Testimonials

Testimonial from Carrie Klaiber

Hi, My name is Carrie Klaiber. I want to share my story with all you workout ” wannabe’s” out there. I remember the day I decided to make a life change. It was something that just ‘clicked’ inside and I knew it was time. I had heard great things about ‘Heartbreaker, so I picked up the phone and called Marla. Although i was a bit scared, she made me feel comfortable. We chatted, and I decided to join the 10:15 a.m. Beginner / Intermediate Boot Camp. Marla met me at the studio the next morning, showed me around, introduced me to the instructor, and before I knew it, I was working out! Being fairly out of shape, a smoker, and 205 pounds – my first class was tough, I can’t lie, but determination and the encouragement of a good instructor got me through and afterwards I felt so good!! Then I went back the next day… and the next… and the next! I was hooked! I went to classes faithfully to classes four times per week. It wasn’t easy. Life tries to get in the way sometimes, but after two months, I started seeing results little by little and that kept me going back for more. I knew that I had to change my eating habits right from the start in order to have more energy for the classes and to help me reach my goals. Having other ladies in the classes share ideas about eating, and talking to Marla really helped. I used to sign up for sessions with Heartbreakers, then I decided to really commit and bought a one-year membership. The instructors and other members are a family with a comfortable environment. I just love being there. Time marched on and after six months, I had lost 35 pounds! My wedding was just around the corner and I knew I had to push and keep going. I am so happy I worked hard. I love to look at my wedding photographs now and reflect back on my big day. But I wasn’t done! I was hooked on fitness now and had to keep going! In October 2012, one year after I started at Heartbreaker, I decided to quit smoking. I am now eight months smoke free! I just ran my first 5 K two weeks ago. It was scary, but Marla encouraged me that I could do it, and she was right. My first 5 K was under 35 minutes. I did the same run less than a week later, and shaved off 30 seconds from my time. I am absolutely hooked now on fitness and Heartbreaker classes. I am now in the 9:15 a.m. Intermediate / Advanced Boot Camp classes and I will not stop! So to all you wanna-be’s out there, if I can do it, so can you! Just pick up the phone and call Marla to be a part of the Heartbreaker family. This former smoker and out of shape mom, has become a non-smoker, I have lost 35 pounds and my husband and I are in my first Spartan race this summer. I feel good! I look good! I love Fitness! I love Heartbreaker!


- Carrie Klaiber

For the past couple years, I have admired those of you who registered for The Bikini Contest. I was always too scared to do it, thinking it was completely out of my league. Even though I was a committed boot-camper, when I turned 50 I knew I needed to make changes in my life. It didn't matter if I lost 2 lbs or 20 lbs, it mattered that I enrolled and made changes. For this, I am a winner! My family has watched me through out this process. I wanted to show them we can all make healthier choices, which was also another of my goals. The meal planning was sometimes cumbersome, but the recipes are all amazing. I ate so much everyday thinking this is impossible, only to be surprised by the final result. I wouldn't have been able to conquer this challenge without the support of the entire Heartbreaker family. From management, instructors and fellow boot campers, you are all a source of encouragement. Watching other boot campers gave me inspiration on days when I felt like staying home. The Bikini Contest is for everyone. To everyone who has been through it, we are all winners! Coming out on top is a bonus!


- Bonnie L.
Testimonial from Dee Cannon

Heartbreaker has changed my life! I have been a member since it opened with a couple of short hiatus' in between. After my last child my body was a wreck! I had a C-Section and my back pain was, at times, unbearable! I couldn't sneeze, cough, ride a bike or even tie my shoes without excruciating pain. I knew that I had to do something to strengthen my body back into shape. My time was limited and there didn't seem to be enough hours in a day, so I signed up for the noon hour classes. A variety of cardio and full body strength classes. 3 years later and not only can I do ALL of the day to day things I used to struggle with but now I can also, run, jump, do burpees, push ups....even tricep pushups and more! Heartbreaker is constantly evolving with new and trendy ways to keep fitness exciting, fun and challenging! The focus is always long term health over body image. Skinny is not the goal....strong and healthy is! I'm proud to be a member of the best fitness club in town. I will be a "Heartbreaker" forever!


