Personal Trainer & Nutritional Coach Serving Chilliwack, BC – Interview

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Personal Training and Nutritional Coaching Serving Chilliwack, BC


AH– Hi Leah,First I would like to say thank you for taking the time todo this interview. Before we start could you please tell us a little bit about yourself over the years and what made you want to work in this field?.

Leah Hemstreet – Hi Amanda, Thank you for your interest in interviewing me. I have had a very strong interest in Health and Fitness since I was 16 yrs old. I have always had a passion to help people since I was small! I learned through my early years in school that being active in fitness made me feel great. I wanted to keep my body lean and strong from a young age and I accomplished this by attending all sorts of fitness classes . Through being active in fitness it made me curious to want to learn more about over health and wellness.
I began assisting/ teaching all styles of fitness classes at the age of 19 yrs old. Even with being a bit shy, I overcame my fear of teaching and took my certifications through weekend workshops/ courses and become a certified fitness Instructor through BCRPA.  To broaden my knowledge, I signed up to get my weight training levels 1 & 2 Certification. From there it was very clear to me I needed to learn the body from the inside out.  I signed up for Nutritional and Life Coaching workshops/ courses and later on I  moved into Personal Training and Yoga Instructing! At this current time I am finishing my degree in Natural Health. I have also designed an online Health program called “4 weeks forever ” with full intention of having it published into 3 or 4 books!Eating frequently and clean was something I was raised with, however when I moved out onto my own, I found that my eating habits changed.  This eventually made me curious about experimenting on how to cook and bake foods that were healthy . This became even more important when I entered my early 30’s.
In my early 30’s after a very stressful time in my life,  I was struck with an illness called Irritable Bowel Syndrome.  I spent many days where I could not get out of bed, I lost quite a bit of weight that left me looking very thin and sick. I knew what feeling healthy was like, therefore I became even more driven and began my  mission to learn how to become healthy again and get my life back.  I signed up for indepth online courses on health and nutrition, as well as I took workshops based on the body, mind, and spirit. I begun trying out things like acupunture, herbal medicine, Homeopathy, Blood analysis, Foot detox, reflexology, massage,life coaching,and working with nutritionists. Through this journey of illness I found my place of healing! All of these things helped me to regain the lifestyle I once had and wanted. Along with made me even more driven to teach and coach others on how to create the lifestyle they want!This was really easy for me to see that I wanted to continue working in the field of Health and fitness ,as well as add wellness, life coaching and other aspects to my certifications.I continue to run my own health and fitness business from my home studio and I love it! My mission is to help others get their smile back and achieve overall health,wellness and balance in their lives.

AH– So let’s begin with these questions, ok?

Leah Hemstreet– Sounds great!

Personal Training in Chilliwack, BC

AH– What sort of personal training do you offer at your studio?

Leah Hemstreet – I provide all styles of personal training based on ones individual lifestyle. For instance – Weight loss, Strength, Endurance, Boot Camp, Pilates, Yoga, and Body, mind, spirit (which includes life coaching). As well as recently I am training clients for the Tough Mudder Race being held in Whistler, as well as RCMP training!

AH – I heard you are also training a couple of clients for the Tough Mudder ( race, how is that going?

Leah Hemstreet – Yes, I am training 2 of my clients.  Their programs have become quite intense based on many strength, core and endurance training exercises. The chin-ups, push ups, and plyometrics exercises are getting easier as their programs continue. I am excited to see them compete and achieve their desired goals of participating in the “Tough Mudder” race. It looks like a hard and intense race and I know “They will succeed!” They are working out very hard, 5-6 days per week! The Tough Mudder Race will be held in Whistler,BC –  June 23 & 24, 2012.

AH – Wow, that’s exciting!

Health and Nutritional Coaching in Chilliwack, BC

AH – You also offer health and nutritional coaching, could you give us more detail regarding these services?

Leah Hemstreet – Absolutely, I offer Nutrition Coaching, Meal Plans and Natural Health advice based on my clients needs.  For example, if my client is having a hard time losing weight, I will coach and support them on how to make small yet profound changes to their lives over a period of 6-12 weeks or longer.  Helping them create the healthy lifestyle they are looking for is very important to me.  I do not base my teachings on a diet, I teach them a lifestyle on how to make healthy food choices followed by exercising regularly with something they enjoy doing!

AH – Why do you think it’s important for people to become educated in these areas?

