Cal Fit Success Story: Group Fitness Instructor, Lisa D.

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Editor's Note: This post was originally published in September 2014 and has been revamped and updated for accuracy.

What's your story?

I had just had my son and was 210 pounds. I didn’t feel like I was the best that I could be and I knew I could do better. I'd been there before, but clearly this was a journey I needed to take to get healthy and back to the body I had. I took losing the extra weight seriously because I wanted members to feel confident in me when taking my classes. There was no procrastinating, complaining, or negative self-talk within myself. I went for it.

How did you do it?


I taught my classes six days a week and added in serious strength training. I also added in high intensity training - lots of plyometrics like we do in our R.I.P.P.E.D. classes. My diet became very clean and I kept a journal of my measurements and what I was currently lifting. It was amazing to look back on my journal and see how strong I was becoming.

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Describe the fitness goals you’ve achieved and what you can do now because of it:

My back and knees began to feel so much relief from the unwanted fat around my joints. As I saw results, my spark was coming back. My confidence and energy were coming back. Seeing results pushed me to keep going until I reached my goal of 115 pounds -- that’s a 95 pound weight loss!

Why is this so important to you?

My passion is to inspire people to live a healthy life and to understand that exercise is not a chore or punishment. I have had the privilege to assist in hundreds of body transformations and that in itself is pure inspiration. When I walk in to teach a class, I am EXCITED because in that 50 minutes that we are all huffing, puffing and sweating buckets - we are doing it together, nobody is better than anyone, it's not a competition - we are a team trying to get through that workout TOGETHER! I'm there to push them so they can see and be confident that they CAN do it!


Which Group Fitness classes are you currently teaching, and at which Cal Fit locations?


I currently teach Cardio Kickboxing and GST at Natomas, and R.I.P.P.E.D. and Cycle at the Cal Fit's Downtown location. Check the schedules for up to date information, and come join me!

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