Lessons Learned From Strength Training

Hello! How was your weekend? In case you missed them, here were my weekend posts:

Ultimate Margarita Date – June
Sunday Style

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As I have mentioned, I started back to strength training on June 1st. I thought I would share some of the things I have learned/remembered this week.

Squats rock (and you will feel them later) – I am doing both regular squats and plie squats in my workouts. OUCH! I had forgotten how much I feel those. Luckily it is that good soreness, even if it does make stairs challenging. And squats are an easy exercise you can do almost anywhere! And you can use weights or not. Sooo many options.

I am enjoying the women’s only area – The gym I go to is HUGE – 120,000 square feet. There are weights and machines everywhere. I typically workout in the co-ed areas upstairs, but this week I found myself in the nice quiet women’s only area. I think I am concentrating more on my workout than what everyone else is doing. Don’t belong to the gym? Buy a few pairs of dumbbells, a kettlebell or two, and a stability ball. Voila! Instant home gym.

There are always ways to make exercises easier or harder. – Depending on the day, you may need to make an exercise easier or harder. You can make it harder by lifting more weight, doing more reps, or doing more sets. Make it easier by doing less weight, sitting instead of standing, etc. And don’t forget that after a couple of weeks, you will probably need to move up in weights or reps or sets.

I feel badass. – Even lifting lighter weights makes me feel badass. Doing the leg machine always makes me feel super badass. Find your strong. This is especially helpful if you are having a rough day. Want to see badass in action? Check out the Might Kacy in American Ninja Warrior (and set your DVR – she is back on tonight).

Never be afraid of getting bulky. – Want to know what women who lift weights look like? Check THIS out. Don’t worry about getting bulky. Seriously.

You are never too old to lift. – Weight lifting is great for all ages. And don’t ever think you are too old to start or continue. There is an 85-year-old man at the gym (on a cane) who does the treadmill, then go upstairs and does some machines. We should all strive for that. And women especially need strength training in their life.

And finally, don’t stop. – This is the one I need to remember most. Keep going. Unless you are specifically training for something, 2-3 full body workouts a week is all you need. This will not take hours in the gym or at home.

Cheers!

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4 Responses to “Lessons Learned From Strength Training”

  1. Oh you know me πŸ™‚ I learned every single thing from weight room πŸ™‚

  2. Love this! I am going to try to incorporate some strength training into my workouts this week and this is totally motivating me to do it! I just wish I knew how to use the machines πŸ™

  3. Awesome lessons, + yay for squats! I need to get my butt (haha) back to the gym to do those!

    Kacy Catanzaro is amazinggggg. <3 American Ninja Warrior looks like so much fun!