These are some of the questions and topics that I have been asked about. If you have a question, maybe someone has already asked it and you can find my response here or through links to various posts that I have used to respond to their questions. But please, feel free to contact me and ask any question that may be on your mind!
1. I’m afraid lifting weights will make me bulk up. Realize that as a woman your body is built differently than a man. Unless you are trying to obtain bigger muscles,you probably are not going to see a massive increase in bulk. I like to use weights that will allow me to work about 12-15 repetitions when I lift so I’m focused more on toning.
2. I don’t know how to use the machines. This was one of my fears when I first started working out. Even today when I’m unsure of how to do a workout I will look online for videos on how to properly work the equipment so I’m comfortable using it and so I don’t injure myself. Bodybuilding.com has some great videos and tutorials on how to properly perform workouts.
3. How do I know how much I should be lifting? What if I hurt myself? You can always add more weight, that’s why I like to start out lighter if I’m unsure just how much I should be lifting. This is a lot easier than lifting more than you should and finding out the hard way.
4. I feel intimidated by everyone else who looks like they know what they’re doing. First things first, understand that at some point in everyone’s life they had a “first timer” experience at the gym. No one is just born knowing how to workout (even Arnold Schwarzenager!) Don’t be afraid to ask questions, read instructions on machines, or even bring a friend so the two of you can help each other out. This helps significantly to have a workout partner to help make you feel more comfortable and who can push you as well.
5. I’m self-conscious about the way I look. Believe it or not, everyone is self-conscious about something. Ask yourself “Why am I here?” or “What are my goals through working out?” Is it to feel better about yourself? To live a healthier lifestyle? To get in better shape and feel more confident about yourself? Remind yourself these reasons and realize that the more often you go to the gym, the more comfortable you are going to be in that setting as well as with yourself.