I am THRILLED that you all liked the vlog – although it was kind of a fail, I did make another one about my hair – something I get asked about a ton. So stay tuned til the end of the post to see that if you’d like. Also – subscribe to my YouTube channel – I’ll be making videos a lot more often and I’ll love for ya’ll to be a part of it 🙂
Also, THANK YOU so much for all of the votes for the Bora Bora contest – I did win, and I am SO excited. I’ve decided to donate some of the bars they were going to send me to a charity – any suggestions would be MUCH appreciated!
Anyways, I recieved an email from a sweet bloggie friend about feeling confident in the gym. Who says women can’t lift weights and look as badass as a hulk-like man? I think women have such a struggle to really get into strength training because they’re afraid they’ll be embarrassed, or lack that ladylike grace that they stride with naturally on the elliptical or treadmill. But really, who needs the elliptical or treadmill when you can take your stress out lifting and grunting? Making animal-like sounds and gritting your teeth in a bear-like fashion seems much more attractive, right? 😉
Step 1: Invest in some cute gym clothes. If you’re going to make all of those forementioned faces and noises, you may as well have an attractive outfit to go with them, right? Right! Feeling confident in the gym begins with feeling confident in your own skin, and in this case, clothes as well. You’re more likely to push out more reps if you already feel hot – cause who says you can’t get hotter? Strength training does just that for your confidence.
Step 2: Focus on yourself, and others will (most likely) do the same. You don’t go to the gym to have a staring contest, unless of course there’s an extremely sexy specimen of the male species in the room. But let’s face it, all intelligent beings will take into factor that you really aren’t at the gym to show off your best looks, you’re there to kick ass, so do it, and don’t worry about the stares you might get – as Nicole said, strength training isn’t the most graceful of activities, but it’s not supposed to be! So accept that fact, and remember that whomever decides to stare at you is at a disadvantage themselves because they probably aren’t getting their best workout in when they’re totally distracted by their wondering eyes. Oh, and just a side not – it is totally 100% acceptable to look at yourself in the mirror while you’re lifting for a confidence boost – DO IT.
Step 3: Make gym time a learning experience. Most of us avoid the machines that look like man-eating monsters, when in reality, they’re really just adorable little puppies, ready to be played with! Stupid analogy, I’m sorry, but think about it! If you’re unfamiliar with a machine (or scared to use it, like I usually am), ask a trainer, read information about it or play around with it! Who knows, it might become your new favorite machine. Don’t be afraid of looking like an idiot if you wanna experiment; most likely if you’re doing something TOO awfully wrong, someone will offer to help you out – swallow your pride and take the offer, then show them how damn good you are at it on the first (correct) try.
I’ll be honest – being comfortable lifting is something that takes practice and time, for me at least. I’m tiny, and I know it looks extremely odd to see a girl like me pounding out sets like I wanna be a man in the gym, but I’m doing it for my body, for my confidence and because I love to lift.
If ya’ll have anymore questions about my lifting routine, feel free to ask 🙂 I was thinking of posting “progress” pictures, but I really didn’t snap any before I started my lifting routine many months ago…so I’m not quite sure how I’d go about doing that. Suggestions?
Anywho – onto the promised vlog, which has absolutely NOTHING to do with strength training. That’s just how I roll.
You can visit Carly’s blog here (as I mentioned in the video) and here’s the sweet balls she sent me:
These things are amazing, I love them, and they’re so beautiful! I am so thankful for such thoughtful friends. If you’re stressed, seriously, invest in some of these for sure 🙂
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Peace and love!