Over 40 Amateur Of The Week: Colleen Holiday


When life gets hard, Colleen trains harder. She’s an incredible example of what BodySpace, determination, intelligence, and hard work can create.

How Did You Get Started?

I started weight training in high school because I was bullied by all the girls in my new school. I was always the odd girl out and weights were an outlet for me to vent and also made me feel strong inside and out. I find still when life gets tough-I train harder-it’s my way of working things out.

I love the people who work out. We are a rare breed and the people in my gym and the friends on BodySpace always give me that extra push to reach my goals. They all are amazing and have a story to tell that inspires you to be your best.

What Workout Plan Worked Best For You?

I train 6-7 days a week. I am on a 6-day split and I often do cardio at 6 am and then go to the gym or do cardio in the afternoon that consists of a HIIT program or the elliptical, treadmill, bike, or step machine. Sometimes I’ll do 15 on each machine, sometimes I’ll do an hour. For myself, I like a leaner frame, therefore; I change up my routine often. The body adapts quickly but the weight training basics are the same but just variations to change it up and to avoid overuse injuries. I literally never do the same program twice or amount of sets. My average sets are four but I may do up to seven. I divide my training into periods of heavy lifting and muscle endurance.

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