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Putting the Beauty in Boot camp

Putting the Beauty in Boot camp
Two local health experts teach salon workers some healthy-living basics mixed with a little military-style discipline. Find out more about this co-worker competition.

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Hair stylist Heather Morris had a problem — a 20 pound problem. The 26 year old gained the weight while carrying her son. She couldn't lose it. For her, the last few years have been a struggle. "I kind of yo-yo dieted, and my weight yo-yoed as well," Morris says.

 

So it didn't surprise her when lifelong friend Jen Main, owner of Jen Main Fitness, contacted her with a solution. Main has made a career out of pushing people to better bodies through fitness boot camps.

 

And she had noticed from her friendship with Morris and others just how hard it is for beauticians and salon workers to maintain a healthy lifestyle both inside and outside of the office, Main says. "All aspects of your life have to be in balance in order to maintain your health," she says.

 

For much of the beauty industry that can be extra tough. A long day at the salon often is marked by a grab-n-go lunch, a bite of sweets in the break room, a sip of sugary soda between appointments, Main says. It doesn't always add up to healthy living.

 

Morris echoes her friend's words and thoughts. "It's either one extreme or the other. You either binge in the break room or you don't have time to eat at all," Morris says.

 

Then the idea came to Main. She and nutritionist friend Stephaney Theobald decided to offer salon employees a special fitness program tailored to their needs. They call it "Making the Cut."

 

The program lasts up to 12 weeks. Participants will have one boot camp session per week, a body fat analysis during the first and last session, and a nutrition seminar with Theobald. Participants also will have a chance to purchase extra services from Theobald and Main.

 

"It's going to focus on strength and body fat, rather than weight," Main says.

 

And instead of focusing on quantity, Main and Theobald are striving for a quality program. "For this kind of program, it is all about baby steps," Natty Nutrition Owner Theobald says. "It's trying to teach people the science behind their body and why it works that way."

 

Theobald focuses her efforts on custom meal plans for her clients. It started out as a side job, but now she does it full time, as she helps clients reach the important balance of diet and exercise in life. "You definitely need to be active, but it is also about what you eat," Theobald says.

 

The first session took place in mid April at Ault Park. La Bella Salon in Western Hills, Beauty First Salon in Hyde Park, and Collins and Company of Fields Ertel each had about eight members sign up for the camps.

 

Among those who signed up was Main's old friend Morris. She may have done boot camps before on her weight loss journey, but Morris is particularly excited about this one, Main says. This excitement stems from her hopes that the balanced boot camps will serve her goal for a long-term lifestyle better than her yo-yo diets of the past. "With it being 12 weeks and a group of people, you don't want to give up," Morris says.

 

Morris especially won't want to give up as she keeps her eyes on the prize. The participant from each salon who shows the most overall fitness improvement at the end of the three months will receive one free outdoor group training session or an individual session with Main.

 

Whether that winner is Morris or not, she says she wants to "Make the Cut."

 

"I'm just excited to start living a healthier lifestyle consistently," she says.

 

 

PHOTO CREDITS
Photo courtesy of Stephaney Theobald

Sara Celi -

Sara Celi is a contributor to Cincy Chic and a reporter for FOX19. Send her an e-mail at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

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