Online, Bodybuilding / Bikini Client
"I am so thankful for my fitness journey and Janelle, and my advice to anybody trying to do anything to better themselves would be that you're capable of doing absolutely anything that you put your mind to."
My name is Renae Padgett, I'm 19 and a sophomore at Grand Valley State University. My fitness journey began the middle of my freshman year of college, I had been under a lot of stress and gained the typical "freshman 15", and wasn't feeling confident in the way I looked, so I decided to do something crazy and push myself to compete in m first bikini show.
I loved the way I looked but I quickly fell into my old habits and once again, gained the weight back. I was feeling down until I was recommended to Janelle, who has been a greater blessing that I can begin to explain. I came to her stating what had happened and that I wanted to compete again, so she put me on track to once again be where I want to be.
Even throughout some downfalls in the process, not once has she doubted me and has been a constant reminder of what I'm truly capable of doing. Whenever I feel like giving up she always says "there's other bikini girls out there working hard, you've got to want first place." Which always pushes me to work harder. Not only have I become confident with the process, but I've also come to appreciate eating healthy and what the true advantages of it are.
I am so thankful for my fitness journey and Janelle, and my advice to anybody trying to do anything to better themselves would be that you're capable of doing absolutely anything that you put your mind to. With that being said, here is 8 weeks out from my show last year and 12 weeks out from my show this year.
Group Fitness Client
"Being part of this family has helped give me the confidence and strength to do things I never thought were possible."
Growing up, I was never happy with the way I looked or felt about my body. I had extremely low self-confidence because I was constantly stepping on the scale hoping one day the number wouldn’t be so bad. I was always looking at others comparing my body to theirs and wishing I could look like them. When I got to college, I decided it was time to start becoming more active. I started eating healthier (or so I thought) taking the dogs for long walks every day and doing at-home workouts. I thought I was living a healthy lifestyle. The problem was I could never stick to anything for very long. The at home workouts got boring quickly and going to the gym alone was intimidating. The cycle continued over and over and I was never happy.
In the summer of 2016, I heard about the Nell Nation bootcamp. I was intrigued and scared at the same time. I have never joined a “class” lead by a trainer before and I didn’t know what to expect. Luckily, I had a great group of friends who I convinced to join with me so I wasn’t alone. ☺
I thought when I joined it would only be for the summer bootcamp. I never would have thought it would be something I would stick with. I began to see results and learned the proper way to fuel my body. I began to feel better immediately. My body was changing and I was becoming stronger. I liked the way it felt. I was addicted.
I have continued working out here because being part of this family has helped give me the confidence and strength to do things I never thought were possible. The trainers have pushed me to be the best version of myself. I have learned I am far stronger than I ever thought I could be. I get excited when I can come home at the end of a workout and say "you’ll never guess how much I squatted with today?!"
Throughout this journey I have learned how to trust the process, love this lifestyle and make it a priority. I still struggle and learn new things every day, but the gym is my time. I enjoy spending an hour a day in the gym surrounded by inspiring, funny and strong people. It is the one hour a day that I don’t have to think of the bills, laundry and the house. I can focus on being the best I can be.
"I can't wait to do it because it just puts me one step closer. This whole process has been a challenging one, mentally and physically, but I know it all be worth it in the end."
My Name is Anthony Sisson, and this is my story: "I've wanted nothing more than to play professional basketball. From the time I was an infant crawling, to now turning 25, it's been my life long journey. Ive experienced ups and downs in basketball like many players and even was lucky enough to play on national championship junior college squad my first two collegiate years.
Most players that play at a small college, like the one I finished my career at, call it quits after graduation. But I’ve always felt that there was more that I was capable of. Being athletic and being able to Jump is major factor in basketball. I'm not getting any taller than 6'0. So I realized that if I want to separate myself from the rest of the players in the league that are taller than me I have to work even harder than them to become faster, stronger, and jump higher, to insure that I can be just as effective as someone 6 inches taller than me. I dedicate 5-6 days a week to lifting weights and jump training. I'm motivated by the fear of being cut from a professional team or that constant thought of someone out there working harder than me that day.
Even though I dread some days more than others, I can't wait to do it because it just puts me one step closer. This whole process has been a challenging one, mentally and physically, but I know it all be worth it in the end.
One of my favorite quotes: 'You can fail at what you don't want, so you might as well take a chance on doing that you love' - Jim Carrey
Group Fitness Client
"It is very important to be the best I can be, to be healthy enough that one day, my husband and I can start a family of our own."
