Need a bit of inspiration to keep your on track with your fitness goals? How about letting a 17-year-old competitive powerlifter, who just so happens to have diabetes, give you the kick in the pants you need to get up and move your body for physical and mental health.
LeAnn Hewitt is a teen who moved to the United States when she was four years old, graduated at the top of her class in high school, and power lifts competitively. BuzzFeed recently reported that Hewitt “was recruited to join the girls weightlifting team by my current coach and former leadership teacher.” After she completed her second championship at the state level with her school, she decided to take up power lifting outside of the school setting.
Not only is Hewitt powerlifting at a pro level despite her disease, she is breaking records and winning lifting championships. At the Arnold Sports Festival, Hewitt became the strongest woman in bench, squat, and dead lift as well as in total weight (at amazing 1,268 pounds) in her division.
Hewitt admits that she has to check herself between lifts, and during competition, to make sure her blood sugar levels are safe for lifting. She states that she also has to keep a close watch on her diet, so that she maintains appropriate blood sugar levels to power lift.
A Strong Support System
Hewitt has the support of family and friends as she power lifts her way from one competition to another. Right now, she has the Olympics on her mind, even though power lifting is not currently a sport played in the games. Hewitt advises anyone looking to increase fitness and overcome challenges to, “"Remain strong. Dream big, rise above adversity, and believe in yourself even when your goal seems unattainable.” We think this is sound and wise advice for a girl in her teen years.
At A4 Fitness, we want to be your partners and friends in increasing your level of fitness and overcoming adversity as it may pertain to your body or mental challenges. We welcome people of all ages, circumstances, and backgrounds to come into our Los Angeles studios and speck with us about fitness goals so we can discuss ways that we might be able to help.
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Adam & Amanda
We have spent most of our adult lives training and guiding hundreds of people toward better health & fitness. We have created this A4 Blog in order to better educate our friends & members. We will answer any of your health / fitness / nutrition questions as well as keeping you posted on what's new at A4.