MY JOURNEY INTO WEIGHTLIFTING
I was 15 years old when I started on my weight-loss journey. I had put on weight due to unhealthy eating and not exercising regularly. I decided to change my diet and start exercising and I lost 13kg. At first, I was very happy with my weight loss but after a while I noticed that after I lost the weight I was ‘skinny fat’. Skinny fat is a term to describe when someone is skinny but has no muscle mass. When I realised this, I decided to start weightlifting and I haven’t looked back.
In the beginning I dabbled into lifting weights by starting with LesMills Pump classes. I also enrolled in and completed my Diploma of Fitness. This taught me a lot about the importance of weightlifting not just for body composition but for bone health and mental health. From there I immersed myself in Crossfit for a few years. Crossfit was great because it showed me just how far I could push myself. It not only increased my physical strength but also my mental strength. Unfortunately, it did cause me some injuries, so I had to stop. However, my love of lifting lived on so I had to find another sport. This is when I found powerlifting!
Powerlifting is the sport of the squat, bench, and deadlift. I went on to compete at a national and international level, winning a few titles and at one stage holding 10 world records. If you looked at me though, you couldn’t tell I was that strong. I never became ‘bulky’ - even though I was less than 50kg in body weight and was squatting over 100kg! That is the beauty of lifting weights - you become strong, lean, and fit. Men can get big and bulky, but women don’t have the right hormones for that so we become hot mamas! Lifting weights isn’t just great for looking good (trust me, my butt and legs have never looked so good - I used to have a pancake butt!). It’s also great for self-efficacy - which means how well you think you can do something. Now that I’ve been lifting weights for years and smashing goals, I feel like I can do anything I set my mind to.
As we age, we lose muscle mass at a faster rate, and with less muscle we have a slower metabolism. This means we have to eat less to maintain the same weight. Because of this, it’s imperative that we lift weights and continue to try and gain as much muscle as we can. Taking in the right amount of protein, vitamins, and minerals is also important when building muscle.
That is why, after completing my Bachelor’s degree at the University of Wollongong and spending 10 years in the weight loss and fitness industry, I developed the SLIM MAMA SHAKE. This smooth and delicious, light and filling shake includes whey protein (easily digestible protein) and collagen protein (for joints, hair, skin, and nails) to ensure you recover from training and build lean muscle. The SLIM MAMA SHAKE is great as a meal replacement for weight loss, as a meal replacement when you don’t feel like cooking or don't know what to eat, or as a pre-workout meal. If used with water you can have it as a post-workout shake to aid in post-exercise recovery.
After going through this journey I haven’t looked back. My goal in life is to help all women be the best version of themselves. Kristy x