Starting a weight lifting routine can be an intimidating adventure, especially if you don't have any experience lifting. Before I became a personal trainer I worked in the gym weight room. My job was to make sure all the weights were in order and to make sure no one was aggressively throwing or slamming weights. I couldn't help but notice that it seemed there was never more than 20% women to men in there. It got me thinking about how I felt when I worked out. I realized that I wouldn't lift weights during peak hours when the weight room was packed. I only felt comfortable when there wasn't anyone there that I thought might judge me or my routine. I resented feeling that way but stuck to my shy away style. It wasn't until years later, after becoming a trainer that I realized my intimidation was completely an internal road block. I want everyone who feels uncomfortable or intimidated lifting weights to know this: many people (including those who appear to have it figured out) have horrible form, are clueless about balanced workouts and, many people are doing workouts that actually are more injurious than helpful. I now walk into any gym feeling so confident and laugh to myself when I notice situations that would have made me so intimidated or uncomfortable before. When I saw things as they truly were, as opposed to the scary story I had in my mind, I was able to not waste energy on avoiding looking "stupid." I took the power back and used that energy to achieve my fitness goals.
Julia Broome is passionate about health and exercise but is most excited about educating women concerning the short and long term impact of exercise on pregnant women and their baby.