I was always active growing up. I played basketball, soccer, football, baseball, roller hockey basically I love every thing involving sports! I started riding horses competitively as a 6 year old and competed across the country. It was at this point where I began to have some difficulties. I started training for the Philadelphia Half Marathon in 2010, so that I could run it with my father for my 21st birthday. At this time I was feeling a great deal of economic pressure relating to my competitive horseback riding habit, and as a result I failed to maintain a proper calorie-in/calorie-out ratio in combination with my new running plan. I became obsessive about cardio exercise, sometimes performing 3 hours of cardio daily on a diet of around 1500 calories max! This gradually manifested into an eating disorder which completely took over 2 years of my life, and caused me to miss out immensely on my last two years of College. While I did complete my undergraduate degree in Philosophy from Ursinus College, I now wish that I had majored in Exercise and Sports Science, as this is where my true passion lies. After graduating from college, I attended and graduated from Temple University's Police Academy this past summer. It was the greatest challenge I've ever tackled, but because of that, it allowed me to focus and further define my strength as a person and my self confidence. My focus now is to be as strong as I can be, I'm not afraid of muscle. Strong is my new style!
Why I Love it
I love bodybuilding because when you're in the gym (or any other place you choose to exercise) you're the boss. You determine your own result. You can choose to have the right attitude, to positively influence those around you by modeling the person you want to be. The gym is not just a space, it is my sanctuary that was there while I was struggling, and was there as I was reborn. It remains the place where I grow and learn. It showed me my greatest faults, and my greatest strengths, and I know it will continue to do so. There is nothing I love more then the feeling of lifting heavier weights and challenging myself everytime I work out, whether that be through dumbbells or my own bodyweight. There is never an end, only a journey that builds character.