Kara Lynn is a middle school teacher and has been a teacher for most of her adult life. She's the mother of 4 children and has been weight training since 1992, but decided to try competition in 2003. Her first contest was in Figure, then she tried an NPC Bodybuilding contest, and entered her 3rd competition at the 2003 Excalibur on December 6th.
her own words...
In high school I became a cheerleader because of the fun and excitement, and because in my generation we didn't have organized club sports and competitions for kids like we do today. Still loving activity, I decided to be a physical education major in college, and to become a teacher. It was during college that I began my own personal desire to stay fit with activities like dance, swimming, running, beach volleyball, and racquetball.
I married in my early twenties and had my first child at 24. My activity was curtailed a bit with motherhood and teaching, but a year later I resumed a fit and active lifestyle. A span of sixteen years went by and during that time I gave birth to three more children. At the age of 42 I began weight training. I had maintained a relatively fit body up until then, but none of my aerobic activities from the past improved my physique as much as weight training. Within six months I was being told I should be in fitness contests. That was nice to hear but I was too busy raising four kids as a then single mom as well as teaching full time.
It is now 12 years since I began weight training. I have stayed consistent with it and learned more over the years about proper technique, good training principles and diet. I have just now begun to do competitions... talk about a late bloomer! Now that my kids are grown I've decided to start competing. I will try both Figure and Bodybuilding, but I know that at present I fall somewhere between the two in my development. I'll see how it goes.
If I could send a message to women my age, I would tell them to start getting active! Even if you're starting late, you can always improve your health and longevity with an active lifestyle. Women can reduce the risk of osteoporosis by doing weight training, and don't worry... you're not going to get big! You're going to get more metabolically active and burn more calories!
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