Leah Hemstreet – I feel its important to learn how your body works!  Everyone is different, so learning your own body formal is what can lead you to feeling healthy, strong, and vibrant. I encourage my clients/everyone to take the time, not only to learn why you need to become and stay active, but also to learn how the foods you’re eating effect your body, along with why you need to eat certain foods.  Eating is the biggest part of any health program you will ever follow!  I spend a lot of time coaching my clients on food intake, without proper nutrition your body will lack drive, motivation and energy. Not to mention your emotions can vary in extremes due to lack of a poor eating.  By learning to care for your body, you will keep your smile,  illness away, your energy levels up and the best part “your emotions will not be all over the map”. Leading a healthy active life you are garanteed to find overall balance within yourself!

AH – Have you seen an increase in people wanting to learn more about these health/ nutritional related issues?

Leah Hemstreet – Yes, I have. I have calls, emails and many conversations of all types with people just wanting to learn.  Whether it’s how to cook a healthier meal, why they need to add cardio to their programs, or why the body becomes ill when they eat certain foods.  Allergies tend to be a big topic, along with how to fire the metabolism up after being inactive for a long period of time.  I love the conversations I get to have.  I also very much enjoy finding answers to questions if I do not know!

Inspired Changes Fitness Classes in Chilliwack, BC

AH – You not only offer personal training and nutritional coaching, but other fitness classes as well correct?

Leah Hemstreet – Yes, I do.  I have been teaching a Body Sculpting/ Pilates style class for the past 5 yrs over at the Broadway Church gym in Chilliwack.  I have a wonderful group of ladies that I thoroughly enjoy teaching.  The classes are based on toning and strengthening the body, followed by Yoga stretches.  We aim for exercising in a fun way!  There are lots of laughs and enjoyment!  It’s a great class and everyone is welcome!  I have also just begun teaching 3 different classes (Biggest Loser program, Pilates Class and a Yoga Class) at the Rosedale Middle School, these classes will run until June 2012.

(I love teaching! I have a strong background in teaching classes – I taught on the Sunshine Coast for 12 yrs before moving out to the Frazer Valley 8 yrs ago.  My classes have included
Step, Aerobics Hi-Low, Interval Training, Boot Camp, Ab Blast, Hips, Abs and Thighs, Weight Training, Pilates) I am happy to say I have stayed active in teaching for 20 yrs now! Its been great and I intend on staying with it!

AH – That is awesome Leah! Could you tell us a bit more about each of the classes you offer?

Leah Hemstreet – Sure!
Body Sculpting is a class that has been designed to challenge your body by using 3, 5, 8, 10lb weights along with floor exercises used with your own body weight. There are some Plyometric exercises I also add to this class to spice it up a bit and add some cardio to get the heart pumping and body sweating!

Pilates is a class based on core exercises, strengthening all major and minor muscle groups, focusing on form and challenging the body by using different intensity levels. This class is by far one of my personal favourites!

Biggest Loser Program is designed to lose weight in a natural way.  I set up a boot camp circuit workout where each participant works to the best of their ability challenging all major areas.  While the circuit is running, I quickly get each participant to weigh in and take their measurements once a week.  I also talk with each client about their personal progress. Once I have completed weigh and measure we move into a Pilates/Body Sculpting workout for 30min, followed by Yoga stretches and a Nutritional talk on preparing foods, weight loss tips and open discussion on Health.  I then give out a prize to the person who has lost the most pounds and inches over the week!  This program runs for 12 weeks at a time.

Yoga is a relaxing 60 min class of stretches and toning techniques, designed to create overall body balance, breathing and stress release.

Online Fitness and Nutritional Services

AH – I understand you also offer online fitness and nutritional services?

Leah Hemstreet – Yes, I created a Health program I have called “4 Weeks Forever”.  The reason I chose this name is because this program is designed to teach you what your body needs in 30 days.  Once you have found the program you enjoy in the 4 weeks you can carry on with it as long as you like!  If you fall off track, it’s easy to return and pin point what is not working by returning to what you were taught in the 4 weeks.  It’s not a diet that you do and then go back to old ways, it’s a lifestyle you keep!  I have also run this program as a challenge in previous years and it was very successful.  If you are a home based person, not wanting to attend a gym, or have very limited time in your day and are self driven (along with online guidance from me) then this program will work for you!

Note: You must show up from the 1st day you sign up, ready to start and be committed for the 30 days.  I stress to each participant without commitment how can you expect to achieve your desired goals.
Meal Plans – I design personalized meal plans based on weight loss, allergies, shaping up, athletic training, etc!  Meal plans are  set up to help you organize and simplify your lifestyle.  If you are a busy person and want to eat healthy then this is a great way to learn.  All meal plans  come with shopping lists and tips on how to obtain overall health along with getting the most out of your meals!
Health Store – My health store is set up to log on and order your own products.  These products arrive at your door or place of business in 2-7 days and are shipped anywhere in the world.  I have experienced Nutrilite Products to be a very high quality vitamin line and the consistency of the products keeps me ordering.  If you need any help or have questions on vitamins or Nutrilite products please contact me through my web-site and I am very happy to answer any questions to lead you towards healthy choices that are right for you.

