Are You Lifting Heavy Things?

Are you lifting heavy things on a regular basis?

Have you heard that “women shouldn’t lift heavy weights”?

Are you afraid that if you lift anything heavier than a 5 lb weight you might “bulk up”?

I call b.s. on these claims.

What does your suitcase weigh?

How about a bag of mulch, or dog food?

If you want to be able to chuck your suitcase into the overhead bin, or load your kayak onto your car, or if you are concerned about losing muscular strength or bone density, you need to lift weights, and 2 lb dumbbells aren’t going to cut it.

To develop massive, bulky muscles takes a lot of work (and often supplemental help from steroids or testosterone). Doing weighted squats, or chest presses twice a week is not going to make you look like a monster.

One common theme I hear from most new clients is “I’m walking almost every day, but I don’t do strength work on my own”. I’ve heard lots of reasons women do not lift weights. You may be afraid of injuring (or reinjuring) yourself, or you’re not sure exactly how to program, or schedule your workouts. Maybe you find it boring, or prefer the camaraderie of a group cardio fitness class, to the solitary, sometimes lonely experience of taking yourself through a strength workout at home or at the gym.

If you don’t know how or where to start, give me a call. We will chat about your goals, and your current activity, and set a plan going forward to help you live your best life!

We can meet for one session, then you can take yourself through your workouts on your own, we could meet weekly until you feel comfortable about your knowledge of the exercises and your form.

If small groups are more your thing, join an ongoing class. In our Monday yoga, Wednesday Pilates, and Saturday Barre classes, we incorporate weights and resistance training, often doing squats, lunges, rows, and push ups.

If you don’t have equipment at home I will provide you with everything you need to set up a basic home gym, or we can look around the house for tools you can use for now to get started. A large bag of rice can provide dynamic load. A step stool, or sturdy box, can sub for a bench. If you are new to exercise, or recovering from an injury, bodyweight workouts may be the way to go.

To get started, give me a call today and we will set up a complimentary consultation to see if we are a good fit.

I look forward to meeting you!

~Anne

(503) 705-4762

Health and Wellness