Working with Layne truly has is one of the biggest blessings in my life.
I have been an active physique competitor since 2009, but I have been a fitness fanatic since my early college days; I sought out fitness as an outlet to relieve the stress and anxiety of my daily life and to find balance. I battled incredible self-esteem issues and body image issues, and learning to love a strong, healthy me helped me overcome those things. Eventually, my love for fitness turned into a love for weight training, and the natural progression of things lead me to discover bodybuilding. When I initially began competing, I did some of the insane things that people do: crazy amounts of steady state cardio, near starvation diets, monotonous “meal plans”, and a list of supplements a mile long. As I continued in this sport, I realized that the healthy, balanced life I’d sought so many years ago was becoming distorted and lost. I hated “offseason me” and loved the unsustainable “competition me”. I began to do my research, took control of my own prep, and changed my methods, but I still wasn’t achieving what I believed to be my best, nor was I able to find a solid middle ground between prep and offseason. I still didn’t have balance. At this point in my life, as a self-employed wife, mother, and women’s minister and life coach, balance is crucial.
Last year, through the generosity of a friend, I was given the opportunity to work with Layne on a 12 week nutrition and training program. I had been searching for a coach – someone who cared about me, my goals, and my health – but I hadn’t found anyone that I could trust 110%. I knew of Layne (who doesn’t?!) but always felt he was just too good for someone of my caliber, so to be given the opportunity to work with him was a beyond exciting for me! I was blown away after the first two weeks. I was eating foods that I had previously considered “not allowed”, I was training the way I wanted to (heavy!), and I was eating…A LOT! I was getting leaner each week while the amount of food I was eating was increasing, and I was setting PRs on lifts I hadn’t been successful on in months. I decided to ask Layne to help me prep for the 2013 Team Universe, and I stepped on that stage looking my all-time best – with so little cardio that I’m not sure it even counted and so much food that I’m not sure I was truly “dieting”. He answered every email promptly, even with his client load and busy personal life, and he was the epitome of a “coach” – tough love when it was necessary, listening ear when I needed it, and encouragement when I was down. I know his first priority is always my health, and my athletic and fitness goals are secondary.
Layne has helped me find that balance I have so desperately sought and changed my life. I’m not consumed with hours of training or a rigid “meal plan”. I enjoy every-day life with my family and friends while successfully pursuing my fitness goals, and that is worth more than any plastic trophy, stage shot, or title. It’s priceless, and I’m on Team Norton for life!
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