically Trained Vocalist. Mom on a Mission. Success Story!

I’ll let Kimberly tell her own story…there are some “Awww, shucks!” moments in here that make me thankful for a friend like her! Get ’em girl! You look great! I’m so proud of you.

WHO IS KIMBERLY?

My name is Kimberly Hogan, and I work full time doing Commercial Leasing and reside in MI, with my husband, Joe, of 5 years. Joe is a Police Officer, and we met in the Police Academy. Before we had children, I was a police officer too…you can call me a “former” 🙂 We have 2 BEAUTIFUL children. My little boy is sweet, compassionate, outgoing, conversational, and rugged. And well, my little girl who will be 2 in July is my shot of life – a firecracker with the greatest personality. She is a goofball who is super girlie and she goes after what she wants…NOTHING stands in her way. Guess you could say she reminds me of myself a bit!

I am a part of a large family, so I always knew having a family was a must in my life. Along with the importance of my family and my faith in Christ, is my passion and sisterly bond with the FRIENDS who are closest to me. I’ve always heard, “You are the 5 people you surround yourself with the most.” Christina is my best friend and we inspire each other in different ways. Who doesn’t want a best friend who makes you WANT to be better? We’ve known each other for a little over 3 years and this is about the time I started my fitness journey. Christina was a big part of that. She’s the sister I never had (no, literally, I have 2 brothers and have always wanted a sister!)

To sum up my “Who are you?” I have a long list of folks that I love. They’re the first part of who I am. But more importantly, I’m something to someone and want to be the driving force in their life that makes them a better them.

KIMBERLY’S FITNESS JOURNEY

Before and After Insanity - Success Story Kimberly Hogan

I started using Beachbody products because the key to squashing skepticism is actually doing what you’re talking about doing. I figured with Beachbody products, the proof is in the pudding, so why not give it a shot? With my 5’10 tall frame, I can EASILY mask weight gain. After having 2 children, I didn’t feel like a spring chicken anymore. Enter Insanity, Shakeology, Insanity: The Asylum, Energy and Endurance, and Results and Recovery. I choose higher interval workouts, because I knew from my Police Academy training that my body responds much better to in-your-face, drowning-in-a-pool-of-sweat workouts. Mix that with a great meal replacement shake, you have yourself a success.

MOTIVATE US KIMBERLY!

First and foremost, the biggest thing that was always nagging my mind was my “stop and go” fitness. Who hasn’t experienced that awfulness? An example of this is: you start off with great motivation and great intentions, only to find it dwindling down a few weeks later. The worst part? Most likely you didn’t just fall off the wagon, you face planted off that wagon.

Side View - Insanity Results

For me, what finally pushed me to my breaking point in my success was forming a CHALLENGE GROUP. I had a group of 5 people, ALSO doing Insanity and Shakeology, who had the same goal as me. I was the leader. They were watching me. That was it for me. I wanted to be the one walking around in a bikini this summer and not have to suck in my gut.

I wanted to create MY victory. And I did. I want it for everyone else too. No one makes your victory happen except for YOU. You can stare at the success stories, and read reviews on products for hours. The main ingredient most people are missing is the constant DRIVE. I’m just like every other mother out there wanting to create something GOOD for themselves. It wasn’t easy. It took hours of blood, sweat, tears, and planning, but every time I felt the need to quit, skip a day, eat pizza, I went back to my original WHY.

What’s Your WHY? I encourage you to find it!

Back Side - Insanity Results

And one classic shot!

Classic Pose - After Insanity Results

Want to be my next success story? Join me today!

Christina Volk began teaching group exercise classes and workingout while in college. She obtained a Bachelors of Science degree in Exercise Science from Central Michigan University in December 1999. She worked as a Fitness Consultant, Personal Trainer and Group Exercise Coordintor for a massive corporate fitness center; Dominos Farms in Ann Arbor, MI for 4 years. After experiencing success personally using the Beachbody programs, she became an Independent Beachbody Coach and started her fitness consulting business in April 2009. Currently she helps others achieve their fitness goals by leading them to the programs that will best match their needs. She is also a certified TurboKick instructor.

Insanity Before & After Results

22 May

When I last checked in with you guys we were going through the trenches of starting Insanity once again and those Fit Tests. Who can ever forget those fit tests? Did you complete it with me? I’d love to know your stats!

Just because I’m a fitness professional doesn’t mean I’m off the hook of accountability and frankly, it pushes me harder knowing others are doing it with me and then waiting to see my results. I’m here to report in. Here is my Insanity Before and After Results Pictures!

