Name: Amanda Poole
Location: Lee, New Hampshire
What does being a GGS mean to you?
In August of 2012 I found myself at a beautiful wedding in Colorado. It was there that I met Alli McKee, and my life was forever changed. When Alli told me about GGS I was so inspired, and I can only hope that I can help other women the way she has helped me.
How long have you been training?
I had always considered myself athletic, but have been training really hard for about a year.
Most memorable PR:
Deadlifting my bodyweight.
Top 5 songs on your training playlist:
I actually prefer no music… unless I am at Crossfit.
Top 3 things you must have with you at the gym/in your gym bag:
Water, extra socks and an extra pair of sneakers, because I like to switch it up whenever possible.
Most hilarious pick-up line you’ve heard at the gym:
No pick up lines here.
Favorite post workout meal:
Beef jerky and smoothies!
Favorite way to treat yourself:
Knowing is not enough; we must apply. Willing is not enough; we must do. — Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
Currently, my favorite book is Well Fed: Paleo Recipes for People Who Love to Eat by Melissa Joulwan.
What inspires and motivates you?
I am inspired by how I feel physically and emotionally. Looking back on my journey reminds me of where I started, and how far I have come. My motivation comes from the results I see and feel. I strive to work harder every day.
My journey for a better life began on June 12, 2012 when I decided to stop drinking. The decision wasn't made because I was drinking every night; it was made because I wanted more clarity. I had the opportunity to be exposed to so much beauty, but I limited that in my life for many years and had nearly lost sight of it. That was when I made the decision to take control of my own life.
During the following months, I struggled with many raw emotions, and had to learn new ways of dealing with emotional stress. It was in those dark times that I discovered a power in me that I thought only existed in super heroes.
Fast forward to a year later, I still have a fire in me that never existed before. Some days I feel like super woman, and that feeling is indescribable. I now know that I wouldn't be where I am today if it weren't for the support and love that I learned to accept along the way. I handle stress in totally different ways than I did a year ago. My stress release usually involves exercise or communicating and allowing myself to feel emotions. I have a desire to give back, and help other women transform themselves. I have confidence like never before, and am constantly looking for the next challenge.
It has not been an easy road, but I am so thankful for where I am today.
What’s the coolest “side effect” you’ve noticed from lifting heavy?
A complete transformation of myself. I feel energized and renewed and have been told by many women that my transformation is inspiring to them.
Next training goal:
I would like to incorporate more yoga.
What three words best describe you?
Independent, motivated, and adventurous.
What do you want to say to other women who might be nervous to start lifting heavy?
I say go for it, but be ready for a total transformation that may take you down a few roads you weren’t ready for. Also be very aware of your form, injuries are no fun.
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