If you’ve read my bio you know I’ve not always been athletic; unless you consider power beer drinking a sport, in which case I was a pro. Not to take anything away from my fellow Miss Fits, they have all made amazing body transformations with strength training, but I think it’s safe to say my starting point is a bit different. You guys should probably know how it is I’ve come to be involved in a fitness group of power lifting women.
When I decided to get serious about losing weight I started just walking around the block in my neighborhood. Let me stop right here and tell you, that previous statement sounds pretty flip, but in actuality I couldn’t make it all the way around the block. I became a regular on my neighbors’ lawn, right next to the garden gnome, but gradually things got better. I made some changes with my diet (more on that in the future) and began to drop weight.
After losing about thirty pounds I joined my local gym and immediately slunk in and hopped on the elliptical machines. I can hear some people cringing right now…but wait, it gets worse. This continued for some time and as I began to get more comfortable with the gym I decided I wasn’t losing weight fast enough so obviously I needed to add more cardio.
There’s a weird thing that happens when you start exercising like a fiend…it’s highly addictive. I began to love it, would feel incredibly guilty if I missed a class or training session, and it became my main form of stress relief. I added after work group classes to my lunch time work outs and was working out twice a day four days a week. Tuesdays and Thursdays were super special because I could stay for two hours after work to do a spinning class and another group exercise class. All in all I was doing roughly eight to ten hours a week in the gym.
So, I’m a cardio queen, following my perceived healthy diet and things were good, except my body wasn’t changing. Fortunately it was around this time that I learned of Jim Laird and his new gym. I knew a woman that trained there and was in awe of her strength and body. I was amazed she could move as much weight as she can and not be all manly looking. I began working out at J&M Strength and Conditioning, and the rest is history.
When we are not prepping for a meet, my typical workouts now are roughly forty-five minutes long three to four days a week. I have seen the most changes to my body with less time in the gym by incorporating weight lifting. If you are currently a cardio queen and unhappy with your progress, I highly encourage you to seek out a knowledgeable strength coach and start smashing weights. It’s a game changer and never to late to start.