Growing up I was a pretty athletic person, but I was still on the heavier side. I've been an athlete most of my life and slowly tapered off when I got into high school. I'm a tomboy through and through, so t-shirts and jeans were always my go to. When those clothes would get to small, I'd just buy bigger. I stayed at a steady 180 throughout high school then started slowly gaining after I graduated. In my late 20's I met my husband and gained weight at an alarming rate. I got comfortable and he loved me for me, no matter what size I was, but I didn't love myself. I've never been a very confident person and I let myself get up to a whopping 220lbs. I was disgusted and constantly felt defeated. I'd look in the mirror and tell myself, "tomorrow you're going to the gym and you're going to eat healthier." Tomorrow would come and I wouldn't do it.
September 2016 we went to my in-laws for Labor Day. I ate and ate until I couldn't eat anymore, but before we went I came across Be Strong. I read the success stories , I read about the coaches, and I wanted to do it. I sent a message via the website and Drew reached out to me. I remember being shocked at how quickly I received a response.
Drew and I set up a day for me to come in and do the fit test and when that day came, I sat in my car outside of the gym and had massive anxiety for 20 minutes. I thought, "What am I doing here? I can't do this." I told my husband how nervous I was and he told me to just do it. I walked through that door and I've been hooked ever since.
I've had a lot of success with this program. Never in a millions year did I think I'd look this different in a matter of 6 months. I'm stronger, I'm leaner, and the best thing of all...I'm confident. I found myself. There's something about gripping a barbell with 265lbs on it that just makes you feel like such a beast. The coaches are amazing. The members are amazing. I didn't expect to make as many friends as I have and they're all amazing people. Drew and the rest of the Be Strong coaches know their facts. They teach you so many things. You learn something new every day.
My husband is now a member at Be Strong and we go to class together. He's my motivation to push harder. I love the competition. I love the thrill. I love the Barbell.....I love Be Strong.