Christina Volk – Program: Insanity (Round 2)

Christina Volk - Before Insanity Christina Volk - After Insanity
Exercise Day 15 Day 30 Day 60
Switch Kicks 61 66 67
Power Jacks 55 61 66
Power Knees 107 122 127
Power Jumps 50 74 63
Globe Jumps 13 14 14
Suicide Jumps 19 20 24
Push Up Jacks 23 27 30
Low Plank Obliques 48 60 90

And one more for kicks!

How Did You Guys Do?

Let me know. Email me below or post a comment!

Insanity, Turbofire, Slim in 6, Brazil Butt Lift – Before and After Results!

30 Apr

I’m constantly amazed at how fabulous all of my challenge group participants are. They never cease to go above and beyond. Not only did they push themselves by ‘Pressing Play’ everyday, but they supported the other team members in their groups and some of them even became coaches! I’m a one proud Beachbody Coach right now!

So, without further adieu, I’d like to announce four of my Challenge Group Graduates for 2012!

Kiersten Mickla – Program: Turbofire

Kiersten Mickla - Before Kiersten Mickla - After
Before After
Chest 45.5 42
Waist 47.5 41
Hips 49.5 43.5
Arms 15 13.5
Weight 219 185

Doing this challenge has giving me the willpower to succeed. Knowing that the other group members are working hard to obtain their goals pushes me to go as hard as they do. I have gained so much knowledge about nutrition and fitness and it is something that I find myself sharing with others everyday. I will continue to work hard to reach my goal even after the challenge is over.

Jocelyn Cumo – Program: Brazil Butt Lift

Jocelyn Cumo - Before Front Jocelyn Cumo - Before Side
Jocelyn Cumo - After 1 Jocelyn Cumo - After 2
Before After
Chest 37 35
Waist 32 30
Hips 40 35

I have always had this goal in the back of my head (but its pretty much always stayed there). What body type I want to be, how I want to look. This has been my first time saying I want something and sticking to it. Not only have I lost weight & inches, I gained so much wonderful muscle tone and strength.

Anyone can say they are going to go home and press play on their TV and get there workout done, but can’t you always find something else to distract you from accomplishing that goal, the group made me want to be accountable, made me want to do that work and post it. I did not want to let them down as much as I did not want to let myself down.

Cori Oliver – Program: Insanity + 2nd month Marathon Training

Cori Oliver - Before and After Insanity Results

Before After
Waist 28 27
Hips 38 36.5
Thighs 20.25 20
Weight 139.6 129.2

In April 2011 I had my 3rd baby by c-section. Shortly after childbirth and weighing the most I have ever in my life at 172 lbs in a size XL, I was able to loose all my baby weight on my own between my post-partum checkup on June 1,2011 and Thanksgiving. I did this the only way I knew how, consistant cardiovascular exercise and moderate dieting. On Thanksgiving Day 2011 I finally got in my size 8 jean and weighed around 145 lbs.

I wanted more…not necessarily a huge weight loss number, but I wanted to flatten my beat up abdominal muscles. My challenge started January 2012. At first I had no idea of which workout video to claim as my own because I had never done a workout video in my life! Exercise to me was all cardio, and there was nothing else, period. It took me a few weeks, a little trial and error, before I finally settled with INSANITY. Although it was difficult, it was easy to follow, and I found myself sweating like never before. I have finished my 60 days of INSANITY and now have good defination in my abdominal muscles. I have also gained noticeable back muscle defination.

My jean size shrank from a size 8 to a size 4 and I can honestly say now I buy smalls instead of extra large:)

Beachbody, and my personal coach, Christina Massey Volk, have taught me there is more to exercise than cardio! Despite the fact I still consider myself primarily a runner, I will continue to use beachbody videos to crosstrain and to hopefully one day turn my new “four pack” post c-section abs to a full “6 pack” post c-section abs! I will also continue to drink Shakeology daily, because I honestly believe it has been a contributing factor to my success…not to mention it tastes good and is super good for you! Why would I give that up?

