Today’s spotlight beams brightly upon PumpUp member Krystina P., who cultivated her love for lifting with the help of PumpUp. As a newcomer to the world of weights, Krystina was galvanized to join the PumpUp community in order to learn proper form and technique. “I was in need of something to show me how to do certain lifts because I had no previous experience,” explains Krystina. “I have accomplished so much using the PumpUp fitness app. Really! I started off not knowing how to do any kind of weight lifting exercise and now I find myself doing exercises that some would call advanced!” Intrigued by how this PumpUp member did it? Read on to learn about how Krystina ‘lifted’ her way to achieving her fitness goals!
Already a fairly active runner prior to joining PumpUp, Krystina felt that learning how to lift would add an extra dimension of satisfaction to her workouts. “I didn’t know how or where to start,” Krystina expressed. “PumpUp’s pictures and descriptions taught me from the get go and really showed me which lifts work [which specific parts] of your body.”
Weightlifting fuels the fire in her workouts, as Krystina admits with a grin that, “As far as exercise [goes], I like to lift weights. No—I love to lift weights. I section off my days to work various parts of my body and rotate through them. I also do some cardio but I admit I have been slacking a bit on it!”
She has impressively integrated at least 5 visits to the gym per week into her busy summer work schedule. “These days I’ve been working between 30 and 40 hours a week before school starts up, so it’s been quite the challenge to make it to the gym!” admits Krystina. “[It’s] challenging when I’m working outside in the heat on top of the gym. I manage to get it done though! I didn’t think [that it] could be but I’ve learned it IS possible!”
Krystina was able to transform her weight lifting ambitions into reality with few inhibitions, particularly when she started out as a beginner. “I love that PumpUp shows you how to do the workouts as well as give descriptions as to what you’re working (as far as muscle) and what level it is,” elaborated Krystina. “This helped me out quite a bit when I first started learning how to lift weights. It helped win my gym confidence too! Now I can walk into any gym and know exactly what I need to do or what variations I can do.”
Her streak of confidence is as unwavering as her resolve to reach peak fitness and form, as she hopes to take her healthy active lifestyle to the next level through competitions . “For now I’m going to keep learning as much as I can but in the long run I would really like to train for a bikini competition!” says Krystina. “I’ve been interested in them for almost a year now but with my last year of college it could be tricky so we shall see!
Key to Krystina’s success is a mindset that does not overwhelmingly compare her personal progress with that of others. “Not everyone is in the same stage of their journey,” Krystina emphasizes. “Be proud of who YOU are and the changes you see in YOUR body! And remember that for everything there is a first time and whether you’re on day 1 or day 100, you’re doing it and that’s all that matters!”
It may be a tad cliche but my biggest inspiration is my boyfriend Ryan :) He has known me from the start of my journey and has been nothing but encouraging and supportive. He’s a baseball player and has been training for years so I know I can always go to him for help with lifting. It’s super contagious and now we’ve even starting lifting together!! For the past three months we have been able to workout together at least once a week. He pushes me and forces me to recognize that I’m stronger than I think.
“If you want to succeed as bad as you want to breathe, then you’ll be successful”
ET (or Eric Thomas) is the best motivational speaker. He really engages you and strikes a chord in you to get moving and get motivated. I would recommend him to anyone looking to find some motivation or inspiration or for simple entertainment! Go check him out!
Routine routine on PumpUp
My favorite workout is anything involving legs! The lower body pump is especially great because it has a lot of squat variations and dead lift variations.
Softie for sports
I’m a born and raised Dodgers fan and Royals fan, Sporting KC fan, KC Chiefs fan, and KU Jayhawks fan. I absolutely love them all! I kick butt in my fantasy football leagues and so far I’m first in one of my fantasy baseball leagues!
Want to keep tabs on Krystina as she achieves her health and fitness goals? Follow her on PumpUp @krysfit and on Instagram @krystina.fit!
Hello everyone, my name is Liz Taylor. I write a blog called “Fitness Blondie”. Today I am thrilled to be able to guest post for PumpUp. I thought an appropriate post would be to acknowledge the different sizes and shapes of health and fitness.
Today’s spotlight shines upon PumpUp member Leah, who shares how one simple New Year’s resolution motivated her to achieve her fitness goals with the help of the PumpUp community. She began to use PumpUp to lose weight, to gain confidence, and to inspire others who see her posts. Leah is a PumpUp member to watch out for—she packs an extra punch with her signature pink boxing gloves! Keep on reading to learn about her fitness journey.
Leah joined the PumpUp family in January 2014 after learning about the app from Kate Sullivan, one of her fitness idols. Prior to PumpUp, regular rounds of volleyball kept her in shape until she decided to take up golf, a much less physical sport. “I found myself splurging more in my diet and only exercising once a week, if even,” admits Leah.
She incorporated PumpUp as part of a solution to her weight loss resolution, and now finds herself exercising almost three times a week and eating with more mindfulness over the portion size and content of her meals. “I unfortunately love food too much to ever successfully diet, [and] tried a no-carb diet that lasted about a week,” Leah says. “Rather than cutting out all the foots I know I shouldn’t be eating, I cut down my portions, especially of the very sugary stuff.”
Leah’s biggest inspiration comes from her mother and her good friend Nick. “They work so hard and look so incredible now. What’s more, they’re both always there to whip me back into shape when I start lacking,” gushes Leah. “[Though] I must say, Jen Selter’s butt is [also] quite the motivation!”
The PumpUp community is an additional source of inspiration for her. “It really is incredible to see so many people come together and support each other,” says Leah. “It’s a place I feel comfortable posting a picture with frizzy hair, no makeup or looking a little bigger than usual because I know that everyone on there wont chastise me for it. I love it and love all the people!”
Fave Food: “I absolutely LOVE fish. Just about any kind! A grilled grouper fillet with a little bit of butter and lemon is so simple yet so satisfying.”
Fun Fact: “I can mimic the noise a dolphin makes!”
Most Motivating Mantra: ” ‘I don’t sweat for pounds or inches or dress sizes. I sweat to make my outside match my inside.’ I find this quote so relevant to me because I am a pretty good person. I’m good in school, I do my best to be kind to everyone and I know what it feels like to be disregarded just because of how I look on the inside. People often wouldn’t take the time to get to know me just because they saw a bit too much fat on the outside.”
#1 Exercise: “My absolute favourite exercise is boxing! I joined my club, Title Boxing, in April after I realized I could no longer zipper my dream prom dress. With just 2 1/2 weeks before my prom, I lost about 5 pounds and ended up wining Princess at the dance. Ever since then I’ve become increasingly good at the sport and do it just about every day with my pretty pink gloves.”
More about Leah
Like rungs on a ladder, smaller, achievable goals are the secrets to Leah’s success. “Many people, including myself before, would only be proud [to] finally reach [an] excessive goal that would take a long period of time to complete,” Leah says. “Instead, be proud that you went for that run, that you chose the salad over the burger, or that you lost a pound. It’s the little things that count. And when you begin to appreciate those little things, you will become even more motivated to keep reaching those tiny goals until you do reach where you ultimately wish to be.”
Leah’s fitness journey is one that is pragmatic and results-driven. She says, “It certainly isn’t easy. You will feel like giving up sometimes, but when you start seeing improvements you begin to feel like it’s all worth it.”
Follow Leah on PumpUp @doogiebear to be inspired and to watch her achieve her fitness and health goals.