HIL: My Love of Fitness got Me Here!

 

Kaitlin Tara Gebbie, first year business student at Southampton, discusses how her love of fitness was a learning experience.
Kaitlin Tara Gebbie, first year business student at Southampton, discusses how her love of fitness was a learning experience.

My love of fitness and body-building all began back in July 2014 when I had my first ‘adult’ gym pass. I was upgraded from a Junior Gym pass and could now use the gym before, after and perhaps even during school. This was just the beginning of a love affair which has led me to compete nationally in bikini fitness and bodybuilding.

As I became a more frequent user of the gym, I began to network with people who knew a lot more than I did about fitness. It was suggested to me by an old personal trainer that I may like to attend the annual BodyPower expedition, held in Birmingham each year. I agreed, and this was perhaps one of the best decisions I’ve ever made.

At the expedition, I saw and met some incredible people. Fitness gurus, Instagram stars and musclemen from all over the world. This experience opened my eyes to the world I desperately wanted to be a part of and it has stuck with me throughout every training session I do.

I now train around six times a week with the same chain of gyms I’ve been with since I was 16, striving to achieve the same level of success as those at BodyPower.

I can solely say that my decision to enter minor bikini fitness competitions has been partly due to meeting many inspirational people, having a fantastic gym, but more importantly- it is a direct result of this one trip to BodyPower.

In April 2017, I will embark on my first major UK competition with the United Kingdom Bodybuilding and Fitness Federation (UKBFF). This one experience of BodyPower has, I can say for sure, made me become a more motivated, disciplined and hard-working individual and I hope that next year, I will be on stage at the BodyPower expedition and others will have this same experience.

Kaitlin Tara Gebbie studies BSc Business Management and French at Southampton business school. The views in this article are those of the author. This article is part of our ‘How I Learn’ series.

 

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