Name: Katie Hedrick
Why I Got Started
I decided to change my body because I wanted a change and finally realized that going to the gym can actually give you more curves and a better body shape! I feel so much more healthy and confident now.
Before I started training I felt like I just looked skinny and lanky, but I didn't know how to change that while remaining in good shape. Once I realized that weight training could give me the body I wanted I was really motivated to hit the gym. Now I am still "skinny" but I have curves and am way healthier!
How I Did It
My boyfriend's family got me started because they thought I would do well in bikini competitions. They had previously done competitions and were willing to train me and give me the knowledge I needed to compete and get healthy.
My boyfriend's sister asked me what I thought about it and showed me pictures of other bikini gals and it sparked my interest once I saw what I could look like. I was hesitant at first because of the dieting. It was hard to eat well, but I got into it after a month or two.
I used to eat hot dogs and fast food everyday and never thought I was capable of "dieting." I thought it over for a couple weeks and decided to take the plunge. I have been hooked ever since and love seeing the differences in my body and my confidence.
I was 116 pounds and I am now 132 pounds. I have lost fat and gained a ton of muscle. I didn't realize how skinny I was at the time and how working out could give you curves. I love it.
I started training about 6-or-7 months ago doing weight lifting and cardio. I have been pretty consistent with my training with only little "breaks" with the dieting between competitions.
I have been hitting the gym the whole time, though. I work out every part of my body, working on individual muscle groups each day. I constantly find new exercises and healthy recipes to continue to reach my "dream" body.
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I Have Been Hooked Ever Since And Love Seeing The Differences
In My Body And My Confidence.
|TERMS YOU'LL NEED TO KNOW|
- 30 minutes of Cardio on Stair Stepper and Bike with Speed Intervals
- Triceps Pushdowns: 4 sets of 8-15 reps
- Skull Crushers: 4 sets of 10-15 reps
- Seated Shrugs: 4 sets of 10-15 reps
- Barbell Shrug Behind the Back: 4 sets of 10-15 reps
- Leg Lift: 4 sets of 15 reps
- Crunches: 4 sets to failure
- Hyperextension: 4 sets of 10-21 reps
- 20-30 minutes of Cardio on Stair Stepper
Thursday: Back/Hip Adductors/Abductors/Abs
- Lat Pulldowns: 4 sets of 10-15 reps
- Cable Rows: 4 sets of 10-15 reps
- Assisted Pullups: 4 sets of 8-12 reps
- Hip Adductors/Abductors: 4 sets of 12 reps
- Crunches: 4 sets to failure
- 20-30 minutes of Cardioon the Stair Stepper
- Leg Press: 4 sets of 12 reps
- Lunges: 4 sets of 20 reps
- Squats: 4 sets of 10 reps
- Seated Calf Raise: 3 sets of 10-15 reps
- Standing Calf Raise: 3 sets of 10-15 reps
- Leg Curls: 4 sets of 10-15 reps
- 15 minutes of Cardio on Stair Stepper
Suggestions For Others
My biggest suggestion for others that want to better their bodies is confidence. Confidence is key for anything you can do. But for training, you need that confidence to keep you going and feel good about yourself. It will keep you going to the gym and feeling positive about the changes you are making to your body.
Another suggestion I have is to take monthly pictures of yourself so you can see your improvements. That has helped me to stay motivated and to keep dieting and working out.
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