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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!

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Giovanna’s Fitness Journey!

 

I moved to Canada from Venezuela at 16 years old, moving to a new country without family and having to learn a new language had its challenges. I turned to weight training as a way to cope with the drastic changes in my life. I have always prioritized and been mindful about my health and fitness. But sometimes life gets busy and we lose our focus. A few months ago, I was looking to get my life back on track with my health and fitness. While searching for the best place that will challenge and push me to reach my goals I came across Love Your Body Fitness (LYB). Today this place has not only helped me lose the 20 pounds I gained these last two years but they continue to challenge me to reach new levels every time I walk in. They have given me a community that has supported and encouraged me every step of the way.

As someone who likes trying new things all the time, the different types of classes with the introduction of new techniques that LYB offers keeps me motivated. 

The most important lesson I have learned at LYB is that there is no such thing as an unattainable goal in your fitness journey. It is a matter of setting your mind to it. The key is to stay consistent and hold yourself accountable. In my personal experience, the LYB community will no doubt help you put in the work required to reach your goals and they will also encourage you to push past them. I continuously impress myself and every day there’s a new goal to be set. 

An advice I can give to anyone new to LYB, is that it is never too late to start setting and working on your health and fitness goals. I would encourage them just as the LYB community encouraged me as a newcomer. I would remind them that the whole LYB team will be by their side every step of the way, we will never judge but instead help push you everyday to become the best version of yourself.

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Sophia’s Fitness Journey!

 
Tell us a bit about yourself and about your fitness journey before starting LYB?
I have never been the most athletic person, I never enjoyed gym class but as a kid I did dance, figure skating, played hockey, soccer and even swam on my high school swim team. I also worked as a lifeguard and swim instructor for 5 years. I swam on a my university swim team for 2 years but never felt comfortable in a gym. When the pandemic hit, I stopped all fitness all together. Two weeks after the pandemic started, by dad passed away from a “widow maker” heart attack. My dad was always an athletic person but had spent most of his life struggling with his weight and trying different diets. He was also training for his 5th Vätternrundan (a 300 Km bike ride in Motala, Sweden) before he died. (I wrote an article about it here: https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/first-person-finishing-my-dad-s-last-ride-1.6584483)
In his memory, I trained and completed the ride. His death was a wake up call that I needed to ensure that I was healthy and practicing a healthy lifestyle so that I wouldn’t pass on weight issues to my future kids and avoid having a heart attack myself. While the gym itself was too daunting, I tried all different types of workouts. I did apple home workouts, F45, Spin classes and even hot yoga but I never left like I was getting better. Next I joined another gym in Westboro but the workouts were always the same and I never felt like I was improving.
 
How did you hear about LYB and when did you start?

Living in Westboro, it’s pretty hard to miss LYB. I had started looking into switching to a new gym and had loved a CrossFit gym in my hometown, but 6 hours is too far to travel for a workout.

My requirement for joining a gym is that it has to be within walking distance of my house so I can attend on my lunch breaks when I’m working from home or in the evenings.

I joined LYB in February 2023, I started with 4 personal training sessions and began attending classes every week.

How has your experience with LYB been so far?
I love this gym. It is something that I look forward to every day. Since my first week I have improved so much more than in the past. I try to go at least 4 days a week and love how the workouts are always different and if you go at the same time, you usually have the same coach. The coach will remember you and I’ve been called out a few times if they know my not trying my hardest. I always have felt like I fit in here. You get to know the other regulars and everyone powers through the workout together. It’s also a place where you get to meet your neighbours and say hello when you see each other in the neighbourhood.

What is your favourite class?
My favourite class is Olympic Weightlifting. Stéph is such a great coach who takes the time to work on form and provides excellent cues and corrections. Also, I also like learning the movements since it’s very technical and once you get it right, you look really cool

What are your upcoming goals / plans for your fitness journey?
After spending my entire career so far working from home, I am starting a new job where I work in person 3 days a week. My goal is to continue to fit in my workouts as much as a can. My fitness goal is to be able to do a proper pull up.

What’s your best advice for anyone new to LYB?
You are stronger than you think. Women often think they can’t lift heavy things but women are built to be strong too.

Also, don’t feel overwhelmed by people who are stronger or faster than you, you’ll get there eventually.

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Karen’s Fitness Journey!

 
Tell us a bit about yourself and about your fitness journey before starting LYB?
I’m a busy Mom to two little girls. I’ve always been active with sports, and still play some team sports recreationally (softball and curling) as well as golf. I’ve always tried to stay consistent with working out, but have never found something that I stick with.

