Fitness fears crushed! Enter 2018 with your claws out!
It’s a new year! A fresh start. I’m sure many of you have come up with your fitness resolutions and are actively planning your attack. I have some advice. Please don’t doubt yourselves. Starting any new endeavor is scary and there is always the fear of failure. I want to share my story with you and hope it helps give you some resolve to stick to your plan to be healthy and fit this year… for real this time!
I know what it’s like to feel frustrated in fitness with no answers to my questions and no clear plan to reach my goals. My sophomore year of college I had gained the freshman 50 million and was miserable. I was depressed, didn’t feel confident in myself and I needed a change. I started doing a lot of cardio to trim down because that’s all I knew how to do and I thought the weight room was for “men”. That worked for a while, but I still didn’t look like the girls I had wanted to emulate from the fitness magazines. I was told I looked “skinny” but I felt soft and lacked the curves I wanted. I wanted to take my body to the next level and cardio alone wasn’t doing it. I was frustrated!
There were some ladies in my local gym where I lived on the treadmill, that inspired me to try lifting weights. They all had feminine curves and the tight look that I had always wanted and they were not on the treadmill nearly as much as I was. They were in the weight room. They allowed me to ask them questions and were supportive in giving me the help I needed, however, I still didn’t know if I could get my body the way I wanted it to with weight lifting… I thought that maybe my body just wasn’t built to look tight and fit like theirs. I was desperate for change, however, so gave it a shot.
After many years of weight training, researching, schooling and certifications. I had worked my way into the world of the IFBB (International Federation of Body Building) as a professional, internationally ranked Figure Competitor. I was blessed to have worked with some of the best photographers in the industry and placed top 10 in the world in my sport 2 years in a row. My passion led me to write more than 15 published articles on female fitness and obtain more than 10 certifications in specialties such as Nutrition Counseling and Behavior, and Weight Training for the Female Body. This, all brought to you by picking up the weights that one day. I had the body I had always dreamed of and the accomplishment brought such a feeling of empowerment to me, that I wanted to teach others how to get this same feeling. If I had never started weight-lifting I may have never found this amazing feeling (and with all the running I was doing, I would also most likely be fraught with injuries).
At The Works NYC we have served 100’s of women in NYC alone since 2013. We have also produced several published fitness models as well as helped our ladies lose over 1000 lbs. As the only female weight-lifting focused studio in Manhattan owned by women, our mission is to challenge the status quo of women’s fitness in NYC by empowering them to reach their fitness goals through our integrated weight training, HIIT and sensible nutrition programming and NOT endless amounts of cardio and calorie counting. Our purpose is to create a supportive environment where women can come to train and receive answers to their fitness/nutrition questions at all times, no matter what stage of fitness they are in… and get “unstuck”. We aim to be the ultimate guide because we understand the frustration of not seeing results and feeling lost in the fitness journey.
My favorite Works client story is one of a woman named Katie who came to us very shy and lacking of self-confidence. She had been playing around with weights, but still not where she wanted to be. Not only did we transform her body, we transformed her sense of self. She went on to become a decorated bikini competitor and with a renewed confidence that she had never felt before, also a partner in the business.
Believe in yourselves and know that you CAN make 2018 yours. Stay focused on your goals, seek answers and success will follow. Imagine how it will feel to conquer your pursuits and hold onto that feeling. It will come!
Here’s to an AMAZING 2018!
HAPPY NEW YEAR from all of us at The Works NYC and Team Works Figure and Bikini!