Tell me a little about yourself and your background?
I’m Lindsey, 25 Year old fitness enthusiast from Long Island NY. I started to get into the Fitness industry when I was just 17 years old working at my first gym job! I was always an athlete, I was a dancer, cheerleader, and I ran track for years.
How did you get into fitness?
I was always an athlete, so working out came naturally to me. But to be completely honest it started out as me hiring my first trainer who was a female body builder at the time. And I just wanted to lose some weight. Then one thing lead to another I started working out did my first show and fell in love with the fitness life style.
What was a turning point for you to take it seriously?
Back in 2015 when I came back from a 2 year off season, and just simply being young and wanting to live my life. I competed in a bikini show trying to make this comeback from 2012. To be honest, I lost. I had my worst placing of my career and I was so upset. But not because I’m a sore loser but upset with myself because I know how much potential I have, and I know how far I can go. So from that moment I made a promise to myself that I would never feel that way again.
How has fitness impacted your life?
Fitness changed my life, when I found fitness I was at a low point for myself, that was when I was starting to figure out my depression, that was point where I was just an insecure girl looking to get in shape to feel better about myself. Then the major turning point to be all in or nothing was the passing of my best friend Alexis after she killed herself, I’ll never forget that dark pain I experienced. I channeled all my feelings and dedicated my life to fitness. Without fitness I wouldn’t be the person I am today.
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?
My best advice to anyone who is just starting out is IT IS OKAY. And let me go into more detail when I say that phrase, I mean it is OKAY to fall off, it is okay to not love where you are, it is okay to have crappy days, it is okay to be depressed, it is okay to skip the gym, it is okay to cheat on your diet, and it is okay to fail and have to try again. I have spent years upon years in this industry letting fitness get into my head not feeling good enough. Not loving the body I’m in or the person who looks back at me in the mirror. IT’S OKAY you wanna know why it’s okay because we are HUMAN, and we make mistakes BUT it’s how you pick yourself up and wake up the next day. YOU CREATE WHAT YOU WANT. If you want a rocking body get up off the couch and START. NOBODY motivates you, nobody pushes you, nobody but YOU. So start off with getting a journal write down your long-term goals, your short-term goals, and then write down HOW ARE YOU GONNA GET THERE!
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