How did you hear about LYB and when did you start?
I heard about LYB when I was playing at Clare Gardens park with my daughter (pregnant with my second) in 2021. I was watching all these awesome women running around and doing fun stuff at the outdoor bootcamp. I had to go and ask what was going on and how I could get involved. Kate was there that day and gave me her card and said- let’s get you started and explained that they have great coaches there to guide and modify movements for pregnant women.

How has your experience with LYB been so far?
I’ve loved working out at LYB so much. I love the environment in the gym- everyone is so supportive of everyone else. It was especially amazing during my maternity leave when I would bring my daughter in and I got to know lots of amazing women at the same stage of life as me. It was extra motivating to coordinate schedules and make each other accountable to show up- even on the hard days!

What is your favourite class?
I have been trying to make the noon class part of my work from home schedule. It feels so good to move your body. I like both the AC and strength classes. I can’t even believe how much stronger I am after working out here for the past two years. Doing a wall walk for the first time made me feel like a total boss.

What are your upcoming goals / plans for your fitness journey?
My goal is pretty simple- to keep showing up. To prioritize going to the gym as something I do for myself. I’d love to get better at rope climbs and pull ups too (and eat all the protein). 😊

What’s your best advice for anyone new to LYB?
I would tell them to not be shy. Everyone is super nice! The trainers are there to help and guide you- if something is hurting or doesn’t feel right, just let them know and they will give you a different movement to do. Also, don’t compare yourself to anyone else in the class, you did the best thing by showing up and being there. I feel like I learn something new every class, and I think it’s part of why I keep coming back!

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Katie’s Fitness Journey!

 
Tell us a bit about yourself and about your fitness journey before starting LYB?
I’m Katie. I’m from Newfoundland but have lived between Toronto and Ottawa since I was 18. I was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes when I was 8, but I have never let that stop me from challenging myself in different athletic ways! Throughout school I was involved in every team sport I could and built lasting friendships that I still have today.

I started lifting around 16 and got have grown and learned significantly since. I have had a lot of amazing coaches and supports throughout my journey. In 2014, I competed in a bikini competition which was a huge learning curve and honestly taught me more about lifestyle patterns that aren’t for me. If it helped ne with anything, I proved I had determination, but it’s not something I would do again.

Since then I train because I love it and what it does for both my mental and physical health. I love the community at LYB and the mental resilience I have developed by lifting heavy shit.

How did you hear about LYB and when did you start?
I heard about LYB in 2022 through the neighbourhood and socials. Kate and the team have an amazing presence and have done a fabulous job building the LYB community inside and outside the gym. I started 2 days a week in the fall of 2022 and moved to unlimited in the winter of 2023. The transition away from pandemic basement workouts was much needed!

How has your experience with LYB been so far?
It’s fantastic. LYB not only gives me a place to maintain physical health with the phenomenal programming and coaches, it is the most inclusive and welcoming gym I have ever been apart of. LYB is Intentional about creating a sense of belonging for everyone and that is the kind of business and community I want to be apart of.

What is your favourite class?
Thursday morning Barbell basics with Steph! 

What are your upcoming goals / plans for your fitness journey?
This fall I have been focusing on strength and increasing the weight I’m lifting. That has lead me to identify some trouble areas with my form so ,this winter I really want to focus on proper technique, breath, and form while lifting.

What’s your best advice for anyone new to LYB?
Talk to the person next to you in class, you’ll likely get a warm smile and a laugh. Lean into the community to build more than an exercise routine from the experience. That way, your commitment to exercise and physical health has social, mental, and community outcomes for you as well.

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Nathan’s Fitness Journey!

 
 
  1. Tell us a bit about yourself and about your fitness journey before starting LYB?

I am a 40-year-old proud father of 3 beautiful girls Iza (7), Alexi (4), and Charlie (2).  I am also an entrepreneur and small business owner.  So, it is safe to say I live a busy life.  Stress does play a part in my day-to-day lifestyle as well as increased anxiety due to the recent covid 19 pandemic (I think everyone can relate to this).

Exercise is a saviour for me.  Not because I necessarily crave it.  It is more so that I need it mentally and physically to help me cope with life in general.  Trust me,  I am a horrible person to be around without exercise LOL. 

My biggest issue with exercise is time.  We all need more time in a day, and I find if I don’t have enough time on any day, exercise is the first thing that suffers and as a result so does my mental health, my business, and my family.

