The back of the gym…

“If you want something that you’ve never had, you must be willing to do something you’ve never done” – Thomas Jefferson

Until recently, I never ventured into the back of the gym – the area with the big weights. It has always been pretty intimidating to me with all the crazy looking machines that I didn’t really understand how to use.

I was always just fine using the cardio equipment, pool, and doing my own body weight cross training. 

But, in the spirit of pushing myself out of my comfort zone, I decided to change that. Fortunately for me, my dear boyfriend has offered to show me how to use the machines and guide me through my first weight training workouts. 


Since I’m pretty new to adding weights to my workouts, and have a pretty weak upper body, we’ve started out by incorporating arms, chest, and upper back. We also have added leg presses and calf raises, to help strengthen my running form. 

To finish things off, we also do some core work at the end of each weight session (in the form of flutter kicks and passing a weight ball back and forth while doing sit ups). You know, just to add some variety.


Holy cow, after the first work out my arms were SO SORE. I don’t remember the last time my arms were so sore. Like, had trouble lifting my arms above my head SORE. 

But, after today’s workout, I can already tell that my body is making improvements, and I’m excited to see how my body continues to change.

Do you incorporate weights into your workouts? What are your favorite ways to incorporate them?

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