Our guest on the show today is Bonnie Schroeder. Bonnie’s fitness journey began at age twelve when she started running track and field. She continued her passion through high school and college but soon started to feel a void. So, she switched gears to bodybuilding and won the very first powerlifting heat she entered! Bonnie currently holds all USAPL records in her weight class in the state of Iowa. In 2017, she placed fifth at the USAPL Nationals and in 2018 she placed third at the SPD Pro American heat at The Arnold. Bonnie currently works as an online coach and trainer for competitive powerlifters, conducts seminars across the US and Canada, and plans on competing again in 2020. In this episode, Bonnie shares what inspired her to become a coach and trainer, her experience transitioning from crossfit to powerlifting, how she challenges gender stereotypes and the pressures of social media. We also hear Bonnie’s training schedule, her unique approach to dealing with injury, and why she believes it’s important to be a multi-faceted athlete today. By the end of this episode, you’ll have a great set of tips and tools to use and be inspired by on your own journey toward fitness and self-love.
Key Points from This Episode:
- The top three debates the Peloton commercial has stirred-up in the public.
- Bonnie shares her goals to launch her new website and bench 200 pounds!
- Find out how Bonnie first made the decision to become a coach and trainer.
- The importance of patience and persistence in the fitness industry today.
- Why online can be a nasty space that can affect your confidence and body-image.
- Struggling with a partner who is unsupportive of a body-building girlfriend or wife.
- How to deal with an injury by doing what you can and making fun workouts for yourself.
- The importance of being a multi-faceted fitness leader and how to avoid being boxed in.
- Learn more about Bonnie’s all-women, athletic clothing brand and what makes it unique.
“A lot of my decisions have been “Fuck it! Let’s do it!” type of decisions.” — Bonnie Schroeder [0:11:40]
“You can’t expect crazy results in a month or a year. This work takes time. Find a good coach, find a program you like, and do that for a decade!” — Bonnie Schroeder [0:14:17]
“I know my body more than any other coach is going to.” — Bonnie Schroeder [0:35:10]
“Self-love does not mean self-complacency.” — Bonnie Schroeder [0:35:10]