The Get You In Shape team hand selects clients each month that we feel have transformed their health and fitness. This Get You In Shape Spotlight Rookie for March joined Get You In Shape in May 2014. Margot Cairnes is a stay at home mom to four kids and lives in Coppell.
Q: Why did you decide to join the Get You In Shape program?
In January of 2014 our 16 year old son Killian who has Autism started having grand mal seizures. He has always required quite a bit of care, but once he started having 1-3 seizures a week, I had to be within 10 minutes of his school to go get him after the anti-seizure meds made him too out of it to stay at school. My workout routine (and everything else) took a back seat to being available for him. I had to give up playing for my tennis team as I couldn’t be sure to finish a match. My regular 3 mile runs gave way to getting all errands completed before he would have a seizure. Fortunately they tended to occur around 1pm so I could plan a bit. By the time summer ended I had gained 15 pounds and felt so sluggish. After a cruise in August I knew I needed a change.
Q: What was your life like before joining the Get You In Shape Program?
Since college I have used running to keep in shape and feel good. This worked great until I hit 50 and then my metabolism slowed so I added weight training, with little real results. I saw others in the gym with trainers, but thought I could figure it out using the instructions on the machines.
When I started on Labor Day, I hadn’t exercised since a 4 mile run in June (after which I was really sore). I wasn’t feeling good about myself, didn’t fit in my clothes anymore and was tired all the time.
Q: What was your first impression from the Get You In Shape program?
I’ve never wanted to do a boot camp because I was afraid of having a drill sergeant make my workout painful. GYIS couldn’t be farther from that scenario. The trainers met me where I was (and I really did a good job at developing my “before” body) and modified the exercises so I could participate. They constantly encourage each individual and make sure we are doing the exercises correctly. The other part that kept me coming back was the amazing encouragement I received from fellow boot campers. There is a really great feeling of “we are all in this together”.
Q: What have been some of the tools you have used that have benefited you?
The Facebook group is really motivating as every day there are tips, recipes quotes, etc. It is also a way to connect with other boot campers running the same weekend races. It’s so much more fun to run a race with someone else. I also use the Catalyst and Spark before and during my workouts.
Q: How is the Get You In Shape program different from other programs you have tried before?
It is so social and motivating. I also LOVE that it is outside. The other great thing is that there are workouts throughout the day and accommodate many schedules. I know I can consistently make the 5:30 am class before my husband leaves for work. It is a great start to my day. I now only miss when he or I are out of town. I’ve met many great people and once I’m out the door I look forward to seeing everyone and that keeps me accountable.
Q: What results and benefits have you experienced in the Get You In Shape Program?
I’ve lost at least 8 pounds, but importantly lots of inches while gaining lean muscle. I’m not all the way there yet, but over the past 6 months I’ve seen real results. (Even my teenaged boys noticed). I sleep better, am more mindful of what I eat and as a bonus my tennis game is improved with the new stamina. Fortunately, Killian’s seizures are under control and I can use tennis as my cardio.
Q: What would you say to anyone looking at this program?
I wish I started this sooner! If you asked me if I would ever willingly get out of bed in the dark to workout before this program I would have thought that is crazy. Now I can’t imagine my life without boot camp.
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Get You In Shape’s programs include the Get You In Shape Group Personal Training, 24 Day Challenge, sports specific training, weight loss programs, Corporate wellness plans, nutrition plans, core fitness training, strength training, toning and more. Clients include athletes (golf, basketball, tennis, football, track, baseball, baseball, volleyball, and softball) corporate executives, professionals, weekend warriors, cheerleaders, dancers, models, stay at home moms, and anyone looking for results.
Owner Brad Linder, has been featured in numerous newspapers and even as the fitness expert on the news 8 (ABC). Get You In Shape was also featured on The Doctor’s TV show as one of the top Fitness Companies in Texas. He continues to use the gifts that he has been given to help serve the needs others have when it come to being healthy, losing weight, sports, toning up, and overall fitness.
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