So everybody knows I like to stay fit, in the gym at 6am, there every day, like I pretty much live there… BLAH, BLAH, BLAH. But for the longest time I was very hesitant about strength training. Not because I thought it would be challenging and couldn’t do it, it was because some guy made a comment that deterred from being best Wonder Woman I can be!
Dude: “You need to slow down with the weights”.
Dude: “Your arms are too muscular”
Me: My arms are naturally muscular, lifting helps with definition and toning.
Dude: “Just an observation”
Me: Ok great. (In my head) 1) Shut the F$%k up 2) You are really jealous because my veins are more pronounced than yours 3) Go kick rocks with flip flops... How about that for an observation, sir!
After getting over that mental hurdle and having several conversations with various trainers including my own, I realized that just because I lift weights doesn’t mean I’m going to bulk up. So before you ladies say “no thanks” to weights, take some time to reconsider and learn about the importance of strength training for women. Strength training helps women stay strong, burn calories, and build healthy bones.
As you know, if you are burning calories the weight should start melting away. “Training with weights keeps your body working long after you’ve stopped lifting. This is the process commonly known as “after-burn.” The body’s ability to continue burning calories after exercise is called “excess post-exercise oxygen consumption,” or EPOC”. So lets do this ladies!
1) If lifting/strength training is new to you, start out with some basics, like pushups, pull-ups, abdominal crunches and mountains climbers.
2) When using free weights and machines for the first time, seek out assistance. I don’t want you to hurt yourself.
3) Switch up focal points each day. Sunday I worked on glutes and legs. Lunges and squats with weights to intensify my workout. Because I want that part of my body to get bigger, I lifted heavier with a decent amount of repetitions at 3-4 sets.
There is a science to strength training, believe it or not. It is important to lift the weight that is appropriate for YOU, use the equipment that best suits your needs and utilize accessories that will improve your workout. One of my very good friends Cornell Conaway developed these really awesome grips that I use when I lift. His GAINZ SPORTSGEAR company manufactures elite and unique weight lifting and cross training equipment.
The Gainz Load & Lock Grips are made up of Kevlar, which has high strength and is light in weight. Gainz grips are specifically designed to allow you to load in your desired equipment and then lock it down while providing you stronger and tighter grip, thereby alleviating grip fatigue. The grips have been technically manufactured so that they can be used for any push and pull exercise. They also have a built-in cushion at the top of the Kevlar pad for comfort.
I use my Gainz Load & Lock Grips pretty much all the time. I like these grips because I barely feel the bar and most importantly, it reduces calluses keeping my hands smooth like butter. Seriously, who wants calluses…. So not attractive. With my regular gloves, I would have to replace them quite often but my GAINZ Grips are going strong six months and counting. Check out the GAINZ product line, become a #GAINZGIRL @Gainz_sportsgear and “Embrace the Process”!
In the event a dude comes talking some nonsense about you lifting, tell him to “go kick rocks with flip flops but not before handing you that 35lbs plate”!
Enjoy the Journey,