Samantha, MSN, RN, C-NPT, RNC-NIC
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Nurse - Podcast Host - Powerlifter 

The powerful impact strength training has had on my physical and mental health has encouraged me to pursue my dream of inspiring other women to use weightlifting to help reach their health and fitness goals.

Check out my new Intro to Strength Training Program and stay tuned for new Blog/YouTube content coming soon!

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About Me

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 Hi! I’m Samantha or better known on Instagram as @heysamanthaa. I am a nurse, powerlifter, and have finally decided to pursue my dream of helping other women by sharing my story of weight loss, disordered eating, and love for lifting weights. Through this journey, I found my passion in the health and fitness industry (I hate this word, gross) and want to show others how strength training has transformed me physically and more importantly, mentally. 

I graduated with my Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) in 2011 and began working in a Level IV NICU. In 2016 I completed my Masters of Science in Nursing Leadership (MSN) from California State University, Fullerton. After graduation I started teaching nursing at a local university. After 7 years of working in the NICU and obtaining my NICU RNC-NIC specialty certification, I made the decision to challenge myself with learning something new. For the last year I have worked as an Emergency Flight and Transport Nurse, and just completed my Neonatal-Pediatric Transport certification (C-NPT). I absolutely love my job because I get to combine my 3 favorite areas of nursing, critical care, NICU, and Pediatrics, while flying in a helicopter or riding in the back of an ambulance. 

When I’m not working, you can find me spending hours in the gym training for my next powerlifting competition. Strength training became my passion after struggling with an eating disorder for half of my life, causing my weight to yo-yo up and down. It has not been an easy journey losing and gaining the same 100+ pounds over and over again. I spent years trying every single diet (weight watchers, lindora, keto, whole30, paleo, atkins, south beach, counting macros) and so many different exercise plans (bootcamp, CrossFit, yoga, pilates, HIIT, running and all things cardio) and was always successful at losing weight, but I also always regained it, plus more. All of these different methods worked for weight loss but none were sustainable. This is when I knew it was more than just input/output, and that this was really a matter of my mental health. Addressing my disordered eating and body dysmorphia is still a daily challenge, but through weightlifting I have been able to learn to connect with my body in a healthy way that I have never experienced before.  Lifting has allowed me to develop a positive body image by shifting my goals from being obsessed with how my body looks and instead focusing on what my body is capable of doing. I stopped working out because I felt like “I had to” in order to stay “in shape,” and instead was excited to walk in the gym each day so I could get stronger.

 

The powerful impact strength training has had on my physical and mental health has encouraged me to pursue my dream of inspiring other women to use weightlifting to help reach their health and fitness goals.
 

 

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