Meet Kalli Keisel Verbecky. 34, married, mother to three boys ages 7, 5, and 2. Marketing copy-writer and content creator, current PTA Secretary, newbie Olympic Weightlifter.
I’ve always been athletic and a regular gym goer. I found Olympic Weightlifting just a few months ago. Before then, I was always the only woman on the squat rack at my regular gym who wasn’t afraid of the heavy plates, but I had zero training experience and no one to tell me how I could improve. I set a goal to compete in a weightlifting meet at some point in the next year, left my old gym, found my new gym and got myself a coach. Best decision ever!
Trying something new is scary and uncomfortable, that doesn’t change even when you’re 34 and feel pretty solid in your status as an adult. I’m sore every single day in one way or another. My hands are torn up, I’ve got bruises everywhere, learning new technique can make you feel like a bumbling dork at times. It’s all super humbling to be taking up a new fitness path at this stage in the game. But truthfully, nothing has ever helped me take positive ownership of my body the way that lifting has. This sport honors my thick thighs and takes pride in my strength, how could I not love it? It’s absolutely frustrating too, but that moment when things click and you hit a big lift? Pure magic!
I’ve got so much going on in other parts of my life, a job, my family, my responsibilities seem endless at times. Being pulled in 10 different directions feels perfectly normal. That time alone spent working on my own goals helps me to be better everywhere else, managing all of those other needs and expectations becomes a lot more doable after that.
My body has taken me good places. It’s played in lots of volleyball and basketball games, run a few races, hiked some great trails and most importantly – made three fantastic humans. I never knew self-care would look like thousands of squats and a loaded barbell over my head, but it is what it is and I love it. I take care of my body, and it takes care of me right back.
Deciding to dive into a new sport was one of the best decisions I’ve ever made, however scary and foreign it felt at the time. I can’t wait to see what the future holds for me here (already I’m projecting more squats…), bring on the heavy plates and more stretchy pants please!
Don’t let fear of the unknown hold you back, especially when it comes to trying something new. Like Kalli, you just might find your next great love and the sport you feel like you were born to do. IdealFit salutes the adventurer in you and wants to know, what goals are you smashing through next?
From a trail running nursing student to a gym loving mom with special needs kids, we can’t wait to introduce you to the rest of our IdealFit Females of Fitness lineup, each of these women brings something uniquely inspiring to the table which are the kinds of qualities that inspire us to make the products that we do. Stay tuned!