- Dee Cannon

Paula: I took the Bikini Contest in 2008 and my love for fitness began!! I lost weight and inches during the Bikini Contest but more important than that I learned about clean eating. To this day I still follow the principles of clean eating and always read the labels at the grocery store. A couple years later I convinced my husband to come try a class with me at Heartbreaker. Glendon: My first visit to Heartbreaker was on a dare more than anything else. My wife said I wouldn’t be able to make it through the whole class. Challenge accepted!! I wasn’t sure what to expect but I thought I was in good enough shape that I wouldn’t have any problem proving my wife wrong. Well, I was wrong. The workout was like nothing I had done before! We love Heartbreaker fitness classes, they are fun, motivating, and a great workout! Marla and her staff are amazing and are always finding new ways to make sure we get a great workout and, most importantly, have a great time! Heartbreaker is not only a fitness studio but a family and Marla has become a life long friend of ours.❤️ Paula and Glendon Potts


- Glendon and Paula Potts

I just finished my 8 week Bikini Contest program at Heartbreaker Dance and Fitness. It was exactly what I needed to get my nutrition and workouts on the right track! Thanks to this program, I feel stronger and healthier, I can now run 5k without stopping and my whole family has been eating healthier and is more active!!! I am so proud of my results. Thanks to my friends for supporting me and even coming to workouts with me, to my 8:15 coach Tina for pushing me every night and to Christina for making me enjoy running again!!


- Julia B.

I was so impressed with the daily Bikini Contest boot camp workout. I tried my best to attend the 6 a.m classes on a regular basis. I perhaps grumbled about the early mornings but it was well worth it. Not only did I lose the weight and the inches, but in 8 weeks,my life has changed. I exercise on a daily basis, cook my own meals and have eliminated fast food. I was heading down a dark and self destructive path in April. Because of the Bikini Contest bootcamp, I have a clearer understanding of the importance of eating clean and the importance of working out. I can only thank the instructors at Heartbreaker for their encouragement, knowledge and supportive approach to their clients.


- Karen B.

I live for my noon hour workout everyday! After my second child I decided to change my life and get healthy and fit. I wanted to be a positive influence on my children. I worked out daily, changed my eating habits and lost 100lbs! Over 6 years later, the weight is still off! And with the help of Heartbreaker I am in the best shape of my life and am stronger than ever. Heartbreaker keeps me motivated and accountable. The noon crew is packed full of amazing ladies who challenge me daily to push myself. There is no way I would work out this hard on my own! I wore the first bikini of my adult life this year and I felt great! Marla has the best classes! She always has motivating music, gives fabulous advice, mixes it up so you are never bored and pushes you to your limits. The Heartbreaker instructors are all amazing and it is great having different types of classes so you can stay motivated. My favourites are step and HIGH Fitness that alternate every Friday, but can say I never leave a class saying I didn’t work hard. Heartbreaker=stress relief for me!


- Nicole Lanz

I have always wanted to do one of those fun runs in the mud or paint that we see all over the internet these days, but I never even thought about signing up because I wouldn’t have been able to finish it due to being so out of shape… At first, when my girlfriend asked me if I wanted to join the The Bikini Contest boot camp with her, I cringed, I hesitated, and then I said HELL YES! I was so sick and tired of feeling sick and tired!!! I was done with crying in the change room of every store I went into to try on new clothes because I was constantly outgrowing everything in my closet. At first, I wasn’t even sure that I could do it. I was a new full-time college student with a 2 and 3 year old at home! When would I have the time? 6am, that’s when! Once I made the decision to sign up, I was fully committed. I went to my workouts, I followed the clean eating program as much as I possibly could, and I worked my butt off. I didn’t miss a single day in 8 weeks, and guess what? I WON! I lost 17lbs (crazy, I know!), and I couldn’t have done it without the close community and support from everyone at Heartbreaker!!! And just last month a big group of us signed up for the 5km Foam Run here in Medicine Hat!!! I had the time of my life, and I not only completed it, I wanted more! I absolutely love working out now and my favorite part about it all is that I don’t have to plan my own workouts like any other gym. I show up, they kick my butt, and I leave feeling amazing! Thank you Heartbreaker for setting me up for success and a healthier lifestyle!!


