EARNED SPOTLIGHT

Do you have a body transformation that you’ve EARNED? If so, we want to hear about it!

Please submit a brief story about your body transformation and have the chance to be featured and win free swag!

Good luck and keep killin’ it!


2017 EARNED SPOTLIGHT

RICK THIBODEAU

Hi There!

My name is Rick Thibodeau and I’m 45 yrs old. For as long as I can remember I had been overweight. I graduated High School at 265lbs, mind you I played a lot of football and hockey back then, so my health was relatively good. As the years went by, the weight increased to 350lbs in 2007. My health was getting worse and I was feeling like crap!!! I decided, along with my wife to consult a Dr for Gastric Bypass Surgery, this was not an easy decision because I felt like I was failing in life. I had tried a bunch of different diets and the Yo-Yo effect was definitely in effect. I was diagnosed with sleep apnea, high blood pressure, borderline diabetic and circulation in my lower extremities was failing. I was on medication for stomach/acid reflux and my cholesterol was getting high as well! At one point, I was playing hockey along with 2 of my brothers and passed out on the bench....luckily, it was an anxiety attack and nothing worse. This scarred me to the point where I stopped all sports in fear of having a heart attack or stroke.

Fast forward to 2013, 7 years after my initial consult, I weighed 387lbs, was almost defeated in life, depressed and overwhelmed with it all. My phone rang and I had a date for my surgery, April 23, 2013, my life changed forever!

Three years after the surgery, I had lost 160lbs, I was able to stop all my meds, and my sleep apnea was also gone. It was at that point that I decided to take it one step further. In May of 2016, I hired a personal trainer by the name of Rene Leger who had never worked with someone who had Gastric Bypass surgery. He accepted the challenge and we worked together, countless hours in the gym, diet plans revisited over and over again and we were able to get me to 185.7lbs in 3 months. After my weight loss, I was supposed to qualify for a skin removal surgery, the surgery was denied due to the fact that I had done so well, that I had no rashes or sores and Medicare would not cover the operation anymore. To say I was devastated would be putting it mildly! I struggled to try and figure out why I had put myself, my wife and family through all of this...was it worth it, what should I do! I spoke with my wife and Rene and decided that this was not going to ruin or belittle all the hard work I had done, so with my wife’s blessing and Rene support and guidance, I will be stepping on stage in November 2017 to enter a Men’s Physique Competition, loose skin and all! I will be proud of what I have accomplished!  I hope others will see that anything is possible if you apply yourself, have the right team behind you and work hard!

I’d like to take this opportunity to thank my wife Crystal, she’s had to put up with a lot of my mood swings, tired tantrums and has done so like a champ andRene Leger, who’s invested a lot of his personal time in my journey and to all who have followed me so far!

My journey is far from being over, and long hours in the gym lay ahead, but rest assured, when I step on stage, at the age of 46 and in the best shape of my life....I will be the proudest man there that night!

I’ll have EARNED it!

Please support and push each other in all aspects of life, we all have a story to tell and we owe it to ourselves to make it the best story possible!
— Rick Thibodeau - Moncton, New Brunswick, Canada
RICK'S INCREDIBLE TRANFORMATION 

RICK'S INCREDIBLE TRANFORMATION 

THE PROOF IS IN THE PUDDING (Protein pudding that is lol!)

THE PROOF IS IN THE PUDDING (Protein pudding that is lol!)


EARNED Family Holiday Spotlight Special

JENNIFER ROSE-AIDALA & FAMILY

Hi, I’m Jen. I’m a 36 year old momma of 3 Earned mini-me’s; Vicky, Jared & Brian. I guess my story all began back when I had knee surgery. I literally had to “break” myself in order to see what I was doing to my body was not in my best interest. Thus began my journey to a better me and along for the ride my little fitfam.

I was a single mom, living alone with my littles. I tried to live a healthy lifestyle but sometimes life gets in the way. Unfortunately, due to the crazy hustle and bustle, stress and all that ugly stuff, I fell sick, causing much struggle. From there things only took a turn for the worse when I ended up breaking my tibia in 2 places. The break had me in a constructive surgery which forced me to be bed ridden for 2 weeks. It was a taxing time for me and my family, however, in light of all that was going on, I had the time to reflex upon myself and decided I wanted to make some changes to the person I saw in the mirror.

