Outside of the fitness industry, I have another career. I work as a child advocate and a speaker for Childhood Domestic Violence in my home state of West Virginia. As some of you may know, I myself am a survivor of CDV and credit weight training and my pursuit of recreational bodybuilding for me being so blessed to not only give back to the advocacy fields, but live my dream of working in the fitness world today.
Hard training, healthy eating, and smart supplementation changed my life. When I speak and work with other victims of either domestic violence or families dealing with issues around child abuse, I always share that following the lifestyle we all know and love can not only change their lives but it can very well save it as well.
We all know what we may fall victim to if we don’t eat right and exercise. We put ourselves at risk for diabetes, heart disease, osteoporosis, asthma, high blood pressure, and many other health issues that can affect or shorten our lives. According to the Center for Disease Control, the risks are even greater if you’re a survivor of child abuse in any form, including Childhood Domestic Violence. The same can be said for survivors of domestic violence – male or female.
Whether we want to face the fact or not, it’s still true that we either know or have known someone in our lives to be affected by some form of abuse. We, as followers of the fitness lifestyle owe it to ourselves, those people we know that have suffered, and the lifestyle itself to reach out to those people and talk to them about starting to learn more about nutrition and beginning an exercise program. The benefits for them to do this include:
- a short term escape from the negative thought patterns associated with the abuse
- a positive way to deal with the stress without hurting others or themselves
- investing into themselves so they can combat and avoid any or all of the health risks I covered before
- showing their children a better way to cope as well as involving them to improve family bonding
- improving self confidence that will flow into other areas of their lives including school and work
- if they go to a gym, they can slowly begin to meet like-minded people and improve social life
- and many more ways than they can imagine right now.
Topics like this aren’t easy to discuss. I know because I see families all the time whose lives have been changed forever due to the issues surrounding abuse. However, I’d propose that even if we helped one person by letting them know we care, that one person could not only make a change for the better in his or her own life, but go on to help many more others along the way. That alone is enough for us to take that step, reach out that hand, and share the wisdom we have as people who’ve been living healthy for as long as we have.
Editors Note: Roger’s story is featured in the new book, “Invincible: The 10 Lies You Learn Growing Up Living With Domestic Violence and the Truths To Set You Free” which is available at major bookstores and on Amazon. For more information, go to www.invinciblethebook.com .
About the Author
Roger “ROCK” Lockridge is a writer whose work has been seen all over the world. He is most known as a writer for Iron Man Magazine and Bodybuilding.com. In 2009, he was named Bodybuilding.com Male Writer of the Year which along with the Female award is the highest award for writers in the bodybuilding/fitness world.
Roger is also known for his work against child abuse and domestic violence and he was featured as a part of the domestic violence documentary “30” as the only child survivor and the only male survivor in the film.