I am in desperate need of strength training.
I would like to say that after my years of work as a personal trainer, fitness instructor and ballerina left me rock solid after having two kids… but I’m sorry to say that it did not. Even though my weight was unaffected by two pregnancies (don’t hate me!), my shape (and saggy skin and absentee abs) are a whole other story. I have never had the type of body that shows muscle tone well (even when I was a fifteen year old living on lettuce and doing grand jetes for hours every night), so for me… strength training has always been about the way it makes me feel.
And in a way, that might actually be for the best (wow, I spun that sucker into lemonade, didn’t I?) Strength training has always been about feeling like my back is straighter, my arms are stronger, my legs feel firmer (even if they don’t look any different), and yes… I love knowing that it raises my metabolic rate throughout the day (even if I’m just sitting on the couch watching Army Wives).
These days, I’m determined to get off the couch (though gosh forbid I skip a night of Lifetime) and use some light weights (like my favorites) whenever possible. Honestly, finding new ways to simultaneously work my muscles is always fun: overhead presses while holding a squat, lateral lifts while dipping into a lunge… I could be tapping my head while rubbing my stomach, and it still would be better for my muscles than nothing at all!
So, what do you think: who else wants to do whatever they can for the next week, even if it’s just a few minutes a day? Share your current strength training routine and let’s workout together!
Bailey Vincent Clark is the Editor-in-chief, author and founder of Makeover Momma. She talks about Mealtime Makeovers on Monday, workout concerns on Wednesday, and has a weekly column on Friday: “Getting Friendly With Makeover Momma.” If you would like to ask questions, submit concerns or simply chat: please email firstname.lastname@example.org.