August 07, 2018 96 Comments

I read the comments. Don’t think I don’t. No, not the ones that say that women shouldn’t have muscles, or that abs on a woman are gross. I’ve long since learned to ignore those. To be honest, I look forward to those sorts of comments now. Those are the easy ones to handle. No, what I’m referring to are the comments about my face, my lips, my cheeks  — my everything. Well, not everything: people seem to like my eyes. They’re the comments that call into question who I am as a person because of how I look.

When I first started hosting BodyRock I was 31 years old. I had a rocking body (I thought) and I was strong and fast, and although I never expected to be leading workouts for millions of people a week on the BodyRock YouTube Channel, I took on that role with all the tenacity and heart I could muster. Admittedly, I was stepping into some pretty big shoes and the only photos I had ever taken were of my sister and I on vacation. The YouTube comments let me know that my body was too skinny, too gangly, too flat in places it should have been round, too boyish: too, too, too.

I expected that kind of reaction; after all, the lads at my gym in the UK would offer those kinds of jibes up on the bounce (all in good nature, and only after I would out-rep them in almost everything). What I hadn’t prepared for was being told I’m ugly. I know that everyone has been labeled ugly at one time or another --- even if it was just on the playground by some childhood nemesis. But imagine being told that you are ugly on a networked, amplified globally industrial scale. That’s what happened to me when I took over as the BodyRock trainer. When you are reaching tens of millions of people, not everyone is going to be nice. Like I said, I was expecting criticism.

But it wasn’t all bad. For every mean comment, there were dozens of positive ones. There was always a kind BodyRocker that would jump in to defend me. But the exchange rate in psychic energy never seemed to come out in my favour and it didn’t take long for my self-confidence to wither. And the funny thing is, I didn’t even realize it was happening. It’s like one day I just woke up and started doubting myself. Not my fitness: I was in the best shape of my life. I doubted my beauty.

I started to look for things to change in the mirror. I had never considered surgery  — never — not even when my closest friends would lovingly tease that my nose looked like a parsnip after I’d just roasted them with a particularly clever burn. But now, I was surveying the contours of my face for things to change, inflate, or chisel away. I started to believe that if I could just change this or that, I wouldn’t be branded as ugly.

There. I admit it.

After a while, I started to believe the comments. I wish I could say I was stronger, or that I resisted it, or that the sense of self and independence that my parents so lovingly helped instill inside me had served as a better shield. In the end, I chose to start tweaking and inflating and bit by bit, year by year, I changed. Of course, the way I looked also changed because I was just getting older, too, but overall, I felt I let myself down. Trainers and coaches aren’t supposed to be weak.

It took me a long time to realize that I wasn’t so much chasing an illusion of perfection; rather, I was warding off a fear of judgement. I had lost my belief in myself, and I had allowed in the negativity that was heaped on me. I’m not against people making changes. Quite frankly, it’s none of my business what anyone chooses to do with their body.

Would I do it again? Some of it, sure.

Would I choose to do it in reaction to pressures from strangers calling me ugly? Never.

I’ve re-learned that confidence comes entirely from within. The changes that I’m focused on making nowadays are around my training, my diet and working on my confidence and self awareness. I’m coming to a greater peace with myself as I approach 10 years of doing this job. It’s a journey, and one I look forward to everyday. In large part, it’s because I have so many amazing people training with me.

To every single person who’s supported me or defended me, I want to thank you, from the bottom of my heart.  Even to the people who just had the good grace to keep unproductive criticism to themselves, I want to thank you for showing that discretion.

We have built an incredible community here, and I’m proud of it. I’m proud of each and every one of you who shows up every day with guts, determination and a no-holds barred positive attitude. I couldn’t keep doing what I do without you.

If you feel like you need some of this support and love from a community of like-minded people, know that we’re here for you. We have a safe space  — theBodyRock Insider’s Group.  If you haven’t already, you should reallyjoin the group now. It’s a place where BodyRockers come together to get bolstered up when they’re feeling down, and talk shop about everything fitness, nutrition and living our best, beautiful lives.

And I am trying to live my best, beautiful life. I believe this, no matter what anyone says.

Love,

 


96 Responses

Lisa
Lisa

August 17, 2018

I have used so many of your amazing workouts in my personal life and in my job to inspire wounded warriors to recover after traumatic injuries. You have inspired me through six deployments. I have been body rocking with you for years and have loved watching you and your movement grow. Haters gonna hate! I love ya girl! Keep doing you!

Julie Lockmiller
Julie Lockmiller

August 13, 2018

I think you are beautiful and inspire me everyday to be fit and strong.

Kerry
Kerry

August 12, 2018

Lisa you are a positive, inspirational force and the world is a better place because you exist!
I want to to say thank you for inspiring and challenging me <3

Jessica Wright Sanders
Jessica Wright Sanders

August 12, 2018

I think you are beautiful and I happen to be an expert in that field! I’m signing up today and ordering my equipment bundle. You have inspired me to be better!!

Lisa Orwin
Lisa Orwin

August 12, 2018

I look at it this way, if people are making negative comments you must be doing something right. You are what they want to be a woman who is strong, confident and puts everything into what she does. You also encourage other women and men to be there best. No matter what fitness level they are at, whether its beginners or advanced you motivate them to do their best. Generally when people are being mean and negative its because what they see in you is what’s missing in them.

Jennie
Jennie

August 11, 2018

First off Lisa, f**k the haters! I absolutely love working out with you and am so happy that I have come across this incredible movement. You have inspired me over the last year to work hard and love who I am even if I can’t keep up with you during a workout. You are my motivation and I think you are absolutely beautiful. Honestly I thought you were much younger and knowing you and I are close in age makes me appreciate you so much more. The jealous ones will always spew their disgusting negativity, but keep doing what you’re doing for those that truly appreciate you.

