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TrueCore Supplements Signs April Lentz

by: April Lentz

Born and raised in a small country town in Virginia, I always had my mind focused on everything but lifting. I participated in many sports and was only really familiar with the world of cardio. I knew nothing about nutrition and couldn’t squat properly. I didn’t touch weights above the 10 lb. dumbbells and I would rarely venture into the weight room. Up until a few years ago, I weighed just shy of 105 lbs. No matter how much I ate, I would never gain any weight. Some would call this a blessing, but I called it a curse. I wanted to be fit, not skinny. I wanted to put muscle on and look and feel healthier, but I didn’t know how.  I finally came to the realization that I really needed to change my lifestyle if I ever wanted to grow past my 100 lb. body. I knew I needed some pointers, so I started lifting with a friend at a local YMCA.  It quickly became a top hobby of mine. I looked forward to lifting every single morning. I began learning the techniques of proper lifting, how to use all the equipment, and how each exercise benefitted my body. I didn’t have a set workout plan, meal plan, or a coach. I just did what I felt was right. I was just a beginner and it overwhelmed me knowing that there was still so much more to learn in the fitness world, but I was ready for the challenge.  

       Throughout the first couple years of college I remained an avid lifter, but still had no set program. I ate whatever I wanted, but intuitively. It was easy to look up healthy foods, but I had no idea what foods would benefit me most and I certainly was unaware of what a macronutrient was at this point. I saw several results from lifting, but I knew I could be better. Fitness was slowly becoming an interest in the forefront of my college life. One major stepping stone in finding my passion with fitness was when I attended the 2014 November NPC Max Muscle show in Virginia. I had a few friends who competed and I was able to see a real competition prep from start to finish. The sweat, tears, and endless amounts of tilapia seemed like such an impractical lifestyle. I wasn’t sure why anyone would want to put themselves through that. I wasn’t sure until I saw them step on stage that evening. The hard work and dedication that these athletes had put forth the past 8 weeks was outstanding. As they walked across the stage, I couldn’t help but to think about how much work they had put in for just these few seconds of glamour. Their trophies signified strength, courage, and commitment. It all seemed so unreal, but I couldn’t be more proud. Being a part of this encouraged me to gain confidence in myself in hopes that maybe one day I could compete. I knew I would have a lot of work to do, but I wanted to feel confident with myself as they did with themselves.  

From there, everything began to escalate. Fitness easily became a priority to me. I would schedule my days around going to the gym and I became more aware of the foods I was putting in my body. I became more involved in social media and started following TrueCore Supplements after seeing their many inspirational posts. I went out on a limb and contacted them about their Athlete Search. Never in a million years did I think I would be sponsored by a fitness/supplement company! I was ecstatic when I received the email saying they wanted me to join their team! I had accomplished many things in the past, but this was by far my biggest accomplishment yet.  In April of 2016, I competed in a small swimsuit competition in Virginia Beach, Virginia and placed 2nd.  This is when I met one of the most inspirational people of all time, my coach Craig Hamilton! He trained me for the swimsuit competition and we both decided we didn’t want to stop there. We now have plans to compete in a bikini competition this upcoming winter! I am so thankful to have the support of my family, friends, and TrueCore. I couldn’t ask for a more personable and inspiring company to be a part of. We thank everyone for your support and hope that we can continue to motivate you to be the best that you can be! 
 

“Believe in yourself and all that you are. Know that there is something inside you that is greater than any obstacle.” 


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