Think that once you turn 40, your best years are behind you, especially in terms of physical fitness? Think again. Pascaline is living proof that with a personalized fitness training program like FizzUp’s, you CAN reinvent yourself at 40.
My name is Pascaline and I’m 42, married and the mom of three. When I had my last kid (after my parental leave in 2009), I decided to become a preschool assistant, and that’s where things started to get complicated… Living a sedentary lifestyle, staying at home where I was always close to temptation and the snacks I would usually have with the kids slowly, but surely made me gain weight. But I did get exercise at the gym twice a week (taiso and jujitsu), but that wasn’t enough to keep my physique in shape.
Then in January 2015, I lost my mother-in-law, and I was really affected by her death. This added to the fact that I was having a hard time accepting that I was turning 40. The sad atmosphere with the attacks in Paris really got me down. I was on the brink of depression. I gained even more weight during the year. Overall, I was 22 lb overweight according to the scale.
Strangely, I did something about it when I was feeling my worst. I couldn’t keep on living like that! Seeing myself in a photo taken Christmas 2016 was a real shock. I told myself that if I wanted things to change, it would only come from me. I had to get moving.
I started to balance out my diet by eating more fruits and vegetables. Then the first thing I did was use the elliptical three times a week besides going to the gym. But I wanted to change for good! I wanted to build strength and explosiveness, especially for doing jujitsu, which I need a lot of energy in order to do.
I started looking for at-home bodyweight muscle-building programs. I had already tried a program other than FizzUp a while ago, but I quickly gave up because it was too hard for me. I had already heard of FizzUp. I did some research, read some testimonials and it seemed like a reliable app, so I decided to give it a try. I started by following the free version of the program. That was January 2016.
I fell in love with it right away. I chose the “Sculpt My Body” program. I really liked it, so I bought a 1-month subscription and by the end of it, I was totally sold. Then I signed up for a year! What I really liked in particular was how it evolves with me: thanks to the evaluations at the beginning of every level, I get exercises and sets that are perfect for my fitness level. I quickly got results and I have to admit that I was pretty surprised to see that my muscles were gradually getting more toned as the weeks went by.
Obviously, you shouldn’t expect any miracles if you don’t work out on a regular basis. It’s easy to make excuses to not work out, but you can always find 15 minutes in your day to exercise! Perseverance always pays off in the end. I hardly ever miss a single workout: the only times I had to skip them (and I have to admit that I felt really bad about it) was when I was on vacation for a week in April and again in July, because I didn’t have any wifi. Yeah, I do like to spend my vacation in peace…
I always activate the Six-Pack Add-on* and the Cal Burner Add-on* pretty often. I usually do the Stretching Add-on*, but not always, because I do other sports and usually prefer doing stretching moves at the end of the day. And if I really don’t have a lot of time, or if I’m not feeling up to it, I deactivate the Add-ons* so that my workout is shorter, but I don’t do that very often.
I often do the Focus programs*, especially the Full-Body Focus* that I activate before my workout. Yeah, you can call me crazy, but I love doing burpees! Not to mention the Flat Stomach Focus* that I activate on the days when I do other physical activities like running. Thanks to the FizzUp workouts and the Nutrition Guide, I saw the pounds melt away as the months went on. I lost those 22 lb! My body has never been this sculpted and I wish I hadn’t waited until I was 42 to start a bodyweight fitness training program!
Since July, I also run three times a week. Because I now have a muscular and toned body, starting this new activity was so easy for me. Working out so much as given me a stronger mindset, and I also feel it in my everyday life. I wouldn’t give up my FizzUp workouts for anything in the world! Now I feel so good in my body and mind. I feel like a whole new person. I’m proud of everything I’ve accomplished so far. A year ago, I could barely do five push-ups; now I can easily do 20 in a row! And because I’m still super motivated, I changed my goal a few weeks ago. Now I’m doing the FizzUp “Become an Athlete” program. The workouts are longer and more intense. I love it!
I am living proof that even at 42, you can get back into working out. The FizzUp program is a great solution for that because it really adapts to suit anyone’s fitness level. My subscription is going to run out soon, but I think I’ll sign up for another year!
*FizzUp PRO features