Lee
Lee

August 10, 2018

I have been a quiet, loyal follower since 2012. You have been in my home at least three times a week, yelling at me to work harder ;), motivating me and changing my body for the better. I look forward to seeing you and being inspired by you. I’ve tried several other workouts and nobody has the magic you do. People attack when they themselves feel vulnerable, and I’m pretty sure those attacking you do not work out as hard as you do and look as good as you do while doing it. You my dear are an example to look up to. You inspire, you’re real and honest, you let us see the good and the bad. Keep it up because you’re often the best part our day!

Kristina K
Kristina K

August 09, 2018

Lisa,

I am super happy that someone like you has gone through this and talk to all of us about it. It takes a strong person to share and guide the rest of us that never say a word about it. Being about beauty to skill/personality. I had all my life a personal attack, and now at work, people love to review you in a negative way and blast your name out there on the internet for everyone to read…..and you say it won’t affect you….. but it just eats away at you over a course of time without you really realizing till it is too much to bare.
I thank you for being a strong woman and even though many will never say it, we all have so much we are wanting to change/alter/improve because of standards of society, others and then your own.
As long as your soul is grand, your body is healthy and you are happy!!! I hope we all have that in our lives- because those people that do not have that, are the ones that throw stones (comments)!

Kelly
Kelly

August 09, 2018

The anonymity of the internet brings out the assholeness of people. They will say anything and do not care how hurtful they are.

Michelle-Alaska
Michelle-Alaska

August 08, 2018

Well for starters your a Badass! I’ve been a part of this for 3-4 years! I love Bodyrock and everything it stands for! Your beatiful inside and out! Some people just don’t feel good about themselves and want everyone else around them to feel that way! Your the best!😊

Jenny
Jenny

August 08, 2018

I’m so so sorry this has been apart of your journey. But the truth is that so many people are hurting and insecure themselves and sadly, what you’ve dealt with is often the fruit of that. I’ve been enjoying your workouts for years now and I can’t even begin to express what a blessing they have been to me. I turn 39 in a month and i homeschool our four kiddos. I am super passionate about health and nutrition and taking care of our bodies and because of what you share with all of us, I’ve found workouts that push me, challenge me, keep me from getting bored and keep my body in shape…and all of it I can do from home! Your knowledge and hard work is a gift to me and so many. And youd have to be blind to not see how incresibly beautiful and strong you are! Unhappy people like for others to feel unhappy too.
Keep pressing on! You’re helping so many people! Thank you!!!

Daidre Burch
Daidre Burch

August 08, 2018

Lisa,
I’m so sorry that happened to you, but thank you for sharing your story. I’ve followed your workouts since 2012 and picking you a part never came to mind. One, because I would hate to have people to that to me on such a large scale. Two, because I think you’re beautiful and such an amazing inspiration, through your workouts, your real life talks, and your humor! There’s been so many workouts I’m the only one in the living room and I’ll be laughing out loud and smiling because of you! Xo

Terry
Terry

August 08, 2018

To be honest with you, I am shocked to hear that people would think you were ugly. The first time I saw you I thought, “Wow, what a beautiful woman with a great body.” I know what it is like to be called ugly. You do start to believe it after you hear it so many times. I give you a lot of credit. I don’t think I could read all the hate. The fact is you are beautiful. Those who called you ugly were jealous, plain and simple. Love you!!

Kimberly
Kimberly

August 08, 2018

Lisa you are an amazing woman. I am 62 and have had many challenges in life. I have followed you for years and you have helped me so much. I have gained a lot of wisdom over the years, but lacked confidence in the work out world. You keep me going! I am very sad to think that anyone of our community would choose to make such rude , unkind , untrue and hurtful comments about anyone on here let alone you. Learning to love ourselves in spite of what the haters say is GROWTH. It is still hard to see/read, but know and believe they are just untrue mean comments coming from miserable people.
Rock on my lovely! You amaze and inspire me! And no, I will never look as fab as you, but I am rocking it out in my way. Much love to you and our BodyRock team. Thanks for what you do!

 I'm to sexy
I'm to sexy

August 08, 2018

Yaeh, she’s a dog, Ewww!

Kristina
Kristina

August 07, 2018

Lisa, you’re amazing. These people are jealous :) I’m impressed with everything you do. I’ve been following your workouts for more than 3 years already and i love it!

vini
vini

August 07, 2018

i think you are BEAUTIFUL from head to toes, inside out.

Traci
Traci

August 07, 2018

You are beautiful just the way you are. I grew up with everyone telling me I was pretty but would be so much more so if I just got my nose fixed. I rejected that my whole life. My nose is a part of me and doesn’t define me. I love that you embrace every part of you and accept who you are. We should all be okay and accepting and feel beautiful for who we are.

M B
M B

August 07, 2018

Thank you for opening up and being so genuine.

I, too, had someone recently tell me that I have aged and have gained weight. He was just being an a-hole and even though I knew that he was trying to push buttons and that I have gained weight since having a baby which I am trying to lose the weight. It really hit home cos’ I guessed I was judging myself the same way. But what hurt most was, it was from someone that I have never had any ill-feeling towards. I have now distanced myself away from him but I still harbour those feelings deep inside but I am on my way trying to get my fitness back and feeling comfortable in my own body.

Lisa, yours is on a grand scale and I really feel for you having to deal with that day in and out. You are beautiful and I thank you for being a huge encouragement in motivating everyone back to being healthy and active <3

Raina
Raina

August 07, 2018

Lisa- I have been working hard for 17 years to be a healthier me and I have gone through programs, gyms, Beachbody and nothing has compared to the last 3.5 years I have worked out with you! You are an inspiration and have kept me going after having twins and still keep me at it each day, I am able to do things I never did before. You are a blessing to this industry and you are Beautiful. I look forward to what you have in store for me each day and frankly don’t know what I’d do without you! ☺️ Thank you!

