I don’t care about your excuses

Just a little rant about excuses…


10 Week Challenge Results (Lynda Beddall) #4

If you are looking for the best program to make a complete healthy lifestyle transformation, look no further than the 10-week challenge.


Meet Lynda Beddall, a mother or 5, a bookkeeper, a wife, an athlete, a role model, and a certified BADASS. If anyone on the planet could use the excuse “I don’t have enough time” it would be Lynda, however despite have one of the most insane schedules she manages to excel at whatever she pursues.

Thank you Lynda for being a great example of the philosophy; “if it is important, you will make time”! You work ethic is nothing short of inspirational!!!

To hear more about her challenge read her interview below.

March 2016 - May 2016

March 2016 – May 2016

Besides being an absolute warrior in the gym, what is your day job?

I’m a bookkeeper for a property management company who also happens to be a super mom to 5 awesome kids and wife to the most amazing man in the WORLD.

Do you have any hobbies?

I love playing soccer, softball, mud runs, relaxing with the fam and shockingly gardening!

Lynda (middle) Having just completed the Spartan!

Lynda (middle) Having just completed the Spartan!

How did you learn about the challenge and was it a hard decision to sign up?

This is actually my 4th time conquering the 10 week challenge (read about other challenges here and here). Each time I’ve learned something new to add to my arsenal of tricks to keep this challenge going in real life! This has never been a tough decision for me. I always want to learn how to get stronger and smarted thru my fitness journey. -Alway Happy Never Satisfied, right?

What was your favorite aspect of the challenge?

I’ve said it each time and it’s still 100% true for me… It’s the community that this 10 week challenge creates. Its such an amazing bonding experience knowing that you’re pushing towards the same goals as your team. It’s truly makes the whole experience worth it.

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Lynda working hard at CKO

What was the hardest part about the challenge?

Balance, Balance, Balance… Every time I think I’ve “got it down” something else comes into play. The very first challenge I completed the hard part was the workouts… The second and third challenge the difficult part was eating clean, and this time I thought I’d have everything down to a science but surprisingly I am still learning about balance… Eat the right amounts of carbs and protein but also making sure I’m getting enough sleep! Something I never realized would
play such a factor in my results. You think, huh… Sleep — something so easy to control right? Well, as a mother of 5 my schedule fluctuates so much with bedtimes, evening / morning workouts, sports, and etc. So this challenge has brought me to realize that it’s a process and I will have to continue to learn and evolve into the best me possible by taking everything I’ve learned and making it benefit me in my real day to day life.

What motivates you to walk through that door day after day and continue to push yourself?

My family has always been and will continue to be my “why” I push myself. I want to show my kids that working hard is the only way to get what you want in life, and to see how beautiful your life can be when you’re happy and healthy.

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Lynda during Semi-private training at 2.0

What’s one thing you still find yourself struggling with?

The scale… I HATE that freaken scale. This challenge was definitely a reminder to me how much I battle with the weigh in process. We’ve been told our whole lives that’s the best way to measure yourself is by your weight and what’s “normal” or “healthy” for our height. Well, damn it I will not allow one form of measurement be the judge of how hard I bust my butt in the gym and how hard I’ve worked in the kitchen to avoid and refrain from eating, x y or z… I will probably always struggle with this but the scale doesn’t know how much stronger I am now then I used to be, or how much better my clothes fit. So this one is a mental game that I will have to continue to work on.

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Beast mode!

What would your advice be to some considering doing a 10 week challenge?

I would recommend anyone to do it and believe in yourself. You will be given the tools to make it work — you just have to do it and trust the process.

Have you tried any other challenges (with our gym or another)- if so what made this one different?

Yes, this is my 4th challenge with CKO / 2pt0. This challenge was different for me this time because it helped me realize that I’m not just in this to be skinny or lose X amount of lbs. I’m in this lifestyle to live a full life of badassery! I was made for this… I love it and want to continue to take stride to be the best badass version of myself!

