isabel.lahela-1543805725835Tell me a little about yourself and your background?

I’m currently a social media fitness influencer and run my own online personal training business. My background is actually in art and architecture but during university I fell in love with fitness and ran with it!

What aspect of fitness do you enjoy the most?

I love being strong and feeling confident in my body and having the ability to make my body do amazing things. Fitness is so broad and there are always new, fun things to learn and improve upon and I adore those challenges.

How long have you been into fitness?

About 4 and a half years now. Before fitness I danced for 13 years.

How did you get into fitness?

After quitting dance I was quite bored and unmotivated to be active and didn’t really know what to do. I ended up trying a CrossFit class and instantly feel in love, which then brought me to Olympic lifting and now to powerlifting.

What was a turning point for you to take it seriously?

I take everything that I am passionate about seriously. I dive head first into things that I love and give everything that I commit to 100% of my effort. I made competing nationally as a weightlifter a goal of mine and I didn’t stop until I achieve that, and then did the same for powerlifting. I believe that anyone is capable of achieving pretty much anything that they set their mind to.

How has fitness impacted your life?

Fitness has changed my life in so many ways, I could write a novel! Overall, fitness has not only made me physical stronger and more comfortable in my body but also so much stronger mentally. I find that overcoming physical challenges in the gym on a daily basis makes other challenges outside of the gym seem so much more approachable and manageable.

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?

Just start! There is no right way or wrong way to “fitness”. Simply find a workout or activity that you enjoy doing and roll with it. Everyone enjoys different types of exercise, be it weightlifting, cycling, running, boxing, etc., so there is no harm in trying different things out and seeing what sticks for you. Everyone starts somewhere!

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