AH – Could you tell us how we could benefit from taking part in these programs?

Leah Hemstreet – My “4 Weeks Forever” program is a great way to learn how to get into shape, lose the weight you don’t want and focus on your health!

Meal Plans are a great way to stay focused on choosing healthy foods and lead you to being consistent with your eating patterns.

Inspired Changes Health Store is a great way to learn about what vitamins and minerals benefit your body and why you want to take them. We also carry a some great snack foods and a Sports Nutrition line!
 AH – What do you like best about working online?

Leah Hemstreet – I get to help people all over the world.  I don’t need to see people in person to help them. I am creating a web-site that is world friendly.  I have many ways and ideas yet to come that I will be adding to my web-site to continue helping people from near and afar!


AH – Well Leah, thank you again for sitting down with me for this interview.  I just have one more question.  What would be one piece of advice that you would give to others about improving their mind, body, or spirit?
Leah Hemstreet – Get to know yourself from the inside out!  What you think about, you bring about!  Make small goals based on your body, mind, and spirit on how to achieve the healthiest life possible.  Invest in your health because you are WORTH it! Don’t wait to become sick or injured before wanting to learn, begin your journey today.  Small goals equal great success! One step at a time to a healthy lifestyle is one of my favourite motto’s.
Health and Happiness to you all.

Thanks Amanda for asking all these wonderful questions! I hope I have Inspired at least one person through this interview , if I have please contact me at to let me know what inspiration you have come upon! Leah H


Michelle Toews – Success Story from working with Inspired Changes!

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Michelle Marie Toews

Full Name: Michelle Marie Toews

Age: 39 yrs

Height: 5’7

Weight before: 217.8lbs

Current weight: 153lbs

Goal weight: 145lbs

Health and Nutrition Success Story - Michelle Toews


Michelle Toews Success Story


My fitness journey started in: April 2009
Weight lost by Nov 2009: 50  pounds

I am approximately 25 pounds to my goal weight.
I would like to achieve my goal weight by March 1, 2010 or before!

I was ready to begin a weight loss program when I went on a hike with my husband and father up to Bridal falls. I found myself breathing hard and barely being able to complete the hike.

This was my sign to hire a Personal Trainer to get myself back into shape.

Since I have lost weight, I feel so much happier about myself and life in general. When I was overweight and struggling, I felt that was all I could focus on.I was really depressed and I didn’t feel good about myself. Since loosing weight, I feel like I have given myself a gift to enjoy life. To enjoy who I am.

Adopting a healthy lifestyle with exercise and a good diet has really set me free. The ironic thing is that when you are overweight, you think that a proper diet and exercise will limit you. In actual fact, it FREES you.You become the person you were meant to be. It has to be a heart change, not just a temporary fix. I have had many temporary fixes and they are just that, temporary.
When your heart changes you are truly on the road to fulfilling your dreams and being who you were meant to be!

What role does my personal trainer play in my life: My personal trainer, Leah,has played and continues to play a vital role in my life. Her encouragement, support and non judgmental attitude have made a HUGE difference.
Leah is an excellent source of  knowledge. We all need some help along the way at different times in our lives and it has been a true blessing to know her and to have her support.Training with someone is a very emotional time.I have found the right personal trainer.  Its important to be able to develop a relationship with someone you can trust and feel comfortable with.I realized that I didn’t have to do it alone. No one does.

One thing I have learned that is very important from my Personal Trainer: Think positively! It is possible to lose weight and change your lifestyle, it is ONLY a matter of choice.

Health Tip: My message to anyone beginning a new fitness or weight loss program is to take “One day at a time” so that you do not become overwhelmed. Do everything you can for yourself each day
to strive for your fitness goals and if you make a mistake just KEEP GOING and “Never give Up”.

Favorite Food ~ Italian and chicken
Favorite Cheat Food ~ Popcorn, chocolate,Bread & Butter, Pizza
Favorite Exercise ~ Cardio on the Elliptical machine
Most challenging exercise ~ The shoulder Press
Weekly exercise Plan ~ 5-6 days of cardio for 60min , 3 days of weights for 30 min,
I Personal Train with my trainer 2-3x per week!
Daily Eating Plan ~ 5-6 small meals per day followed by the Canada food guide for portion sizes and amounts.
I allow myself to have one cheat food per week

One thing I will do once my goal weight is achieved is: to have a healthy pregnancy and have a beautiful baby!

My weight loss has been achieved by eating clean foods and by doing daily exercise! No Supplements used except one multi-vitamin per day!

By Michelle Toews
November 2009