Team Member Katie

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Strong, pretty, nice.

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Hello Force Fitness friends! My name is Katie Lyon and I am recently employed here at Force Fitness and Performance. I will be helping out with a little of everything, and hope to meet all of you on a personal basis as soon as possible! Growing up, I wasn’t the star athlete or very coordinated at all. But, I started working out with my mom going running and doing workout tapes at home and that soon became my niche. I fell in love with being active because it was something for just me and it didn’t matter how good I was at it; it made me happy. I stuck at it and now I enjoy hiking with my dog, kickboxing, hot yoga, and always looking to try new things! I just graduated college from Indiana University with a Fitness Specialist major in the school of Public Health. I’ve always loved working with people and really got a feel for the business side of things during the last five months with my internship at Know Yoga Know Peace. I wanted to somehow combine my love for health and fitness with sales and marketing. I really feel like it was a true blessing to find this place. I always knew I could never work for a place that I didn’t completely believe in what they were doing. Though I have only been here a short while, I have never met a complete staff so dedicated and passionate about what they are doing. If that is not enough motivation to do my best, I don’t know what is?! My goal here is to bring the happiness fitness has brought me to others, and I know here at Force Fitness we have the tools to do so! I was talking to Jake about our blog and we both thought it wouldn’t be too bad of an idea to have some input from a woman. I am learning so much every day and I would love to share my thoughts and feelings throughout my journey.

My favorite part about this place thus far is how they really push the importance of strength. For women, it has not always been about getting strong and more about being “skinny” or losing that extra 15 pounds. I really hope that the skinny fad is losing its credibility. Being strong is one of the most beautiful looks you can have. Growing up, my Aunt Jennifer was one of the biggest role models in my life. She has always lead a healthy and active lifestyle, is one of the nicest people I know, and is very pretty. She always told me that I should always live my life to be strong, pretty, and nice. I have always aimed for those characteristics no matter what obstacle in life I am going through. Therefore, I never viewed being strong as something that wasn’t pretty. Sweating to gain muscle never scared me, it challenged me with excitement. I hope that women here at Force Fitness can understand that some women especially younger girls in high school don’t see things that clearly. Movies and music are disguising beauty which makes things difficult to see.

A lot of this misconstrued information comes from the media. You really can’t look at many magazines without the idea of looking like a Victoria’s Secret model going through your head. But many women think that skinny and healthy are the same thing. Some think that being “skinny” may solve all the rest of my problems. Being skinny probably comes with all the cutest clothes, a positive, bubbly attitude all the time, a gorgeous husband/boyfriend, perfectly behaved children, a big house with all the laundry done, and pretty unicorns prancing around in our back yards. I know that thought has crossed my mind once or twice. The problem with having skinny as the goal is that there is no ending result. Being overweight or unhealthy isn’t the answer either, but there are so many other levels in between.

One of the main problems with accepting strength as a beautiful thing is that women don’t want to lose their woman card. They are afraid that having muscles and definition somehow takes away their femininity. Women want to pride themselves on having a strong character not a strong power clean. I believe it is time that we all see that you can do both. Imagine banging out 75 push-ups giving everything you got and then going home to take a bubble bath and relax, paint your nails, or sing your kids lullabies to sleep. Muscles don’t define who you are; they are just a result of your physical, mental and emotional strength coming together.

“To all the girls that think you’re fat because you are not a size 0, you’re the beautiful one, it’s society who’s ugly.” — Marilyn Monroe

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