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Getting her “Katniss” on, doing the bow and arrow stretch

What can we do better to help you actualize your true potential?

Just to continue providing a well rounded program that includes not just the workouts but the nutrition and community aspects. I truly feel that it helps set us up for success.

Share any relevant information you’d like about yourself that other team members might not know about you!

I’m pretty much an open book… For those who know me, know I’ve struggled with fitness my whole life. I’ve never been the strongest or the fastest, but I’ve never allowed that to stop me. I was once almost 200 lbs and was horribly depressed with my life, my body and my mental state… I’ve had many detours on my path to fitness, with pregnancies, injuries and healthy issues. Its very hard to admit but I honestly struggle to stay on track and I’m VERY hard on myself when I hit a bump in the road. The saying, “you are your hardest critic” couldn’t be more true for me… It can extremely destructive to my progress to the point where I have to remind myself of my “why” and regroup. I constantly tell myself, You Can Do This… Doubting yourself isn’t going to make it any easier… Believing WILL!

10 Week Challenge Results (Brittney Christopher)

If you are looking for the best program to make a complete healthy lifestyle transformation, look no further than the 10-week challenge.


Meet Brittney Christopher, a Massage Therapist and former athlete who after recovering from a car accident is once again rediscovering her inner athlete! During the challenge Brittney lost 11.3 pounds and 22 inches! To hear more about her challenge read here testimonial below.

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Brittney (March 2016- May 2016)

Testimonial by Brittney Christopher:

Besides being at the gym you can catch me at my day job working in a physical therapy office. I split my time between helping the Physical Therapist’s with their patient’s rehab and working with my own patients as a Massage Therapist. I love love my job! I also love sports, spending time with my family and friends, listening to music, cooking, and most recently “exploring” (getting out of my comfort zone and trying new things).
A tiny bit of my back story…
Until recently I identified as an athlete. I started playing sports as a young child. I then continued my “athletic career” through high school, and even collage where I was on the Washington State University rowing team. Then adversity struck, I was in a nasty car accident. After the car accident my identity seemed to shift I no longer felt like an athlete which lead to me feeling lost and even depressed…
I moved to Shoreline in July 2015 and as I was exploring the area I happened to notice CKO Kickboxing and I became very curious.  I went home and did my research, reading everything I could about the gym. What really peaked my interest was the challenge transformation page.  I’ve seen what feels like a million different before and after photos from other gyms or fitness programs which “guarantee weight loss”, however the stories and images always seem fake (photoshopped). But the CKO/2.0 photos and stories where different they actually seemed real!!! Reading about these amazing transformations made me want to join CKO in the hopes of one day being one of these success stories. 
I joined CKO in Oct 2015 with the best intentions but life got in my way (it always does right?).  The good news is I got back on track and in January 2016 I started Jessica’s (Owner of CKO and 2.0) 28 day clean eating challenge.  At the time I was 321 pounds and it was time to make a change!  Then after the 28 day challenge I did Jessica’s “21-day elimination challenge,”  It wasn’t easy but it was all in preparation for the my real challenge, the 10 week challenge. 
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Brittney (right) at the 10-week challenge community event

I was very hesitant about joining the 10 week challenge because I was so new to the gym and honestly I was afraid to fail. It was then I found Garett’s book “Complete Guide to Fitness Self Sabotage” I identified with a lot of the self sabotaging habits and right then and there I decided I had to sign up for the challenge and I do NOT regret my decision by any means. 
My favorite part of the challenge was working out again. I’m not gonna lie, the first few weeks back in the gym were HARD, but I loved it! I also loved how the other 10-week challengers made me feel welcome. The challenge gives you every opportunity to succeed in some form or another and it is really is up to you what you want to get out of it.  All the trainers were extremely helpful, they all were willing to talk with you, learn about you goals, answer any questions, and provided the motivation you really needed to hear on those extra “HARD days”. 
What really made this challenge great was all the “tools” we received. We were given information about setting goals, meal plans, grocery lists, daily emails, and daily motivation!  The hardest part continues to be the food aspect. Old habits die hard and changing how I eat and what I eat is a constant battle but I feel more confident going forward after because of this challenge. To help with the “food aspect” I will  continue to attend the “food of life” group with Carla.
Brittney during semi-private training

