what we can learn from strength training

Post by Lynn DeVasto for the Kind Kindred series.

Photo by Gina VanWell

Hi there, beautiful people, I am LOVING writing for Kind Over Matter. I am so grateful to Lara and to you for allowing me to be a small part of your week. Although I am a personal trainer and wellness coach, I talk a lot about the emotional side of our lives because I think it’s so important. Our physical bodies are only here for a short while, whereas our souls are for always. That being said, I want to talk to you about the benefits of working out and how it can mirror our lives.

By far, my favorite type of workout is strength training. It is important, for so many reasons, to get it right with good form, modifications as needed, and appropriate weights. Heavy weights lifted slowly with low reps is what tightens you up and gives you the results you look for. Simply put, this kind of training just gets the job done. A good rule of thumb is to lift heavy enough that you can complete 8-12 reps s-l-o-w-l-y. If you can’t do 8, lighten the weight. If you can do much more than 12, raise your weight. Unfortunately, most women are taught early on to lift light weights with many reps.

Here are some of the reasons women lift light, many times over:
~they like to stay “small”
~not knowing where to start
~fear of going out of their comfort zone
~not wanting to need help
~not wanting somebody point out imperfections to make them better
~feeling that it’s just too hard
~they don’t want to be thought of as masculine
~fear of getting hurt
~concern over getting obsessive
~it’s how they learned to do it when they were younger
Are you seeing the “aha” moment coming up here?
I don’t know about you, but I have “lifted light” many times over in my life. It’s easier, it’s non-confrontational, nobody challenges me and I don’t have to have those “who do you think you are?” conversations in my head. A few months ago I was having a conversation with somebody very dear to me, trying to sort out some business options. I actually said that I didn’t want to take advantage of an amazing business opportunity because I liked being small. What? Did I really? Out loud? Oh snap, yes I did (and yes, I did just say “oh snap”! bwahahahahaha!). Fortunately, the moment it came out of my mouth, I knew that it was BS, and that what I wanted was growth, in my business and in my life. For my family, but also for myself. There has to be a time in life when YOU have to be a good enough reason to push through the discomfort. I chose to push through and I continue to make that choice. Join me in challenging yourself, your pre-conceived notions, and your fear. Join me in pushing through and lifting heavy.

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