Season 1,

Ep. 48: Megan Benzik, Life – and CrossFit – with Lupus

January 23, 2018

Megan Benzik is not your average CrossFit Regional Athlete. At 27 years old, she has been awakened to the power of her mind and is using it to combat her lupus diagnosis.

Immediately after finding out about her diagnosis, Meg was pushed into the fitness lifestyle by her Mom. She was able to see that despite her lupus, she was still just as strong and capable as she had been prior.

Fifteen years later and her outlook has yet to stray from one of positivity and focus.

Meg quickly realized that her perspective on her situation would be the make or break for how far she could push the limits. She created the habit of noticing when her thoughts were not productive and refused to let those negative ideas plant a seed in her mind.

As a CrossFit trainer, she has proudly taken this mentality into her coaching regime using her own story to inspire her clients to push their limits.

Her success has come from these life choices.

Refuse to play the victim.

Despite being diagnosed with lupus at a young age, she never sat in fear. Meg immediately pushed through the diagnosis and focused on consistently becoming a better version of herself both mentally and physically.

Become aware of your thoughts.

Meg learned quickly that what she believed was going to come true. If she believed her lupus would hold her back, it would. Using self awareness, she ensures that she is believing in herself and her strength so that it becomes her reality.

Don’t give in to the temptation of excuses.

Seeing excuses with many of her beginner clients, Meg is proud to coax them out of that fearful state. Her outlook is simple, there is no excuse if you really want to achieve something. You’ll do it no matter what.

Better Than Yesterday Quotes 

“I’ve always had the mindset that if they can do it, why can’t I?”

“I never questioned it when I was diagnosed with lupus, I looked at it as a challenge.”

“If you want to do something, and you really want it, you can make it happen. No matter what it is. You just have to be willing to give it all you have.”

In this episode, I talk with Meg Benzik. A CrossFit Regional Athlete and trainer, Meg shows the true power of perseverance. Diagnosed with lupus at the age of 12, she has continued to fight fatigue and powered through to achieve her goals. Living her fitness passion, Meg is using her diagnosis as a way to inspire her clients to reach for more. Meg is inspiring, driven and is a testimony to the importance of self love and support.

Show Timeline

1:57 Get to know Megan

3:30 Megan talks about incorporating her diagnosis into her workout routine

5:15 Megan’s outlook on her diagnosis

16:12 How she ensures her clients reach their fitness goals

18:32 What to expect from Megan in 2018

20:30 Get inspired!

Connect with Meg on Instagram, here.

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