Written by Annette Aghazarian, freelance writer.
When you think of the word warrior, you probably picture a large, muscular man wearing armor and waving a sword. You don’t visualize a trim, soft-spoken woman with a long, girlish braid wearing yoga pants, but don’t be fooled. If you ever take BK’s boot camp class, get ready to fight for your life.
You will wonder, after she takes off her hoodie and blows her whistle, who is this toned, fierce person with ripped abs and cut arms and where the heck did she come from? With razor sharp focus and an unwavering determination, she will whip you into shape, but first, she will instill a deep feeling of commitment and trust. She will train you hard and push you to place that you never thought you could reach. So, how does she do this and what makes her different from other personal trainers? The key word is personal.
“If you had told me 20 years ago that I would be a fitness trainer, I would never have believed it.”
BK wasn’t always a fitness pro. She was a working mom, with two children and a husband. Like most women, she struggled with her weight and tried hard to take care of her family, never taking any time for herself. After the birth of her second child, she was struck by a debilitating postpartum depression which made it difficult to even get out of bed some mornings. She relied on medication to function and constantly felt guilty for not being strong enough to cope with all of life’s pressures. The need to be a slim, youthful, super mom with a fulfilling career is enough to drive any woman crazy. Most of us are struggling to achieve some sort of balance but ending up burning ourselves out while trying to please everyone else. We can’t be good mothers and wives if we don’t take care of ourselves. As we grow older and wiser, we realize that eventually, we need to make changes if we want to survive our hectic lifestyles before it is too late.
For BK, it was a sudden illness that struck her father, which became the turning point and transformed her life. “Watching my father suffer was the worst thing that I have ever been through in my life. He was my hero and watching him deteriorate made me feel so helpless and afraid.” The diagnosis was not hopeful but BK tried everything she could to help her father fight thyroid cancer. When traditional medicine failed, she researched holistic alternatives, focusing on diet and nutrition and never gave up hope until his last days. When her father finally lost his battle to cancer, BK’s life changed in more ways than she ever imagined. Along with the grief and sorrow came a new perspective which led her on a new and positive path.
“I couldn’t bear it if my children saw me suffering from an illness at a young age. I want to be here for them for a long time. I want them to have a strong and healthy mother.”
At 42 with 2 kids and a full-time job, she went back to school to get her certificates in Nutrition and Weight Loss, Group Fitness and Personal Trainer. Waking up at 5 AM to exercise before getting her kids ready for school, putting in a full day’s work and then studying all night for her courses was challenging but she knew that one day it would all be worth it. She had a goal and was determined to push herself through. BK is a very spiritual person, who believes in the power of faith and positive energy. She knows that diet and exercise are not just trends but crucial for living a balanced and healthy life.
“It’s not about a size. I want people to feel good about themselves. At 44 I am in the best shape of my life and I feel great. Not only am I healthy and strong but I help others feel healthy and strong. I am inspired to change people’s lives for the better and their success motivates me to work harder.”