My name is Natalie Janik. I’m a 38 year old mother of 2 beautiful girls ages 2 & 5. In my mid-twenties I joined a gym wanting to get into shape. I was beyond lost as I had no idea what to do. I tried to eat healthy now that I was going to the gym, but I didn’t know what that meant. This went on for about 6 years before I got fed up and hired Darren Mehling.
Previously I had played soccer and ran a few marathons. I would say I was fit, and thin but no visible muscles. But now I wanted to see physical changes in my body. I wanted to have the abs I saw on magazines, the toned arms like EVERY woman dreams of. I wanted to trim down my legs because they weren’t proportionate to the rest of my body but I had no clue how to do any of this. Before signing up with Darren I would go to the gym and doing legs and abs over and over again because that is all I knew.
Once I got started with Darren, the changes in my body happened almost immediately, both mentally and physically. My diet was easily maintainable and the workouts were very challenging but fun. To say Darren transformed my body would be an understatement. He literally changed my life not only before I had kids but after also. I won’t lie, I was terrified that after I had kids, my body would never be the same, but truthfully, it got better. I was able to turn IFBB Pro status within SIX shows and only ONE YEAR after I gave birth to my second child. This is a status people in the fitness industry chase for years and years.
The difference with Freak Fitness is that no matter how individual this sport is, Darren make sure everyone stays united. For me, Darren is like the head of the house and he ensures all his kids play nice. The best part is, he doesn’t preach this, he instills this in each and every one of his athletes without us even knowing.
The most important lesson I have learnt from Darren, above all that I have learnt about diet and exercise, is that I can do anything I put my mind to. It took me 35 years to come to this conclusion and I 100% owe this all to Darren. He believed in me and it changed my life.