Do you have a cup of coffee ready!? This is going to be a LONG but amazing post! I want you to meet the ladies of TEAM TOGETHER FIT…. the ladies that are currently changing my life at this very moment! These ladies are wonderful, ya’ll. They have all changed their lives, the lives of their own family’s and more important the lives of other’s around them and all over this world of ours!
You might wonder why I chose THAT picture to start with… but I chose it for a very important reason. I wanted to introduce these ladies to you with this particular image because well, these women are total ROCKSTARS and what better way than with this complete BAD A#$$ image of them rocking out after what they do best…. LIVE WHAT THEY PREACH: take on a seriously difficult work out and proof positive that WE ALL CAN DO THE THINGS, even the hard things!
Let me start by backing things way, way up! I met Alli Upham a little over a year ago at a mutual friend’s engagement party and like so many of those girls in that image right there ^ I never could have for-seen or anticipated how much she would transform my life! If you have the time, I would LOVE for you to head over to her page and check out Alli’s Story. You will be in tears and amazed at this woman!
Alli and I became quick friends and you probably already recognize her as she and her own family have been gracing this blog with their beautiful baby boy! Alli always mentioned to me that if I was every wanting or ready to participate in one of her “virtual gyms” she was always there and she would be over the moon excited. I just never took her seriously, until December. But that’s MY story and that’s for another time. Let’s just say I needed her and when I did she answered in a big way and luckily so did all of these girls right here.
Alli is the mama bear of this incredible and HUGE team! All of these women have been motivated, inspired and lifted up by her in some way! They’ve also been joined together and influenced each other’s lives.
Beachbody might be a workout/fitness program but I can tell you from my own personal experience, it’s more about the business of transforming the hearts and mind of the people that decide to let them in one coach at a time.
Alli and her husband Brent gave me the highest honor to be a part of their coaches retreat weekend! I was able to come in for the day and photograph their top coaches as they came together for community, inspiration and learning! I knew this was something special when Alli and I began to talk about what it was she was looking for and what she wanted captured, mostly community and love and some things that these coaches could use for call to actions and social media. What I did NOT expect was to have truly heartfelt connections and conversations that would leave me with some lasting friendships and a whisper of a calling to do more.
I didn’t fully realize that I would be getting so much more out of the experience than I would be giving!
The morning started off with a quiet time and daily devotional. It was a time for reflection and a call to action to take this business and grow it with God at the heart! So many of these women started this coaching business because they were changed! They experienced so much beauty and so much more than a physical transformation that they decided they HAD to pass it on to at least 1 other person. That one other person turned in to several and now they are leading TEAMS of individuals by their sides with their same mission and heartfelt message. They feel it’s a calling and not just a job or side hustle. It has meaning and that meaning comes from a place of heart and soul. They pour their LOVE into this and with that comes a huge responsibility that is not taken lightly.
Time is taken to pray and research. Time is taken to write down goals and challenges and action plans. Personal development happens in order to continue to lead from a place of learning, education and constant growth!
After intentions were set, it was time to get down to business! Right now most of these ladies are all on the same workout program, 80 Day Obsession which means pre-workout started going down and the anticipation for Saturday’s cardio was being pumped up!
The workout session was intense and don’t let the name fool you: cardio flow! It sounds like a nice little yoga session but it’s NOT! It’s pretty hard core and if you want to know more, you’ll just have to check it out for yourself!
The girls got cleaned up and we had a bit of downtime to check in with families, connect with their virtual gyms and their teams and just do the things that needed to be done. Things like recover and eat! We also spent time chatting and this is where I really started to learn that what I had started to experience in my own beach body transformation (less physical more mental) wasn’t that uncommon! In fact, it is actually the norm if you are doing it right and that’s with a supportive community! You are supposed to feel the good feels. You are supposed to start recognizing that yes you can do the things. Those negative voices in your head that say… this isn’t for you, you can’t do this… they go away! You start to be your own champion!
I also snuck in a tour of the house because ya’ll.. that house was UNREAL! Sorry I didn’t take pictures of that… I was too blown away by all the hidden rooms behind bookcases! I was also too busy snapping photos of these girls and making life long friends!
Once everyone showered, we got together for some fun group shots! I know I’ve done a LOT of talking so I’ll just share some of my favorites from the rest of my time.
I just want to leave you with one last thought: I want you to see these women! I want you to see the genuine smile on their faces! These women aren’t from the same area. Their connections are from social media and sharing their hearts and being vulnerable with one another on a journey to become their best selves! This all happened because they decided to SHOW UP for themselves and start a fitness program. What they gained in return… it was so much more than physical fitness, that was just a bonus friends. They gained a community to rally around them. They gained a “Fit family” as Alli coined. They gained security in a sense that they are now their own bosses many of them able to stay at home with their little ones and still provide their family with an income. They gained a million other wonderful bonuses that they can EACH/individually tell you about if you let them!
If you want to connect with one of them, leave a comment.. and I can help you get in touch! You can have what they have. You can start today!
This is Kanoa and yes… she does SLAY all day!
and this girl, she’s my siamese twin separated at birth!!!
And that right there… that is a part of Alli’s legacy! Just one small part of her legacy that she will leave behind, a tribe of women that are changing this world and living their dreams and leading by example! They aren’t clocking in and out of a job all day long, they are living and breathing their DREAM of helping people become their best selves! They are finding their joy and helping others find it too, all while staying at home with their babies! They are chasing boundaries and jumping over obstacles… laughing and loving and taking on adventure after adventure!
What kind of legacy do you want to leave behind?!