I have recently begun a proper, legit strength training program. This has been a long time coming when I think about it, since I have long followed and admired Youtubers such as Megan Gallagher, Jazmine Garcia and Chelsea Karabin. But the idea of lifting, and lifting heavy was something that took me a while to get my head around.
Thankfully, I had a free personal trainer session at my gym, so I took that as an opportunity to learn proper form as well as get an idea of how much exactly I should be looking to lift.
Legs are my main focus at the moment because 1. #bootygainz and 2. as a runner I need to work on leg strength and stability. So I train legs twice a week, which has actually been a bit of a logistical nightmare when combined with my running- essentially I can’t train legs just before or after a long or pace run.
But honestly, lifting has been one of the most empowering things I’ve done in a long time. Stepping into the free weights section of the gym is really intimidating as it’s a very male-dominated area, with testosterone raging and egos on the loose. But really, it’s so worth it. Being the only girl in the weights room make you feel badass; building strength makes you feel empowered. There’s really no other way to put it: lifting heavy shit feels awesome.
I think as women we’re used to being termed the weaker sex, but gradually women who lift are becoming more mainstream thanks to badass female lifters and, of course, Crossfit.. Of course you still have to put up with comments about getting too big, too strong etc, but it’s just a case of not letting the body-policing get to you. It’s intimidating at first; I was scared to lift proper weight as I was just full of self doubt, as it wasn’t the normal thing to do- you mainly see women on the resistance machines or lifting smaller dumbbells. I had no idea just how heavy I would have to lift in order to make the progress I wanted- (hint: it was much more than I thought!)
I guess my point is this: running is tough, lifting is tough. They’re just two different forms of badassery. Each discipline makes me feel empowered in its own way, so here’s to the #gains!