Cheryl Gorski – Program: Slim in 6 + Insanity

Cheryl Gorski - Slim in 6 + Insanity
Cheryl Gorski - After

Before After
Waist 32 28
Hips 38 35
Chest 36 33
Weight 128 118

I really wanted to do Insanity, but didn’t feel I was fit enough to dive right into it, so I did Slim in 6, worked out on my elliptical trainer, and about once a week did an Insanity workout. The next month I plunged into Insanity and I haven’t looked back! I lost 10 pounds, 4 inches off my waist, 3 inches off my chest and 3 inches off my hips. I also went from wearing a tight size 10 to a loose size 6! I’ve got more energy and I feel and look stronger. As the mother of 3 small children, it hasn’t always been easy finding time for my workouts and eating right, but the payoff has been so worth it! I saw some friends tonight that I had not seen in several months and they gave me so many compliments on my new look. One of them is even interested in trying Shakeology! This is only the start of my fitness journey and I couldn’t be happier!

 

I’m SO proud of my challenge graduates you see here as well as the others that aren’t highlighted. I couldn’t have asked for a more willing group of participants. They stuck with it and are now reaping the benefits and seeing fabulous results. While they aren’t finished (none of us are!) they now know what needs to happen to maintain their healthy lifestyles. Are you ready for a challenge?

Let me know your thoughts! Comment or leave me a message! 🙂

Insanity Fit Test – My Results

18 Mar

Another day, another blog, another round of Insanity! That’s right. I’m doing it again. One of the things I love most about the Insanity program is the fit test. It allows you to track your progress on more than just a body measurement scale. You can actually see how much more fit you become over the length of doing the program. While I’ve done this before, I know there is always room to improve. So here I go.

Those of you who haven’t taken the test can see what I’m talking about by downloading a free Insanity Fit Test Journal. I’ve included a link, so you can view and download this journal to help you with these exercises and track your results.

DOWNLOAD IT HERE

Have you already taken the Insanity fit test? What were your results? Please leave a comment as I’d love the extra motivation and also a bit of competition, if you’re willing! 🙂

Here are my results for the first round. I have 3 more to take until I finish the program. Anyone want to join me?

Date: 3/14/12

Switch kicks = 61
power jacks = 55
power knees = 107
power jumps = 50
Globe jumps = 13
Suicide jumps = 19
Push ups jacks = 23
Low plank obliques = 48

C-Section Survivors: Turn Flab into Fabulous Abs

3 Feb

Greetings fellow mamas out there!  I know what you’re thinking right now. You’re dreaming about bikini-ready washboard abs that you once called your stomach.  Are you screaming at the computer, “I want my abs back!”?  I hear you and I know exactly how you feel!

CHECK OUT MY VIDEO ON C-Section to 6-Pack

This isn’t just about c-sections ladies; I’m talking to any woman who has gone through a pregnancy. Bellies tend to look a lot like deflated balloons that got in a fight and lost! Never fear, your 6-pack is near!

Who Am I?

My name is Christina Volk; I’m a Fitness Coach, Independent Beachbody Coach, a proud mommy of 2 girls, and a wife to an amazing husband.  I have a B.S. degree in Exercise Science, which is great, but unless I apply it to my own life and share my knowledge with others, it truly does me no good. Lots of people promise results, but who better to take your hand and walk with you through this journey than someone who has actually done it? I’ve had the flab, the gut, the mommy pudge (you can see below!) and now I have my 6-pack, the best abs I’ve ever had. Now, I’m returning the favor and helping moms just like you achieve their healthy lifestyle goals.

[before & after]

 I’m talking to you moms!

I CAN HELP YOU REACH YOUR FITNESS GOALS!

Connect with me by CLICKING HERE

Got Questions?

We all do! Here are some common ones I get I all the time from my clients. 

Q: I barely eat anything all day. Why can’t I lose weight?

A: That’s the problem, you need to eat and do so quite frequently. It’s called “Grazing”. The concept is to eat small healthy meals/snack every 2-3 hours which will train the body to burn more calories and create a BOOMING metabolism. Not eating causes your body to go into a starvation response which will actually cause the metabolism to slow and store the calories. 

Q: Won’t lifting heavy weights make me look like a guy?

A: MYTH. A woman’s body lacks the testosterone that a man has therefore we cannot build muscle mass like they can.  Muscle burns fat. The more muscle you have the more calories you will burn. In addition a female will have a smaller size and still be able to weigh more than another woman because muscle is much more dense. Like the saying goes “Lift like a guy, look like a Godess.”

Q: Is there something I can eat that is quick and good for me?

A: If you have a blender, ice, water, 5 minutes, and Shakeology the answer is ABSOLUTELY and it tastes great!  Shakeology is a complete meal replacement shake. It supplies the body with vitamins, nutrients, digestive enzymens, probiotics, is low in sugar and 150 calories (chocolate).

