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Family Gets Fit 2017

Apr 27, 2017 08:29AM ● By The Hood Magazine

By: Jessica Brovold

If you find it hard to find time for yourself, you’re not alone, especially if you’re a parent, or caregiver. The winners of our Family Gets Fit Challenge with Koko FitClub Sioux Falls are about to give you some inspiration.

 Heather and Landon are mother and son and they’re proving to be a strong foundation to their family of 11. You heard that right, Landon is one of Heather’s nine children and over the past few months he’s been hitting the gym with his mom, working on getting in shape and living a healthier lifestyle.

“It's been a fantastic opportunity to meet new people and push myself beyond what I thought I could do,” said Landon Benson.

“One of my favorite moments: I hadn’t seen Landon in a couple weeks and he walked in and he just had this confidence about him. You could see the changes in his body. I saw him and I said “Oh my gosh Landon, you’re this buff guy!”’ said Schaap. “He said “I know!” He said others could see the changes in him.” Landon has worked so hard; he’s surprised himself and his trainers at Koko FitClub. Jessica Schaap is one of the owners of Koko who has spent time working with Landon and Heather.

 For Landon and Heather, the change goes much further than their physical appearance too.

“This has been a life - changing experience for me,” said Heather. “Exercise has become not just a habit, but a passion. I'll never go back to the level of inactivity I was at before Family Gets Fit!”

For the owners of Koko FitClub, being part of this family transformation brings so many emotions. 

“We love to give back to the community, so this is one of the ways we give back,” said Schaap. “We feel very honored to be able to do this for a deserving family. It’s very emotional to be part of someone’s physical transformation because it spills into an emotional transformation as well.”

The crew at Koko was also inspired by the Benson’s who brought their dedication and determination.

“They were the most wonderful people ever,” said Schaap. “I cannot say enough about how positive and upbeat they were. They never complained. They never missed a work out. If you could pick someone who would be the happiest person and work hard and give it their all, they killed it.” 

While the Benson’s have learned how to exercise and gain strength, they’ve also learned how to eat better. Now they hope to inspire others to do the same.

“Before this year, I never considered myself a strong or athletic person,” said Heather. “Now, I'm realizing that I have received an education in exercise and nutrition that will stay with me forever!”

“Anybody can get and stay healthy if they have the right mindset,” said Landon.

And when it seems impossible to find the time, Heather has this to say:

“Make the time!” said Heather. “You'll never regret it, and the sooner you start, the sooner you'll realize it was the best thing you could have done for yourself!” 

Landon's Stats:

  • Strength Increased: 29%
  • Inches Lost: 15"
  • Pounds Lost: 16 lbs
  • Pant Size Lost: 6

Heather's Stats

  • Strength Increased: 56%
  • Inches Lost: 20.5"
  • Pounds Lost: 31 lbs
  • Pant Size Lost: 7
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