Lady Legacies: Vol I-The Schmult-Serbick Duo

As is intended, this first installment of the blog will tell the tale of a family that encompasses the foundation of Legacy Strength Systems.  For both Jennie and Ally the path of strength has allowed them to discover not only a competitive outlet but also a way of life.  For two young ladies hailing from a family with it’s roots in wrestling it’s no surprise that they’ve found early success in a sport where reward is directly effected by individual effort, discipline, and performance.  The following is a glimpse into both of their stories.

“The trailblazer” Jennie (left) and “the future’ her cousin Ally (right)



How did you discover Legacy Strength Systems?

“I began training with Pete when I was 16 years old and going into my junior year of high school. I never had intentions of ever weight lifting for training or weight lifting as a sport; as  I was a springboard diver and gymnast who had never touched weights before. My younger brother was training with Pete at the time (for wrestling) and was part of the powerlifting team, Pete coached. I had been driving my brother to the gym and had seen him compete before but had never stepped foot in the gym. The summer of 2012 changed everything!  Convincing me that I had a talent for strength, my brother and Pete had me come in for a training session that I ended up thoroughly enjoying. The workout was hard, I was sore and tired but I felt accomplished. So I kept coming back and each time was a progressive experience.  As I got to know Pete and the other athletes, each session became more fun, it became a family. I began to look forward to going to lift and to seeing everyone at the gym. I was hooked.”

What has training with LSS meant to you?

“Training for me has turned into an escape from everything else in the world. It’s the only consistent thing in my life I can count on. It’s the one thing I GET to do every day. I can have the worst day and will still look forward to training because it is this world entirely separate from the hassle of everything else I MUST do and worry about. I can also have the best day and training will just make it better.”

What has training and competing allowed you to discover about yourself?

“In the 5 years I’ve been training and competing, I know that I’ve grown up and changed quite a bit. When I first started off, I was very self-conscious of my body and concerned about the stigma that strength training will make a woman look manly. Well, lifting has made me more comfortable with myself than anything else ever could have. I loved the sport!!! And the results that came with training were just the icing on the cake. I was worried about looking manly because of the weights and I could not have been more wrong. Even though powerlifting, weightlifting, and most every strength sport (training) is often perceived as male-dominant; coming in and competing as a 16 year old 120lb girl was a bit of a shock. I learned quickly though that even the 6ft 7in, 280lb guy in the room is cheering for you to do your best. That taught me that I didn’t need to be afraid of well, these big guys for one, but also of failing because people were happy that I did my best and that it was ok to try extreme things even If I was potentially the only female around. I learned that I like to push the limits and test myself and compete with the boys. This mindset is what helped ease my decision to join the Army.  

Jennie heads to basic!

In essence, training and competing with Pete and Legacy Strength Systems has developed more than just physical strength.   I can now face other challenges in a hard nosed, strong willed, and goal oriented manner.”



How did you discover Legacy Strength Systems?

“After my ACL/ Meniscus surgery I felt very physically weak even after completing physical therapy. I was physically behind where I needed to be after taking about a year off from soccer. After my physical therapy, I used to go to the gym with the guidance of my dad, but then there became a time when my dad didn’t know what to do anymore. As a result, my dad gave his all-knowing older sister (Terri) a call.  Knowing her kids (my cousins) have trained with Legacy Strength Systems for years in preparation for their respective sports and competitive lifting.  Aunt Terri put us in contact with Pete, we gave him a call and that is how it all began.” 
What has training with LSS meant to you?
“The training has been one of the most mentally fulfilling things I have ever done. Pete’s system allows me to make consistent progress every day I train while looking forward to bigger milestones down the road. After coming back to soccer, after surgery, it was very frustrating to see that I was basically at the same skill level, if not a little below where I was last year. Mentally I had hit a wall and I saw no way out, other than to just go through the motions. The post surgery weight training with Pete, bridged the gap from my healed state to becoming an athlete again.  As I was able to make mini accomplishments every training day the larger milestones became visible and is one of the coolest things about training with Pete. The best feeling in the world is accomplishment, being able to do something that I previously would not have been able to do. No matter how much I pushed myself in soccer I felt like I was making little to no progress, but when I started training with Pete, that feeling of accomplishment emerged again. After surgery I was mentally and physically in a hole, and Pete had helped me out through the weight training.”
What has training and competing allowed you to discover about yourself?
“Through the training and competing I have learned how strong I actually am and what I’m capable of. I truly now know the value of challenging and training oneself to be better everyday. If you just go through the motions without aim or precision; you don’t force yourself to be better, no progress is made. Something in my mind clicked after training where I came to realize the value in precisely pushing oneself. If you do not strive to be better or stronger than the day before, then what’s the point? After just going through the motions in soccer, I was not having fun and something had to change. That change occurred when I would push myself, with the help of other people, in the weight room and inevitably I was happier doing weight training than soccer. Rather than just going through the motions, the mentality to be better each day is so much more self fulfilling.” 
Ally pulls 203 at her first meet
1st Meet

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