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Lyndsey Reams: Squatting Deep and Asking Questions

Lyndsey has been living in the gym and found her home in the squat rack. This young is a vegan and makes athletic gainz while moving the weight. Living a healthy lifestyle, Lyndsey is the definition of hard work. Grinding day by day, the future is looking bright for this strong lady.

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How old are you, where are you from, and do you squat ass to grass? & What areas of weight training do you train and what is your best squat? Contest and gym PR?
I’m soon to be 25 and I’m from Parkersburg, Iowa. I’ve always been the athletic type, always the one getting down and dirty, but as of recent, I’ve really gotten into the bodybuilding world; and I am completely hooked. I’ve really pushed myself this past year and have intensified my workouts. Being vegan, I have a lot of people telling me that it’s not possible to body build and put on all of this muscle while strictly eating a plant-based diet, but I’m proving them wrong day-by-day. As for “ass to grass,” of course I squat deep, that’s the way to go. As for my PR for squatting, I’d say 225ish, but most of the time, I don’t have a spotter so when I don’t have a spotter, I try to do lighter but with more reps.

Where do you train? Do you have a lifting team or partner?
This past year, I’ve had three gyms that I visit the most. When I am back at my parent’s house, I go to the Aplington-Parkersburg High School gym (it’s the only one in the town), also, I go to Core Fitness in Iowa City and Key West Fitness in Cedar Falls, Iowa. I usually train by myself, sometimes I like it because it allows me to focus more, but in the same sense, I’d like a workout buddy for the extra push and a spotter that I could count on.

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How did you into weight lifting?
I don’t really remember exactly “how” I got into weight lifting, but something inside of me just clicked. I want to be in the best shape possible and weight lifting allows that. It’s amazing to see body transformations and just knowing how much work and dedication it took to get there, something about that is so inspirational to me and I wanted to be apart of that world. Being in the fitness world isn’t just a hobby, but it is truly a lifestyle that takes hard work and dedication.

What does a normal leg day workout look like for you?
I like to switch it up, but typically I do some: lying leg curls, seated leg extensions, seated calf raises, stiff legged-barbell curls, alternative-reverse lunges, etc., etc., I usually do 10 reps with 5 sets for each (or more).

So what’s next for you? Any goals you have to hit? (short and long term)?
My goals are to be a better me: physically, mentally and emotionally. I also want to get into the competition world, and overall just do better than I did yesterday; simply put.

When you lift heavy, when was the first time you out lifted a guy? And what do your non-lifter friends think about what you do?
I out-lifted a really muscular dude at the gym about 2 weeks ago, I vividly remember it because I felt a feeling of accomplishment. I wasn’t grunting at all, but when he tried it at the weight I had it set at, he was panting like a dog. As for my friends, they are supportive. Although, I have a lot of outsiders that don’t understand it and like I said, put me down for being a vegan and bodybuilding at the same time.

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What do you tell women who think lifting heavy makes you look “manly”?
I get that all of the time, but it’s a big misconception to people who don’t understand it. You’re the creator of your body and just because you lift, doesn’t mean you are going to turn out like the Hulk or a look-a-like Arnold Schwarzenegger. Whatever goal you have, you can reach it. If you’re looking for an Arnold look, then, of course, you can reach it hitting those heavyweights, but for a woman who just want to tone up and over-all get that athletic, ripped, physique, then those weights are going to help you reach those goals as well. It’s all about how you go about it; understanding is key.

Anything you would like to tell the younger lifters? and/or anything else you would like to add?
I would just like to point out (from my experience) don’t listen to people who are putting you down, you need to fight past that. Also, understanding that results don’t just happen overnight, it takes patience and dedication…so don’t give up so easily!

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Founder of Fight Against Chicken Legs, part-time workout stuff, sometimes making websites look pretty, and saving the world #OneRepAtATime