“At that time in my life, I focused more on cardio, less on strength and really didn’t have much variety or creativity behind my workouts,” she said. “I now would tell 21-year-old me to step down from that cover, and yield to 31-year-old me. Ten years, a few more wrinkles and a lot more muscle, I’m proud of my journey.”
Parviainen is a police officer with the Michigan State University Police Department, where she is a hostage and crisis negotiator and K9 handler. She also teaches at Pure Barre, a barre-inspired fitness studio in Okemos.
“When I was on the cover, my priorities behind working out were fueled mostly by my desire to maintain my run route time so my jeans would fit,” she said. “Today, staying fit, both mentally and physically for my career is the priority behind my workouts.”
After suffering an injury at work in which she tore both quadriceps muscles, she fell in love with Pure Barre and how it has allowed her to stay active. Even with 12-hour shifts, she finds ways to get her workouts in at least five days a week by either attending a class, or completing a three to four mile run. And for her diet, she said she eats healthy by preparing lunches for work with chicken, turkey, hummus and Lara bars.
“I fully believe in cheating a little here and there when you live a predominantly healthy lifestyle,” she said. “For me, completely depriving myself of something I crave leads me to overindulging. Life is short. Drink the wine.”
She said living a healthy lifestyle has been a labor of love.
“Fitness has helped me both mentally and physically,” she said. “I look forward to the one hour per day I can spend on myself. Usually I’m getting my butt kicked, so it’s hard to think of what happened at work that day, or my to-do list at home. Beyond the physical benefits of the role fitness plays in my life, I am so thankful for the community of strong women I have met. Our client base at Pure Barre is predominantly women–though we do have several rock star male clients.”
Her secret to fitness success? Try new things.
“Don’t be afraid to step outside of your comfort zone. I’m in the best shape of my life and I’ve made so many amazing friendships. Don’t be afraid to get out of your own way and allow yourself to transform.”