Kimmi Butler

Tell me a little about yourself and your background?

Hello! My name is Kimmi, I’m 26 years old from Naples, FL. I’m a certified nutritionist and personal trainer. I started my fitness career a little over a year ago when I decided to leave my mediocre career as an accountant to become a fitness coach and entrepreneur.

What aspect of fitness do you enjoy the most?

The grit.

How long have you been into fitness?

9 years  Since I was 17 years old

How did you get into fitness?

I got into fitness when I was in high school at age 17 because my boyfriend at the time said I was skinny fat. I was never into sports growing up so I never had an athletic build, no abs etc. That really created insecurities for me because he made me feel so down for why I didn’t look a certain way. So I went to the gym so I could look better for him. I don’t regret how I started my fitness journey because soon enough it turned into me going to the gym to look better for myself; it turned into an outlet for me, a passion and now something I can’t imagine my life without.

At age 24 I was prepping for my first NPC bikini competition which lit the fire in me to go after anything no matter how terrifying it might seem.

At 25 I left my career as an accountant to become a full time fitness coach and entrepreneur and I haven’t looked back since.

Now at 26 years old, I’m enjoying what I do helping my clients become the best versions of themselves not only on the outside but the inside ️

What was a turning point for you to take it seriously?

Competing. Working out is the fun part, I loved going to the gym and lifting weights, doing classes etc. but what’s hard is dieting and dieting balls to the wall. Competing takes a lot of dedication and you don’t truly know how ridiculously hard it is both physically and mentally until you do it yourself. Competing as a whole really changed how I train and how I eat to this day. Competing also pushed me out of my comfort zone to leave my 9-5 for entrepreneurship.

How has fitness impacted your life?

My fitness journey has taught me many things in life and about myself.

  1. Know your value, and then add tax
  2. If you aren’t happy YOU CAN change the trajectory of your life. We are all in control of our own lives. Don’t go through the motions in life- we aren’t programmed robots.
  3. Follow your passions, take some risks.
  4. Don’t doubt your capabilities.
  5. Always be a student, NO ONE is an expert.
  6. Stay humble but be proud of how far you have come.
  7. Never compare yourself to someone else. Fitness isn’t about being better than someone else, it’s about being better then you used to be.

What words of advice or encouragement would you like to give to someone who is just starting out or would like to start but doesn’t know where to start?

As a woman, I know for other women it’s intimidating going to the gym and not knowing what to do or thinking others will judge you. I still feel eyes on me while I’m trying to work out. Just ignore it. Don’t give a F how you look, just get in there and do your thing. The hardest part is showing up. First step is taking action. Make yourself proud and get in there and push yourself. You’re stronger than you think!!! Second piece of advice would be to follow some sort of plan. Have a game plan when you go into the gym. Most of the time we only do what’s comfortable and that’s myself included. I feel like when I follow a plan I really push myself. Don’t go through the motions, have a game plan and execute!!

CPT/Nutritionist/Online Coach

NQ NPC Bikini competitor

Girly Gains

https://kimmibeefit.mypthub.net/buy-packages

Instagram: @kimmibeefit

 

Mary Chavez

My name is Mary Chavez, a married 38 year old woman and mother of two. Born in Guam, raised in the Midwest; moved to the Southwest and married in the Southeast, where I still reside.

Growing up, my life was ballet; I ate, drank and slept ballet. Unfortunately, the lack of moderation is likely the reason I walked away from that life at the age of 18. While I regret walking away from it, I don’t regret the path that doing so has led me on.

My fitness journey started out as a hate filled relationship but I have come to now embrace fitness and it’s become part of my everyday life. I most enjoy the idea of always having a goal when it comes to fitness. The idea of setting a goal, working towards that goal, and achieving that goal is so satisfying. In a world in which we have so little control of, having the power to dictate the outcome of my goals provides me just enough control over my life and gives me the power necessary to make it through the hurdles I encounter every day.

My fitness journey has basically been lifelong. As a young dancer, your body is your tool and your ability to perform has a direct correlation to the shape the dancer is in. Under constant scrutiny to maintain a certain body type, one does what is necessary to conform.

Following my time in ballet, my relationship with fitness continued after the birth of my first child. The majority of my initial fitness relationship was limited to cardio as my only goal at the time was to shed my pregnancy weight. The time I spent on the treadmill was fueled by the 76 lbs I gained during my pregnancy and the wedding dress I intended to fit into in the future. The goal I set out to achieve this time around was to “feel beautiful again”.