- RaeAnn French

I just completed my first ever boot camp style program and I really loved it!!! My second pregnancy made my diastasis (separation of my ab muscles) almost crippling and threw me off my CrossFit game. It took me over a year to get my body back to normal and this was the perfect way to slowly get it strong again. I love how the workouts are mostly body weight with a little bit of light weight lifting and lots of cardio! The program itself was great for keeping me accountable, and I met a lot of new friends during the 8 weeks. I never knew I had the discipline in me to workout 5-6 times a week and to eat clean for 8 weeks, but I did! I'm so happy I did this and I am loving my results - and this is just the beginning! If you've ever thought of doing the Bikini Contest, you should take the leap and just DO IT! The results, classes, meal plans, and the people are all amazing!


- Shieleen W.

Testimonial from our last bikini winner Tara Yuhas Hill! January 7, 2017, I was asking about The Bikini Contest Boot Camp on a friend’s Facebook feed who was signing up. Marla pretty much challenged me to show up Monday. I can’t say no to a challenge so I did! I had my babies in my late 30s and wanted to have that extra weight off for my 40s and I knew bootcamp style classes were what I needed. I had already been eating clean but having the accountability to portion sizes and tracking was also what I needed. I started the January Bikini Contest Boot Camp with intentions not for the eight week results, but what I could do in one year of exercise and clean eating. I thought hopefully after one year this would become my lifestyle, not a short fix. Meal planning and prepping for the week while working full-time and two little guys and activities was probably the most difficult for me at first, but I also knew that this was important to staying on track during the busy week days and gave me no excuses to make bad choices. Sunday groceries and prepping took a lot of time at first!! Initially this seem to be the most difficult for me except for that first week of hurts so good soreness where walking up and down stairs felt awkward! LOL! At the end of the first eight weeks I had lost 10 pounds and 8 inches 5 inches off my butt! I knew I was not done and I was going to keep doing what I was doing except with the few drinks here and there that is off limits during bootcamp. I chose the commit to be fit and continued going every lunch hour to my workouts. I decided to sign up for the May/June Bikini Contest Boot Camp as it was accountability of bootcamp that appealed to me. By this time I felt I had my food and meal prepping down, and it was becoming easier and a part of my life. With the May/June Boot Camp they started the Friday runs again. I didn't really have a weight goal in my mind the second round I just wanted to challenge myself physically and also not lose what I have gained in the previous four months in terms of fitness, strength and endurance. With the Friday runs I asked myself why don't I try to run three times a week and set a goal of running 5 km without stopping? By the end of my eight weeks I had continued to challenge myself and ended up being able to complete 10 km without stopping! I also found out I like running, when I started I thought I hated it! My daily bootcamp workouts definitely contributed to helping me accomplish that goal as well not to mention feeding my body with clean and healthy nutritious foods. I lost another 11 lbs in the second bootcamp. I have now found that I can make fitness work with my life as we are all so busy and I have no plans of giving this aspect of my life up. The instructors and members at Heartbreaker are all so welcoming and encouraging, plus being amongst a group of determined women who also have busy lives and continue to show up makes it super motivating. I remember my first week admiring many of the members in my class and their fitness levels. My proudest accomplishment for me was when I realized I was finally one of those people I admired. Thanks to Marla and all of the instructors and members at Heartbreaker!!!!!


- Tara Yuhas