Kathy Prohoroff is a BuffMother who inspires many individuals daily through her social media and YouTube channel. Her energy seems endless, but has had to fight hard to regain that stamina. Kathy shares a bit of her struggle with Adrenal Fatigue
You mentioned you are a certified personal trainer, what advice do you have for others who may be in that profession or looking to become a trainer themselves?
Get certified in with a reputable and highly known company. I always recommend NASM as it’s highly regarded and teaches so much about sports training methods. This business takes a lot of blood, sweat and tears but if you have the passion to help others change their lives and you’re highly motivated and working on your own goals, it will bless your life in a wonderful way. Give the best training and meal planning to your clients and don’t treat them as another “number”. They matter and if you let them know how much you care about them, they will trust you, likely stay with you and refer others your way.
What were some of the symptoms you had from Adrenal Fatigue? and How did you overcome them?
Dealing with adrenal fatigue, I suffered severe cravings in my eating due to not having had eaten the right amount of calories and nutrients in my competition training phase. I found myself not caring what I ate (very odd for me after over 22 years of good eating habits locked it), not wanting to workout, not having any energy and wanting to eat and sleep all day. My weight crept up, I was bloated and felt unhealthy and extremely unhappy. I wasn’t sure what was wrong with me but I knew that something was amiss and it was due to the over-training and strict meal plans from the previous 6 months. My moods were completely unbalanced and my anxiety was at an all time high. In my efforts to “heal” my body and bring it back to “square one” again, I did a 21 day RESET program. I wasn’t sure what to expect but the claims were that it would restore my body from the “cellular” level. Once I completed the program (and exercise during this reset is prohibited due to the changes within the body) I was more energized and felt like my self again. I followed a daily meal plan that was strictly outlined in the program, followed the resting periods, and took the supplements included in the program. I was amazed at how much better I felt and how my body began to respond to changes made.
You have 3 teens, are they into fitness as well? and what do they think of your Youtube channel?
My family is extremely close and my teens and hubby have always had a say and opinion in what I do. They have grown up seeing me training clients, working out at home and in the gym, talking incessantly about good eating habits and stocking the home with 80% healthy foods. (I allow some fun treats because deprivation is another problem in and of itself). My daughter and sons are now all working on their own programs through our Beachbody library yet, I had never made working out a requirement. They each came to me, one at a time, and asked me, “what fitness plan should I start with, Mom?” There’s nothing more powerful than leading by example and this is something I share with all of my clients who have children. I started my YouTube channel to connect with clients and to bring motivation and support to the online forum. My kids helped me film my workouts and are amazed at how many people have viewed some of the videos they helped create! My daughter has recently brought to my attention that we need to “bring up the content” again in my channel! She has nominated herself my videographer and promoter!
Since this is a “BuffMother” interview, I have to ask…How did you find our Team BuffMother? and What makes you a BuffMother?
I found Buffmother while searching online for hormone related issues in fitness inspired females. I resonated so much with Michelle’s energy, kindness and spirit. There is a need for more information in this area for women; and just knowing that there was a community of women on this journey made it a great discovery. I purchased a variety of the programs and e-books that Michelle offered and dove into the monthly cycle training plans and workouts. I followed her workouts and videos. I also joined her online forum and Rally Room. Everyone I’ve met through this community is like minded and I cannot be more blessed to see everyone cheering each other on! Once my mom caught wind of me following this plan, she asked for all the info as she’s been dealing with hormones and issues without proper help for many years. Her words were, “FINALLY!! Someone is actually sharing this information!!” 🙂
I noticed you are a BeachBody coach. How long have you been working with them? Are you finding success with the business model?
I’ve been a Beachbody coach for 6 years now. At the start, I was just dabbling in it for the nutritional products in helping my current clients. I was never a fan of the products sold at the gyms and in the local GNC type shops. I am a strong advocate for clean eating and taking the best care of our bodies today…not “later” when dealing with health or medical issues. Most products sold for “fitness” benefits are full with artificial sweeteners, preservatives and “fillers” that make the supplements seem “healthy enough” while being able to maintain a “cheaper” price tag to entice customer purchase. The products that Beachbody promotes are the best I’ve ever found, and I’ve researched everything I could find. After about 2 1/2 years of coaching “part time”, I realized my income potential was greater with this opportunity than simply spending hours working with clients one on one. I now shifted to full time Beachbody coach and online training. My family is happier, I have more patience and enjoyment of life and my pay has increased consistently over the years. I still enjoy the one on one sessions at times, but after 22 years of working harder; I’m now blessed to be able to work smarter and fit my family’s needs first.
How do you feel about the flood of muliti-level marketing “Coaches” that have no experience or education in exercise science and nutrition having such influence over clients?
While I understand that some fitness professionals, who first look at this network marketing business as one which is allowing “non” professional folks to work with customers and clients on fitness and weight loss goals; we don’t pretend to be professionals. (unless we already are!) Coaching is about showing people that we are a normal, everyday person who is on a journey to become fitter, healthier and better over time.