I began my fitness journey shortly after having my two older sons. I am no stranger to body image issues and pregnancy and postpartum were not easy times for me. It had been years since I had been active and really had no idea where to start. I began running and enjoyed seeing my body respond by losing some baby weight and also the feel of being active again. I continued on that path for a while until I started realizing I wasn’t enjoying it as much and wasn’t seeing the results I truly wanted.
Enter weight training and Crossfit! I immediately fell in love with moving heavy barbells and learning fun gymnastics movements I never thought I could do ( I seriously think I missed my calling in gymnastics). I loved seeing muscle definition form and body fat coming off. However, body image issues kept creeping back up and as the scale started going up ( muscle weighs more than fat!), I started freaking out. It took me a long time to come to terms with the fact that the body I wanted and thought looked good is going to weigh more than the skinny, non defined body. Finally, one day I realized I looked at my legs and actually admired the “larger than most” quads which used to bother me, but now I saw them for the work I had put in to build them!
After having two more daughters, I knew I wanted all four of my kids to grow up seeing role models that work hard for their goals and are proud of their efforts. Especially for the girls, I wanted them to see that women can be strong, not afraid to have some muscle, and hopefully avoid falling into the worrying about the number on the scale body image issues that I struggled with growing up. I wanted to show all of them that being proud of what your body can do no matter what shape/size it is is the most important. So when the opportunity to open KOG came along, it was a no brainer!
KOG is more than just a place I go to workout. It’s my second home and my extended family! I love that I can bring the kids in there with me and workout with friends and they can see a whole community of role models working to better themselves day in and day out. I also know what it’s like to be in a time crunch and on a tight schedule, so offering key card access is our way of helping our community get fit on their own time when needed. We offer programming that is functional based to assist and improve our everyday lives outside of the gym, while also keeping workouts fun and challenging in the gym. What I love most about KOG is the community we’ve built over the last 3 years and can’t wait to see what’s in store for the future!