So a few years ago, I guess almost three now, I got to the point where I was just uncomfortable with myself. How I looked in clothes, how I felt getting around, and it did not feel good (which is not like me, I was VERY athletic in high school). I am naturally a loud person, and during this period, I became quiet, very quiet, secluded and did not feel like myself. Being quiet is NOT normal for me. (Ask my mom - haha) So around family and friends - I faked it. I told them I was happy, even though I wasn’t. I have always struggled to see what my body actually looks like - since gaining weight, I have always thought myself to be thinner than I actually was. One day, I really looked at myself and said I needed to do something. So I did. I bought some weights and did home workouts and tried to focus on my eating. I lost some weight, felt great and then I slowly slipped back into old habits and I gained the weight back, plus some.
So, in December of 2015, I said enough is enough! The following year, I was getting married and I wanted/needed to start my marriage off with my best self forward. So, I signed up for a triathlon (apparently because fitting into a wedding dress wasn’t enough pressure/motivation!), but it worked! With the help of my sister, I slowly started. I finally, for once, really focused on myself. I focused on what was good for me, good food, moving my body any way I could and really I just took it one step at a time. That was the only way I knew I could keep it up.
Then, I found out my sister was pregnant! I was going to be an aunt! I was over the moon! Now THERE was some motivation! I have always wanted to be an aunt, I have great women in my life as excellent role models for being an Aunt, so I couldn’t wait for a niece or nephew. Even though that year, getting married was the focus, I never forgot about getting healthy for that baby - he or she would be here before I knew it! I worked hard all year - completed the triathlon, started Nell Nation, focused even more on my nutrition and workouts. I changed my mentality, not just my weight and that is an accomplishment!
So now, I want to be able to show my niece to be strong, love herself and be able to run around with her! Two or three years ago, I wouldn’t be able to do those things, I did not think highly of myself nor was I in-shape enough to keep up with a kid. It is very important to be the best I can be, to be able to show my niece what she is capable of, show her how to love and take care of herself. And even more than that, to be healthy enough that one day, my husband and I can start a family of our own.
My sister and I have talked a lot about what I have accomplished in the last few years, and I am so proud of myself. Proud to say that I am strong enough to carry my niece around, strong enough to keep working and changing for me and for her and healthy enough to teach her all I have learned one day. Being healthy for me, for her, my family - that is the most important thing I can do for them and for myself. I will continue to strive for that, no matter what.
Group Fitness Client
"Without a doubt I will keep going to Nell Nation and pushing to be a better me, mom and wife!"
Living a healthy and fit lifestyle is much easier than I ever thought possible, don’t get me wrong I have temptations to eat bad food, but not nearly as often as I used to.
I have learned how to eat and exercise and how to feel good about myself. I used to think I was ‘“In shape” but I wasn’t. I would work out daily and go for runs often, but I was still eating whatever I wanted, whenever I wanted. I thought because I was working out It would be ok to have pizza or ice-cream weekly… or even… daily! I used to drink pop and when in a hurry and go through the drive through to get lunch or a snack. Getting nuggets or a cheeseburger and fries was ok because I would just “run it off” later…
I have learned over time that this is NOT ok and it was damaging my body from the inside out. Nearly 5 years ago I learned that I had Lyme disease and that is when I decided I needed to change everything. I changed my diet and exercise I never ate sugar and I tried to stay active. Doing this and using Young Living essential oils changed my life.
Then, two and half years ago, we found out we were expecting another beautiful baby. I tried to stay active and eat as healthy as possible during this pregnancy but that was easier said than done. After I had the (final) addition to our family I was determined to get back in shape and back to eating healthy. So when Sawyer was about 3-4 months old (February 2016) I ordered Insanity Max 30 and went on the whole 30 diet! This helped, but I was still eating a lot because that diet does not teach portion control. After doing this for a few months and signing up for a few 5k’s I believed I was on the right track, but still, I wasn’t “happy” with my body.
My stomach was my main issue and after 3 babies this proved hard to change. July 2016 my Sister in law and Friend, Ashley, invited me along to Nell Nation bootcamp, and not just on any old day… My first day at Nell Nation was HILL DAY!! Any of you that have been here know what I’m talking about! I was dying, but I was ready for a change, a couple days later I called up Janelle to sign up and make this my new “thing”.
I became dedicated to working out 5-6 days a week and eating healthy I entered into a challenge that they were doing and was able to get second place, not because of pounds lost but because of fat% lost! At this time I could see and feel the change happening and I couldn’t be happier! Then Christmas happened with a few too many “Cheat” days…
January 2017 Nell Nation was having another challenge and this is exactly what I needed to get back in the swing. I lost 5 lbs., gained some muscle and lost some body fat. I also learned how to meal prep and this has been LIFE CHANGING and I don’t think I will ever stop! Meal planning has taught me how much to eat and when to eat it! All in all Nell nation has changed me to be a better person mentally and physically! I can’t thank the trainers enough for how much they pushed me to my limits all the times Janelle, Alyssa, Rachel, Kelly, Tricia, and Kristen coached me to keep going even when I didn’t think I could. All the times I didn’t think I could do one more then… I did. So without a doubt I will keep going to Nell Nation and pushing to be a better me, mom and wife! One day and one rep at a time!
