Name: Heather Osio
Location: San Diego, CA
How did you discover out about Girls Gone Strong?
A number of years in the past, a few of my on-line pals began speaking about lifting weights. I used to be curious to see what the large deal was, so I began looking for information on power coaching for women, which led me to Girls Gone Strong.
What does being a Girl Gone Strong imply to you?
It means displaying up for myself in each state of affairs and never apologizing for the area I take up on this world. It took me some time to get right here, however I really feel like I’m lastly rising into myself as each physique and thoughts get stronger. And that’s so empowering!
What do you do?
I used to be a journalist for a few years, and now I’m a technical author. You know these instruction manuals you don’t need to (however typically have to) learn? I write these.
What else do you do?
To get the blood shifting, I raise weights, play with kettlebells, hike, or stroll on the seashore. In my downtime, I watch films, learn, and most lately, I’ve been studying to crochet. I wanted a artistic outlet, and hopefully I’ll get a shawl out of it.
How did you get launched to power coaching, and the way lengthy have you ever been coaching?
I really feel like I’ve been a newbie for years. I analysis every part to demise earlier than diving in, so I actually began by simply studying quite a bit. In 2013, I searched for information on power coaching for women, which led me to Nia Shanks’ and Neghar Fonooni’s fantastic troves of exercises and blogs. From there, I learn Starting Strength by Mark Rippetoe, cobbled collectively a house health club from Craigslist, and began lifting.
The subsequent yr, I fell in love with kettlebells whereas doing Lean & Lovely from Neghar, and I began getting critical about lifting heavier and dialing in type whereas doing the Unapologetically Strong teaching program after which Strongest You Coaching. At this level, I really feel like I’ve a strong basis of power and have began specializing in with the ability to add extra weight to the bar.
Lifting weights has had a much bigger impression on me than anything I’ve completed. There’s one thing so empowering about reaching down for the bar or placing all of that iron in your again and figuring out that in the event you carry it or squat it, that’s all you. I’m nonetheless engaged on turning into a lady who’s snug in her personal pores and skin, and lifting has been the perfect factor to assist me develop extra assured in that space.
Nothing makes me really feel extra female than enjoying with iron.
Deadlift! No, squats! Wait… do I’ve to decide on? Both make me really feel highly effective and grounded, and I chase that feeling in each exercise.
Top three issues you have to have with you on the fitness center or in your fitness center bag:
Training pocket book, telephone, hair ties
Do you favor to coach alone or with others? Why?
I work out at house or with a coach, so I’ve by no means actually lifted with anybody else. I like with the ability to give attention to the bar and my physique – that’s it. If I’m doing lively issues outside, I do wish to be with different individuals.
Best praise you’ve acquired:
A good friend referred to as me robust once I was working by way of an emotional state of affairs. I don’t typically see myself this manner, however I’m engaged on it.
Most current praise you gave another person:
“You should just never wear pants! Like, ever.” The compliments I give are sometimes unusual however all the time real.
Favorite approach to deal with your self:
Uninterrupted time to learn a ebook or a stroll on the seashore
“Great people do things before they’re ready. They do things before they know they can do it. Doing what you’re afraid of, getting out of your comfort zone, taking risks like that – that’s what life is. You might be really good. You might find out something about yourself that’s really special and if you’re not good, who cares? You tried something. Now you know something about yourself.” – Amy Poehler
I really like this quote as a result of it houses in on the concept
…progress comes from being uncomfortable and also you’ll be OK should you simply lean into the resistance.
Three phrases that greatest describe you:
Curious, robust, resilient
What evokes and motivates you?
I really like seeing women taking over area and being unapologetic about it. I can’t get sufficient of lifting movies on Instagram, whether or not it’s a powerlifter shifting tons of of kilos or somebody placing the large-woman plates on for the primary time. It has nothing to do with what they seem like and every little thing to do with how they strategy the bar to do the work.
Describe a typical day in your life:
I get up at four:40 a.m. to meditate and prepare for work with out dashing an excessive amount of. I work from 6:15 a.m. to three:45 p.m., and I sit at a desk for a lot of the day. During the day, I attempt to rise up each hour and stroll round, and I take a noon stroll outdoors with a good friend day by day. After work, I both work out at house or with my coach. I eat dinner round 6:30 p.m., watch a bit TV with my husband or learn for a bit, then attempt to get to mattress earlier than 9 p.m.
When did you be a part of Strongest You Coaching, and why did you determine to hitch? What helped you make the choice to hitch?
Before I joined Strongest You Coaching, I used to be stressing myself out making an attempt to lose fats and achieve muscle by making an attempt each program I might get my arms on however not likely having a transparent course. I used to be able to let go of a give attention to weight reduction however had no concept the place to go subsequent. The teaching program was interesting as a result of it factored in vitamin teaching in addition to power and mindset work. I knew I wanted assist in all of these areas, so I took an opportunity on it.
What has been your largest problem within the Strongest You Coaching program?
My largest problem was trusting the method and myself by way of the harder elements. For instance, one of many vitamin habits was consuming single-ingredient carbs 80 % of the time. I used to be on this one behavior for eight weeks! I resisted this so onerous, and it wasn’t till I leaned into it and handled the behavior as an experiment that I used to be capable of do it. This method of consuming comes naturally to me now.
What has been your largest success within the Strongest You Coaching program?
Honestly, simply ending this system and figuring out that I received out of it what I put into it was big for me. In the previous, I’ve purchased packages and when life distracted me, I deserted them and moved on to the subsequent one. With this program, I nonetheless received distracted or astray a couple of occasions, however I all the time got here again and picked up the place I wanted to be. I really feel like I truly “did” this one and I’m taking with me all that I discovered.
What is the behavior you’re presently engaged on most?
Drinking sufficient water! I used to be guzzling like a champ for some time, however I’ve fallen behind on this behavior these days. So I’m making an attempt to take a look at what has modified and I’m using little reminders to assist me drink up.
What do you want greatest concerning the Strongest You Coaching group?
The SYC group was a beneficial a part of the method. Even although everybody in my group was at totally different factors of their journeys and had totally different objectives, we might all confidently share what we have been coping with on the time and obtain help or cheers or recommendation or no matter we would have liked within the second. Everyone was prepared to be weak and trustworthy, and that goes a great distance in establishing an lively and supportive group.
What “BIG” aim did you need to obtain by the top of Strongest You Coaching?
My objective was to get stronger and hit some milestones with the barbell. I assumed that by setting particular quantity objectives that it might assist my power general, however my coach, Jen Comas, confirmed me what I actually wanted to develop stronger: constructing a strong basis. We labored on type and slowing down every train to ensure I used to be hitting the muscular tissues I wanted to with every rep. By the top of SYC, I hadn’t hit the precise numbers I had needed to at first, however I used to be simply shy of these objectives. My basis and type have been a lot stronger than they would have been if I had simply targeted on hitting milestones. Jen’s steerage and suggestions helped me turn into a stronger and smarter lifter general.
How has Strongest You Coaching modified your life?
Working on the vitamin habits was not enjoyable through the course of! But now they’re simply part of my every day life. I nonetheless have day by day reminders set on my telephone and typically one or two will slip for a couple of days, however I don’t need to work so exhausting at them as a result of they’ve really turns into habits now. Anything that feels extra automated and ingrained simply helps my day goes extra easily.
What would you inform a lady who’s nervous about becoming a member of Strongest You Coaching?
There’s a spot for you right here. Age, physique sort, health degree, vitamin habits, obligations – there’s a spot for you and it’ll work together with your life. SYC is an enormous funding in time, cash and energy, however you what you get out of is is one thing extremely priceless.
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