  1. How did you hear about LYB and when did you start?

I was lucky enough to meet Kate early this year (2023).  We were discussing ways that we could collaborate as small business owners and I was so intrigued by her philosophies on fitness and health.  It was a no brainer to join her community of health and meet the rest of her team.  I haven’t looked back since.

  1. How has your experience with LYB been so far?

LYB is a perfect fit for me due to the fact that I work across the road for one but also, I love being part of a fitness community.  LYB isn’t just a gym. It is so much more.  It is a community for health and fitness. 

  1. What is your favourite class?

I am a lunchtime warrior during the working week.

  1. What are your upcoming goals / plans for your fitness journey?

Let Kate and the team take my fitness to the next level.  I  don’t need to think about the programming, my goals, or anything.  It is nice to turn up and just listen and execute.

  1. What’s your best advice for anyone new to LYB?

Turn up with zero expectations of yourself, the classes, or your overall goals in fitness.  Let Kate and her team of instructors guide you for success.  If you follow their path and become a consistent attendee your goals will take care of themselves.  A few things I can guarantee you will get out of LYB:

  • You will have fun.
  • You will work your ass off no matter what level of fitness you come in with.  Trust me.  No one is too fit or not fit enough for LYB classes.  The programming is first class.
  • You will see progress.
  • You will want to keep coming back.
  • You will feel better mentally and physically after 3 months of commitment.
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Leanne’s Fitness Journey!

 
 
  1. Tell us a bit about yourself and about your fitness journey before starting LYB?

I’m originally from Newfoundland but have called Ottawa home since completing my schooling here in 2010. When I’m not at the gym, you’ll find me back home in Barrhaven hanging out with my two-year old daughter and little Boston Terrier dog. During the day, I am a Program Manager in the International Development / Humanitarian Assistance sector and absolutely love traveling!

  1. How did you hear about LYB and when did you start?

I first heard about LYB mid last year through one of my old trainers (Lacey!) and decided to try it out. I believe my first class ever was last summer 😊

  1. How has your experience with LYB been so far?

I absolutely LOVE LYB! First off, the community and support you get from everyone—including the coaches—is TOP NOTCH. Everyone is super friendly and welcoming. I really enjoy the class programming and appreciate the modifications—especially from someone who experiences lower back issues since pregnancy.

  1. What is your favourite class?

My favourite classes are strength focused classes. I never thought I would say this, but those 7am Friday morning Strength classes are a vibe (I also like how you see the exact same people there on Friday mornings! What a lovely sense of community).

  1. What are your upcoming goals / plans for your fitness journey?

Four words: Bigger and Stronger quads 😃

  1. What’s your best advice for anyone new to LYB?

Don’t hesitate to ask for modifications (I do this all of the time) and listen to your body. Coaches provide excellent guidance and knowledge, but ultimately, listen to your body. What your body needs may vary day to day, so it is so important to be gentle with yourself ❤

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Ronja’s Fitness Journey!

 
 
  1. Tell us a bit about yourself and about your fitness journey before starting LYB?

Before LYB, I had zero experience with fitness. No gym experience, no sports, very little formal fitness at all. In fact, when I joined LYB, Kate put me in her client slidedeck and called me “most improved”!

  1. How did you hear about LYB and when did you start?

I met Kate when she was hired to teach a private women’s yoga class. Kate is so impressive. Her super power is connecting with everyone and anyone, she is very authentic, caring, and has so much knowledge of women’s bodies and fitness. I saw her social posts about her Mommy Bootcamps for several years before I came. I just couldn’t figure out how they worked! How do you get a whole bunch of moms and their babies of all ages, pregnant, postpartum, older, younger, and get them all moving, but not just moving; climbing ropes, jumping on boxes, olympic lifting; AND no one gets hurt? I finally came and I got it. It’s the business most stimulating and yet safe environment! It’s amazing! It’s inspiring!

  1. How has your experience with LYB been so far?

The best. It’s one of my favourite places to be. I love the come-all, come-as-you-are, push-yourself-as-much-as-you-feel-like-today-but-just-come vibe. Hey, some of you may remember: I loved LYB so much I came and worked for Kate for a year! It was all such a great experience.

  1. What is your favourite class?

Yeah, I’ve heard other people say they like the strength classes, or the bar bell classes – for me they are all the same (in the best way) because I can always push myself in the direction I want, or that feels good that day. If I want to go heavier, I go heavier, I want to feel more springy, go lighter, I didn’t sleep well, I go rogue but at least I showed up! I do like the kid-free classes because I can use the barbells, but I still have a soft spot for my roots at the Mommy Bootcamps, which I’ll go to even with no kids in tow. Firstly, all those babies are SO cute and just make your day, but also because it’s amazing to see all these moms who are so tired and on 24/7 baby duty, and here they are doing amazing physical stunts with their little ones around them.

