These days Brazilian butt lifts are all the rage to get the perfect Kardashian-inspired glutes, but this girl shows you can do it on your own without any surgery.
San Diego State University student Karina Rutledge got big into weight-lifting and altered her body shape.
After a horrific break-up from a toxic relationship, Karina was spurred on to gain some weight after being told by a doctor she was unhealthily skinny.
This is before she began weight-lifting…
Speaking to UNILAD about her journey, Karina said:
My freshman and sophomore year of college I was in an extremely toxic relationship. My boyfriend at the time was cheating on me with my own roommate and was emotionally abusive.
We broke up after a two year relationship and I was heartbroken. I was hurting. When we were together I unhealthily lost a ton of weight. I downloaded an app on my phone and literally restricted myself to 1,000 calories a day.
It was insane. On top of that I was doing so much cardio. I was being told by everyone around me that I was getting too skinny too fast. Even my doctor said I was unhealthy and had to gain some weight back. I didn’t want to listen to them because I wanted to desperately be skinny.
After we broke up I was sad. I didn’t know how to pick myself up again. I finally got out of a toxic relationship and I just didn’t have a clue what to do.
Then I started seeing all of these fitness gurus on Instagram and YouTube how they were able to transform their bodies by lifting weights.
I couldn’t believe it! I asked my friends, Drew and Eden, to show me the ropes. To take me to the gym. I then started to realise that, while I was lifting, I wasn’t sad anymore.
I was filled with all of these endorphins and I was genuinely happy. I started watching a ton of workout videos on YouTube and deleted my calorie tracker. I was focused on eating more and lifting heavy.
I made this journal with a ton of research I did on how to grow your glutes. It was the reason how I was able to literally change my body shape.
Karina now eats over 2,200 calories a day and is ‘not afraid of any type of food’, saying ‘I eat pizza if I want to, I eat ice cream if I want to’.
Her body shape has drastically changed, and she said her ‘entire personality has changed’ since she started lifting.
The student said she trains her glutes two to three times a week, shoulders twice a week, and her back and biceps once a week.
She accompanies this exercise with a diet of her choice, but says she tries to ‘eat cleaner’ on most days having a lot of protein and carbs.
It took four months before Karina noticed a difference in her body, but once she had, she said, ‘working out became an addiction’.
Karina spoke about the response she has had on Twitter:
It’s kind of crazy and unreal how many girls have told me that they inspired me and asked for my advice.
I get tons of DMs daily asking me for help and I love it so so much. If I can help make another girl feel more confident and love herself more than my job is done.
I came out with a workout guide that over 13,000 people have actually downloaded. That is crazy. That means close to 13,000 people are taking my advice and reading my notes and research.
I never ever thought in a million years that would happen.
Karina is looking at getting a personal training certificate next to help others see the results she has.