Where Do You Start?

Sign me up for a 6-pack you say? Great! I’d love to help. There is no monetary commitment, but there is a commitment on your part.  A commitment to get fit and healthy again. Want to contact me?

LETS GET THIS PARTY STARTED!

To Join Christina’s Team add me as a friend by Clicking HERE!

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A Super Saturday with Shaun T!

19 Feb

WOW!  What more can I say about the amazing experience I had on Feb 12, 2011.  Myself and about 300 people (shout out to Kimberly, Jen, Kristy, Mary, Amanda, and Kim) were fortunate enough to spend a saturday morning in Columbus OH where we were inspired, educated, motivated and wow’d by Tommy Mygrant, Shaun T and Team Beachbody.

The fantastic trip started on Friday as Jen, Kristy, Kimberly and I jumped in the Jeep and headed south.  4 hours of driving and some Jimmy Johns for dinner later we had arrived at the hotel.  Some girl talk and a cocktail later it was time to call it a night cuz we had a date to get our butts kicked by Mr. T in the morning. The alarm clocks sounded and we jumped out of bed and got ready.  Yes, we got ready to go workout, lol.  Hair did, makeup done, cute outfits on and breakfast consumed we were ready for the epic event.

The event began at 9am with a coaching prospect talk followed by some yummy Shakeology tasting.  This was my first encounter with Greenberry.  Gotta declare that I’m sticking with Chocolate.  During the Shakeology break I had the extreme pleasure of meeting Barbie Decker.  She is someone who I have found to be very inspiring both for her physical transformation and also for her success as a coach, and there she was all the way from Texas.  Heck yeah I’m making a point to introduce myself to her and tell her I think she’s awesome.  For the record she was very nice and humble, exactly what a role model should be.

Back to the event…it also featured about 7 success stories.  People who had found financial and physical improvements in their life because of Beachbody products and coaching.  These stories are what move you.  The extreme weight loss, improved health, fulfilling their dreams, living again.  LOVED it!  After some fun, it was time for a bit of business.  It’s nice to know that a company is committed to providing you with training that will make you better.  Tommy Mygrant hosted a wonderfully funny session.  When talking about what Shakeology can do for you, I think his line “ripped and regular” will always stick, lol.  Tommy asked the best question though.  Tommy asked “is Shaun here yet?!?!”  SAY WHAT, WHERE?  Standing in the doorway, that’s where. And the crowd went wild standing up, taking pics, hoot’n and holler’n.

Shaun T (Thompson for those who don’t know) ROCKED.  He was extremely kind, funny, informative, real and motivating.  He started with Q & A and this is what he shared

  • He loves peanut M&M’s
  • First question asked “Can we see your abs?”. His response… shirt lifted.
  • His personal workouts are very much what you get with Insanity.  He doesn’t even lift weights for his legs.  Perfect form is key.
  • “Abs are made in the kitchen”. He is not on a diet plan its a lifestyle plan.
  • Don’t be afraid to tweak a menu, ever.
  • Be sure to carry snacks with you.
  • His breakfast: 8 egg whites, 1/2 cantaloupe, 2 pcs 7 grain toast, avocado
  • Beachbody questioned him being the best suited for Insanity since he was the Hip Hop Abs guy.  He was told to prove it and I think we all know he did.
  • He is passionate about kids fitness, but believes it’s the parents responsibility.

After Q & A, was workout time!!! An actual live Insanity workout with the creator.  Its hard enough when I do it in my living room now I have to do it with him in the room and 300 others too. I was just hoping I didn’t puke (I didn’t, close but didn’t).  The workout was made up on the fly.  He said he likes doing it that way cuz its harder that way.  Told you he was a nice guy, thanks for caring Shaun, lol.  Needless to say he kicked our butts.  It was hard, but also the best.  I was bent over, yelling, clapping my hands, telling myself this is a very rare opportunity so suck it up and DIG DEEPER!  After about 45 minutes of intervals, moving push ups, planks, squats, high knees and tuck jumps we were done.  I had survived.  Whats the reward for surviving…a pic with Shaun T.  It was a long line but worth the wait.  The entire event was worth it.

Only things I can say I wish had been different. I wish I had taken my copy of Insanity to get autographed or came up with something creative for him to sign. And I was hoping for apparel and gear to be for sale.  I would have loved to buy a shirt in honor of the great day spent with a great trainer, great team and especially my great friends who did it all with me.

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