This is actually going to be a legit post and not just an excuse to show off my sweet lady “guns”… I promise 😉
Wow, a lot of pasty whiteness going on up above. *shrug* It’s February in Minnesota and we too poor for a Hawaii getaway and too smart to tan in a booth. But anyhoos I am a lady who lifts. Ever since I saw Linda Hamilton kicking ass and taking names in Terminator 2, I’ve been inspired with a fitness warrior mindset.
It’s an extreme look, definitely not everyone’s cup o’ tea. Heck, even I don’t want to look quite that shredded. But it is insanely inspiring. You won’t look like this though unless you are training with commandos 2 hours a day and on an insanely strict diet.
You also won’t turn into a frightening female bodybuilder with quads like oak tress from hitting the weights room a few times a week. I’ve been lifting weights for years and I still look like a girl. The ladies who don’t usually are using questionable substances to alter their sex hormones. Estrogen works to build denser muscles. That’s why you can put on lean body mass (muscle) and gain weight but look smaller. For instance, I’m ten pounds heavier than I was ten years ago but roughly the same size.
Weight lifting causes your body to release a cascade of hormones that keep you young, healthy and more resilient. If you want to avoid osteoporosis and frailty as you get older you need to go get a barbell, girl.
Another reason I lift is because of my role model who happens to be my mom. She is 57 and is still hitting the weights and challenging herself. We often swap workout videos! She’s been lifting weights since the 80’s and she has a vitality and joy for life which is unusual for women even 20 years younger. Plus she looks great!
If you want to get started and don’t know how, don’t be afraid to get a trainer or pick up tips from a gym rat friend. I’ve mostly stuck with videos because I can do them in the privacy of my basement. I’ve assembled quite the collection of equipment and videos over the years. I usually stick with Cathe Friedrich workouts because she is simply the best.
She’s 53 and as crazy fit as ever.
Start lifting now. Do it for your body composition. Do it for your bones. Do it for your self-esteem and a vitalizing sense of empowerment.
Find your inner lady beast! Or if you’re a dude and made it through till this point- your inner man beast!