Saturday, July 24, 2010
I am starting the third week of my new strength training program, and I love it! I've been lifting weights for a couple of years in a half-baked way, never keeping track or increasing from one workout to the next. It helped, but I'd definitely reached a plateau.
For inspiration, I read a book (THE NEW RULES OF LIFTING FOR WOMEN). I am doing their workout program twice a week and keeping track of my weights. I am also taking a BodyPump class once a week.
My muscles really feel the difference! I am challenging myself to keep track and increase the weights a little each time I lift. I've learned some new moves (hello, Squat Rack) and gotten my husband and some kindly men at the gym to help me figure stuff out. And the BodyPump class is just fun, with tons of sweaty women and loud music.
To go along with my new routine, I'm eating more protein. And I can say that after just two weeks, I can see a change in the mirror. Not so much on the scale, unfortunately, but I like the way I look a little tighter all over and a little bigger in the shoulders and more defined in the arms.
Would love to hear others' stories about how strength training has helped you.