Janette R
Janette R

August 07, 2018

Lisa – I am sorry you have to be subjected to comments from haters, while you are providing a positive attitude and ass-kicking workouts for others. I have been doing Body Rock for several years. You were a strong, beautiful woman to start with, and you are still strong and beautiful, gorgeous! I’m sorry you felt so much pressure to change in order to feel good about yourself. Please don’t change your appearance further!! I hope you are able to find the peace within to be you! I can relate to feeling self-conscience about 1 aspect of my body that I would love to have enhanced. But I’ve never been able to afford, otherwise I would have done it for sure. So I get it. But your face was, and is beautiful! And more important, you are a beautiful person within! Thank you for what you do every day for BodyRockers! Your workouts are amazing! You are an awesome instructor and truly push me beyond my boundaries! I would never be as fit as I am now (age 48), if I hadn’t found your workouts years ago on YouTube. Thank you for sharing yourself with us every day and this story. Hopefully some of those haters will learn how hurtful and damaging their comments can be. They are the weak ones! And your are incredibly STRONG for putting this out there. And for putting yourself out there every day! Love you for you! Hugs!

Mickey
Mickey

August 07, 2018

I’m sorry you have to deal with this. I so appreciate your ability to connect with each of us. Thank you for all your inspiration!

Andrea
Andrea

August 07, 2018

I agree with all the others. I have been bodyrocking since the very beginning and not only have I always admired your physical beauty and strength but also your inner beauty and strength. You are and have been so brave for showing up every day to be an inspiration for us all despite the nasty people that have tried to tear you down and stand in your way. From the bottom of my heart…thank you <3

Bettina from Switzerland
Bettina from Switzerland

August 07, 2018

Dear Lisa, you look so great und you are so motivating und you are such a special person. Take care, xoxo, big hug, Bettina

Nannika
Nannika

August 07, 2018

Honestly Lisa I saw you in your earliest videos and despite what you thought of yourself, I thought you were prefect. I saw you as a role model. Everything about you was natural. So what if you had a flat ass or you had small breasts. It didn’t matter, you were fit and trim and like you said, you could out rep anyone. You were awesome! I did, however, lament the fact that you opted for surgery. I felt a bit let down you know. I thought you were invincible, “take me as I am!” but then you were doing what everyone else on TV or in the industry was doing. Like you said before, insecurities or whatever the reasons, they are your own, But thank you for your story.

Sonia
Sonia

August 07, 2018

Lisa, thanks so much for being so open and honest about your struggles and sharing them on such a public forum. I’ve been following you and Body Rock for so many years and I’ve seen you share about your surgeries, etc. It takes a strong woman to acknowledge and share their own insecurities, but a stronger one to tackle this issue and turning it into a positive outcome. Thanks for being you and for being such a huge part of Body Rock!

Mark MacLachlan
Mark MacLachlan

August 07, 2018

Thank you for sharing this Lisa. I bet it was hard to come to terms with and am happy for you that you have come to terms with the fact that frankly it isn’t worth it to try and please others. I have long admired your dedication and incredible conditioning. I think you look great and hope you won’t use surgical tweaks to try and prevent aging because quite frankly that never ends well for people. How many gorgeous celebrities male or female have we seen ruin the appearance through surgery? Aging gracefully is a state of mind, not a physical manipulation and I am confident that your healthy lifestyle and conditioning will prepare you well for your later years.

Christopher Gautrau
Christopher Gautrau

August 07, 2018

Thank you so much for having the courage to share that with us. Now THAT takes a strong person to open up about something so personal. The Internet is a wonderful thing in many ways, but it definitely gives bad people a chance to put others down anonymously without having to face the person they are criticizing. They are just trolls in the lowest sense and I hope your story will show other people how that impacts those that are targeted, even someone as beautiful as you. Because you are beautiful, both inside and out. You literally help millions of people and are an inspiration to them. THAT is the type of comment I hope you will take to heart, because you are amazing!

Michael
Michael

August 07, 2018

Was not expecting a teary morning read! I generally stay off most Internet forums, communities, and comment sections – the negativity and amount of people spewing hate under the guise of online anonymity really gets to me over time. I don’t recall how many years now I’ve been working out alongside you, Lisa, and huge apologies for never commenting before/adding my voice against the jerks I wasn’t aware were frequenting BodyRock pages. Your passion and love for this work brought me out of a very dark place of post-injury depression and bad health habits. I had almost given up on being healthy/capable, and you were such a friggin bright light in my own tiny world. 75 lbs down over the course of around a year, and 4 more years maintaining everything you and the team have given me back, I can’t even begin to express my gratitude for you being the incredible one-of-a-kind person that you are. Seriously, from the bottom of my heart, thank you.

Also finally speaking just to the topic of “you being ugly”, I…can’t even. No matter your confidence or what you know about/see in yourself, words have an effect, and I can’t imagine being a public figure among so many and being subject to the amount of random asshole thoughts you must receive. In my own eyes, you’re hot as all hell / stunning / beautiful (inside and out) and simply the strongest and most charismatic individual I’ve ever “known” – honestly can’t imagine anyone else inspiring me on a daily basis to jump and lift and flop around my room for an ~hour.

Again, thank you for your work, your drive, for speaking out, and I’m hoping in this instance the good outweigh the bad. You are gorgeous in every way and have done more in your own life to positively impact the world than most could ever dream of. To parrot almost everyone above me, “fuck the haters” and do whatever you need for your own happiness and well-being. Lots of love to you.

Tamra A.
Tamra A.

