| Name: Allie Kim
Weight: 118 lbs
Tell us a little about yourself. What is your position at Bodybuilding.com? How long have you worked here?
I haven't always been as active as I am now. In high school I was a cheerleader and after I graduated I stopped working out. The pressures of college and living on my own stressed me out. During college I got a job as a sports bar manager. This is when I started to really put on weight.
I would work 12-hour days eating 2-3 of the unhealthiest meals you've ever seen, including nachos, burgers and wings. After a year of doing this I was 50 pounds overweight and unhappy, both with what my life had become and myself.
I decided it was time for a change. I quit the restaurant job, changed my eating habits and started exercising again. It was a really hard transition at first. My goal was to jog, without stopping around the block. Eventually running got easier and easier to the point where I was running 10 miles per day.
After this I needed a new challenge and decided that I would find it in San Francisco. I loved it there and am so grateful for the things I learned. I started eating less and less processed foods and opted for the whole, organic foods instead. Now I don't even miss processed foods any more! I discovered a new love for being active. Rather than driving I would walk or bike everywhere. I attended as many fitness classes as I could, about seven per week. It was also at this time I discovered my passion for yoga.
My time in the big city came to an end and I moved back home to be closer to my family. Thankfully all my good practices came with me. When trying to find that "perfect" dream job I knew I wanted something in the health and fitness industry. Lucky for me I found Bodybuilding.com where I started as a Marketing Intern. Within two weeks I got promoted to full-time as the Marketing Coordinator where I've been for the last six months.
What was your workout/fitness/nutrition level before working at Bodybuilding.com?
I seem to go through peaks and valleys when it comes to working out. I was active in high school then dipped down to nothing. I quit my restaurant management job and my activity level went up. I moved cities and then it went down again. I haven't found anything to really keep me motivated. I am a product of my surroundings, meaning if the people around me worked out then I would. If they didn't then I would hit the snooze button on exercising.
I've had a few gym memberships but didn't really take full advantage of them. I would go and not know how to lift weights or what routines to do. I would get frustrated at my lack of knowledge and feel like I looked stupid so I would just stop going. And throw more money down the drain with another membership.
About a year into living in SF I started becoming more serious about staying active. I got a bike and started biking everywhere. I would attend all kinds of fitness classes with friends and co-workers. My boyfriend at the time (now my husband) and I would spend our weekends hiking all over northern California.
One of the best and most exhilarating hikes I have ever done was in Yosemite, the hike up Half Dome. This was a 22-mile hike complete with two miles of granite stairs followed by a steep ascent up the side of a rock with nothing holding you there but post-mounted braided steel cables on either side.
As I was climbing up the rock I thought for sure I was going to die. My arms and legs were shaking so bad and I found myself wondering what the heck possessed me to do this. As I took the last step, I took a deep breath in and was so overcome with a sense of pride and accomplishment that I have never felt before. I have carried this feeling with me ever since. There is no longer "I can't" like before, only "I can" and "I will!"
What does your workout routine consist of now?
Currently I'm following Jamie Eason's LiveFit Trainer.
- Monday: Back and 30 Minutes of Cardio (AM) Yoga (PM)
- Tuesday: Chest/Abs and 30 Minutes of Cardio
- Wednesday: Legs (AM) Yoga (PM)
- Thursday: Arms/Abs and 30 Minutes Cardio
- Friday: Shoulders and 30 Minutes Cardio
- Saturday: Rest
- Sunday: 45-90 Minute Bike Ride and/or Hiking
I'm following the Jamie Eason 12-Week Trainer. I'm on Week 5 Day 29. As above shows I follow days 29-33. Day 34 I rest instead of doing legs.
I also go to yoga 2x a week on Mondays and Wednesdays, and 1.5 hours of cardio such as bike riding or hiking on Sundays.
What does your diet consist of now?
Meal 1: Pre AM Workout
What supplements have helped you reach your goals?
If I'm missing a meal or need more protein I always keep a stick of Only Protein with me.
What is it like working at Bodybuilding.com? Does it create a helpful fitness environment?
Working at Bodybuilding.com has been absolutely wonderful! Working here has definitely helped me with my health and fitness goals. It's amazing to be around like-minded and fit people. I'm so glad I can eat brown rice and chicken for lunch and I don't get teased for it.
