Why do women have an image of themselves looking like Arnold Schwarzenegger when they think about lifting heavy?
How many women do you see walking around looking like Arnold?
I’m pretty sure I’ve never seen one.
Sure, you see the pictures of the lady body builders who have their muscles and veins popping out – but guess what? It’s not natural. These ladies have to take testosterone and other illegal substances, not to mention work REALLY hard, to look that way.
Before I share the benefits of strength training, let me be vulnerable and share my pre-lifting/post-lifting pictures:
- Back squat 200 pounds
- Deadlift 200 pounds
- 10 chin ups
- Push ups with my 50# daughter on my back
Obviously reaching those goals took a lot of hard work and determination. I had to trust my Coach’s plan for me. I’d like to say it was easy reaching the goals. I had days where I wanted to quit. I had a whole bad month, actually. But I kept to it (any my Coach had to push me some days). When weights started to get easy, we made them heavier. When my Coach suggested raising weights by 5, 10 or 15 pounds, I always chose the heaviest options. I pushed myself.
By meeting the above goals, I was able to achieve a different body.
A strong, beautiful, feminine body!
I will reiterate. I lifted heavy 3 times a week. No running, no boot camp, no classes. Three times a week for 1 hour.
- You’ll be freaking strong
- Increased energy
- Better sleep
- Improved posture
- Lowered risk of heart disease
- Lowered risk of osteoporosis
- Improved confidence
- Helps relieve stress and anxiety