Being a stronger-healthier me was not always a goal of mine. It was usually, “I need to get skinnier.” “Why are my thighs so big?” “I should eat less.” Blah blah blah. I was so focused on my body image that it became a constant battle between being too fat or too skinny. I never felt “right” in my own body.
In 2011, I met my husband, Bernie, who showed me the world of CrossFit. Through CrossFit, I fell in love with Olympic Weightlifting and wanting to be better in this field. Late in 2014, my goal was to snatch 125# and clean & jerk 155# by the end of 2015. Didn’t happen. I was at 110/140#. With CrossFit, I saw that my snatch and C&J would go up, but not at a rate where I would meet my goals. By late 2016, my lifts were at 115/145#.
October 2016, my husband and I moved to West LA and joined Paradiso CrossFit. I was ecstatic to hear that they also had a location that only focused on weightlifting: Venice Barbell Club (VBC). I was nervous at first because I assumed everyone there was going to be super strong, super big, *grunt grunt grunt*, and slamming weights. But it wasn’t. The environment at VBC helped me feel at ease when lifting and comfortable with asking for guidance. The coaches gave me advice on my stance and positions at different parts of my lifts, or told me what I did wrong when I failed my lifts. I started coming to VBC consistently with the intention of focusing more on my form instead of how many reps I can do. By the end of November, even after all the Thanksgiving eating, I was able to PR my snatch by 5#, something that usually took me half a year to accomplish. Then a week later, after 5 failed attempts, I was finally able to hit my 125# snatch! Technically, 125.4# since it was 57kg! 🙂
VBC isn’t just about throwing weights over your head though. I don’t know when it happened, but weightlifting helped shift my focus from what my body looks like to what my body can do. I started to train my body to become stronger and healthier, which only helped my confidence because… honestly, you can’t be down on yourself when you are able to snatch 57kg! As the saying goes, “Thighs as big as my dreams!”