A goal, that looking back, likely was one that set out to attack the very idea of what beauty is. No matter the amount of time, the number on the scale, I still was unable to look at myself and accept who I was, regardless of size nor could I acknowledge the weight-loss accomplishments I had achieved. Eventually, that mindset beat me down to the point of severe depression. In turn, this initial relationship left a sour taste in my mouth because in my mind fitness, in that moment did nothing but break me down. In hind sight, it was the goal that led to my depression as I was striving for a number rather, and in turn was destroying myself instead of building myself up.

Today I have a great relationship with fitness and I love that it has taught me how to help myself and others. Not just in the gym, but in life. The most incredible feeling is when you see someone your helping achieve a goal that was set, that is such an incredible moment to experience! Beyond helping others, fitness has played an intricate part in how I perceive my life. It’s no longer about skinny, what weight I’m at or what size I wear instead it’s about becoming stronger, mentally and physically. Seeing myself crush my last PR on back day is more euphoric than seeing the number on the scale drop. Pressing more than the 20 year old boy next to me is more satisfying than that size 2 at Express. So for me, my fitness journey changed my life and liberated me from the stereotype of size, weight and other molds that people put females in.

So I say this to those starting out on their journey, stay positive! Changes don’t happen overnight, it takes hard work and dedication. Don’t be afraid to ask for help from others even though they may look intimidating more often than not, they’ll help you! Most importantly there will be those in your life that don’t understand why you’ve set out on this path, and that’s okay remember you’re doing for yourself, not them! Don’t let anything or anyone stop you, keep going, keep getting stronger, and most importantly always stay positive!!!

Instagram: @maryachavez

 

Fabiana Pereira Pessoa Dorea

Tell me a little about yourself and your background?

I’m the youngest of 2 and had a wonderful, active life whilst growing up in Brazil. Sports, fitness and nutrition were always a part of my life. I’m very outgoing and competitive and that lead to my interest in practicing group sports such as volleyball, basketball and soccer, but my real passion was modern dance.

Prior to pursuing my LLM degree in London in 2010, I graduated and worked as a lawyer in Brazil.My first impression when I arrived in London was how unhealthy people seemed to be in general, but specifically in the corporate environment. Not only were people living under pressure and stress, but literally digging their graves with their knives and forks. The thing is, in 2010 the awareness around wellbeing and having a healthy lifestyle was almost non-existent.

I started by slowly introducing changes around the office and showing my colleagues new ideas of easy and quick recipes (since lack of time is one of the biggest excuses for corporate people). For example, Fridays was treat day, so instead of bringing doughnuts, cakes, chocolate, which would be the norm, I would bring a flourless cinnamon banana cake. Slowly they bought the idea and further down the line I was giving them diet and exercise plans. One of my colleagues lost 15 kg!

With time I decided to create an Instagram account with my exercise and diet tips to serve as a source of motivation for those interested in taking on this lifestyle. I wanted to show that lack of time is not an excuse and if I could find time so could anyone else! After all, I am a full-time lawyer in a career transition, living by myself and undergoing a diploma as a Transformational life coach, having 10 coaches under my belt and still finding time to hit the gym and feed my social media! PHEW!

Having found purpose and meaning in helping people achieve their personal best in any area of their lives, I’m now at the turning point of putting aside my 10 years of corporate experience to dedicate myself exclusively and entirely to Life Coaching.

What aspect of fitness do you enjoy the most?

As Cliché as it may sound, fitness for me is a lifestyle. It’s such a natural part of my being that I don’t really think about it. It’s more than a habit. For me it’s a moment of joy, it’s that one hour that I present myself daily to take care of my physical body, to take care of my soul (through yoga and meditation), to treat my body with love and respect by feeding it right, to feel energetically, emotionally and physically healthy and balanced. Everyday I make this conscious choice: I wake up, I meditate, I crack on with my day, I feed my body correctly and I listen to it and then I present myself with one hour of exercise, meditation, yoga and even a massage if that’s what I need!

How long have you been into fitness and how did you get into fitness?

Fitness has always been a part of my life. I started sports at an early age (swimming when I was 4). I was severely injured at the age of 18 which really took its toll on me. I was unable to pursue my true passion of modern dancing. I had to give my body time to heal which was hard due to my active lifestyle and this led me to a new passion which is hitting the gym.

