Introduction to Strength Training
I'm so so excited about this part of the programme and about introducing you to strength training!
This is where women get incredible transformations, both in how their body FEELS and the way it LOOKS.
In this module, we are going to regain the strength and muscle lost during pregnancy and the postpartum period.
If it sounds scary, don't worry - just start at Level 1 - I will take you step by step through a journey to learning all the basic movements and getting stronger and fitter over time!
Watch the video to hear about the benefits of strength training, or read the text below.
Benefits of Strength Training
Help you cope with the demands of your daily life - life for mums involves a lot of physical work! Lifting things, carrying kids, picking things up - it can leave us feeling exhausted and like our bodies are falling apart! Investing some time in building muscle and strength will help you cope with those daily tasks without injury and pain.
Health reasons - increasing muscle mass increases our metabolism and improves our ability to regulate blood sugar level - it also increases bone density, which women lose during pregnancy, putting us at risk of osteoporosis later in life.
Aesthetic reasons - getting stronger and building muscle helps us achieve that "toned" look that most women want. We will talk about fat loss later in the programme, but for now, understand that it is important to build strength, get rid of injury and feel stronger in our day to day lives before trying to lose weight.
Back and Bum
In this programme, we are going to strengthen your WHOLE body - with a focus on your BACK and BUM, because this is what will help you cope with the demands of daily life.
How Much Weight Should I Use?
If you have any weights lying around, even if it's just a 2kg dumbell - use that! It will give you an idea of what you need.
If you're ready to take the plunge and invest in weights, it's hard for me to tell you exactly how much is right for you without doing an assessment - but most women start with 4 or 5kgs (9-10lbs). If you were relatively fit before I would recommend starting with a 4, 6 and 8kg dumbell (approx. 8, 12 and 14lbs) - just ONE of each, you don't need pairs! This will give you a set of weights to progress on to.
If you've never done anything before and are worried or intimidated by weights, start with 2 or 3 kgs - the honest truth is IT DOESN'T MATTER WHERE YOU START - it's more important to get into an exercise habit, learn the movements and then progress over time!
Let's Get Started!
Dive into Level 1 and complete your first workout! If it's too easy, you can move up to Level 2, and if it feels like a good workout, work your way through Level 1 A-D
You can of course ask me ANY questions - there is an element of trial and error in the beginning, but I am 100% there to help you figure it out and find the right level for you!