Group Fitness Client
"There is nothing like the feeling of knowing you have gotten stronger in the gym to help you tackle the rest of your life when you are feeling weak."
I had kids young – I became pregnant unexpectedly with my first daughter at the age of 21, while I was still in college. I went on to have four kids in six years and really lived my life in a reactionary sort of way. There is so much about my life that has been lost in that time, even though I gained so much as well. I feel like I was just trying to survive and “catch up” to the whirlwind that was becoming a mom, a wife, and a full-time nurse out of necessity while my husband finished college, all within the span of 6 months. I had postpartum depression and a hard time with all of my pregnancies and births and unfortunately, I didn’t know anything about exercise or nutrition during those times. I had some complications with my last pregnancy which pretty much destroyed my body and my abs especially, so it’s been hard to regain strength in my stomach. Just when I was starting to feel good again, I had a miscarriage and it was devastating, emotionally and physically, so it felt like starting all over again.
I came to Nell Nation right after that, looking for a fresh start in a lot of ways. I’ve always struggled with eating and body image, but long-form cardio was the only thing I knew. After my fourth baby was born in 2014, I started training for my first half-marathon and despite succeeding at that goal, I actually gained weight and felt more discouraged than ever. My sister is the one who introduced me to lifting (I started working out with her more seriously in 2015) and I instantly fell in love.
I feel like at this time in my life, when a lot of my life still feels a bit out of control, because that’s kind of life with four young kids, that time in the gym is the only thing I can control. There is nothing like the feeling of knowing you have gotten stronger in the gym to help you tackle the rest of your life when you are feeling weak. I love how exercise has transformed me mentally and I want that reflected physically as well. I really do want to be comfortable in my own skin for the first time in my life because I see it as a way of taking hold of my life for the first time too.
I am so grateful for my kids and I see them as my biggest accomplishment, but I also lost a big part of myself along the way. And now that they are getting a little older and I hit the big 3-0 myself, I am ready to be the best version of myself and feel proud of the journey that has led me here – and where I can go in the future.
"With Janelle's guidance, support, and advice, I now know how CAPABLE I am to achieve my goals!"
My personal testimony! Summer of 2016 I sat around a table with some of my girlfriends after watching the Bachelor talking about how JoJo had the most PERFECT body! We then started making jokes aimed towards ourselves that kind of put us in a reality check. We realized we all had something in common... we were all unhappy with our bodies.
We immediately got out pieces of papers, discussed our schedules that week and made a gym schedule! We didn't really know what we were doing but we were going to try it! I bought Janelle's 1st workbook a few months prior but didn't really ever use it because I constantly made excuses for myself. My girlfriends and I set goals for ourselves and wanted to accomplish all of them by the end of the summer. We used workouts from the book and started making dinners together and we really did start to see progress! But not much because once the school year started we definitely fell out of the habit.
In early October when I was visiting home I stopped by one of the bootcamps and talked with Janelle after and we decided to start a 3 month cut that would lead into early February! This is where I really saw progress! I lost about 10lbs over the course of the 3 months, MAJOR inches, and gained so much strength! I remember being so pumped going to the gym one day and wearing shorts and not feeling self-conscious at all!
I'm still not where I want to be, but with Janelle's guidance, support, and advice I now know how CAPABLE I am to achieve my goals! It is hard work, I won't lie about that, but once you start seeing results you won't ever want to stop!
Group Fitness Client
"The gym has become my time. Working out allows me to forget everything that happened that day and focus on the present."
In May of 2015 my best friend asked me to marry him. Soon after we were engaged we had pictures taken. Instead of looking at how happy we were in the pictures, I was fixated on how I looked.
This was not something new, throughout college I would go back and forth in my diet and exercise level. It seemed like I was one extreme or the other, working out all the time and eating really healthy or not working out at all and eating more junk food than normal. My weight would fluctuate by 10-15 pounds based on those factors alone. Whether I was 10 pounds lighter or 12 pounds heavier one thing stayed the same, I wasn’t happy. In November of 2016 I was a size 6, on the verge of an 8, and while that may not seem like a big deal it was very hard to know that I had never been bigger than a 4 in the past. When I went wedding dress shopping the dress I ended up with was a size 14. While wedding dresses run smaller than everyday clothes, having that dress fit in some areas was a shock.
As the months passed and I continued to look at engagement pictures I couldn’t stand the thought of looking back on wedding pictures and being unhappy with myself. It was then that I decided I needed to do something. I had been seeing a lot about Nell Nation on Facebook and decided to give it a try in May of 2016. It was honestly one of the best decisions I have made.
From the beginning I felt welcome and it was obvious that Janelle, and all of the other coaches, are passionate about what they do. As the weeks went on I started to notice changes in my body, I could lift more, run faster, and had more energy.
