I have always had a passion for health & fitness and excelled in many sports. I later went onto doing a sports science degree and found my passion for weightlifting. I pulled a truck for charity which was my biggest achievement and competed in a lots of power lifting competitions and I loved it. The thought of reaching new PBs was my ultimate goal.
But it’s not all been smooth sailing. My first injury was during my last year of school was when I partially tore my ACL playing football. Unfortunately, I had two more injuries on the same knee with my medial meniscus and ACL again from my playing netball and doing gymnastics - 3 operations later I have been told there is nothing mechanically wrong with my knee and all is good.
I didn’t do so well with my recovery - physically and mentally. It took me a long time to heal from the operations and I kind of fell out of love with weightlifting and the gym all together. I stopped training for about two years - put on lots of weight and was just genuinely unhappy.
I think not being able to achieve what I used to in terms of lifting just mentally affected me. I got frustrated with myself a lot and just gave up. Looking back, I know this was not the right attitude - I had to teach myself how to walk again so maybe shouldn’t have been so hard on myself and expected to much.
It was only really the start of last year I got back into the gym - My partner is into fitness, and he helped me find the love for it again. He competes in bodybuilder competitions, and he has inspired me so much, I would love to be able to do the same.
I did my first cut last year and was happy with how I looked. I am now focusing on bulking and increasing my muscle mass. I am smashing upper body however I find leg training hard. I still get niggles and pains in my knee particularly when squatting, even when not lifting much weight.
I honestly wish I would have found U Perform right at the start of my injuries even before - as I may have been able to prevent the injuries in the first place. I have been taking Active Collagen for two months now and the pain in my knee is a lot less than it once was before.
I am going to continue to take Active Collagen to help support my recovery from my injuries and help to prevent further injury. I am trusting the process and giving it time to then enable me to increase my weight particularly when squatting to be able to increase my muscle mass. Ideally next year I would love to be able to compete in a figure competition but right now I need to focus on my lower leg strength.
I will be taking U Perform on my journey all the way to the stage and so grateful to have a product that is there to support my ligaments and soft tissue. I find many weightlifters avoid supplements like collagen when in fact it’s needed due to the amount of stress and impact it has on your joints.
Particularly with all my previous injuries Active Collagen is a must every single day for me to help me achieve my goals. I’ve recommended Active Collagen to all my friends and family as I feel like everyone needs this - my brothers play football and struggle with knee injuries all the time, so I keep telling them - get Active Collagen! My partner as well has been taking active collagen with me to help support his joints. I love it!