As many can relate, I was a yo-yo person. My weight always fluctuated but enough was enough! I took hold of my situation and made goals for myself to achieve. After 10 months of rehab and losing 45 pounds, I crossed the finish line of my 1st 5K race in March 2013. However, without the next goal set forth, I began a rebound and gained a lot of weight back. The backlash of all my hard work put me back at the starting line and again I had to reassess myself. I needed something more, a new goal and so I went attended a Fitness Model Camp in September 2013. Model Camp taught me to hold myself in a higher esteem, respect and always aspire to more. The classes encouraged me to take on a WBFF fitness competition and so I set my goals for the next upcoming competition and went to work. I can’t say it was easy, comfort zones were left, I doubted myself and stumbled along the way, even cried at times. It’s moments like these where you look deep inside yourself for the will power to continue. I was also lucky enough to have a family that supported me throughout the entire process. Their foundation and love pushed me through and helped me become the person I wanted to be for myself and for them. By the time my 15 month journey was nearing its end, I felt reborn! Although I did not place on stage, I feel that my personal achievement placed me 1st overall and that is what matters most. My family is proud of me and I feel blessed to have inspired them to make their own changes as well. This experience has motivated me to set my goals for the next show date and continue to be diligent in my training, eat well and always, ALWAYS continue to be positive from within. The best advice I can give to whomever is reading this is when setting a goal is to do it with heart, give your all and be honest with who you are. Good luck to you all in your journeys and happy holidays!
— Jennifer Rose-Aidala - Warwick, Rhode Island, USA
JENNIFER'S AWESOME TRANSFORMATION AND WBFF DEBUT

JENNIFER'S AWESOME TRANSFORMATION AND WBFF DEBUT

JENNIFER AND HER BADASS KIDS VICKY, JARED, BRIAN AND LOVING HUSBAND DAVID. A FAMILY THAT EARNS IT TOGETHER, STAYS TOGETHER!

JENNIFER AND HER BADASS KIDS VICKY, JARED, BRIAN AND LOVING HUSBAND DAVID. A FAMILY THAT EARNS IT TOGETHER, STAYS TOGETHER!


December's EARNED Spotlight winner

SEBASTIEN GIRARD 

For as long as I can remember, I’ve always been fascinated by superheroes and muscular fictional characters like Hulk and He-Man and as I got older, I started to idolize the WWE wrestlers and bodybuilders.

I have always been an active person and healthy person. As a teenager used to play a variety of sports like baseball, hockey, football, tennis etc... I also worked as an activity guide at an outdoor camp. I joined a gym for the first time at the age of 17, I wanted to gain more muscle mass and emulate the heroes I grew up idolizing. Even though I had a goal in mind, I wasn’t fully dedicated for many reasons but I was noticing some progress here and there, which was encouraging. I really fell in love with the feeling of a good pump but I always seemed to always make excuses to skip the gym. I tried to keep consistent but at that time I sustained a serious knee injury and had to stop all physical training for 2 years in order to rehabilitate.

After years of ups and downs, during summer 2013, at age of 39; I began to have issues with my physical condition. I figured if I wanted to take matters into my own hands, it’s now or never! So I started to train seriously and to follow a healthy nutrition plan. In March 2014, I was stuck with the urge to compete in my first bodybuilding competition ever. After making the decision to compete, I received a lot of encouragement from many inspiring individuals in the fitness industry who genuinely believed in me. I was completely infatuated by this competition prep, to build my best physique ever and step on stage for the first time proud and confident of my endeavors.

17 weeks before the big day, I hired my first personal trainer, Henri-Pierre Ano who provided me his services from A to Z (training programs, diet plans, posing sessions, supplements advice etc…). I started my fitness journey weighing in at 268lbs, 27-30% body fat, standing tall at 5’11. On November 9th 2014 at the Québec Coupe Espoir, I proudly stepped on stage 50lbs lighter, holding a lot more muscle mass and a leaner body index. I placed second in my category Master-Heavyweight and couldn’t be more thrilled.

