I saw this post earlier from an ace local fitness professional & mate and have been reflecting on it since.
Exercise has always been part of my life - I’ve always enjoyed being active - from climbing trees and playing netball to the stuff I do now.
It’s fair to say I now have a few miles on the clock but ALWAYS avoided the weights. However much I’d heard it was important I avoided them and might perhaps, at most, spend 5 mins at the end of a sweatfest cardio session tinkering on the weight machines whilst plotting my next cardio-blast.
I put on muscle fairly easily and have always been fairly naturally strong and was totally paranoid about bulking out. I’ve also always had an issue with what the scales say and feared muscle would make what they said even less palatable!
I was encouraged, perhaps 31/2-4years ago now, by another very damn good local instructor mate to have a go at body pump. That’s led me down the road of exploring body weight exercises, body movement, callisthenics, TRX, Boxfit, CrossFit, you name it - it’s been a real confidence booster.
I do have more muscle now and have some definition, and you know what - it rocks! I don’t feel bulky and - hells bells - my metabolism has rocketed! I love being strong and being able to do stuff!
I exercise to improve how I feel and enjoying finding out what my body is capable of - how I look has always been a side benefit. I have this thing about wanting to be fit for whatever I want to do, not just for what I’m currently doing.
The fact is however, the weight stuff also helps me feel better about how I look too - RESULT! (And the scales (unimportant as they are) still read OK, but of course are far less important than how I feel and how my clothes fit - and they do! I wear things now with confidence I’d have shy’d away from 20 years ago!) The long and short of it - I wish I’d listened years ago and am very glad indeed that weights are part of my life now! - 9 months ago