Bobbi Parker Hall had an exhilarating start to the new year, with her Jan. 20 appearance on the "Tamron Hall Show." So how can she top that? With a bikini competition in April, of course.
When Parker Hall was invited to appear on the "Tamron Hall Show," she didn't even know who the host was. But the show's producers found the Happy Valley resident online and knew that Parker Hall fit the definition of the Jan. 20 show's theme "Fit over 50."
They flew her to New York City, put her up in a hotel, and the next day she was one of three women who were invited to talk about what motivates them to stay fit.
"I thought I'd be nervous, but once I got on and they asked me questions, I was very calm," Parker Hall said.
"It was fun to sit up there and share my story; it was a privilege," she said, adding that the host and the audience were all supportive.
Parker Hall, 61, is the CEO of Modern Bodies Fitness, a company exclusively for women that she founded three years ago, after her divorce.
Married for 30 years, Parker Hall said she had let go of her dream to start a fitness company, but eventually realized her marriage was keeping her from expressing herself.
Then in 2014, her friend decided to enter a national bikini competition and asked Parker Hall to join her.
"I thought, why not? I needed something new," she said, adding that she took second place in the event, sponsored by the National Physique Committee.
"It's pretty much like standing naked. It helps with your motivation, like you can rise up and conquer," Parker Hall said.
After the bikini competition, Parker Hall discovered a newfound strength in herself that gave her the impetus to leave her marriage.
Now, Parker Hall plans to put on her favorite bikini again and enter the Emerald Cup and Fitness Expo on Feb. 23 in Bellingham, Washington.
Modern Bodies Fitness
Modern Bodies Fitness has an online presence at Bobbiparker-hall.com. There, women can buy a DVD with the 10-week program that Parker Hall has developed.
"They can access the Modern Bodies workout through the website. A dietician helped me put together the meal plan," she said.
There is a Modern Bodies community on Facebook and Instagram, she added.
Parker Hall also is a personal trainer, who works with women in their homes. In addition, she has a training room in her own house and works out of the Trainers Club in Lake Oswego.
What she likes best is seeing the metamorphosis her clients go through.
"One client, who is in her 60s, lost 40 pounds. This gave her the confidence to start singing again, and now she has her own band," Parker Hall said.
That same client also was able to get off all her medications.
"Our minds and bodies are connected; (healthy living) can change us from the inside."
Parker Hall noted that she is certified in yoga, which she uses for stretching and meditation, adding that it gives her a deeper level of understanding about the body.
"You can retrain your brain and change yourself; it's an ongoing process," she said.
With yoga and meditation, it is possible to "use self-talk to key into what you're telling yourself. You can change those patterns and work on self-esteem," Parker Hall said.
'Turn Back the Clock'
In addition to being a fitness model for magazines like Oxygen and D'fyne Fitness, Parker Hall plans and leads "Turn Back the Clock" retreats.
For her, the perfect retreat is "having a couple of days in the sunshine to relax with people, eating great food and celebrating," Parker Hall said.
"There are structured times, and you can do deep emotional work. I'm there to help with workouts," she added.
So what does Parker Hall say to women who think they are too old to exercise?
"Just start anywhere and do a little bit at a time. Focus on core exercises and try to work them into your daily routines."
For those who think exercising is not possible after a certain age, Parker Hall is here to say "it is possible, but you have to want it."
She added, "You can use age as an excuse, but if you exercise you will live longer; it's all in your mindset."
Age is not an issue
Bobbi Parker Hall is a personal trainer, fitness retreat planner, yoga instructor, fitness model, fitness influencer and CEO of Modern Bodies Fitness.
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