Personal trainer blog: what about weights?

I’ve been thinking about adding something new to a workout. What about shifting some weights?

older woman holding weightsI work with lots of clients, many of whom have never lifted a dumbbell in their lives. So, a new workout might go something like this…

Me: “Let’s do a bit of CV to warm up.”

The client happily does a bit of step work, some star jumps and even a bit of marching on the spot. So far, so good. They are, somewhat suspiciously, looking at the rest of the kit I have brought into their house.

“I’m not sure I can manage to lift any weights” is the usual opening remark.

And I reply with, “No, nor did I. I thought that a few gentle lifts with a pink dumbbell was my max, but since I have been shown properly I know differently.”

Unconvinced, my client takes the offered dumbbell and does a perfect bicep curl – just like I’ve shown her! Of course, the weight is light at the start, but the principle gets established.

Then the anxiety about ‘getting big’ sets in. Don’t worry! The Guardian quotes a strength and conditioning coach as saying “Unless she’s training six hours a day, six times a week and taking steroids, it’s [bulking up] not going to happen.”

Are you ready to lift some weight? The benefits are fantastic – a toned body, calories burnt as the muscle repairs after exercise and increased calorie burn generally. Fat doesn’t burn calories – but muscles do.

Marion Foreman

About Marion Foreman

I fall neatly into the ‘women who weren’t born yesterday’ category. I grew up in a turmoil of Guardian fuelled feminism. I went from ‘little woman’ to independent person in a decade. I began my nurse training in the early 70s in the midst of a male dominated university town. I convinced myself that my views must be wrong as the ultra clever men didn’t agree with me. It wasn’t until I did my degree with the OU that I realised that I had a voice – and a legitimate voice at that. Four children and three husbands later I have found my place in the world. A place that simply says that I am who I am, that I can choose my own path in life and choose those who walk with me. I have learnt that equality means making and taking opportunities, not feeling compelled to ‘do it all’.