Something that enrages me as an avid lifter and a woman is seeing articles and pictures and posts and everything else that encourage women to lift, all while picturing a woman holding a five or 10 pound weight… Maybe 15 on a good day.
Now do not get me wrong, I LOVE the encouragement of women to lift! I think it is fantastic we are finally praising the strong body. As they say now “Strong is the New Skinny”. My life motto :)
But when women are told to lift and only pictured with 10-15 pounds, it can get under my skin.
I have been lifting for about four years now. What started in college as a requirement for my team soon turned into a passion to make myself the best I could be. For a long time I was focused on being in the gym to improve myself for volleyball. Although that is still a large focus of mine, my motivations have shifted a little.
Since lifting more and lifting heavy there is a motivation to get stronger. When I see the difference of only being able to do one pull-up, then three, and now six, I get excited and pumped up to work harder.
I lift heavier because I want to be stronger and I like the changes I see in my body. When I started, 15 pounds was my challenging weight for bicep curls. Now 25 and 30 are my challenge. I hope to progress and be lifting 35 pounds as my challenge! I won’t be satisfied, I want to keep progressing. I do not want to be a body builder, but I want to be impressive. I do not want to bulk up, but I want to be stronger. I want to hang on the pull up bar or stand on the squat rack next to anyone and do just as many reps or even more.
As a first starter, you should lift what you can and keep good form– that’s the most important thing. 10-12 reps is plenty before a short rest. You can look up articles and pinterest boards for some simple start up workouts, OR Just Ask Me! I am happy to help and excited to get people started.
For the more experienced lifters that would like to shake it up, I have tips for you as well. :)
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Remember to challenge yourself. “What doesn’t challenge you, won’t change you”… Challenge and change yourself today!