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There is always something new at LYB!

LYB Client
Spotlights

There is always something new at LYB!

Show up for class virtually or in-person to experience our constantly varied, functional, high-intensity workouts. We create a new workout every day of the week for our bootcamps — that’s 365 different workouts a year!

We post our daily workout programming, as well as demo videos for each exercise, in our Members-Only Portal so you are ready to sweat in the live, coached classes! (You can also follow along with the recordings at your convenience.)

We want to give you a taste of our Online Training Program with our Weekly Features!

We will share with you here weekly a new exercise demo, workout, promos, featured blog and client spotlight.

✨Client Spotlight: Kelsea Mahabir’s Fitness Journey!✨

I’ve been an Online Bootcamp-er with LYB since October 2020! Being active was always important to me but it always felt like I was guessing what to do at best, and strength training was definitely out of my comfort zone. 

In 2020, I was going through a lot – I was depressed and had some really tough days/weeks. I struggled with being consistent with my workouts. My friend recommended LYB to me and it was exactly what I needed to feel stronger, physically and mentally. 

Kate and the team of trainers are incredible – they’re always there to discuss my goals with me and help me find solutions to overcome any challenges in the way of staying on track. They’re amazing about giving advice on technique and mobility and encouraging me to increase weight when they see I’m ready to (don’t be fooled by Zoom – they don’t miss a thing!).

Last Fall, I signed up for the 12-week LYB nutrition program. What I learned from that program stays with me every day. It was the first time I ever lost weight in a healthy way (not just from stress) and I learned a lot about how to eat so that my body feels good for my workouts and for life. 

This October will be 2 years since I started the online program. My body’s so much stronger and that strength makes me feel more confident in my daily life. I’m confident that I can do a challenging exercise; give my 9 year old niece a piggyback ride; lift the ‘heavy’ things that people think I can’t lift. And I love that I’ve found a program that I can stick with for years to come – no more guesswork.

Don’t let excuses get in the way of getting started. The 30 minute workouts are possible to do any time, anywhere, and the guidance that this team gives you through whatever life brings is a game changer! 

 

✨Client Spotlight: Courtney Baronette’s Fitness Journey!✨

 

  1. Tell us a bit about yourself and about your fitness journey before starting LYB?
    Having been a competitive dancer for many years, staying active has always been a large part of my life. When I later joined a gym, I was instantly hooked and attended anywhere between 5-6 times a week. Post-Covid lockdown, a good portion of my workouts are now done in the comfort of my own home every morning. 
  2. How did you hear about LYB and when did you start?
    Following the birth of my first son, I found myself really lacking in confidence where both my body and my fitness regime were concerned. Having tried a few mediocre “Mommy” workouts around my community, I finally stumbled upon Kate’s classes through the world of social media and immediately took the leap of faith to step into a gym once again with my newborn in tow.
  3. How has your experience with LYB been so far?
    My experience at LYB since my very first class in the fall of 2019 has been incredible. After yet another pregnancy in 2021, I feel stronger both mentally and physically than I have in a very long time. These weekly trips from Carleton Place to Westboro have become a priority I’ve set for myself to truly set aside time for me, which is so important as a busy mom, and I love that each class that I attend comes with an inclusive environment and a wicked, supportive community.
  4. What is your favourite class?
    Athletic Conditioning is definitely my favourite class because I love the feeling of walking out of the gym having just had a total body workout every time. 
  5. What are your upcoming goals / plans for your fitness journey?
    As I return to work as a teacher from Mat Leave in September, I look forward to maintaining my goal of setting aside time for myself on a weekly basis. My workouts both at LYB and at home have become crucial to my mental health over the past few years in particular, so I can’t wait to set a new routine where my workouts continue to be a priority even as a working mom! 
  6. What’s your best advice for anyone new to LYB?
    Don’t let intimidation keep you from doing that extra rep, lifting that heavier weight, trying that new class or investing in yourself. 

✨Client Spotlight: Laura St-Cyr’s Fitness Journey!✨

What made you want to work with a personal trainer to begin with?
I realized with my Bootcamp classes the gym was the perfect fit for me but my goal was to really elevate my training and the one on one not only enhanced my accountability but it immediately transformed my strength and confidence in the gym. 

What’s your favourite part of working with a personal trainer?
I love how my trainer pushes me to new heights and new limits I never thought I would surpass. 

Is there a component of working with a personal trainer that has been surprising or unexpected?    
One day an old injury flared up, my trainer and another trainer were immediately able to asses what was happening and make the modifications in my exercising to avoid injury and improve strength. 

Are there any goals that you are currently working towards with your trainer program?Right now just working on staying strong and fit! 

