Occupation: Realtor, RE/MAX Creative Realty, Lexington, KY
Lifting Since: April 2012
Favorite Lift: It used to be deadlift but I now LOVE to squat. It is equally thrilling and terrifying to have heavy weight on your back!
Favorite Workout Song: When I’m at Gym Laird I am usually too busy chatting with my fellow Miss Fits to really even “hear” the music. But, when we are prepping for a meet and the weight gets heavy, I become more serious and introspective and a good song certainly helps get my head in the right place. Some of my favorites are “All I Do Is Win” by DJ Khaled, “GDFR” by Flo Rida or my all-time favorite “Remember The Name” by Fort Minor. It gets me pumped up every time.
Favorite Motivational Quote: “Trust the training. Trust your coach. Do the work. Create your own luck” was advice given to me by my brother when I was a few weeks out from a meet. It was great advice then and it continues to be something that helps when doubts start to creep in.
Favorite Post-Workout Snack: I am addicted to waffle cut sweet potato fries.
How I Got into lifting: I’ve always considered myself athletic. I played multiple sports in high school and even trained with the boys in the weight room. I continued to stay active throughout my twenties and then started running seriously in my early thirties. Since then, I’ve run several half marathons and one full (26.2 miles) marathon. While I love running, it was definitely not giving me the body I wanted (to look good naked). In fact, I was running more and gaining weight.
I started training with Jim Laird at GYM Laird Strength and Conditioning in January 2012, thinking I would continue to run while adding strength training to my weekly routine. I quickly learned that distance running and strength training are counter-productive so after running my last half marathon on March 31, I committed myself fully to Jim’s program. In fact, he pretty much insisted on it or he wouldn’t train me to lift heavy. So, I took the plunge and gave up the running. I’ve never regretted that decision.
Benefits of Lifting: I have finally found a fitness program that fits into my busy lifestyle because strength training allows me to exercise less. As a working mom, finding the time to exercise can be a challenge. Even so, exercising less was a really hard concept for me to trust at first. I have always believed that more is better and if I’m not drenched in sweat then I didn’t work hard enough. However, in the last four years I have learned to “train smarter not harder” and that rest and recovery is just as important as the actual training session. So, instead of sneaking in a four mile run (yes, I would cheat on Jim from time to time) on my off day, I am now happy to do NOTHING but eat well, get extra rest and focus on my family.