Posts Tagged ‘Carrie Campbell

Change one thing, change your training world

- January 22nd, 2015

(Note: This is the first in a series of posts by Keeping Fit blog contributor Carrie Campbell.)


The tail end of 2013 saw me frustrated and rather annoyed with my fitness progress. Even I, the person who had been training for fitness competitions on and off since the age of 18 was at a point where I felt something needed to change.

In 2011, I retired from the scene of bikinis and fake tans simply to adopt the permanent lifestyle that I always craved. Don’t get me wrong, I have no ill will towards being a fitness competitor, it just wasn’t “my thing.”

I found myself for the next two years jumping around from one program to another and testing varying nutritional plans. Consistency and discipline have never been my problem but yet I still felt like there was something missing.

At the tender age of 18, I remember scanning the pages of Oxygen and Muscle and Fitness Hers paying particular attention to the lean physiques packed with muscle.

I knew what I wanted.

Always have.

Yes, I am here to say that without question I desired a lean and athletic looking body. Hence the journey into the fitness competitors world. The logic was simple, wasn’t it?

To get that, I must do what they are doing.

Fast forward back to 2013. I was doing “that” and yet still not getting quite the desired results.

Then one day in the middle of a life coaching session with one of my clients, it hit me like a ton of bricks. I was explaining to them that in order to truly find happiness in life you have to know what you want!


Boom! Out of nowhere clarity hit me and I came to the biggest realization of my training life.

What I thought I always wanted, is not really what I wanted!

I know, I know that is a tongue twister but take a second to wrap your brain around it.

I spent my life training to “look” a certain way but when I boiled it down and scrutinized my true desires, that wasn’t what I truly wanted.

I want at the age of 60 to be able to do handstands on a beach, to pull my body up the way I can now and to be mobile and fluid.

Longevity. Health. Happiness.

THAT is what I wanted.

This epiphany changed my world.

This one thing is all I changed and is what accounts for the change that you see in these pictures here.

When I put my focus on what I really wanted,  the secondary and tertiary stuff just came along with it.

I stopped training like a “bodybuilder”, haven’t stepped foot on a cardio machine in two years and found the FUN in my training again.

I hired worldclass Agatsu Founders, Sara-Clare LaJeunesse and Shawn Mozen to help me get stronger and more flexible.

My world transformed from 3 sets of 12 bicep curls to doing 25lbs weighted chin-ups.

Truly, the results speak for themselves.

Over the years training clients and working with life coaching clients what I have come to realize is that more often than not when you don’t have success in something the potential is that you aren’t really sure what it is you want.

Foundation is KEY!

The programming. The dieting. The plans… they come later.

Whether it is six-pack abs, the ability to walk up stairs without being winded, or learning to do the splits, you have to know what it is you want.

Not what they want or what society says you want.

So before you start the next “8 Weeks To a Better You” program take the time to assess and establish your foundation.

Trust me, I would say the proof is in the pudding but really it is in the photos above!



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About Carrie

Carrie Campbell is anything but an “in the box” kind of woman. A counsellor since the age of 19, personal trainer at the age of 23 and professional model, she lends her expertise candidly and honestly with the hopes of inspiring others to find their best selves. Co-founder of The Art of Inspired Living and “Change the Story Method,” her purpose as she so authentically puts it is to “serve others.” Combining the elements of mindset, training and nutrition she will be coming with featured weekly articles and videos for the Keeping Fit blog.

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Fitness goals: What do you REALLY want?

- May 17th, 2012


(Note: This is the first in a series of inspirational fitness-related videos for Keeping Fit blog readers from FTR Nation’s Carrie Campbell and Brian Grasso.)

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FTR Nation –


Flirting with obsession

- November 15th, 2011
Photo by Steve Walls

Carrie Campbell (Photo by Steve Walls)

(Note: This is the November 2011 installment in a monthly series of guest posts by uber-fit Montreal mother of two Carrie Campbell.)

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Obsession versus healthy consideration.

Where do you lie on this spectrum?

Diet and exercise has become an unhealthy obsession for most people. Obsession can lead to multiple things that don’t necessarily fall into the category of eating disorders.

Are you obsessed?

Do you beat yourself up for days after missing a workout?

Do you feel guilt that riddles you long after having an “off” meal?

Do you workout three times a day … lifting, cardio and then and extra bout of cardio “just in case”?

Do you order a Pumpkin Spice Latte but then make sure you get to the gym after to “work it off”?

Do you want to go to the gym but are so depressed about your body that you don’t bother, opting instead to sit at home and binge in front of the TV?

Do you train for weeks on end without any time for recovery?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, I hate to break it to you but you likely are already flirting with an obsession over diet and exercise.

Believe me when I tell you that I used to experience similar emotions. I travelled the journey that has brought me to the place of healthy; it doesn’t happen over night and requires self-reflection and growth.

Ever ask yourself, “Is it really supposed to be this hard?” as you are trying to get back into shape again?

The simple answer is, no, it’s not.

With a commitment to healthy eating and an active lifestyle, it really isn’t that hard.

A realization that has personally smacked me square in the jaw recently. After retiring from fitness competing and embarking on a new pathway of dance while maintaining the regime of exercising regularly and more importantly eating a truly balanced diet, I have realized that it isn’t hard.

It is a simple commitment to yourself. Deciding what you want and then just doing it.

So maybe before you trudge off to the gym in misery today or spend thirty minutes pondering whether you really want that Pumpkin Spice Latte, you should take time to assess what does a healthy diet and exercise lifestyle look like for you.

Then simply commit to it.

Stay Sexy,


“How Does She Do It Mom”

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Exercise of the Week: Reverse oblique crunch

- November 4th, 2011

Carrie Campbell (Photo by Allison Cordner)

(Note: Today’s special guest post — featuring a video — is by uber-fit Montreal mother of two Carrie Campbell. The five-foot-two yummy mummy is sharing her fitness expertise with Keeping Fit blog readers via regular contributions.)

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Exercise of the Week: Reverse oblique crunch

A simple exercise designed to target the entire abdominal muscle group. Executing this move slowly and controlled will definitely give your abs the burn that you are looking for.

Swap it out for one of the exercises that already exists in your workouts or simply add it in.

Execution Points:

• Movements have to be slow and controlled.

• Do not use momentum to bring legs up, allow abs to work.

Remember “Keep It Simple”

Stay Sexy,


“How Does She Do It Mom”

Find my blog at:

Find me on Facebook at: Carrie Campbell

Find me on Twitter at: @HDSDIMOM

Exercise of the Week: Bear crawl

- October 21st, 2011
Michael Malo Photography

Carrie Campbell (Michael Malo Photography)

(Note: Today’s special guest post — featuring a video — is by uber-fit Montreal mother of two Carrie Campbell. The five-foot-two yummy mummy is sharing her fitness expertise with Keeping Fit blog readers via regular contributions.)

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Exercise of the Week: Bear crawl

When was the last time you got down on the floor and crawled? Probably sometime around when you were a baby, right?  The bear crawl is a great way to challenge your entire upper body and core.

Travel the length of a room or for a duration of time. Switch up the direction (forward, backward, left and right). Add it into circuits or warm ups.

Execution points:

• Keep knees off the floor.
• Arms and legs move in opposition.
• Maintain a tight core and stable back.
• Head stays in line with spine.

Simple moves make great workouts.

“Keep It Simple”

Stay Sexy,


“How Does She Do It Mom”

Find my blog at:

Find me on Facebook at: Carrie Campbell

Find me on Twitter at: @HDSDIMOM