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Member Spotlight: Cathy Ko

Newport News Weight Loss Cathy

We believe our members are the heartbeat of our great community and provide amazing inspiration to others overcoming their own challenges.


1. When and Why did you first start coming to Coastal Strength & Fitness?

I married my childhood sweetheart. We had our ups and downs but he struggled with alcoholism and became increasingly abusive. After 13 years of marriage we split up. About a month later he was diagnosed with liver cancer and then 9 days later he died. I felt totally out of control. So what did I do? I decided I wanted to be strong and healthy. To be a role model for my son. To be the best me possible. I was scared but signed up for an introductory 21 days for $21 in May of 2017 and never looked back.

2. What fitness activities/sports were you doing before you joined Coastal?

I wasn't really athletic growing up. I did snow ski and scuba dive but nothing competitive. I was living a pretty sedentary life for years prior to joining Coastal. I had never lifted weights or even done a proper squat.

3. What results have you seen since you joined Coastal Strength & Fitness?

I'm much more confident and happier than I've been in a long time. I am stronger. I am leaner. I didn't do measurements in the very beginning but I've gone from a size 10 to a size 2 and lost 28 lbs [20% of my body weight) which on my 4'10" frame is a big chunk.

4. What do you like most about Coastal Strength & Fitness?

I've learned a lot about proper form and nutrition but if I had to pick 1 thing it would be the community. I've been encouraged and held accountable and made friends that I didn't know I wanted or needed. The people (coaches and members) and the relationships are the best part of CSF.

5. What is your favorite Coastal training day of the week and why?

I really love Saturday yoga with Jillian. My flexibility/balance/mobility/breath have gotten so much better and it helps me with my strength training days.

Lightning Round Questions:

1. What is your Spirit animal?

Phoenix...because I'm rising from the ashes of my former self.

2. If you were a Superhero, what would your super power be?

I think being able to fly would be kind of awesome.

3. What is your favorite treat meal?

I really love food but my favorite treat would be fried chicken, especially the crispy skin.

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