January 15, 2013
“What a Difference
a Year Makes”
THIS IS WHAT HAPPENS when Kathy
Henkel becomes part of your life. She saves it.
One year ago I was waking up to a reality I didn’t like. I was overweight, numbed out,
isolated, and unfit. I was missing out on the joy of health and shying away from a fuller life. My life was small, my attitude
had flat lined, and I had hit the wall and was ready to change. I had been a healthy and active person before in my life and
knew I needed to find my way back. I told myself I was battling a genetic legacy of overweight tendencies and a middle-aged
metabolism. I was coming off years of numbing anti-depressants and staring daily into a closet of “fat
clothes”, and a mirror of self-disapproval.
I started taking advantage of all the free trials area gyms were offering to get a good feel
for what was going to work for me now. Then I went to Kathy Henkel Fitness to - WATCH! – a class or two and see what
I was in for.
was different; the studio environment, the positive, motivating energy, the welcome feeling, and the collaborative attitude
of the women taking the classes. I watched in amazement at these women – so strong, and totally and completely enjoying
themselves and each other – and thought to myself “I WANT SOME OF THAT!” I ended up participating - for
a DOUBLE class that night and I never looked back.
I have never been the “joiner type,” the thought of group
exercise was horrific to me, and my first few classes meant being honestly confronted with the reality of my then compromised
physical state. But Kathy Henkel’s Magic worked its way in, gently but solidly, and within a mere week or two, I was
feeling AND seeing my efforts take hold.
Kathy encouraged me to meet myself where I was, to make my best stab at each exercise every time,
and to trust the process. Kathy celebrated my efforts on the same level as my results, and it has made all the difference.
Since becoming part
of the KHF Family, I have shed over 35 pounds, a stunning number of inches, and released myself from the rut I was in. I now
fit into 3 pairs of “skinny” jeans (from the back of my closet) I had hanging on my wall and had been staring
at since last February. I take ZERO medications, and am rarely sick. I am nicer, more fun, and mentally flexible. I am stronger,
more positive, and can see and feel the workouts showing up in my everyday life – from greater strength in daily moving
to increased energy for fun. I sleep better, think more clearly, have a better attitude, and have gained a posse of dedicated,
supportive women who inspire me and keep me going. I laugh more. And I approve of myself.
I have completed a Mud Run, a 5K,
and a Warrior Dash – something I never thought would happen – and I am on my way to my 2013 challenges. It was
Kathy’s ever-present encouragement and generous, confident spirit that made me believe I could – and I am. I can’t
wait to see what Kathy will get me into this year!
Kathy Henkel Fitness is the reason I can feel good about sharing my past
year’s journey, in an honest and brave and real way. The proof is POSITIVE. Look at these photos! Then come see for
yourself what happens when Kathy Henkel enters YOUR life. You won’t look back.
With gratitude, Kami Bacon
I have never liked to exercise, that has certainly changed since
becoming a member at KHF. It is about having fun, feeling fabulous, seeing fulfilling results, and being part
of a family. Thank you Kathy for helping me take the "t" out of CAN'T. Thank you for giving me the confidence
and for making me feel young again. You are not only a trainer, but someone who truly cares about each of your members.
What a wonderful journey it has been.I look forward to continuing this journey into 2013. ~Maria Wathley
Hardwork and determination were a major role in Marias transformation.
She has worked so hard since starting at KHF almost a year ago. 25 pounds and 22 inches VANISHED!! She continues her
healthy lifestyle change and to reach even bigger goals and challenges this year. even more goals
for 2013. Way to go Maria
Another KHF client on her way to a healthier lifestyle.
24 pounds and 15 inches down...but It's not just about losing weight, it is about becoming stronger, healthier, and a lifestyle
change. Sam did her first three 5Ks this year, including the Warrior Dash. Way to go Sam! She continues to challenge
herself with more goals for 2013.
taking a class in 2008 I heard so much activity in the class next door that it struck my curiosity. The following
week I took my first class with Kathy, Belly Dance Fit. From that point on I was addicted, exercise has became
a part of my everyday life. Kathy has a special gift to keep her clients motivated!
Kathy takes the time to insure that her clients are
enjoying her classes and benefiting from them as well. She checks that your posture is correct, changes music
on a regular basis so boredom doesn’t kick in. She makes her classes difficult but yet fun to keep us motivated.
Kathy listens, follows through and puts her client’s needs first. Her studio has become part of our lives. It
is a place where women can come together to exercise, to talk and to share. Unlike a typical gym, at the studio
we exercise without intimidation; we share our thoughts and most importantly have a trainer with over 20 years experience
of 2011 I was at an all time low, physiologically and physically. I felt there was nowhere to hide. Kathy
knew I wasn’t right. She knew that I needed to focus and challenge myself to change how I was feeling.
So as any good friend would do, she challenged me to do something for myself while physically benefiting from it as
well. She asked me to join her in an Air Climb. I kept telling her I couldn’t do it, Kathy
wouldn’t hear me. As any dedicated trainer would do, she was persistent until I agreed. January
21, 2011 was the day that changed the way I viewed myself. She pushed me to the limit, wouldn’t let me
say “I can’t do it” and never let me give up. The day after I agreed to do this, a routine
was in place and the preparation for the climb, 42 stories, 914 steps. On March 26, 2011 the mission was complete.
We embarked on this journey and never looked back.
Kathy trained me an average of 2 hours a day with a minimum of 4 days a week. We moderately modified my
diet and the transformation took place. The pounds and inches started to come off, but more importantly my attitude
was positive. She would PUSH me, wouldn’t hear it when I would say I can’t do this. She
has a way of motivating her clients, makes them feel good about every little step they take until she sees results.
Will take you by the hand and make you feel like you are the only person in the world and how important you are.
How you need to find and focus on yourself in order to help others. She has transformed my body, my mind
and most importantly motivated me to have the confidence I never knew I had.
Kathy truly is a gem in the world of fitness. Anyone who is fortunate enough to be a
member of Kathy Henkel Fitness can testify to this. For me, it was life changing and there is only one way to
exercise, with a trainer who cares….Kathy Henkel.
Thanks for the change I never thought possible, for the friendship that I cherish and for being you.
I love you and thank you for what you have made of me and for the studio that you’ve created with women in mind.
The friendships we have made, the transformations we have witness and the confidence we all have by being members of
Kathy Henkel Fitness.