"I came to Muscle Hut because I saw a Facebook post about a 6 week Metabolic kick starter program for women, I was totally intrigued. I knew I was unfit and overweight, but I wasn't doing anything about it . Sticking in a workout DVD had zero appeal to me and I knew things had to change.
My only hesitation in joining was my own insecurities. I had no desire to try to fit in to a 'cliquey' group of elite fitness pros or a group which looked at where I was starting at....and made me feel like I didn't belong. And then I joined the Muscle Hut.....and clearly all of my insecurities and preconceived ideas were tossed out the window! I was welcomed in by everyone - there were no judgements or cliques - just a ton of super friendly, encouraging and awesome people, who just wanted to do their best and support the people around them to do their very best as well!
The easiest and most objective way to talk about the physical benefits I've experienced would be to list the pounds I've lost...the inches I've lost.....the decrease in body fat %. All three of those things have been incredible and surprised even myself since starting in October. But then you wouldn't hear about everything that I have GAINED!! It's beyond just the numbers! I have gained strength. I have gained confidence. I have watched muscles appear and become defined. I have felt muscles that I didn't know even existed (the day after my first try at the ab wheel, I realized that those ab muscles actually extend all the way up to the sternum!!). My energy level has increased noticeably. My cardiovascular endurance has improved. I feel strong. I feel that the physical benefits I've been experiencing are direct a result of the mental changes that I've made. My view and opinion on physical fitness and health has changed completely. This is, without a doubt, a result of the nutritional coaching which started on Day 1 of the Kick Start program, and the education the coaches gave us which helped me understand WHY strength training was the foundation for increased metabolism and fat loss. This was definitely the game changer for me. It was a change in mentality towards food and a change in approach towards fat loss and muscle gain.
The biggest area of my life that has changed and improved since starting is what I eat. In the past, losing weight was about strictly reducing calories (and generally being HANGRY). The nutritional habit building that the coaches taught us, changed my perspective in a logical and sequential way. One habit at a time (and always understanding the science or the reasoning behind the habit), was being mastered before the next one was introduced. The best thing I've learned has been that this way of eating isn't a fad and it isn't for just a set amount of time. This is me now and this is for life. Long term means you aren't making sacrifices just for the next time. This is me now and this is for life. Long term means you aren't making sacrifices just for the next two weeks, or whatever it may be, but you are making good decisions that are sustainable and realistic for the long haul. That doesn't mean that I don't get to have all the treats or baking that I love to make, but I enjoy them and just try to be mindful of choices I'm making. I've had a couple of the "what the hell" weekends (you'll know what I'm talking about if you were at the recent nutritional evening!) so just remembering that I should enjoy the deliciousness of whatever it is, but knowing that the next day still counts....it's a clean slate, so don't throw the whole weekend out the window.
Another big change has been a craving and desire to strength train and simply increase physical activity in my day. It's also the little things.... when I'm looking for a parking spot, I'm automatically driving to the corners of the parking lot. Now, going on at least a couple of walks every week has become routine. When I go to a playground with my kids, I'm not watching from the side anymore.....the play structure has become like a giant agility/training course....with slides and rope ladders to climb up, bars to try chin ups or knee raises and so many other components just waiting to be reinvented into a 30 second activity.
I've learned that it's okay to invest in me. Being a mom to two boys, one with complex heart disease, working part time, and trying to keep everyone healthy and happy, means stress is part of my life. I've learned that investing into my own health and well being through training at the Muscle Hut benefits not only me, but the people who are close to me. I've found something that I LOVE to do! It's been a long time since I've allowed myself something - a passion, a hobby, if you want to call it that - that is my own!
I was concerned, initially, about the time commitment, but figured it would just be for six weeks, so I could do it. But now I wouldn't have it any other way. I actually wish I could go more!! The flexibility of having different class times throughout the day and evening to choose from gives so much freedom! And being able to switch times with just a click on the app makes it so very convenient!
My most favourite thing about coming is having the privilege of being trained by fantastic coaches. They are the absolute best!! I just have to show up.... they've got a plan, and for me, that is everything! I don't have to think about it!! The coaches at the Muscle Hut are incredible. What hits me time and time again is just how darn smart they are! These coaches know their stuff. They know what they are doing, and more importantly, they know why they are doing it. They know just what to say to get you through that last rep and to make sure you are engaging the right muscles. They are constantly checking to make sure you are safe and using the right form. They are the reason The Muscle Hut rocks! A downside of being a Muscle Hut enthusiast? Well, I have developed a persistent case of "Muscle Hut Envy": Anytime I'm driving past the Muscle Hut, on my way to get groceries, for example, and I see the lights on at the gym, I wish I was heading there instead of the grocery store.
I would recommend Muscle Hut to anyone who is ready to improve their health, who needs a boost to their confidence and their overall well being and wants to feel good in their own skin. It's for everyone, really! The endorphin rush is enough of a reason! This is a decision you will never regret."