August 07, 2018

Lisa-You are adorable in EVERY way. Your style and eloquence are evident before the sound of the “click.” You obviously set out to motivate and inspire and I thank you for doing all you do. I am sorry that you are having to endure this extremely hurtful place in time. My prayers are with you Lisa. Remember “the needs of the many outweigh the …” comments of the rude. We all love working out with you! Keep Movin’.
XOXO

Kelly Long
Kelly Long

August 07, 2018

Lisa, you are stunning inside and out! There will always be haters. They are small-minded, insecure and probably very jealous. They have to say terrible things about others to make them feel better about themselves. It’s so selfish and unkind. I, personally, am so very grateful for all of your videos and workouts. I still can’t keep up with you but you motivate me and I need that. So a great big thank you! Much love!!!

Michele
Michele

August 07, 2018

The people that say hurtful things only say it because no one knows who they are. If they were with you face to face they would never say those hurtful things. I live by the rule that if I can’t say it to your face, I won’t type it in a comment. But there are people out there who need to do that to make themselves feel better. You will never please everyone. the only person you need to please is yourself. Once you are happy with yourself, all those hurtful things roll off. You are a beautiful woman. We all work with the body we have. Be proud of it and walk tall. Know that they say hateful things because they can’t achieve what you have. God Bless you Lisa. Power on you are such an inspiration.

Eliana
Eliana

August 07, 2018

Hi Lisa,
You are a strong beautiful woman inside and outside. Your strength and courage to talk about something so personal is amazing and inspiring.
Unfortunately in this world there are people that make it their mission to hart other human beings with their unkind remarks! It is hard to do but they just have to be blocked out.
I am so glad I found you , your positivity and vitality is refreshing.
Thank you and thanks to the BodyRock team for having created the safe heaven group that is the BodyRock Insiders where we can share our fitness journey without any negativity.

Sarah Elizabeth Bowen
Sarah Elizabeth Bowen

August 07, 2018

You’re beautiful! Thanks for sharing your heart. We love you, Lisa!!!

Anne-caroline
Anne-caroline

August 07, 2018

I saw you change, years after years… no judgment but I’m glad you found your way through all this. Keep on being you , you rock the way you are and the reason why people love your eyes is because they can see that you’re a good person, a beautifull one inside <3

KB
KB

August 07, 2018

Lisa… I have followed you for years now and you are one of the most uplifting and motivational people I know. You make me smile everyday and it breaks my heart that you were made to feel anything but great about yourself because of some stupid, jealous people. I bet 99.9 % of those comments were from people who were just plain jealous. I think social media has been almost a downfall to our emotional well-being. I really worry for my teenage daughter but I’m going to show her your post. Keep being the awesome person you are Lisa. Much love. ❤️

Marian
Marian

August 07, 2018

Lisa, I normally do not read things like this, but your email today caught my eye and made me want to read. First I want to say that I am so proud of you for writing this letter. I know that it was a difficult one to write, but it had to be done. You are a worthy person and a strong one and by writing this letter you showed a deep, personal side to you that is a beautiful one. I also believe that your letter will help others. I am glad that you have found a way to overcome and get your confidence back. You do great things for millions of people and for that I am grateful. I wish you the best of everything and I am glad you are continuing with inspiring and encouraging others. (And by the way…I personally LOVE your abs! Just sayin?!)

Jessica
Jessica

August 07, 2018

There will always be haters that will say mean things, but that’s cause they are not happy with themselves. They feel that they have to tear others down with them. I learned a long time ago that I can’t worry about what others think, cause I don’t have time for that. You have to be strong enough emotionally to ignore the mean comments. If you are happy with yourself, that’s all that matters. I think you rock and are beautiful 😃❤️. If you do changes to yourself, do it cause you want to and do it for yourself , not cause of what others say or think of you.

Gjermund
Gjermund

August 07, 2018

The fact is that you look great whatever negativity people throw at you. First of all the people that publish these kind of negative comments come from a miserable place. The need to be pitied but met firmly. These people always have an agenda, to put all other people down whatever the cost in order to feel well themselves. They live a life in pursuit of a never-ending hunt for approval which they themselves never will be able to find. The fact is you are beautiful, determined and you have achieved something to be proud of. Your hard work, determination, your achievements, the fact that you are looking amazing and your supporting nature speaks volumes of you and are basis for what any person would envy and be proud of. Keep up the good work Lisa and be proud of what how far you have come and what you have achieved.

anik
anik

August 07, 2018

Lisa Marie your truly an incredible woman..
I would even say that your one of my hero.. I’ve always looked up to you wanting to be a woman warrior just like you are!
And by sharing your moment of doubt and weakness makes you even more amazing in my eyes.
Thank you for tha..t and for every thing that you do!
There’s always gonna be mean people in this world .. and to me they are the weak ones!
Together we can stand strong and support one an other and the rest .. can go fuck themselves if you ask me!
<3 XOOX Keep up the good work!

Ashley
Ashley

August 07, 2018

I’ve been following Bodyrock since before you started Lisa, and I know whose big shoes you were filling. Not wanting to bring another person down to bring myself or someone up, but you are the reason I stuck around. Your feet didn’t even fit in those tiny little shoes! Your energy and motivation is 100% what people want and despite letting people get the best of you at times (and we’ve probably all been there) you’ve shown up for us. I know we all love you for it.

Katie Lou
Katie Lou

August 07, 2018

You have been on a path that has been challenging and have really worked far beyond the common masses. You should have the deepest pride for what you have accomplished and what you continue to share with the world. It is terribly sad that you have been torn down and felt like making changes for others and not for yourself. The hateful and frankly IGNORANT words of others are unfortunately written and spoken far to easily. I say ignorant because individuals that share hateful thoughts as fact are ignorant. They do not know the damage your disgusting words cause. My aunt once sent me these wonderful written words and I will share as they need to be read and lived by more:
The First of the Four Agreements:
Be Impeccable with your Words

Speak with integrity. Say only what you mean. Avoid using the word to speak against yourself or to gossip about others. Use the power of your word in the direction of truth AND LOVE.
Kayla
Kayla

August 07, 2018

Thank you for sharing this. Everyone has been there before, feeling like they’re less. It takes true courage and compassion to share your story and I know for a fact that many people will find strength in your words. Soul work is an everyday practice — keep up the good work! <3

Margarita
Margarita

August 07, 2018

I was about to hit the roof when I started reading it. You- ugly??? People are jealous! That’s it! They can’t put up with somebody being more sporty, full of life and energy, supportive, happy, etc. Those ugly comments are nothing in comparison with the joy, energy, self-confidence you give your followers! Keep on walking,Lisa! You are great, a real beauty! Thank you for being here with us!!!

