the ass you want

I have always gone in fits and starts with working out.  I do well in the winter and spring, but barely ever make it to the gym when the kids are home in the summer.  You know, when I’m actually wearing a bathing suit in public on a regular basis.  Good planning, me.

I’ve done so many different kinds of workouts and fitness plans in my life: yoga, running, boot camp, HIIT, spinning.  You name it, and I think I’ve probably tried it.  I’ve been in good shape, but I’ve never really been “strong”.

This winter though, I’ve been doing something new that I never really tried before and I’m totally addicted:  I’ve actually been lifting weights.

Like, in the man-section of the gym.  Using the bench press and the squat rack and free weights and all the other things I’ve always been scared of using.  I was always completely intimidated by that section of the gym, but now that I’ve tried it, I can’t imagine going back.

It. Is. Awesome.

And I’m strong now.  Actually strong.  Way stronger than I was when I started.  I love it.

(I have not, however, been doing almost any cardio at all.  So I’m not skinnier/smaller.  Just stronger.  One step at a time, I guess.)

This is the weight-training program we’ve (mostly) followed.  Spoiler alert: if you click on the link, just know that I don’t look even remotely like any of the crazy shredded chicks in the photos.  But I actually don’t want to, so it’s okay.

simply shredded workout

We increased weight as needed for the first four weeks.  Then after 4 weeks, we decreased the reps (to 6-8 per exercise) and (fairly dramatically) increased the weight.  I am already lifting more than twice what I started with on most of the exercises.  It’s measurable progress and it’s amazing.

I even got to the point where I had such gross callouses on my hands that Matt went and bought me weight-lifting gloves so I didn’t tear up my skin so badly.  I mean, I don’t know who the hell I think I am that I need weight-lifting gloves, but I use them now.  And actually need them.  I am both mortified and excited by that fact.

Women are almost never told that weight-lifting is the right workout, but I’m a believer.  Strong is the new skinny.

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4 thoughts on “Fitness

  1. Mish

    Definitely. I don’t care about my size as much as my strength at this point.

    PLUS, the more muscle I have, the more I can eat. And at a height like ours, that is always a plus.

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