Hauling Healthy: Cowgirl Courtney Lomheim
Today marks the day that we introduce our new Monthly Series: Hauling Healthy in 2014! OTRR has talked a lot about being fit and healthy. This series will focus on being healthy while hauling up and down the road and maintaining a fit lifestyle. What better way to do that then to interview some rodeo cowboys and cowgirls that are already doing it, right? So today OTRR is showcasing Courtney Lomheim!
When did you decide Fitness needed to be a part of your life?
I don’t believe fitness was ever not a part of my life, it’s just evolved to become more important. I was active growing up, living on a farm & playing volleyball in high school & college and recently workout classes.
February 2013 was my turning point, I wasn’t happy with how my clothes fit or how I felt, I knew changing my lifestyle would benefit me and my goals in barrel racing. I always had a keen focus on getting my horse in the best shape, why shouldn’t it apply to me, we are a team!?
Do you follow a program as in Crossfit, P90X, go the gym, etc?
I have a “gym” in my house, it’s pretty basic, a treadmill, weights, yoga mat, exercise ball, skipping rope, kettle ball and a aerobic stepper. When I first started I had assigned workout & meal plans, I still use them as a reference. I also like to take workouts I find online and try them, just to mix things up. Canadian winters tend to bring on some cabin fever, between trying to keep horses rode, I also attend workout classes, to get me out of the house, they are a blast!
The people who helped me jump start onto this journey I can’t thank enough, I know my desire needed to keep me going, but their words of wisdom are priceless.
What is your favorite workout, cardio, weights, etc?
I enjoy weight training the most, I love the intensity, I also enjoy HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training) it really makes you push yourself and when your drenched in sweat by the end, that’s not a bad thing. When the weather permits I go for runs with a friend, I enjoy that for the “girl time” aspect more then anything.
How has working out changed you?
I’ve gained confidence in myself, both physical & mental. I’ve learned about an industry & lifestyle I never thought I could even enjoy. Achieving results, by pushing myself beyond my comfort zones has been empowering, the moment I had to go buy a new pair of jeans because my old ones were too big, was probably my highlight to date.
It’s not any easy road, it’s a 24/7 commitment, there are good and bad days, but I try to stay focused on what the benefits are now and in the long term. Everyone has to find a path that works for them, I’m not hard core , but admire those who are. I’m glad this “ordinary girl” can share her success & struggles with people, to let them see anything is possible if you set your mind to it, with fitness & barrel racing.
What has working out done for you in the arena?
I think this might be a question for my horse! In 2013 although we didn’t win huge money or break any records, the confidence in myself & my horse improved 10 fold, which I credit to my lifestyle change. I also noticed it helped with riding my colt, cause they can do funny things with themselves at times and you need to stay with them. I’ve only been barrel racing since 2008, my horse and I have been learning together and I couldn’t ask for a more forgiving horse, I owe her so much.
I’m excited about 2014!!!!
To learn more about Courtney’s journey check out her blog…. www.fitcowirl.wordpress.com .
All photos provided by Courtney Lomheim.
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