I was just asked by one of my friends in my ever growing tribe of strong, fitness women to write a fitness tip for a blog she is writing. At first I said the standard "keep moving, you'll feel better" stuff. Good advice, but I thought of something else as I showered. That thought inspired this blog post.
When I first began my fitness journey at the ripe old age of 13, I mostly did aerobics or ran. My dad bought me a couple of dumbbells for the basement, which I did learn to use. At 16, I joined my first gym. It was a very small gym in my home town. I started by using the machines. The guys there quickly hustled me over to the dumbbells and barbells to teach me about the iron. I was hooked. When I lifted up that iron, I remember that feeling of power and strength. I wasn't just a little girl (I was, well am, just shy of 5'3", and back then looked all of 10 years old). I was strong and powerful.
I still feel that way. When I lift, whether it's dumbbells, barbells, kettlebells, I feel strong, powerful, alive. When I lift something heavy, I feel like the Bionic Woman.
As a kid, I wanted to be Jamie Somers, aka The Bionic Woman. With a knee replacement, I guess I am one step closer! I just don't have that cool bionic sound effect as I lift. Lol.
Ladies, don't be afraid of that iron. It will only make you stronger and more powerful for whatever you want to do in life. Go over to the free weight section of the gym. Lift up that iron. Feel the strength and power it gives you. Try several moves. If you are unsure about what to do, go ask for help. Here's a hint: most guys would love to help a woman lift weights. If you don't feel comfortable asking the guys, go find that badass woman trainer or lifter. We women who lift definitely love to help other women discover the strength and power of the iron.
If you are in the Marlton, NJ area and want to learn the power of the iron, come join us at StrongGirl Revolution! We provide the guidance and support to make you stronger, healthier, and help you move better. Feel free to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions about our program.
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