GGS Spotlight: Lucy Hendricks


Name: Lucy Hendricks
Age: 22
Location: Lexington KY

What does being a Girl Gone Strong mean to you?
Someone who is emotionally strong, caring, honest, understanding, tough, and wants to help as many women as possible (i.e. what I see Molly doing every single day)

How long have you been training?
Smart training?  About a year ago.

Favorite lift:

Most memorable PR:
Deadlift: three reps at 170 pounds without any shoulder pain the next day.

Top 5 songs on your training playlist: 
I can't pick! Top bands:

  • Sleeping with Sirens
  • Saosin
  • Woe Is Me
  • The Devil wears Prada

Top 3 things you must have with you at the gym/in your gym bag:
My all natural "hippie" deodorant, a foam roller, extra clothes.

Most hilarious pick-up line you’ve heard at the gym:
I usually work out at my job, alone or with Molly, but one time I got a text saying, "How can you only be a beginner with DAT ASS?!"

Favorite post workout meal:
On a cheat night? Anything at a Mexican restaurant.

Favorite way to treat yourself:
I've always loved massages, but lately I've been doing some really girly stuff like getting my nails done and getting a facials.

Favorite quote:
Nothing other people do is because of you. It is because of themselves. — Don Miguel Ruiz

Favorite book:
The Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz

What inspires and motivates you?
My future. I've seen what can happen when you don't take care of your body, and 50 years from now I don't want to look back and regret the way I lived my life. I've been there. I was 19 and in tears every single night from all the pain I was in. My stomach would hurt, my joints wold ache, my knee would throb, and my feet would kill me. Now that I've learned how to take care of myself, I don't have those symptoms anymore, and I want to help other people learn how to take care of themselves too!

What’s the coolest “side effect” you’ve noticed from lifting heavy?
Becoming emotionally stronger. Oh! And my arse. I finally have one!

Next training goal:
Powerlifting meet in the fall!

Three words that best describe you:
Creative, weird, and awesome.

What do you want to say to other women who might be nervous to start lifting heavy?
Once you start you'll never want to go back...ever! It's so empowering pushing 400lbs down the turf on the Prowler, picking up heavy things off the ground, and having everyday life activities become so much easier.

And DON'T WORRY! You will not look like a man or gain a bunch a weight. Well, you might gain weight, like I did. In the pictures below, I am 117-120 pounds on the left 140-144 on the right, and that's even after taking two months off after a wreck and the most stressful month of my life!

Lifting heavy will change your life!  I promise!

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