After a few years of moving away from weight training, I felt the urge to come back and incorporate some strength exercises again in my routine. Obviously, since focusing so much on flexibility, my weight training doesn’t resemble at ALL what I used to do in the gym. When doing legs, I used to deadlift pretty heavy (check a clip Here!) and squat even more. Today this was my situation
A complete empty bar! It weighs 45 lbs… But still. Thinking back, I remember being such a b*tch when girls would show up at the gym and lift what I considered “baby weights”. Today, that girl was me lol…
Some of the reasons why I don’t lift heavy anymore are:
I don’t want to compress my low back
I don’t need heavy loads to stimulate growth in my muscles
I focus on full range of motion rather than weight
I’m working on strengthening joints, core, overall staying strong in function of my flexibility training – obviously my priority- and I try to minimize the stiffness that comes from classic weight training.
Having trained for 15 years in the gym is definitely helpful because I recognize all the machines, what variations I can do for my current goals and so on. The funny part is, to someone’s else I might look like the kind of girl that doesn’t want to lift, scared to “bulk up” lol. I’m not! I train with a different purpose now. But I wonder if there is an “old me” at the gym, watching me lift my 8lbs dumbbells and roll her eyes 😂!
It’s so true, you can never assume to judge someone by their actions, you never know what’s the person’s past like or where in life they’re headed to 😉