When it comes time to create a plan to get fit and stay strong, you most likely will find it an overwhelming task. After all, the many facts, figures and guidelines of exercise can make your head spin. And because we know that there’s no one prescription for fitness, and everyone needs their own unique strength training regimen, it can be difficult to know where and how to begin. So difficult in fact that we might never start.
That’s when you call me.
As an experienced personal trainer I know that strength training is crucial as we age, especially for women. In fact, it’s a key component to exercising in an effective way. Plainly said, incorporating strength training for women is a big piece of the fitness puzzle. Without it, your results will be limited and short lived.
Don’t be afraid of the dumbbells. They are your friends and I want you to know why.
The why behind strength training for women
The most important reason that women should strength-train is, simply said, it improves the quality of your life. Today and in the future.
Beyond this reason, strength training improves your ability to perform every day tasks. It increases your balance, coordination and stability. Strength training can decrease the aches and pains associated with chronic conditions as well as assist in controlling high blood pressure. Maintaining your lean muscle mass increases your metabolism and supports good posture. The list goes on and on. Bottom line, it keeps you moving.
That means you can play with your children or grandchildren. Play 18 rounds of golf or run around the lakes. Perhaps climb Mount Kilimanjaro, ok maybe not the last one. Basically, you can perform every day tasks or not so every day tasks with less pain or discomfort and with more endurance.
Strength training can hold at bay the natural loss of muscle tissue, bone mass and strength that comes with age. In fact, you can significantly increase your strength at any age and any level of fitness.
So how do I incorporate a strength training program for you?
We start by discussing your personal goals and assessing your current level of fitness. From there we create a plan to get you there on the quickest and most safe path. Your goals can be a reality with proper planning, follow through and some good old fashioned sweating!
Because I firmly believe there’s no cookie cutter method (yes, I said cookie) of strength training for women, each client has a strength-training program that is unique to their own individual needs. This program will frequently change to prevent a plateau. However, many of the same techniques and equipment maybe used to create each fitness plan.
Some of my favorite pieces of equipment are kettle bells, free weights, and functional bodyweight exercises. I enjoy adding various body conditioning activities such as kickboxing, Zumba dance, Tabata and yoga. And we can’t forget high intensity interval training (HIIT). This training technique has changed the face of fitness. Whether you like it or not. I admit it. I don’t always look forward to my sprint!
These pieces of equipment are simple and perfect for at home fitness. They do not require a large investment or much space. And the fun part is I can bring this equipment to you so you can sample all the different modalities and discover what fits for you.
As you can see I am passionate about maintaining muscle! Strength training for women is an important factor in keeping us healthy, strong and fit for a lifetime. And it’s never, ever, ever too late to start.
What’s the next step?
If you’re ready to make a change in your life, like I did 20 years ago, call me. I can help you transform your health forever. Together we will create a customized strength-training regimen that will get you looking and feeling your best. Until then, be strong, be active, be mindful, and be in the moment where ever you are in your life.