Tell me a little about yourself and your background?
Hi! My name is KatLynne, most people call me KC. I am a fitness competitor, I actually recently made the switch from bikini to figure and am excited to start prep for my next competition season here in the next few weeks. I have always been an athlete, but always gravitated toward individual rather than team sports. I rode hunter/jumper horses, figure skated, and dabbled in a few team sports such as field hockey and soccer. I enjoyed the individual sports the most because while I enjoyed the camaraderie, I found that pushing myself to be better and continually improve over time was the most exciting for me. When I sold my last horse, I found I had a void and turned to bodybuilding. Since then, I was hooked. I started lifting weights, loved the results and finally found myself competing! I love the sport and plan to continue for a long time.
What aspect of fitness do you enjoy the most?
I enjoy the process. I am very competitive by nature and love stepping on stage, but what means most to me is the journey of getting there. I am a Type 1 Diabetic, diagnosed after double pneumonia at age 5. This presents a lot of challenges and many doctors have told me that I won’t be successful and I can’t compete because of it. Well, I’ve made it my mission to prove them wrong and continue to do so! I love pushing past barriers and showing others they can overcome anything thrown in their path. Yes, it’s definitely harder to do but SO much more rewarding.
How long have you been into fitness?
I’ve been involved in sports since a young age, but really found the lifting bug about 6 years ago.
How did you get into fitness?
Once I transitioned from the equestrian world, I found a huge void in my life. I turned to lifting and actually the first thing I picked up was an Ashley Horner trainer. She was my original inspiration. I loved how she looked, how powerful of a woman she was, and made it my mission to chase after it! From there, it snowballed to where I am today and I am forever grateful!
What was a turning point for you to take it seriously?
I can embarrassingly say that I am that type of person who easily becomes obsessed with my goals. I’ve always taken it seriously, but decided to compete 3 years ago because I really wanted to see how far I could push myself. Contest prep is a whole other animal and level of dedication. Since then, I’ve continued to reach new goals and levels of my fitness journey and won’t stop until I reach my pro card!
How has fitness impacted your life?
Fitness has impacted EVERY area of my life for the positive. From my outlook, my self-worth, my relationships, and my holistic health, I am forever grateful for this lifestyle. It teaches you so much about yourself as a person and shows you how capable and powerful your mind really is. It teaches you discipline, patience, humility, consistency, and the importance of goal setting.
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 would say to first be patient with yourself. Rome wasn’t built in a day – it’s a process. Set small goals and keep pushing to larger and larger. You will be successful if you just stay consistent and dedicated. Also, don’t forget it is supposed to be fun! If you hate what you are doing every day, you won’t stick with it. Finds what sets your heart on fire and run with it! <3