Team StrongAF is a team of hard-working individuals. From bodybuilders to powerlifters to new moms, each of us is devoted to becoming stronger each day. Meet our featured athletes below and learn more about their experience and results.
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Early, mid summer of 2016, I was referred to Acadia from another potential coach. I have been working with Acadia for over a month now and she is amazing – I can say nothing but positive things about her. She is compassionate, flexible, reliable and provides support as needed. She is helping me achieve my goals and helps keep me accountable! I am currently training for a half marathon and am hoping to compete again next year.
Every day it’s important that we fuel our engines – our bodies. They are capable of so much, so we must take care of them! Slowly, I am learning more and more about balance and what MY balance means, without comparing it to someone else. Throughout my fitness journey, I have learned that I am incredibly driven, motivated and I learned that I can push my body past any limits that I ever dreamed of. I set my mind to something and I do not give up until I have accomplished it. I’ve learned to fear food less, to love my body (something I am still working on) during every stage and to LIVE. Remember, balance and trust the process! Some of the best advice I ever received during this journey was to learn to be comfortable outside of my comfort zone because in order to reach a goal, you have to decide you want it more than you are afraid of it.
I worked with Acadia for about 4-5 months for my bikini competition prep and needless to say, this woman is amazing! Although I ended up not competing for personal reasons, Acadia helped me lose 11lbs and tighten my body up! With her help I was able to push through the mental and physical obstacles that arose while I was on prep. She is an amazing person who is willing to do what it takes to make sure that her clients succeed. She is very attentive and treats you like family! What I loved most about working with Acadia would be that, no matter what she was always there for me to give me words of wisdom and motivation; she pushed me to want to be better and to strive for greatness! Thank you Acadia for being the best coach I could have asked for.
I’ve always had issues with food growing up, and as many people with these life transformations, the light didn’t come on for almost 30 years. (I think it was about 6 years ago at 27 when I started to lose weight. I hit 169 lbs and said no more!) It’s been such a life change to learn and get addicted to health, fitness and lifting. I’m still your average person. I have cravings, hormones, mood swings, tears and frustration (my coaches and workout friends can attest that I lay it all out there with that!). But it’s become a safe haven at the gym and learning about diet and how much better I can feel has absolutely changed my life. You’ve been such a huge part of that. It inspires me to inspire others to always know that whatever it is they want to accomplish is possible. And even with bumps along the way!
26 years old, registered nurse in Pennsylvania. I’ve lifted and been in the gym for years now but never honestly took myself seriously. I’ve back and forth with being really good with eating and then falling off and having take out for a week. Now I’m happy with my career and the rest of my world, it’s time to figure out what my body can be of I actually try and stay determined!
Living in Hawaii, I’m often at the beach and I’ve always wanted to look like I train as hard as I do. I knew I hit the jackpot when I found Acadia–a master nutritionist and bodybuilder. She guided me through the nutrition and training of my first lean bulk and cut with the goal to feel comfortable and lean in my bikini. Acadia has been there every step of the way, constantly tweaking my program over the past year and I could not be happier with the results. Not once did I feel deprived or over trained. Her training programs are fun and varied and her response time is impeccable, which shows that she truly cares about each one of her athletes.
I started with Acadia about six weeks out from my first bikini competition. I was, until that point, just working with a personal trainer and using flexible dieting to diet myself. I knew that I needed the accountability of someone to get me through that last stretch of prep and was thrilled when she took me on so last minute. Not only did Acadia keep me accountable, but she really helped me prioritize my macros around my training, so all my workouts were as optimal as possible. She was also 100% supportive and encouraging when my own self doubt came into play. After not placing at my first show, (I came in much more muscular and full then those who placed top five) Acadia helped me push for the next show and help me make what changes I could in five short weeks. I ended up placing 4th place in both my novice and open classes. She is not only extremely knowledgeable, but also very real and understanding. Acadia helped me see my best and accomplish a goal I never thought I could accomplish.
I’m sure like many others, my fitness journey has had its many ups and downs. I, like many people I know, had it confused; not consuming enough protein and doing an excess amount of cardio with moderate weight lifting with emphasis on higher reps, lower weight. No matter how much effort I put in, I never saw any results. My weight stayed the same, I was growing more tired with additional cardio, and weak. I was interested in doing a Bodybuilding Bikini Competition for a couple of years as a motivation to finally have a deadline to reach my fitness goals. Full of determination, again, I attempted and failed to lose weight for a couple of months. I finally realized I had no idea what I was doing and needed someone with experience. Acadia was recommended to me and from our first correspondence, I knew I had made the right decision, because our styles and techniques were very similar. My ideas for molding a physique changed with an emphasis on nutrition with an intake of protein, weight lifting with a hypertrophy style, and not as much cardio as I would have thought (at least until the last couple of weeks). I lost 25 pounds in 22 weeks. The most difficult part of my journey was mental, not physical. The scale would stall, the caloric intake kept getting smaller, and I still pressed on. Through the things I have learned, I will continue to mold my physique and continue to compete, because there is nothing more thrilling and satisfying than accomplishing a goal that has been on my list for so long. Thank you Acadia for your knowledge and support.
In early 2016 I was referred to Acadia by my sister’s coach. I had the intention to compete later that year in my first figure competition. I knew I wanted someone who knew her stuff and would point me in the right direction as I had already been following macros for some time. Acadia is truly amazing! She not only was able to increase my macros drastically but was able to teach me that eating more is actually good for my body (and that I wouldn’t gain 100lbs by doing so) as long as I stayed within my goals. Don’t fear the scale! Mid-way through my plan with her I decided that life was a little too hectic at the moment and that I did not want to compete. She not only accepted this with openness but made the necessary adjustments to my plan immediately. The thing I liked most was that with every change she made she would explain why she was making that change. I loved that! While working with her I gained a huge amount of strength that I didn’t know I had, I was able to increase my caloric intake (eating more food is always a win in my boat!), and I learned how to better read my body. I am forever appreciative of what she taught me. Trust the process!
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