Athlete Spotlight: Laura Hall
Laura Hall has a habit of getting into a little bit of everything. She is a former NPC figure competitor, roller derby girl, fair-weather runner, and softball player, but her most consistent interest has been in lifting weights. She is currently a part-time personal trainer, travel enthusiast, self-proclaimed wine nerd, and wannabe chef. Her blog is full of (mostly) healthy recipes, fitness tips, travel, and everything in between.
What is your favorite part about lifting?
When you’re lifting weights, there’s always room for improvement and growth. It’s a constant evolution. I love the challenge of lifting more and seeing such direct results from a workout. It’s motivating!
How did you get started?
That’s a loaded question! I was playing roller derby, but had to stop after breaking my jaw. Then I started running more for distance and, after months of knee pain, found out I had a PCL stretched so thin I couldn’t continue. The doctor said I could probably continue running if I could build up quad muscle to take some of the stress off the knee. Naturally (haha), I thought that would be the perfect time to start training for a figure competition!
How many competitions have you participated in?
I’ve done 4, but it’s been about 3 years now. I’m not sure if I’ll go for it again, but the idea has crossed my mind a lot recently. There’s something deliciously terrifying about strutting across a stage in heels and a sparkly bikini. (I never said I was normal…)
How long have you been lifting?
It’s been about 7 years now, but I’ve always dabbled in it bit.
What is your favorite body part to workout and why?
I love bicep day. My trainer back home used to say I was a “dude” because I loved training biceps so much and always complained about legs (sorry guys). It seems like the most visual thing to train. You can watch the muscles as you lift, and the payoff is awesome.
What is your best training tip?
Don’t ever give up. No matter what you sport or activity is, don’t let set backs get you down. I’ve dealt with a lot of injuries – some resulting in a big change of how I worked out – but there’s always a light at the end of the tunnel. You never know what it will lead you to!
What keeps you motivated?
Something my father and his father used to say: “If you’re in the rocking chair, you’re dead.” It sounds morbid, but the sentiment behind it is true. Once you stop being active and striving to be better, you’ve sort of given up. I don’t ever want to get to a point where my body holds me back from living life to the fullest.
What advice would you give someone who is just starting on his or her fitness journey?
There’s no one right way to be fit. You don’t have to be a runner or a yogi or a bodybuilder. Find something you love and you’ll be more likely to stick with that. Find YOUR way to be fit.