Hello!!! Welcome to my site: Alpha Squat!My name is Kayla and I’m a Christian, a wife, a mom (with our third on the way!), a military veteran, and an outdoor/fitness enthusiast (to name a few of my hats!). I initially started this site to help keep myself accountable for a 90-day challenge I was participating in at the local gym. Well, suffice it to say, this site as evolved into so much more as I am able to share my struggles, successes, and most of all help others reach THEIR goals!
I didn’t have a weight problem growing up, I was actually the skinny fat kid growing up. Ate what I wanted but just couldn’t put on weight. I was actually too skinny but didn’t know how to put on muscle.
My journey into learning about health actually began from PAINFUL acne. It wasn’t too bad as a teen, but once I hit my 20’s, it hit me like a ton of bricks. I had been to dermatologists who say you can’t cure it, just want to throw a bunch of retinols and other prescriptions your way to dry it up like an Arizona summer. Well, drying your skin tells it that it needs to produce MORE oil and hence makes the situation worse.
I started researching what I could take and ended up having every vitamin in the book laid out in an old folks Monday-Sunday pill dispenser. It didn’t take long to realize it was not fun taking so many vitamins. I felt like a pill popping hypochondriac! I realized there was nothing wrong with me except the foods I was eating and all the vitamins I was taking to get nutrition when you can get what you need naturally through food.
I turned to research again and ended up going Paleo for quite a while. It was amazing, no oily skin, no bloating, and lots of energy! The nutrition you put in your body (and what you leave out) really affects you from the inside to the out! So my skin wasn’t too much of an issue for me anymore, I was able to control it with over the counter products as long as I watched what I ate.
When it came to exercise, I was introduced to Crossfit and enjoyed it, but realized I wasn’t building muscle because it’s so intense and so varied.
I had joined the military after high school and long story short, eventually became a defense contractor. It was on my last deployment to Iraq where I connected with someone willing to help me and show me how to lift weights.
I was then blessed with getting married not too long after returning stateside (actually met my spouse in Iraq, but we didn’t start dating until I had gotten back). Fast-forward, we have kids, acne gets bad postpartum because of fluctuation of hormones and not being able to use certain products. My second child was 10 lbs 4 oz and now I have diastasis recti. I needed help! I didn’t even recognize my own body anymore.
I met my coach and business partner, Rebekah, by way of her husband because we worked together. After my husband and I moved away, I kept up with her on FB. After noticing her post after post after post of workouts, nutrition, and seeing how she was able to bounce back after pregnancies, I had to “bite” and see what this whole thing was about.
I’m so thankful for Rebekah as well as Team Beachbody! I was in desperate need not only for guidance on getting my fitness back and having support, but also in need of a business of MY OWN! I LOVE being able to share my story, help others, and contribute once again to my family financially!
I am now pregnant with our third child, I have found a face regimen that is pregnancy safe and actually improving my skin! During this pregnancy I have also completed 21 day fix extreme, core de force, and have begun Body Beast. My goal is to share with women that these programs can and should still be done
DURING pregnancy, there is a modifier for everything, I sometimes even modify the modifier, but I get it done! Hopefully in sharing this, more women won’t be afraid to keep up workouts during pregnancy which actually makes labor “easier” and deliver a healthy strong baby!