From West Coast Girl to Southern Powerlifter
I was born and raised in Chehalis, Washington and lived on the West Coast until 2005. I moved to North Carolina with my ex-husband and did my best to acclimate to the South and its quirks.
I’ve always been a fitness girl. I grew up sweating to Jane Fonda, Cindy Crawford and any fitness magazine workout I could find. I dabbled in fitness competitions as a Senior in High School and fell in love with lifting weights.
After moving to the South and I began exploring other fitness sports. I focused on bodybuilding style workouts for a while and then hired a national level powerlifting coach to help me reach my strength potential.
It was a liberating and empowering feeling to be able to move dead weight with ease. I competed in several powerlifting, strongman and CrossFit competitions and along the way have met some amazing people. I also stepped on stage in several physique shows which meant I had to pose in front of an audience wearing a tiny bikini. I liked the challenge to push myself to the limits. I gained a real sense of appreciation for how amazing the body can be.
Over the next several years I worked at a natural food store, studied to become a personal trainer, and went through a divorce. Life can throw curve balls but I took it as it came. I can honestly say that weight lifting has been a saving grace in my sanity. It gave me the power to get my Master’s degree in Exercise Science and Health Promotion and also blessed me with a network of people to help me grow.
I also met the love of my life who also shares the fitness lifestyle with me. We spend time with his daughters, playing with our two shih tzu’s and of course cooking.
I hope to coach and empower you to reach your full potential but to do it in a way that is attainable and brings health and joy to your life.
In health, Kim