It's my hope, that in future articles, I can reach not only the female bodybuilder, but the woman who is looking to just get healthy and improve her fitness level.
I see it everyday, and, especially this time of year when the resolutions to "get in shape" are at their height, the women coming into the gym not knowing a dumbbell from a barbell. For most, taking that first step into the gym takes all the courage they can muster.
Perhaps you are someone who's found this website, and you can relate...you walk into the gym for the first time in years, or for the first time EVER, and, all you see around you are what you see as perfect bodies. It can be truly intimidating. So, how can someone truly not be intimidated walking into the gym? Well, keep in mind that everyone started from somewhere. The place of success that you see in many gym-goers now, is definitely not an indication of the obstacles they may have overcome.
But, you say, the workouts look effortless, and I'm struggling just to tie my shoe - what can I do? Well, head towards an aerobic class - most "first-timers" might like the group exercise or class setting. Introduce yourself to the instructor, you'd be surprised to hear THEIR stories. Many of them have overcome some serious fitness obstacles before they even began to teach. Myself included. Many people in the gym that know me, would be surprised to learn that my nickname in school was "Fatsy Patsy", and I've had struggles with weight and food issues just like other women that come into the gym or into my spinning classes.
None of us are immune to the pressures of society, and those of us with children have gone through the weight gain of pregnancy. Along with other weight issues, exercise became a way for me to make extra money and really reach out to those whose shoes I've walked in. We've all had struggles - life, moving, divorces, childbirth, medical conditions, and weight issues.
For many women, this new adventure in strength may be new, awkward, maybe evening a bit frightening with thoughts of "what if I get too strong", "what if I don't get strong enough". Certainly it would help if there were more role models, the real women with lives like yours and mine, juggling kids, jobs, and still take the time for fitness.
I hope that I will not only be able to share information pertinent to other women bodybuilders, but, that I might spark the thought in someone else that "if she can do it, I can do it". It's not just about strong muscles, or winning trophies. The real rewards come from having the strength to just get through the day, carry your own groceries, and play with your kids.
Look for more from me in which I'll present information on three elements of this fitness journey; strength training, cardiovascular (cardio) training, and nutrition.
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