In July I tried my wedding dress on for the first time since I bought it in November and it fell off. As I went through the process of getting it altered my seamstress told me that I had a “cobra back”. At one of my last fittings she left some room for gains in my back but told me that I had to maintain for a month in order for my dress to fit. This felt like a compliment coming from someone who sees tons of brides and has altered hundreds of dresses.
Since getting married in October I have continued to work out. The gym has become my time. Working out allows me to forget everything that happened that day and focus on the present. In the past year I have lost and regained 10 pounds. I went from a size 6 to a size 2 and found my way into a supportive place where I am encouraged to be the best version of myself, one rep at a time.
"Without Nell Nation I would not be as powerful or confident in my abilities. Every day I will get stronger, I will get faster, and I will work harder than anyone who dare stand in my way."
Hello, my name is Ashleigh Simmonds, I am 17 years old. As a premier and varsity soccer player and horseback rider, I've always had to be in decent shape to be good at what I do. However, when I started my journey at Nell Nation, I quickly discovered that "decent" was nowhere near where I wanted or needed to be. My very first day at Nell Nation was a full body workout with my travel team. We were so incredibly sore after, and my crazy self said, "that was so hard...I'm going to go again tomorrow". I remember everyone telling me I was insane.
The really insane part is how much I have grown in roughly the seven months I've been paying Janelle and her trainers to kick my butt. I'm faster, stronger, and more confident in my body and proud of everything it can do for me. I've stepped up my game because my body can work much harder now without becoming fatigued. When I first started, I struggled using dumbbells that were over 10 pounds, and now I start my sets with a 20 pounder in each hand-and go up in weight for every set. Using a 20 pound medicine ball used to be torture, but now it is light as a feather. Just four days ago I max squatted for the first time since last spring and made a 40 pound increase.
I got stronger mentally and physically thanks to Janelle and Alyssa, who never let me cheat myself. They never gave up on me and never let me give up on myself; they pushed me to do more than I believed I was capable of. They showed me that the most important time to push through a workout is at the end, when you think you're too tired, when you think you'll pass out, and when you think you just CAN'T, because, guess what, you CAN. Sometimes when I'm doing sprints after practice I can hear Janelle's voice in my head saying "explode! C'mon Ash, you can do it girl, explode!" Without Nell Nation I would not be as powerful or confident in my abilities. Every day I will get stronger, I will get faster, and I will work harder than anyone who dare stand in my way. Are the workouts tough? Yes. Are they worth it? Absolutely.
"I used to be completely ashamed of how I looked. Now I'm so much more confident in myself and my abilities and I know that I am strong enough to do anything I set my mind on."
It was right after my senior year of college had started that I knew I needed to make a change. Over the course of my college career, I had gained about 35lbs and every time I looked in the mirror I was reminded of that. It was November when a close friend of mine recommended getting a personal trainer and I thought, "There's absolutely no way I can afford it." But let's be honest, you pick up an extra shift or two at work and you can afford it. We make excuses for ourselves when it comes to weight loss because we know it's going to be one of the hardest challenges we face. We know that we are going to have to put the time and money aside and that, unfortunately, we are going to have to change our eating habits. For me personally, I was less scared of working out regularly and more scared of not eating pizza regularly. The glorious thing about working out and sticking to your diet during the week, though, is that when Saturday rolls around you get to have that pizza, and it tastes even more horribly delicious when you don't eat it all week.
I only worked with Nell Nation Fitness and Janelle for about three months and I lost thirty pounds. Probably more than that in fat considering I was going to the gym 5-6 days per week, so I was gaining muscle. I used to be completely ashamed of how I looked. Now I'm so much more confident in myself and my abilities and I know that I am strong enough to do anything I set my mind on. You have to do it for yourself, because you want to feel better and eat better and be stronger. Another thing I learned along the way was that, although it can be embarrassing, you have got to let people in on this journey you're setting out on. The first time I shared a progress picture, I was terrified; however, the amount of support that all my friends gave me was overwhelming. People were rooting for me to succeed, and there were plenty of times when I hit obstacles in my journey and there's no way I would have made it through without my incredible support system. It's amazing what you're capable of if you just allow yourself to succeed. I've had people message me to tell me what an inspiration I am, and those messages still make me SO emotional. I've always been the one seeing other people's progress, and I never thought it would be me. It just goes to show that if I can do it, so can you. I was at a terrible place in my life when I started my fitness journey, and now I couldn't be happier with my life. I'm not letting anything stop me.
Group Fitness Client
"Nell nation has made working out a lot more enjoyable for me. I look forward to what else I can do at Nell nation with my personal transformation."
