“Success will not come from sitting. You don’t reach your goals by simply wishing that they could be attainable. You need to be strong, be adventurous, be fearless…be the bad boss of your life. The lady who owns the room, the gym, the weights. But most importantly…you need to get work done.”
My name is Leala Luna McGinnis, I am 20 years old, and I am the Owner, Publisher and Creator of Miss Strong! I’m a CrossFit athlete, rock climber, sprinter, lover of yoga, and a strong believer in the beauty and strength within every single woman. I think health is the most important thing there is. Healthy mind, body, spirit, lifestyle…health can be a struggle to develop and incorporate into daily life, right?
Being healthy and balancing things like nutrition and fitness is a process that slowly evolves, and although I was raised around it, I realize that many people have not been, or have been following the wrong advice. I want it to be known that my heart is not only invested in the gym and lifting weights. A big part of my dedication and my heart is invested in every single woman who wants to improve their lifestyle, and live healthier. I have a passion for writing, educating, training, and motivating people so that they can reach their goals. Instead of just creating a website that offers healthy recipes and toning workouts, I want to offer the raw reality of health and fitness. Getting in shape is not about counting calories, numbers and not-so-fun things. Getting in shape is simple. Cheers to that.
Let’s be real. When I first started training, I started out not knowing anything! Over the years, I learned as much as I could from every single practice, coach, book and hard core observation, in and out of the gym. I’ve gotten to work and train with amazing fitness professionals, from Olympic medalists, nationally ranked sprinters, elite Olympic weightlifters, bodybuilders, pro athletes, Olympic coaches, and avid CrossFit athletes. I got over the fact that I wasn’t good enough, or fast enough, or strong enough before I started training, and decided to actually do something about it. The best way to change yourself and to make progress, is to step out of that comfort zone…push hard, and train. You can do it, too.
I used to spend hours on my computer, reading things about diet, nutrition and weight loss. I tried a lot of the tips and advice that I read, and nothing really ever worked. I ended up in a constant cycle of disappointment and felt like no one else understood how difficult it was to get in shape. But don’t we all feel like that as women? Aren’t we all convinced that it’s just us who is suffering from failure? I finally learned how to trim away all the details and the fat from what I was reading, and realized that getting in shape is simple. My goal and my passion is to change that feeling of failure and disappointment within women, and produce strength, confidence, and unbelievable beauty through simplicity. To speak from the heart from personal experiences, and share them with a global community of women and girls. Strong hearts. Strong Bodies. Strong Minds.
There really isn’t much to it, ladies. In order to be good and intense at what you do, you need to be dedicated, push hard, believe in yourself, and do things right, for YOU. That’s how being strong is. I’m currently training as a CrossFit athlete. I love yoga and rocks…I love to lift. Heavy. And overall, I believe that girls are, and should be incredibly strong. Yes, people have skewed perceptions of strength…I’m not talking about necessarily looking like a bodybuilder. Girls should know that its ok to be physically, and mentally strong, and there is raw beauty in strength. Hopefully you feel the same, and find the strength deep down to pick up a heavy barbell, despite surrounding remarks or confused stares. And above everything, know that if you want to do something, you can absolutely do it. Things won’t happen without that word called determination. But do know, that if someone tells you that you can’t do something…it gives you all the more reason to do it. Because, you’re a girl. And well…you can.
Yes, I am 20 years old and I am in college. However, to me, numbers never matter. Whether you’re looking at the number on your scale or someone’s age, numbers do not define who a person truly is, and what they have to offer to the world. Regardless of the numbers in our lives…how much you weigh, how many calories you eat, how many minutes your work out a day…I believe in you.