Teresa Austin
Teresa Austin

August 07, 2018

You are inspiring!!! And with your hard work and dedication to fitness is what many of us strive for. Keep up the positive attitude and move forward.

Teresa

madalene
madalene

August 07, 2018

Beauty is an individual thing. Not everyone is going to find you/me/us beautiful. I learned this when people said Angelina Jolie was ugly and brad pitt wasn’t very handsome. I thought, what? They are my idea of perfect looking people. There will always be someone that will find that you aren’t their cup of tea. And that is great! That is what makes us all individuals. As long as they aren’t mean or disrespectful, that is another topic. You are getting viewed by thousands of people a day. Think of it this way, if you had to make them all the same breakfast and asked them their PERFECT breakfast, it would be impossible for them all to agree on one thing. Its the same way with looks. I’ve learned not to take it personally.

Trish
Trish

August 07, 2018

This was a heartbreaking read. When I first began working out to your programs, my first impression, and continued impression, is how sincere and lovely you are. Your ability to laugh at yourself, your honesty, your work ethic, your heart are all amazing traits that should fill you with pride. I have always thought about how bea you arenon the inside. It takes an amazingly strong person to put themselves out there like you have for so many years.

Weak, unhappy people will make negative comments. Those who are strong and happy build others up, not tear them down. These keyboard trolls have as much value in society as the gym on your shoe. I’m glad that you have found yourself again and look forward to reading a few fuck offs from you in the future.

Keep being you, Lisa. It’s good stuff.

Xoxo

Annmarie (af_raceg1rl)
Annmarie (af_raceg1rl)

August 07, 2018

Wow I’m so sorry for all the haters doing that to you. No one should experience that. Sometimes haters are JEALOUS! I suspect that was often the case here. I’ve done your old and new BodyRock workouts. I thought you were awesome then.. and now? Omg you’re jacked! Your muscles are gorgeous and sinewy. ❤️❤️ I hope to be half as good as you one day! You’re amazing. As women, we are typically hard on ourselves. You weren’t alone there. #noregrets please!!!
You’re a badass! My husband and I do your workouts and LOVE getting our asses kicked by you (Lol).
Keep up the awesome work.
You. Are. Amazing!!! 😘😘😘😘

Krista Doyle
Krista Doyle

August 07, 2018

I think you’re incredible. You work hard, you show up, every single day, and it sucks that you were beaten down by these comments. But we all know how you feel. It’s so hard to try to be above all of the negativity sometimes. I can’t imagine being in your shoes, but I imagine I probably would have went to the extremes you did. Even though I’m okay with my imperfections……when you’re told enough, when you’re beaten down enough, sadly, the opinions seem to become reality, and not just opinions.
Did I think you looked better pre-surgery? I don’t need to tell you what my opinion is. I want to tell you that whatever you decide to do, is beautiful. But do it for YOU.
Thanks for everything.

Diana McClain
Diana McClain

August 07, 2018

For Lisa,
We’ve never met but I feel like I know you. For over a year I have worked out with you. I love your rapport with us. It’s so real, that’s happens because you are a beautiful person inside and out. You have a kind beautiful spirit and mind. Your an excellent role model for all. People can be do judgemental. It is hurtful and it does wither away at our self confidence. As they say words can never be taken back and always stay with us. It’s up to each of to be able to have that strength and knowledge to understand those types of hurtful comments. Unfortunately, sometimes it’s a difficult task to learn.
Thank you being here for us all. I don’t see how you do it… you make it look so easy. You are an amazing woman Lisa.
Diana Resendez

Maggie
Maggie

August 07, 2018

This broke my heart. I look at you and see a gorgeous woman. Everytime I see you I think , “wow! I would love to look like that”. It says so much about where we are as a society that you have to endure people tearing you down to build themselves up. They are truly pathetic individuals. Aging is a bitch as I well know. Any tweaks that you want to do, go for it! As long as you are doing it for you not the haters. Sending you love, hugs and positive vibes. Your are beautiful inside and out!!!!

Jason
Jason

August 07, 2018

Ugly? NEVER! U have been beautiful from Day 1 and I love your attitude, personality and of course, your beauty. U have insisted me to train harder, eat cleaner and take responsibility for my health. Don’t ever let “them” get u down Lisa! People are mean and will criticize any flaw to make themselves feel better. I just think they are jealous. U are beautiful, in every way……don’t ever forget that!

David Kimmerle
David Kimmerle

August 07, 2018

WOW, I just google stalked you to see what you were talking about, all of us have taken a picture we wished was not online somewhere lol, your marketing is epic, but to me this was not marketing, you just helped a ton of people, I have never met you, I know of you, and I just became a fan. Sharing your insecurities and pieces of your journey back to a place of gratitude with transparency is to be respected. I do some fitness as well and to be honest having turned 40 this year, I needed to hear it. Good To You …… and … I think your perty, in fact your post would not have had an impact on me if you were not to be honest.

