I clearly remember the first time I decided to get in shape. I was 12 years old and already insecure about the size of my thighs. So I ordered some workout tapes and began doing a routine a few days per week in our living room. But while I was diligent in my efforts, I had little to show for it in terms of results. I’d spend the next few years taking step classes, lifting light weights, and performing long bouts of steady stare cardio, still with no real improvement. It wasn’t until I was introduced to heavy strength training at the age of 18 that my physique finally started to take shape and actually look different. I’ve been hooked ever since.
But in addition to the physical changes, I realized that other areas of my life began to improve as well. I stood taller, had more confidence, and became more assertive. I felt a sense of independence and took pride in the fact that I was capable of doing many things on my own.
Sure activities like running and yoga are great for your health, and if that’s what gets you to move and feel good then by all means do it. But nothing, and I repeat, nothing, will do more for your health, physique, and mental well being than heavy strength training. There is something so empowering about achieving a feat of strength you never thought was possible, and the confidence that results will carry over into every aspect of your life.
When I say heavy lifting, please realize this is relative and completely unique to the individual. What may be a heavy to you could be incredibly light to someone else, so don’t get caught in the comparison trap. What matters most is that the weight you are lifting is challenging for you.
Don’t be afraid to push yourself to do more than you think is possible. Chances are you will surprise yourself, and the benefits will be greater than you could have ever imagined. .