Thank GOODNESS it’s finally Friday! Yesterday was one of those days where I felt like I had to be a million places at once and while I did a lot, felt like I accomplished nothing. Ugh.
I got in a pretty awesome bench workout which is always good. My chin-ups felt harder than normal but I still rocked out 3 sets of 8. I also worked up to 125 x 3 on the bench. I really want to be able to press 150lbs soon – 10lbs to go!
Yesterday I also got to go and work with the kids at Investing in children again where I instruct bootcamp classes. Yesterday we played bootcamp monopoly. I set out the game pieces with spots such as ‘push up place’, ‘high knee highway’ and ‘squat street’ and a bunch of different chance cards. It was a blast and I can’t wait to go back next week!
I also took Steve’s car to get detailed. It had to be at the shop for 8am which meant I didn’t get to nap after my 6am bootcamp class. Even though the place was all the way across town it was totally worth the drive. I took it to Ultimate Automobiles and they did such a great job! Seriously the car looks like we just bought it. They were so nice and I got a frequent member card so when I bring in mine or Steve’s car again we get 50% off our services. Deal! If you live in London I highly recommend them, it was sooooo worth it.
After one of my awesome bootcampers was super sweet enough to drive me all the way across town to pick up my car from the detailers (thanks Rachael!) I came home and made Steve and I some homemade pizza and popcorn.
I just love our Thursday night popcorn!
I haven’t always loved lifting weights like I do now. I used to think cardio classes and eating low fat food was the way to a rockin’ bod (how times change). Now that I have been lifting consistently for 6+ years, getting really serious since opening our gym 2.5 years ago I look forward to getting stronger, breaking my old records and basically kicking ass in the gym.
What a lot of people don’t think about are the practical reasons for being strong. Yes it’s nice to feel badass in the gym but what about outside the gym? Here are a few reasons why being strong rocks.
1. Reduced Risk of Osteoporosis – Strength training builds up your bone density, especially spinal density, which can help reduce your risk for osteoporosis.
A research study by Ontario’s McMaster University found that a year-long strength training program increased the spinal bone mass of postmenopausal women by nine percent. Furthermore, women who do not participate in strength training actually experience a decrease in bone density. – Source
People like Tracy Anderson who claim that “No woman should lift more than 3 pounds” and yes, she really said that, make me sick. Her number one client Gwyneth Paltrow suffers from Osteopenia, the precursor to osteoporosis. Maybe if she ate more than 700 calories like Tracy’s plan suggests and picked up a barbell she could reverse the damage!
2. Faster Metabolism – The more lean muscle mass you have the more energy your body expends to keep it. Your body has to work harder and therefore use more calories to maintain muscle than it does to maintain fat. Strength training also provides a nice after burn so even after your workout your metabolism stays elevated. I personally like knowing that when I’m sitting on my couch relaxing at the end of the day that I’m burning calories from my workouts.
3. Being able to lift stuff – It’s nice to be able to lift everyday objects without it fatiguing you. Whether it’s carry in groceries, lugging around heavy boxes, moving furniture or carrying your kids around. Being strong makes day to day life easier.
4. Better Posture – If you train correctly and don’t over-train or under-train then you’re more likely to have better posture. This is especially good if you’re one of those people stuck behind a desk all day.
5. Be better at sports – Even if you don’t play competitive sports being stronger will help make you faster and more explosive. Being strong will help improve your overall performance.
6. Reduce Stress – When you are stressed out there is nothing better than going into the gym and moving some serious weight. Whether you move some weight in a power rack, push a heavy prowler or wail away with a sledgehammer, the natural rush of endorphins is awesome.
7. Confidence – Being strong can help you feel good about yourself and boost your self esteem. When you’re making progress in the gym the confidence from that can trickle down and effect other areas of your life.
8. Look good naked – There is a saying “Cardio makes you look good in clothes, lifting weights makes you look good naked.”
I will take tight toned lifted glutes every time!
Being strong has soooo many benefits outside the gym – although it is fun to walk into a room and know that I can out lift some of the guys in there – I’m not saying you have to bench your bodyweight (although that is awesome) but starting lifting!
It is never to late to start strength training. Check out this video of a 70 year old grandmother turned powerlifter!
I find it really funny (and sad) that some women still think lifting weights will bulk you up – I lift heavy 3-4 days a week and I’m definitely no where near being hulk-esque. You will be amazed at just how strong you are and how good it feels to make progress once you start. Stop thinking that the weights are just for the guys – get off that elliptical and go lift something!