Scared of the weights area? Here's some insight to help you break through fear & feel more confident

Hey girlfriend,

It's totally normal to feel nervous, hesitant or even completely intimidated by the weights area. All the equipment is big, bulky and confusing if you've never been taught how to use it properly.

Most women I work with express their fears of getting into heavier loads with strength training. These fears are most commonly either feeling too intimated in the weights area or feeling cared of building too muscle or becoming too 'bulky'.

If this is you too, I'm going to help bust both of these barriers for you today by showing you how to set up a barbell and some different exercises they are used for and by sharing some information around what it takes to 'get bulky' and how difficult it actually is!

Let's tackle the 'getting bulky' fear first. First up, do you know how much FOOD you need to EAT to 'get bulky'?! Those powerlifting, body building pros are eating all day everyday to have the stamina and energy required to lift the amount of weight they need to build that kind of muscle. So unless you're planning to start prepping for a body building comp, let's just take it back a notch and remember that weight training and using heavy loads takes time, consistency and correct technique FIRST! You have absolutely no need to fear getting bulky. That takes a lot more time and effort than you think!

So lift the weights! It's fun and it's necessary for great bone density to avoid issues later in life.

Now let's tackle the fear of the weights room. This fear, I can relate to and understand for sure! It can feel intimidating when you have never had the right guidance or been educated with the knowledge to understand how to use the equipment, which exercises to do and how to perform them.

This not an instructional guide on how to perform barbell exercises, however it IS a guide to give you some raw, unfiltered behind the scenes footage of what setting up a barbell for different exercises looks like. This can help you can mentally and visually prepare yourself and gain a better understanding of how this area is used so you don't need to feel so daunted by it when it comes time for you to begin using heavier weights and exploring different styles of training and areas of the gym (or even just walking through that area).

In the video at the bottom of this guide (scroll down), I take you through how to adjust the height of the rack for different exercises and how to safely manoeuvre a barbell around with more ease.

I definitely don't recommend throwing yourself right into barbell work if you haven't done any foundational strength work. Unless you have been training consistently and have developed a base level of strength with correct technique, it's never a good idea to start loading your body with heavy weights.

If you have already worked with barbells in the past but have had some time off, make sure you spend a few months developing your strength and technique again first before you jump back into heavier weights.

If you know you're not ready for barbell work yet, may this video to give you some insight to let go of any fear you have around strength training and inspire you to get into it because the benefits are absolutely incredible. Increased bone density, confidence, strength, power and overall body composition and ability just to name a few!

If you want to get started and develop your foundational strength, jump over to the contact page and let's chat about how I can help.

Happy learning and as always, I would absolutely love to hear your feedback and answer any questions :)

Without further ado, here's the guide to setting up in the weights area:

Move well legend,

Shenoa xo

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