For mother and daughter, Lorie and Leslie Kimble, fitness hasn’t been a big part of their lives. But after completing the eight-week Aspire, Advance, Achieve Fitness Challenge with the Apex Parks …
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For mother and daughter, Lorie and Leslie Kimble, fitness hasn’t been a big part of their lives. But after completing the eight-week Aspire, Advance, Achieve Fitness Challenge with the Apex Parks and Recreation District, the two hope live more healthy lifestyles.
“The best part is feeling better in general,” Lorie Kimble, 34 said in December, after the challenge wrapped up. “I really enjoy working out now. I have motivation where I didn’t before. I really enjoy that.”
The fitness and weight loss program is designed to increase physical activity and provide professional guidance and accountability for developing healthy lifestyle habits. Participants worked in groups with a personal trainer and had access to a registered dietitian.
“We want to encourage everyone in our community to aspire, advance and achieve their fitness and wellness goals,” said Hillary Roemersberger, recreation services director for Apex. “We want Arvada to be a healthy place to live and play and Apex can help you reach those goals.”
Kimble candidly said that before starting the fitness challenge she was at a point in her life where she either needed to loose weight or buy new clothes.
“I’m absolutely unwilling to buy new clothes,” she said. “I just need to commit to slimming down a bit.”
Kimble was diagnosed with high blood pressure 11 years ago, coinciding with her last pregnancy. Because of this, in the past doctors told her to limit her physical activity. This led to her giving up working out entirely.
“Now I’m getting older and my body is changing, so I wanted to find a way to exercise but feel safe about it,” Kimble explained. “I think it’s important and I want to set a good role model for my children.”
After finding the challenge posted on Nextdoor.com, Kimble and her 17-year-old daughter, Leslie, signed up to get in shape together.
“It’s an incredible bonding experience with me and my kid,” Kimble said, just a couple weeks into the challenge. “She pushes me. If we’re on the star master and I’m going faster than her, she pumps hers up and I do the same. We’re pushing each other forward and calling each other out.”
Leslie, a senior at Pomona High, joined the challenge with her mom to get back in shape following an injury. Her goal is to play volleyball in college next year.
“I went to sports medicine at Warren Tech last year and it really opened my eyes to how bad the world is getting with health in general,” Leslie said. “I think it’s really important that we are all healthy and in shape and eating the right things.”
During the challenge, which included about 50 men and women, participants were split into small group for two-day a week workouts. The Kimble ladies were part of team Missions Slimpossible led by Apex trainer Holly Benson, which met on Mondays and Wednesday — one day at the Apex Center, the other at the Fitzmorris Recreation Center.
“It’s nice to be able to see different gyms,” Lorie Kimble said. “It’s really helpful so you’re not a deer in the headlights when you go to a new gym for the first time.”
They were also given exercises to complete on their own and bootcamp was held on Saturday mornings.
“Bootcamp was awful — it kicked my butt,” Lorie Kimble said, after attending her first one in October. “But it was really good. I was sore for two days.”
The accountability the group workouts brought is something both Kimble ladies enjoyed.
“The groups gave me motivation to do better,” Leslie said.
Lorie also benefited from the exercise modifications Benson gave her to accommodate her high blood pressure.
By the end of the challenge, Leslie’s boyfriend and Lorie’s other two daughters were joining in the workouts.
“It really morphed into absolute family time,” Lorie Kimble said. “Then we would all go home and eat a healthy dinner. The follow-through affect of it was huge.”
Kimble said the workouts helped healthy lifestyle funnel into other parts of their lives.
“I’ve been drinking so much more water,” Leslie Kimble said, adding that the challenge also affected how she looks at working out.
The hardest part they said, was getting up and going.
At the end of the challenge, Lorie had lost five inches.
“I’m really happy,” she said. “I didn’t loose weight, but inches was more important to me than weight.”
Lorie loved the challenge so much, that she hopes to do it again in the spring with her two younger daughters, ages 11 and 13.
“If you need help being held accountable, this is absolutely a program for you,” Kimble said. “Because it’s not just you anymore, you’re a team.”
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