Kids can be pretty cruel and Lori Harder got that message at a very young age.
She learned, in of all places, on a diving board when she was 11-years-young. Kids, friends even, chanted a derogatory remark for all her innocent world to hear and comprehend. As quickly as possible, she splashed into a stream of consciousness that forever change her.
Harder felt shame. Embarrassment. Anger. She contemplated under water all of her life's possibilities, including "Maybe I just won't come up at all," she said.
Harder made a pact that day to go a different direction totally — even at that ripe age — and eventually took a swan dive into the fitness world. Her life would change forever.
Now a fitness cover model and three-time fitness world champion, Harder is an expert in transformation, self love and mindfulness. Even though she didn't play sports in high school — she was raised in a strict religious home in the remote region of Michigan — Harder offers powerful advice and inspiration to young athletes in this 22nd episode of Play Like a Girl.
Harder shares with Nikki B her amazing inner and outer struggles growing up, the world of fitness, her annual weekend event called "The Bliss Project" and her new book, "A Tribe Called Bliss."
Host Nikki Bondura — aka Nikki B — calls Harder her "role model and inspiration."
Bondura, the upbeat former collegiate athlete from Northern California, wants
to build confidence in females who play sports by offering vital life
skills and advice in order to enhance their athletic careers, and
overall lives. Her guests are uplifting, relatable and in many cases, inspirational.
In her weekly podcasts, Nikki B brings in
expert guests to discuss a plethora of topics, ranging from and dealing
with teammate drama to peer pressure to social media to relationships
to inappropriate coaches.
winner on the Golf Channel's "Shotmakers," Nikki B is a former captain of the
Sacramento State golf team. She is a leader in the fields of blogging, social media, marketing, networking and branding.
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