A Lifting Community Aligns to Promote Mental Health

Heather Eastman

Heather Eastman

A native of Santa Cruz, California, Heather happened upon a life-changing opportunity while earning her bachelor's degree from UCLA. Though her course work prepared her for a life in the medical field, Heather left it behind to pursue her love of exercise and fitness, earning certifications from the National Strength and Conditioning Association and the American Council on Exercise. She finished her degree while working for the university at the renowned John Wooden Center as a personal trainer and group exercise instructor.

In her 12 years' experience training clients and teaching classes, Heather went on to work with health and fitness professionals from around the country and mastered everything from competitive bodybuilding to CrossFit to aerial silks. She enjoys art and travel, having already visited 28 countries on 5 continents, and when she's not exploring the world or attempting new challenges she loves to be home where she can cook healthy meals, spend time with her pets, and watch movies.

A Lifting Community Aligns to Promote Mental Health

Anxiety and depression are common issues among athletes, especially physique competitors. Not only are these athletes under tremendous pressure to train for and perform in competitions, they must also push their bodies to the absolute limit for aesthetics.

The link between exercise and anxiety and depression is well established. At a time when many people aren't moving as much as they used to, lack of physical activity is a significant factor in overall mental health issues.

Although the conversation around mental health and athletics has changed significantly in the last few years, many athletes still choose to hide their struggles, fearing the stigma around mental health will affect their career. 

As an established authority in the bodybuilding and physique sports community, Bodybuilding.com decided to partner with the Anxiety and Depression Association of America (ADAA) to build content around this sensitive but important topic. Our combined mission is to break down the stigmas around mental health so more athletes and lifters can get the help they need. 

Why ADAA?

ADAA is a highly respected and trusted international nonprofit organization, working to prevent, treat, and cure anxiety disorders and depression through the alignment of science, treatment, and education. ADAA receives more than 11 million unique visitors from around the world to www.adaa.org each year.

ADAA's mission is to improve the quality of life for those with anxiety or depression disorders by helping individuals find the resources they need to seek treatment and develop a strong support system they can trust. ADAA also works closely with clinical researchers to stay on the cutting edge of the latest mental health therapies and treatments. 

Bodybuilding.com chose to align with ADAA so we can use our platform and content to help bring these resources to the lifting and bodybuilding community. We've dedicated a story series to promoting mental health among athletes with everything from real athletes' stories of struggle and triumph to the latest research on exercise and mental health.


For more information on how Bodybuilding.com is working to change the conversation around lifting and mental health, please visit https://www.bodybuilding.com/fun/strength-inside.html 

Heather Eastman

Heather Eastman

A native of Santa Cruz, California, Heather happened upon a life-changing opportunity while earning her bachelor's degree from UCLA. Though her course work prepared her for a life in the medical field, Heather left it behind to pursue her love of exercise and fitness, earning certifications from the National Strength and Conditioning Association and the American Council on Exercise. She finished her degree while working for the university at the renowned John Wooden Center as a personal trainer and group exercise instructor.

In her 12 years' experience training clients and teaching classes, Heather went on to work with health and fitness professionals from around the country and mastered everything from competitive bodybuilding to CrossFit to aerial silks. She enjoys art and travel, having already visited 28 countries on 5 continents, and when she's not exploring the world or attempting new challenges she loves to be home where she can cook healthy meals, spend time with her pets, and watch movies.

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