LINDA/ MASON, OHIO/ GYM OWNER/ FITNESS COMPETITOR
This week we are high-fiving FiTONIC’s Athlete Spotlight: Linda Mitchell. At the age of 55, Linda is an experienced runner, lifter, and competes in fitness competitions. In addition, she hosts the Sisterhood of Sweat a podcast devoted to bringing the power of fitness to women everywhere. She believes that through fitness, we can build self-confidence in so many other areas of life. A big thank you and high-five to Linda!
What is your fave way to train (running, yoga, CrossFit, weightlifting, dancing…)?
Love it ALL! Outdoor boot camps, Spartan Races, running, yoga, and lifting. If I had to choose one thing it would be running. I love the freedom of feeling the wind whipping through my hair, the results, and motivation it brings. My best ideas and thoughts come to me when I run. It’s almost like a meditative state.
How did that become your thing?
I remember when I was young my mother suffered from depression and suicidal thoughts which scared me. At such a young age I really didn’t understand what was going on. I just knew my mom was sad. I knew I didn’t want anything like that for my life. I discovered fitness in my teens and recognized it would lift me up out of any mood. After witnessing my mother’s severe depression I always wanted everyone around me to be happy and would do whatever I could to help keep them cheery and motivate them.
So when I was a young teen I would teach and help my friends to exercise. I remember thinking when I was 18 and discovered group fitness classes and the gym “I wish I could have an exercise studio and exercise all day long” I would watch Joannie Greggains who was a fitness icon on television back then and thinking, maybe someday I’ll be good enough to make something out of this.
How has training physically changed you mentally or emotionally?
It has made me strong and able to overcome adversity. Getting fit in the gym helped me with self-confidence and empowered me to leave anything behind that isn’t right for me including relationships that aren’t healthy. I also love the natural endorphin high I get that makes me fired up and ready to conquer the world and life’s challenges head-on.
What is still hard for you about your training, fitness or nutrition?
Coming back from what some might say was a career-ending injury. I LOVE to train so much and often don’t want to rest and take recovery days. My injury was a wake-up call that I need to honor and respect my body and give it the rest time that it needs. I can focus on other things during the rest days that I might not ordinarily do. Recently during my injury, I did just that. I took advantage of my downtime to put the dream of having The Sisterhood of SWEAT put on audible into reality.
What is the mantra in your head that you hear most often when you train?
You’ve gotta embrace the grind, embrace the suck, and turn your struggle into your greatest strength.
What do you love most about your body?
I love that it responds to training regardless of age.
If you have worked with a coach, what’s the most important lesson you learned from that person?
To be coachable and not to negotiate. Also that even more powerful than nutrition and working is training my mindset. You’ve got to free yourself of limiting beliefs. The best way is to re-wire your thinking is to counteract every negative thought or question with a positive.
What is your fave nutrition tip?
Make small promises that you can keep, so you can feel like you’re winning each week.
If you could tell only one thing to every woman who is struggling in her fitness journey, what would that be?
You’ve got to give yourself permission to suck until you don’t. Pat yourself on the back for every step you take in the right direction no matter how small and fill yourself with good thoughts.
What goal are you going to crush next??
Opening a 24-hr Fitness Boutique For Women
BIG thank you to Linda for being our FiTONIC’s Athlete Spotlight!
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