"If you've ever heard of a human yo-yo, you're looking at one. Fitness was never one of my fortes, and it's debatable as to if it ever will be. From a very young age, I would say 8 or 9, I've had issues maintaining a healthy weight. I was always slightly heavier than my friends growing up until about 7th grade. It seemed as if I had lost weight after summer, but in fact I had just gotten taller, and adherent ky "slimmer". I began cheering for my middle school, and helped coach a younger team my 9th grade year. Unfornatley I couldn't afford to play sports in high school so the weight began to pack on. I lost some weight during the summers but once I graduated High School and started college, I lost my grasp. I was working two jobs while earning my Associates degree, one of which was an office job. Being sedentary 40 hours a week isn't exactly conducive to weight loss. Eventually I got braces, and because of the dramatic change in what I could eat, I lost about 15lbs. Over the course of the next two years though, I experienced different situations that I would comfort by eating, and I turned 21, so alcohol became a staple in my diet. Needless to say, at my largest, about a year ago now, I weighed 176. I knew that I had gained weight, but it wasnt until my fathers health took a turn for the worst, that I started to confront the issue head on. My father passed away August 4,2012 and that was a total reality check. I began to work out every single day almost, and started eating much healthier. My method of coping no longer involved food, but transformed into free weights and cardio equipment. This peace that I found during my fathers passing is a large part of how I am reaching my goals today. I lost about 40lbs from August-December. I hit a plateau however, and began getting frustrated. This is when Josh came into the picture. What started with an hour consultation, has turned into a great friendship and big motivation in my life. Losing weight is just as much physical as it is mental. Without the proper mindset, you minimize the results that you could achieve. Over the last 7 months, Josh and I have grown close. He has played such a large part in motivating me, and being a partner to my success. So much so, that I decided that I want to be a personal trainer. I am currently working on my certification. I couldn't ask for a better trainer, or friend than Josh. During our sessions, I have sometimes lose my cool, and get discouraged. I know this is something a lot of people struggle with. Josh however, has pushed me the hardest in those moments. Through those times, I have discovered so much about myself, my ambition, and my drive that for many years I didn't know existed. Without having Josh as my trainer, I hate to think how motivated I would've stayed over the last 7 months. He truly has been a blessing in my life."
“Greatness is Earned, Never Awarded. Walking across a stage in a two-piece bikini and heels isn’t necessarily everyone’s cup of tea. And of course, when competing in pageantry, it is a tradition and large aspect of competition. The swimsuit portion of Miss America has transitioned its focus to be based on physical fitness and a healthy lifestyle rather than being considered just a simple bikini contest. The judgment truly is based on how well the contestant takes care of herself. Needless to say, Josh has kicked my butt into shape, quite literally. Preparing for the Miss Kentucky pageant is a full time job, focusing on community service, current events, public speaking, talent and of course fitness. Fitness was the one component where I severely lacked proper knowledge and technique on how to get myself to top performance level. From the moment I started working out with Josh at Fitness Plus 2, I have seen dramatic changes in both my physique and overall health. Josh has quickly become one of my number one supporters and of course the best coach I could ask for, constantly providing me with encouragement and pushing me to become my absolute best. Whatever the motive, whether it be to loose weight, tone up, or to prepare for something specific, there is one major component that people tend to forget when working to reach their goals…support (and of course proper guidance and training). Josh provides everything you would ever need in a trainer. Josh, or as many people know him, JB, is one of the absolute best in the field. He continues to amaze me every time I walk into Fitness Plus’ doors; I always walk out better than when I walked in. He takes physical fitness to the next level and you can easily tell he loves what he does. His constant motivating messages, his blog posts, and pictures add to the experience. I have quickly realized that the workout doesn’t end after an hour, it continues day in and day out when you work with Josh. There is never a down moment, Josh is always pushing for better. He is absolutely fabulous and I couldn’t be more thankful to have him to work with. And as the last month of preparation quickly encroaches, we have hit everything into high gear. I can only imagine what a transformation I will see. If the last few months have been any indication, I know that I will be ready to walk across that Miss Kentucky stage. But I know, that win or loose, I have learned life lessons from Josh that I will carry on. He has truly inspired me to have a love for fitness and a healthy lifestyle. I plan to continue on with all he has taught me and continue to take everything to the next level on and off stage. As Josh would say, you can do All Things Through Fitness"