My name is Leah.
I’m a fitness enthusiast on a mission to inspire and educate people about the wonderful world of exercise and nutrition!
It seems you can’t turn anywhere nowadays without being bombarded by weight loss gimmicks and fad diets. It is for this reason I created The Apex Athlete, a lifestyle blog that aims to simplify fitness and nutrition.
To give you a sense of who I am, here’s my story in a nutshell:
I grew up in what is considered the last best place on Earth ─ Montana ─ and miss it every day. Nothing compares to its vast beauty. I’d tell you about my favorite destinations there, but some secrets are best kept secret!
I’m a very driven person that constantly strives to learn everything about fitness, health, wellness, and food. There is always something new to explore!
Lastly, I have the most amazing boyfriend who inspires me to be a better person every day and makes me laugh until I chortle (chuckle and snort for those of you who didn’t know).
Now, to get into the bulk of my fitness story and the reason behind starting this blog…
I’ve always considered myself to be an athletic person. I cannot think of a time when I was not actively competing in one sport or another. With great fortune, I was able to take my athletic ability to the collegiate level and compete as a Division I Track and Field athlete for 3 years. But as the injuries started to set in, my love for athleticism started to fade. At long last, I retired from collegiate sports and let my body rest.
I was excited to finish my college career as a full time student without being bound by the demands of the NCAA. But as I reveled in my newly discovered freedom, I started to feel empty due to my lack of physical activity. I was sluggish, unhappy, and generally not like my usual self.
After a very lazy summer break, I decided to whip my booty back into shape. I bought a cheap set of Bluetooth headphones, wrote myself a few weight lifting programs, and forced myself to go to the student gym. Mind you, I was accustomed to lifting and running in the campus facility designated for student-athletes, so starting over in a new environment required some effort to overcome gym intimidation. This was especially true since I was always the only girl NOT using a cardio machine.
So there I was doing my best to get back into the swing of things, but I couldn’t help but feel a little lost. Throughout my life I had always been coached and was never held personally accountable for my workouts. After spending hours upon hours researching new ways to improve my diet and exercise regimen, I finally built up the confidence to make some major lifestyle changes.
I dabbled in meal prepping and tried some supplements, but the ultimate game changer for me was actively being aware of what I was putting in my body. I tracked my macronutrients using an app and stayed longer at the gym each time I went.
After a few months, I surpassed some of my biggest goals and achieved more than I thought possible. The best part of this change was how much easier it got week after week! Even today I still make the effort to be the best version of myself that I can be. Truly, the hardest part was finding the motivation to get started. If I can do it, so can you!
This is why The Apex Athlete exists.
I’m here to let you know that changing your eating and exercise habits might not always be easy, but I never want anyone to feel guilty about struggling to reach their goals. I still eat burgers and will never turn down a glass of wine, but I don’t beat myself up about enjoying the simple pleasures that life has to offer. So now you know me, but I want to give you a heads up…
This was simply my experience and I’m not saying you should expect your story to be the same. What I am saying is be a human, eat that cookie, skip leg day on occasion, but always keep your fitness goals in mind and adjust your actions accordingly. I will always be there to cheer you on.