Working for Bodybuilding.com has made me want to do better in the gym. I love to sleep. My bed is one of the best places in the world, and yet somehow I find myself waking up at 5 a.m. to go to the gym. The old me would never have done this in a million years. But the new me loves it. I can feel myself getting stronger both physically and mentally.
When I get into work in the morning I'm asked about my workout and it's great to be around people who are so supportive.
How does the Bodybuilding.com environment influence your health, fitness and appearance goals?
It's hard not to get motivated when everyone else talks about their own goals. When you watch someone's body literally change before your eyes I get so excited for them and think if they can do it, I can do it!
The human body is capable of amazing things and I can do anything I set my mind to. Looking at some of the girls around here, like Jaki Covington, gives me something to aim for! When everyone knows of your goals it's that much harder to slack on them.
What are your co-workers like?
They are all crazy! I think that's why I get along with them so well. I mean how many people do you know who will run in the rain when it's colder than a popsicle and still ask for more because they find it refreshing? Or get up at 5 a.m. to exercise then finish up their 9-hour workday with a spin class? Or show up to work with the biggest battle wounds from their workout, like bruises and rope burns?
I'm telling you these people are nuts! But they are the best kind and something I can relate to. This is why I love them all. At Bodybuilding.com we play hard and work hard.
Did someone from Bodybuilding.com inspire you to reach your goals?
Oh my gosh, where do I start? One of my biggest inspirations has been someone I knew since the early days of grade school. She has always been a small girl but I have never viewed her like that. To me she has always been muscular and can do anything. We had PE in high school together and I've always secretly looked up to her. She would run around the track faster than anyone else as I was bringing up the rear. She could also lift more than anyone else, putting boys to shame. This is why Kelly Conrad is truly an inspiration to me.
Jillian Farmer is another person who inspires me. I love how passionate she is with yoga and how she is working to be a certified instructor, something I hope to do soon.
Jennifer Hetherington is the Director of Marketing, wife, mother of two and she still finds time to get in a great workout. Katie Neely started the Jamie Eason LiveFit Trainer and is kicking butt at it. Her body is transforming right before my eyes. She is just incredible!
Kerri Kasper is one of the first people in the office every morning, she has two young boys and is a wife to someone always gone on business. Yet every night after she tucks her little ones in she finds some much needed "me" time, throws on her sneakers and goes for a run.
Have you inspired others with your new look and attitude?
I sure hope so! That would be the best thing ever if I have!
What is your favorite feature on the Bodybuilding.com website?
I love looking at the transformations of the week. It's absolutely incredible to see someone transform their body for the better. It takes such motivation, discipline and courage for these people to get out of their comfort zone, get off the couch and make a change.
This can be a very long and hard road but yet they shine through. Watching someone's transformation no matter how big or small is always so inspiring.
I also love the 12-Week Trainers. Without these I would be lost in the gym. It's great that a fitness expert put together a nutrition and workout program for the people who are a little unsure or want to try something new, like me.
How does Bodybuilding.com help to motivate/support you?
It's hard not to be motivated when you walk through the office doors! As soon as I get to work in the morning someone is always talking about their new workout, why they are sore, how they're doing on their transformation or when their next competition is. With all of this talk happening it's hard not to stay motivated.
As they are talking and excited you feed off of that momentum and you are excited about the things you are doing too. I've never worked anywhere else where people are genuinely excited and supportive of your athletic goals.
Does practicing the bodybuilding lifestyle improve the productivity of Bodybuilding.com? If so, how?
Yes! Yes, yes, yes! There is an unexplainable energy around here and it's contagious to everyone who enters the doors. There are so many projects everyone is working on and so many deadlines everyone has to meet and yet we all get it done most times better than anyone expected.
There is something to be said about a work place where everyone actually enjoys coming to work and always gives 110%.
What are your future goals? Do you think working for Bodybuilding.com will help you reach them?
One of my future goals is to become a certified yoga instructor. I have also always wanted to run a marathon. Running for me is hard. I just get bored of it too easily. But ever since I lived in San Francisco I have wanted to run the Nike Women's Marathon.
Just last night my sister-in-law called to ask if I would run it with her next year. At first I didn't know what to say. I mean 26.2 miles through the hills of SF? Can you say crazy! But finishing and getting a Tiffany's necklace handed to you by the city's finest firefighters dressed in tuxes, how you can say no?
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