Kim —  November 13, 2014 — Leave a comment

Age: 40

Occupation: Director of Development, UK College of Fine Arts

Weight Training Since: January 2013

Favorite Inspirational Quote: Something my dad used to always say to us each morning “Don’t take any wooden nickels”

Favorite Lift: When I started I would say the squat because I had the earliest success with it, but my gritty personality would have to say sumo deadlift now because it has been my biggest challenge and greatest reward!

Favorite Workout Song: I can’t really name one, of course Jim and Lucy provide us with quite a mix at the gym. Recently though I would have to say I get in my zone with “Remember the Name”, Fort Minor.

Favorite Post-Workout Snack: I’m not a big snacker and this will make very little sense to some, but I love peas!! I usually eat dinner after my workouts and love it on the nights we have peas!

How I Got Into Lifting: It was a dark and stormy night…….no seriously, I always participated in team sports growing up (primarily basketball, but also soccer and softball) so being a part of a team dynamic is the most natural, intuitive environment for me. When I had to quit basketball my sophomore year in college due to another knee injury I went through a bit of a grieving process. Athletics had been such an integral part of my academic life, my stress management, my friend network, etc. and in an instant it was gone. I became a “recovering athlete” for many years and stayed connected to team sports through coaching for a while, but I had real difficulty connecting with anything sustaining. I have never been much of a group class, yoga, aerobics, etc. kind of person and then about two years ago I joined Gym Laird and finally found a community of people with similar goals, interesting stories, tremendous coaches, and found a place I could connect. After about a year of classes I was encouraged to consider joining the powerlifting team and to compete. I was hesitant at first primarily because it was new and new takes time for me, but the women on the team were encouraging, welcoming, and I had found my “people” again. I’ve never been a yoga pant/tank top kinda girl, but getting leaner and stronger through this process has given me the confidence to get a little wild and wear smaller clothes and find my inner super hero! Now I show up ready to go in my superhero shirt of the day and accompanying determination.

Why I Love To Lift: I have loved the experience of accomplishment, of physical results, of feeling stronger in my everyday life, and of being a part of a group of women pushing each other to have fun and be their own personal best.

Body image, like most women, is something I have battled with – outside me vs. inside me. On any given day the winner was yet to be determined. I had misconceptions about lifting heavy, imagining I would transform into a masculinized figure, but the exact opposite has happened….what I have found is that through lifting heavy and eating healthier, I am leaner, stronger, more determined, which brings the outside me and inside me into greater union and less conflict.

Being a new member of The Miss Fits I look forward to sharing a bit of my ninja/super hero experience and journey, being a part of this outstanding group of women who encourage and celebrate each other, and to enjoy the work, the stumbles, and the many triumphs.

No Comments

Be the first to start the conversation.

Leave a Reply

Text formatting is available via select HTML.

<a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <s> <strike> <strong>