Hi my name is Ryan Mead. I never thought I would say this… "I love working out". All my life I have been in and out of gyms and home workouts. I would do them for short periods of time but never got into it. I would lose a few pounds then gain it right back because I got bored of the workouts. My wife Teresa joined Nell Nation and after a couple months was just dying to get me to join. In November 2016 I was at a wedding sitting next to Janelle and she asked me when I will be joining them. I kind of just brushed it off and told her maybe soon. I wasn't too sure about the workout class with a bunch of other people.
I was afraid I would feel uncomfortable in front of a lot of people. In December of 2016 I decided to give it a try and I'm glad I did. I started off by going to a few 5:30 am classes a week because that's all my body could handle. I was sorer than I had ever been before. The biggest thing for me the first few weeks was how much the trainers worked with me on my form and letting me know how much weight to use. It was not uncomfortable at all.
After the first few weeks I felt like I was getting better at my form and used to the type of workouts that they provided. In January 2017 Nell nation put on a transformation challenge. They provided meal plans, extra workout ideas and so much support. I told my wife at the beginning that if I join this… then I am going to work my butt off and win it. I stepped up my game by going to class at least 4-5 times a week and doing some jogging a couple days a week. By the end of the 7 week challenge I lost 28.8 pounds, 6.9 percent body fat and 39 inches. I am proud to say I got first place in the challenge. By the end of the challenge I was addicted to working out. The other day I got the flu and the first thing that crossed my mind was "I'm gonna miss Monday's workout. Not cool!!" Nell nation has made working out a lot more enjoyable for me. I look forward to what else I can do at Nell nation with my personal transformation.
Online, Bodybuilding / Bikini Client
"I’m proud to have such an inspiring and motivating woman as my coach and I can't wait to keep working together with her in the future!"
Hi everyone, my name is Miriam, I’m 23 years old and I just recently moved to the U.S. from Germany. Everyone who knows me, knows that working out and lifting is one of my biggest passions – if not my only one. The gym and the iron is my balance to work, my valve when I’m in a bad mood and my fun place when I’m happy. I used to spend more time at the gym than anywhere else.
With my move to the U.S. last summer and together with all the new challenges and everything else you get confronted with when you make such a big step – I kind of lost the gym out of my sight. Too busy, too exhausted, too everything. You probably know that feeling. Soon I realized I was just not happy with my body anymore, I was moody and just felt tired and exhausted all the time. I tried really hard to get back on track, I forced myself to go to the gym after a long work day and I forced myself to get up early on the weekends to go to the gym instead of sleeping in and getting the rest that I actually would have needed. But it didn’t work. The fun while working out was completely gone. I was tired, unmotivated and got frustrated. There was actually one night when I left the gym and started crying as soon as I got into my car. This was probably the day when I realized that something would have to change. I had reached the point where I had to force myself to go do what I used to LOVE?! This couldn’t be right.
I made the decision that I would HAVE to change something NOW, to find some new motivation.
That’s when I heard about Janelle. That’s when I emailed her right away, that’s when I decided that I want to get her as my personal trainer.
And that’s when I decided to step on stage for the first time ever in summer 2017.
I was always fascinated by “these bodybuilding shows”. I went to a bunch of shows and fitness conventions back in Germany and it was just so inspiring to me. What most people see in these competitions are either unhealthy skinny or unhealthy muscular people who wear way too much bronzing cream. That’s what it maybe might seem like on the first look.
What I see? Passion, willpower, commitment and all the effort and time you put into your body. I always thought about competing, so that’s what I decided to do.
So I finally started working with Janelle towards my first bikini show in October 2016.
The first 13 weeks we were focusing on building up muscle. Means meal prepping every Sunday night for the whole week, eating six meals a day, working out five days a week – NO CARDIO. Doesn’t sound too bad huh? I got a new workout plan every week. Training a different muscle group every day, means it never gets boring, your body never gets used to the workouts which leads to: RESULTS! It’s so much fun and motivating to see results every single week! And probably the best thing ever is: even other people like my coworkers and friends see the results!
We do an online check in with weight recording and taking pictures every weekend, so this way you can keep track of your progress and Janelle can make adjustments on your workouts or meal plan if needed.
I’ve never been SO motivated to go to the gym before, I’ve not skipped one single workout in these 13 weeks. Seriously!
At this moment I am two weeks into my prep and 14 weeks out from my show in June. This is the time where it will get more and more challenging for me from week to week as we are adding more cardio and making adjustments to the meals (which means cutting out all the fun stuff…). But Janelle is there for me no matter what time of the day. I can always reach out to her if I have any questions regarding meals, workouts or even if I only need a quick pep talk. I’m proud to have such an inspiring and motivating woman as my coach and I can’t wait to keep working together with her in the future!
"Without Nell Nation I could not be where I am today. I no longer get pushed off the ball, I am no longer weak, and most of all I will no longer be out-worked."
