How Group Fitness Director/Personal Trainer Bre Johnston Got Her Life Back

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Hi, my name is Bre Johnston. I am a personal trainer at The Gym at Station Park . I love personal training and I am passionate about health and fitness. I truly believe that by working to change your body and living a healthy lifestyle you can change your life! I have learned this from personal experience.

  At the age of 22 became a single mother of a beautiful baby boy, b…ut I was 242 pounds and miserable. I could barely carry my baby up the stairs. I had always been an active person, and had been a competitive swimmer for many years. However, a few injuries and difficult situations, I had been in a very abusive relationship and suffered with depression, I had gained more than 100 pounds!!! I remember distinctly the day I decided to change my life.

  My father and sister were registered to run their first marathon came home from an 18 mile training run, absolutely elated! I wanted to be them!! I wanted to teach my son how to ride a bike, play soccer, go one hikes with him. I wanted to like myself when I looked in the mirror. I wanted to feel good.

I started going to the local YMCA. The first few days were brutal! I was positive everyone was looking at me a judging me, but I stuck with it. After a few days the head personal trainer came up and asked me if I would like any help. She was so awesome! I worked with her for 12 weeks and loved every minute! I lost thirty pounds those first three months and felt great! I knew I had a long way to go but it was a start. Shortly after that I moved to Utah.

I worked out for the next year on my own. I lost another 20 pounds or so, I became a cycle instructor and ran my first half marathon. It was such a blast. However, I was frustrated that I didn’t lose more. Again, I was approached by a personal trainer. We talked about my goals and again I started working with him. It was everything I needed. He really pushed me and made me accountable for myself. I learned that if I ate a huge dessert on Sunday, then on Monday he would notice and I would have to work it off.

Over the next year I dropped another 40 pounds. I went from running a 2:30 half marathon to a personal best at 1:50!! I went from a size 14 to a size 7. From 26.6 percent body fat to 19! All over I lost 19 inches! I have never felt better in my life. I had energy to play with my son, I started doing triathlons and have placed in the top 3 in most of them. I loved the way I looked and felt! And more than that, I loved how I got my life back. It was then that I knew that I wanted to become a personal trainer. I believe in fitness and how it can change your life, it did for me and I wanted to help others get there.

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