Walking the talk as a role model

Apr 30, 2015
Ashley Lawrie

Personal trainer Nick with client

A public school teacher isn’t only an educator. She is a role model.

That’s how Cheryl Lachance sees it. The 32-year-old doesn’t have any children of her own, but with a pile of nieces and nephews, as well as a classroom full of students, there are plenty of little people looking up to her.

After a busy and stressful year that left her feeling down, Cheryl decided that 2015 would be the year to make a change.

“When I stand up in front of my class, I want to be able to practice what I preach, about eating healthy and getting enough exercise,” she said. “I always struggled with my weight and after many attempts at doing it on my own, I knew I needed help to get me on the path of becoming the best me.”

A Google search led her to Free Form Fitness.

“I had tried other gyms and didn’t enjoy it, so I was skeptical that I would be able to find one where I felt comfortable,” Cheryl said.

She had found the big fitness chain experience intimidating.

“I was basically buying a membership to go and use the treadmill because I didn’t feel comfortable enough to go and use the other equipment by myself.”

But after working up her courage with the help of a supportive friend, Cheryl committed to a consultation at FFF’s Kanata location with manager Jules Lalancette in early January.

“I walked in with the mindset ‘this won’t be for me,’ but after just a short consultation with Jules, my mind was changed,” Cheryl said. “I signed on, had my first session with Nick (Antal) the next day and haven’t looked back since.”

Personal trainer Nick in Gym

Cheryl’s principal goal was to lose weight. In less than four months, she lost about 28 pounds and gone down three clothes sizes. Her ultimate target isn’t a number—she just wants to look good and feel comfortable in what she will be wearing when she serves as a bridesmaid for a friend’s wedding in October.

She started with three sessions a week, but continues to make progress with only two. The key, of course, is to support her efforts in the gym by changing her nutrition habits outside of it.

Her kryptonite has always been the salty snacks, namely, potato chips. But thanks to an open and honest relationship with trainer Nick, Cheryl is staying accountable about her nutrition.

“Nick has an energy about him that makes me excited about our sessions and actually makes me want to be in the gym, even at 6 a.m.!” Cheryl said. “He knows how to motivate me to help get the results I want and achieve the goals I have set for myself. He places huge importance on proper form to avoid injury and setbacks.”

Cheryl’s coworkers have noticed the difference, in both her appearance and her energy levels throughout the day. Even her students have given her compliments on her appearance.

Her advice to others?

“Don’t wait,” she said. “A year ago, I was feeling unhappy about myself. Now, after only a few months, I feel so much better about myself. It isn’t just the weight. I am more confident in myself, I just feel better all around.”

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