I would say a sponsor of literacy that I have had would be my personal trainer, Tim, I had about three years ago. He was very straight forward about how he wanted to help me accomplish my goals. He seemed very intimidating because he was very built and muscular. After a while, I got to know him and he told me about his successes and failures. Tim taught me how to workout correctly, how to keep a healthy diet going, and how to keep pushing through even though you feel like giving up.

After a couple days of training with Tim, I began to feel a little more comfortable because I had never had a guy trainer. He was gentle, yet motivating. I really appreciated that because I had never been to a gym before. In the first week, we focused on my strengths and weaknesses. I had figured out that I had no upper body strength whatsoever, but my legs could withstand a lot of weight. During the second week, we focused more on cardio and how to keep a steady pace so I wouldn’t get tired out quickly.

My first month doing training was really hard on me. I had to get into the lifestyle of eating healthy and working out everyday. As the months went by, I had figured out that I loved lifting weights. Lifting heavy weights that is. My trainer had been training for a bodybuilding competition so I thought i’d train with him. I was 16 years old at the time and I was pulling, pushing, lifting crazy heavy weights. I had hit my personal records and I felt like I was on top of the world.

Around year two, I was working harder on squats and dead lifts. As both of those are working on your legs. My deadlift personal record was 275 lbs and my squat record was about 190lbs. For a 16 year old girl, I had thought that was so much and I was always told by my trainer that I was doing so well. I would get people at the gym asking me how I could do it, and also asking me why I hadn’t joined a bodybuilding competition. I was working so hard and I eventually started seeing results. The results weren’t really the ones I was looking for though. I had built way too much muscle and I just looked too big for my age.



Over the next few months I only worked with light weights and I did lots of cardio. This helped me shed weight quicker, and I had looked a lot more feminine. My trainer put me on a new fat shredding diet and I learned from there how to control my portions and eating habits. Every month, Tim would weigh me and record my progress. About a month in, I lost about 12 pounds and I couldn’t have been happier. My metabolism was working faster and I felt healthy. At this point, I knew most of the trainers at this gym and they would always cheer me on. 

After a while, I wanted to go back to deadlifting heavy because I missed the adrenaline rush it gave me. I asked Tim if we could start light and get heavier and he said, “If you feel confident enough, you can do it.” That is exactly what I did. I started off with 65 lbs on the bar and went up to 155 lbs. I had eventually went up to 225 lbs and I was ecstatic. I knew I could do it. Tim had stepped away to grab his water, and I just went for it. I took a deep breathe, got into the correct stance, and I slowly pulled up. As I got halfway up, I felt a pull or tear in my lower back. I knew this was not good. As my trainer came back, I told him what happened. He wasn’t too worried and he had me stretch out my back carefully. I was so scared because I thought I did something that could have changed my life forever, but it was just a pulled a muscle.

The next couple days were hell for me. My back was hurting so bad. It felt really tight, and I could not do much. I could barely even sit up or lay down comfortably. I still went to the gym though. I did light weight workouts, as well as lots of stretches. From there, Tim had taught me how to roll out my back with a foam roller and that was probably the best thing I could have learned. It loosened my muscles and helped me heal so much quicker. Even though I was injured, I did not let that stop me from getting the results I wanted. With the help of Tim, he motivated me to not give up just because of one minor injury. I was back at it again, hitting the weights and the crazy cardio. I never felt defeated because I had such a great system by my side. 

I picked Tim as my sponsor of literacy because he motivated me and inspired me to be my best always. He showed me how to manage a healthy lifestyle, as well as, how to keep myself happy with any results and successes. He was such a passionate, go-getter type of person and his great vibes and energy made me excited to workout everyday. If it was not for him, I feel like I would not be in the position I am now. I feel like I would not be into fitness, and healthy living. As of today, working out is one of my favorite hobbies. I appreciate everything he had done for me and I would not have asked for anyone better.