Dear College-Aged Kaitlin,
Stop being afraid of weightlifting, fitness classes, and being bulky. Weightlifting will change your life in about 4 years. You will be stronger and healthier than ever before. It’s a shame you do not understand this now, as you are miserable with your body image, but don’t worry, it will get better.
Old and Wiser Kaitlin
Yes, I have said it before; weightlifting has completely changed my life for the better. Now, in my mid-twenties, I am stronger and healthier than I was when I was in college. I was the queen of cardio. You name it, I cardio’d it. I was a member of my college town’s Running and Triathlon Team, The San Luis Obispo RoadRunners and I would teach spin classes about 4 times a week, but, for some reason, my body never changed. What I didn’t know until towards the very end of college and now into my twenties is that I would have been such a better athlete if I had involved weight and circuit training into my routine.
There are so many times where I really regret not knowing this fact, because now, I am a faster runner by at least one minute per mile than I was in college and I work so much harder due to my increased muscle training with weights and circuits.
The truth is I was very afraid of being bulky and “boyish” looking if I started lifting weights and most of the people that I surrounded myself with, including guys that I dated, did not lift weights, so it was not something that I had knowledge about or even thought to try. I was a personal trainer with a cardio addiction and a bad body image.
Four years later, my workouts are about 80% weight and circuit training and 20% cardio, depending on what I am training to accomplish. One thing is for sure, I am stronger than I have ever been in my life and at the most confident point with my body than I have ever been in my life.
I look back at my college triathlon and running days and I wish that I had started weight training earlier because I know that I would have been so much greater of an athlete then. But, it is not healthy to have regrets in regards to the past, so I am looking to the future and building the strongest, fittest body that I can.
I love weight training, I want to share my stories and love and passion with the BodyRock community mainly because it has truly changed my life. If you are reading this blog and thinking that you want to start weight training or circuit training, but do not know where, try our 30 Day challenge! You will LOVE it! Surround yourself with people, whether on Instagram or peers around you, that LOVE to workout and lift weights and be fit. It is truly contagious.
I know that I can’t go back in time and change my thinking and actions, I can only move forward and continue to train and weightlift and be fit and happy. Don’t be that person that has regrets and does not try new things for fears that are silly, like mine of being bulky!
Get out there and lift some weights, start slowly and work your way up. Weightlifting is a fun journey with many rewards, but it takes time and dedication.
Can’t wait to hear your personal weightlifting stories!
No longer the Cardio Queen,