Meet Ashlee! Ashlee started using our strength training program in January and is having a lot success. She has been working super hard and her results are proof of that. We chose her as our spotlight because of her individual accountability. The “i” in Bare Bodi Fitness stands for that. We want to provide tools to help you with new life skills so you can maintain your progress on your own. There are many ways to use this workout program and she is using it to fit her life.

How long have you been using the Strength Training Program?

 I started the Strength program on January 2nd.

How have you used the program?

I’ve been doing the workouts 3 times a week. Once the weather warms up, I plan to add walks on the off days. I finished the 4 week program and started over trying to increase my weights/reps. 

What do you like about the program and what has been helpful?

I love that I can do all the workouts at home. The length of time it takes to complete the workouts is perfect for me. I’m not a morning person at all, so I usually do the workout during lunch. I’ve always been intimidated stepping into a gym because I never knew where to start. The short video instructions for each exercise have been super helpful. Even for some of the exercises I’ve done before, it’s helpful to hear Kristin and Bri explain which muscles you should be using and what you should feel to know you’re doing the moves correctly. I had an accident on the ice when I was 36 weeks pregnant resulting in a broken tibia, fibula and ankle. Rehabbing while pregnant, and finishing that rehab postpartum, which included literally learning how to walk again, was difficult and didn’t end with the best results. I’ve had pain with that leg, more specifically my knee and ankle, that I’ve used as a crutch both literally and figuratively for the past 6 years. These workouts have allowed me to modify where needed and rebuild my strength. When I first started I had to use support to complete a lunge. I can now do lunges without the support, and most importantly I can tell a huge difference with my injured leg. It’s never going to be back to the way it was before the accident, but it’s starting to feel much more normal. 

What other healthy habits have you started in conjunction with the program?

After indulging over the holidays I was ready for a detox, so I told myself I was doing dry January. I succeeded, which was impressive in itself – two kids doing hybrid school and during a busy work season. I haven’t done anything drastic with my diet, but I have tried to be more mindful of the food I’m eating. For example, cutting back on sweets (I have a horrible sweet tooth – so energy bites in the fridge when I get a sweets craving have helped), adding more vegetables to my meals, and once February rolled around still limiting alcohol intake. Once I began seeing results from the workouts I really don’t want to give them up. 

What are your results so far?

I’ve lost 9 pounds since January 2nd when I started the program. More important for me is I look AND feel better. I was so tired of not liking what I saw every time I looked in the mirror. Pants that were once tight to button fit like they should, leggings I purchased in the fall are loose in the waistline. And as I mentioned before rebuilding strength in my leg has been so rewarding.