The other side

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If you haven’t already made a commitment to live #happilyeverstronger by making healthy food choices and exercise a priority, I hope that I have inspired you to start thinking about it. If so, congratulations and welcome to the other side! I truly believe that physical wellness is a large part of our journey to happiness.

So, if this is you…fear not. Everyone has to start at square one at some point. After all  I’ve never heard of anyone coming out of the womb completely jacked, have you? I didn’t think so.

When I first made that commitment  I was lucky to have people in my life to guide me through the next step. But, I realize that not everyone has family or friends that are well versed on the topic of eating clean or exercising  There are tons of resources out there to help you and overtime I plan on collecting the ones that have helped me and putting them all in one place!

In the meantime, I’d like to share with you something that has been on my mind for a while and especially this week. I love to share my fitness pursuits with my lovely lady friends 🙂 and take every opportunity to drag (sometimes kicking and screaming) friends with me to the gym, a class or even just my driveway. I even force encourage my mom to lift weights while recovering from a recent surgery. So, I tend to hear this comment a lot– “I’d like to start going to the gym, but I just don’t know what to do.” or “I really like the free weights, but I don’t know if I am ready to do them on my own.” Let’s face it– those guys at the gym wearing homemade sleeveless shirts with huge neck muscles are intimidating with their grunting and slamming of weights (Hey buddy, you’re not supposed to do that at the gym, ya know?)

This is all true. But, as I tell all my friends you just need to give yourself a little more credit, take a chance, get over there with the big boys and give it a try! Let out a grunt (really, try it, it’s liberating!) I love being one of the few females in the gym NOT on a cardio machine or the circuit, but I’d like to see more of my fellow sporty girls over there even more! And guys, I’m taking a stab in the dark here but I am going to guess that it is pretty impressive and dare I say HOT when a girl has the confidence to do these exercises?! {Disclaimer: I am not dissing cardio machines, the circuit, or the people that use them! Cardio is a necessary part of working out and circuit training is very effective, BUT it is also necessary to give your muscles some variety!}

I am a self-proclaimed weight training spokeswoman. I am relatively new to it myself, but I am having so much fun learning and pushing myself farther than I ever thought possible! I never feel more #BADASS than when I am bench pressing. I have a long way to go to reach my weight training goals but I am super-psyched to get there! I am also by no means an expert on exercise or fitness (though hope to be able to say differently one day) but I do want to share with you some things that I have learned along the way and where I learned them from…

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Think about the fitness goals that you have for yourself. Do you want to build endurance? Increase visible muscle? Get STRONG?

Well, this sh!t’s about to get real. (Not really, I’ve just always wanted to say that 😛 ) What I mean is that later this week I will give a break down of weight training goals and some basics on the strategies to achieve them! Keep following for more and let me know how you feel about working out at a gym in the comments section! Use #happilyeverstronger on twitter to tell me about your workout this week!

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