In the Spotlight: Meet Robyn H.

THE FIT LIFT’s In The Spotlight category will interview active, inspiring women from all walks of life who demonstrate strength in many ways. Whether you've made small steps to lead a more healthy lifestyle or train like a beast, we want to celebrate YOU. We believe that by sharing our stories, we can help others to both start, and continue on the path of living a healthy lifestyle by leading by example.  If you would like to be featured on our blog, please email us.  

 We are so thrilled to be shining the spotlight on Robyn as she competes this Saturday October 17, 2015 in the Evolve Classic Powerlifting Open, here in Edmonton.  Robyn is a competitive powerlifter in the Alberta Powerlifting Union (APU) and the Canadian Powerlifting Union (CPU).  When Robyn reached out to us to let us know about her goals we didn't hesitate in wanting to give her an opportunity to shine her.  Please read her inspirational interview below.

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Provide us a brief introduction about who you are.   


Hey hey! My name is Robyn Homans and I’m a small town girl chasing my dreams in the big city of Edmonton.  I am currently taking my third year of Kinesiology, majoring in sport performance, with an end goal of a Master’s in Physical Therapy.  In my “me” time, I train and compete in Powerlifting.  Powerlifting is a strength sport comprised of three core lifts; the squat, bench press, and deadlift.  I have been competing since 2009 and am gearing up for another competition on here in Edmonton on October 17, 2015!  After this competition I will be competing at the Canadian Powerlifting Unions National Championships in Saskatchewan this coming February.


1.  What does STRENGTH mean to you?


Strength is more than muscle.  I think of it as a bright light bulb, with all the wires connected to it being the determination, perseverance, preparation, and psychological obstacles overcame to make the end product.  Strength is not just shown, but includes what happens behind the scenes in preparation.  Strength is achieving the main objective or goal, making a better choice, not skipping that workout, studying when everyone else is partying, standing up for yourself, and standing on your own two feet.


2.  What does BEAUTY mean to you?


Beauty is something that attracts you to something.  In my opinion, beauty should not be standardized, categorized or mainstreamed.  Beauty is in the eye of the beholder.  It is sad when you go onto Pinterest and search for “beauty”, only to find 11 ways to wake up pretty, ridiculously photoshopped models in bikinis, makeup products, and perfect “nike” checkmark eyebrows.  Since when did these things represent beauty?  In my eyes, beauty is confidence while being the best version of yourself, having a goal and working hard to achieve it, and taking care of your body on the inside and out.  Cumulatively, health is beauty. 


3. How have you been UNSTOPPABLE? 


There have been days and weeks when I can admit that I have nearly stopped, I think that's only human.  I can say that amongst those feelings, I have overcome the obstacles (okay, hormones) and continued on my path towards my end goals.  I’ve set goals and failed, only to get up and try again until I did succeed.  I am going into my upcoming competition with a goal of lifting 10x bodyweight, which I have failed at before in completion, but will try again because I AM UNSTOPPABLE.


4. What inspires you?  What is your driving force?


My biggest inspirations are my sisters.  I have an older sister (Amanda) and a twin sister (Brenda) who have given me the most amazing nieces and nephews.  My sisters are so incredibly strong for managing a household, keeping up with toddlers, maintaining their health, and being involved in so many extra curricular activities outside of their day-to-day lives.  I want to be a role model for Danika, Grayson, Owen and Aspen.  I want to show them that they can do anything that they set their mind to, that nothing can step in their way.  I want them to know that with dedication, motivation, hard work, and the drive to be the best version of themselves, they will soar farther than they envision.  


5. What is your proudest accomplishment?


One of my proudest accomplishments was actually this past summer when I was selected to receive the Ross Shepard Award.  I was asked to make a speech outlining who I am, what I do, where I want to go, what motivates me, and how I plan to get there.  This speech was going to take place at a banquet with hundreds of people there (no pressure!).  Just prior to getting up to speak, an older gentleman was telling me how last year’s recipient fell on the way up to the podium.  Nervous and nearly sick to my stomach, I got up and presented my speech.  After the speech was done, I turned around to thank the gentlemen who presented me with the scholarship, only have one of them whisper in my ear, “turn around Robyn, you got yourself a standing ovation”.  It was the most amazing feeling to have hundreds of people standing in front of me, applauding me on my successes, achievements, and motivating me to continue to pursue my goals.


6. What has been your biggest challenge?


It hasn’t been all sunshine and rainbows to get where I am today.  When I graduated high school I actually took my diploma in Criminal Justice, with a dream of becoming an RCMP officer, walking in my grandfathers footsteps who served for this country in both world wars.  Unfortunately due to the vision requirements, even with corrective surgery, my left eye would not meet the basic entry requirement, and my file was terminated indefinitely.  I was heartbroken and devastated.  I worked in provincial corrections until I finally decided what I wanted to do with my life.  Going back to school at 25 years old, knowing that I will be 29 when I graduate with my degree in Kinesiology, let alone 32 when I am done the Masters program, has been a hard pill to swallow but I know in my heart that if I don’t do this, I will regret it and live the rest of my life asking “what if?”.  


7. What is your favourite mantra or words to live by? 

“What you think, you become.  What you feel, you attract.  what you imagine, you create.” ~ BUDDAH 

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