Tell me a little about yourself and your background?
My name is Sophia, I’m 26 years old. I was born in China and adopted by my American family. I was 8 when I moved to the United States. I’m currently in college studying Exercise Science and Nutrition.
What aspect of fitness do you enjoy the most?
I love weight lifting. It’s something I found myself enjoying the last 2 years.
How long have you been into fitness?
I started in 2012. I joined a CrossFit gym after my sister-in-law introduced me to hers. In 2016 after I was injured I stopped attending CrossFit and found my own routine.
How did you get into fitness?
I think I really started my fitness journey in 2016 after I tore my piriformis. I lost 25 lbs. and was unable to perform basic functions, like bend over or walk. I fell into a depression during this time. The recovery was long but 6 months later I was able to train again. I found passion in weight lifting and training on my own. It was then I really started taking my training seriously.
What was a turning point for you to take it seriously?
I think I had 2 points in my life. One was when I first started working out in 2012. I was overweight and miserable. I suffered from bipolar and depression. I had to find a way to escape and the CrossFit gym helped me with that. The second time was when I was injured in 2016. I was so scared and upset that I might never workout again. I lost 25 lbs. and became underweight. I was consistently in pain and that all drove me back into depression. After 6 months, I was back and able to train again. This time I decided to follow my own path and find my own training routine.
How has fitness impacted your life?
When I started this journey, my main goal was to look great. It was purely from a physical aspect. As I continued my journey I found way more. I found self-love and value in being me. It has taught me to love myself and treat my body with respect. I am mentally stronger than I have ever been. I no longer suffer from depression or bipolar. This is something I value more than the physical changes.
What words of advice or encouragement would you like to give to someone who is just starting out or would like to start but doesn’t know where to begin?
I think it’s very important to understand that we were all beginners at some point of our life. Never compare yourself to others. Pick a goal and stick to it. Don’t do it because someone else told you, it has to come from within otherwise you will quit. Your motivation will come and go. Don’t beat yourself up, it’s ok. Forming healthy habits will take time. Be kind and patient with yourself. Remember you are working towards a better YOU.