For years, my husband wanted me to be more active and join him in our basement gym. I was reluctant, going once in a while but I was never fully committed. The thought of lifting weights seemed boring. I didn’t know my way around the equipment, didn’t know any technical names of any lifts. It was a world I knew nothing about!
I’m really a runner at heart. I did some running because I’m familiar with that activity; I have been running since childhood. Running requires little equipment, and my only limitations are my lungs and how fast my legs can take me.
I also thought that lifting weights would make me big and bulky and that I would not look feminine. I have since changed my mind.
Where to start with weight training?
Starting weight training can be intimidating if you have never lifted them before. I started using weights when I started to follow the P90X3 program and working out with the free Nike Training Club iPhone app. I’ve also completed the 21 Day Fix & #mba, both of which I really enjoyed. I’m currently doing #mbfa and really increasing in strength on this program.
I like using the mentioned videos and iPhone app because they allowed me to learn at my pace, in the privacy of my home, where I didn’t feel stupid or judged.
No one could see that I had no clue what I was doing like I would be if I was in front of a small crowd in a gym. Once I got started, I changed my mind about lifting weights. I actually enjoy it now!
What weights to use?
I recommend starting small, start using 5 lbs. weights and progressed to up to 15 lbs., depending on the arm exercise. I can go higher if it’s for leg exercises.
- 5 lb dumbbells
- 10 lb dumbbells
- 15 lb dumbbells
- 10 lb kettlebell
- a thick mat or yoga mat
We also have “The Total Gym” at home that gets a lot of use. Using the total gym, you use your body as your weight. My husband and I both like this equipment, it allows us to do a range of exercises with one piece of equipment, including pull-ups and chin up.
Favourite way to use weights?
My favourite way of using weights is when it’s combined with a cardio workout. Beachbody’s P90x3 does it really well in the CVX workout video. Currently, I’m really loving #mbf and #mbfa, Both are newer programs, also from Beachbody. The Nike Training Club app also combines weights and cardio well. Select from Beginner, Intermediate or Advanced workouts which are about 30 to 45 minutes. They have a wide range, you won’t get bored.
My arms and legs are now well-defined. I’m building muscles, but lean ones and I am shredding fat at the same time. My metabolism has increased as well. And, what I realize is that by doing weights, I have become stronger however, I am not big and bulky or manly looking, and I still have my killer curves.
You won’t regret changing your mind about lifting weights like me!
Maybe one day, I’ll be brave (read:confident) enough to post photos of my “after” photos.