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What is fitness, exercise, even healthy living for most women?
• Just a way to stay in shape?
• A way to make it appear you have your life together?
• Something that’s a chore and not particularly fun?
• Something to get done so you can be “healthy”?
• A way to manage stress, anxiety, and that overwhelmed feeling?
John Muir said exploring nature is a way to wash the spirit clean.
That’s what Lifting Revolution is about. It’s a revolution on the traditional view of fitness from a overly difficult… often boring… rigid prescription your supposed to do to burn a little fat or get in shape… Back to a deep connection with the person you truly are.
As a regular reader, not only will you get to peer deep into my adventure based lifestyle, you’re going to learn a lot too:
If you’re ready to start a personal revolution to unlock a more passionate and adventurous life, welcome to Lifting Revolution.
I was born, raised and live in Charleston, South Carolina. I am a southern girl which explains my subtle accent, why I can’t say words like, ‘especially’ and ‘cement’ and why I say “y’all” and “ma’am”.
I’m not embarrassed, I think it’s cute and endearing.
Growing up, I was athletic, doing sports like gymnastics and cheerleading…
Until I herniated two discs in my back at age 15. For years this was the source of chronic pain. However, I’m thrilled to say, except for the occasional tightness, it no longer bothers me and it’s because of my fitness today.
I attended Winthrop University (go Eagles!) to pursue my childhood dream of being a doctor. They have an amazing biology and pre-med program where I wanted to study women’s health.
During freshman year, I achieved over 32 pounds thanks to beer, late night Ben & Jerry runs, and cafeteria fare.
However, I never noticed my weight until I went home one weekend for a short break.
As soon as I pulled into the driveway and my dad saw me, his face showed disgust and surprise. The first thing he said was, “Kindal, you’re not supposed to be THIS big.”
Remember, I’m obsessively competitive…
Even today I occasionally fall pray to exercising too much. When you’re motivated… inspired… and willing to change your body and life, the idea that the more you exercise the faster results will happen makes perfect sense.
I was motivated to run, so that’s exactly what I did. If I ate 500 calories, I would make sure to run enough to burn 1000.
I would run to the gym…
I would run on the treadmill for an hour…
I would run back home…
I would do this two times a day!
And it didn’t stop there.
I didn’t follow a fad diet, I just made sure I never ate over 500 calories in a day. Back then there was no MyFitnessPal, so I tracked everything in a little book I carried in my purse or book bag. Always making sure to keep in my “allowed limits”.
My 5’5 frame weighed just a smidgen over 100 pounds. Did I get that perfect skinny toned body you see in the magazines?
Not even close. I was skinny fat… my stomach was mushy and soft… from the waist down I was covered in cellulite… my butt was a deflated, saggy fold of skin… I was frail, irritable, depressed, and lonely.
But I had no idea what I was doing wrong struggling for about a year until I was challenged to try resistance training.
Dan, my now husband, challenged me. I was against lifting weights because I was under the common delusion that I would get big and bulky if I lifted weights.
But, I gave in. After all, as Dan put it… nothing else was working, why not at least give it a shot?
My body didn’t change overnight, but I did begin to fall in love with strength training. It felt amazing and I started to slowly incorporate it more into my workouts. Don’t get me wrong, I still ran all the time… but getting strong helped a lot.
I was flattered and because my relationship with my body was healthier, I decided to go for it.
It was both amazing and horrible at the same time. However, I learned so much about myself and my true passions while training. I started to really read about training methods, how the body reacts to training, and found a passion for learning about fitness.
I also experience how tough a nutrient restrictive diet can be (with crazy supplements) and suffered from hair loss, no period, and it took about 2 years to have a healthy relationship with carbs again.
But it was during this time that I realized med school wasn’t for me. Fitness was and I became a certified trainer.
Having such a positive and direct impact on women was incredible.
I wanted to help women learn what took me years of trial and error to learn:
I’m blessed to have a husband, Dan, who is also passionate about healthy living. He’s not only my partner in life, but in business. Together we created a local boot camp business in Charleston with over 8 locations! We also have a 5,000 square foot studio which is our central location.
And of course I have Lifting Revolution and our online training studio, Fit Women’s Weekly.
What I love most of all is that over these past 8 years, my own views of fitness have continued to change and evolve.
I’ve come to realize the point of being fit isn’t just to be skinny, it’s to live life.
More than ever before, I’m using my fitness to live an adventure based life. For me that means doing races… going hiking… having adventure filled vacations… trying new things like climbing.