. . . and she emerges as a fitness champion
Turning off the alarm, Leslie Ellsworth pulled herself out of bed in the 4:25 a.m. darkness. Her body ached in protest as she fumbled to pull on socks and lace up her shoes. She hurriedly reviewed her schedule for the day, thinking through her gym workout, her daughters’ school lunches, a date that evening with her husband. A few minutes later, she glanced at her watch while heading out the door. She’d make it to the gym in time to begin her workout at 5:00 a.m., something she never would have done before beginning the intensive fitness challenge a few weeks earlier.
“I did weight training three days a week, and I did an hour and a half of cardio exercise six to seven days a week,” explains Leslie, who participated in the Get Age Fit 90-Day Transformation Challenge led by certified personal trainer Theo Thurston. “On days I lifted, I had time for just thirty minutes of cardio before I had to get home, wake my girls, make their lunches, and drive them to school. Then I headed back to the gym [for] another thirty minutes of cardio. During the challenge, I had to make sure that I was eating every two to three hours. That was a challenge in itself.”
For ninety days, spurred by Theo’s coaching and encouragement from fellow challengers, Leslie stuck to the exercise schedule and diet routine. She ate six meals a day; she lifted weights and knocked out cardio. Despite her busy schedule as a full-time wife and mother and a handful of injuries during the challenge, she never missed a day. At the end of the ninety days, Leslie was named the Get Age Fit Grand Champion, having lost 25 pounds and 22.5 inches. The greatest reward, though, was the impact on her family.
“I love knowing I’ve been a healthy role model for my family, especially my daughters,” Leslie says. “Early on, I faced the challenge of just quitting, and I faced many difficulties along the way. Everyone wants immediate results, but I kept telling myself I didn’t get where I was overnight, and it [would] take a lot of time and effort to get where I wanted to be. I feel proud of the change that I have seen with my body, and I’m really proud that I completed my goal and did something for myself and for my family.
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Theo Thurston, CPT
Cooper Institute Certified