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I am a 36 year old mother of three daughters. I am canfitpro Personal Training Specialist certified and LOVE my job.

It actually feels funny to refer to it as my job, since it is so much more than that. Fitness is my PASSION.

Approx 6 years ago, after our third daughter was born, my husband purchased a one month membership to a local gym for me. As a home schooling, stay at home mom, an hour away from the house and kids was a much needed break. I fell in love. I was hooked!

After a few months, the gym owner approached me and asked if I had thought about getting certified in fitness and becoming a trainer. Growing up, I had always loved exercise and health but after getting married at 18 and having three kids in my twenties, I figured that dream was over.

My life would now be diapers and story books.

I was lacking confidence. But the gym owner said I had such passion and energy that I needed to share that with others. I started reading, learning, studying and getting my Personal Training Specialist certification, Zumba, Schwinn, Kangoo Dance, and many others.

I began teaching classes at the gym but sadly it closed down in 2013. I didn’t want to stop. With the immense support of my husband, we bought some equipment, cleared out our basement, purchased insurance, and I started a Facebook page. We began thinking I would teach an 8 week program, try it out.

Eight people joined me but when the 8 weeks were over, we didn't want to stop. So we kept going, eight turned into 15, 25, 50, and so on. I have never once cancelled a class. If only one person showed up it was one on one.

Fast forward three and a half years later! I still home school and our fitness studio is doing amazing. We moved once to make more space, and expand parking. Our three daughters join for many of the classes, and have made amazing progress. I have been able to work with nearly 1000 clients who are making unbelievable progress!

In my little home fitness studio, things have not changed. Bottled water is complimentary, supplements also complimentary. Need a pad, tampon, or hair elastics? Complimentary. Need help with your baby? Our daughters are always there to help out while mom gets her workout, and yes COMPLIMENTARY. They need a meal plan, workout, weight loss tips, some motivation etc.it is all complimentary!

There is nothing that brings me greater joy than watching as men, women and teens gain confidence, strength and become the best version of themselves. Not only am I able to help those in our studio but thanks to our Facebook page, I’ve been able to reach over 56 000 more amazing men and women. No message goes unreturned. I am up late after my husband and girls go to bed, just to reply to each and every message.

We post workout videos on social media with some reaching over 10 million views.

People have thought I was crazy all these years for not charging for the extras or the online support, but my main goal has never changed. Helping people will always be my number one goal. I wasn't worried about what I would receive in return. But it all came back to me a thousand times over!

In January 2017, I received an email from MS Health & Fitness to join in a competition to become MS Health and Fitness 2017. There was no cost to enter but they would be accepting just over 1000 women internationally.

I read the email and thought to myself there is no chance I will be accepted. So I deleted the email. The very next day I received a second email from them. I filled out the form, and sent it in. Five days later I received another email telling me I had been accepted.

This competition began on February 7th, 2017. Winner would be chosen through Facebook votes. All those people I had given free advice, free online support, as well as the 1000 who had attended classes over the years, began to vote, share, comment and like all over social media!

Every week there was another cut, from 1000 to 700, 700 to 300, 300 down to 30 and so on. I made each and every cut. I couldn't believe it. All thanks to these people taking the time to vote each and every day. I made it to the top 3, out of the over 1000 women from all over the world and won an upcoming feature in Muscle & Fitness HERS magazine as well as $1000.

From thinking I wouldn't even be accepted, to placing in the top 3 was unbelievable! I am excited to use my feature in this magazine to hopefully reach even more wonderful people and help them in any way I can. Four of my clients have also become certified in different areas of fitness and now train out our studio as well. Classes can get busy, but these women are such an amazing support. We have such a great team.

I could not do any of this without the support of my husband Jason of 18 years and our three beautiful daughters, who help getting new clients to sign in, help new clients get set up, cleaning the studio, and so much more.

Thank you for reading my story. I would love to share it with the world.

Becky Overbeck

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