Getting into the gym, you have to have a goal. I didn’t necessarily want to loose weight and I hated cardio. At the time, it was my view that they were the only reasons people went to the gym. When Chris suggested that I start weight lifting I think I pretty much laughed in his face! First of all, I was a total weakling and that sounded like a sure fire way of setting myself up for a huge embarrassment! Second of all, weights were for boys. I didnt want to lift weights like men nor get muscles them. To which Chris laughed in my face for saying and rightly so because this is what just had in mind:
Now dont get me wrong, I am not saying anything negative about the woman above, it’s just not for me. In fact, credit where credit is due – hats off to her for the hard work she has put in to achieve that.
Precisely why Chris was laughing in my face for thinking I would look like that – the hard work that goes into achieving such muscle gain is next level.
Anyway, to give me a more realistic insight, Chris introduced me to Nikki Blacketter:
I began watching her youtube videos and began to not only understand but develop a hunger. I couldn’t wait to get going, my goals were finally starting to make sense and I now had some direction.
From following Nikki I then found some of my other inspirations:
Lydia was also my inspiration to start blogging. She has a fantastic blog which covers fitness, Lifestyle & fashion.
Cath also has a youtube channel which is heavily focused on her gym sessions. They give a different insight to some of the other ladies as her goal isn’t always you lift the heaviest weight she can.
Above is Amanda Bucci & Heidi Somers. Both of their channels have a heavy gym focus but they are also very informative – like a personal trainer lite.
Amanda also wrote a book, which I love. It’s called “The everything guide to macro tracking”.
And this is Jessica Aravalo, the only woman to have walked the Olympia stage 4 times! She is killin’ it.
What I love about these girls is that they are all helping to break the stereo type of the gym being a place reserved just for men – especially the weights section. They all have goals and work every day to achieving them. Most importantly of all though, they all support one another. Whether directly or indirectly. You will never see one of these girls tearing someone down. Quite the opposite actually, they help to build people up.
They certainly helped get me into a gym and find my passion and I’ve never met any of them!
I respect and admire these women. Everything these women stand for is exactly what Contour Allure is about.
They inspired me and I created Contour Allure to inspire and empower you.
In the words of another powerful female: Who run this mother*?! GIRLS!