I absolutely hated anything that had to do with any sort of physical exercise when I was younger. I did not play sports at all throughout grade school, and while everyone else played soccer during recess or on the monkey bars, I sat on the bench with my friends who hated gym as much as I did. I was that girl who took yoga and tai chi for my high school PE credit... in summer school. If I didn't need PE to graduate high school, I wouldn't have taken it at all!
On top of that, I struggled a lot with an eating disorder all throughout high school and college because, although there was no perceived value on being strong, there was a lot of value put on being thin. I think this was especially hard on me with the stigma that all Asian women are naturally petite. This is so not true. Asian women definitely come in all sizes, too! In my teens, I was considered to be chubby compared to my many stick-thin Korean girlfriends.I started working out when I was in college to lose weight and be thin. I started running (ok, jogging - who am I kidding?), thinking cardio was the way to lose weight, and stayed away from weight-lifting of any sort. I lost around 10-15 pounds my freshmen year in college, not because I was getting any healthier, but because I was living on Diet Coke and candy bars. About a year before I graduated college, I got some sense knocked into me by a friend who loved to work out and eat right. With her encouragement, I was running regularly and my diet had gotten better. I still stayed away from lifting weights thinking that would make me bulky. I even ran my first half marathon; my time was terrible but that didn't matter to me because I finished!
My husband and I joined Social Mechanics about two months after we moved to Lower Greenville in December of 2014. For the first time in my life, I lifted a barbell. I never ever thought I would be squatting, deadlifting, and pressing all of the presses! Whatever I believed about working out got flipped on its head. Working out wasn't just about losing weight but it was much more about being strong and healthy. Now, I can't imagine not lifting a barbell as part of my workout. I've been at Social Mechanics for a little over a year now and I can't believe how far I've come. In the last year, I've developed muscles I never even knew existed, have so much more energy, feel stronger, and even ran a mile under 10 minutes for the first time ever. My body image is so much more positive and my relationship with food is so much healthier. I am so grateful for the coaches and the members. Everyone is always encouraging each other to get better and stronger. I love being a part of Social Mechanics.
FAVORITE WORKOUT MOVEMENT:
I secretly really love burpees.
WORDS TO LIVE BY:
“The great thing about getting older is that you don't lose all the other ages you've been.” ― Madeleine L'Engle
-Deadlift my body weight.
-1 or more strict pull ups without bands.
-10 REAL push ups without resting.
FAVORITE CHEAT MEAL:
I'm a simple girl at heart! I love a cheesy slice of New York style pizza (the kind you have to fold in half to take a bite), a glass of Revolver Blood & Honey beer, and anything caramel and/or dark chocolate for dessert.