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Real People Doing Great Things – Eileen H

Real People. Real Progress. Real Fat Loss.

Since opening Catalyst 4 Fitness, I’ve had the opportunity to meet some incredible people.  Each has her/his own story, obstacles, and successes.  One of these women is Eileen Hopkins.


Tell us about yourself. I am 52 years old and have been married for 19 years to my husband Matt. I have 2 stepsons Jason (33) and Michael (31). I am Gigi to Michael’s 2 1/2 year old daughter Zoe and his stepdaughter Alyssa (10). My husband and I share our home with four dogs: Lilly, Holly, Thor and Penny.  I have been employed at the YWCA of Greater Cincinnati for 10 years. I enjoying running, working in the yard and vacationing in the Great Smoky Mountains and Indian Rocks  Beach, Florida.

How long have we worked together? I started taking Boot Camp in March of 2014. I did that for one session then switched to Metabolic Explosion Training 2x/week.

What did you expect when you started on each? I started Boot Camp because I was feeling stuck with my normal exercise program (maybe because of hitting the big 50!). Running is my main thing but I also had been doing weights and used a personal trainer from time to time but was not happy with the results. I was looking for a workout that would challenge me and help me to look and feel better. Also I had recently moved to the east side of town and was hoping to make some new friends. Score!!!
How do you feel now? I feel great!! I love MET.  It is the only group fitness program that I have ever stuck with!! It provides me with a challenging and fun workout with great people who I now call friends!!

How has your body changed? I look and feel more fit. I look and feel strong.

What non-scale victories have you experienced? I just feel good I my clothes and I like my body now better than ever! I cannot even believe I am saying this as body image has been a longtime struggle for me.

Are you stronger? I am definitely stronger. When I first started Boot Camp I thought I was going to puke or die!! Now I can complete MET and still have energy to spare!!

How has your health improved? I have always had good cholesterol and blood pressure but since finding Sharon my numbers have gotten even better!!

What are your goals? I just want to feel and look strong, healthy and fit!

If you have tried fitness and nutrition plans in the past, what did you try? Why didn’t they work? How is this different? I have done lots of exercise classes and programs over the years. MET is by far the best fit for me!!!

What is the best part about working with Sharon? Sharon challenges you and makes class fun! I feel like she really cares about me and my fitness goals!!  She’s just not a trainer but also a friend.

What is the worst part about working with Sharon?  She pushes you even when you don’t feel like being pushed!! This is not bad but it does sometimes result in the use of some bad words!!!

What would you tell others who are hesitant to start?​ Don’t hesitate!!! Just do it!! It will change your life for the better!!



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