This confession me realize that there are a lot of women and men that feel the same way. Having implemented free weights in my routine years ago, the thought of being intimidated by the whole concept of free weights, let alone the "free weight room" was mystifying. As I reflected on my past experiences and the first time I ever entered a free weight room, I came to realize that I had felt the same way. To walk into unknown territory can be a confusing and intimidating experience. Think back to your first day at school and I'm sure you can relate at some level.
When we were through with the session, she turned to me and said" Hey, that wasn't that bad. I think I might be able to come here on my own next time I am here."
Hearing my client say that gave me a definite feeling of accomplishment and a new goal to strive towards.
For those of you who are new to training and have experienced this at some level before, take comfort in the knowledge that you are not alone. The weight room or the gym as a whole does
- increase and strengthen muscle tissue
- increase bone density
- improve body composition
- will make everyday activity easier
- improves core strength
- reduces loss of valuable muscle mass that occurs with aging
- reduces incidence of injuries to joints and muscles
- will help lose body fat
- increases self esteem and body image
- increase in resting metabolic rate (the rate at which the body 'burns' fat)
The benefits are endless. So the next time you go to the gym, remember that you are not alone and there is always someone out there willing and able to help. Taking that first step is always the hardest, but once you do, I promise you will not be disappointed.
*before implementing a strength training routine or any form
of regular activity always check with your doctor