Nearly every day I get asked a very important question that holds the power of progress in its answer. This question is so critical that it literally determines whether or not you will see the benefits from your strength workouts. One little baby question, one short answer, and bam! The solution to all of your prayers.
Ok, well maybe not all of your prayers.
“How much weight should I use for this exercise?”
Oh! The agony over the answer to this question! I stumbled over my words for years because it is nearly impossible to answer that question with any kind of certainty.
Every gym has different pieces of strength equipment. Every equipment manufacturer gradates their weights differently; some are 5 pound increments and some are 12 pound increments. To add more confusion, every body and metabolism is different. So how on earth could there be ONE answer that works for everyone?
Thankfully after many years I found THE PERFECT system to answer this question at anytime, anyplace, for any one, under any circumstance.
The answer lies in my 3 Step System to Strength from my book Lift to Get Lean. Finally, after many years of trying to find a system that would work for everyone, I was able to narrow down this confusing concept to a simple system that is nearly foolproof.
One of my three steps helps you to find the perfect weight for your body and fitness level. Strength training is always a bit of trial and error, but if you follow the three steps you’ll be head and shoulders above the silly boys in the gym!
On THAT note, Women’s Strength Nation is on a mission to improve the ratio of women to men strength training in gyms around the world. I dream of a day when I arrive at my gym to find an equal number of women as men in the weights section. Doesn’t that sound amazing? A world filled with strong, self-assured women?? If you know a woman who wants to learn more about strength training, please share this blog with her!
When life gets rough and you find yourself going through something, remember, you need to go through it to get out of it. On the other side is a stronger, more intuitive, fiercer you.
I would love to hear from you. What questions do you have about strength training? Do you feel intimidated in the gym? I’d love to answer your questions, so please leave a comment in the section below!
Stay strong, friend.