Progress: Mrs. Hess

I’m kind of a sucker for a well-built fitness program! Having everything mapped out for me…meals, workouts, how-to’s, motivation…makes it that much easier for me to concentrate on my goals.

When I started this quest to get the body back I had in high school, I had no idea how to workout. Sure I had been in some fitness centers before. I would do a little of this and a little of that, but I really had no idea what I was doing and I was too embarrassed stubborn to ask for help. Surely this sounds familiar to someone?!

These past couple of years have gone by so fast, and so much has changed. I’ve completed several pre-built programs, mostly from, and participated in “Probably the Toughest Event on the Planet” twice! I’ve lost almost 30 pounds and have gained a confidence I never thought I would get back.

By journey began back in 2012, but I am more excited than ever to see how much farther I can push my body and mind. Here’s what I’ve been up to lately…

Barbells, Stripper Heels, and 200k

It struck me this morning as I was walking into my office building struggling to maneuver my way through the 3 very heavy doors carrying my backpack, 6 pack bag, gallon of water, and shaker cup, that I would be walking onto an brightly lit stage in 5" heels and some...

I’m A Big Girl Now!

  This last weekend Justin and I had the privilege of attending the Lifters Corner & Iron Radio Skills Refinement Camp in Topeka, KS. These are my (fairly lengthy) reflections of the weekend and my very first powerlifting meet. Enjoy! What was it? Iron Radio...

New PRs are fun!

The past couple of weeks have been pretty monumental for me. On top of a crazy busy work schedule, I hit two new PRs, one for my squat and the other for my deadlift. I didn't plan on either of these things happening, and to be quite honest I never really put much...

Interested in where I started? 


This year I tried my hand at creating my own 12 Week Program. I followed Jamie’s lead for the most part, but I learned a few things about myself and my body through Jamie’s program, so I did make several changes that I think made my gym time more productive, fun and fresh!


Week 1

Week 2

Week 3 – 5

Week 6 -7

Week 8 – 9



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