Is there anything you would say to someone who is considering working with a personal trainer? 
If it is in your means I would definitely say do it. The personalized approach will increase your strength and quality of exercise overnight plus it will introduce you to new things that you may not have otherwise tried and missed out on.   

 

✨Client Spotlight: Emma Gofton’s Fitness Journey!✨

Tell us a bit about yourself and about your fitness journey before starting LYB?
I love movement and doing outdoor activities with my family. I have asthma and need to be careful of things like weather and allergies but once I tap into a good combination of medications and treatments I can enjoy getting sweaty. Ottawa is such a great city with so many great outdoor sports no matter what the season and I’m determined to take advantage of it! Being part of LYB has taken my fitness journey into the stratosphere.

How did you hear about LYB and when did you start?
I used to take Katie’s class at Pure Yoga on Thursday evenings in Westboro and it was a non-negotiable ‘mommy outing’ for me. When the pandemic hit I googled her name to see if she was doing online classes and I found her LYB Fitness program and was hooked!  Don’t let the little Zoom squares fool you – the trainers will see your crappy form and make corrections or offer modifications.

I also connected with Katie on many levels – personal, professional and being in her presence is like therapy. She has a great suggestion or recommendation for anything whether it’s nursing an injury or a great smoothie recipe.

How has your experience with LYB been so far?
I’ve tried it all! The in-person classes, outdoor, the check-ins with Katie, etc and they’ve all been fantastic. I love the variety of times that are offered and the fact that I can do a workout any time if I miss the live version. I love the energy of the trainers and the newsletters and app. I also love hearing about some of the goals and projects that her staff have undertaken (writing books, nutrition programs, travels, dogs etc) as well as the profiles of clients. We are all living in crazy times and it’s nice to read about real families and real people who have fitness as part of a wholistic picture of wellness.

What is your favourite class?
The outdoor sessions at Clare Park. Very little equipment is needed and you get an amazing workout. My favourite part of class

What are your upcoming goals / plans for your fitness journey?
My one personal goal is to be able to do a pistol squat. It’s been my nemesis for a long time!! For my fitness journey, my goal (like many mothers) is to have a better work-life-fitness balance. I often find myself saying I can miss my noon workout because I can do it after dinner blah blah but we all know how those excuses pan out. I also want to explore new things that Kate and her staff have encouraged like doing more mobility training.

Whats your best advice for anyone new to LYB?
Your workouts are an investment in you, and investing your health is the best thing you can do for your family. Also, don’t be afraid to recommend music or suggest something you want to work on! The trainers are always great about incorporating suggestions. Last, make sure to dance! I have no shame about keeping my body flowing with the music between sets. It really lifts your spirits!

 

✨Client Spotlight: Stephanie Plante’s Fitness Journey!✨

What made you want to work with a personal trainer to begin with?
I was a late comer to fitness.  In my 20’s-40’s I did it because I was ‘supposed to’.  In my mid 40’s, my marriage ended, and my son died.  Being active was the only way to get out of my head and calm my swirling emotions.  Biking and hiking became essential for my mental health.  When I turned 50, lifting my adult, disabled daughter was hard, and my back always hurt.  I thought I had neglected my upper body and needed to get stronger to be able to care for her.  I bumped into Kate on the street, and I have been training at LYB since.  I am a year in and I can happily say I can lift and transfer my daughter without pain.  Last week in fact, I was able to lift her and dance holding her – a moment of joy for us both.

What’s your favourite part of working with a personal trainer?
I laugh (mostly at myself).  I am learning how to hold myself and move in a safe and efficient manner.  It’s a physical mindfulness practice.  I feel more connected to my body.  And I am stronger.  With this physical strength has come confidence.

Is there a component of working with a personal trainer that has been surprising or unexpected?
Finding a community.  Coming to the gym and being greeted by a small posse of like-minded women.  We are different ages and body types, with different goals.  There is an absence of the appearance/fashion competition of other gyms.  Everyone is welcome and encouraged.  

Are there any goals that you are currently working towards with your trainer?
The elusive chin up and handstand.

Is there anything you would say to someone who is considering working with a personal trainer?
The 1:1 guidance in learning how to move and lift safely and efficiently has been essential.  In my experience, group fitness classes cannot provide that.  As a result, I always ended up injured and having to take a break from fitness when I participated in them.  Having to stop and start training due to injury did not allow me to integrate fitness into my life.  I found it discouraging and I was less inclined to ‘try again’.  At LYB a recent injury was incorporated into my work outs.  My trainer directed me to health care providers that ameliorated my symptoms and adapted my training structure and intensity that expedited my recovery while also maintaining my fitness.  This reinforced my commitment to training and prevented that defeating start/stop cycle I had experienced in the past.

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