All my life I've been active..parents joined the family up at an athletic club when I was seven so I've always been into working out and enjoyed weight lifting from a young age. Did lots of sports when I was in high school and am an avid snow skier. As for my serious weight lifting beginnings, originally it started back in 1999, working out with my then boyfriend who became a personal trainer and started with me as one of his clients. We worked on my diet and training techniques and we transformed my body into a lean, muscular machine that I was very proud of and my boyfriend's female clients would say "I want to look like her". Then we bought a business and for the next 12 years my focus was that and I let life and excuses get in the way of my body and health and turned into an overweight (152lbs at 5'7") unhappy and unhealthy person. I tried for years to flip the switch and get back into fitness but never was successful for long and then at the end of January 2015 I drove past this huge building (which is 40 minutes from my house!), which turned out to be LifeTime Fitness, and went in to check it out..by the end of the tour I was a member! I told myself this is it, I'm making the change.
Why I Love it
Weight lifting has always been something I've really enjoyed. I love the challenge of pushing myself to lift weight I don't think I can. I love to achieve perfect form in my moves..quality over quantity is always my standard. I've never been the aerobics girl, give me the free weights and a bench and I'll be there for hours! I love being able to tweak my lifts each week and feel and see the differences they make..I love my shoulder workouts the most! Bodybuilding makes me feel strong, healthy and very confident. Just in the few months of being at my new gym, I've seen the change in myself of how I come into the gym and move around the weight room. I don't feel like guys look at me like "what is she doing? she's not doing the move right" but instead are like "dang, I wish I had her arms and abs".