Meet Lift for Life.com Model of the Month Maria Kang.
Born "Maria Mei-Sien Kang", her middle name means "Beautiful Goddess" in Chinese.
It would be easy to look at Maria, whose beauty is punctuated by an equally remarkable physique, and claim that she has been blessed with exceptional genetics. While we all must play the genetic hand that we have been dealt, Maria would be the first to respond that there are no free rides. Fitness requires effort, regardless of genetics, and that anyone who is willing to put forth the effort will find that they too can become a role model.
While visiting Maria's website, I became deeply moved by her passion for life as expressed in her poetry and in her journal. Maria has a sense of maturity and of the spiritual essence of life, which exceeds her years.
"If you are able to become aware of your limitations, you can begin redesigning the power of your own perception from within first. When you are able to create mental evolution – it doesn’t matter what the world delivers…your power is your ability to react to any negative or positive stimulus and have it serve you." Maria Kang
Graduated with double majors in International Relations and Asian History and minored in Political Science from the University of California, Davis with the goal to work with an International Company with business in China.
Certified personal trainer from the National Academy of Sports Medicine. Over seven years experience within the fitness and health industry as a group director, fitness manager, personal trainer, communications specialist and spokesperson.
Competed and either won or placed in 10 of the 12 local, state, national and international competitions I’ve entered.
Decided to make my passion a career and now work with 24 Hour Fitness Corporation as a Project Coordinator.
Currently reside in San Francisco, California
Favorite Body Part to Train:
Ever since I began training I always wanted to see the definition in my back. And ever since then I’ve focused on pull-ups, pull downs, dead lifts and rows to give me the separation and definition in my rhomboids, rear delts, lats and lower back region.
“Focus on Progress not Perfection. If you learn to enjoy the journey of your growth, then every day will become an achievement.”
I believe that there is a stark difference between being ‘fit’ and being ‘healthy.’ Maintaining internal equilibrium is very important to me so my goal in life is to be a good representative of healthy individual who is balanced in mind, body and spirit.
I love writing – I carry a notebook everywhere I go. This hobby coincides with my dreamy personality and my ability to think and think and think, all the time! I love reading. I can spend an entire day at the library or Borders and immerse myself in philosophy, history, psychology, biography and political books and journals. Besides reading and writing, I also love taking my niece and nephew to the park, walking my family dog, and taking day naps with my boyfriend, Louis Dorman.
Lift for Life.com is truly honored to feature Maria Kang as the Fitness Model of the Month. Maria can be contacted at her website on the link below.
Lift for Life Model of the Month