Tell me a little about yourself and your background?
What’s up! My name is Hannah Moody and I am 24 years old, currently living in beautiful Los Angeles, California. I was born and raised in Northern California in the Bay Area, and moved down to So Cal after graduating high school. After being undecided in my major for some time and not knowing which career I wanted to pursue, I discovered my love for fitness and graduated with a Bachelor’s of Science in Kinesiology. I stumbled upon the sport of bodybuilding and quickly developed a strong passion for competing. So far, I have competed in 4 NPC Bikini competitions and am currently prepping for my 5th, where I am hoping to win my pro card. I am also a personal trainer and offer online coaching, programs, and meal plans for lifestyle clients.
What aspect of fitness do you enjoy the most?
What I love most about fitness is not the physical benefits, but actually the mental benefits. My mental strength and self-confidence has grown significantly since I developed fitness into my lifestyle, especially through competing. I absolutely LOVE the challenge it provides for me every day, and every time I overcome that challenge, I feel so strong and empowered – like I can do ANYTHING. Being active and being in the gym has always been like therapy for me – a place that I can de-stress and literally not worry about anything else but the task at hand. When I’m in the gym, it’s me vs. me. Nothing else exists. And I freaking love it.
How long have you been into fitness?
I have been into fitness technically ever since I can remember. I was in ballet and tap dance from ages 4-7, soccer from age 8-14, and cheer at the end of high school and beginning of college. I started working out in the gym in high school and became more interested in weightlifting. I began doing research and learning more about how to lift and eat healthy. I became more serious and consistent with working out and eating right around the age of 19, so I’ve been lifting for about 5-6 years now.
How did you get into fitness?
I was always active growing up. I played a few different sports, and loved playing outside as a kid. I have always been competitive and love a good challenge. I’m not exactly sure how I officially started working out in the gym, but it was probably something along the lines of just wanting a six pack (isn’t that why everyone starts?!). The more I went to the gym, the more I became interested in learning how to use the equipment. I remember looking over at all the dudes by the dumbbells and squat racks and wanting to have the courage to try them out. Through lots of trial and error, and tons of online research, I figured out how to properly set up a workout and nutrition program and just kept learning from there!
What was a turning point for you to take it seriously?
I feel like the turning point for me to take it seriously was the first time I started and stuck to a program. I actually did the program called Insanity, which is a series of high intensity video workouts that you can do at home. It had a schedule of which video to do on each day, so it really helped me stay on track because I didn’t want to fall behind on the schedule. I actually saw some great results from the program, not just physically, but I also felt amazing overall. I was so proud of myself for overcoming the challenge of doing those workouts every day – the feeling was addicting. This is what started my consistency with working out and it definitely became a priority in my life. This led me to try out other programs from fitness influencers that I followed on social media, which further led me to my first competition – which is when things REALLY got serious.
How has fitness impacted your life?
Fitness has impacted my life with nothing but positivity. I literally would be lost without it! When I am active or in the gym, I feel at home and at peace. It’s so refreshing to me. Whenever I feel overwhelmed, stressed, sad, or just not in the right headspace, I know a good gym or sweat sesh will ALWAYS make me feel better. Through fitness, I found competing, which has definitely impacted my life in so many great ways. Competing has sculpted me into a more confident person, strengthened my mentality and self-discipline, pushed me past my comfort zones, and changed my mindset overall. Because I know I have made it through several competition preps (which are undoubtedly some of the hardest things I’ve ever accomplished), I know I can make it through anything that life throws at me. To me, the principle that you apply in fitness can be related to everyday life. Building that mental strength to push past your limits and have self-discipline will help you easily handle any situation or experience that life throws at you. Fitness has given me so many opportunities and has been my outlet whenever I needed it. Not to mention all of the amazing people I have met and friendships I’ve made through being involved in fitness. It’s so incredible to be surrounded by so many inspirational people, and because of this I have an instilled hunger to become a better version of myself every single day.
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?
To someone who is just starting out – DO NOT GIVE UP. Our society is so used to getting anything we want right away. Unfortunately, you cannot have this same mindset with fitness. You can’t go in with the expectation to see results or be exactly where you want to be overnight. It’s going to take time. I’ve been lifting for over 5 years and STILL have so much to learn. The number one tip I can give you is to just stay consistent. Not every day is going to be the best. Not every day is going to be a great workout. You’re going to be tired, lazy, unmotivated, over it – but the times that you ignore those feelings and do it anyway are the times that matter. Those are the moments that will build your character, strengthen your mentality, and grow you as a person. Every time you overcome that challenge is another step forward, and it will get easier the more you practice. Remember, nothing worth having comes easy. Put in 120% every single day, even if your 120% that day would only be considered 50% on another day – as long as you do your personal best every single day, that’s all that matters. It’s you vs. you. DO NOT compare yourself. YOU are on this journey with you and yourself. Make yourself proud! J