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Resistance Training: My Love Affair & Mojo Tips

Authored By Carla Birnberg 0 Comment(s)

Whether people know me well or are merely causal acquaintances, one thing quickly becomes apparent: I have a deep and unflagging love of resistance training.
This is strength training using a variety of weights and exercises to target specific muscle groups.

As a result, when conversation turns to exercise, people invariably *turn* to me & lament a lack of resistance training motivation.
"I want to--I just can't seem to get myself to start." is the typical refrain.
I can't pretend to relate to this.

There are myriad things I've started & stopped (or do only because I "have" to, as with cardio) but not resistance training.  I picked up the iron twenty years ago and haven't looked back since.
Yet, since I'm so frequently asked how I maintain my resistance training mojo, I've begun to wonder that myself.
Ive sat.
Ive thought.
Ive challenged myself to identify *what* keeps me happily motivated twenty years later and hopefully twenty years in the future.

Here's what I realized as I reflected upon my love affair with resistance training.
Four tips for finding & maintaining resistance training mojo:

  1. Plan.  Plan. Plan.  These days I'm an intuitive exerciser---I was not when I started.  Whether you're a pen & paper planner or an app-user—plan your workout.  Get specific; sets, reps, rest periods etc.  Next step? Create a Plan A & Plan B for each training session. Whether you're training at home, playground, or gym, plan what you'll do if machines are unavailable etc.  Planning sets you up for success & provides you far less opportunity for excuses.
  2. More muscle = higher metabolism.  Of course I'm not saying we *shouldnt* do cardio, but this DEFINITELY motivates me to resistance train (I had a client who hung this as a sign in her home!).  I'm not willing to watch what I eat as I age. I'm not willing to limit my portions & shift from mindful eating to calorie counting as I age.  I'm *very* motivated to resistance train by the higher metabolism it provides.
  3. It’s fast.  I am not training for competition.  My competition is LIFE.  My workouts are short (some of this is from pre-planning, some is they need to fit into my life) and focused. Twenty minutes.  I can always find (& motivate for) twenty minutes in my day especially when the pay-off is lower stress and higher metabolism.  Nothing would derail *my* mojo faster than an hours-long training session.
  4. It empowers me.  When I finish cardio—I feel depleted.   When I finish resistance training, I feel empowered.  I feel strong.  I'm reminded  I AM MY OWN SUPERHERO.   Weight training helped me find my voice.  It gave me the confidence to demand to be heard & know I'm worthy of taking up *space* in the world. Who wouldn't want to make time for something when it feels that amazing & extends into all realms of life?

Now you. 
    •    What's your best tip for finding or maintaining resistance training mojo?



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