Strength Training: From Intimidated to Strong & Confident
When we decide we want to get fit and healthy we see strong, toned, and beautifully defined images in our head. We see active Mamas with busy kids, and healthy family habits. We desperately want this pretty picture to be our reality. But how do we get started? How do we make this dream a reality?
For many years I struggled with an endless cycle of intense cardio I hated. After I had my 3rd baby the cycle started over again. I felt that to lose the baby weight I needed to push myself harder and eat less. I did this for a while becoming more and more exhausted, beat down and what many would call “skinny fat.” But then I found strength training and my life drastically changed. Strength training has been a lifesaver for me. I have finally found fitness I enjoy, and lifting weights everyday is not a chore, it is part of my lifestyle. It has also not only changed my body in amazing ways, it has also transformed my mind. I am more confident, capable, and empowered than I have ever been in my life!
When making a serious change and starting a strength training program we need to have an open mind. We need to try a new way of thinking and let go of all the things we may have heard about lifting weights. We need to bust through the myths and get educated on the real benefits of weightlifting. Let’s do this together!
Myth #1: Lifting weights will make women bulky.
Bottom line, it will not happen, it can not happen. Women don’t have the hormones that men have and will NOT build muscle the same. You will not look like a bodybuilder. It takes women and men years and often times the use of steroids to get HUGE. This will not happen for you.
Myth #2: Lifting weight will make me look like a man.
Lifting heavy will absolutely not make you look like a man but it WILL get you toned, curvy and sexy. And I promise you now that no amount of cardio will help you achieve muscle definition or the “toned” look us women desire.
Myth #3: Weightlifting isn’t good for fat loss.
Soak in this simple equation: More muscles = faster metabolism = more fat loss. Muscle burns more calories at rest than fat. Having more muscle means you will have a higher resting metabolism which in turn means more fat loss!!
Myth #4: I need to do cardio everyday.
Cardio is the least important and the least effective way to lose fat. A proper weight training routine and proper nutrition are far more important. You will have an elevated metabolic rate for 2 days after lifting – cardio doesn’t give you that.
Now that we have busted through the myths and we are ready to get started we need two important things: A plan to guide us and the proper equipment!
One of the main reasons women don’t lift weights is because we are scared and intimidated to get started. When we try something new and we have no idea what we are doing we shy away from being a beginner and getting started at all. When we have a plan to guide us along the way and show us the ropes, being a beginner is much less scary.
To get started lifting at home you will need some weights. An adjustable set of dumbbells or multiple sets of different weights to use for a variety of exercises is the key to being successful.
Are you ready to add strength training into your workout routine? Are you pumped up and excited? Oh good! Because I have included a special video just for you! Here is a beginner simple strength training leg and butt workout demo!!
Don’t let intimidation and fear keep you from the health and fitness goals you dream of. Strength training can be so simple to implement, take the leap, you won’t regret it.
If you are ready to take your health and fitness goals to the next level and start lifting weights and getting STRONG download my FREE Beginner Strength Training Guide for Women. You will first learn the basics of lifting weights at home, then you can get started training today with 3 simple workouts, a 1 week workout schedule, and bonus warmup and cardio information. Check it out here: Beginner Strength Training Guide for Women