Hi Lara and other team members,
I started lifting weights in the early to mid 1980's at the invite of a friend who belonged to a gym in the small town we grew up in. Definitely not as many gyms as there are now.
Mostly my love of lifting began because I was doing highway construction work during the day as a full-time job, one of the few women there too. I have always been a broad shoulder, sturdy built person, and my genes gave me large breasts to go with the build. Not always a good thing, not always a bad thing either.
When I started lifting it felt like a perfect fit for my body type and I loved watching my muscles pop when working out. I had a trainer for awhile, back then, who was training me as a power lifter, since I'm not petite in anyway.
Bev Francis was one of my inspirations, and I still love the boundaries she broke through back then.
I also worked out with others that competed (I never did, nor did I ever achieve the muscularity it would require). I also worked on the highway with a competitive bodybuilder and it was something we talked about often. He actually still competes and he's around my age (55 yrs).
The reason I quit lifting back then was it was hard for me to deal with the looks and comments from the guys when I would move through my workout and my muscles would be pumped. Having been inappropriately touched as a child, in high school - I just didn't have the inner strength to say something to them
Later in the mid-late 1990's I tried again at the local Y. Would often workout before work and after work. Went well until a guy came up and admired my necklace by touching my chest to look at it more closely. Again - didn't have the inner strength to tell him to not do it. So I quit again.
This time, I work out at the campus rec center at the university I work at. Talked with someone there I know, frankly about my past experiences and was relieved to know many were very inappropriate on the other's part. Then I signed up for a personal training program, and they matched me up with a young man (19) who is very into lifting and plans to compete later as he matures. We encourage each other - he through my workout plans and me encouraging him to find a mentor/trainer to push and teach him so he can develop the mass and size he's looking for.
I've been fairly honest with him about some of my past experiences. In fact, the other day we did a lifting sequence similar to one long ago and it brought back anxiety for me. So I told him about it and we worked/talked through it.
I love lifting! I love my body when I lift! Its not important to me what others think of my lifting or my making it a lifestyle. I love talking with my muscles, making sure they have the rest and nutrition they need to do what I ask of them.
| current weight: 245.0