Reprinted from the Beauty Lies in Strength Blog with permission of the author – Jen Comas Keck
When I was 18 years old I was scared to death of the weight room and the people in it, but I desperately wanted to learn how to lift weights. I’d do aerobics classes during the day and then I’d go back to the gym at night around 9pm when I knew nobody would be there and I’d go look around the weight room and try to figure the machines out.
The weight room can be a very intimidating place for a woman that isn’t familiar with it. When you look out amongst the vast sea of complicated looking machines, contraptions and gizmos it probably overwhelms you – and understandably so. Anything that is unfamiliar will typically seem a bit daunting. I will confess, I still get intimidated too! Anytime I’ve been out of town or hit a new gym I’m always bit shy to dive right in and get my lift on. However, I’ve discovered a few things that have helped me feel more at ease and I’d like to share them with you in hopes of getting my ladies into the weight room which is where the real magic happens!