By: Monica Fritsch
“It was the first time I had ever felt like I was truly in control of something.”
Newport Fitness member, Jamie Redman, recently went through a tremendous transformation, physically and mentally. She’s healthier and happier than ever, and a change in perspective and the right support system, is all she needed.
Redman’s first CrossFit experience was in the spring of 2016. After trying several other fitness methods without the desired results, she decided to use a Groupon she found, for a trial period, local CrossFit gym. “Why not give this a go?” She asked herself.
After Redman’s trial was over, she learned that the prices were a little higher than her budget allowed. While disappointed, she didn’t stress about it too much.
At about the same time, she started dating someone new. While the relationship started off well, after a few months, Redman’s boyfriend started telling her she should return to the gym and slim down.
“That was pretty upsetting, coming from a significant other,” she said.
The new job she started in December 2016, still didn’t allow her to afford a membership at her previous gym, so she felt a little defeated.
That’s when the power of the Internet lead her to Newport Fitness. In the beginning, it still felt like a chore to exercise, on top of other life stressors. Then she started weightlifting more. She even joined the Barbell Club, at Newport Fitness.
“I was miserable in every sense of the word, and being able to pick up something heavy was like lifting the weight of the world off your shoulders.”
Newport Fitness become an escape for Redman, a place where she said she could see familiar faces.
“These faces would tell me to keep going, keep pushing, keep moving,” she said. “Not a single one of them knew the anguish I was in and how pivotal their encouragement was for me.”
This new support system gave her the confidence to end her romantic relationship and compete for the first time, at the Gobblers and Gobblettes competition, in November 2017.
“I knew at that point that I had to ramp things up.”
Redman asked Coach Dave Fairbanks about a nutritionist, which led her to Reign Nutrition and Zach Kierman. His nutrition plan is based on macros, personalized meal plans for each client and realistic expectations.
“He understands that cheating will sometimes happen and helps guide you along the way.” Redman said.
With her exercise, nutrition and mental clarity now in balance, Redman is thrilled with her transformation.
“I urge anyone that has ever been like me, feeling like they can’t be who they want, look how they want, feel how they want, find your reason and stick with it!”