Hi, my name is Marissa Woods and I am 17 years old. When I think about my athletic story I don't seem to think of it as a story, but more so a journey. I have played soccer as far back as I can remember. As a little girl I have dreamed of playing college soccer-just like most young soccer players. I have never been the most talented, but what got me to where I am is my work ethic. I can recall making varsity as a freshmen and when I watch film from that year all I notice is me constantly being pushed off the ball. I couldn't even keep people off me! I had no upper body strength, I didn't lift, I was truthfully weak out there. In soccer, you cannot afford to be weak. I never gave up on my dream to play soccer, I kept working as hard as possible. Two years ago, my confidence took a plunge, I wasn't the same player out there anymore. I needed something to change.
In the summer of 2016, I found Nell Nation. I walked in completely unsure of what to expect (besides the fact I was about to get my butt kicked). I remember my first day at the hill. I was dry heaving, dizzy, and exhausted... but I kept going. Why? In the moment I didn't know why. I just heard Janelle and Alyssa in my ear telling me I could do it and they were right-I was there for a reason and I was still chasing my dream even though I thought I had given up. If we are being honest, I didn't want to come back the next day. I had enough, I was so sore and I was beyond exhausted, but something brought me back. I wanted to keep fighting. I was surrounded by the most motivating trainers that reminded me why I was there, they wouldn't let me cheat myself and they were always there with reminders… "You can’t quit during a game so don’t quit now!" or "There’s someone else out there who wants to win just as bad as you do… don't let them out work you." Those phrases stuck in my head and they are ones I will never forget.
In January of 2016, my dream college turned me down. They said they did not have a spot for me on the soccer team. I was devastated. Heartbroken even. What now? Do I keep working? Do I give up? These thoughts ran through my head until I got a text from one of my trainers, "It is better to not have an opportunity and to be prepared then to not be prepared and have an opportunity." I knew I needed to keep working. God had a plan and it wasn't at my dream college. I lifted heavier than I ever had, I ran further than before, and I wouldn't let my mental excuses let me stop. Nell Nation became my place to grind until my dreams became a reality.
At a place like Nell Nation they give you the tools and the motivation, it's up to you whether or not you use them. You are surrounded by such amazing individuals all with different goals but are in the same place to work together. About a month later in February I received an offer from Davenport University where I will be continuing to further both my education and soccer career. I worked hard in soccer but without Nell Nation I could not be where I am today. I no longer get pushed off the ball, I am no longer weak, and most of all I will no longer be out worked.
Student Athlete / Bodybuilding / Bikini Client
"A month later and I don't regret it for a second. Joining her group was the best thing that I could have done."
So I started with Nell Nation about 10 months ago when i saw a post on Instagram about Janelle having a group of athletes. At the time I ran college track and was struggling to say the least so I figured why not. The first day of workouts was one of the most insane things I have ever done... Honest to goodness I was sore for like 9 days and it never got better. I was convinced Janelle was psychotic. But I stayed with it because I wanted to get better. Of course it got better and I started looking forward to the workouts every single day. I can proudly say I went through the entire summer without skipping one single day. I became addicted to the workout style that Janelle had introduced me to and I didn't want to stop. I lost 9% body fat in 3 months.
When I got back to school for track I started doing the team workouts again. I PR'd in my 40 meter sprint by 1 second (WHICH IS A LOT FOR A 40 METER DASH, LIKE A LOT). I was faster than ever. I went from being the slowest person on the team to being in the top 5 fastest. I PR'd in long jump by over a foot (WHICH IS FREAKING HUGE AGAIN). My coach named me Most Improved before the season had even started. While I got so much better at track and running... I missed lifting. I started to lose muscle mass and gain weight that I had worked so hard to lose. On top of this my anxiety really started to pick back up and kick into full gear. I started to hate going to practice and was upset after every meet. So I took a step back and tried to think about my life when I was lifting 5 days and I realized that lifting is what made me happy and track was weighing me down. So despite all of the progress I made I decided to end my track career and go back to doing what made me truly happy.
A month later and I don't regret it for a second. I'm lifting 5 days a week, focusing on my eating, and my body is already responding to the healthy changes. On top of this, I've decided that I am going to do a show in September and am currently bulking (which is cool because food). The best part about all of this was that I would text Janelle probably every week freaking out about track and she was always so supportive. When I told her that I left the team she was super supportive of that too. When I told her I wanted to do a show she was all for it. Janelle has become this life coach for me in a way and I couldn't ask for anyone better to stand next to me on this journey. Joining her group last May was the best thing that I could have done. I’m so amazed by Janelle because there is a ton of people in Nell Nation and she still manages to know everyone personally and support everyone on a personal level. Nell Nation has totally changed my life in a positive way. I am SO SO HAPPY that I saw her Instagram post about needing a group. I cannot even image where I would be or what I would be doing if I had never crossed paths with Nell Nation.
