I had always been athletic and into sports all my life (typical tomboy) including playing 4 years of college ice hockey. After college my activity level dropped way off and I gained weight. After my first baby I met with a trainer who had helped one of my clients lose a lot of weight. That was Sandy Joyce who has written articles for T-Nation, f-heit and mwa/fa. She gave me some “Grow” protein powder and at some point I googled it and found the site.
I started getting into decent shape and then got pregnant with baby #2, which put an end to everything for over a year (very sick). Finally once he started sleeping thru the night I was able to get back to the gym. I made slow and steady fat loss progress with Sandy’s help and everything I learned here. I stuck with the basic compound lifts and was one of the few women in the free weight area of the gym.
Eventually I got sick of dragging the 2 kids to the gym and built my own in the basement with a squat rack and different things I found on craigslist and ebay. I had a tummy tuck and breast lift 2 years ago to repair the damage from my pregnancies (serious ab separation, hernia, ptosis). I started playing hockey again a few years ago after many years of not playing. I LOVE playing again and love beating the younger college girls to the puck.
I have thought about trying my hand at a bb contest, but don’t seem to have the dedication needed to diet that hard and am not sure the idea of having my body judged in a bikini in front of a crowd is exactly for me. Powerlifting and strongman were always interesting, but intimidating.
Back in 2002 I watched my first strongman contest and was intrigued, but felt it was out of my league. Two months ago I watched another and decided to give it a try. The training is fun and motivating, I like the athleticism and speed required, too. I researched the events for the contest I wanted to do and started training for them. I got 2 tires to flip in my driveway from a contractor I know. I made a sled and dragged it up my driveway. I had a few training sessions with a strongman who helped me quite a bit and then had one at the gym hosting the contest so I could try out the events and make sure I wasn’t going to make a fool of myself.
I also got a good book “Personal Best” by Julie Halvelka ( http://www.juliehavelka.com/bookpage1.html ) that has been very helpful. And I joined another site that has a lot of strongman/woman competitors who have been helpful.
Along the way I also trained for 3 months with Charles Staley which was a great experience. I also had a few olympic lifting sessions with a great coach, which was also great. I would love to see him regularly, but it’s just too hard with my schedule and the kids and all that.
Hmmm, this is kind of long and rambling - sorry!