Posted on March 02 2018
Cam Spear is on a continuous journey to stay healthy and get stronger. When Spear is not working, she’s at the gym, hiking, walking, or swimming.
She first developed a love for health and fitness when she was playing basketball in high school, but once she attended college, she hit a slump. “During college I was very inactive until I began running on a treadmill once or twice a week. For many years I was only doing cardio until a gym owner offered to show me how to use the different machines in the gym.”
After incorporating weights to her workouts, Spear met some power lifters who took her under their wing. With their help, she began lifting heavy weights and immediately fell in love with resistance training. “Ever since then I’ve been addicted to lifting and getting stronger!”
Some of her favorite exercises include squats, deadlifts, chin-ups and lat pulldowns. A few of the many resistance exercises women often shy away from.
Spear said no exercise is restricted to either gender. “I would advice these women to look into some ladies who lift heavy on Instagram. The only women who ever get bulky are the ones who are training for a figure competition. Weights make women stronger and curvier. Not only do they make women have amazing bodies, but it gives women the confidence to love their bodies no matter what it looks like.”
It’s been nearly three years since Spear’s newfound addiction and she is working to inspire others to do the same. “I tell people that they must first make goals, then make a plan, and before you know it, they’ll be addicted.”
To help inspire people to live healthy, Spear operates a personal website, Fit Life of Cam, and an Instagram (IG) account, @fitlifeofcam. She posts her workouts on her IG to motivate others to come up with ideas for their own workouts.
Spear makes sure to post content that shows the hardships that come along with health and fitness. “The doubts, the trouble, the pain. Being honest and telling others the ups and downs allows them to understand that we’re all human … we’re all the same … all of the troubles that they might be having or feeling … they’re not alone.”
She hopes her current journey includes reaching personal lifting records on her squats, deadlifts and bench press, and possibly participating in a power lifting competition.
Spear is a research technician for a genetics laboratory at UNC in Chapel Hill, N.C.