Tell me a little about yourself and your background?
My name is Clare, age 20, I go to Bellarmine University in Louisville, Kentucky. I am currently studying exercise science and have a special interest in dietetics. I had a past with an eating disorder, which led me to take a semester off of college. I am determined to help people who have struggled with any mental illness that it can and will get better, and lifting was my way of doing so.
What aspect of fitness do you enjoy the most?
Everyone can agree that one aspect of fitness that is most enjoyed is how it can transform your body, but for me, I love how it helped put me in a better mental state. Once I found my niche (which is lifting), my mindset shifted from only wanting to go to the gym to burn off calories to going because it clears my mind and makes me feel like a badass.
How long have you been into fitness?
I have been seriously lifting since around April 2017. I have always been active throughout my life with sports, but I was never truly passionate about any aspect of fitness until I found my love for lifting.
How did you get into fitness?
I got into fitness (not counting my childhood sports) by joining the Katy Hearn Spring Challenge 2017. I was depressed, did not feel comfortable in my body, and wanting a change in my life. I have always wanted to get into lifting, but I always found it very intimidating and did not know how to get started, so I thought this challenge would be the perfect opportunity to give me a kick start. I started with a structured challenge because I had no idea what I was doing at all and needed all the help I could get.
What was a turning point for you to take it seriously?
The turning point for me to start taking fitness seriously is craving a change in my life, both mentally and physically. I was so insecure, and knew I needed to make a change in my life.
How has fitness impacted your life?
Fitness has impacted my life in the most positive way. Coming from a background with an eating disorder, I did not always have the best relationship with fitness and used it as a way to take away from my life. Now I have learned that in order to succeed or fall in love with any aspect of fitness, you have to truly want to do it for the right reasons. I now wake up in the morning ecstatic to go to the gym because it brings me happiness and does not take away from my life anymore. I have also met so many new friends through the fitness community. It’s nice to find people who are so passionate about the same things that you are.
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?
Be comfortable. Wear what you want. Don’t overthink the process, just start somewhere and I promise it will all start to come together.