“Why am I not seeing results?”
After years of cardio and not seeing results, I decided to jump in and try some strength training with a personal trainer. Something had to work right?
After just a few weeks of consistent lifting, BOY was I surprised with my results!! Not only did I see changes in my body and the way my clothes fit, but I started to feel super strong, empowered and appreciative of all that my body could do!
Here are some great reasons as to why I strength train and why you should too!!
1. Strength training is one of the best things you can add to your exercise regimen 3-4 times a week. Not for only strong, lean muscle but also for body-fat loss and overall long term health. Have you ever squatted a really heavy weight?? That will surely get your heart rate up!!!
2. Quality over Quantity. 20-30 minutes of strength training vs. 45-50 minutes of steady state cardio? I’ll take the 20-30 min of strength training any day!!
3. Strength training is so empowering. Many men & women believe they could never do a pull-up, “boy” push-ups, or other physical feats. With proper, consistent training, these goals are most certainly within reach. Without fail, any client I’ve trained toward performing their first unassisted chin-up is instantly empowered.
4. Strength training allows you to appreciate all that your body is capable of doing—and then do more. Our culture places a great deal of emphasis on appearance, convincing us that how we look is the most important thing. With such a constant focus on aesthetics, it’s easy to lose sight of other things that matter to us. Lifting weights shifts the focus toward our abilities. Once you bust out your first chin-up, you start wondering what else you can do, eagerly ready for the next challenge. When you focus on what your body can do, and appreciate its many abilities, fat loss (if that’s a goal of yours) just becomes a side effect.
5. Strength training makes you feel great! Because the primary goal of many popular workout programs is simply to burn as many calories as possible, it’s not surprising that people feel exhausted, sore, and unmotivated at the end of those brutal workouts. Strength training, when done properly, can actually make you feel great. Fatigue is not an indicator of a successful workout. What matters is that you do your best and improve your performance, gradually, when possible.
6. Strength training builds you up, mentally and physically. You might be seeing the trend here by now: lifting weights makes you a better version of yourself. Fitness is not punishment for overindulging, missing a week of workouts, or for any other “negative” reason. It’s an excellent tool that allows you to become the best version of yourself in many amazing ways.
I could go on and on and on. I never in a million years thought I’d be the girl in the weight room lifting with all the guys! But I am so thankful that I decided to branch out and try something new. Don’t get me wrong, I still love to run, bike, row and take an occasional metabolic conditioning class, but lifting is a priority and one that I absolutely love!
Strength training is a big part of our what we do here at Core Physique & Core 57. We coach on proper form, modify for injuries and a push you harder than you might on your own. Check out our new Kettle Bell, strictly strength, core & TRX classes. You’ll be glad you did!