The process hasn’t been always easy and I had to face many struggles but I’m pleased to say that I accomplished this challenge. What an incredible and a rich experience this competition was. I would love to thank so many people who motivated me and helped me throughout this journey. It may sound cliché but I really believe that with determination & discipline everyone can achieve their goals. I’m already focusing on my next competition in April 2015, at the Québec Open de l’ Ouest.

I would love to mention a special thank you to Emmanuelle Ethier & Tanya Nesi who always encouraged me since the beginning. Therefore, a special thank you to EARNED COMPANY who follows me everywhere. I really share the philosophy of this brand and that’s the reason why I got my new tattoo of the company name on my right tricep.

At 40 years old, I’m proud to say that I’m happy in mind, body and soul. I accept myself more than ever and I’m super motivated to push myself further in the bodybuilding industry. EARNED….BADASS EVERYDAY… is my mindset.
— Sébastien Girard - Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Sébastien  with his trainer Henri-Pierre  - 2nd place winner

Sébastien  with his trainer Henri-Pierre  - 2nd place winner

Sébastien, Emmanuelle and Tanya - TEAM EARNED ;)

Sébastien, Emmanuelle and Tanya - TEAM EARNED ;)


September's EARNED Spotlight winner

CHRISTY BARNHART

FROM 226 LBS TO HEALTHY, HAPPY AND FIT

FROM 226 LBS TO HEALTHY, HAPPY AND FIT

CHRISTY'S HARD EARNED TRANSFORMATION

CHRISTY'S HARD EARNED TRANSFORMATION

I have always been self-conscious of my weight, especially since I come from a very fit family. I was known as the chunky one with the cute, chubby cheeks. So, I just identify myself with these characteristics. I married a man who had a passion for food and loved to share this with me. Generously he would bring home all kinds of goodies and I would oblige because who doesn’t like to eat in good company. However, our habits started to get the best of me; it got to the point where I could eat as often and as much as he could. Gradually I started putting on weight, I didn’t want to acknowledge what I was doing to myself until I had a doctor’s appointment and weighed in at a hefty 226 lbs! I was appalled and yet, as shocking as this was, I still lacked the incentive to get myself on track.



My weight yo-yoed up and down for a while, the story of most of our lives, until I went through a divorce and experienced what I like to refer to as “The Breakup Diet”. It was such a sensitive time that the stress and emotions got the best of me; I couldn’t bring myself to eat regularly and ended up losing around 37 lbs. People started telling me how great I looked and that made me feel good but honestly, losing weight from stress and an unhealthy diet is not something I took much pride in and I obviously still didn’t have that drive that comes from earning your body the healthy way.



Once that chapter of my life was over, I found my happy place again; in turn I began to put the weight back on. I convinced myself that it would not get out of hand and that I would never go back into the 200’s but then I reached that 199 mark and it scared me. That summer I started working out and running 5k’s. I lost weight but still wasn’t really eating right and well over the Christmas season I packed on some holiday pounds. That’s when I decided to buckle down and have a serious talk with my brother, Logan Barnhart, who is a personal trainer and National Physique Competitor. Logan has always had my best interest at heart and has continuously, throughout the years, tried to motivate me towards a healthier lifestyle.



I began my new diet plan and continued to run and workout on my own. Finally, I was on track to a healthier me but there was something missing, that spark and passion that I see in my brother’s eyes when he is talking about fitness... I wanted that! At that time, I accompanied Logan to his physique competition at the Arnold Sports Festival and was in awe of all of the competitors and fit people. I was so inspired and motivated by all their hard work and accomplishments, the spark was ignited! I now train with my brother 4 times a week and stick to my meal plan, which by the way includes one amazing cheat day. I always knew that working out was part of the process but I finally realized how imperative a healthy, balanced diet is; this is the key to results. I love the fitness world and all of the amazing and supportive people. I now feel the best I’ve ever felt, I can’t believe it took me so long. I plan on competing in my first show this November in women’s figure category.
— Christy Barnhart - Holt, Michigan, USA
CHRISTY AND HER BADASS BROTHER LOGAN

CHRISTY AND HER BADASS BROTHER LOGAN


EARNED is proud to announce our very first Spotlight winner

HEATHER CAVIN 

Follow Heather on Instagram @heathercavin_fit

Beautiful Pregnant Heather

Fit husband Joe, lean machine Heather and coach Mike O'Hearn

Hi there!

