We are a small team with a lot of heart. We love what we do, and we do it with passion.
| Co-Owner | Founder | Health Coach | Personal Trainer | Fitness Instructor
Hi-yah; Welcome to Empower! I am one of the founders/owners of this fitness studio. My passion for fitness began with my own health journey. At the age of 18, I was the ‘skinny fat’ girl, ya know the one who looked to be in shape but in reality couldn’t walk up stairs without being out of breath! In addition I had no energy, struggled with ADHD, Anxiety, and extremely low self-confidence/self-worth. Thankfully, God brought a dear friend into my life who introduced me to a community through Herbalife (Not at all unlike the community we strive to embody here at Empower) and that friend went on to be my first coach and mentor. From there it has been an incredible journey of regaining my energy, discovering my confidence, learning what true health looks like for me, and unlocking the potential that lay inside of me just waiting to be developed. Ultimately; it changed my entire life! My deepest hope is to come alongside you, wherever you are on your health journey and help you discover the same power inside yourself. It’s a crazy hard beautiful journey but definitely one worth taking. As all great journey’s it begins with a single step. I hope you will take that step with us and that you find not only the health you seek but also true life change. – In health and fitness, Katelynn
| Co-Owner | Founder | Health Coach | Fitness Instructor
Hello World! I am your typical coach potato turned fitness instructor. It’s not a transformation that I hear of very often, but has been one of the greatest experiences of my life. By sharing (mainly) Cardio Drumming I have connected with a wonderful community, developed accountability and motivation to be a healthier individual. Regularly working out has made it so much easier to make the decisions that support a healthy lifestyle. The positive community has also gifted me the opportunity to develop more relationships that inspire and encourage rather than feeling sales-based. Why do I continue to do be a fitness instructor? I don’t want to be the person that sets the example for how to live a healthy life. I just want to be the person standing beside you helping you find your way and being present with you during the set backs. My number one rule is that your not supposed to do it right your just supposed to move.
| Health Coach | Fitness Instructor |
Hi everyone! A little background on myself, my fitness journey started after I finished my first year of my graduate program. For the first time in weeks I decided to hit the scale and boy was I in for a surprise, 40lbs! I GAINED 40Lbs in one year! I am a petite 5’3” girl who was stagnant in movement and surviving on Cheez-It’s and peanut butter. I decided something had to change.
My first step was cutting out the overindulging. But this early in my journey I thought it didn’t matter what I put in my body only that my calories were low enough so I kept making risky trades. Next step was exercise. I decided to try running, let’s just say this girl is not a runner…
I lost momentum, I wasn’t reaching any of my personal goals. I felt worthless for failing myself and I let my mental health reach a place that was lacking in quality. Then my friend Katie tells me about this Cardio Drumming Class (rolling eyes) for what must have been the 3rd or 4th time and I decided to show up.
At this point I woke up! I was fed up with self-pity and I realized it was time for a shift in thinking. I discovered, Hey! I have an unhealthy relationship with food and I started to work on that. I found a nutrition plan that worked for me. I started out just participating and I loved the energy and the vibes, plus the workout was really fun and didn’t feel like work.
I decided to become a leader at Empower because I have so much fun doing it and love working with others while on my own journey. I encourage others to share their story because we each come from a unique place but are all striving to be a better version of ourselves. And when our insecurities come out we can all work together to beat them up with a really good song!
| Fitness Instructor |
Hi everyone! A little about me and my fitness journey. Did I just say MY fitness journey? I can’t believe I have a fitness journey! For years, I watched people go through incredible changes, watching their journeys wanting to look like them or be motivated like them. Reaching out for tips and tricks on how to do what they did. My friend would tell me “One day people will be watching your fitness journey and reaching out to you for motivation and guidance.” As awesome as that sounded, it was very hard for me to believe that I would ever become dedicated enough.
I struggled for over 10 years. I believed I was someone who just couldn’t lose weight. There had to be something wrong with me. It couldn’t be because of my unhealthy relationship with food and lack of motivation to exercise. I made excuse after excuse for why I wasn’t making the changes I wanted to make.
Finally, January 2019 I decided enough was enough. It was time to get serious about my health and fitness. If I’m being honest, finding the courage to believe in myself was hard after so many years of giving up time and again, but I was done with excuses!
The first class I ever attended was Cardio Drumming. I had so much fun I forgot it was exercise! It lit something inside of me. I began attending multiple community fitness classes, including POUND. I developed friendships and finally found a place where I was able to be myself. I began to truly understand the meaning of community fitness. How special it is that a group of people, who are all on their own individual fitness journeys, come together and create a comfortable place full of support, laughter and love for each other and share their amazing experience together. I found my passion in community fitness!
So much so, that I took the leap to become a leader at Empower. This community has made such a positive impact not only on my fitness journey, but my life. I am SO excited and SO thankful that I can now be part of others fitness journeys as I continue on mine.
If someone would have told me at the beginning of the year that I would be down 70 lbs and leading fitness classes, I wouldn’t believe it. What an AMAZING feeling it truly is! I am so excited to come alongside you, support you, and help make a difference in your life!
| Health Coach | Fitness Instructor |
Hey everyone! I am a leader with empower and a long time lover of these group fitness classes! My health and fitness journey started nearly 10 years ago when I realized just how bad I felt over all. Low self esteem, depression, and just uncomfortable in my own skin. I realized at that point that I was stuck in a mindset and a body that was not serving me to my fullest potential. My then boyfriend (now husband) were starting to look at our future and I knew that kids were definitely in that future and the life I was leading would not allow me to keep up with kids the way I wanted to. I remember the day like it was yesterday that my mind shifted and I began to really take my health seriously. I was about 65lbs heavier than I am today and had no energy at all. I really focused on my nutrition and added in little bits of exercise here and there and soon realized what exercise could not only do for my physical appearance, but for my over all mental health! Now I consistently tell people that exercise keeps me sane! I have had many ups and downs over the past 10 years but have maintained my journey through two pregnancies and the new beautiful chaos that is my life! I now have two amazing little ones that keep me going every single day. I am still working toward goals of my own and I’ll never stop making goals for myself because health and fitness has no destination. It is a journey that I will continue on with and I hope to help as many people as I can along the way.