What was a turning point for you to take it seriously?

Since I was involved in competitive sports and activities, I always took it seriously but at the same time in a very fun and joyful way. However, when I was 16, I went to Australia as an exchange student for 1 year. During this year I completely neglected my body by not exercising and comfort eating. As a result I gained weight, felt emotionally drained, my self image and confidence were destroyed and I felt trapped on a vicious cycle: the more I felt bad about myself, the more I resorted to comfort food and binge eating.

When I returned to Brazil, I decided to put my life back on track and promised myself I wouldn’t revisit that dark space ever again.

How has fitness impacted your life?

Fitness and sports in general had and has a huge impact in my life. Being part of a team taught me the importance of never underestimating the adversary, the importance of discipline and respect to yourself and others.

Being a ballerina taught me about commitment and self-discipline. It taught me to listen to my body and go beyond my self-imposed ‘limitations’. It taught me that I could achieve anything I set myself for and that when body and mind works together, the sky is not the limit anymore!

Today fitness for me is a self-love practice. It’s a way I find to be kind to myself, to nurture, thank my body, my mind and my soul.

I say it to myself mentally: Thank you for being healthy and full of energy, for baring those 10 hours looking at a computer screen, now I will reward you, what is it that you feel like doing today’? As crazy as it may seem, it works, well at least for me!

What words of advice or encouragement would you like to give to someone who is just starting out or would like to start but doesn’t know where to begin?

Every journey starts with a single step. Don’t wait until you have a better understanding about fitness, don’t wait for advices and don’t wait for tomorrow, just start. Put your trainers on and go for a walk, join the gym or start by taking some classes or just turn the music up and start moving your body! Whatever your fitness level is, there’s always something for you!

Don’t compare yourself to others. We all have our own path and story. Be the author of your life. What’s YOUR story?

Associate fitness with something fun and joyful, not an obligation or chore. Start by implementing small changes in your routine. For example, instead of taking the bus to the supermarket, try walking. Something is better than nothing and I guarantee that once you start seeing the benefits of doing something truly for yourself, you will realise that nothing is as painful as staying stuck somewhere you don’t belong.

Instagram: @fabi_dorea

(W)holistic coach and Corporate lawyer

Rachel Richardson

Tell me a little about yourself and your background?

I am 21 years old, an early college grad with my bachelors in Kinesiology and Nutrition. I am currently applying to careers with a hopeful future in law enforcement. I am also a National bikini competitor and I have competed in and placed at 8 shows since 2015.

What aspect of fitness do you enjoy the most?

I love being able to help motivate others through my fitness journey. I love showing others that it’s okay to do fitness in any form and it doesn’t have to be the only part of your life you focus on!

How long have you been into fitness?

I was always in and out of the gym. I was in karate from 5-16 years old and earned my black belt at 13. I became more serious with my diet and the nutrition component in August 2014, along with more adherence to the gym (6 days a week). I would consider myself “into fitness” my entire life, but more fitness prioritized as of 2014!

How did you get into fitness?

I actually powerlifted in Spain while studying abroad before college. I loved it and once I came home to America I realized that I didn’t want to live a party lifestyle in college, I really wanted to change my body. I went away to school and started endlessly researching nutrition and exercise. I slowly and steadily lost body fat and completely transformed my physique. By the summer of 2015, I began my first competition prepped and placed top 2 when I competed that October. I fell more in love with bodybuilding than ever and it hasn’t stopped!

What was a turning point for you to take it seriously?

Studying abroad in Spain and realizing that I didn’t need to party to have fun. Once I got back to America and realized how much I wanted to change I stopped wanting and just did it!

How has fitness impacted your life?

Fitness has made me closer with so many great people. It introduced me to my loving boyfriend. It made me closer to my family. It showed me I am capable and worthy of so much. It showed me who my true friends are. Fitness has changed my life and my mindset for the better in every way possible. Without bodybuilding I would not be living the same life.

What words of advice or encouragement would you like to give to someone who is just starting out or would like to start but doesn’t know where to begin?
You are capable of so much if you simple envision it. Keep practicing discipline. There are days you won’t have the motivation but you just have to keep pushing… it will be so worthy once you prevail.

 

Instagram: @rachelricha

B.S. in Kinesiology and Nutrition

Top 10 National Bikini Competitor and @Steelfitusa Affiliate athlete