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Why Workout?

“Athletes are always talking about strength training. Why are they doing it? Should I jump on the exercise bandwagon?”

Hey, fellow weight-lifters!

Whether you lift dumbbells, barbells, kettlebells, sandbags, boxes, books, or your children! You are lifting weights every day! It’s not a part of an active lifestyle, but everyday life across all ages. 

Let me tell you a secret. I know so many people (my boyfriend included) and patients who say “Nah, I don’t like lifting weights. I’m already active as I go hiking, climbing, skiing, walking my dog, and walking around at work every day. So, I’m good.”  Then there are other people (like myself) who are very religious about going to the gym lifting weights in addition to climbing, hiking, running, skiing, and you name it. 

Ask yourself this. Both groups of people above are active, who do you think is more prone to injuries or deconditioning as they are or become less active outside because life happens, weather happens, time happens, etc.?

I am absolutely passionate about weight lifting for many reasons. To name a few that are backed up by science, may I just convince you?

  1. Weight lifting increases your muscular strength and longevity health. 
  2. Weight lifting increases bone density and prevents osteoporosis. 
  3. Weight lifting at a conscious and controlled movement increases neurological connection by the brain to the muscle, speeding the reflex response.
  4. Weight lifting improves body composition more than doing cardio exercises such as running, elliptical, biking, or walking. 
  5. Weight lifting prepares you to perform your favorite sport better and stronger. 
  6. Weight lifting, just like any other forms of exercise, increases endorphins, serotonin, and dopamine – all the “feel-good” hormones.

Just because there are more men in the weight room or the gym doesn’t mean women don’t belong there. Just because there are intimidating power and weight lifters at the gym doesn’t mean you don’t belong there. Just because you never went to the gym to lift weights doesn’t mean you can’t start now. Just because you don’t want to pay for a gym membership doesn’t mean you can’t work out at home with minimal equipment! 

With my 4-Weeks Program, you will learn the following: 

  1. How to understand training frequency, intensity, type, and time as it is incorporated into your lifestyle. 
  2. How each of the exercises are carefully chosen for you, with considerations of your history, current status, activity preference, and goals. 
  3. How to perform the exercises correctly with Natalie’s instructional videos shared with you. 
  4. How the exercise selections are specific to your activity as a runner, hiker, skier, climber, or hockey player. 

You ever wonder how to prevent injustices? Strength training. 

You ever wonder how to improve performance?

Strength training. 

You ever wonder how to avoid losing balance?

Strength training. 

You ever wonder how to look fitter and stronger?

Strength training. 

Now say it with me:

“I want to be strong. I want to keep doing what I love to do. I want to set myself up for success for the rest of my life. I am ready to make myself a priority today.”

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