Tavia was one of SouthSide’s first members upon opening in December 2014, and has been a dedicated member ever since. She manages to juggle family, a full time demanding job, all while getting her daily workouts in and staying true to her meal plan. Tavia recently decided to compete in her first physique competition, and with the guidance of Team Bombshell and Jason Parsons, she followed her meal plan and workouts to a “T” and it has certainly paid off. Out of the two competitions she’s competed in over the past few months, Tavia has taken home a total of 11 trophies. Tavia‘s most recent wins include 1st Place in Masters 35+, Overall Open Class, and Overall Bikini!
No matter how tough her training became or how hectic life was, she always entered the gym with a cheerful smile and positive attitude.
“Training with Christie West has made the word “beautiful” have a whole new meaning. For me, I have always wanted my body to look like a petite girl’s figure. I felt that their body was the definition of fit, skinny, and healthy; but I have come to realize that was a misconceived idea. Training with Christie is helping me become a beautiful and healthy girl. Working out with Christie has made me see life from a different view. Christie is not only toning the outside of my body, but toning me mentally as well. We also talk about nutrition and not the word “diet.” Healthy eating is an ongoing process that I must keep with my busy lifestyle. I am now eating more vegetables, leaner meat and cutting back on carbs and sweets. I still eat these, but in moderation. I do not pour dressing on my salad, but take my salad and dip into the dressing. I try to eat smaller meals during the day so that my sugar level does not drop as I am still growing. When someone says “Wow, your legs look great!” it always brings a smile to my face and it shows me that I am morphing into a strong and beautiful girl. Christie is more than just my trainer; she is my mentor, a role model, and definitely a friend. I could not be where I am mentally and physically without her.”- Caroline Congro
“I started what I guess you’d call my “journey” in 2014. I had gained 40 pounds being in nursing school and had also been recently diagnosed with hypothyroidism, which has side effects of slower metabolism, lower energy and weight gain. Over the next couple of years I would roller coaster through diets and exercises that never stuck.
Finally around the summer of 2016, I was fed up with the back and forth of not sticking to anything and decided to get serious about my health and fitness. I started running and doing HIIT workouts three times a week. I also do some weights and classes at Southside which always helps keep me interested and motivated in continuing to work out. I’m down 40 pounds from my heaviest weight and I’m a lot happier and healthier!” Lindsey Greene
Aaron Haddock’s transformation story is remarkable. Aaron joined SouthSide about a year ago, weighing 345lbs and is down today to 270lbs (75lb weight loss in less than a year)!
Aaron’s motivation comes from his boys and wanting to stay fit and healthy for them. “I realized that if I didn’t start taking care of myself that I wouldn’t be able to do the things that they wanted to do as they got older. I also wanted to set an example for my boys and show them the importance of maintaining a fit and healthy lifestyle.
Weight training, coupled with cardio and a healthy diet has helped me lose 75lbs. I’m happy that I joined the SouthSide family!”- Aaron Haddock
“What a difference a year can make in both how I feel and how others perceive me. I was persuaded to join SouthSide Power & Fitness in February of 2015. Upon completing my free trial workout, I felt compelled to join SouthSide as a member. SouthSide Power & Fitness provides its members with a great atmosphere for training with a staff that is both supportive and enthusiastic.
I joined SouthSide weighing 251 lbs. with no clear fitness goals at the time. I felt that I had tremendous potential for achieving fitness as I had been involved with athletic programs in my past. Working out to me, at the time, was only about how much weight I could lift. The mindset changed once I realized that total fitness is an opportunity to flourish in aspects of life that go beyond just physical fitness. I started to look beyond just the numbers of how much weight that I could lift to a higher goal of being my best, making and keeping my commitments in combination with healthy physical habits.
My diet was an area that I changed in the process of working out at SouthSide. I began to eat of variety of proteins, whole grains, fruits and complex carbs. Workouts consist of high paced weight lifting and cardio, such as walking. The results were astonishing both physically and mentally. I kept my commitment to work out regularly at SouthSide and was very pleased with how may body responded. My appearance had changed and how great it felt to achieve improvements in my life. It was also funny how some people that I have met at SouthSide, no longer recognized me. I am ecstatic with my new weight of 180 lbs.
I will continue to strive to prosper in all aspect of my overall health. I am so thankful for SouthSide Power & Fitness for providing an excellent facility and equipment to utilize towards personal improvement. I appreciate the staff for their friendliness and personal attention to each member. I am thankful and blessed to have Jesus Christ as my savior. My transformation is an example of an abundance of his miracles and grace.” – Christian Ohmer
Tina Stephens lost 82 lbs in one year and contributes her weight loss success to the inspiration and encouragement received from the SouthSide family.
“It’s amazing when you get sick and tired of being sick and tired what you will do. I have been doing Crossfit for 3 years but couldn’t reach my goals, until I came to SouthSide. The inspiration and encouragement has allowed me to get closer than ever before. And 82 lbs down in one year! The staff is so great to work with and I am honored to be a part of the SouthSide Family. The positive atmosphere and encouragement from others helps keep me on track…SouthSide Power & Fitness Rocks!” – Tina Stephens
Tina, you are amazing and a true inspiration to everyone. We are so proud of you and all that you have accomplished!
If Tina looks familiar to you, it’s because she also teaches our Pit Fit classes. If you haven’t tried out the Pit Fit class, you are missing out. Tina’s positive attitude is infectious and just what’s needed to conquer her 30 minute Pit Fit Class.