Move Well and Feel Better

 

It happens to the best of us. We start out motivated to make a change in our lifestyle. We make small but better food choices. We go to the gym regularly for our favorite cardio class or put on a workout DVD and sweat for 30 minutes under the guidance of the latest and greatest exercise guru.

But as weeks pass, life throws us off our game: maybe the boss asks us to work a couple of long days or sends us out of town to the next big conference. Add in the daily demands of family life–appointments, football or baseball games, band concerts or dance recitals, the random sick days–and it’s easy to see how our “routines” are anything but routine. Every little thing pulls for your attention, and sadly, exercise is usually the first thing to go.

Inevitably, when the New Year rolls around, you look at where you are now and start to think, “I just don’t feel good. This has to change. I’ll get a gym membership and start working out again. I really need to.”

When the time comes to the step in the gym, you go straight to the cardio machines. They’re easy to work, you know what to do, and you can start gaining momentum. You’re sweating! It must work.

You may glance at people lifting weights across the gym–maybe even think it would be fun to try out what they are doing–but you can’t really imagine yourself lifting weights.

I mean, where do you start?

Which exercises do you do? And how do you know if you’re doing them right?

How do you get through a workout without looking or feeling silly?

It’s hard to know what to do, so what usually happens? Nothing gets done.

I’ve been there before–with the collection of workout DVDs gathering dust on the shelf and the pink-handled dumbbells with screw-on weights. I didn’t like running, but I loved walking around my neighborhood at dusk, and I could go to town on the elliptical with my favorite pop songs blasting in my earbuds.

While I loved all of these cardio programs, I realized they just weren’t enough to get where I wanted to be.

When I finally gathered the courage to set foot in what often felt like ‘guys’ territory–the weight room–I felt like an intruder. So I did what many women do in the free weight area.

I kept myself small. Invisible.

My plan was to get in, do my exercises as quickly as possible in a semi-hidden corner, and get out. I tried to go to the gym during slow hours so I could use the equipment I wanted without feeling like I had to hurry to free it up for the guys.

Before I entered the gym, I would spend evenings online trying to find and print workouts from Shape, Fitness Magazine, or Bodybuilding.com. I had no way of knowing if the workouts I found would actually work for me, but it was the only resource I had at the time.

If this sounds like your struggle, there IS another way.

  • You can find the confidence you need to step into the weight room without feeling intimidated or insecure.
  • You can learn how to use different pieces of gym equipment and choose the best tool for your exercises.
  • You can get guidance on what exercises to do, how the movements should feel, how much weight to use, and tips on form…without the worry of injuring yourself
  • You can work around previous aches or injuries in a way that is pain-free
  • You can get stronger so that everyday tasks feel easier

My name is Sarah Williamson, and I’ve been training women exclusively for the past two and a half years. I think that the best type of trainer to understand exactly what a woman feels in the gym environment is another woman. Experience has shown me that there are women out there who don’t recognize the strength they inherently possess, both physically and mentally.

The thing that puts pep in my step each night is knowing that you and other women like you can discover that well of power through weight training. I’m here to be your helping hand as you work to build strength, lose fat, adopt a healthier lifestyle, and take on life. I want to empower you to Embrace the Iron.

Take the next step to change your life:

Shoot me an email at swilliamsoncpt@gmail.com to set up a day and time we can meet each other to talk about your fitness goals.