Fit Tip: Don't Fear Heavy Weight

Friday, March 25, 2016

To close out this month’s “Legs and Eggs” series, we are focusing on upping your workout game. The biggest, most powerful muscle groups are in your lower body but unfortunately clients often times underestimate their strength. That, coupled with ridiculous myths about resistance training, can lead people to shortchange themselves and their workouts. Don’t fear heavy weights!! There’s a good opportunity to really bump up the challenge and push yourself – especially in a gym like ours where safety considerations are at the forefront and the coaching team is really knowledgeable. Lower body movements (think squats or hip hinges) are a great place to start. Here are the 4 biggest points to keep in mind when unleashing your inner beast:

1. “Bulking” is bologna. First of all, we want to be clear that we are passionate about empowering people, especially women, of all sizes, shapes and abilities to be confident and happy in their own skin. We advocate for our clients right to define success (and beauty) for themselves and what it looks like. It’s also worth noting that there is unfortunately still a lot of misinformation about resistance training. Simply put, the harder your muscles have to work, the stronger they become and the more calories they will burn:  making you leaner. Women with incredibly muscular physiques train for many hours a day and eat a very particular diet to achieve that aesthetic, and more power to them! If that isn’t your goal then that won’t be your result.

2. Get in the zone. Another perk is that training at a higher level requires much more focus and concentration. If you are really pushing yourself during each set you won’t be able to let your mind wander or worry about to what’s left on your to-do list or your fight with your sister.  All of your mental faculties will be spent on your form and movement quality. We include this as a perk because most of our clients are incredibly busy and always juggling multiple responsibilities. A workout that requires you to tune out everything else can be the breath of fresh air you need to power through the rest of your day. (Check out this post about the other mental health and stress-busting benefits of our style of training.)

3. Function over form. Working towards a performance goals and tuning into building strength by lifting heavier weights is a great way to start connecting with your body’s ability to function. And interestingly, as our amazing, hardworking and successful clients will tell you, the biggest changes in body composition and weight loss often occurs when you’re focusing on the process of training well instead of just going through the motions and obsessing over a number on a scale or certain size of jeans. True180 wants to change the way fitness is done by helping clients tune out the nonsense messaging about narrow, unhealthy beauty standards and tune in to the incredible feats their bodies can perform.

4. Success breeds success. The most rewarding aspect of fitness coaching is helping clients build bridges between their progress in the gym and progress and success in other areas of their lives. True180 is a place where strengths are celebrated and you have the support and encouragement to overcome setbacks. Accomplishing something you never thought you could, like deadlifting more than your bodyweight, can be a powerful boost to your self-esteem. The process of believing you are capable and truly deserve to achieve the goals you’ve set for yourself might start in the gym, but can effect incredible changes in your work or personal life as well. We are so honored to be a part of this journey with you!

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