ABOUT KIM HOLMES
Hey! I'm Kim, a Personal Trainer who loves a good green smoothie, a kick butt workout and has a debilitating sweet tooth, I am happiest with a book, cup of coffee and warm blanket, and will break into dance at the sound of anything by Salt n Pepa. I am married to my high school best friend and we have two wild and crazy little boys who think wrestling is the best form of exercise.
I have been a Personal Trainer for over 12 years and am so thrilled to have a job I love! I believe that fitness is more than just glossy photos of muscled women in bikinis. It's more than eating “good food” and “bad food”. It's more than beating your poor body into oblivion. To me, fitness is about being strong. It's about being an active participant in your own life. It's about being able to play with your kids. It's about being mentally strong and powerful. It's about being able to open your own jars, lift your own suitcases. It’s about everything (yes everything) in moderation.
I want to bring fitness to everyone. I believe it is the match to light your spark.
Despite my best efforts, I haven’t always had such a Pollyanna attitude towards health and fitness. Yes I have always been active and actually enjoy fruits and vegetables but it has been a journey to get where I am now. Let's be real, it's still a work in progress! I played sports growing up and ran track and played volleyball and basketball in high school. I loved and still love the feeling of a good sweat and hard work. I joined the school weight room in an attempt to get arms and abs like Janet Jackson. Needless to say, this did not happen with my post workout meal of a cheeseburger and fries promptly followed by a nap in afternoon science class. I would watch around me as my girlfriends subsisted on air for lunch and it made me kind of angry. Sure I was eating total garbage but at least I wasn't afraid to eat. I started to question if I was the crazy one. Why was I the only one not on a diet?
Fast forward to my late teens/early twenties and enter the world of fad diets. Ahhhh the memories! Enter the years of the diet coke, lean cuisine and chocolate bar diet. I was living the dream... I dropped 10 lbs, had zero energy, and was always starving.
Thankfully my old self chimed in and told me there had to be a better way. I learned over time that that I could still maintain a healthy weight, have energy and (newsflash) not always be starving! It took a few years to figure out that eating real food (not chemicals) was the only way to go.
I started my career in the Fitness Industry in 2003 with my newfound knowledge and passion for exercise and nutrition. I started teaching group fitness classes and training clients one on one. I loved my job and my clients like working with me too. I was healthy, fit and happy but also a bit naïve. I was coaching mainly women and usually their goal was weight loss. I had never really had to lose weight and didn’t understand their struggles. I didn't understand how with 3 kids they couldn't work out 6 days a week for an hour. I didn’t understand what it felt like to feel uncomfortable in my own skin. I just didn't get it.
Then I became a Mom and everything changed.
My post partum body was one that I didn't recognize. I remember looking down at my stomach immediately after giving birth to my first son; terrified at the blob left behind and asking the nurse "Will this ever go away?" I had 35lbs to lose if I ever wanted to work as a Personal Trainer again let alone every wear anything but yoga pants. Once given the green light to exercise, I laced up my shoes and got after it only to find that I couldn't hold a plank for more than 10 sec and my hips seriously hurt when I ran. What was happening to me? I was a trainer. I was supposed to be fit. I had to be fit.
So I made a plan. I exercised 4-5 times a week for about 30 min, lifting weights (or my new baby) in my basement or running outside. I ate 3 meals and 2 snacks balanced with protein/carbs and fat. I also learned the power of pelvic floor training for a stronger core and injury prevention. The weight fell off within about 6 months I realized that I was on to something. Everyone was out there looking for a magic pill to make this happen and I had found it. Only it wasn't a magic pill. It was hard work and common sense eating. I didn't have to exercise for hours a day and beat myself up. I didn't have to drink weird potions. I just had to sweat and eat real food. Simple as that.
I used this formula to help myself lose the same 35lbs with my second son and it is how I continue to help my clients reach their goals today. Now my mission is to give other women the same road map I designed for myself. Yes this map will lead you to a place where you lose inches and look great in a pair of skinny jeans. But more importantly it will show you:
-How to take care of your body for the rest of your life (not just a few weeks)
-That exercise can actually be fun
-That reaching a healthy weight doesn’t have to be torture
-That all foods are welcome in a healthy diet
-That YOU are a FORCE to be reckoned with
So what are you waiting for? Contact me today to book your FREE 30 minute Fitness Consultation and get started on your journey. I promise I will be with you every step of the way.