Sarah McFarland Hughes
Sarah McFarland Hughes

August 07, 2018

Lisa,
There’s so much I could say about everything you brought up. First, I will say it…You are a Beautiful, Gorgeous person first on the inside and then on the outside. Don’t let those ‘Haters’ dictate how you feel and don’t let them get to you. I know that is easier said than done, because I am Not in your position. It is my belief that everyone in this community that loves you and Sean and the rest of the Bodyrock staff-knows that the Haters are JEALOUS!! Period!! This Is Not about You!! This is about the Haters’ and their Insecurity!! Lisa, You are Beautiful, Vibrant, Full of Life and Have So Much to offer. I love you!! All of us here in this community Love You! God created you the way He wanted you to be. Put it this way: when people Attack you, they are attacking God. God created US in His Image (Genesis chapter 1). Also, when Haters see the results of your hard work, they are going to spew hate! It makes them feel better to put someone else down because of the accomplishments of others-such as yourself in this situation. Just know you are loved. You are a beautiful person inside and out. Don’t change for others. It’s important you don’t lose the value of you/who you are/ your inner person. Because you are a beautiful person, Haters are going to attack. I will be praying for you, Lisa. The Lord loves you first. Then, we love you!! In fact, I will be praying for the whole Bodyrock staff. It’s Not easy to do the job of getting up in front of the world to do what you and Sean and Courtney and others in the Bodyrock staff do. It is also tough for those behind the scenes of Bodyrock to do their job. Both parts/roles have a commitment. It’s not easy to get up in front of a bunch of people all over the world and do what you all do! Love & God bless you & the Bodyrock staff! <><

Kesslie
Kesslie

August 07, 2018

Lisa, many have already said it, but I’ll say it again. You are beautiful inside and out. I know the feeling of wanting perfection and how it can affect the way we see ourselves. And it most certainly does not help when you have trolls who have nothing better to do but criticize you. Your daily Live HIIT and Reps workouts have made me into a much stronger woman than I could have ever imagined.

I had both of my grandparents pass away within one week this past June, and you’re workouts (especially your combat ones) got me through it.

You’re real. You’re human. And if making any adjustments to your face makes YOU feel beautiful, than screw whoever doesn’t approve. It’s your body. Lol you don’t need to wear makeup before a workout…lol because you know you’ll sweat it off…but if that’s what gives you the confidence to come on video and do your live workouts, do it!

Thank you for always being real with us! Xoxo

Deb
Deb

August 07, 2018

Lisa, you are BEAUTIFUL inside and out! I am a Bodyrocker and I have been bodyrocking since before you joined the team! I have to say you have been an inspiration in my fitness journey all these years! Your enthusiasm, beauty, attitude, sense of humor and dedication are infectious and I LOVE training with you! You push me harder than any trainer I’ve had and I look forward to training with you in my Living Room! Your mental power is unlike no other.. we all struggle with demons in our life and being in the public eye can take a toll on the soul. As we get older, we grow and mature and I’m happy to know you are focusing now on you, your training, self confidence and awareness… and not so much on the ugliness of people. Be kind to yourself.. xoxo

Jess
Jess

August 07, 2018

Lisa, love your body and beautiful face! I love doing your workouts because I feel sooo good doing them and I get off on your energy and how you absolutely love what you do. Thank you for keeping things fresh and interesting, been supporting for years and you keep me coming back for more and that accent is sexy…keep body rocking

Angela
Angela

August 07, 2018

I solemnly swear I am telling the truth: When I starting reading your post I had to stop and remember if it was April 1st (April Food’s Day). Seriously – I have always thought you were pretty! As in “I wish I looked as awesome as she does” and not just the flat abs that I drool over. I’d kill for your nose by the way… and what on earth is possibly wrong with your eyes? I can’t even fathom what someone might be talking about. Damn, if anyone can comment negatively on your looks then I need to wear a paper bag over my head.

Astrid
Astrid

August 07, 2018

Hi Lisa,

I follow you since 2014 and from the beginning I already felt great training with you! Not because of you’re looks but how you always can make me smile en even make my horrible days so much better. You have such a great personality, I can laugh with you even tough you’re on a screen. Of course you look in my eyes amazing too but you’re inner beauty it’s what counts for me more. You gave me the push to love yourself and it pulled me trough my relapse of my eating disorder. I still remember every word, “you need to eat enough and nourish you’re body” no food meant no training for me and I love trying with you. It keeps me going.

You’re a wonderful, beautiful woman 😘❤️

JJ
JJ

August 07, 2018

Sigh. People just suck. Look, whenever I need some inspiration, I come here. You have what sooooo many people will never have – an unflinching drive. That takes so much heart and quite frankly, something I don’t even think there is a word for. To do what you do, you have to want to help others, you have to be clever and creative and care about quality and value and being correct and turning out good products and so on and so on. I don’t know how you do it.

You are cute as a button and you’re fun and funny and brilliant. And yes, you have an amazing body that I aspire to have even though I know I’ll never get there (and I’m 54, sooo)! I actually have your same build but I don’t have that magic, intangible thing that you have to get there. But I’m OK with that. I enjoy the journey and I love watching your workouts and trying to do them. A good comparison is, plenty of women want to dress like runway models even though they may never be one!

Stay close to whomever you need to keep that psyche and spirit strong. Stay away from the haters. That is evil trying to tear you down. Stay away from that sh!t.

Keep on keepin’ on, girl. <3

debra
debra

August 07, 2018

WOW! This world is beyond disgusting! I watch your videos and am amazed (actually, die over your body) by everything about you! Sorry there’s jealousy. People need to focus on themselves.

Marisa Elskamp
Marisa Elskamp

August 07, 2018

I’m sorry to hear about all this.

Nancy Cooke
Nancy Cooke

August 07, 2018

There are 2 kinds of people in this world. Those that lift you up and those that year you down. Choose the ones life you up and ignore the rest. Choose happiness and strength over pain and weakness. Always be true to your mind and heart. And always smile even when no smiles are in return. Why? Because people only see the outside but they feel what’s inside. And who we are at the core is unbreakable.

savu gabriela
savu gabriela

August 07, 2018

I love you!