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"I knew I had to do it! I'm officially addicted and can't wait to see what another 6 weeks brings!"
After I had my first baby in 2014… I thought it was enough that I lost all the baby weight in a few short months. I didn't think I really needed to work out because hey they weight went away anyway. Once we decided to get pregnant with baby number two I realized the mistake that was to do that to my body. I never replenished any muscle in my abs, my previous 2010 spinal surgery had no muscle for support either so the extra pressure of a baby left me in lots of pain. (Not to mention he was a boy so he sat so low) So much pain I was in physical therapy during my second/third trimester. Going in for my second C-section was ten times worse than my first and I know for a fact it was because I didn't take the time to get myself physically and mentally strong enough for another intense surgery like that. I had been in contact with Janelle a couple of times about Bootcamp, and when she was doing the New Year challenge and BOGO membership deal I knew I had to do it! The challenge gave me a sense of working toward a goal and making myself stick to a plan... and although taking weekly pictures was my least favorite part (ha isn't it everyone's?) at the end I'm so glad I did! I'm officially addicted and can't wait to see what another 6 weeks brings!
"I'm able to be more active and enjoy life with my husband and grandchildren."
I joined Nell Nation at age 54 having never been to a gym in my life. The experience has changed my life in so many ways. Because I am stronger, I no longer have the daily aches and pains that I came to accept as normal.
My confidence has soared. I'm able to be more active and enjoy life with my husband and grandchildren. The instructors are awesome and inspire me every day.
"I want 2017 to be the year that I get in the best shape I've ever been in."
I've been going to Nell Nation since June of 2015 and have never done the same workout twice. Janelle dedicates her time and commitment to her program as well as the needs of the members. She has pushed me to limits I never knew existed while encouraging me the entire way! Nell Nation has been built up from a small group of people working out on a football field to a gym with so many new faces everyday. Janelle honestly has so much more to offer than just workout classes; She is a great friend and a hardworking role model who knows all of the ins and outs of health and fitness. Nell Nation is the only reason I was strong enough to run my 1st half marathon, and I am so grateful for that. Since high school I've always been active but not necessarily in great shape. I want 2017 to be the year that I get in the best shape I've ever been in. With my 30's quickly approaching, I need to focus on the meal plans Janelle provides as well as the workout classes! Nell Nation Bootcamp has become a part of my life and I am so glad to have met such wonderful people within who want to work hard and be healthier!
"I can honestly say that i feel 100% healthier."
In August of this year I decided to make a change that wound up impacting my life in a very special positive way. I was already going to the gym on a regular basis but I was not gaining a lot of momentum in reaching my goals. I was scrolling through facebook one afternoon and I found an ad for Nell nation. I was hesitant at first considering I had never been in a Bootcamp class or any type of group fitness. I had a lot of fears that I believe a lot of people experience when starting something new. I wondered if people would judge me for being out of shape. I was worried that I wouldn't even be able to make it through the first class without making a fool of myself. Well I was both wright and wrong with my hypothesis. I was wrong in that everybody accepted me as if I had been going to the classes all along. There were others in the group who were just as out of shape as me. I was right about not hardly being able to finish a class. Nell and the other amazing coaches kicked my butt and at the same time they all gave me all the support I needed to push through my struggles.
Four months since I first started with Nell Nation, I can honestly say that i feel 100% healthier. I struggled with running a mile and now I am able to run a 5K. I can see the transformations in the mirror as my body is toning up. My husband has been noticing that I have quite a bit more energy. I have also noticed a mental change. I have been happier and feel like I am willing to go out and do more activities. I am very glad I made the choice to start Nell Nation and I would recommend this to anybody who is willing to commit.
"Nell Nation has become my fitness family where we all get together and encourage one another to push ourselves, to be the best we can."
I am Stacey Aulph, a wife of 11 years to an amazing man that I adore so much and a mom of two beautiful daughters Kaleigh, 7 and Emmalyn, 3. I have never been athletic or a healthy eater and have found that as I get older my body is changing. Poor life choices were not allowing me to be the woman I wanted to be nor the example I wanted to set for my girls. In combination of my life choices and the unhappiness I felt with my body I also have a family history of severe illness like high blood pressure and cholesterol, thyroid disease, heart attacks and strokes, etc. I had tried multiple types of workout programs from home but was never successful with following through because it was my comfort place. I had too many distractions that had given me an excuse to not get my workout done.
I found Nell Nation and went to the gym one time to check it out and new instantly this is it, this is what I have been looking for.
For the past 6 months, I have been attending boot camp classes and notice such an amazing difference in how I feel. I have so much more energy and my body is changing is so many ways; I have more curves, my legs and arms have toned in all the right places and the strength is unreal, things like box jumps seemed so impossible but now I love them! Nell Nation has become my fitness family where we all get together and encourage one another to push ourselves, to be the best we can and give each exercise all we have.
