My name is Kayla Williams, I have my B.S. in Kinesiology with a concentration in Exercise Science from James Madison University and am currently about to go back to school to get my Post-Baccalaureate certificate in Dietetics at Lipscomb University. My dream is to become a Registered Dietician (not sure in what setting yet), but I absolutely LOVE nutrition and learning about what we put into our bodies and how that affects us. In turn I would love to be able to help others reach their nutrition goals while educating them on the foods they eat.
The aspect of fitness I love the most would be that it’s all YOU. If you don’t want to get up and go to the gym, the only person you’re letting down is yourself. (in certain situations) It’s all mental and physical obviously, but definitely mental because if you are having a bad day and in turn aren’t having a good workout, it’s up to YOU to make it a better one; or you could get lost in your thoughts and continue making it a bad workout. I am currently about 10 days out from my first figure competition and have learned that it’s all up to ME to decide how I will execute my workouts and my mindset. There have been plenty of times where I have been overwhelmed and have wanted to just give in and eat the donut, but I haven’t, and I think that’s what separates those who have strong willpower, from those who don’t. Prep is literally all MENTAL and I think I have learned more about myself during this prep then I have before. This is all about me, and if I don’t put in the work, then that will show on stage.
I have been into fitness ever since I can remember. I grew up doing gymnastics and after a slight injury I stopped and started team sports. I played volleyball, soccer, and did track in high school but learned I am not the most ‘athletic’/team sports type and started lifting weights instead. I would always watch my dad lift weights when I was younger, seeing as in he was a bodybuilder himself while he was in college. In turn, I have always been surrounded by good eating habits and working out/some aspect of fitness.
I got into fitness from my dad and from immersing myself in the gym/learning new exercises and techniques. Of course, at first all I wanted was a flat stomach/abs etc. etc. but after reading fitness magazines, Oxygen was my favorite, I was hooked. I wanted to look like those girls and wanted the musculature they had.
I started taking fitness really seriously my sophomore year in college. I went to the gym for the first time (asides from my basement gym) my senior year of high school and liked the atmosphere but really was intrigued my sophomore year. I would watch what I ate, but also didn’t eat the cleanest at first because I was still in a dorm and found it slightly difficult to find healthy options on campus. I started following a lot of bodybuilders and bikini competitors on social media and I think that’s where the spark began. It was during the Arnold sophomore year that I was absolutely fascinated by their physiques and diets, etc., etc. and wanted to apply it to my own life. I made the gym my priority (and my grades of course) 🙂 but fell in love with the process of bettering yourself every day and turned it into a habit I did on a daily basis. I have always wanted to compete, I just didn’t have the money to do so. This show I am in prep for will be my dreams come true because I am FINALLY doing it. 🙂
Fitness has impacted my life in so many ways. It helped me choose my undergraduate study, led me to get my CPT and then has made me realize that while I absolutely love training, I love nutrition even more. I figured out that I would rather make THAT my career. It has also made me a healthier person, and in turn I have spread that awareness to my boyfriend who has had bad eating habits in the past and now is one of the healthiest eaters I know:)
Words of encouragement would be to take it slow. Trust the process, because sure it’s going to be tough at first, but once you form a routine of going to the gym or whatever the form of fitness may be, you’ll get the hang of it and thank yourself. Not everyone’s idea of fitness is the same- some may prefer to run, or some may prefer to do CrossFit instead of a traditional bodybuilding style. Whatever it is that YOU like, then DO IT. Be active, because in 30 years, your body will thank you.