Sara
Sara

August 07, 2018

Dear Lisa,
The inspiration, support, positivity and joy you bring to millions of people, is invaluable. I used to suffer from eating disorders and spells of depression. Since I started working out with you and Edith a few years ago, my life changed. I started enjoying my body and loving myself. The low moods gradually melted away. All because of you! Trolls and haters are everywhere and being a strong, successful woman in the public sphere sadly triggers some weak individuals to take it upon themselves to make nasty and untrue comments, for whatever reason.
But please remember for every one troll there are hundreds of thousands of people who cherish and love you for everything you do for us. Personally, I can’t thank you enough. You are a shining light and I think I speak for all of us when I say WE LOVE YOU!
Xx

Michelle
Michelle

August 07, 2018

Lisa, your vulnerability and honesty with yourself and all of us is greatly motivating! This helps us BodyRockers relinquish our fear and live in love and light, first for ourselves, and then for others! Despite any of your personal struggles you’ve managed to live in grace, with joy, and utter ferocity, truly a living example to us all! Appreciate your wonderful writing as well! I will continue to be a BodyRocker, because it’s the best content, community and personality (you specifically) that I have found out there! Keep being amazing! Xo #blessed

Topaz
Topaz

August 07, 2018

You are absolutely beautiful and perfect! All we need is for you to look like you do the exercises you’re teaching us to do. The rest is no one’s business! In my 20’s I worked out very little and was thin and blonde and pretty. I’ve always had small breasts and a fat nose. I used to wish I could do something about both, but as i got older i realized my nose gives my face a unique look, character, personality. And my chest does not get in ny way when i exercise! I’m 52 and i love that I don’t care anymore about what people say or think and I’m comfortable in my own skin and with who I am. I have nothing but respect and admiration for you and hope you feel the same about yourself!

Di
Di

August 07, 2018

You are amazing. That people have the gall to ever have used ugly to describe you or attack you is appalling. You are indeed beautiful. Thank you for sharing something so personal. I can readily identify with you, and I am sure many women can as well.

Sarah
Sarah

August 07, 2018

“You are beautiful
No matter what they say
Words can’t bring you down
Oh no
You are beautiful
In every single way
Yes words can’t bring you down”

If that doesn’t work, think about the fact that you have changed the life of hundreds of thousands of people. That will make you feel beautiful. You are so inspiring, that is beautiful.

Love xx

Carrie Dick
Carrie Dick

August 07, 2018

You were made in God’s image and therefore you are beautiful. Don’t EVER let anybody make you feel bad or question how you look. You are a beautiful woman with a fantastic body. Sometimes I look in the mirror and think I look like a boy with long hair instead of a beautiful woman, and then I remember what i wrote in that first sentence. As far as having too much muscle, my goal is to look like you. I am 54 and having a terrible time losing 25 lbs. Chocolate and ice cream our my downfalls but I keep plugging away. It is with your videos that i hope to reach my goal. Thank you for what you do….you inspire me. :)

Whitney Marcuzzo
Whitney Marcuzzo

August 07, 2018

I have folllowed your workouts since my 2nd child was born 6 yrs ago. He wasn’t expected to live due to multiple congenital anomalies. We spent 4 months in hospital as he underwent multiple surgeries to repair his little body. I remember spiraling down mentally and physically. I stumbled upon your workout one day and your tenacity and humor and just everything that is Lisa immediately struck a cord with me and you have been my virtual BFF since then! When I was too tired or too focused on my difficult circumstances you always managed to connect with us bodyrockers and share your own personal struggles which made me love you even more. We would cry together, wipe our tears, and you proceed to kick our ass with an incredible workout that was always needed. :) Shame in those people who have nothing better to do than try to turn light into darkness. That my sweet friend is the work of the enemy. God made you beautifully in His own image. And He gave you a beautiful purpose in life that I want to assure you are doing so well. I’ve never laughed harder or danced more with a gym partner than I have with you LM. Keep your gorgeous head up and know that you are changing lives in the most positive, healthy, and beautiful ways!! We love you!! 💕

Kris V
Kris V

August 07, 2018

Wow, I would have never guessed that! I always thought you were beautiful. Our imperfections make us unique. Thank you for sharing and being so open. I hope your letter encourages others to think about their actions before speaking and encourage us all to love the skin we are in.

Alan
Alan

August 07, 2018

Unbelievable. Idiots. You are simply stunning.

Justina
Justina

August 07, 2018

Lisa, your honesty and willingness to open yourself up like this is absolutely amazing. I have been training with you for about a year now and you are absolutely amazing. I don’t think I could ever follow another trainer at this point, so you better not go anywhere, EVER! You body, your face and most of all your personality are so beautiful. I think you glow the most when we are midway through a workout and you say all the makeup is gone, you don’t need it. The people who try to cut others down on social media are just jealous self haters. They try to infect their negativity on to others and sadly, it eventually gets to you. One of the true times someone can say, “it’s not you, it’s me.” You’re strong, beautiful and powerful and I am happy that you are no longer carrying around someone else’s burden. 😘

Jen
Jen

August 07, 2018

As I read this, I felt a sinking feeling in the pit of my stomach and a sadness that we still have not learned love and compassion for ourselves and one another. I believe that as more people like yourself are courageous and honest, we can slowly begin to bring positive change to the world. Thank you, Lisa, for being brave. Thank you for working out with me. You are a beautiful soul and I wish you the best on your personal journey.

Hananh
Hananh

August 07, 2018

Lisa, I can only think these people are either blind, jealous or both. Seriously we all aspire to be like you.I cannot fathom the human race at times, but for all the shitty people out there, there are better ones supporting you and following your example. Much love xx

Towanda
Towanda

August 07, 2018

Lisa I’m not even a body rocker but I always come to watch how incredibly strong you are and wish I had the self confidence and strength u have. Your amazing. Always remember beauty is in the eye of the beholder. Keep rocking out and loving and helping the ones that depend on your strength to get them through. You are truly the best u and shouldn’t change a thing!