  1. What are your upcoming goals / plans for your fitness journey?

Hmmm… To figure out how to engage all the things I have to engage all the time! It’s so much engaging! So much to think about! Chest up, shoulders back, glutes, core, glutes, push the knees out, did I mention glutes? In all seriousness, I like the focus on functional fitness, functional movement, knowing how to move well to prevent injury, and exercise to energize your life. And the getting super strong and feeling super cool is fun too.

  1. What’s your best advice for anyone new to LYB?

For anyone that has started, they will see for themselves how special it is right away. For anyone who has not tried a class yet, I would tell them there is so much to take advantage. Try ALL the offerings: the coaching calls with Kate, the yoga, meeting other moms, trying all the equipment, the online program — the program is so strong and stimulating and supportive.

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Brigitte’s Fitness Journey!

  1. Tell us a bit about yourself and about your fitness journey before starting LYB?

I have only been into working out in my adulthood and I never had the literacy for establishing a goal or picking the right exercises. So, I have always been moving based on the stages of my life I was in and the people around me. I went through phases of boxing, tabata workouts, running and cycling.

  1. How did you hear about LYB and when did you start?

In February 2023, I saw the 2-week trial sign as I passed by the location on Richmond. I signed up the same day and booked a class for the day after to give it a try.

  1. How has your experience with LYB been so far?

I attend the group classes, and it’s been so much fun. I love how the workouts push you and are diverse. At first, I was more into the Athletic Conditioning classes because I never worked on strength focused workouts before. As I am feeling stronger over time, now I love the strength classes more. And the coaches are REALLY watching you, showing alternatives or correcting your posture as needed. They are not just group classes with a coach at the front of the room. That’s also what got me hooked, I knew I was in good hands and made me want to explore new movements and workouts.

  1. What is your favourite class?

The strength and conditioning classes, because I do see improvement and it motivates me to go consistently.

  1. What are your upcoming goals / plans for your fitness journey?

Continue to build my strength, and maybe attend the barbell classes. I also want to continue cycling outside as long as the weather allows.

  1. What’s your best advice for anyone new to LYB?

Don’t be shy to ask questions or chat, either with coaches or other LYB members. It’s a great community to be part of, and you’ll feel stronger, supported and free to be yourself

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Sarah Blackburn’s Fitness Journey!

  1. Tell us a bit about yourself and about your fitness journey before starting LYB?

Hi I’m Sarah! I am an oncology nurse in Ottawa and have two young kids, Mila (3.5) and Mason (13 months). 

I have always been interested in fitness since a young age playing various sports throughout highschool and going to the YMCA with my mom. 

When I went to university I found myself taking a step back from all those things to focus on my studies. Once I finished school I wanted to get back into fitness. I tried various gyms and online programs but nothing really stuck. After having kids I found it hard to find something that I could be consistent with and once I found LYB I knew it would be a good fit! 

  1. How did you hear about LYB and when did you start?

I heard about LYB from my chiropractor in Westboro ! I started at LYB in December 2022. 

  1. How has your experience with LYB been so far?

I immediately knew once I started at LYB that I found something that was a good fit for my fitness journey. I love the community feel and love that there are family bootcamps where I could bring my son while on mat leave.  I was worried I would feel intimidated but I never did. I felt welcomed from the start and the trainers have really helped me feel comfortable in my body postpartum and they push me to try new things! I surprise myself every class which I love. It has been so comforting knowing the trainers have knowledge for postpartum bodies which could be a barrier for people to start working out after having a baby.  

  1. What is your favourite class?

My son Mason and I have been going to the family bootcamp at 11 on weekdays since December. It has been so nice meeting like minded women going with their babes! I occasionally bring my daughter to a weekend family bootcamp which has been so fun and nice seeing her get excited about fitness even at a young age! 

  1. What are your upcoming goals / plans for your fitness journey?

My upcoming goal for my fitness journey is to continue being consistent with going to classes and to continue to try new things (like box jumps!). 

  1. What’s your best advice for anyone new to LYB?

My advice for anyone who wants to get back into working out postpartum or even just getting into fitness for the first time is to just go for it!! This gym is the place to try new things and especially after giving birth it can be scary, but the trainers here really know how to modify things that work for each individual. 

It is time to take care of YOU!