Brittney during semi-private training

The 10 week challenge hit on every aspect of life for me.  I’ve done other challenges where it has been solely about the numbers…”how much did you lose?” This 10 week challenge was more than just about the “numbers”, yes, nutrition and exercise were a big part, but it was more about making us better people! It gave us a chance to give back to the community by offering volunteering opportunities.  Little mini-challenges to de-clutter our lives to help us focus on our goals. 
By the end of the 10-week challenge I lost 11.3 pounds and 22 inches and I am thrilled! Since January 2016 I have lost a total of 46 pounds with CKO and 2.0 Next Level Fitness. Their challenges work if you put in the work! This 10 week challenge came at the time in my life where I was ready to make a change. However my journey is not done since the challenge ended I immediately joined a year long membership with both gyms (CKO and 2.0) and I am excited for what is to come. 
My advice to anyone who is considering the next 10 week challenge is just DO IT!!! You will not be alone, you will not be left to just figure it out, the trainers are there to support you every step of the way and your fellow challengers both new and seasoned will be there to be supportive as well.  Truth is its not easy but anything worth doing is never easy but it is the BEST choice you could make for yourself. You are given the opportunity to push your limits and make new habits, meet new people and if you’re ready to be all in it has the ability to change your life. 
All the Best,
Brittney Christopher

10-Week Challenge Results (Brenda Doyle)

2.0 Next Level Fitness is full of superstars but if forced to choose the “Life of the Party” I would have to pick Brenda Doyle!

Am I right? 

Brenda has a great attitude, is hilarious, and is ridiculously strong! In fact, we all watch in AWE as she easily picks up the “red one” (70-lb Kettlbell) and proceeds to do a 1:30 farmers carry. Or the time she picked up a 44-lb kettlebell pressed it overhead and then held it for over a min! And I forgot to mention, the whole time she was doing these amazing feats of strength she had the entire gym laughing…

Brenda March 2016 - May 2016

Brenda March 2016 – May 2016

Brenda just completed the 2016 spring challenge and her results were phenomenal. She lost over 20-lbs and 30-inches. She also improved in all aspects of the fitness test. Below is Brenda’s testimonial about her fitness journey thus far with 2.0.
By Brenda Doyle:
Where to begin on my journey? Well here it goes, I remember the first day I walk into 2.0 (September 2015) and Jessica was there to give me the information about the gym and her energy was amazing. After all the information she shared with us I went home and thought about what my next step was and it took me about 2-weeks to decide to try a class and YES I was scared of not being able to do the class! I remember doing the class and being REALLY SORE but at the same time I loved how I felt!  
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Up and over pushups during bootcamp

So at that point I decided to make a change in my life and start to exercise. I started out going 3 days a week loving every minute of it. So then when the first 28-day challenge came I decide to try. I was scared of the unknown and the outcome but with all the support of the staff I knew I could do it.

Then when the 10 challenge came up I knew I was ready for a bigger step to better myself and my health.  At first it seemed overwhelming with all the things we had to do but as the days went on it got easier. Taking pictures everyday, writing down everything that I ate and doing the post on Facebook, however as I started to post on Facebook all the comments from people was very encouraging and that’s what kept me going to finish the race.   
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Getting stronger everyday

Thank you!
Brenda Doyle
P.S. I also forgot to say that I’m very happy with my result that I accomplished during this challenge 30 inches overall and 21 pounds. Would recommend this gym to anyone. Love being a part of the community.
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Brenda lifting heavy things during semi-private training