This week marks the end of my first Women’s Weight Training clinic for the summer and it has been an absolute blast!

These women came in eager and excited to learn, with a little trepidation mixed in. Over the past 4 weeks they’ve learned all the ways of the gym: using dumbbells, kettlebells, trapeze bars and cables, in combo with slam balls, resistance bands, steps and bosu balls.

As a trainer, it is super satisfying to see their skills, strength and confidence grow in the gym.

The gym can sometimes feel a little intimidating if you’re unfamiliar with the equipment and etiquette – and you’re surrounded by muscley, fit folk who apparently know what they’re doing. Some people walk into a gym only to walk out again- which is where we come in. Our Women’s Weight Training clinic was designed for women who have had very little or no experience with weight training. The goal was to make it a fun, safe, inclusive space where our participants feel part of a team, and it has definitely been a huge success. Friendships and connections have formed, along with self-confidence and muscle mass.

Strength training is an important component of a fitness regimen, especially for women as we age. It builds muscle mass/strength, improves bone density, strengthens your joints, helps with weight loss, increases energy levels and is simply FUN. Lifting weights 2-3 times a week, as well as doing push/pull cardio workouts, is the sweet spot in good cardio health. It’s definitely a case of use it or lose it.

Starting out on your strength training journey can be challenging and people often become disheartened when they don’t see results quickly. Using weights that are challenging but doable, being mindful of good form, persevering and being consistent is what will bring solid results. Our clinic taught proper form and safety with the equipment. Capping the group at 10 people mean I’m able to spot everyone and correct their form.

I’m sad to see my first group of strong women finish up this week, but I’m so proud of how far they’ve come. They’ve reminded me of how much joy I feel teaching these valuable skills. They’ve also learnt quite a few Aussie expressions!

So: lift weights, be strong, be happy!

Good On Ya,

~Julie Taylor