Taran Starts Weightlifting
At the end of December, Taran had already lost a good chunk of her weight, and she asked her husband to show her some free-weight exercises at the gym so she'd feel confident doing them on her own.
Taran said it was very intimidating to be the only female in the weight room with all these guys lifting heavy. "I would blast some of my favorite tunes in my headphones and do what I came to do – kill it," she said. "I just remembered that I was here for my health, both physical and mental."
"Once I began weightlifting, I felt so powerful!" she said. "I began to see that each week I could lift heavier dumbbells and add plates to my barbell. That feeling was incredible," she said.
Taran revealed that she never enjoyed working out in the past. But with lifting, she found getting stronger over time was a feeling she'd never experienced before and it inspired her to keep pushing. She started reading more about proper technique, more advanced exercises, and following people in the industry who shared strength-training workouts.
"I began working on the three main lifts for powerlifting – deadlifts, bench press, and squats — and I worked my way up to a total of 500 pounds for all three combined. I still have it as a goal to compete in some powerlifting competitions one day," Taran said.