Cara Flynn, Instructor at Catalyst Strength Studio



Owner / Trainer
SFG • FMS Level 1 • Original Strength

I am a mother of three children and for the past six years my career has been that of a stay-at-home mom. I love the “job” but it was huge transition from working as a career professional. Needless to say I missed the connections to other people and the excitement of the workplace. Like many other women in the same position, I loved being home with my kids but missed the interactions with the outside world.

The thought of joining a gym had been on the “back burner” of my mind for some time prior to my pregnancy with my son. I had a friend that had been trying to talk me into joining a gym in the neighborhood that was for women only. Like many of us, I dragged my feet as I was a person who for the majority of my adult life had adopted a lifestyle of eating junk food coupled with a steady diet of greasy delights. I rarely saw a veggie or a fruit worth consuming. Coupled with that healthy diet, I drank a river of coffee and smoked. My concept of exercise was parking at the far end of the parking lot when shopping and walking through the mall. I had convinced myself that I wasn’t the type of person that could join a gym.

About eight months after my son was born, I finally caved and was introduced to a new world. Not only did I start exercising and meeting other stay-at-home moms I also started developing new habits and dared to challenge myself to new goals.

I was introduced to kettlebells and small group training shortly before becoming pregnant with my 3rd child and kept with it until the day I gave birth to her. Not only did I get stronger, I saw huge changes in my body shape. Swinging those bells felt more like fun than exercise—at least most of the time. Needless to say, I was hooked! It was then that I started my path to getting certified through HKC then becoming an SFG.

Strength training has opened my eyes to the fact that there is more to exercise than seeing a new pant size or a new number on the scale. It is about being able to move and feel strong enough to attack this life head on. It has also helped me in overcoming the monotony and stagnation that came with the use of exercise bikes, treadmills, and ellipticals. Not that any of these are bad but I have learned that true change happens when you make strength a priority, and programs not workouts lead to the accomplishment of personal goals.

It has been an amazing experience learning new skills and expanding into this new adventure which would not have happened without the support that I have received from this strong community and my family. I am thrilled to have the chance to share the excitement I have for training and teaching with you!