"I am able to hang out with friends while working out, make new friends, stay motivated, be held accountable, and improve my overall health."
I joined Nell Nation and started my journey about one year ago. Initially I had joined to escape the stress of my daily life; work, cook, clean, repeat. I had started a stressful job and wanted to have one night per week to myself. I have always enjoyed working out and a friend had recommended that I join Nell Nation.
It did not take long to love the workouts and attend as many evenings as I could. Nell Nation not only allowed me to cope with stress but also offered so much more. I am able to hang out with friends while working out, make new friends, stay motivated, be held accountable, and improve my overall health. I have toned muscles and most of all, feel great about myself!! The workouts challenge me more than any other workouts I have done. The other day I was using 20# weights chuckling at the fact that I was afraid to pick up free weights before joining Nell Nation.
I love the confidence, endurance, attitude, body, and person I have become because of the group I joined one year ago. Recently my motivation has been my wedding, which is only 6 short months away! I need to push it harder now than ever to be wedding dress ready!!
"Aside from gaining muscle I also gained confidence, self-respect and I learned how to love my body even when it's not "perfect"."
Well over the last year I lost close to 40 lbs. but I think what I gained was way more important. Aside from gaining muscle I also gained confidence, self-respect and I learned how to love my body even when it's not "perfect". I think you have to fall in love with yourself first before you can attempt to transform your body, if you don't love yourself at your lowest point then you will still struggle with it even when you're at your best. Routine was definitely key for me, I had to set up a reasonable routine that I could stick with and hold myself accountable for or else I would just make excuses. Also I didn't really even start to see results until I changed my diet. Diet is everything! If I could stop eating chocolate I would have reached my goals already! Anyways I don't think I have any infinite wisdom or anything about this stuff, you just gotta find out your reasons for why you want to change and make it happen. Mine was to be an example of health for future patients, no one wants to listen to a doctor if they don't practice what they preach.
If I can do it then anyone can! The book was super helpful because it gave a plan of attack that I just had to execute when I got to the gym, rather than wandering around trying to come up with a good workout. And those workouts are no joke either, they kick my butt!
"Truly, it all comes down to the people you’re exposed to on the journey. I can assure you that this is the place to find those people, and find your best self."
My fitness journey is similar to a lot of people’s out there, a back and forth, never completely satisfied, on-going disarray. But recently on my journey I was blessed with finding an amazing fitness family, and that is with Nell Nation. When I first started Nell Nation I was at a place in my life where I was constantly looking at the scale instead of how my clothes fit. I was constantly looking at others and wishing to have their body instead of appreciating my own and trying to be the best me. My insight on not only fitness, but life has been completely altered. Not only that, but I have met some of the most amazing, supportive people who forgive me when life gets in the way. These are people who can all relate that the struggle can be REAL. But here, when you’re in the gym, these people push you and motivate you enough to remember how important your health really is.
I’m a trainer who has cellulite, bad eating habits and gets winded walking up the stairs. But I chose to train at Nell Nation because it’s truly one of the best families to be a part of. I enjoy nothing more than spending my Friday night preparing for Saturday morning’s workout whether it is at the bleachers or in the gym. I thrive on pushing people through some of the toughest workouts known to man, because the energy our gym holds, and the pure joy everyone shares after the workout is what is the best about our family. Not to mention the achievements I have seen in the short year I have been here.
Truly, it all comes down to the people you’re exposed to on the journey and how they can guide and influence you positively. I can assure you that this is the place to find those people, and find your best self.
"I have come to nurture and value this lifestyle and have also found myself to be fascinated about health, but especially nutrition."
Shalie is jumping on board as a nutrition-focused intern!
Hiya, Nell Nation! I'm Shalie Bireta. I was born and raised in Lapeer but moved to GR after high school to attend GVSU. I graduated in 2015 with a degree in Communications and Writing, going on to accept a full time position at MCS Marketing. I also have continued working part time lifeguarding (for the free gym membership, of course). In my personal fitness journey, I have come to love running and lifting and am currently training for the 2017 25K River Bank Run and Tough Mudder. In my spare time, you can find me reading, hiking, traveling, and shoving spoonfuls of expensive peanut butter into my mouth.
I grew up learning about the benefits of a natural, organic, and holistic lifestyle from my mother, a health teacher. I have come to nurture and value this lifestyle and have also found myself to be fascinated about health, but especially nutrition. I like to know exactly where food comes from and what it consists of, which has lead me to find deep satisfaction in the art of cooking. I -'constantly trying new concoctions for meal prep, crock pot meals and healthy dessert alternatives!
Pursue passion - this has become my mantra, and I am certain that God has guided me to this point to gain initial experience in the field I love. I am over the moon excited for the opportunity to get to know and work with you all and continue to further my knowledge with Janelle's guidance!