My name is Heather Cavin, from Southern California. I am 28 years old, married, with two young children and this is my story...

I have not always been “fit”. In fact, I used to not even care about what I was shoving into my mouth and never really stepped foot into a gym. I was your A-typical party girl who just wanted to be “skinny”; weighing in at 115lbs and pretty much drank all my calories!

When I met my husband, got married and pregnant... I finally had a reason, or rather, my justified excuse, to gain weight! I ate anything and everything I wanted and ended up gaining a good 70lbs in total! I got pregnant again only 10 months after having my daughter, this time I started out 20lbs overweight and easily gained another 60-ish pound during my second pregnancy with my son. At the time of his birth I was weighing in at a serious 200lbs.

I was a new mom and should have been on top of the moon because I had these two new little bundles of joy but sadly, I felt depressed. I gave into the idea that this was just how I was going to be like from now on; my kids were my priority and that’s all that mattered.

Even though I tried to ignore that little voice in my head that kept whispering “Heather, you NEED to get up and DO something about your condition!” the voice just kept getting louder. I was completely aware that I had let myself go and my health was compromised as a result but I just couldn’t seem to find the motivation to do anything. Then my husband, who has always been into fitness, encouraged me to go to the gym with him. I went a few times but never knew what to do. I would idle around, hop onto the treadmill or maybe take a spinning class. I began drinking one of those all-in-one meal replacement shakes and some of the weight was coming off but I was still dissatisfied. I kept asking myself, “Why was this so hard? What did I do to myself?”.

It was a rollercoaster of inconsistent failed attempts to start a workout and eat healthy, then finally about a year after I had my son, I said enough is ENOUGH! I didn’t want to settle for anything less than what I deserved. I did not want to feel sorry for myself or lethargic and depressed any longer... but most importantly, I didn’t want my kids to grow up with an unhealthy, unfit mom who couldn’t keep up with them and all their energy. It was time to make myself a priority, put my big girl pants on and become the best me I could be, inside and out!

I enrolled my children in our gym’s kids club and demanded myself to work out every day. I stopped heading straight to the cardio machines and built up the courage to start lifting weights. I had no idea what I was doing but I was determined! Luckily, with the help of my amazing husband, and conducting my own research and asking questions on what exercises work each muscle group, I finally got a routine going. It didn’t take long for me to fall in love with the sport of bodybuilding; it became less of a chore and more like my little oasis, my “ME TIME”. I didn’t dread working out anymore, I craved it! When I started to see results it really fueled my fire and honestly, I have not stopped working out since!

Feeling energized and confident in the gym made me want to eat healthy too. Yes, of course I struggle from time to time but I always think of this saying, “Don’t give up what you want most, for what you want now!”

We all have our moments of weakness, this is normal. Some days I want to stop and give up. I get worn-out and tired and just want to quit.... but then I think, how am I ever going to reach my goals if I don’t go out there, stop the excuses and give it my 100%. If it was easy, everyone would do it! So, I push through those bad days and keep going. All my hard work finally led me to competing on stage. I never, EVER, imagined I would even be capable of competing in a fitness competition, but I DID IT!! I literally worked my butt off, set goals then demolished them and rocked that stage (twice so far) with the best, strongest, most confident version of myself. I EARNED my body and the pride and confidence that comes with it. I will continue to be my best and push myself harder. I have so many more dreams and goals to conquer and this is truly just the beginning for me!
— Heather Cavin - La Mirada, CA, USA

My body transformation after my leg injury. I had to learn how to walk again in 2012 and I was off from work for a year... This before picture was taken in June 2013.

In July 2013, I decided to challenge myself and prep for a fitness competition as a fitness model in the WBFF. I committed 120% to a fitness lifestyle even though I started working out seriously about 14 years ago! As you can see, with a healthy diet and badass workouts you can achieve results!

You can EARN your best physique ever if you put all your heart into it and surround yourself with positive people! The sky is the limit!

Thank you to everyone who has supported me throughout my fitness journey... Love you
— Em