I used to love my arms. I used to train with free weights on a pretty regular basis, and my arms had some really nice definition. They weren’t arms of a bodybuilder or even what I’d call a “gym rat”, but they were just…nicely toned. I don’t even have a problem embarrassing myself by admitting to you that I used to gaze at my arms in the mirror just because I liked the way they looked.
Unfortunately, I haven’t been very disciplined over the past four or five years about resistance training.
Wait, scratch that. Let me rephrase.
I GAVE UP resistance training about four or five years ago.
I could say that I just didn’t have the time or the equipment, but what it boils down to is–as usual, with me–laziness. I mean, I have access to the health club where I teach. I have a Bowflex home gym in my basement. I have a rack of free weights in my family room.
On occasion I’d get some weight training in if I did the Jillian Michaels Shred workout, or sometimes I’d grab the free weights or my Body Bar (oh wait, didn’t I mention I have one of those, too?) and lift while watching the Today Show, but I lacked the discipline for doing it regularly, and my arms…
…they went FLOP. Sort of.
There are SO MANY reasons for women to lift weights. I know these reasons. I’ve worked in the fitness industry since the early 90′s.
Well, I decided to do something about it. Jim and I joined a gym closer to our home than the one where I teach (I have a 30-minute commute, each way!), and I found a “Body Works + Abs” class on Tuesday mornings at 9:45 that looked good to me. I tried it this morning, and…WOW. I had a great time. (Seriously!) It was so nice to follow the cues of a really good instructor instead of half-assing it at home by myself, and it was just the right degree of difficulty for me. I was pleased that, even after only sporadic weight training for the last few years, I was able to do the 8-pound weight exercises with 8-pound weights instead of starting lower.
After class, I introduced myself to the instructor (which you should always do if you’re new! We instructors want to meet you!) and told her that I teach spin elsewhere and that I fell off the resistance training wagon a few years ago but I’m back and I really loved her class. I was pleased when she smiled and told me that my form was really good (yay!).
On the way out of the gym, a woman who was also in class stopped me to ask if the class was normally that size, and when I told her I was new she said, “Oh, me too!” Her name is Melissa, which will be easy to remember. I’m thrilled to have made a new friend and told her I’d see her next week.
My arms, legs, and abs are thrilled. That class is going right into my schedule. Every Tuesday morning at 9:45 you’ll know where to find me…now to find a Thursday class. I’ll keep you posted!