FITBLISS FITNESS
Woman of the Week
Elizabeth Hess

A little about her

I’m currently working as a legislative intern on Capitol Hill in Washington DC and am a student at the University of Utah studying economics and finance. In my spare time I love to go on walks, explore the city, listen to podcasts, go to farmers markets, go grocery shopping (yes this is a hobby hahaha), and cook/bake.

 

What brought her to Team Fitbliss

My “fitness journey” has been quite extensive. I gained A LOT of weight during my last year of high school/first year of college. I worked with a trainer to lose the weight and fell in love with fitness. I then reverse dieted on my own and just maintained for a little bit. At that point I was definitely “skinny fat,” and wanted to work on putting on some more muscle. I started working with a popular instagram bodybuilding coach/trainer, which was a DISASTER. He for sure prioritized his clients with a bigger following and was just a jerk. After that, I did my own thing for a little while but decided I wanted a little more guidance. I had followed a few of the Fitbliss girls for a while and really liked the content they put out. I did some further research into the company and the coaches, because I wanted to make sure my next trainer wasn’t an arrogant, clueless, douchebag hahaha. The Fitbliss team came across as so knowledgeable, supportive, and sounded like the perfect fit for me.

 

Her favorite lift

I love rack pulls. My legs are about 9 feet long, so getting into the correct deadlift position has always been a bit tricky for me. Rack pulls are a very similar movement, but are just a bit more comfortable for me. Unfortunately, I’ve been working out in my apartment gym all summer which only has a Smith Machine, so I haven’t been able to do them. Super excited to get back into a REAL gym! I love any lift that I can go heavy on just cause it makes me feel so cool and powerful. (My least favorite is step-ups if you’re curious, they are my mortal enemy).

 

 

Someone who inspires her

Anyone out there making fitness work with a busy lifestyle. I’ve worked part-time basically the whole time I’ve been in school, and now have been working full-time this summer. This internship is the first time I’ve been at a traditional 9-5 job, and balancing everything can definitely be tricky. I have so much respect for all the people who continue to be dedicated and make their health and happiness a priority, while still being successful professionally.

 

What she has accomplished since joining our team

My form on lifts, oh my goodness. It had been drilled into my head that I just had to be lifting as heavy as possible in order to progress. Because of that, I definitely sacrificed my form to go heavier. And while upping your weight is still crucial to progressive overload, perfecting your form comes first. I’ve had to let go of me ego and drop the weight on several lifts in order to work on form and technique. But it has been soooooooo beneficial. I get so much more out of my lifts, and they just feel better knowing that I’m doing them the correct way even if it’s not a crazy heavy weight.

 

Her favorite macro-friendly food

Grain bowls and salads! There’s endless combinations and they can be tailored to literally anyone’s macros. Greens + grains/carb + protein + veggies + sauce/dressing. I love just throwing basically whatever I have left in my fridge into a bowl and it always turns out delicious. And using grilled vegetables during the summer is ammmaaazzziiinnnggg

 

 

A struggle along the way

My main struggles have been mental. I’ve struggled with orthorexia and body dysmorphia over the past year or so, and it’s still a continuing battle (but getting better everyday). I’m at the point where it’s easy for me to hit my macros and get my workouts in. My issue is actually being okay with being more flexible and relaxing. I can’t put all the blame on him, but working with my previous coach definitely messed up my relationship with food and my body. Plus just coming from a weight loss background can be hard, when my goal for so long was to just be skinny. I’m definitely my own worst critic and a perfectionist, so just having to learn to be happy with myself. Fitness is something I truly enjoy, so it should be something that enhances my life and not completely controls it!

 

Biggest takeaway from working with Team Fitbliss

I think I’ve learned to be really in tune with my body. Paying attention to my hunger cues and being a bit more “intuitive” with my eating while still tracking macros. I’ve also just learned a lot about myself. What’s important to me, what I’m capable of, and what I need to work on. The Fitbliss ladies continue to be so supportive though and do their best to help me become the best version of myself!

 

Upcoming goals

I want to continue to work on getting stronger and improve on all my main lifts. Also just really excited to get back to a regular gym after being a little limited on equipment all summer. And want to go through a really solid and GOOD building phase to add some muscle. Like I said before, when I went through a bulk with my previous coach it was terrible. But I really trust Sami, my Fitbliss coach, and know she’ll guide me through it and do it in the best way possible. Going along with this, really want to improve my hormone health just be overall healthy and all aspects of my life.

 

A final note

Fun fact: I hate the typical workout songs and playlists most people love (hip hop, rap, EDM). While I workout, I get turnt to showtunes, 80’s classic rock, and Harry Potter audiobooks lol.

HI! WE’RE TEAM FITBLISS.

 

Fitbliss is a company FOR women. Our clients make a mental, physical, and emotional transformation. We empower them to love their bodies, find balance, and free themselves  from chronic dieting through our tried and tested approach. 

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