Fitness coach Tory Laumb of Rushford holds a copy of a fitness magazine that talks about the exercise program Beachbody, which Laumb uses as a basis for her training.  GABRIEL MUSSELMAN/BLUFF COUNTRY NEWSPAPERS
Fitness coach Tory Laumb of Rushford holds a copy of a fitness magazine that talks about the exercise program Beachbody, which Laumb uses as a basis for her training. GABRIEL MUSSELMAN/BLUFF COUNTRY NEWSPAPERS
It's always easy to say that today one is going to exercise for a half hour. But, it's a lot harder to get motivated to do it.

As a coach of Beachbody, a popular exercise company, Tory Laumb of Rushford has been giving the kind of support needed for area residents to meet their fitness goals.

"What I like about Beachbody is that it provides your fitness, nutrition and support," said Tory. "It helps you balance everything as a whole. When you buy other fitness programs from a store, that's all you get. You don't get any help. You stick in the video and hope for the best.

"With Beachbody, they have coaches like me who support people. You help them. If you have questions, we'll find the answers," said Tory.

Every product Beachbody sells, there is a meal plan or nutrition guide to go with it. With the DVD set, there are recipes needed for that program. Some of the programs mention what people should eat for breakfast. There are also choices for meals, which is huge for the nutritional side of things.

Since Beachbody started in the 1980s, there are around 140,000 coaches today.

Once struggling with another popular exercise routine, Tory posted questions on its Facebook page asking questions and seeking support.

"I was in a lot of pain," said Tory. "I had tweaked my ankle, twisted my knees and was really bummed out. That is when my coach, Heather, scooped me up. I joined her fitness group. Just by talking to people, you find out things that work for others that you aren't trying and could possibly work for you."

Since being a coach, Tory has started up a free fit club. Once a week, she samples Beachbody workouts and programs at the Rushford Root River Community Church.

"The club has been good," said Tory. "There have been times when 20 people have showed up. If it goes good, it might happen two days a week. Maybe in the summer, I can start up a running club."

When asking Tory about how she has helped people since being a coach, she mentioned one girl who had lost 50 pounds.

"I was like, 'How did I do that?'" said Tory. "I never talked to you and you're always so quiet."

Tory explained the girl would sit down and watch television, look at her phone and would see a post from Tory on Facebook that would motivate her. She would get up, tell herself she could do it and went out for a walk.

"Or else, she puts the ice cream away and gets something healthy to eat," she added.

"Another girl said that I helped her lose 50 pounds. I also helped my sister go from a size 12 to probably a size 2," said Tory.

Growing up, Tory thought that people who ran for fun were crazy. Being skinny in high school, she looked back and realized that she wasn't healthy.

"I gained 35 pounds and then lost it," said Tory. "I now feel healthy. I see people that are skinny and want to lose weight. You can lose weight, it's no problem. You just need to do it the healthy way. If not, you're just wrecking your body. It's funny that I see that, because I would've never thought that while being young."

Tory's long-term goal with her fitness program is to make it her full-time job.

"I like to go for a run and meet people. I really enjoy fit club. I love being able to talk to people," Tory concluded.