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