Meet Ladan from our St. Clair West location! A mommy of two, Ladan has been training with BB for 5 months, and we’ve watched her really blossom recently, leading the pack at class and pushing herself with a determination only a (self-proclaimed) Type-A mom can muster. She claims she still has weight to lose but she looks lean and toned to us, plus she’s always game for whatever our trainers can dish out. Thanks, Ladan!


What brought you to BB? How long did you train?


I started mid-November, 2013, and have been training since then. I used to see BB classes in Cedarvale in the summer/fall, and was totally envious of the workouts (which looked hard-core!) and the fact that these women were there with their babies (and having fun)! I was with my baby, in the stroller, jogging, which was pretty lonely in comparison… I happened to past by a BB poster somewhere close to the St. Clair West BB location at around the same time and signed up immediately. I was so happy when I realized it was the same group of women I used to see at the park!


What results have you experienced?


I have a knee problem/injury that seems to have gone away since I started BB classes. I have also improved my cardio and strength since starting BB classes. I wish I could say that I have lost weight (I am still 10 lbs over my pre-pregnancy weight), but I haven’t! That’s my fault though, not BB! BB has also helped increase my energy level, even without much sleep at nights.


How do you stay active outside of BB?


I used to jog outside, but since November, haven’t done much other than BB. I walk a lot and try to do crunches at home, but that’s about it. I can’t wait for the warmer weather so that I can be outside running again.


What is your #1 fitness goal now?


I want to reach my pre-pregnancy weight, lose my belly fat, and fit into my pants (all of which are my #1 goal)!


Fave healthy food?


I know this is going to sound unhealthy, but I have to say my favourite healthy food is my partner’s risottos – my favourite one is probably the spinach-mushroom-chicken risotto (no butter and no cheese added). Anything homemade really.


Fave BB exercise?


The one where we use the resistance band under our feet, and walk sideways across the room, in small steps.


Exercise you want to punch in the face?


I don’t remember the name [we think you mean ‘shoulder press,’ Ladan], but one of the exercises, using the resistance bands, while kneeling. We are supposed to push both arms up at the same time (I always alternate because I just can’t do both together). I really, really want to punch that exercise in the face, especially when the instructor makes us do both arms for the last two counts. Argh!


Last splurge food or drink?


Ferrero eggs (dark and milk chocolate covered crispy eggs with chocolaty filling)! In fact, I just had another one right this minute!


You in 5 words. Go!


Compassionate. Proactive. Political. Bossy. Always-a-student.


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