Welcome back babe! In our last blog, we talked about some of the amazing ways that our bodies can benefit from weight training, and the fact that anybody, of any age, can start their strength training journey, anytime! Now that we’ve raved about how amazing strength training is, we want to give you some practical tips on how to get started, no matter what your starting point is.
As humans living in a world with an abundance of information at our fingertips, every moment of every day, we are exposed to endless amounts of inspiration and motivation, and although we are so fortunate to be living in a time that provides us with so much knowledge and power, there are loads of issues that come with this too. The difficult thing is actually navigating our way through it all and finding the right sources to educate us, empower us and ultimately benefit us mentally, physically and emotionally, rather than potentially hinder us. We know first hand what it feels like to be at the start of a journey and feel totally overwhelmed by information, we have been in this position ourselves and we are approached daily by women who feel the same way. We understand that it can be totally daunting to see so many people, particularly in the health and fitness space, who seem to know exactly what they’re doing, especially if you don’t even know where to start.
If this is you, then we want to let you in on a little secret.
Everyone was a beginner once. If you feel like a “fish out of water” when you step foot in a gym, we promise you that this is a really common and normal experience that a lot of people share in. We all have to start somewhere!
In fact, we still remember our first gym session so well. We were 16 and 17 years old when we first stepped foot in the weights room of a huge commercial gym. Like you, we were interested in trying this “new” way of exercising that we’d heard was so effective (plus we really didn’t like running!). When we walked through the door, we felt all eyes turn to us (which probably didn’t even happen, but that’s what it felt like), in a room full of big, sweaty, grunting men, and heavy machines and barbells. It was as if they knew that we had no idea what we were doing and we felt so self conscious. The whole thing was too overwhelming to deal with, and we turned around and walked straight out. Luckily for us, Felicia’s boyfriend at the time Sebastian Oreb (now hubby), was just a phone call away, and we insisted that he trained with us for our next session so he could show us the ropes. Our second workout was a lot more successful than our first (we actually stayed long enough to finish the session!) and although we still weren’t super confident, we were proud of ourselves for sticking it out, and gradually became more and more comfortable as the sessions went on. Fast forward all this time, the three of us are now professional strength coaches, with our very own gyms to not only train ourselves in, but so many other amazing humans. So we can officially confirm that we are so happy that we didn’t throw in the towel after that first session!
We hope our story inspires you to take that first step and get started, because who knows the impact it will have on your life, you may end up loving it as much as we did. Just remember babe, it’s totally normal to feel nervous or overwhelmed when you are first starting out, we felt the same way too!
If you are just starting out or if you need some help navigating the weights room, we have included some of our top tips on how to get started below:
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We hope these simple and easily applicable tips have given you the confidence you need to ignore any nerves or reservations you may have and just get on the gym floor to start your weight training journey.
Sending you all so much love and strength,
Felicia & Diana xx
Your Online Personal Trainers
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