Ani
Ani

August 07, 2018

First – thank you for being the strong, inspirational role model that you are. Second – YES – you are allowed to be weak – that also makes you human. And finally – you are absolutely gorgeous – inside and outside – and I know so because of the light and energy that you spread. So, thank you :)

Kristen
Kristen

August 07, 2018

Mean comments hurt and are hard to ignore even when we are strong. Kudos for you for being self aware and pushing back. Look for the good! You are a goddess inside and out!

Amy
Amy

August 07, 2018

I’ve been watching, doing and using your workouts for years and incorporating them into my HIIT classes and boot camp classes. I always love a challenge and your workouts certainly are and always have been. You are a strong, beautiful inspiration to so many. Thank you for putting yourself out there! Not always a friendly place 🤨

Tish Fields
Tish Fields

August 07, 2018

Lisa – the downside of the internet are the cowardly trolls who say mean things at their computer. It’s so hurtful but please know the absolutely positive impact you are having on people and focus on the really great comments about how transformative your workouts are for those of us who are using them. You inspire and motivate me and I am grateful that you have put yourself out there. Thank you for your courage, your grit and the push you give me every time I do one of your workouts. You are beautiful and killer strong! Tish

Jacquie
Jacquie

August 07, 2018

Your letter made me feel so sad. There are so many nasty people out there. We have here a beautiful, strong, caring and motivating person who gives her time to make us all look the very best we can be. I feel I have a best friend in my living room, encouraging me to give it my very best. I could not have made this journey without you, by side, yelling at me to not give up, to wake up my inner beast.

My grand daughter when she sees you on the computer always says ’that’s Mummy’. My daughter is very beautiful and so are you. A 3 year old always tells it as it is. lol.

Thank you Lisa, for all your hard work, your encouragement and your stunning beauty. You make me get up at 4pm every morning to work out with you.

Kim
Kim

August 07, 2018

Lisa I’ve always admired & respected your physical strength & know the dedication it takes to be in such beautiful condition. I also love following you & the fact that you give such positive reinforcement. You are beautiful inside & out. Never doubt that! Much respect! XO

RandiF
RandiF

August 07, 2018

You are not alone in your struggles to feel beautiful. Thank you for sharing your experience. I think most people who label others as ugly are really ugly themselves, at least on the inside, and most of the time struggle with unspoken jealousy. I am grateful that I can look to you for support and strength in areas where I feel weak and unattractive. And it never dawned on me that there was anything ugly about you, by the way. Your ability to help and motivate people is simply beautiful to me. And I can attest to the fact that lots of people think you are beautiful. Every time a body rock package arrives in my office with your picture on it, people are drawn to ask who you are because you are attractive.

Jennifer
Jennifer

August 07, 2018

I wish I did not have to join facebook to be a part of the community; I just cannot bring myself to be on facebook. However, having said that I am shocked but not shocked that people have made these comments about Lisa. I have found her (on her earliest videos) to be truly beautiful. When searching for an online exercise program, I searched for the person that I felt I believed in, that could push and encourage me but that would be the proof of what they were teaching. She works her butt off, and she’s the real deal. I found her to be beautiful throughout but I was disappointed that she went the plastic surgery route; I had a feeling it was from pressure of others, not something she would have done. I appreciate her openness and honesty and her transparency.

Katie
Katie

August 07, 2018

I am a junior high teacher, and reading this has reminded me that like my students…no one is immune to criticism! We aren’t cut out for that level of critique, it’s just not right. Lisa, I’ve watched and worked out alongside you for years. Never have I thought you less than beautiful and inspiring. Your personality shines through in each video, and I have always felt that your style of coaching is coming from a person who was relatable. I love that about your workouts, so if that comes from having battled these negative feelings and are pushing others to feel their best even when you don’t…then I think you should consider this the silver lining in your journey. Your battles have shaped you into a person whose character is well tested, and is certainly strong in mind, body and soul. I will continue to get my ass kicked by you regularly – thank you for what you do!

Laura
Laura

August 07, 2018

You are beautiful and an inspiration. It says a lot more about the individuals who are posting negative comments and their character than it does about you. Thank you for your strength and honesty. 💖

Lynn
Lynn

August 07, 2018

I’m so sorry that some have been so mean to you. Really don’t understand how someone can do that. You are so beautiful, you inspire me so much. You have so much heart, so much compassion for wanting to help people get healthier it really comes across on Instagram and in your videos. It takes a strong person to deal with those comments and still get in front of the camera with a smile and give it all you got, I admire you for that. Thank you for all you do.

Gabby
Gabby

August 07, 2018

You are beautiful! Inside and out! You’re my best virtual buddy. I couldn’t train with anyone else ❤️

Duane
Duane

August 07, 2018

Some people’s eyes must be painted you are absolutely stunning
🔥👍💪

Rachael Mohr
Rachael Mohr

August 07, 2018

We love you!! Glad you found your inner strength❤️

Tanya Armstrong
Tanya Armstrong

August 07, 2018

Lisa, we may not know each other, but you’ve always been the most beautiful inspiration to me. Thank you for that. xx

Brooke
Brooke

August 07, 2018

Lisa Marie , I have always found you to be so gorgeous. Even in the beginning, when you say others werent as kind. I’ve loved hearing about your journey all these years. and I will continue to do so ❤️ Much love.

Aneesa Castaneda
Aneesa Castaneda

August 07, 2018

❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️

Donna Testaiuti
Donna Testaiuti

August 07, 2018

Your are beautiful, amazing and strong! The haters be damned!! It’s their own self hatred that they re-direct at others.
I pray that you continue your success.

Suzanne
Suzanne

August 07, 2018

Lisa- you have always been such an inspiration to me. Your bravery in this post is amazing. Thank you for being you and for being a key part of my fitness journey. xo

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