From ‘the land of mediocrity’ to beast mode, this is Kathryn J’s inspirational journey.

Member of the Month: Kathryn Johnson

From ‘the land of mediocrity’ to beast mode, this is Kathryn J’s inspirational journey.

What the staff at KORE has to say about Kathryn:

Elise:  When I think of Kathryn, I think of the quote by Lysa TerKurst

“Big things are built one brick at a time.  

Victories are achieved one choice at a time.  

A life well lived is chosen one day at a time.”

To say that I have been impressed by Kathryn would be an understatement.  This is a young lady who made a decision to make a change in her health, and has been unstoppable ever since.   A lot of people I work with are impatient when it comes to change. Let’s face it, though intuitively we know it will take a long while to truly achieve anything worth having in life, we all still really want a bit of that instant gratification.  Since our first meeting, Kathryn has been patient with the process. She has diligently set out to achieve each on of her monthly action items and though it has not always been perfect, she has been able to make (and stick with) those tiny adjustments to her life that ultimately has made all the difference.  

Kathryn started out at the gym doing the most fundamental exercises and has work her way into the exercise category that made another (very strong) gym member say “ I want to do that workout, it looks intense!”  Her body composition has improved, her movement quality has improved, her strength has improved, and (my favorite), she walks a lot taller. I cannot be more proud of her achievements.

What Kathryn has to stay about her journey:


How did you hear about us?

Around last June, I decided I was a tired of being mediocre regarding my health and fitness. My background is in public health but as health professionals know, “knowledge is not sufficient to inspire behavior change.” It was around this same time I found myself changing jobs into a leadership position over a group of organizations working to improve health outcomes. I’m a firm believer in leading by example, so I knew I wouldn’t be comfortable providing guidance on healthy lifestyles if I, myself was not walking the walk. So one day a flip switched and I found myself googling “personal trainers in Columbia” and stumbled across several websites, including K.O.R.E.’s.  I remember immediately calling Todd to set up my screening and asked, “Can I come tomorrow?”


What prompted you to seek us out once hearing about us?

Even from the website, I could tell I would like the atmosphere… I was right!


What was your initial goal when you signed up with us?

I want to be in the best physical shape I possibly can be…the whole nine yards. I joke with friends and say “abs by June!” (That joke would be funnier if K.O.R.E. had a trainer named June.) Before joining, I thought to myself, if there is something I don’t like about my body at 24…I’m not going to like it any better in 10 years without putting in some hard work.


Has this goal changed since you joined KORE Wellness?

I still have the same goals but have since added in a few more, including becoming a better runner. I’ve never been able to run a solid mile without stopping. About six months into working out with KORE, I attempted again and ran a solid 1.5 miles without stopping on the first try. My goal is to now run a 5k in under 28 minutes this April… stay tuned.


Now that you’re working on/have achieved this goal, has your view of yourself changed?

I really cannot stress enough the difference K.O.R.E. has made in the trajectory of my health and facilitated a change in my mindset. I am so much more confident in my workouts, which has trickled into my personal and work life by being more open to new experiences that not only challenge but grow me.


How do you feel about your future health?

While I’m really pleased with the progress I’ve already made, I’m looking forward to what I accomplish over the years by remaining consistent. K.O.R.E. has given me the push I needed to vacate the “land of mediocrity.”


What have you liked best about working with us?

I enjoy all the trainers and appreciate that you can be comfortable and not feel judged. I appreciate them helping correct my form and giving extra encouragement to finish strong.



Our path in life is shaped by our decisions... all the little, insignificant seeming ones and the really big, weighty ones. Similarly, so is our health. Over the holidays, my dad introduced me to Jocko Willink’s book, “Discipline Equals Freedom Field Manual.” One excerpt reads: “Discipline your body. Free your mind. Get up early, and go. Get after it and you will become the person you want to be. And you become that person through: One. Small. Decision. At. A. Time.” Someone recently reminded me that fitness is a marathon, not a sprint. Keep making the good, small decisions and your consistency will pay off over time.

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