A word from Rachael:
”If you’ve been following me on Instagram, or reading my blog, you know that you girls are my main inspiration & motivation. This is why I recently reached out to some of you to ask about your progress and feedback. These are their stories. Hope you find them as motivating and uplifting as I have. ”
In this interview, we chatted with Natalie Dren. She’s 27 years old and she lives in Toronto, Ontario. Here is a summary of her experience & results after completing the 3 Steps to Lean Legs Program.
NATALIE: I have had
Throughout my early twenties (21-25ish) I was huge on running. Usually 5km a day at least, with longer 10km to 15km once or twice a week.
I found that roughly two years ago, my knees and ankles started to deteriorate more than I’d like. So, I switched exclusively to hot power yoga, which I have also done since I was 19. When I stopped running, I did hot power yoga 3-4 times a week.
And in 2017, I started F45 when it became big in Toronto. I did F45 5 times a week and hot power yoga 2-3 times a week for about a year until I noticed that my clothes weren’t fitting the way they used to. I didn’t like the way my upper body looked in tank tops and how my legs looked in dresses. I just felt I was too bulky.
So, for all of 2018 I just did hot power yoga 3-4 a week, and occasional runs, right up until I started your Lean Legs Program. I like how my body looks when I do just yoga. But I changed my fitness routine because I really missed cardio and HIIT/circuit style training.
And to be honest, I was a bit sceptical to try the program at first. But since nothing else had really worked for me in terms of seriously targeting my legs, I decided to try it out.
Additionally, the way the program was explained seemed to actually understand that girls DO sometimes get bulky depending on their body type. And I really like that you understood that while some girls want that, other girls do not like that look, and both are perfectly okay.
I also did a deep dive through your Instagram page and found it to be very real and genuine and not plagued with spam accounts or ads. And the people that were tagged had real results and real accounts. It just seemed legitimate to me.
NATALIE: I didn’t know my exact body type. I had some idea that my body could lean out and gain muscle quite quickly compared to some of my friends, but didn’t know what that was called. And I have never tried exercising according to my body type before. I didn’t even really consider it as an option before!
NATALIE: My absolute favourite part of your program was how easy the workouts were to fit into my life.
I found that compared to other workouts I used to do in the morning, walking was something that I enjoyed getting up and doing before work. Walking just doesn’t seem as daunting as some other exercises do, and I could listen to e-books or podcasts and get to work feeling awake and energized.
Also, the circuits and HIIT parts were super easy to do in my apartment with just dumbbells and the sliders. They were quick and I could do them right after work and still have an evening free to do whatever I needed!
This may sound a bit weird but I actually liked feeling SUPER sore from exercises that consisted of smaller, concentrated movements. It felt like they were really effective and they actually were!
NATALIE: I think the most challenging part was the fact that it is all self-motivated. I mean, I am used to going to classes where I am trying my actual hardest because an instructor or trainer is there watching me and pushing me. So it was a bit hard in the beginning.
But after getting through one full week, I started to notice some results. And after two weeks even more so. So, it was the results that kept me going, and made me want to try harder to see even more changes!
NATALIE: After the first full week, I already noticed some small results. And then after the second week, there were more noticeable results in the way that my clothes, especially waistband and thigh part of jeans, were fitting better.
“It made me feel super encouraged when I saw that your Program was truly working! So it was easier to continue on and try harder.”
And after finishing the program I actually felt amazing!
I can never, ever remember a time where I liked the way my legs looked in jeans or skirts. I hated taking full-length pictures because of my lower body.
I timed my start date of the Program so that I can finish it right before a big European vacation I had planned previously. And I felt so great and confident shopping for new cute dresses and culottes and summery outfits! :)
NATALIE: Yes, I would absolutely recommend this program to my friends! Your Program does exactly what it promises to do, targets and leans out your legs.
I have never tried a workout program before that has worked so well for that specific area. Also, I noticed a huge difference not only in my legs but also in my stomach/ab area and my arms/upper body.