I was born almost 3 months early and apparently tried to make up for this by eating more than every baby in the hospital, but as a child, I was still extremely scrawny. Think 4’11” and 68 pounds. :o! I started and ended my gymnastics career in high school, and for the first two years of college, the only form of physical activity I got was through powerwalking and/or biking all over campus (Davis is quite likely one of the most biker-friendly areas in the country), a summer of horseback-riding (I worked there in exchange for lessons <3) and Tahitian/hula dancing.
In my junior year, I switched one of my majors to Exercise Biology and decided that enough was enough! I’d be a complete disgrace to my major if I didn’t do more of some form of physical activity! :O! So I took up weightlifting and have not looked back since. I had a very brief stint where I decided to run the SF Nike Women’s Half-Marathon in 2010, but long-distance running and I didn’t get along too well, so I branched out to salsa, archery, running, pole dancing, BJJ, aerial silks, yoga, and pilates. They keep me happily occupied and sane when studying is driving me up the wall.
Whilst destressing at the gym in med school, a classmate noticed me and offered to train me for a powerlifting competition. He ended up not being able to because life happens, but I decided to go it alone and try for it anyway. I had to attempt to cut weight for the first time in my life, but I’m so glad I went for it!
I have since set all the state records in my weight class for Kentucky under the federation I lift under! 😀
Currently, I’m working on upping my numbers for the next competition I enter so they’ll be much harder to beat! Someday, I’d like to set some national records. I’m also thinking of entering a Strong(Wo)Man competition at some point! :]